ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.
The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) governs the state’s eight public universities. The board is ultimately accountable to the people of Mississippi and bears the responsibility for effectively communicating the accomplishments, value, needs, and challenges of Mississippi’s public universities.
This state report, one of many produced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), examines the performance of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning and the schools under its authority. We will use four general metrics—Academic Strength, Intellectual Diversity, Cost & Effectiveness, and Governance—to assess the overall quality of higher education in the state of Mississippi, and we make recommendations for ways that the IHL can strengthen the institutions it governs.
Key findings and recommendations in this report are: