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Learning Summit 2013

June 9-12, 2013

Chandler, Ariz.

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Tim Wynes Will Serve as Interim Dakota CTC President

Inver Hills Community College (Minn.) President Tim Wynes will serve as the interim president of Dakota County Technical College (Minn.) effective July 1. Wynes will serve as the president of both institutions while a permanent replacement is sought for current DCTC president Ron Thomas. According to a press release from MNSCU, the search for a permanent replacement will begin this fall.

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Oregon Must Boost Higher Education Investment

Gov. John Kitzhaber has put forth a budget that earmarks $428 million for Oregon’s 17 community colleges for the 2013-2015 biennium. Those of us associated with the state’s community colleges have appreciated the positive direction of this budget—up from $395 million in the 2011-2013 biennium.

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'Secret Admirer' or Cyber Bully?

Since “Kirkwood Secret Admirer” was founded on March 28, over 1,600 Facebook members have liked the page and nearly 400 secret messages have been posted. However, despite being devoted to secret crushes, many of the messages posted on the Kirkwood page have been overtly sexual, inappropriate, spiteful or unabashedly mean.

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Bergen Community College Shouldn't Hire PR Firm at Any Cost

The decision by Alan Marcus and The Marcus Group to withdraw their $90,000 contract with Bergen Community College (N.J.) was the appropriate course of action given the county executive’s past practice of weeding out unnecessary and wasteful spending.

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Former Trustee Named Interim President of Raritan Valley CC

Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.) officials have tapped a former member of the college’s board of trustees to serve as interim president when the school's outgoing president steps down in June.

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The Case for On-Time Registration

In the past decade, the policy of late registration—allowing students to continue registering during the first week (or more) of class—has come under scrutiny in the community college field. Advocates for late registration have argued for continuing this decades-old aspect of community college culture based on access and revenues.

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Johnston Community College Touts Manufacturing Program

Dwight Barnes, who teaches computer-integrated machining at Johnston Community College (N.C.), has a bold prediction for the program’s graduates. “Every one of our students will have a job when they graduate,” he says. “We get calls from companies every week asking to interview our students.”

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Southeast Community College Board Approves Faculty Contract

A three-year faculty compensation agreement has been approved by the Southeast Community College (Neb.) Board. Faculty will receive an overall 3.36 percent increase in compensation, the first year of the agreement. That includes salary, health coverage and retirement.

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California Legislature Rejects Cap on Community College Units

Budget panels in both houses of the legislature rejected a provision in California Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal that would limit community college students to 90 units, or force them to pay more than four times the current $46-per-unit price.

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