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CSCU likely to seek boost in state aid, explores tuition policy options

Connecticut’s public college and university system may need to seek additional state funding next year to maintain the programs it currently offers students, administrators warned Wednesday. At the same meeting, administrators explored potential new tuition and fee policies in an effort to incentivize students to complete their degrees. Continue Reading →

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Ben Barnes under consideration for higher-education post

Ben Barnes, who has overseen Connecticut’s budget as the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management from the first days of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration, is on a short list of candidates interviewed for the vacant post of chief financial officer at the state’s system of community colleges and regional universities. Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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