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Regents approve plan to consolidate community colleges in 2023

The governing board of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges voted Thursday to move forward with implementing a new plan to merge the schools into a single accredited institution — but this time in five years. Continue Reading →

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Opposition softens toward revised community college merger

As the governing board of the state’s 12 community colleges meets on Thursday to vote on a revised version of a plan intended to merge the schools into a single accredited institution, some faculty and former officials remain opposed — while slightly softening their disapproval. Continue Reading →

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Already deep in debt, Connecticut struggles with extremes of wealth and income

The growing gap between Connecticut’s richest and poorest citizens, which already outstrips that in most other states, has widened dramatically since the last recession. While only the most affluent households improved their standing, the rest lost ground. How to address this inequality and a crushing state debt at the same time will be at the core of Connecticut’s political debate for years to come. First in a series. Continue Reading →

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Regents: Extra state funds not a cure-all for a system in crisis

A last-minute boost in state funding won’t stave off a looming fiscal crisis for Connecticut’s public colleges and universities, the Board of Regents for Higher Education reported Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Regents determined to persist with ‘Students First’ consolidation

The governing board of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is not giving up on implementing a controversial plan to merge the schools into a single accredited institution, even though a regional accrediting body rejected its current pitch. But Mark Ojakian, the system’s president, backpedaled on previous comments that he was considering closing one or more campuses and further raising tuition. Continue Reading →

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Financial aid for ‘dreamers’ becomes a reality in Connecticut

The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final passage Wednesday night to legislation that opens financial aid in the state to “dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants brought here as children, only to find themselves priced out of higher education as they come of age. The bipartisan vote was 91-59. Continue Reading →

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Parties sharply divided over higher ed, labor costs, transportation

Democrats and Republicans offered sharply contrasting spending plans for the next fiscal year. While they shared some common ground involving municipal aid and health care for the elderly and disabled, major disagreements involving labor costs, higher education and revenue stand in the way of another bipartisan budget agreement. Continue Reading →

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