A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation
Mo. Bill Blocking Aid to Immigrants Vetoed by Nixon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is vetoing a measure that would block immigrants who are illegally in the U.S. from receiving money under Missouri’s A+ scholarship program.
He made the announcement during a speech to the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group that is having its annual convention in Kansas City.
The measure would have required students be permanent residents or U.S. citizens in order to get the state’s A+ Scholarship, which provides two years of free tuition at community colleges. Supporters said it was meant to limit the number of people receiving scholarships in order to preserve them for Missouri residents.
But Democratic opponents and advocates for immigrants said it would cause financial hardship for hardworking students seeking to get a college education and contribute to society.
In his veto message, the governor wrote that the bill was a “imposed unfairly on children who have done nothing wrong.”
Tenn. Adding Help for Transfer Students
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is ramping up its efforts to help a growing number of transfer students.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1DaMR8J) the school had roughly 1,200 transfer students in the 2014-15 academic year. That number is only expected to grow as Tennessee Promise students begin finishing their first two years at community colleges.
Kari Alldredge is interim associate provost for enrollment management. She said UT placed regional recruiting representatives in Memphis, Nashville and East Tennessee last year. These representatives start working with potential transfer students early on to make sure their credits will transfer.
The school also piloted a transfer transition guide with Pellissippi State Community College that helps transfer students have an eight-semester plan. That version is expanding to other local community colleges next year.
Iowa Western Sees Enrollment Decline
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Enrollment is dipping at Iowa Western Community College, driving down revenue and contributing to the college’s recent decision to increase tuition by $11 a credit hour.
The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports (http://bit.ly/1GhuOO5 ) that the decline follows a larger state and national trend of diminished community college enrollment. Iowa Western says it expects to see enrollment continue to fall for the next couple years based on state projections.
Don Kohler, a spokesman for the college, says administrators don’t know the full reason for the declines because many factors are at play.
Among the possible reasons are falling high school enrollments throughout the area and competition from other four-year colleges.
Students enrolled at the college are also taking fewer credit hours.
Ivy Tech Offering Truck Driving Course
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Corporate College has announced a new program in Evansville aimed at getting more truck drivers on the road.
The four-week, 160-hour program will take place at Ivy Tech Corporate College in Evansville.. The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1e3wggh ) Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel said at a news conference that truck driving is No. 3 on the Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs list. The program is a partnership with Lake Cumberland Commercial Driver’s License Training School.
Weinzapfel says employers are telling the school they are having a hard time finding truck drivers.
Sessions are every two weeks and tuition is $4,000.
Tuition On Rise At Louisiana Colleges
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana community college students will pay 10 percent more in tuition this fall, but won’t immediately pay additional fee increases that were permitted under recent legislative action.
Bryan Glatter, vice chancellor of administration and finance at South Louisiana Community College, says the Louisiana Community and Technical College System on June 30 approved a 10 percent tuition increase starting in the fall. The increase was permitted under the GRAD Act, passed in 2010, which permits campuses to raise tuition if they meet certain goals.
Glatter tells The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1HRHAdw) all schools in the system raised their tuition by the same 10 percent, which he said brought their tuition into line with other two-year schools in the Southeast.That will increase tuition for full-time students from $1,490 a semester to about $1,652.
Kelley Named Interim Head of Portland CC
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Community College has announced that Sylvia Kelley will serve as the school’s interim president while a national search for the school’s next leader continues.
The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1GqOAa4 ) the announcement came that Kelley would take the position after serving as acting president of Oregon’s largest post-secondary institution since May 18. Kelley had replaced Jeremy Brown, who was ousted by the Board of trustees for undisclosed reasons.
Kelley joined PCC in 2014 as its executive vice president after serving as Southern Oregon University’s vice president for development for six years.
According to a PCC spokesman, Kelley will receive a $185,000 annual base salary. She will also be given annual allowances of more than $14,000 for vehicles, $24,000 for general expenses and nearly $2,000 for connectivity.
Cop’s Facebook Posting Violated No Rules
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A college’s ethics committee says a Facebook post made by a campus police officer after the shootings at a South Carolina church didn’t violate any policies.
Northwest Arkansas Community College spokesman Steven Hinds told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1ULbILo ) the officer remains on the job and wasn’t suspended or placed on probation during the review.
The college released a screen shot of the post that stated, “no way this wasn’t a set up… way to(o) convenient.”
Hinds says the officer told administrators his views were his own and not those of the college.
Nine people were killed June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Dylann Roof in the shootings.
CCRI Gets $554K Grant for Student Services
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Community College of Rhode Island has been awarded more than $500,000 in federal funding for its outreach and student services programs.
The funding, totaling $554,000, will support the TRIO Student Support Services program. The program serves approximately 440 students at CCRI. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
First-generation college students, those who meet low-income qualifications and students with disabilities are eligible to participate in the TRIO program.
The federal program is designed to increase graduation rates and help students transfer from two-year to four-year colleges.
Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed says the program can be a lifeline for first-generation college students.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped secure the federal funding.
La. Colleges Ink Engineering Agreement
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and LSU-Baton Rouge have signed an articulation agreement between the two schools The agreement says students who earn an associate of science degree in engineering at BPCC will be able to transfer all credit hours to Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge.
The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1L31j97) it would be a partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the bachelor of science in biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or petroleum engineering degrees.
BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman Jr. said the partnership would allow his students to seamlessly continue their educational journey to a four-year degree.