College Board Mulls Casino Classes

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The state College Board has delayed a vote on whether to allow the University of Southern Mississippi to offer casino management classes next fall. USM administrators asked the board at its meeting Wednesday to approve the course.

College Board member Bill Crawford moved to delay the vote until the state attorney general presented a written opinion. Crawford, a Mississippi Development Authority deputy director, says the opinion would shield the Board from legal liability.

Under the Gaming Control Act, the Mississippi Gaming Commission regulates training programs that offer gaming classes. The law forbids gaming schools to locate on public property and says no public school can teach or train students to be casino employees.

USM wants to add casino/resort management to its bachelor's degree programs in business administration. USM Provost Tim Hudson said the school already faces Gulf Coast competition from Tulane University.

The New Orleans University teaches all aspects of casino management from accounting to marketing.