A Summary Listing of Higher-Ed-Related News from Around The Nation
Ohio Student Earns 8 Degrees
KIRTLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio student who recently earned eight associate degrees from his community college now has his eye on getting a bachelor’s degree and a job as an engineer.
The News-Herald in Willoughby reports 33-yearold Chris Hayden graduated with all of those degrees from Lakeland Community College.
Hayden says he wanted to gain as much knowledge as he could and tie together a range of disciplines. His job helped provide tuition assistance, and he worked full time during his studies.
Hayden says he would have stopped if he thought he couldn’t handle it.
He is now looking to get a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Unsurprisingly, he says he might pursue more than one degree.
Court: ED Violated Privacy Laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain.
In a break with the Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in December that some students cheated by the now-defunct schools would only get a part of their federal student loan forgiven. A California district court ruled that the department’s use of Social Security Administration data in order to calculate loan forgiveness violates the Privacy Act. The court ordered the Education Department to stop the practice and stop debt collection from these students.
The court also said that it needs to hear more from both sides in order to decide whether or not to compel the agency to return to full loan forgiveness.
LSU, Delgado Announce Joint Nursing Program
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two Louisiana schools are working together to increase the number of nurses with bachelor's degrees and get them working sooner.
A news release said LSU Health New Orleans’ new Early Admission Registered Nurse program will let students enroll in a bachelor's degree program while still in nursing school at Delgado Community College.
To get in, students must have completed all prerequisites and second-semester courses in Delgado's Charity School of Nursing with at least a 2.8 grade-point average. They also must meet residency requirements at both schools to qualify for in-state tuition.
Once accepted applicants get their associate degree in nursing from Delgado, they'll have to request a transfer to an LSU program for registered nurses who are working toward a bachelor's degree, called the RN to BSN Program.
Director, Actress To Start Montana Arts Institute
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Director and screenwriter Michael Polish and his actress wife Kate Bosworth are helping to cultivate the movie industry in Montana.
The first project is a twoweek film school to be held July 9-20 at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, with sessions taught by industry professionals.
Polish says the course through the Montana Institute for the Arts will demonstrate taking a project from script to screen.
The institute’s executive director is Flathead County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Bruyer, who works in the film industry as a tactical and military consultant.
Polish and Bosworth were married in 2013 in Philipsburg and split their time between Los Angeles and a home in Bigfork. Bosworth’s first movie role was in The Horse Whisperer, which was filmed in Montana.
They most recently collaborated on Nona, a film about sex trafficking in Central America.
Police Say Wash. College Newspapers Not Stolen
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane Falls Community College security has determined hundreds of copies of the student newspaper were not stolen in April, as student journalists suspected.
The Spokesman-Review reported that about 400 copies of the March 8 issue of the Communicator disappeared from the racks at a rapid pace on April 2 and April 3, as students and staff returned to campus after spring break.
The issue featured an unflattering front-page story about Darren Pitcher, who resigned as the college’s president in February amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Student journalists believed someone stole the papers to hide the coverage.
Kenneth DeMello, campus safety director, said whoever took those papers wasn’t technically stealing them because they appeared “free for the taking.” DeMello said there are no surveillance cameras in that area.
Arkansas Colleges OK Tuition, Fee Increases
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas officials have given final approval to tuition-and-fee rates for the next academic year.
The Arkansas Democrat- Gazette reports that the university’s board of trustees decided on Thursday to keep tuition flat for in-state students at the system’s four-year universities while raising mandatory fees.
The average year-over-year increase at the four-year universities will be about $325 for a student taking a typical 30-hour course load. The rates don’t include other costs, such as housing or books.
System President Donald Bobbitt says the system’s seven community colleges will see tuition increase no more than 2.1 percent.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked public universities in January to temporarily freeze tuition and for public two-year schools to raise tuition no more than rises in the consumer price index.
Participants in Mentoring Program Graduating
DETROIT (AP) — Participants in a mentoring program started by professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are graduating from high school.
An invitation-only reception was held for the 18 young men in Bing’s Boys Inspired through Nurturing, Growth & Opportunities initiative — BINGO.
They started the program in 2014 as 9th graders.
Bing says most of the graduates plan to attend 4-year universities, community colleges or skilled-trades schools. He says many “never thought that college was an option for them.”
BINGO is part of the Bing Youth Institute which supports programs and activities designed to improve the academic, behavioral and social wellness of young men of color.
Bing was mayor from 2009 through 2013. He spent nine of his 12 NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons.
East Miss. CC Names Kimbrel As New Baseball Coach
SCOOBA, Miss. (AP) — East Mississippi Community College has selected its new baseball coach.
News outlets report announced the promotion of Brett Kimbrel to head baseball coach. He had been an assistant coach for the past two seasons.
Kimbrel replaces Chris Rose, who resigned earlier this month after eight seasons on the job for the Lions.
East Mississippi finished the 2018 season with a 13-29 record. The team last qualified for the playoffs in 2017 when it finished 25-20, including a series loss in the first round to Hinds Community College.
Before joining EMCC, Kimbrel spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Shelton State Community College in Alabama. The Florida native is a 30-year coaching veteran.
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