A Summary Listing of Higher-Ed-Related News from Around The Nation
Snyder Gets $1M Payout from Ivy Tech CC
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The former president of an Indiana community college has received a more than $1 million retirement payout despite the university’s struggle with budget cuts.
Tom Snyder retired as president of Ivy Tech Community College in June 2016.
College officials say the payout includes salary for 2016-18, deferred compensation, vacation and sick pay payout, and taxable vehicle and personal use funds.
Snyder’s retirement came at a time when the community college system’s enrollment had dropped by 25 percent over three years. The university laid off employees and left positions unfilled in response to the loss of revenue.
The payout wasn’t revealed at the time of Snyder’s retirement.
Wyo. Colleges Voice Support For Immigrants
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The presidents of Wyoming’s seven community colleges and the University of Wyoming have voiced their support for a federal program that shields young immigrants from deportation.
The college presidents said in a letter that young adults enrolled in state colleges who are in jeopardy of being deported are Wyoming’s youth.
The letter says that the hopes and dreams of those students include futures in Wyoming and that they should be given a path to citizenship. The letter also cites what they can add to a state with an aging population and a labor force that’s been depleted by a struggling economy.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2fOSLd4) that Wyoming’s congressional delegation support ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
La. Colleges Offering Aid to FFA students
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s community college system is creating a scholarship program for students in the future farmers’ association.
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System will give a $500 one-time scholarship to each high school graduate who belongs to the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Student Association.
Each state champion in the organization will get a $1,000 scholarship.
The awards can be used to attend any school in the community and technical college system, starting with students graduating this spring. The scholarship is valid for the fall semester after graduation.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says the scholarship will help remove financial barriers and increase access to training.
System President Monty Sullivan says he hopes to attract some of the 10,000 FFA members.
Ivy Tech Plans $43 Million in Upgrades
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College officials are working on plans for $43 million in Muncie construction projects, including converting a vacant downtown office building into classroom space.
Other planned projects include renovations at Ivy Tech’s campus on Muncie’s south side. Ivy Tech spokeswoman Jennifer Gasiorek tells The Star Press that school officials are still in the preliminary planning stages for the project.
Ivy Tech has owned the downtown building that previously was The Star Press office since 2009. The school currently has business and education classes in the former Ball Corp. headquarters building a couple blocks away and criminal justice, social services and culinary arts programs at another downtown building.
The funding plan includes $38.7 million in state money and $4.3 million from local fundraising.
Kan. Colleges Seeing Dips in Enrollment
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Recent data show that fall enrollment figures have increased among technical colleges in Kansas but have decreased for most state universities and community colleges.
All six state universities and the state’s community and technical colleges reported their enrollment data to the Kansas Board of Regents after the 20th day of classes, the Wichita Eagle reported.
“Fall enrollment numbers are showing mixed results across our system,” said Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the board.
The board said that average enrollment among the state universities declined slightly from last year. Half of the universities saw an individual increase. Wichita State University’s increase was the highest at 4.2 percent.
Kansas community colleges saw a 2 percent enrollment decrease, or about 1,500 students.
Technical colleges saw an increase of more than 12 percent. Wichita Area Technical College saw an individual increase of more than 18 percent from last year. The school reported record numbers last fall as well.
“We’re very excited about that,” said Sheree Utash, president of the technical school.
“We have a definite need in the city of Wichita for a very proficient, skilled technical workforce.”
Nebraska College OKs Levy Increase
MILFORD, Neb. (AP) — Southeast Nebraska taxpayers will pay 21 percent more to Southeast Community College under a plan approved by the college’s governing board.
The board unanimously approved the plan to pay for new construction projects on each of the college’s three campuses. The vote will raise the college’s property tax levy from 7.52 cents per $100 of valuation to 9.07 cents per $100 for the 2017-18 school year.
Most of the increase will go to the college’s capital improvement fund, which is used to maintain and build new facilities.
Southeast Community College President Paul Illich says the increase will pay for a new health sciences education center in Lincoln, new classroom space in Beatrice and a diesel technology facility in Milford.
The rate is the second-lowest among Nebraska’s community colleges.