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Resource ID: #23177
Subject: Colleges
Source: Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
Date: 2006-12-22



Community College administrators have been travelling to expensive international destinations, at the expense of taxpayers. The Republic investigatesd, finding "while the trips were billed as intense working sessions, financial records revealed that 87 college officials were spending more time sightseeing than working." Maricopa Community Colleges had presented the trips as part of a push to create an online learning program in China, "and to create partnerships with colleges in the Netherlands and England." That system includes 10 county colleges with an operating budget on $900 million. The investigation found that the director of the China Project "was hiding expenses from the college, writing herself contracts for work she didn't perform and paying employees overtime they didn't work as a form of reward." As a result of the stories, Mesa Community College suspended international travel.

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