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The legislature must retake control of its college and university system

Opponents of the Board of Regents for Higher Education ill-conceived “Students First” plan are organizing, educating, petitioning,  and testifying. The legislature is holding hearings. The new governor is establishing his administration. Meanwhile, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian proceeds unchecked with his “half-baked” (as described by the accrediting agency) plan to consolidate the community colleges.

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‘Students First’ or Obfuscation Inc.?

In 2011, a Board of Regents for Public Higher Education (BOR) was created to supposedly save money through centralization of functions and to assure smooth student transition from community colleges to universities. But students were deceived about the transfer process as smooth transfers can be achieved without this centralized boondoggle. Since 2011, after five presidents, all there is to show is nearly quarter billion taxpayer dollars wasted on a bloated central bureaucracy with 150 employees at an annual cost of $35 million, and several failed proposals to merge the community colleges and the state universities with reassuring names such as Transform 2020, Go Back to Get Ahead, and the current plan, Students First.