Oregon Department of Corrections considers cutting ties with community colleges

The Oregon Department of Corrections is considering cutting ties with community colleges across the state and proposing to move its education program in-house to address a budget shortfall.

The DOC currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school diploma equivalency testing, or GED services, to inmates across its 14 facilities.

“DOC is proposing that those contracts be phased out and the agency hire back those positions as part of the DOC permanent budget going forward,” DOC communications manager Jennifer Black told OPB.

She said nearly 1,000 inmates were enrolled in the Adult Basic Skill Development program as of Sept. 30.

Black said, historically, DOC had identified “barriers” in contracting with the colleges for its Adult Basic Skills, or ABS, program including “consistency of services and oversight.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors were unable to enter the institutions and ABS programming could not be adapted and continued

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Doane Univeristy considers eliminating dozens of programs

Dozens of programs could be on the chopping block at Doane University in Crete.



a sign on a pole: Doane University in Crete


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Doane University in Crete

The school’s president called the cuts “strategic and necessary.”

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Others worry they cut to the heart of the institution’s liberal arts mission.

Junior sociology major Aidan Mendoza said students were notified Monday.

“It kind of caught me off guard getting the email,” Mendoza said.

Doane has just under a thousand students on campus and nearly 2,000 more online and at its Lincoln Campus.

Jeremy Henning, a junior History major said students have been told very little about the cuts.

“I personally am not very happy with it,” Henning said.

The list of recommended program eliminations includes: Asian Studies; Computational science/Computational Thinking; Criminal Justice; English as a Second Language; Film and Media Production; Gender Studies; German, and German as a secondary endorsement; Graphic Arts

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Mother of three considers what changes could come to education, parenting and work-life balance

There is no denying that the prospect of schools reopening (or staying closed) has been at the forefront of nearly every parent’s mind for the past several months.
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Pictured clockwise from back left, Alisa Sleep, husband Joe and their three kids, Nora, Jacob
and Ava are navigating a new normal at home.

By Alisa Sleep

There is no denying that the prospect of schools reopening (or staying closed) has been at the forefront of nearly every parent’s mind for the past several months. Most students have been away from school since early March, and most parents can agree that distance learning was difficult to juggle on the best of days and a complete disaster during the worst of days. Distance learning is just plain tough. It’s tough for teachers, it’s tough for administrators,

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