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CSCU names Gates interim president

Jane McBride Gates, who has been CSCU’s provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs since 2016, will succeed Mark Ojakian, who is retiring on Dec. 31.

‘Needle moving in right direction’ for CT manufacturers

“Workforce development begins in kindergarten," says Kelli Vallieres, executive director of the newly-formed Connecticut Workforce Development Unit. "By talking with them at such a young age about what they’re interested in, you can find the fire that sparks their interest."

CSCU, citing budget crisis, seeking $69 million bailout from state

Last week, the unaffiliated University of Connecticut asked the state for a $104.4 million bailout.

CSCU President Ojakian ‘cautiously optimistic’ over future; announces retirement

While the system’s Board of Regents has predicted a 10% drop in enrollment at its four universities, “The preliminary numbers we’re seeing have been better than that,” Mark Ojakian said. “We’re hopeful that no institution hits that 10% mark.”

CSCU announces tuition-free community college program for fall semester

Additional state funding would be needed to extend PACT into the spring semester.

CSCU names CEOs at five community colleges as part of consolidation...

The moves are the latest in the organization’s “Students First” plan to merge its community colleges into one accredited institution by 2023. The result, to be called Connecticut State Community College, still needs to be accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

CSCU confirms community college tuition, fees to remain flat

Meanwhile, students at the four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system – including Western Connecticut State in Danbury -- will pay roughly $400 or $800 more per year.

CSCU aiming to maintain community college tuition rate

Students at the four state universities – including Western Connecticut State in Danbury -- would pay $6,162 for full-time in-state tuition, up from the current $5,924.

CSCU offers free tuition for community college students

Funding for the initiative is still to be finalized; the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system estimates it could cost as much as $15 million.

Paul Broadie exiting as president of Housatonic, Gateway community colleges

Broadie became president of Housatonic in 2015, and added Gateway to his responsibilities in 2017 when Dorsey Kendrick retired from its presidency.

CSCU college consolidation plan still facing plenty of opposition

“There is always going to be a reaction to substantial change,” says newly installed CSCU regional president Thomas Coley, whose oversight includes Bridgeport's Housatonic and Norwalk Community College, “which is what you’re witnessing now. It takes time and conversation.”

CSCU passes budget; financial hit for colleges less than expected

According to revised estimates from the state comptroller’s office, the cost of fringe benefits will be less than expected, though the precise impact on such community colleges as Norwalk and Housatonic is uncertain.

Conn. community colleges must cut $12.5M under new budget

The system’s community colleges include Norwalk Community College and Bridgeport’s Housatonic Community College.

Interim CEOs named at Norwalk Community College, three others

Meanwhile, faculty at five community colleges and two state universities have delivered votes of no confidence in a plan to consolidate the state's 12 community colleges into one system.

In-state tuition for NY, NJ residents draws students to WestConn

Multimillion-dollar construction projects, enrollment numbers, a new branding initiative and, according to WCSU President John Clark, the overall atmosphere are all positive signs at the 116-year-old university.