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Ricasa demoted, but remains employed

EOPS Director Arlie Ricasa has been demoted to staff counselor following her admission of guilt in the South Bay Corruption case, but for the time being, remains an employee of the college. Governing board members voted 5-0 in support of an administrative recommendation to demote Ricasa, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of filing a false instrument in the sweeping corruption case that rocked the South County in December 2011 when armed officers raided the homes of 15 Southwestern College and Sweetwater Union High School District officials.  Ricasa was charged with 33 counts – 16 felonies – by the San Diego County District Attorney.  Her guilty plea helped her to avoid prison time, but forced her to resign her…

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Faculty debates removal of extra degree requirements

A lively debate in the Academic Senate did not produce a position on one of the touchiest topics on campus, the proposed elimination of local requirements for Associate’s degrees at Southwestern College. Some faculty said the point is moot and the decision would likely be made for the college. Other faculty senators said there was not enough relevant data to make a decision, so the vote was postponed until Oct.14. Title V of the California Education Code allows colleges to…

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