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  • COD trustee bites back at criticism over thousands spent on meals Nov 21, 2014 4:30 PM
    A watchdog group has criticized College of DuPage officials for using taxpayers’ money on meals and drinks for themselves and employees at the college’s Waterleaf restaurant, with some outings costing thousands of dollars each. But Trustee Dianne McGuire had her own message, calling out whom she deemed the “extremist, right-wing ideologues and groups attempting to discredit this stellar institution, its administration and its elected leaders.”

  • Harper, CLC both going 100% smoke-free Jan. 1 Nov 20, 2014 1:32 PM
    Students, employees and even casual visitors won't be allowed to smoke on college campuses starting next summer. But Harper College and the College of Lake County will ban tobacco on campus starting Jan. 1. "I think that this is going to be a surprise for many people, and I think it is going to take time for people to understand how this is working," says Janet Mason, who's managing the rules at College of Lake County.

  • Man gets 9 years in COD student loan fraud case Oct 2, 2014 12:03 PM
    One of four people charged with identity theft and student loan fraud was sentenced to nine years in prison. Lorin Brown, 36, of Monee, was convicted following a bench trial in August. He was also ordered to repay $319,670. He and three others from Glendale Heights and Monee were accused of using stolen identities to apply for federa financial aid to attend online classes at the College of DuPage and University of Phoenix.

  • COD moves to reduce outbursts at meetings Sep 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Residents wishing to make general comments at College of DuPage board meetings will have to wait until the end of the session. At the board’s most recent meeting, that meant visitors wanting to make general comments had to wait until around midnight. "It allows the board to focus on our business before it gets too late and everybody is short on brain cells,” one trustee said.

  • Editorial: Time for COD trustees to see all spending, as other boards do Sep 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    The College of DuPage board of trustees should see an itemized list of all spending by the school, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • COD's Breuder gets faculty 'no confidence' vote Sep 19, 2014 1:10 PM
    The union representing College of DuPage's 306 full-time faculty members announced Thursday a “no confidence” vote in the leadership of President Robert Breuder, blaming him for helping create “an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear and intimidation.” But a college spokesman quickly dismissed the vote, citing long-running strained relations between the union and Breuder. He also noted faculty members represent only about 10 percent of the college's employees.

  • Griffin: College of DuPage spent $26 million without board scrutiny Sep 17, 2014 9:17 AM
    Over the past 16 months, more than $26 million has been spent by the College of DuPage. But all the seven-member board ever saw of those expenditures were monthly totals. Now, at least one board member with the help of a government transparency advocate are questioning how the board can properly do its job without seeing how more than $1 million a month, or 12 percent of the college's annual budget, is being spent.

  • College of DuPage enrollment continues to grow Sep 14, 2014 5:46 PM
    College of DuPage continued its upward enrollment trend this fall, with the college’s net 10th day credit head count of full- and part-time students totaling 29,476, an increase of 3 percent since last year.

  • Editorial: Goal should be openness without censure Sep 3, 2014 9:24 AM
    Elected officials should be open, transparent and effective with the public and their fellow board members, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Davis: Endless quest to see what elected leaders are up to Aug 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    What do DuPage Forest Preserve District commissioners, College of DuPage trustees and Kaneland school board members have in common? All have exhibited some interesting behavior of late when it comes to transparency, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

  • Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations Aug 25, 2014 11:01 AM
    College of DuPage student Brad Setter, a Marine who came out at the end of the don't ask, don't tell era, next month will run in the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, something he does ever year. Participating has "given me the chance to give back to the community," Setter said. "It provides crucial health and wellness services to thousands of men, women and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the vast majority of whom live at or below the federal poverty line."

  • College of DuPage offers concealed carry class Aug 22, 2014 11:53 AM
    College of DuPage’s Homeland Security Training Institute has added a new concealed carry class designed to meet and surpass Illinois state requirements for obtaining a Concealed Carry License. This 18-hour class will offer its first two-day session on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21.

  • College of DuPage votes to cut tuition next spring Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM
    College of DuPage trustees have voted to cut tuition by $4 per credit hour beginning with the spring 2015 semester — just months after approving a $4 increase that’s taking effect this fall. The tuition cuts will apply to both in-district and out-of-district students. Starting next spring, tuition for in-district students will drop from $144 per credit hour back to the $140 they were paying before the board approved the increase.

  • College of DuPage board: Trustee embarrassed members Aug 22, 2014 5:29 AM
    The College of DuPage board voted Thursday to censure Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton for “inappropriate conduct.” The resolution censuring Hamilton says she publicly embarrassed board members and college administrators and that she voices her disagreements “by making erroneous statements reflecting negatively against her fellow board members and the administration in an inflammatory, insulting, discourteous and defamatory manner.”

  • Fewer students taking, passing new GED test Aug 4, 2014 5:17 AM
    Suburban counties have seen steep drops in the number of people taking GED exams in 2014. The test changed to an electronic version that is both more difficult and more expensive, experts say. Fewer people taking the exam may mean a larger pool of local residents with poor long-term job prospects. “Somebody is profiting significantly, and it's not our students and our state,” Regional Superintendent Leslie Schermerhorn said.

  • Editorial: What’s really at stake in the furor at COD Jul 23, 2014 12:46 PM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the controversy that has erupted at College of DuPage has as much to do with vested interests as it does college President Robert Breuder’s email to the board.

  • Heroic cabbie, oil change guys and COD Jul 21, 2014 3:38 PM
    DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis gets on his Soapbox about heroes who drive cabs and work at Jiffy Lube -- and the war of words at College of DuPage.

  • College of DuPage may cut tuition rates Jul 18, 2014 4:26 PM
    Tuition rates will drop at the College of DuPage starting with the spring 2015 term under a proposal announced Thursday by President Robert Breuder. Breuder is recommending cutting tuition by $2 per credit hour, saving students who take 15 credit hours $30 a semester. The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposal Aug. 25.

  • COD, residents, faculty spar over spending, Breuder Jul 18, 2014 10:22 AM
    A COD board meeting already tense with residents’, teachers’ and students’ comments on a controversy about $20 million in state funding morphed into a battle between two board members. "(Vice Chairwoman) Ms. (Kathy) Hamilton has not been upfront with the facts regarding the teaching and learning center,” Chairwoman Erin Birt said. "This is kind of an ambush," Hamilton said.

  • Enrollment increase justifies new building Jul 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Recently the Daily Herald published a letter from a College of DuPage board member who questioned the approval of a new classroom facility on the Glen Ellyn campus. It is important that your readers have an accurate representation of the facts related to this board action, which passed by a margin of 6-1.

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