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2017 May 26 - 03:31 pm

News Briefs

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

Football Faces Axe at 4 Ariz. Colleges

PHOENIX (AP) — A task force that reviewed 10 schools’ athletics programs has recommended four Arizona community colleges cut football.

KTVK reports (http:/ /bit.ly/2ptnG5p ) the task force had determined football accounts for about 20 percent of Maricopa County Community College District’s athletics budget.

Only four of the district’s 10 schools have football teams: Phoenix College, Scottsdale Community College, Mesa Community College and Glendale Community College.

The task force states football represents about 55 percent of the district’s total insurance costs.

The review had been based on student academic success, program compliance and resource utilization.

There has been no timeline set for when a decision will be made, but an official says the upcoming 2017-18 season will not be impacted.

Grant Denied Because of Paperwork Flaw

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Northwest Arkansas Community College official says the school was rejected from a five-year grant of $1.3 million because of extra letters of support from high school administrators.

The funding would have been used to continue funding Upward Bound, a program for high school students.

The college’s director of grants, Marcus Williams, tells the Arkansas Democrat Gazette (http:// bit.ly/2pPss8J ) that the letters of support pushed the application past the 65-page limit set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Kimberly Jones is the spokeswoman for the nonprofit Council for Opportunity in Education. She says her group is working with lawmakers to help programs like the Northwest Arkansas Community College that lack funding.

The community college’s program has 60 students that receive academic preparation, financial aid counseling and go on trips to look into higher education.

International Students OK’d at NM College

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Central New Mexico Community College has received federal approval to enroll international students on certain visas.

The Albuquerque-based school recently announced that its Global Education office is now accepting international student inquiries for the fall term.

Officials say international students seeking a bachelor’s degree can take the first two years of many bachelor’s degree programs at CNM before transferring to a New Mexico university.

International student applications are being accepted through June 1.

Maine Educators Oppose Campus Carry Bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Higher education leaders say campuses would be less safe if lawmakers pass a Maine Republican’s campus carry bill.

The bill wouldn’t let public universities, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy regulate possession of handguns on their campuses.

Maine allows concealed carry without a permit for those over 21 years old and has exceptions for active duty military members and veterans.

Republican Rep. Richard Cebra’s bill wouldn’t allow concealed handguns in locations like a residence hall.

Todd Tolhurst of Gun Owners of Maine said at a hearing killers operate with impunity in gun-free zones.

The president of Maine’s community college system says it’s dangerous to have more guns drawn when police officers arrive.

The University of Maine’s police chief said it’s extremely rare an armed citizen could stop an active shooter.

More WV Grads Heading to College

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A report says more high school graduates in West Virginia pursued a college education last year.

The report by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Community and Technical College System found 266 more students attended college compared with 2015.

The report says the overall rate increased for the second consecutive year. Higher Education Chancellor Paul Hill says the improvement represents “genuine progress in creating a college-going culture in West Virginia.”

Ohio County had the highest college-going rate at 71.5 percent. Mineral County was next at 66.3 percent, and Monongalia was third at 66 percent.

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties had the highest rates of improvement from 2015 to 2016.

College Develops Program for Aluminum Mill

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A college in Kentucky is developing special programs to train workers for an aluminum mill planned for construction in an area along the Ohio River.

The Daily Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2qwWZsv ) Ashland Community and Technical College plans to develop two specialized course programs for Braidy Industries after company and state officials recently announced initial details about a mill scheduled for completion in 2020.

Braidy CEO Craig Bouchard says the ACTC-developed program will include associate degrees in science and manufacturing in addition to creating a pipeline of talent for the plant and future business in Greenup County. Both ACTC and Braidy officials expect to meet as early as summertime to begin planning.

The mill is expected to create more than 500 jobs and will produce aluminum for the automotive and aerospace industries.

Conn. Immigrants Demand Votes On Aid Bills

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Immigrant college students who live in the country illegally went to the state Capitol to call on lawmakers to vote on two bills that would open up institutional financial aid to them.

Organizers say about a dozen students delivered petitions signed by thousands of people to House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz.

Connecticut allows students without legal permission to be in the U.S. to pay in-state tuition, as long as they have spent at least two years at a state high school. But they can’t apply for any government money, including institutional financial aid that’s directly funded by student tuition payments.

Opponents have argued that allowing the students to access financial aid would mean less money for those in the country legally.

Teen Earns Degree Before HS Diploma

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania girl has earned an associate degree at a community college even before she has received her high school diploma.

WPMT-TV (http://bit.ly/2qmd qfh ) reports 17-year-old Sadira Stallings received her degree in business administration from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Stallings completed 63 credit hours through the schools dualenrollment program and is the first high school student from the community college’s Gettysburg campus to earn her degree before finishing high school.

Stallings took the courses online, which gave her the time to work two jobs and also participate in high school activities.

She’ll receive her diploma from South Western High School in June.

She plans to pursue an associate degree in nursing at the community college this fall so she can become a registered nurse.

State Cuts Mean Higher Tuition at Miss. College

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Tuition is going up at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

The school’s Board of Trustees has announced plans to raise tuition and fees in response to state funding cuts.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2qnXMju ) beginning this fall, tuition for full-time students will increase $205 to $1,400 per semester. Part-time tuition will go up about $20 per semester hour to $140 per semester hour.

Copiah-Lincoln President Ronnie Nettles said the increases are necessary after the Mississippi Legislature cut funding to the state’s community colleges by about 10 percent or $28 million.

Nettles says all of the state’s 15 community colleges are considering tuition increases. In addition, he says new fees will be assessed, including for select career and technical programs ranging from $5 to $75.

NM College To Close Satellite Campus

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana Community College is blaming stagnant enrollment and budget constraints for the decision to close a satellite campus in the southern New Mexico community of Hatch.

School officials said the campus will close next month.

Dona Ana Community College President Renay Scott said in a statement that the recession and resulting market declines have negatively impacted overall enrollment and use of the learning center in Hatch.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2pQlDUc ) that the branch campus taught three in-house courses per semester and served 42 regular students and 16 English-as-a-Second-Language students in the recent spring semester.

In addition to its Hatch campus, the community college operates learning centers in Sunland Park, Anthony and Chaparral. It is part of the New Mexico State University system.

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