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2008 May 21 - 12:00 am

News Briefs

  • Del. Bill Aims To Keep Aid Recipients in State

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Some state lawmakers want to force nursing students who benefit from state scholarship programs to stay in Delaware to work for two years.

The lawmakers believe the proposal would help ease Delaware’s nursing shortage.

Under the state’s so-called SEED scholarship program, high school students who earn good grades are eligible to get their tuition at Delaware Technical and Community College paid by the state.

However, Del-Tech attorney Brian Shirey says the plan would be unfair to the college. He says 90 percent of the school’s nursing students already stay in Delaware and the others work at hospitals in nearby states that have agreed to hire students trained at
Del-Tech. Shirey said the bill may jeopardize those agreements.


  • N.C. Universities Work To Attract Community College Grads

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Several universities in North Carolina are working more closely with community colleges to help successful students transfer into four-year degree programs.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports North Carolina Central University in Durham is among them. The university is aggressively pursuing graduates from eight community colleges in its effort to improve graduation rates.

Bernice Johnson, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the students are often more mature and more serious about learning because they’ve gone through the transition to college. The school is committing $200,000 for scholarships to lure such students. 

East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are among several public universities working with Wake Tech Community College to make the transfer process seamless.


  • Frederick Community College Marks 50-Year Anniversary

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick Community College has grown along with the city of Frederick.

The college, which has 5,000 students, celebrated its 50th anniversary last month.

College President Carol Eaton says the founders of the institution might not have known whether the county was demanding a community college, when in fact it was. She says the school stands on that foundation and is committed to providing broad access to education.

Pat Standifer started working in the college’s finance department 38 years ago, and she remembers hand-writing receipts for students after they signed up for courses, which were $10 dollars per credit. Now, tuition is about $120 per credit for in-county residents.


  • Tuition To Increase at Maine’s 2-year  Colleges

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees has approved a 2.5 percent tuition increase at the state’s seven two-year college campuses next fall.

The board voted unanimously in favor of the increase to help make up for a $1.2 million shortfall brought on by state budget cuts and increases in the cost of heating oil, utilities and health care.

With the increase, tuition for in-state students goes from $80 to $82 per credit hour. For the 2008-09 school year, tuition for full-time students from Maine will go up $60 to $2,460.

The board tried to keep the tuition increase to a minimum, even as its expenses have gone up 12.4 percent for heating oil, 10 percent for utilities and 4.5 percent for health care in the past year, said Dennis King, the board’s chairman. The system is also facing a $950,000 reduction in state funding for the coming fiscal year. 

“Given that inflation is up 4 percent, this is a reasonable increase, but it’s a step we take reluctantly knowing the financial challenges faced by so many of our students,’’ King said. 

Tuition for out-of-state students will increase from $160 to $164 per credit hour, or $4,920 for a full-time student.

The community college system has a total enrollment of nearly 14,000.

In the past five years, enrollment has grown by about 3,700 students. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons said he expects the growth to continue as residents seek to learn new skills during tough economic times. 

“The board sought to keep this necessary increase to a minimum, recognizing that now is not the time to restrict access to higher education in Maine,’’ he said.


  • Nazi-Related Items Vandalized At Long Island College

BRENTWOOD, New York (AP) — Vandals stole and stomped on items related to Nazism in a college exhibit about the Holocaust, damaging photographs of a propaganda poster and Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical book “Mein Kampf,’’ police said. 

Police were searching for suspects in the incident at Suffolk County Community College outside New York on Long Island.

The exhibit included Hitler-era anti-Semitic propaganda, including disparaging caricatures of Jews, along with newspaper pages and other artifacts, said political science professor Steven Schrier. He runs the college’s Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, which maintained the exhibit. 

The vandals took some items from a display case and stepped on them or smashed them against a rock, said Suffolk County Police Detective Sgt. Robert Reeks. The suspects apparently targeted materials related to Nazism, leaving other objects alone, he said.

“They definitely went to destroy them,’’ Reeks said told Newsday.

The building housing the exhibit, the college’s Health, Sports & Education Center, was open at the time of the incident.

The exhibit’s curator has since emptied the Holocaust display case.

“It does interfere with our ability to educate the public when we can’t leave a display up like that for people to see,’’ Schrier said.


  • W.V. College Plans New Office, Class Complex

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — New River Community and Technical College plans to build a $13.5 million central office, classroom and laboratory complex in Raleigh County.

New River President Ted Spring says the college also plans a $3 million renovation of the former student activities building on its Greenbrier Valley campus in Lewisburg. The Legislature allocated funding for the projects.

Spring says the Raleigh County complex will be built at the Erma Byrd Center for Public Higher Education in Beaver.

The Lewisburg facility will house New River’s new associate in fine arts degree program.

Spring says New River also plans to expand its LPN and medical assisting programs.


  • Ivy Tech  Dedicates New Campus in Marion

MARION, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College has officially opened its new $21 million campus near Interstate 69

College officials and several government leaders dedicated the school’s permanent home two years after ground was broken for the campus, which includes an 85,000 square-foot academic building and a community conference center.

Ivy Tech has had several homes in Marion since it first started offering classes there in 1978. Those include storefronts, medical office suites and shared space with other schools. 

State Sen. Luke Kenley called one of those old locations, the former Roseburg school, a “totally inadequate, worthless facility.’’ He applauded the community for working first to move the campus to Tucker Career and Technology Center and now to the new campus.

“You’ve shown this commitment to excellence not only for education, but for the whole community,’’ Kenley said.

Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold said the community deserves buildings like the new campus, and he said the opening “is just the seed of a lot of things that are going to happen.

“Now we need to fill it,’’ he said.

School trustee Jeff Southworth said the new campus plays a “critical role’’ in the economy.

“This couldn’t be better timing for our community,’’ he said.

Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana.


  • College of  Southern Idaho Changes Tuition Plans

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Part-time students at the College of Southern Idaho will pay less per credit hour this fall under a plan approved by the school’s board of directors.

The board voted to reduce the cost for students taking fewer than 12 credit hours at the two-year school, saying it was more equitable for those students, who make up about 64 percent of the enrollment.

To make up for the lost revenue, the board approved increasing the costs for full-time students.

“While we do not like to impose this type of increase, these are the group of students that utilize more of the services we offer,’’ the college said in a statement.

Full-time students taking 12 credits will see a tuition increase from $1,050 to $1,140 for a semester.

Part-time students taking three credits will see their tuition drop from $315 to $285. Those taking six credits will get a reduction of $630 to $570. Students taking nine credits will go from $945 to $885, and those taking 10 credits will go from 1,050 to $950.

Part-time students, college officials said, had been paying more than they should have before the change.

“Traditionally, (part-time students) utilize fewer services and continue to experience disproportionate increases in the cost per credit,’’ the college said.

The CSI Student Senate has endorsed the tuition and fee changes.

The college said that students taking 12 credits or more are paying less than students at any other community college or four-year institution in Idaho.

Full-time students can get federal grants, and the CSI Foundation also offers grants, mostly to full-time students, said Jerry Beck, CSI president.

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