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2015 May 13 - 02:44 pm

Education Secretary Says High School Diploma Should Be ‘Starting Point’

During a visit to Louisville, Duncan touted President Barack Obama’s plan to make two years of community college free for students who earn good grades and stay on track to graduate. Duncan called the proposal a potential “game changer” to reduce cost as a barrier to college.
2015 April 19 - 11:49 am

Financial Aid for Dreamers Not Part of Budget

NEW YORK (AP) — About 50 immigrant students who live illegally in New York state have started a hunger strike after a proposal that would allow them to apply for state financial aid for college was not included in the state’s budget, some of the students said.
2015 April 19 - 11:49 am

State School Board Unanimously Approves Resolution in Opposition

The proposal would take control of the state’s communitycollege system away from the elected state school board and put it in the hands of a new board appointed by the governor. Members of the board would have to be approved by the state Senate, similar to university trustees.
2015 March 30 - 10:18 pm

Effort Enlists Colleges, Universities to Train Low-Skilled Workers in Technology Skills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, President Barack Obama has called on employers, educational institutions and local governments to develop a home-grown high technology workforce that could help drive up higher-income employment.
2015 March 30 - 10:18 pm

Bipartisan Measure Would Tie Tuition to Percentage of Average Wages

Tuition would be highest at the state’s two research universities, Washington State University and the University of Washington. At lower tiers, the state’s regional universities and community colleges would have their tuition rates set to lower percentages of the state’s average wage.
2015 March 16 - 11:34 pm

Required Academic Credentials of Executive Director in Dispute

Meeting minutes that in a closed session in January, the board deadlocked 5-5 in an effort to reopen the search and seek new applicants using the existing academic requirements. Opposing that motion were the five members of the 10-member board who voted in December to hire Debra West, the board’s deputy director of programs and accountability.
2015 March 6 - 10:49 am

Community Colleges Fear More K-12 Funding Could Come at Their Expense

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is opposing Initiative 42, which would amend the state Constitution to require an “adequate and efficient system of public schools” and try to close the Legislature’s wiggle room on spending less. And community college forces also appear to be lining up against the amendment.
2015 February 16 - 02:25 pm

Modest Higher Ed Increases Could Mean More Tuition Increases

Some universities said the proposed basic aid increase — a minimal gain from the current fiscal year’s more than $911 million and one of few increases in an otherwise stagnant budget plan — doesn’t compensate for rising costs and could lead to a tuition increase in the 2015-16 academic year if the Legislature does not provide a higher bump.
2015 February 16 - 02:25 pm

Governor Proposes Slashing $380 Million from Higher Education Budgets

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The threat of up to $380 million in budget cuts to Louisiana’s public colleges has higher education officials and lawmakers scrambling for ideas to stop the slashing, weighing everything from tax-break suspensions to new tuition and fee hikes.
2015 February 16 - 02:25 pm

Lawmakers Split Along Party Lines on Whether To Overturn Ban on Carrying Concealed Weapons

Marjorie Sanfilippo, a psychology professor at Eckerd College, said university students have a higher suicide rate and often don’t use healthy ways to cope with stress. “Is it really a good idea to give them a handgun to help them along the way?” she said.
2015 February 4 - 05:33 am

Community Colleges Fare Better Under California Governor’s Spending Blueprint

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is resisting pressure to offset a tuition increase planned for University of California campuses and once again called upon the nation’s largest public university system to rethink how it does business instead of making students and their families pay more.
2015 February 4 - 05:33 am

Mississippi Governor Asks Board To Drop Requirement that New Director Have Doctorate

After failing to choose a candidate following interviews in December, Board Chairman Bruce Martin of Meridian said the board took no action in closed session after again discussing a replacement for current Executive Director Eric Clark, who is retiring.
2015 February 4 - 05:33 am

Amid Threats, Fitzsimmons Bows to LePage’s Demand To Quit

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With Gov. Paul LePage trying to restrict funding and threatening “further harm,” Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons announced that he’s stepping down, saying it’s in the best interest of students and staff..
2015 January 19 - 07:28 pm

President Barack Obama wants to make a community college education free for all Americans

Appearing at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., the president said his plan would be modeled after the Tennessee Promise, a new program under which recent high school graduates get two years of community college tuition covered by the state, and a similar initiative in Chicago, which pays tuition for high-achieving students.

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