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2014 July 15 - 11:24 am

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  • CCSF Gets Accreditation Reprieve

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of California’s largest community colleges has another chance to hold onto its accreditation and stay open.

The private, federally sanctioned agency that certifies colleges in the west for quality announced that it has adopted a new policy that would allow City College of San Francisco to get another two years to show it is meeting accreditation standards.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges had planned to strip City College of its accreditation this July 31 because of what it said were intractable financial and governance problems.

Because unaccredited schools are ineligible for state and federal funding, the revocation would have likely forced the school to close. Nearly 80,000 students attend the college.

The new policy would let any college threatened with loss of accreditation to apply for its restoration before the revocation deadline.

Once the college has applied for the new status, the commission would re-evaluate the college within four months. The college then would have two years to come into full compliance with accrediting standards.

The commission was under pressure from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other elected officials to reverse its decision.

  • Former La. Chief To Head RI Colleges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have chosen Louisiana’s former higher education commissioner to lead the state’s college system.

The Rhode Island Board of Education picked Jim Purcell for the newly created job of commissioner of post-secondary education.

The 55-year-old Purcell was Louisiana’s higher education commissioner for three years. He decided not to seek a new contract this year after Gov. Bobby Jindal’s staff unsuccessfully tried to get him fired because of his complaints about $700 million in budget cuts to higher education.

Purcell will be negotiating his new contract. Officials advertised the salary at $135,000 to $175,000 a year. He had earned $275,000 annually in Louisiana.

Rhode Island’s higher education system includes the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island.

  • La. Nursing Homes Offering Free Training

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Four Lafayette area nursing homes have decided to pay for a solution to their shared problem of a shortage of certified nurse aides The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1nMn7tr ) the nursing homes will cover the cost of a South Louisiana Community College instructor to provide training.

Laurie Fontenot, SLCC dean of nursing, allied health and safety, says their investment means the training will be offered tuition-free to students.

As part of the training, students will spend about three weeks in a classroom and then move on to their clinical training, which will be held at participating nursing homes.

  • Va. Gets $3.4M Grant for Veteran Employment

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is getting a $3.4 million federal grant to help veterans better gain employment.

The U.S. Department of Labor says the Virginia is experiencing a record number of military personnel transitioning from active military duty into the civilian workforce.

Officials say that while there are numerous programs and services designed to assist veterans and their families, the funding will enhance coordination and alignment of those services.

The community college system and the Virginia Employment Commission will use the funds to identify promising practices and to explore, develop and test strategies to improve the employment outcomes of veterans.

  • GM Donates Auto Assembly Plant Robots to OCC

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — General Motors is donating robots once used on auto assembly plant floors to Oakland Community College’s robotics program.

The robots are valued at $20,000 and were delivered to the school’s Auburn Hills’ campus, north of Detroit.

The robots no longer were needed by GM because of process changes at its plants. They are intended for hands-on educational and training for Oakland Community College students learning robotics operation, basic programming, advanced programming and functions, simulation and mechanical and controller maintenance.

  • Ky. Students Facing 2-Year Tuition Hikes

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Students at Kentucky’s community and technical colleges are facing higher tuition costs the next two years.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Board of Regents approved a budget for the upcoming academic year that includes a nearly 2.1 percent tuition increase for in-state students.

The board approved a $924.1 million budget for the statewide system of 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses for the next year.

Board members approved higher in-state tuition rates for the next two academic years. For the next school year, tuition will increase from $144 per credit hour to $147. In-state tuition for the 2015-16 academic year will be $150 per credit hour.

KCTCS Board of Regents Chair P.G. Peeples says the system remains the best postsecondary education value in the state.

  • Montana College Adds Nursing Program

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Blackfeet Community College is adding a registered nursing program to its offerings.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1uKBkK8 ) 10 students recently completed the licensed practical nursing program that began last fall, and several have signed up for the 15 spots in the new RN program.

The community college has offered pre-nursing coursework for its students, but in the past students had to go to universities in other communities or some twoyear schools such as Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell or Salish Kootenai College in Pablo to get licensed.

BCC President Billie Kipp says the program is being funded through a $2.8 million federal grant that helps students with tuition, books and other support, if needed.

The LPN and RN programs are accredited by the Montana Board of Nursing.

  • La. Nursing Board OKs New RN Program

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College can start enrolling students into its new registered nursing program, with classes beginning this fall.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1q6U3zP ) the Louisiana State Board of Nursing gave its approval for the college to start accepting students.

“We’ve worked hard to bring this program to fruition, and we’re ready to start preparing students to become registered nurses,” said Laurie Fontenot, dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Safety at SLCC.

Only 40 students will be admitted in the program, though Fontenot has said the goal is to expand the program to 60 students.

The program received $500,000 in donations last year from Lafayette’s major hospitals and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority to help fund faculty salaries and equipment needed to get the program off the ground.

  • Shelton State CC Names New President

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — State education officials have named a new president for Shelton State Community College.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/TNDHih ) that the Alabama Board of Education approved Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich’s appointment of Andrea Scott Mayfield to take the helm at the school in Tuscaloosa.

Mayfield was vice president at the Scooba, Miss., campus of the East Mississippi Community College.

  • La. Students To Pay More for Tuition in Fall

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It likely will cost students more this fall to attend Louisiana’s community and technical colleges, pending approval from the state Board of Regents.

According to estimates from the Louisiana Community and Technical College Board, the increases in tuition and fees will equal about $161 a semester for a full-time student at the state’s community colleges and $114 a semester at technical colleges.

System President Monty Sullivan says the figures could change because tuition is dependent on the Southern Regional Education Board’s average tuition rate.

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