Higher education officials say making sure students are prepared is even more important in light of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program, which offers two years of community or technical college tuition-free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Jindal’s urging, lawmakers set up the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund to link higher education money directly to projected workforce demand. They steered a mix of tax dollars, construction funding and other money to the fund in this year’s budget.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich is being urged to support new technologies and innovative teaching styles in college classrooms across Ohio, to boost student advising and internship opportunities and to extend more college courses into the summers as he writes his next higher education budget.
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.
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.
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..
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.
A universal “affirmative consent” standard is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state’s public university system, spelling out for students that only “yes” — not silence or a lack of resistance — is the cue for sexual activity.
NEW ORLEANS — If federal policy makers are serious about giving all students access to affordable higher education, they should leverage some of the billions of dollars in existing federal funding to make states stop cutting their budgets for public universities and colleges.
Little Oversight on More than $220 Million Distributed to Community and Technical College Students
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s college oversight agencies do not verify that students who receive more than $220 million in lottery-funded scholarships are eligible for them, according to a legislative audit. The Legislative Audit Council recommends that the agencies review the lottery money it distributes to colleges and technical.
‘Gainful Employment’ Rules Targeted by Propriertary College Trade Group
Education Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said in a statement that the department is confident it is within its legal authority in issuing regulations “that will protect students and taxpayers’ investments by bringing more accountability and transparency to career training programs.
His stance on the issue puts Patrick, widely considered the favorite, squarely at odds with his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, who sponsored the measure, known as the Texas Dream Act, in 2001, when it passed with overwhelming Republican support.
“We have been under steady, unrelenting pressure,” declared the organization’s president, David Warren, who spoke of “an overreaching executive branch” he said sought to use unreliable statistics to measure the effectiveness of higher-education institutions that are vastly different from each other.
Veterans new to the state who enrolled at Florida State soon discovered they had to pay out-ofstate tuition for their first year, or an additional $15,000. (By the second year, they had lived in the state long enough to have established residency.) For some, that meant the difference between attending college or not.
Davis unveiled the new plans in San Antonio. They include creating a Career-Technical Coordinating Board, which would coordinate between businesses and schools to ease the entry into technical jobs for students.