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Merged public college system needs major boost in state funds

Faced with mandated pay hikes and surging pension costs, Connecticut’s public college and university system may need an 11 percent increase in state funding over the next two years to maintain current programs, according to a preliminary analysis from system administrators. Continue Reading →

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UConn needs big boost in state aid to preserve sci-tech expansion

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees is seeking major increases in state aid in each of the next two fiscal years, to maintain an initiaitve to expand science and technology programs and to cover mandated pay raises. Continue Reading →

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UConn trustees act to avert another tuition hike — for now

While adopting a new budget that maintains the existing tuition schedule, University of Connecticut officials nonetheless expressed concerns Wednesday that declining state aid could soon be taking a toll on class sizes, academic aid and support services. Continue Reading →

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Proposed UConn budget could lead to more tuition hikes by 2020

With tuition and fees already slated to rise next fiscal year at the University of Connecticut, the Board of Trustees will consider a new budget Wednesday that could leave the flagship university facing additional hikes a year or two down the road. Continue Reading →

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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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