Price of post-grad education in Mississippi could rise Thursday


The state College Board will discuss increases in room and board costs and higher tuition for post-graduate students at its meeting Thursday. The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning will reveal how much of an increase students will see at a meeting that begins at 10 a.m. in Jackson.

Room and board increases will be based on inflation. Higher costs for professional degree students will be based on inflation and anticipated state budget cuts in higher education.

The professional degree increases will impact students in medical and dental school, the pharmacy program, law school, doctorate and graduate programs. The tuition increases for those programs are due to inflation and anticipated cuts from state funding.

Earlier this year, the College Board approved undergraduate tuition hikes of 4.5 percent to nine percent. IHL officials say since the bulk of college and university revenue come from undergraduate tuition, the Board addressed that issue first to give parents and students as much time as possible to plan for the higher costs.

The Board is also expected to give final approval of a new policy to make it easier for students to transition from Community and Junior Colleges to a four-year university. The new policy clarifies the current Articulation Agreement to ensure that all IHL core curriculum courses with a grade “C” or better satisfy IHL core curriculum requirements at each institution.

Creating a seamless credit transfer process between the Community and Junior Colleges and the public universities was one of the key recommendations released by a task force formed last year to study graduation rates at public two- and four-year institutions.

Over the years, the Board has placed more emphasis on strengthening the relationship between post-secondary institutions. Several years ago an assistant commissioner was hired at IHL to serve as a liaison between the Communities and Junior Colleges and the universities.

In fall 2009, about 4,500 students transferred for the first time from a CJC to one of Mississippi’s public four-year universities.

WLOX- ch 13

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