Around the industry: Pennsylvania finally gets budget to fund state colleges

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  • Arkansas: Rich Mountain Community College and Pulaski Technical College are considering joining the University of Arkansas system. The colleges have been independent for more than 20 years, but are now looking into a merger as a cost-effective option (Musa, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/27). 
  • Pennsylvania: Following an eight-month stalemate, Pennsylvania has received a budget that includes $20.6 million for the state's colleges. In addition to the $412.7 million Pennsylvania colleges received in December, the newest funding brings total appropriations to $433.3 million, marking a 5% increase over last year. It is the first increase for state colleges since 2009. The stalemate between Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and the Republican Legislature was the longest in Pennsylvania's history (Inside Higher Ed, 3/24).
  • Washington: Washington State University's (WSU) board of regents unanimously voted on Friday to hire Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University, as WSU's president. The university has been searching for a new president since Elson Floyd died last June of complications from colon cancer (Long, Seattle Times, 3/26). 

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