• DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: More than 100 “Second Start” classes will begin March 14 for students who missed the start date for the spring 2016 semester. Enrollment deadline is March 11. Second Start classes are taught over eight weeks instead of 16. Similar to a summer term, they are compressed and move at a faster pace. About half of the Second Start classes are presented in classroom settings at the City Park, West Bank, Northshore-Slidell and Sidney Collier campuses. Online classes include accounting, algebra, business, English, history, music and psychology. To apply or register, visit www.dcc.edu or call (504) 671-5012.
  • TULANE PUBLIC HEALTH: The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has received $7.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for family planning research and programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “At some point women and men opt to have fewer children in hopes of giving their children a better life,” said Jane T. Bertrand of Tulane, who is principal investigator of this new, three-year grant. The grant will fund the expansion of Tulane’s community-based contraceptive distribution program throughout the capital city, Kinshasa, and the neighboring province of Kongo Central.
  • TULANE ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT: Satyajit Dattagupta has been named vice president of enrollment management at Tulane University, effective June 15. Dattagupta is vice president of enrollment management at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Dattagupta was responsible for a dramatic increase in applications, enrollment, retention and selectivity at Washington College. Last year, he and his team recruited a class of 407 first-year students that included 136 Presidential Fellows and nearly 100 students of color. More than 60 percent of first-year students came from outside of Washington College’s home state of Maryland, and the grade-point average rose to 3.7. Dattagupta succeeds Earl Retif who, during a career of more than 40 years, brought registration at Tulane from punch cards to optical scan to telephone and finally to the Web. Retif is also credited with returning Tulane’s incoming class numbers to pre-Katrina levels just two years after the storm.