Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 13, 2010

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




The Men Are Back

…  Lower Columbia College had a similarly dramatic growth in the number of male students last fall. The enrollment of first-time, full-time male students grew by 36 percent from fall 2008.  …Some of the other community colleges reporting that male enrollment growth either outpaced or equaled female increases from fall 2008 to fall 2009 were Spokane Community, which reported a 28 percent increase and Spokane Falls Community College, which reported a 31 percent increase.

Inside Higher Ed, January 13, 2010


US Sen. Murray: Green Jobs Grant for King Co

… part of the federal stimulus package, will be used to train 450 students at South Seattle Community College

Seattle Times, January 13, 2010


Is a Liberal Arts Education Worth It? / The Conversation with Ross Reynolds

Studies have shown college graduates earn more over their lifetime. Is the equation altered now that there are so few jobs and the price of college is so high? Did you get a liberal arts education? Tell us how it worked out for you. Or, tell us why you chose not to get a liberal arts degree. Colin Diver, president of Reed College. Tim Sweeney, marketing and communication director for Workforce Training and Education Board.

KUOW NPR, January 12, 2010  (start :34 minutes in; good calls about CCs)





Community colleges are gaining respect

Is a four-year degree the best route to good jobs? Maybe not. President Obama's emphasis on strengthening community colleges is part of an upward evaluation of these key institutions.

Crosscut, January 13, 2010


As School Exit Tests Prove Tough, States Ease Standards
On the way to creating a statewide exit test for graduation, many states have softened standards, delayed the requirement or added alternative paths to a high school diploma.

New York Times, January 12, 2010


8 Happy—and 3 Scary—Trends in Financial Aid in 2010

US News & World Report, January 12, 2010


Stop Asking Me My Major

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2010

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Wash. Gov. Gregoire wants to create 40,000 jobs

Seattle Times, January 13, 2010


Legislature weighs giving up control over university tuition hikes

Seattle Times, January 13, 2010


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