A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation
Ex NY Coach Indicted on Forgery Charges
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A former basketball coach of a New York community college has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.
Tyrone Mushatt was arraigned on an 18-count indictment in White Plains, New York.
Several former basketball stars at Westchester Community College were ruled ineligible at other schools as a result of the scandal, which was uncovered in October 2014 by The Journal News.
Prosecutors say Mushatt altered the grades on some of his players’ transcripts between 2012 and 2014. They say the bogus transcripts were sent to seven colleges, including St. John’s, Quinnipiac and Florida A&M universities.
His attorney, John Pappalardo, says Mushatt continues to maintain his innocence and has tremendous community support.
NH Nursing Program Reaccredited
CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — The registered nursing program at River Valley Community College has been reaccredited for a period of five years after it was stripped of its certification in August 2013.
Pat Shinn, the school’s nursing department chairwoman, tells The Valley News (http://bit.ly/2at1izJ ) that the accreditation also covers students from the Claremont and Keene campuses who graduated this spring with an associate’s degree in nursing.
Marcy Stoll, chief executive officer of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, says the initial accreditation offered to River Valley means their program is “in compliance with all ACEN accreditation standards.”
River Valley lost its accreditation after it was cited for noncompliance on two standards — curriculum and outcomes.
Shinn says school officials were committed to making the necessary improvements to restore the program.
Grants Aim To Match Jobs And Students
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at helping students get skills for high-demand jobs.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says the New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant Program will make certain workforce credential training programs at community colleges cheaper for students.
The grants cover 124 community college training programs .
Students will be eligible to receive up to $3,000. If they complete a training program covered by the grants that costs $4,500, they’ll pay just $1,500.
McAuliffe’s office says lawmakers approved funding to provide about 10,000 Virginians with grants over the next two years.
Secretary of Education Dietra Trent says the program will be a “game changer’’ for Virginia.
Embattled Board Member Won’t Seek Re-Election
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The embattled board chairman of an Omaha community college says he won’t resign but will not run for re-election in November.
The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2arYoh1 ) that Fred Conley repeated at a news conference that he’s done nothing wrong.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development banned Conley from participating in federal contracts for three years because he failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest while serving on the Omaha Housing Authority board. He’s been under pressure to leave his Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors position, lest his continued presence jeopardize Metro’s federal funding. The college received $32.7 million in federal student aid in the 2014-15 school year.
Conley has filed a federal law suit to overturn the Housing Department’s action.
Michigan College Expanding Tech Center
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Kellogg Community College Regional Manufacturing Technology Center’s $2.75 million addition is expected to be ready for the fall semester.
Assembly lines and machinery for the heating and cooling program for the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Assembly Training program have been moved into two rooms of the 8,400- square-foot addition, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer (http://bcene.ws/2a 8Dnqs ). One room will be used for the electrical apprenticeship training. The project also allowed the center to expand its welding shop and provided space in the older part of the building for forklift training.
The Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority board is paying 61 percent of the project cost. The college is paying for the rest.
The center also has acquired $2.4 million of equipment.
“It gives us a little bit more room to grow, to add new programming,” center Director Tom Longman said.
Another project will provide the center with $2.2 million in capital outlay funding from the state to renovate the 26-year-old part of the building. The total cost of that project is expected to be $4.3 million, with the rest paid for by the college’s capital improvement property tax.
Ind. Agencies Get $1.3M for Job Training
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a total of more than $1.3 million to 16 local housing authorities in Indiana to help families living in public housing and those participating in a housing choice voucher program further their education, find good jobs, and attain self-sufficiency.
The Indianapolis Housing Authority is receiving nearly $282,000 in the grants announced this week, while housing authorities in Evansville, New Albany, Fort Wayne and Terre Haute will receive grants of $100,000 or more. Smaller grans are going to housing authorities in Vincennes, Kokomo, Hammond, Gary, South Bend, Michigan City, Bloomington, Elkhart, Marion, Columbus and Peru.
The grants allow public housing agencies to work with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses and other partners to help the affected residents gain job skills.