Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 28, 2009

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges




Depressions then and now

As I read about parallels between the current times and the Great Depression of the 1930s, there's one glaring exception between then and now - the ever-rising cost of higher education. This is a subject dear to my heart because it was the Depression-founded junior colleges that sprang up in my home state of Washington that literally changed my life. … My alma mater, started in 1933 as Clark Junior College and later renamed Clark College, was the brainchild of a handful of local community leaders, for want of a better word.

Lompoc (Calif.) Record, October 27, 2009


I-1033 will spell disaster throughout Washington

Yakima Valley Community College lost $2.4 million even though enrollment is up 25 percent. YVCC students have 100 fewer classes to choose from …
Yakima Herald-Republic, October 27, 2009


NWjobs applauds winners of the 2009 People’s Picks campaign

Thousands of local employees voted for their employers in 28 categories, including favorite green-collar company, most family-friendly company and most unusual perks.  Highline Community College came out on top in the Favorite Education and Training Company category.  Other finalists:  Bellevue College, Lake Washington Technical College.

NWJobs/Seattle Times, October 28, 2009






Turning Surveys Into Reforms

10 years after launch of National Survey of Student Engagement, many worry that colleges have been speedier to embrace giving the questionnaire than using its results. And some experts want changes in what the survey measures.

Inside Higher Ed, October 26, 2009


Assessment vs. Action

Vast majority of colleges have systems in place to measure what undergraduates learn, survey finds. But using that information? That’s another story.

Inside Higher Ed, October 26, 2009


Might Companies, Not Colleges, Deserve the Blame for a Shortage of Engineers?
The number of talented college graduates in the sciences exceeds demand, but many end up in other fields, says a new paper.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 27, 2009


STEM Defection Seen to Occur After High School

Education Week, October 28, 2009


Report Links U.S. Education and Competitiveness Levels

Inside Higher Ed, October 28, 2009


New Meaning for Night Class at 2-Year Colleges

New York Times, October 28, 2009


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