Historically Black Mississippi Valley State University has entered into a partnership agreement with Coahoma Community College. The college, located in Clarksville in the northwest corner of the state, enrolls about 2,000 students and African Americans make up 96 percent of the student body.
Under the agreement, Mississippi Valley State University will begin to offer classes on the Coahoma Community College campus, about one hour away from the university’s main campus in Itta Bena. This will allow graduates of the community college to continue their education on the same campus. Also some current university students who live in the Clarksdale area will be able to take classes at the community college campus that is closer to their home.
Kenneth Done, assistant vice president of distance education at Mississippi Valley State University, stated that “by bringing the classes to our students and not mandating that they come to the campus, we are meeting our students where they are. Our partnership enables MVSU to become more marketable, increases enrollment, and it allows MVSU to broaden its spectrum as a catalyst for educational change in the Mississippi Delta.”