Around the industry: North Dakota fights brain drain by wooing roustabouts to college

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  • California: Under a new plan released this week, the University of California aims to increase in-state enrollment by 10,000 by the 2018-2019 school year. The goal is to enroll 5,000 first-year and transfer students by next fall, and then increase that by 2,500 for the two following years. Out-of-state enrollments would also continue to grow at a slower pace. Part of the funding for such an expansion will come from cuts to financial aid for non-residents (Gordon, Los Angeles Times, 11/9).
  • Georgia:  Darton State College and HBCU Albany State University will combine—marking the state's first merger of a historically black and a predominately white institution and the seventh overall consolidation in the past few years. The state's Board of Regents voted on Tuesday to merge the two schools as both face enrollment declines. The partnership will create a new school that remains under the Albany State name with about 9,000 students. Albany State's interim president will lead the new institution, while Darton State's interim leader will take over another Georgia HBCU (Davis, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/10).
  • North Dakota: A new scholarship program for laid-off oilfield workers aims to enroll more students in the state's public universities. The strategy is designed to stem the leak of talent as more workers lose their jobs amid the drop in crude oil prices. Many positions remain unfilled as they require advanced training. University officials are asking energy companies to make tax-deductive donations to fund the program and plan to begin taking applications in December for the spring semester. The number of awarded scholarships depends on donations received (Scheyder, Reuters, 11/11).

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