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The revised “Students First” plan calls for the consolidation to take place in 2023, the hiring of three regional presidents in 2019 and the gradual elimination of 117 jobs, mostly administrative in nature.
The 31-0 vote comes about three weeks after the faculty senate at Central Connecticut State University called for CSCU President Mark Ojakian's resignation.
Ojakian spurns criticism and demands for his resignation. I’m a lot tougher than I look, he says. ”I don’t have a lot of tolerance for people criticizing from the sidelines.”
The colleges face a cumulative deficit of $144 million by fiscal year 2021, according to Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian.
“In five years, our institutions will be financially insolvent," declared Connecticut State Colleges & Universities President Mark Ojakian.
"By the time you graduate, you are in a position to launch a business – a practical, fundable, presentable business," said instructor Stephen Mersereau.
The 700,000-square-foot SoNo Collection mall in Norwalk opens in October 2019, but its impact is already being felt in the region.
The plan now goes to accrediting body The New England Association of Schools and Colleges for its consideration.
“We have to compete for a limited number of students by taking a thoughtful and creative approach," says CSCU President Mark Ojakian.
Omnikal has teamed with Norwalk Community College to create a scholarship program to encourage African American males to pursue studies in the STEM field.
One Sacred Heart graduate who worked at the network has landed an on-air gig in Minnesota.
Norwalk Community College, Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, and the Danbury campus of Waterbury-based Naugatuck Valley Community College are instituting the policy in time for fall registration.