North Dakota House Majority Leader's new bill aims to overhaul university tenure process - James B. Miller, Jr., Dickinson Press
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20h ago
The North Dakota State legislature is considering a new emergency bill, House Bill 1446, which was introduced on Jan. 18 and aims to overhaul the tenure process at two centers for higher learning within the state's university system. The bill, introduced by House Majority Leader Representative Mike Lefor, (R-Dickinson), seeks to create a pilot program focused on campus models currently in practice at Bismarck State College and Dickinson State University, with the goal of improving the tenure process across the state system by refocusing on the responsibilities of tenured faculty members. http ..read more
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Bay State students stunned by college's demise - Kirk Carapezza, WGBH
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20h ago
For decades, Bay State College has welcomed students to classes in a swanky, marble-floored office building in downtown Boston. But only a trickle of students arrived for classes this week, following news that the college could lose its accreditation — and its ability to award degrees — by summer. Pedro, a 21-year-old nursing student who wanted to give only his first name, said he was devastated by the news. “No one was expecting this,” he said. “We pour a lot of money [into tuition] and change our lives to be able to come to this school.” https://www.wgbh.org/news/education/2023/01/20/bay-st ..read more
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Amid enrollment declines, Minnesota State makes budget request - Rob Hubbard, Minnesota State House
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2d ago
That small college near you is getting smaller. At least it is if it’s part of the Minnesota State system. That’s what the system’s chancellor, Devinder Malhotra, told the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee Thursday. Before the system presented its budget request for the 2024-25 biennium, the chancellor talked about shrinking number of students at each of its 33 colleges and universities. “Enrollment is a critical issue,” Malhotra said. “And it is the central tenet of our budget request.” https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/Story/17540 ..read more
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Georgia College leaders warn falling enrollment could sap budgets - AP
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2d ago
Leaders of Georgia's public universities and technical colleges warned lawmakers Wednesday that their schools could be weakened by budget decreases based on declining enrollment. State lawmakers use funding formulas — with enrollment as the most important input — to determine how much money to spend each year on the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. But the technical colleges saw steep enrollment declines during the pandemic, and public universities are also seeing the number of students fall, particularly as a fall in the number of children leads to a d ..read more
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A Harbinger for 2023? Presentation College to Close - Josh Moody, Inside HIgher Ed
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3d ago
 Presentation College in South Dakota announced its impending closure this week, making it the latest higher education casualty in a sector squeezed by slumping enrollment and rising costs.  And in a higher education world divided into haves and have-nots, analysts see particularly choppy waters ahead for nonselective private nonprofit institutions and increased operational challenges for underfunded regional public universities. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2023/01/19/more-colleges-will-likely-face-closure-2023-experts-say ..read more
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With student pool shrinking, some predict a grim year of college closings - Olivia Sanchez, Hechinger Report
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3d ago
Colleges will need to get creative and cut costs in order to thrive as overall higher education is shrinking, Attis said.  Rachel Burns, a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, or SHEEO, said she is also expecting to see a “catch-up period” of college closures that were temporarily put off by Covid relief funds.  \https://hechingerreport.org/with-student-pool-shrinking-some-predict-a-grim-year-of-college-closings ..read more
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36% of higher ed supervisors are looking for other work, study finds - Laura Spitalniak, Higher Ed Dive
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4d ago
Over a third of higher education supervisors, 36%, are likely to look for a new job in the next year, according to a new survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, CUPA-HR. And only 40% said they were interested in finding employment opportunities at their current institution. Almost three-fourths of supervisors said the job expectations heaped upon them increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just over half of non-supervisors said the same. https://www.highereddive.com/news/higher-ed-supervisors-retention-concerns-cupa-hr/640427 ..read more
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Fresno Pacific University students protest program cuts, faculty layoffs - Shayla Girardin, ABC30
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4d ago
Fresno Pacific University students are speaking out amid university budget cuts. To save money the college is reducing faculty and staff, which means several university programs could also be at risk. It was a protest of "Tents and Togas" at Fresno Pacific university today. Tents to protest the loss of the Sierra program, a month long summer course for students in the Sierra Nevada, and togas in opposition to the university cutting the schools philosophy major. https://abc30.com/fresno-pacific-university-budget-cuts-students-speak-out-college/12690575 ..read more
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Colorado higher ed leaders to lawmakers: Funding isn’t keeping up with inflation - Jason Gonzales, Colorado Chalkbeat
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5d ago
Colorado’s college and university leaders said their schools need more money than proposed by the governor, and pleaded with the legislature Thursday to boost spending on higher education. In a joint letter, the 15 higher education leaders said they need at least $144 million more to keep up with inflation, pay competitive wages, and provide crucial support to students. It’s the second year in a row that college and university presidents have banded together to demand more funding. It represents a new, more vocal approach in a state where higher education often takes a back seat to K-12 advoca ..read more
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University of Maine faces $15 million budget shortfall as enrollment plummets - Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public
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5d ago
The University of Maine is looking into tapping campus reserve funds to help deal with a larger-than-anticipated budget shortfall. At a University of Maine System meeting this week, President Joan Ferrini-Mundy said that, with enrollment significantly lower than expected, the school is projecting to bring in about $15 million less in tuition revenue this year. "We were not predicting the drop in enrollment that the University of Maine experienced this year. That was not factored into our budgeting. Fall of '22, we were down significantly from our projections, and from, certainly, what we had b ..read more
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