Heaven help lawmakers in deciding whether to rename Mississippi University for Women. They’ll be tugged in all directions by competing political, economic and social groups — and whatever they do, they’ll make plenty of people mad.
Leaders of the university in Columbus propose rebranding MUW in hopes of boosting enrollment. They say they the name should better reflect an institution that has been enrolling men since 1982.
Males made up about 16 percent of the 2,400 students last fall. With a state funding formula that rewards higher enrollment, MUW officials are hoping to increase the student body to 4,500 over the next several years.