Chancellor Bruce Leslie has a history of privatizing college curriculum

Back in 1997 Chancellor Bruce Leslie explored handing over the curriculum to a private company. Sounds similar to his recent deal with Covey:

Remedial courses are big business at two-year colleges, but faculty unions at the state’s community-technical colleges warned Monday against turning the courses over to a private company.

The unions staged a protest over the system’s discussions with Kaplan Educational Centers and questioned the ties between the company and the system’s chancellor.

Chancellor Bruce H. Leslie sits on an advisory board for Kaplan and invited the company to two meetings earlier this year with deans and presidents of some of the system’s campuses.

“This has really enraged people,” union official Bette Marafino said as union members picketed before a meeting of the Board of Trustees for Community-Technical Colleges of Connecticut. The unions, whose contracts expired in June, also are protesting the pace of negotiations on a new contract.

Leslie said there are no immediate plans to turn remedial programs over to Kaplan or any other private firm, but he said the idea is worth exploring.


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