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Mississippi’s public universities enroll more than 80,000 students and award more than 15,000 degrees each year. Eight public universities serve the state of Mississippi — four research institutions and four regional institutions — the largest being Mississippi State University. The school offers more than 160 academic degrees, including 78 bachelor’s degree programs, 59 master’s degree programs, and 35 doctoral degree programs through its colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Art and Design, Business and Industry, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine. It is ranked among the top national universities and top public schools by U.S. News & World Report. Its online graduate degree programs in business, computer information technology, and engineering are also noted as being among the best by the publication.
The University of Mississippi is another prominent state public institution. Based in Oxford, Miss., it serves more than 16,000 undergraduate students. It is also ranked among the top national universities and top public schools by U.S. News, which also included it among the best online degree programs for its online degree programs in graduate business and graduate education. In addition to its eight public schools, Mississippi is also home to 16 two-year schools and eight private colleges.
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning oversees the state’s public four-year university system. Faced with increasing enrollment at a time of decreasing state appropriations, the Commissioner of Higher Education has implemented several strategies since taking office in 2009. These include developing a system-wide textbooks policy aimed at expanding the used book market and reducing the costs to students; developing three-year business plans to prepare for possible reductions in state appropriations; and finding efficiencies in operations, such as reducing energy costs. It is also working alongside the Education Achievement Council to increase the number of associate degree and bachelor’s degree holders in the state. This Council was created to establish education achievement goals for the state and monitor its progress toward these goals.
Mississippi Distance Learning Initiatives
Mississippi is one of 16 states that belong to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), which works with its member states to improve public education from pre-K through Ph.D. Included in this mission is distance learning, as residents of all 16 SREB states have access to its Electronic Campus. Launched in 1998, it is an "electronic marketplace" of online college degree programs and courses from public and independent colleges and universities in the SREB states. In addition to providing a one-stop shop to hundreds of online degree programs in Mississippi and beyond, it also provides a cost-saving measure, as students can still pay in-state tuition while taking courses through an out-of-state school.
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning also provides information on distance learning in Mississippi. Its website features a search function, so students can discover online degree programs from major universities in the state, including Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi, and seven other schools. They can also search by degree type, from online bachelor degree programs to online doctoral degree programs. Students can also search for certificates, specialist degrees, and hybrid programs.