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Official vows to push ahead with community college plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The president of the Connecticut State Colleges and University System says he'll push ahead with plans to merge the state's 12 community colleges, despite opposition and calls for him to resign.

The Hartford Courant reports Mark Ojakian made his comments on Thursday at a meeting of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. A regional higher education accreditation organization last month rejected a plan to consolidate the schools into a single institution.

Ojakian says he wants to preserve individual campuses and keep tuition costs down, while stabilizing finances.

Several faculty members from state universities spoke out against the plan during Thursday's meeting.

Louise Williams, president of the faculty union at Central Connecticut State University, said she remained opposed to any modified version of the merger plan, and suggested that Ojakian step down. 



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