° empty

DSU showing behavior of true statesman

In a move fitting its mascot’s namesake, the Delta State University Statesmen just did something pretty impressive and potentially powerful.

Last week, DSU became the first of Mississippi’s eight universities to waive all out-of-state tuition for non-Mississippi residents.

Delta State joins several other universities — including Alcorn State University — that took advantage of a new law that allows the practice. All other universities have taken a softer approach, however, offering waivers to either military veterans or certain incoming freshmen with high test scores.

Big universities fear going “whole hog” into the tuition-waiver game because they risk losing too much money in the process.

For Delta State, however, they have little to lose as they currently have less than 40 out-of-state students who don’t receive some kind of tuition waiver.

The school’s risk is low, and their aim — to make more efficient use of existing buildings and staff — is a good one.

University officials believe they could add as many as 1,000 new out-of-state students without having to build any new structures.

In the great scheme of things, the move could signal a renewed focus on the state becoming an educational hub for the South.

Unless their presence causes Mississippi to pay for more teachers, buildings and other costs, why not import more smart, college students?

With any luck, a few of them will fall in love with the Magnolia State and stay upon graduation. If that happened, the state would benefit greatly from Delta State’s statesman-like first move.

 

News

Photo gallery: Jewish community celebrates Passover with Seder dinner

News

NASD graduation rate up, but still lags behind state average

News

The Dart: Vidalia man studies, takes care of family, too

News

Natchez Early College Academy Fun Day to help raise money for trip to Washington, D.C.

News

Parent University set for Thursday

News

Sunday focus: Voters to determine a quarter million in salaries May 10

News

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigates body found in Monterey

News

County seeking ambulance proposals

News

‘Suzi’s Girls’ remember lasting legacy left by coach

News

Natchez man killed in Ferriday wreck Friday night

News

Photo gallery: The bluff has gone to the DockDogs

News

Tactics in case surrounding alleged attack of parish DA questioned

News

Student charged in verbal assault of teacher

News

City back in court to determine damages in Roundstone case

News

Report: Cuts put school district $1.5M short

News

Faith and Family: R.V.I.C.S. helps Children’s Home

News

Photo gallery: Chalk artist inspired by God creates artwork at First Baptist Church

News

Man previously arrested on rape charges, charged with another sex crime

News

Natchez-Adams School District to pay $127K to former principal

News

Judge dismisses former assistant principal’s lawsuit against school district

News

City receives Urban Youth Corps grant

News

Natchez police make arrest in weekend attack

News

Natchez tourism director’s car left in limbo without commission

News

News photos: Ferriday fire