Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, on Tuesday signed into law legislation to limit severance packages for community college presidents to no more than one year of salary and benefits, The Chicago Tribune reported. The law also limits contracts to four years and requires public notes and public votes to approve changes. The law was prompted by widespread anger over payments that the College of DuPage, a community college outside Chicago, agreed to make to President Robert Breuder -- totaling $763,000 -- to retire in March 2016, three years early. While the DuPage board, with new members, is trying to undo that contract provision, many are calling for broader reforms.
The board of the College of DuPage voted 4 to 3 Thursday night to void the contract of President Robert Breuder, The Chicago Tribune reported. Breuder is currently on leave from his position, and the vote could clear the way for the board to dismiss him and also to ignore a deal it made to pay Breuder $763,000 to retire in March 2016, ahead of the end of his contract. Breuder and the contract have received considerable criticism for his spending decisions, and for previous board members' support for him. The board members who backed the action Thursday said that they were acting because previous board members inappropriately pledged that they would support the president in certain ways, such as through his contract provisions. But other board members said that the previous contract -- however much they might disagree with it -- couldn't simply be voided, and that the college now faced the risk of being sued.
The board also voted Thursday night to remove Breuder's name from a college building.
Submitted by Paul Fain on September 15, 2015 - 3:00am
A new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity, a nonprofit group, breaks down how Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students are faring in higher education in California. The group is the fastest growing racial and ethnic segment in California. It is also heavily reliant on public colleges -- 87 percent of Asian-Americans first enroll in a California community college or a California State University or University of California campus, the report found.
There are wide disparities in the college attainment levels among the group. The report said that looking at Asian-Americans as one monolithic group can lead to inaccurate assumptions, particularly that Asian-Americans are doing well in earning degrees.
For example, 70 percent of adult Indian-Americans in California hold at least a bachelor's degree, according to the report, compared to only 10 percent of adult Laotian-Americans.
Thomas J. Snyder, president of Indiana's Ivy Tech Community College, announced Wednesday that he will step down as leader of the statewide system. Snyder, 72, was recently named as a member of the White House's College Promise Advisory Board, a coalition of educators, politicians and business leaders organized to promote free community college.
Ivy Tech's Board of Trustees approved a transition contract for Snyder that will allow him to retire in 2016. He has led the system, one of the nation's largest, since 2007.
Students in North Carolina's Richmond and Scotland Counties now have an option for two free years at a community college, The News & Observer reported. Richmond Community College is offering two free years if students earned a 3.0 grade point average in high school and have passed two college courses through the college's dual enrollment program. The program is the first of its kind in North Carolina.