Category Archives: Community Colleges

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U. of Wisconsin System Proposes Merging 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges

The University of Wisconsin system wants to merge its 13 two-year colleges with its four-year institutions, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Under the proposal, each two-year institution would merge with one of seven four-year campuses. It’s not immediately clear what the proposed mergers would mean for jobs and programs at the two-year colleges. Ray W. Cross, the system’s president, said the plan would take effect in July 2018, pending approval in November by the Board of Regents.

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Cincinnati State Suspends All Sports Except Soccer

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will field only two varsity sports this year — men’s and women’s soccer — as the institution looks for financial efficiencies, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“We aren’t dropping sports teams or eliminating athletics,” the college’s president, Monica Posey, said. “We’re going through a transition.”

Last year, Cincinnati State fielded teams in six varsity sports. The four that will be suspended for the 2017-18 season are men’s and women’s basketb…

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Adjunct Says She Was Suspended Following Appearance on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

An adjunct professor at Essex County College, in New Jersey, was suspended two days after her appearance as a political commentator on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lisa Durden, who is also a talk-show host and pop-culture commentator, appeared on Mr. Carlson’s show this month to discuss a Memorial Day event hosted by Black Lives Matter organizers that was open only to black attendees. Although Ms. Durden did not disclose her affiliation with Essex County College on the show, a co…

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Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Nashville State Community College maintains such an oppressive climate for its faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Nashville State’s executives sought to surreptitiously identify which faculty members were being confidentially interviewed by investigators from Middle Tennessee State University. Several administrators, including George H. Van Allen, the college’s presid…

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Embattled Community-College President Retires Ahead of Board Vote

A community-college president who was allegedly recorded disparaging the victim of a campus sexual assault retired this week hours before a vote by the college’s Board of Trustees on his future, the Associated Press reports.

James P. Klyczek, president of Niagara County Community College, in New York, alerted the board that he had stepped down on Wednesday before a meeting where the trustees were expected to vote on whether to oust him. The president was allegedly recorded making critical commen…

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New York Community-College President May Be Ousted After Victim-Blaming Remarks

The Niagara County Community College’s Board of Trustees is expected to vote on Wednesday on the future of the New York college’s president, James Klyczek, who was allegedly recorded making disparaging remarks about a sexual-assault case on the campus.

Mr. Klyczek’s job status will probably be determined during a vote this evening, reports WKBW in Buffalo, N.Y. Last week a recording surfaced that was said to be of Mr. Klyczek criticizing the victim of a campus sexual assault last summer.

“What i…

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Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says

The American Association of University Professors is citing the firing of a Colorado adjunct instructor as evidence of a broader lack of academic freedom for part-time faculty members throughout that state’s community-college system.

The case of Nathanial Bork, who lost his job at the Community College of Aurora last fall after he complained to its accreditor about a new curriculum there, “exposes the absence of adequate procedural protections for the adjunct faculty in the regulations of the …

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In First College Visit, DeVos Praises Career Prep and Community Colleges

Betsy DeVos made her first official visit to an institution of higher education as education secretary on Friday, touring the jobs-training programs at Valencia College, a two-year college in Florida.

Ms. DeVos’s interest in community colleges — specifically, in career preparation — is consistent with her past statements on higher ed. In her first higher-ed address, in February, she noted “the importance of expanding vocational and technical education, the types of career and technical education…

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In First Higher-Ed Address as Education Secretary, DeVos Praises Community Colleges

Betsy DeVos was brief but prepared on Thursday in remarks to the Association of Community College Trustees’ National Legislative Summit, her first speech on higher-education issues since being confirmed as education secretary.

Ms. DeVos spoke for eight and a half minutes to the crowd gathered for a conference here in Washington, D.C., where she praised community colleges, noting their importance to President Trump’s plan for the first 100 days of his administration. “This plan notes the imp…

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Community-College Trustee Apologizes for Clinton ‘Hangman’ Tweets

A member of the Board of Trustees of the Riverside Community College District, in California, apologized on Tuesday for posting tweets depicting a hangman and the words “I’m Ready for Hillary,” The Press-Enterprise reports.

The trustee, Nathan Miller, published the two tweets, which were later deleted, from the Twitter account of the Riverside County Republican Party on August 3. He is on the party’s central committee.