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2010 July 12 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Utah Colleges Struggling with Surge In Enrollment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Administrators at some of Utah’s colleges are working on one very complex math problem.

While it’s great to see so many students furthering their education, the surge has been so great that some schools fear they may have to cap enrollment.

“It’s not in the best interests of the state to turn people away from education,” Dixie State College president Stephen Nadauld said. “I don’t know what will happen this fall, frankly.”

Enrollment at Dixie State was up 23 percent in fall of 2009. The school is expected to add another 15 percent this fall, which would mean an enrollment of more than 9,000 students. There were fewer than 6,000 at the school when Nadauld was hired as interim president in March 2008.

The interim tag is gone and Nadauld is trying to find a way for the school to keep up with the increased demand. While enrollment has been growing rapidly during the recession, funding has not.

Many of Nadauld’s colleagues are facing the same problem. Statewide, enrollment was up 8 percent to 164,860 students in fall 2009.

New statewide enrollment figures won’t be available until after the fall semester begins, but officials expect the figures to meet or exceed last year’s increases.

Salt Lake Community College enrollment increased by 4,500 students — 18 percent — last fall and is looking at another 20 percent this year.

SLCC president Cynthia Bioteau said the school is doing what it can to accommodate the surge, including encouraging students to take more summer classes. Enrollment in summer classes is up 28 percent from a year ago with 5,000 more students.

  • Higher Tuition On Way for Students in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Students at public colleges around Louisiana will face higher costs this fall.

Lawmakers on the Legislature’s joint budget committee agreed to allow tuition increases of up to 5 percent on campuses for the upcoming 2010-11 school year. The tuition increases are estimated to raise $31.5 million for the schools next year.

For students on LSU’s main campus, the annual tuition increase will be $262, bringing tuition to $5,495, according to data from the Board of Regents. Students at UNO will pay $219 more a year, raising tuition to $4,591. Louisiana Tech University’s tuition will rise by $205, to $5,326 a year.

Other schools’ tuition hikes range from $74 to more than $200.

The governing boards for the LSU System, the University of Louisiana System, the Southern University System and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System had approved the increases earlier this year and needed legislative approval for them to take effect.

College leaders, meanwhile, are asking lawmakers to give them authority to raise tuition even higher. That bill is pending in the state Senate.

  • Maricopa District Board Rejects Tax Increase For Colleges

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Maricopa County Community College District governing board has rejected a proposed 2 percent increase to its tax levy.

The increase would have generated about $7.4 million for the district, which oversees 10 colleges across Maricopa County, including Mesa Community College, Phoenix College and Tempe-based Rio Salado Community College.

The district administration had proposed the tax levy increase to boost student support services, operate utilities and pay for faculty currently funded through another tax.

While rejecting the tax increase, the district board did approve a $655 million budget.

Because the district rejected a tax hike, the annual tax payment on a $100,000 home will remain at $79.26.

  • Ore. College Wins Approval To Offer Practical Nursing Program

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Klamath Community College has gotten approval to start offering a practical nursing degree on its expanding campus.

The Herald and News reports that the Oregon State Board of Nursing gave the approval and classes are scheduled to start in March 2011.

Practical nurses work with stable patients and perform procedures such as drawing blood and giving shots.

The classes will be offered in a new science building that is part of a $16 million campus expansion.

  • Hawaii College Reaches Accord With University On 4-yr. Degrees

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Kapiolani Community College information technology and marketing students will have opportunities to earn bachelor’s degrees at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.

This is because the two schools signed an agreement allowing for the dual admission and dual enrollment of students in good standing who meet UH West Oahu’s admissions criteria.

KCC already has a similar agreement with UH West Oahu for students in its respiratory therapy and culinary arts programs.

The agreements ensure faculty and administration at both campuses will help students with counseling and other services.

The agreements are designed to help students on a path toward a bachelor’s degree.

  • Ivy Tech Names Learning Center After Late Congresswoman

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is naming a new student resource center on its Indianapolis campus after late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson.

The Julia Carson Learning Resource Center will house the Indianapolis campus’s library and tutoring labs, a local bus hub and a 500-space parking garage. The building is being built along Fall Creek on the near north side of Indianapolis and is scheduled to open in November.

Carson’s grandson and successor as U.S. representative, Andre Carson, attended a naming ceremony with Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder and other officials.

Julia Carson was first elected to Congress in 1996, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to represent Indianapolis in Congress. She died of lung cancer on Dec. 15, 2007, at the age of 69.

  • Interim President At Neb. College Wants Shot at Permanent Job

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — The newly named interim president of Western Nebraska Community College will get a shot proving he’s up to a permanent assignment.

Todd Holcomb is taking over for Eileen Ely, who’s leaving for the state of Washington. She’s to be the new president of Green River Community College.

Holcomb has told the board of governors that he wants the job on a permanent basis.

Board President Jane Wisniewski says board will give Holcomb “an opportunity to do the job, for us to evaluate the job that he has done and identify what we need to do.”

Holcomb has been vice president of student services since September. His resume includes a stint as associate vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University and jobs at Texas Tech University and the University of Georgia.

  • Colleges Getting Training Funds To Boost NM Film Industry

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico colleges will share $375,000 in state funds for film and broadcasting training programs.

Gov. Bill Richardson announced the funding for Western New Mexico University in Silver City, the University of New Mexico branch in Gallup and San Juan College in Farmington.

This follows Richardson’s announcement of $385,000 for similar programs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad and Luna Community College in Las Vegas.

The governor says his goal has always been to build a successful and sustainable film industry in New Mexico, an industry that would also train and employ New Mexicans and give local filmmakers a chance to succeed.

  • McNair’s Son Opts for CC Rather Than Southern Miss.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Steve McNair Jr. has decided to attend junior college rather than enroll with Southern Miss.

McNair, whose father was professional football player Steve McNair, had signed with the Golden Eagles. But Oak Grove High School football coach Nevil Barr tells the Hattiesburg American that McNair is unlikely to meet NCAA freshman academic eligibility requirements and instead will go to Pearl River Community College.

Barr said McNair didn’t want to sit out a year while he focused on getting his grades up.

In his senior season, McNair split time between receiver and quarterback. He caught 61 passes for 709 yards.

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