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CSCU regents adopt tuition hikes, consolidation framework

Updated at 8:13 p.m.
The Board of Regents for Higher Education adopted tuition increases that will eliminate more than half the $35-million budget deficit the state’s largest public college system is facing in the next fiscal year. The board also adopted the framework of a plan to dramatically consolidate the administrative and operational structures of many of the system’s colleges. Continue Reading →

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Ojakian pitches sweeping consolidations to keep CSCU ‘viable’

The Board of Regents for Higher Education will be asked Thursday to endorse a framework for saving at least $41 million annually through the administrative and operational consolidations of institutions that have remained autonomous since the merger in 2011 of the state’s 12 community colleges, four regional state universities and the online college, Charter Oak. The system’s president, Mark Ojakian, said the present structure no longer is viable. Continue Reading →

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Higher ed board gives Ojakian 3-year extension as president

Mark Ojakian, who took over as the leader of the state’s largest public college system amid turmoil last year, has won something his predecessors were unable to achieve – a contract extension from the system’s governing board. The extension brings no raise in his $335,000 salary. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Shift health care, pension costs to universities

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget would transfer the responsibility for health care, retirement and other fringe benefit costs for thousands of employees to the state’s public colleges and universities – a move college leaders have warned will probably result in a lot of red ink in their budgets. Continue Reading →

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As professor racks up convictions, CSCU unable to consider them in employment decisions

What’s a college president to do with a professor who keeps getting arrested in his spare time? And if a professor is disciplined in connection with his job, should students and the public be able to find out? At the regional Connecticut State Universities, the answers to those questions will soon be sorted out. Continue Reading →

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Ojakian to leave as Malloy’s chief of staff

Mark Ojakian, the chief of staff to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy since the second year of the Malloy administration, is stepping down later this year. But he may not be entirely departing: A source close to the governor said Ojakian will remain “a close adviser.” His name already has surfaced for an interim post in higher education. Continue Reading →

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Behind The Numbers Podcast – Episode 6: Charter schools, state aid and UConn in a lean budget

Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas discuss the new $40.3 billion, two-year state budget legislators sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and its impact on every level of education from preschool to colleges and universities. Continue Reading →

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House votes to strip Gray of power to close campus

In a clear show of displeasure with the leader of the state’s system of community colleges and regional state universities, the state House of Representatives voted 86 to 56 Tuesday to block the system from closing a campus without legislative approval. Continue Reading →

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Senate moves to rebuke Gray, stop Meriden campus closure

The Senate moved swiftly Wednesday to stop a surprise plan to close a community college satellite campus in a district represented by the co-chair of the legislature’s committee on higher education. On a unanimous vote, the Senate stripped administrators of the right to close any campus without legislative approval. Continue Reading →

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Tuition increases approved to help cover CSCU system’s growing budget

Enrolling in Connecticut’s public community colleges and regional state universities will be getting more expensive, and students are concerned. The Board of Regents for Higher Education voted Thursday to increase tuition and fees next school year by 4.8 to 5.3 percent, and is also considering staff reductions and layoffs. Continue Reading →

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