Lebanon's Cumberland University has hooked up with Capital Education to boost the offerings and operations of its online degree programs. Among the areas of focus are the university's nursing and education program.
Kentucky's attorney general has sued the owner of the Daymar Institute colleges of failing to meet accreditation standards and fleecing students buying textbooks on its campuses. Jack Conway said Wednesday up to 5,000 students may have been affected. Daymar offers nearly 20 programs — many of them for health care workers — at its three Middle Tennessee campuses.
Joe White has the details of state officials' decision Monday to cut a $6.25 million check to help Columbia State Community College relocate its campus from near Franklin High School to a Liberty Pike spot near Carothers Parkway. School President Janet Smith plans to add a number of health care programs to her curriculum in the coming years.
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Looking to prepare workers in the fast-growing field of medical data management, Lipscomb University has partnered with the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering to launch a master's degree in health care informatics. Students will work on alternating weekends for 13 months and spend another two months on individual capstone project work. “This degree breaks away from traditional preparation in IT in that it prepares students from all the perspectives needed in the profession: health care, business and IT,” Beth Breeden, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Lipscomb and expert in pharmacy informatics in the industry.
Blake Farmer passes on the essence of an interview with the boss of the Crystal Bridges Museum, which has a deal to pay Fisk University $30 million for part of the Stieglitz collection. If he was looking for a deal today, said Don Bacigalupi, he wouldn't spend much time at Fisk.
Belmont University officially broke ground on its new 298-bed residence hall and 562-car underground parking garage. The nearly 110,000 square-foot structure is being constructed in the Bruin Hills Apartment area on the southeastern corner of campus near the intersection of 15th and Bernard avenues.
The $30 million project will be ready for occupancy by Fall 2012.
“This new construction represents our ongoing effort to provide an exemplary residential experience for students who seek a complete living/learning community environment," said Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher. "Moreover, this campus growth also reflects our University-wide vision to engage with and serve the Nashville community as a contributing partner in the creation of jobs and development of service-minded citizens.”
Blake Farmer was at the Tennessee Court of Appeals Tuesday listening to proceedings in the Fisk University Stieglitz collection case. The judges and the Attorney General's Office are sympathetic to the school's financial woes, he said, but that won't get Fisk President Hazel O'Leary very far.
Senior Counsel Janet Kleinfelter from the Attorney General’s office says she has compassion for Fisk’s situation but the state is concerned about a chilling effect on philanthropy. “We could back down, but the consequences of that for future charitable giving for the state of Tennessee are just tremendous. I mean, think about it.”
The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges has turned down a bid by Fisk University officials to be removed from 'warning' status because of its precarious finances. Instead, the accreditation body turned up the heat on Fisk, saying it now also has questions about the leadership qualifications of the historic university's administrators and academic officials.
If Fisk's leadership can't right the ship by December, things could get ugly in a hurry.
Removal from membership could result in Fisk being disqualified from receiving federal financial aid for its students, some 90 percent of whom rely on financial aid to go to college. Higher education analysts say such an outcome could essentially doom the historic school, a fixture in Nashville since the Civil War and home of the world famous Jubilee Singers.
Gov. Bill Haslam said he'll likely vote this week for double-digit tuition increases for students at state universities and community colleges. Jeff Woods reports for The City Paper that the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will meet Friday to consider raising tuition by as much as 12 percent at a meetings Friday.
“I think both systems understand that pricing middle-class families out of the education system is an issue,” the governor said. “But part of their issue is the state giving them less and less money. That’s just the reality. We’re going to have to figure out a way to address that.
“The pressure is on them to not say, 'Well, the way we’re going to solve the funding issue is to always have double-digit increases.' That can’t be the answer,” he added.
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