CSCU leaders say increasing labor costs, running out of federal funds and declining enrollment are some of the reasons for the tuition hike.
Housatonic Community College The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities board of regents voted Thursday to approve a program aimed at helping community college students complete courses necessary to their progress in the system. The Alignment and Completion of Math and English model, or ACME, expands support for students who enroll at the state’s community colleges […]
Much of the shortfall is due to a sharp decrease in enrollment.
Community college programs with hands-on learning requirements can reopen next week.
But students who attend the four regional state universities will likely face a 3.8% tuition increase next year.
The state’s community colleges must cut budgets by a collective $12.5 million next year under a $1.29 billion budget endorsed Thursday.
Faculty who cast votes of no confidence in CSCU President Mark Ojakian and his plan to to consolidate the 12 community colleges say no one is listening to them.
Connecticut students would pay $92 more next year in annual tuition and and fees at the state’s 12 community colleges under a proposal to be considered Wednesday.
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.
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.
A key panel within Connecticut’s consolidated higher education system endorsed the framework for a new budget Wednesday that maintains the tuition schedule but would reduce dangerously low emergency reserves.
Officials of the state’s 12 community colleges must answer a long list of questions from the schools’ accrediting body before their plan to shed hundreds of administrative positions can move forward.
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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.
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.
“This is a very challenging budget that we are looking at,” said Mark Ojakian, the president of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system. “Times of crisis are a time of opportunity. We are going to have to do business differently. We are not going to be able to sustain even this level of funding in the future. It’s going to be tough.”