A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation
Iowa Central CC Eyes New Housing
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge is considering construction of more housing for its growing number of students.
College President Dan Kinney said that the college hopes to take a plan to the school board in February to build another 60-bed unit.
The Messenger (http://bit.ly/1NprqEy ) reports that about 30 motel rooms were rented for about 60 students at the start of the year. As spots opened up in student housing, students were moved out of the motel.
“What happens is, some students plan on coming and then get nervous or don’t show up,” Kinney said. “Some get here, get homesick and want to go home.”
The school president said that it took about a month and a half to move students out of the motel and onto campus.
“Every year we continue to look at what additional housing we have, what’s our capacity and where do we want to be,” Kinney said. “We probably turned a number of students away this last year just because we don’t have housing.”
As much as $500,000 is budgeted yearly for renovations to the college’s existing apartments, based on the projects the schools hopes to address.
The east tower of one of the school’s apartment buildings has been remodeled over three years at a cost of over $1 million.
“We don’t have all the money at one time, so we set it up in phases,” Kinney said. “What we’re setting up is just a general maintenance upgrades of all of our facilities.”
SC College Offering Free Tuition
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter is offering students in four Midlands counties free tuition beginning this summer.
The Sumter Item reports (http://bit.ly/1QppS3Q ) that college President Tim Hardee told reporters that the program will be the first of its kind in the state.
The free tuition will be available to qualifying students from Clarendon, Sumter, Lee and Kershaw counties.
The college worked with local governments, development boards and various corporate sponsors to raise $250,000 to cover the cost of the program.
It will provide students two years of tuition for one program of study. The free-tuition program does not cover other costs.
To qualify students must be admitted to the college and have at least a 2.0 high school average.
NY College To Get Security Training Center
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state college on Long Island will host a new education center focusing on ways to protect New York’s transit and transportation hubs that could be vulnerable to terrorism.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state will spend $6.6 million to create the new Infrastructure, Transportation and Security Center at Farmingdale State College.
The governor said the academic center will help ensure that tomorrow’s security experts are prepared to defend key transportation and infra structure installations.
Stony Brook University and Nassau Community College will work with Farmingdale to operate the center. The three schools are kicking in $21 million to open it.
The center will host both graduate and undergraduate courses when it is fully up and running in 2020.
Oregon College Instructor Files Lawsuit
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A tenured instructor at Lane Community College has accused the school of failing to address her concerns about a male student she says stalked her.
The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/EC6Fsp ) that Nadia Raza filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eugene. She is accusing LCC officials of negligence, discrimination, retaliation and denying her equal protection.
LCC spokeswoman Joan Aschim declined to comment on pending litigation.
In her suit, Raza says she went to administrators in 2014 after the male student turned in an assignment in which he wrote that he was affiliated with neo-Nazis. She said he then emailed her repeatedly asking her to meet off campus.
Raza says she felt threatened because she is a Pakistani-American Muslim woman. She says the school failed to protect her safety.
Nev. Colleges Mull Common Registration
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Higher education officials are exploring a statewide registration system that would allow students to compare class offerings at seven public colleges.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/1JsJ7rS) that University of Nevada, Reno student body president Caden Fabbi says a system like this may help students graduate in four years.
“I know students can’t get in to the classes they need,” Fabbi said.
The Nevada System of Higher Education governs the state’s public schools, including the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. Its 13 members voted to have staff members estimate the funding and manpower the system would need.
The common registration platform would not replace each school’s application process, but would allow students registering for a class like English 101 to see where else it is offered.
NSHE Vice Chancellor of Student Services Crystal Abba said the system would benefit students.
“I actually can’t think of anything that would have more tangible benefits to students than (a) common registration platform,” Abba said.
She said the process would take time.
“It can’t be built overnight,” she said. “I don’t know if we could do it in a year.”
Regents will hear a common registration proposal in March.
New La. College Eyes 2016 Groundbreaking
WALKER, La. (AP) — Livingston Parish education and business leaders hope to break ground on a new community and technical college in Walker this year.
The Advocate reports the announcement came at a meeting of the Livingston Economic Development Council, which has been advocating for the campus.
In 2013, the Louisiana Legislature approved $5.1 million in bond financing but demanded the local community kick in about $615,000 to pay for the project.
LEDC President Larry Collins said that money has been pledged, and construction could begin before the year is over, with classes starting in 2017.
The Livingston Parish School Board donated 12.3 acres to build the college, with school officials saying they needed a community college, since the parish does not currently have one.
Chicago-Area College Offers Free Tuition
ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago community college is offering a free year of classes to select high school seniors.
The Daily Herald reports (bit.ly/1nBmVlu) Elgin Community College is partnering with Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 on the program. It will allow seniors to take classes in arts, science and applied science that will count toward a twoyear associate degree.
When they graduate, students may choose to finish their degree at ECC or transfer the credits to another Illinois college.
Ben Churchill is the district’s chief academic officer. He says the program will provide “a real jump-start” on a college education and be a “significant cost savings to families.”
The newspaper says no other suburban school district has a dual-credit program that offers a full year of tuition-free college courses.