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Two-year colleges go open source to seek fix for remediation

Community colleges use open-source, MOOC-style content as study guides for remedial courses, and some are choosing homegrown content over courses from MOOC providers.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee retires amid controversy

Ohio State President Gordon Gee, who served six presidencies over 32 years, is retiring amid controversial statements. Whether or not it was the remarks that forced Gee’s retirement, his legacy will likely be large.

University of Toledo to appoint former finance chief as provost

U. of Toledo set to appoint former finance chief to the top academic post, an unconventional career move causing concern among faculty members.

Wittenberg President Makes Rare Jump to Two-Year College Presidency

The president of a private liberal arts university takes the helm at a community college. It's a rare career move, but the two institutions -- and the two jobs -- have a lot in common.

Few displaced workers enroll in public colleges

New research shows public colleges have room for improvement when it comes to enrolling displaced workers.

Ohio to Cut Public College Funding by $110 Million Over 2 Months

Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Republican governor, announced that the state will cut its spending by $775 million over the next two months, with a $110 million reduction for the state’s public colleges and universities.

The state’s revenues have taken a “dramatic turn” with a $1 billion swing downward during the last two months, DeWine said on Twitter. And projected revenues will continue to fall below the planned budget in coming months.

Ohio will not draw from its rainy-day fund to cover the deficit, DeWine said. “Simply stated, we are going to need the rainy day fund for next year, and possibly the next,” he said.

DeWine wrote,

Decisions like this are extremely difficult, but are part of my responsibility, as your governor, to make. While we do not know what the coming months will hold, we do know that COVID-19 is here with us and will be here for quite some time. Nevertheless, it does not exempt us from balancing our budget, which we are legally obligated to do. Making difficult budget cut decisions now will help us down the road and will help us while we continue our discussions for the next fiscal year.

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Growing number of community colleges focus on diversity and inclusion

Community colleges typically enroll a broad range of students, but many are doubling down on efforts to promote diversity and inclusion even as they face resistance -- sometimes from within their own ranks.

More colleges look to replicate CUNY's accelerated two-year program

Community colleges in New York and California are hoping to replicate the success of the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, which has doubled completion rates.

Ohio bill would effectively bar faculty unions at public colleges

Ohio budget bill proposes a ban on full-time-faculty unions at public institutions where professors do nearly anything beyond teaching and research.

Ohio's two-year colleges may soon offer bachelor's degrees and access state aid

Governor wants to allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees. He also seeks some state aid for two-year students, who have been frozen out of program since 2009.

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