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2013 January 21 - 12:00 am

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  • Ohio Colleges Set Threshold for Remedial Classes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is establishing minimum ACT and SAT test scores that will guarantee that students entering Ohio’s public universities and community colleges won’t be placed into remedial classes.

About 41 percent of all public high school students entering a public college or university in Ohio are currently taking at least one remedial course in English or math. Students must pay for these classes, which don’t count toward their degree.

Under new uniform standards, students would need an ACT sub-score of 18 in English, 21 in reading and 22 in math to be guaranteed placement into credit-bearing courses. The SAT scores are 430 for writing, 450 for reading and 520 for math.

The standards take effect the next academic year, or as early as summer for some students.

  • Some Bachelor’s Degrees Coming to Mich. Colleges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law that will allow community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees in several fields of study.

The Republican governor’s signature on a bill passed this month by the Legislature paves the way for community college students to receive the four-year degrees in culinary arts and energy production, maritime and cement technology.

The bill was revised to remove nursing from the list of bachelor’s degrees the colleges would be able to grant.

The state’s universities have argued against legislation that erases the distinction between two- and four-year institutions or duplicates programs already offered.

Michigan has 28 community colleges and 15 public universities.

  • Funding Shortfall At Mont. College Is Remedied

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A clerical error that caused a $50,000 budget shortfall at Bitterroot College of the University of Montana has been cleared up, and the funding was restored in time for the spring semester, college officials said.

The budget the two-year college in Hamilton received in August from the university was $50,000 less than expected, the Ravalli Republic reported.

Officials at Bitterroot College then raised $50,000 from community members, in part by asking for sponsors for spring semester classes so the sessions would not have to be canceled.

College Executive Director Victoria Clark made several efforts to figure out what happened, but the issue wasn’t cleared up until late December, when concerned citizens met with UM President Royce Engstrom.

John Robinson, a member of the college advisory board, said clerical staff in the office of UM’s provost made an error in the budgeting formula, causing the shortfall.

UM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Perry Brown said the error occurred with some staffing changes.

Bitterroot College was established in the fall of 2009. Its enrollment this spring is expected to be 260 students, including 125 who attend full-time.

  • Giant Globe Gets New Home at Iowa College

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 200-pound aluminum globe will have a new home in Cedar Rapids.

The Gazette reports the 6-foot globe that originally was installed in 1953 at the Cedar Rapids airport will be placed in Kirkwood Community College’s remodeled Linn Hall.

The globe was donated to the airport, where it remained until a remodeling. It was installed at the Cedar Rapids bus terminal in 1983 and remained there until 2008 flooding upended it.

The globe was put in storage. When it’s installed at Kirkwood, the globe will be place near windows and will be visible from the sidewalk and parking lot.

Jim Kern, chairman of the city’s Visual Arts Commission, says it will cost several thousand dollars to repair the globe. He hopes the work is done by early summer.

  • Dual Enrollment Course Offered In Welding

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Starting in January, a Sullivan County high school will begin what administrators say is the state’s first dual enrollment program for a vocational subject.

The pilot program allows students at Sullivan Central High School to learn welding from a Northeast State Community College instructor for college credit.

Sullivan Central teacher Barry Jessee runs the vocational program.

He told the Bristol Herald Courier that many of his students are smart but not interested in going to college. They want to graduate from high school and start earning a living. The new program is a way for students to start a career quickly.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the welding trade is expected to grow 15 percent by 2020. The median pay for a welder is $35,450 a year.

  • Former Gov.’s Aide Named College Lawyer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former top aide to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is taking over the position as Ivy Tech Community College’s top lawyer being given up by new U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks.

Ivy Tech says Chris Ruhl will continue as the school’s chief financial officer while adding Brooks’ former responsibilities as general counsel.

Ruhl joined Ivy Tech in early 2012 after serving under Daniels as director of the Office of Management and Budget or State Budget Agency director since 2007. Ivy Tech has more than 100,000 students at its campuses around the state.

Brooks is a Republican who won election in November to take the place of retiring Congressman Dan Burton in central Indiana’s 5th District

  • Md. President Ousted after Just 6 Months on Job

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The president of Frederick Community College is being replaced after just six months on the job.

The Frederick News-Post reported that Frederico Talley is being replaced.

College spokesman Mike Pritchard says the Board of Trustees made the decision following a dispute over an unspecified personnel issue.

Trustee Donald Linton says the board “just thought it was time for a change.”

Board Chairwoman Dixie Miller declined to comment on the matter.

Talley, the former vice president and dean of students at the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland, was named president of the college in March.

He took office in July and was the college’s eighth president and first black president.

Vice President for Administration Doug Browning will serve as interim president until Talley’s successor is named.

  • Grant To Help Train Native Americans

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana State University and Little Big Horn College program to train Native American educators has received a four-year, $1.2 million federal grant.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Department of Education grant will provide funding for 40 students in the Indian Leadership Education and Development program.

The program is designed to train Native American educators on reservations. It allows them to earn a master’s degree in school administration without having to leave their jobs.

Program administrator Bill Ruff says it is meant to help underperforming schools improve. He says the high turnover among school leaders on reservations can be alleviated by training educators who already work in those communities.

The grant covers teachers in Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming.

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