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Year in review: Top 10 higher education stories
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Year in review: Top 10 higher education stories


1. NAU cuts jobs, delays construction: In the face of a $17.3 million budget cut, NAU officials cut 60 jobs and delayed construction on the engineering building. 

2. NAU students march in solidarity after shooting: After a freshman student shot and killed one student and injured three others, thousands of students and community members marched on campus to show solidarity.

3. Bornstein officially leaves CCC: Leah Bornstein, who served as president at Coconino Community College since 2007, accepted an offer to become president at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo.

4. CCC board selects presidential finalist: The CCC governing board chose Colleen Smith, a former college president from Texas, to be the next president.

5. NAU tuition, fees top $10,000: NAU in-state students pay more than $10,000 in combined tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year.

6. ABOR to revisit in-state tuition for Dreamers: The Arizona Board of Regents decided to consider in-state tuition rates for students who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

7. NAU to add 620 beds for upperclassmen: The Arizona Board of Regents approved an on-campus housing complex that will provide 620 beds and on-campus parking.

8. Cheng readies plan for new revenue to NAU: Cheng offered new revenue options for NAU after the $17.3 million cut, including differential tuition rates, year-round academic programs and an increased focus on online instruction.

9. Cheng receives performance incentives: Cheng received a total of $40,000 in bonuses for performance and goal completion.

10. NAU students list demands: NAU students delivered a list of 22 demands, including demands for gender-neutral bathrooms, training on hate speech and an ethnic studies course requirement to NAU administration.

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Corina Vanek covers city government, city growth and development for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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