- Sinclair CC To Pursue Student Debt Payments
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio community college that wrote off millions of dollars in student debt is adopting a more aggressive approach to collect money owed.
Sinclair Community College passed a policy to pursue payments owed after realizing it was the state’s only community college not actively collecting student debt.
The Dayton school has written off about $6 million since 2009 as students dropped out or left tuition and bookstore charges unpaid.
It will write off $1.5 million for fiscal 2013. Officials determined they might have recovered about $900,000 from 1,400 students this year through more aggressive collections.
A college trustee said the change should address the “significant” amount of uncollected debt and encourage students to stick with classes because they’ll have to pay either way.
- Kan. College Gets OK for Shelter Project
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dodge City Community College Foundation has gotten the green light from a federal agency to develop a community safe room project.
The Dodge City Globe reports the foundation received a letter from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the development of the detailed design for a community safe room project submitted by the community college.
Roger Proffitt, DCCC Foundation Director, says the foundation submitted a grant application with FEMA for $491,000 to help fund the project, which will include a community activities center and tornado shelter.
FEMA has approved the first step in the process. The foundation now has until October 15th to complete the design and submit it to FEMA to move to the next phase of construction.
- Okla. College Owes $1.1M In Unpaid Bills
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A financial analysis has found that Redlands Community College in El Reno owes more than $1.1 million in unpaid bills.
The report by Missouri-based financial consulting firm BKD cites bad bill practices and several years of uncollected tuition and fees as contributing factors. The report also notes the loss of USB drives belonging to former vice president for finance Karen Boucher, who died in February.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education requested the analysis after Redlands fell several months behind on payments to the regents office.
A spokeswoman for the regents told The Oklahoman that the office is reviewing the report.
Redlands President Larry Devane said unpaid tuition and fees are due to not billing students correctly and that the college is negotiating with vendors to arrange payments.
- Tuition Increases Slowing at Tenn. Colleges
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee college students will see a lower increase in tuition thanks to improved state funding.
The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Business Operations recommended increases of 3 percent for each of the state’s 13 community colleges and 1.4 to 6 percent for the Regents’ six universities.
The recommendations are lower than recent years because of budget allocations recommended by Gov. Bill Haslam and approved by the General Assembly that provided increased general operating dollars for higher education for the first time in more than a decade.
- Ark. College Chooses To Opt Out of Gun Law
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — National Park Community College is the latest school to say no to concealed handguns on campus.
The Board of Trustees for the Hot Springs community college decided last month to opt out of the state law, though the official policy won’t be adopted until the board’s next meeting.
The Legislature passed a law this year allowing faculty and staff with concealed carry permits to bring the weapons on campus. The law contains a provision allowing schools to opt out.
National Park Community College President Sally Carder said that school officials discussed the issue for months and decided to opt out based on recommendations from local law enforcement.
Last month, the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems voted to opt out of the new law
- Ga. Colleges Launch Degree Partnership
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A new partnership between Gwinnett Technical College and Southern Polytechnic State University is expected to allow students to earn an associate degree and easily transition to university-level studies.
Gwinnett Tech officials announced that students in the bioscience program will be allowed to transfer all of their coursework to Southern Polytechnic State University and earn a bachelor of applied science in biotechnology in two years.
Gwinnett Technical College spokeswoman Dana Urrutia says bioscience and life sciences are among Georgia’s fastest growing industries. Urrutia says the state is home to more than 360 life sciences companies and most of them focus on health care applications.
- Ivy Tech Taps Ex-State Official As Top Cop
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College has named the former head of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as its new statewide security and safety director.
Ivy Tech announced the hiring of Robert Carter three weeks after Gov. Mike Pence appointed the DNR’s top attorney to take over the agency.
Carter had led the Department of Natural Resources since 2006, and Pence had kept Carter in that position after he took office in January.
But the former Clay County sheriff asked the state ethics commission in April for clearance to pursue the Ivy Tech job.
Ivy Tech has nearly 200,000 students a year at sites across the state, including about 30 campuses.
- Va. Opens Virtual Health Care Learning Center
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Central Health, Lynchburg College and Central Virginia Community College are celebrating the completing of what is being called the state’s most comprehensive virtual health care learning facility.
Officials held a ceremony marking the completion of the $3 million Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning in Lynchburg.
The facility will give nursing students a place to accrue clinical hours in an era when hospitals and clinics can no longer accommodate all of them.
Lynchburg College President Ken Garren said one of the major stresses for nursing students is finding places for them to get the hands-on experience needed before obtaining their degrees.
Now, 20 percent of those clinical hours can be earned in medical simulations.
- Pa. College Enlists ACCT To Find New Prez
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Community College of Allegheny County plans to pay a consultant $60,000 to help find a new president.
CCAC trustees approved two contracts with the Association of Community College Trustees, which will also provide an interim president for a separate fee.
CCAC President Alex Johnson is leaving at the end of the month to become president of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. He’s been at Allegheny since 2008.
Trustees also voted to spend $85,000 on the second phase of a study to identify options for a new campus in the North Hills area. Officials say the search for a new campus reflects population growth in the northern part of Allegheny County and plans for more career programs.
- Enrollment Dip Prompts Ark. Tuition Hike
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Tuition and fees will be rising at National Park Community College in Hot Springs by $9 per credit hour.
NPCC’s Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition nearly 7.5 percent, or $5 per hour, and to raise the technology fee by $3 per hour while adding a new $1 per hour activity-wellness fee.
One year’s tuition and fees at NPCC will rise from $2,750 last year to $2,885 this year.
Trustee Don Harrris told The Sentinel-Record that the increase is needed to offset declining enrollment.
NPCC had a record 4,161 students for the fall 2011 semester. The number fell to 3,566 in fall 2012 and officials are expecting 3,100 to 3,600 students this fall. College officials say the improving economy is leading to students leaving college to take jobs.
- Doctor Jailed for Videotaping Naked Wrestlers
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A judge in western Michigan has sentenced a podiatrist doctor from suburban Chicago to 9 months in jail for covertly videotaping members of a community college wrestling team while they showered.
Ninos D. Jando of Skokie, Ill., was arrested in January on accusations he videotaped Muskegon Community College wrestlers in the shower.
Muskegon County Chief Circuit Judge William C. Marietti placed the 34-year-old podiatrist on 2 years’ probation and gave him credit for the 133 days he’s was in jail prior to sentencing.
Jando pleaded guilty May 6 to three counts of capturing images of unclothed people without their consent. He apologized in court.
MLive.com reports that county Assistant Prosecutor James Corbett says Illinois authorities are investigating Jando for similar video recording at a community college there.