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2015 August 24 - 08:51 pm

News Briefs

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

Accelerated Nursing Program at Miss. College Suspended

WESSON, Miss. (AP) — Copiah-Lincoln Community College has suspended a program that gave licensed practical nurses a means to fast track to a registered nurse license.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1gPKmV1 ) that Jane Hulon, vice president of instructional services, told the school’s trustees the program has not been as successful as intended.

“Three years ago, we wanted to try something to provide LPN students an option to further their education, so we created LPN to RN Accelerated Track.” she said. “Since the three-year period we’ve collected some data and the licensure passage rate has continued to decline, which is not a good thing. It’s less than the national standard, and it can jeopardize accreditation.”

Hulon said the existing LPN and RN programs will continue as normal, but after the seven students currently in the accelerated track are finished, new applications will not be accepted.

“It has not been as successful as we had hoped,” Hulon said. “We can graduate them but if they can’t pass boards, that’s a problem.”

School President Ronnie Nettles said there have been two to three dozen students who have passed the accelerated program and got their licenses.

“So it has been successful on one level, just not at the level we need,” Nettles said.

Plans Set for Pop Music College in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — One of the organizers of the original Woodstock concert is behind a venture to establish a pop music college in the upstate New York town that lent its name to the 1969 music festival.

The Times Herald-Record of Middle town reports (http://bit.ly/1IMgKlC ) Woodstock Music Lab purchased a former elementary school in Woodstock for $926,000. The school will be renovated to include rehearsal rooms, classrooms, recording studios and a music venue.

Professional musicians will teach workshops or two-year college-level courses. Classes are expected to begin in 2016.

Those involved in the venture include Michael Lang, producer of the Woodstock music festivals, and Paul Green, founder of School of Rock. Green also runs the Rock Academy in nearby Saugerties.

The 1969 three-day Woodstock concert was held 46 years ago this month in Bethel, 45 miles southwest of Woodstock.

W. Va. Colleges Implement Tobacco Ban

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College are banning tobacco use on their shared campus.

Both schools’ governing boards have approved adoption of a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus. The Times West Virginian (http://bit.ly/1LN8wfw) reports that the new policy was effective Aug. 1.

Pierpont Board of Governors chairman James Griffin says the board wanted to create a healthier environment for students.

Fairmont State senior program coordinator Holly Fluharty says the university is taking steps to help tobacco users in the transition. Workers who use tobacco will be offered an alternative work schedule allowing them to take time to go off campus to smoke or do another activity, such as walking.

Fairmont State spokeswoman Amy Pellegrin says a student-led organization will help students adjust to the new policy.

Mizzou Discounts Some Online Tuition Costs

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri says it will give a 10 percent tuition discount to Missouri students enrolled in a full degree program online.

The university announced that the discount will begin this fall. The typical online student takes two three-credit-hour courses a semester. Without the discount, online courses cost the same as classes on campus — $276.20 a credit hour for undergraduates.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fTK8v4 ) the new program targets community college graduates pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree while working or raising a family.

Eligible students must be Missouri residents and graduates of a Missouri public community college. They also must be working toward a degree from the university’s undergraduate distance programs.

The university says about 3,400 of the 15,400 students taking online courses are online-only students.

UMass Gets Grant To Aid STEM Transfers

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering.

The Recorder reports (http://bit.ly/1HANb15 ) the $632,369 grant intends to help increase the success of lowincome, academically strong students who are pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The grant is designed to help increase retention and degree completion among students that transfer to four-year degree programs.

Up to 22 students are expected to begin classes this fall. Transfer students are coming to the Amherst campus from Holyoke, Greenfield and Springfield Technical community colleges. More than 80 percent of the grant funding will go to scholarships for about 40 transfer students. The remainder will go toward activities for all engineering students.

2 Ohio Colleges Offer Senior Tuition Waivers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Residents in northeastern Ohio at least 60 years old can earn college tuition credits by volunteering at youth-oriented programs.

“GIVE back. GO forward” is a pilot program announced recently at Youngstown State University. It allows seniors who volunteer at least 100 hours at certain organizations to earn three credit hours at Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College.

The program was developed by state officials with support from Gov. John Kasich.

The Vindicator reports (http://bit.ly/1MVMXJP ) that officials hope the pilot can be expanded.

Volunteers have until May 31, 2016, to earn 100 service hours. They can earn one tuition waiver per year and it must be used within five years.

Youngstown and Eastern Gateway will each provide 50 tuition waivers. The volunteers can give their tuition waivers to students.

2 Calif. Colleges Fined for Speech Restrictions

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Two California colleges have paid fines to settle complaints that student protests were overly restrictive.

Citrus College in Glendora and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, both east of Los Angeles, have settled cases filed against them by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, also known as FIRE.

FIRE spokeswoman Katie Barrows tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1ITnBFA ) they are also looking at possible problems on two dozen other schools too.

Eight months ago, Citrus paid $110,000 and agreed to make campus protests easier.

In July, Cal Poly paid $35,000 for barring a student handing out brochures supporting a vegan lifestyle and attacking treatment of farm animals.

W.Va. College Restarts Search For Chancellor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The search for a new chancellor to lead the West Virginia Community and Technical College System is being restarted.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1MP8pjC ) reports that the council that oversees the system decided to reassess the search. The decision came after council members rejected the only finalist for the job. The finalist wasn’t identified.

Council Vice Chairman Bob Brown says two other finalists had dropped out.

Council members will discuss the search at their regular meeting on Aug. 20.

Jim Skidmore retired on July 1 after serving as chancellor since the system was created in 2004. Vice chancellor Sarah Tucker is serving as interim chancellor.

W. Va. Colleges Forge Degree Partnership

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Students at New River Community and Technical College can apply credits toward earning a four-year degree at Marshall University.

The schools recently announced separate agreements.

One will allow students at the two-year community college to apply up to 72 credits toward earning bachelor’s degrees at Marshall. The other involves students who plan to pursue a regents bachelor of arts degree, which includes credit for prior learning and career experience. New River would review the students’ relevant military, work and other experiences.

Students in the program may be required to complete a portfolio development course.

ND College Names New Campus Dean

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) — An administrator of Colorado’s community college system has been named the next leader of Dakota College at Bottineau.

Jerry Migler has been named the new Campus Dean of the twoyear college, which is an affiliate campus of Minot State University. Migler replaces Ken Grosz who announced his plans to retire in May after spending four decades at the school.

Migler currently serves as vice president of academic affairs for the Colorado Community College System.

He’s previously served in an administrative role at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

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