When the Albertson Foundation ponied up $50 mill to the College of Idaho and apparently endorsed dropping the family name off the college letterhead, at least one GUARDIAN reader voiced concern about the future of the new College of WESTERN IDAHO Community College.
We did some checking and were assured by both the Albertson Foundation and the College of Western Idaho–the still in the womb community college–that all is well and the new baby will be born next fall, despite the big gift to C of I.
At issue for our reader was $10 million the Albertson folks had pledged as start up money for CWI. Albertson Executive Director Lori Fisher said they are still good for the pledge, but the folks at the new school have a bunch of “budget issues” they need to get settled before the check is cut.
Acting Pres. Dennis Griffin told the GUARDIAN the new baby will be nursing at the breast of BSU for a while, but will be weaned as soon as the institution gets accreditation–without it students can’t transfer credits to other institutions of higher learning.
The GUARDIAN questioned some aspects of the financial relationship with BSU–like paying rent on buildings already publicly owned–and we were told those matters are being addressed at the “highest levels.” Griffin told us BSU has been “very good” about allowing the newborn child to develop on its own, even though the umbilical cord is yet uncut.
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