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2016 March 15 - 11:16 am

News Briefs

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

Ohio Budget Expands Dual Enrollment Opportunities

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s higher education leader says Gov. John Kasich’s administration will seek in its upcoming budget to expand partnerships that allow students to take three of four years of their bachelor’s degree coursework at a community college.

Chancellor John Carey said expanding “3-plus-1” programs between two- and four-year institutions would continue to reduce Ohio college costs. Kasich’s midterm budget also calls for up to 10 bachelor’s degrees to be offered through community colleges.

Further, the proposal includes a pilot program where high-school students could receive remediation in tandem with college-level work and skills-based competency certificates, and a requirement that public universities continue cost-sharing and other savings opportunities.

Ohio would also join a Midwest reciprocity program under the plan that provides reduced tuition for select programs at participating out-of-state institutions.

College Building Meets Va. Green Energy Standards

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A renovated student services center at Tidewater Community College is the first public-use building in Virginia completed using new state standards promoting energy efficiency and conservation in government facilities.

The state Department of General Services announced the achievement in a news release.

The department developed the Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards as an alternative to other international green building certification programs. The standards touch on site development, land use, indoor environmental quality, water conservation and energy efficiency.

Renovations to Tidewater Community College’s Bayside Building in Virginia Beach involved converting the former campus library into a 43,000- square-foot building housing student services, computer and math labs, and more.

Ill. Gov. Vetoes Dems’ College Funding Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a proposal to fund community colleges and a grant program that helps students pay for college.

Illinois Democrats approved a plan in January to provide $324 million to community colleges and $397 million to the Monetary Award Program.

Rauner said the plan would “explode the state’s budget deficit” and “exacerbate the state’s cash flow crisis.”

GOP lawmakers have said the proposal is an empty promise because Illinois doesn’t have a state budget.

Democrats want a tax increase and spending cuts to rectify Illinois’ multibillion-dollar deficit.

Rauner says he won’t support a tax increase without reforms.

A Republican measure would provide $1.6 billion for grants, community colleges and four-year universities. The plan also gives Rauner power to shift money around during a budget crisis.

Wyo. College Brings Back Women’s Hoops

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees has voted to reinstate women’s basketball at the Cheyenne college for the first time in 24 years.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/211Gntg ) that the move was adopted unanimously.

LCCC athletics director Scott Noble has said that the college hasn’t had a women’s basketball team since 1992, when it dropped its entire athletic program after an economic downturn.

According to the athletic department’s proposal, work to field a women’s team will begin this spring with recruiting athletes and fundraising to cover costs. A coach and assistant coach will be hired this summer.

Noble said LCCC currently is the only college in Region IX of the National Junior College Athletic Association that doesn’t have a women’s basketball team.

Ill. Colleges Raise Money for Engineering

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University and Rock Valley College are raising money to support a new four-year engineering degree program.

The Rockford Register Star reports (bit.ly/1XNn81c) school leaders are trying to raise $6 million for the NIU-RVC engineering program. They received almost half that amount during a kickoff event.

The program is scheduled to open to students this fall. They’ll be able to earn four-year bachelor’s degrees in mechanical, electrical and applied manufacturing at Rock Valley College, a community college in Rockford. Students also will the option of getting a master’s degree in integrated systems engineering.

RVC President Mike Mastroianni says the program represents a “paradigm change” because most people look at community colleges as two-year institutions.

Money raised will go toward faculty, scholarships, building renovations and equipment.

Former Member To Rejoin Neb. College Board

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man who served on the Southeast Community College Board for more than 17 years when he lived in Pickrell has rejoined the board.

Beatrice radio station KWBE reports (http://bit.ly/1PFk0l6 ) that Robert Feit was chosen to replace Helen Griffin, of Lincoln, who resigned in December. There were two other candidates.

Feit had resigned in May, saying his move from Pickrell to Lincoln would take him out of his college board district.

The college serves 15 counties in southeast Nebraska.

NYC Announces Visa Program for Entrepreneurs

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials announced a new program Thursday to provide visas for up to 80 international entrepreneurs who will work out of business incubators at City University of New York campuses.

The entrepreneurs will mentor students in exchange for access to college facilities.

The city Economic Development Corporation and CUNY said the program should generate 700 new jobs in the next three years. The International Innovators Initiative, or IN2NYC, as the program is called, will start taking applications this spring.

“This is a win for our universities, our working people and our city’s ability to compete on the global stage,’’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We are making sure New York City remains a magnet for the world’s top talent, and putting New Yorkers to work at the technology and engineering firms of tomorrow.’’ The entrepreneurs will qualify for an H-1B visas.

The CUNY colleges taking part in the program are Baruch College, City College, the College of Staten Island, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College and Queens College.

More Aid Asked for Former Foster Care Youths

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of community groups is asking for more money to help cover college costs for youths who have been in New York’s foster care system.

The Cuomo administration has proposed continuing $1.5 million for the program in the coming year.

Advocates say the program supported 352 students this year. They want the governor and lawmakers to increase funding to $4.5 million and extend it to hundreds more.

The coalition says New York has 20,000 children and youths in foster care, about 4,000 college age, and less than 10 percent will get college degrees because they lack family support.

About one-quarter of New Yorkers aging out of foster care will be homeless within four years, and half will be unemployed at 24.

The program offers financial aid and other support.

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