Today’s Clarion-Ledger carries a Section B story titled “State’s Colleges Gaining Notice.” Nice notes from writer Dustin Barnes on a number of Mississippi’s public universities. Mississippi State ranks as a top research university, certainly the top banana in the state. Delta State garners kudos for leading “green” efforts to reduce energy consumption. Mississippi Valley is a super bargain and ranks high in graduate earnings. Ole Miss is among the “most literary” of universities in the nation, right up there with Smith College, Princeton, and Harvard. Little MUW, finally, is said to be one of the best colleges in the country to work for.
Okay, that’s five of eight publics enjoying at least a sliver of limelight. Not bad for the state; commissioner Bounds and the college board ought to be smiling today. But not so good if you’re Jackson State, Alcorn, or Southern Miss, and don’t seem to merit a mention. What are we, Mr. Barnes, the chopped liver of Mississippi higher ed? You’re a newsman; dig a little deeper, will you?