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2014 September 7 - 08:33 pm

News Briefs

A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation

  • No Aid for Pima Harassment Victims

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima Community College officials say not every sexual harassment victim of a former school chancellor will get financial compensation because they didn’t file charges in time.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1rfAo2x) the college recently reached an undisclosed financial settlement with one of eight women who accused former Chancellor Roy Flores of harassment.

College attorney Jeff Silvyn says giving money to victims who didn’t file timely claims is equivalent to an illegal gift of public funds. School officials previously acknowledged that harassment did occur and told accreditors it would help the victims.

According to federal law, workplace harassment claims must be filed within 300 days. Only two victims filed complaints within the statute of limitation.

Flores quit shortly after a 2012 internal investigation.

  • Iowa College Plans Urban Campus

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport building partnership has announced a $50 million plan to create an urban community college campus and build housing downtown.

The Quad-City Times (http://bit.ly/1sCeshS ) reports that Restoration St. Louis and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are teaming up to bring a campus and 80 apartments to downtown Davenport. The project also includes restorations of the Capitol Theatre and the Kahl Building.

The Capitol Theatre will be transformed into a movie theater, while the Kahl Building will be renovated to house the apartment units.

The senior vice president of development for Restoration St. Louis says the project will provide amenities and retail locations.

Eastern Iowa’s board of trustees signed a letter of intent to move forward with the development.

  • Maine Launches Database of Grads’ Wages

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has launched a new database designed to help students make more informed decisions about higher education.

The database allows users to view the first-year earnings of recent graduates from Maine schools, by major and degree type. They can also see how many graduates from certain programs have jobs.

Only graduates from the Maine’s public universities and community colleges who are working in the state are included.

Maine’s departments of labor and education crafted the database thanks to $1.5 million in federal grants. They matched records of graduates between 2009 and 2011 with wage data gathered from tax reports.

A task force of lawmakers and others stakeholders will work on securing future funding and marketing the website.

  • Ivy Tech Merging Administrative Functions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is moving ahead with a plan to consolidate the administrative structures of its Lafayette and Kokomo regions.

The plan approved by Ivy Tech’s trustees will place current Lafayette Region Chancellor David Bathe in charge of both the Lafayette and Kokomo regions. The change is in the latest in a series of regional leadership consolidations intended to decrease costs and increase efficiencies in the Ivy Tech system.

The Kokomo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1ktfHgn ) Kokomo Region Chancellor Stephen Daily will help implement the consolidation plan he and Bathe will draft for the region. Daily is set to retire in January, The new administrative structure will serve 14 counties and oversee campuses and instructional sites in Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, Monticello, Peru, Rochester, Tipton, and Wabash.

  • New President Chosen for Ga. Tech College

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The president of an Alabama community college has been chosen for a leadership post at a technical institution in suburban Atlanta.

Technical College System of Georgia officials said in a statement that Glen Cannon, president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, has been chosen to serve as president of Gwinnett Technical College.

Georgia’s technical college system Commissioner Ron Jackson announced his selection during the board’s monthly meeting.

Cannon was unanimously approved for the position, which has been open since Sharon Bartels retired in May.

Cannon will begin in his new role Sept. 1. Cannon has been president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College since 2011 and previously worked in the Georgia technical college system for 22 years.

  • Miss. Colleges To Offer Engineering Degrees

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Mary Graham has cemented a partnership with Mississippi State University to offer engineering degrees at Gulf Coast’s Jackson County campus.

Graham tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1ruxfas) 42 percent of students who transfer from Gulf Coast major in engineering, so it is a natural partnership.

The agreement will allow students to choose between two degrees in Gautier, and the schools are still deciding between industrial, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering programs.

Students will complete the first two years from MGCCC, earning an associate degree, and the last two years from MSU, earning a bachelor’s degree.

  • Ill. College Praised for Safety Efforts

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say Richland Community College in Decatur has become the first such institution in the state to receive the “Ready to Respond Campus” designation.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says Richland is second only to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign among all colleges to be designated as ready to respond to emergencies.

Richland was among nine campuses that participated in a 2013 pilot of the Ready to Respond Campus program. The initiative is designed to enhance campus safety, emergency preparedness and response efforts.

All state colleges and universities may now participate in the voluntary program.

  • Auto Dealer Gives $3M to Greenville Tech

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The president of one of South Carolina’s largest family-owned automotive dealerships has made a $3 million donation to Greenville Technical College, which says the gift is the largest in its history.

The college announced the gift from Jim Benson, who gave the school $2 million and pledged to pay $1 million more over five years.

College officials said the money will be used to improve the Greer campus and expand its facilities.

The Greer campus has been renamed the Benson Campus in honor of Benson and his gift. Building 302 on the site will bear the names of Benson and his wife, Evelyn.

  • Program Aims To Coach College Students

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new program aims to help certain college students make it to graduation.

The program supported by a $2.4 million grant from the nonprofit USA Funds to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will connect nearly 2,500 college freshmen at Indiana State University, IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College with a trained coach.

The initiative hopes to increase graduation rates by up to 15 percent for students enrolled in the state’s 21st Century Scholars program.

College coaches will develop one-on-one relationships with students and help them map out a plan to meet their goals not just in school but in life.

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