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2017 April 24 - 03:26 pm

News Briefs

A Summary Listing of Higher-Ed-Related News from Around The Nation

Ivy Tech Laying Off 43 Employees

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College’s northwest and north central regions says the regions are laying off 43 people and letting some currently vacant positions go unfilled in cost-cutting moves.

Regional Chancellor Thomas Coley told the South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/2oZjQ3t ) that 31 northwest region employees are being laid off, including eight administrators, five faculty members and 15 full-time staff members. The region has campuses in Michigan City, Valparaiso, Gary and East Chicago.

Coley says 12 north central region employees are being laid off, including three fulltime administrators, one full time faculty member and six full-time staff members. The region has campuses in South Bend, Elkhart County and Warsaw.

Most layoffs will occur in May, when the semester ends.

Coley says no degree or training programs will be cut.

Texas Gets Games Despite ‘Bathroom Bill’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Junior College Athletic Association has picked Texas to host six championships through 2021 despite a proposed “bathroom bill” similar to what led the governing body to punish North Carolina.

NJCAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Krug said they’re aware of the Texas bill that would require transgender people to use restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. Last year, the NJCAA moved a baseball championship after North Carolina adopted a “bathroom bill” limiting LGBT rights.

The Texas proposal is currently stalled by House Republicans who oppose the measure.

Krug says the NJCAA will determine future action on a “case by case” basis.

North Carolina lawmakers last month rolled back its law following yearlong backlash that cost the state in business projects, conventions and sporting events.

NJ College Faculty Rally for New Contract

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Faculty and staff at nine of New Jersey’s public colleges and universities are calling for a new contract.

They staged rallies to draw attention that more than 10,000 faculty, staff and librarians across the state have been working without a contract since July 2015.

The College Council-American Federation of Teachers says members are bringing home less pay because costs have risen.

The union represents faculty at The College of New Jersey, William Paterson, Kean, New Jersey City, Montclair State, Ramapo, Rowan, Stockton and Thomas Edison State universities.

Wyo. Educators Eye New Strategic Plan

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming official says the school’s new strategic plan could be in place by July 1.

The Laramie Boomerang reported (http://bit.ly/2nXVa7r ) Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Kate Miller set the time estimate after the first town hall meeting on a draft of the plan.

The draft sets goals that include increasing student recruitment, improving collaboration with community colleges and K-12 schools and boosting research funding and private contributions.

The draft was written by a Strategic Planning Leadership Council after public meetings around Wyoming and on campus.

After public comment, the draft might be revised before it’s presented for consideration by UW’s Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

It then will go to the UW Board of Trustees for final approval.

Hockey Player Who Attacked Ref Gets Probation

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A teenage hockey player who attacked a referee during the final seconds of the junior college national championship game in New York has pleaded guilty to assault.

Nineteen-year-old Cheektowaga resident Brandon Day will get three years of probation for the attack during a game between Erie Community College and Dakota College of Bottineau at Broome Community College in February.

Authorities say the Erie college student was serving a penalty but bolted onto the ice before his penalty was over. Video shows him skating toward the official and knocking him backward. Two other officials quickly intervened with several players and subdued him.

A defense lawyer says Day has stress and anxiety issues and is getting treatment.

Day also must pay the referee’s medical expenses.

Day’s team lost 7-4.

WV Extends Grant Application Deadline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have extended the application deadline for the need-based Higher Education Grant Program through May 1.

The Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System say the deadline has been pushed back because of a federal technology issue.

The old deadline was April 15.

Commission Chancellor Paul Hill says the grant is “a lifeline to college” for thousands of lowincome students in West Virginia, and they want to ensure students and their families have time to complete the necessary steps.

Probe: No Evidence Former Trustee Was Hacked

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Investigators can’t find any evidence that a New Jersey community college trustee’s Twitter account was hacked.

Brookdale Community College Trustee Joseph DiBella resigned last month following accusations of liking tweets that used racial slurs to refer to President Barack Obama and mentioned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a sexually explicit manner.

In a letter, the Monmouth County’s Prosecutor’s Office said “an exhaustive six month investigation” came up with nothing to support his complaint of hacking.

DiBella disagreed with the prosecutor’s office findings. In an email to the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/2p2y7sN ), DiBella said he hired a “national forensic technology company” that concluded he did not “like” the offensive social media posts.

DiBella’s statement did not name the firm.

Nursing Board Puts NM College On Notice

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College won’t be able to accept any new students into its nursing program until its graduates’ test results improve or it wins an appeal.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2op1G89 ) that the state nursing board has placed the college’s nursing program on conditional status for two years due to low scores on licensing exams.

The passing rate for the exams is 80 percent. Students at the college averaged between 72 percent and 79 percent in the last three years.

College leaders plan to ask the board to reconsider the program’s status based on improved test scores for the first quarter of 2017.

Eighty-six percent of students in the associate degree program and 90 percent in the bachelor’s program passed the most recent licensure exam.

Ky. Gov. Changes Plan for Free 2-Yr. Degree

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A scholarship program that would have provided free community college for all new high school graduates in Kentucky has been trimmed back to pay for only specialized work certificate programs.

The Lexington Herald- Leader reports (http://bit.ly/ 2pthENX ) the Work Ready Scholarship program was proposed by House Democrats in the 2016 legislative session and approved by the General Assembly to pay tuition for college students seeking two-year associate degrees after existing state scholarship programs have been used.

However, in December Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order creating his own version of the scholarship program limited to those seeking certificates in five industries with worker shortages, like health care and construction.

House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins says Bevin’s move goes directly against the spirit of the original bill.

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