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gatewayHundreds of positions at Connecticut’s 12 community colleges will be shed, more administrative functions will be handled at a central office and millions will be saved without impacting students’ education.

That’s the plan at least.

But that plan – dubbed “Students First” by its architect, Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian – has plenty of both believers and nonbelievers.

Much of the pushback comes from those who work for the colleges and don’t believe the benefits promised can be realized without harming education at the community colleges, which serve over two-thirds of the minority students in undergraduate programs in Connecticut. Business groups, however, are backing the shakeup and are confident it will not disrupt the pipeline of graduates businesses rely on.

olianHAMDEN: Judy D. Olian has been appointed the ninth president of Quinnipiac University. Olian, is dean and John E. Anderson Chair of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, she will succeed John L. Lahey as president on July 1.

Olian in her remarks at the announcement on January 29 indicated that she has grown up in several locations around the world. She is a native of Austraila, and went to Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received her Masters of Science and earned her PhD. In Industrial Relations and Human Resource management at the University of Wisconsin.

usnewsConnecticut colleges have made a what can best be described as a “so-so” appearance on the US News and World Reports Review of Online College Education Programs.

UCONN’s non-MBA Graduate programs fared the best of all schools in the state with a sixth place ranking nationwide, tied with Florida State University, Villanova University of Villanova PA, earned the number ranking in the category.

UCONN’s online Nursing Program was ranked #72, UCONN does not offer an online MBA program.

The online business graduate programs had 238 students in the 2016- ‘17 school year and cost per student credit was $825 in an out of state.