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2010 May 31 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Colo. Colleges To Allow Guns On Campus

DENVER (AP) — Concealed weapons will be allowed on 13 community college campuses in Colorado.

Administrators of the state community college system decided to repeal its policy banning concealed weapons from campuses in response to an April 15 court ruling against a similar ban on University of Colorado campuses.

Colorado State University also decided May 5 to rescind its proposed ban on concealed weapons.

CU continues to enforce its 1994 policy banning weapons from campus. The university is considering appealing the court decision to the Colorado Supreme Court.

  • CUNY Placing Applicants on Waiting List

NEW YORK (AP) — The City University of New York is placing prospective freshman students on waiting lists after being inundated with applications.

Spokesman Michael Arena says CUNY needs to manage resources so that the system of colleges can continue to “provide the quality students have come to expect.” Officials say the boom in applications is due to the weak economy.

Anyone who applies to any of the system’s 11 senior colleges or six community colleges will be put on a waiting list. They’ll receive priority January enrollment.

CUNY has received more than 69,000 freshman applications for fall admission. Enrollment at the senior colleges is up nearly 30 percent since 1999. The public university serves more than 480,000 students.

  • Ariz. Moves To Ease Transfer Of Credits

PHOENIX (AP) — Transferring credits from community colleges to universities in Arizona is about to get a little less complicated.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill requiring colleges to adopt a common course numbering system for their classes.

That means Political Science 101 at Mesa Community College will be the same as Political Science 101 at Arizona State University.

Advocates of the measure say it will eliminate confusion when classes that teach the same material have different course numbers in schools around the state.

  • College Keeps Critical Report Under Wraps

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A report thought to be critical of Laramie County Community College’s president is being kept secret by the school.

The college has denied a request by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle to see a report about a school-sponsored trip to Costa Rica in 2008. The newspaper asked for the report last month after it was mentioned at an employee hearing.

The report is allegedly critical of LCCC President Darrel Hammon for something Hammon did on the trip while acting as a chaperone. School officials denied the request, saying that disclosing the report would violate federal student privacy laws.

An attorney for the newspaper, Bruce Moats, wrote the school asking it to allow a judge to review the records to validate the privacy claim. Moats said the public should be able to see the report.

“From what we’ve been told, the focus is on the actions of the college as opposed to a report on a student,” Moats said.

Moats has called on the school to release the report without identifying any students in it.

  • Mo. Lawmakers OK Changes to Scholarships

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that will increase scholarships for students at public universities and decrease them for students attending private schools.

The legislation changing the Access Missouri scholarship program received final approval from the House. It passed the Senate earlier.

The Access Missouri program provides aid to about 47,000 students based on financial need.

It currently offers up to $4,600 a year to students at private institutions, $2,150 to students at state universities and $1,000 for those at community colleges.

Beginning in 2014, the legislation would change the maximum to $1,300 for community college students and $2,850 for students at either public universities or private institutions.

  • Ohio Credit Unions Offer $150M in Loans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Eleven credit unions around Ohio are joining forces to offer low-interest students loans to middle-income college families in state.

Credit unions that have formed an alliance called Ohio Student Choice say they’re committing $150 million to providing affordable loans over the next three years.

The alliance says the money will help fill a growing aid gap for middle class families trying to pull together the financial resources to send a child to college.

  • Young to Head Northern Wyo. College District

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette College administrator has been named president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

District trustees voted unanimously to select Paul Young for the position. Young has been the district’s vice president for institutional effectiveness and executive dean of Gillette College.

The Northern Wyoming Community College District includes Sheridan College, Gillette College and two outreach centers.

The district had narrowed down a field of about 35 applicants for the presidency to three finalists. The finalists participated in campus forums in Sheridan and Gillette, and participated in private interviews with the trustees.

Young assumes the presidency June 1.

  • Wash. College Names New President

SEATTLE (AP) — The new president of North Seattle Community College helped secure a designation for South Seattle Community College as one of a select group of Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander serving institutions across the country.

Mark Mitsui, who is moving to North Seattle from South Seattle, helped secure a $2.4 million Department of Education Grant along with the designation.

Mitsui has experience at community college throughout Western Washington.

He will begin his new job in July.

  • Professor Gets Job Back After Firing

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Northwest Arkansas Community College adjunct professor will get his job back after being fired last week for comments he made about a county judge.

Professor Terry Phillips made the comments about County Judge Dave Bisbee to a local newspaper on April 22, two days after Bisbee was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to his actions as a judge. Phillips, who teaches business law, told the newspaper he was “appalled” that Bisbee had not resigned.

Bisbee’s wife is a member of the college’s board of trustees.

Phillips says his supervisor told him that he would not be teaching classes at the college in the fall, citing an ethics violation. But an e-mail sent between the college’s president and one of its vice presidents indicated Phillips would be offered a contract for the fall.

  • More Students in Miss. Getting College Degrees

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The number of graduates receiving degrees from Mississippi’s 15 community college has increased in recent years.

According to the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges, an estimated 12,100 students will receive degrees this academic year. Board officials say that’s an increase of 23.1 percent over the five years.

During the 2008-09 year, nearly 10,800 students received degrees.

Board spokesman Kell Smith attributes the increase, in part, to people trying to improve their job skills to survive the tough economy.

  • Wash. College Tuition To Rise by 7 Percent

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has voted to increase tuition by 7 percent, adding about $200 to the cost of going to school full-time next school year.

The board also voted in Walla Walla to increase tuition for classes leading to applied bachelor’s degrees by 14 percent. Tuition for nonresidents will go up by the same dollar amount, but not as high a percentage because the board wants to keep out-of-state tuition competitive with nearby Western States.

Both increases are the maximum authorized by the Legislature earlier this year and mirror the tuition increases approved for this academic year.

The tuition increases will make up for some, but not all, of the legislative cuts to the state community and technical college budget.

  • Miss. College Board Leader Walker Dies

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Business and community college leader George Walker of Clarksdale has died.

Walker was chairman of the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges when he died. A board spokesman said Walker was 83.

Walker founded Delta Wire in Clarksdale in 1978. Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ron Hudson said the company made wire that went into tires. Hudson said the company closed in 2009.

Hudson said Walker was also chairman of the Industrial Foundation. He described Walker as the “ultimate, consummate volunteer.”

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