Community College Unions Issues Joint Statement Opposing Regents’ Consolidation Plan

HARTFORD – Five faculty and professional unions serving the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system released a joint statement today, opposing the Board of Regents’ proposal to consolidate 12 community colleges, saying it has shown no benefits so far, and risks the colleges’ accreditation and possibly their very existence.

The state’s community colleges have been facing serious budgetary issues for several years.Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian first introduced the “Students First” proposal in 2017 in an effort to consolidate ‘back office’ functions such as purchasing, and reduce leadership positions at the 12 campuses.

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