Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Gov. Gregoire proposes deep cuts to WA programs

Higher education would see across-the-board budget cuts of 4.2 percent at both four-year schools and community and technical colleges, saving the state $102 million. The cuts could result in fewer classes being offered, larger class sizes and fewer faculty positions. Gregoire also proposed allowing colleges and universities to raise tuition for resident undergraduates at set amounts. For example, a student at a community college would see an increase of $280 in fiscal year 2012, followed by a $305 increase in fiscal year 2013. A student at the University of Washington would see their tuition increase by $940 in 2012, and by $1,050 in 2013. Gregoire also proposed a bump in financial aid to help offset costs for students.

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010

Gregoire budget would slash programs, cut $4 billion

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed unprecedented budget cuts that wipe out state services to the poor, slash spending on education, cut pay for state workers, close prisons and reduce ferry runs.

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010


Gregoire, unions reach agreement on pay cuts

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010



Op-ed: Give community colleges more flexibility to help students, economic recovery

Guest column by Amy J. Kinsel is a U.S. history instructor at Shoreline Community College, chair of the college's Strategic Planning and Budget Committee and first vice president of the Shoreline Community College Federation of Teachers (local 1950).

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010


Opinion: Don't undermine prosperity

Washington's public colleges and universities, which don't share the constitutional protections the K-12 system does, have recently taken deep cuts that, if not reversed soon, will do serious and lasting harm. State universities, community colleges and technical colleges have suffered cuts averaging more than 30 percent the past three years.  ... As they enter the 2011-13 budget process, lawmakers should aim to keep higher ed funding at least at current levels, and to put it on an upward trajectory as the economy recovers. Failing to do so will tie an anchor to the state's economic potential.

The Herald, December  15, 2010

The end of education silos and fiefdoms

... Walls may be coming down in higher ed as well if the Northwest Higher Education Coalition holds together. When the group of community and technical colleges, anchored by Western Washington University, unveiled their new partnerships, I moved from being amazed they deigned to speak to each other to believing they could do it on a regular basis.

...The most satisfying aspects of the conversations I'm hearing is their promised legacy of dismantled silos and fiefdoms. Partnerships from shared facilities and academic programs to dual enrollments build a cost-effective and efficient road to a downsized future. But let's be clear: These things are not the answer to budget challenges. No way a billion dollars in education cuts can be absorbed by simply doing things differently.

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010


Ed cetera Blog: Educators: tear down those walls
My column this week looks at the latest efforts in education to survive, and thrive, amid crippling budget cuts. ... Attention moves then to things that can be controlled, such as how agencies use their resources and how, or even if, they begin building collaborations and partnerships to leverage those resources. I was surprised - although really I shouldn't have been - when a college president told me about an environmental science conference that had taken place at a neighboring school without anyone on the first campus being aware of it. Two schools in close proximity with a strong emphasis on marine and environmental sciences should be sharing more than events. How about labs, teachers and enrollment?

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010


Lesley University launches national center for teachers, counselors and school leaders

Working with Tacoma Community College in Washington State, Lesley developed a program for Associates degree students to earn their Bachelors degree and meet the requirements for a Residency Certification in Special Education and/or Elementary Education.

PR Web, December 15, 2010


OPINION: Seeking a new paradigm for funding Washington's public higher education  

The Washington Legislature's support of the state's public higher education institutions has been on the wane in recent years. Whitman College President George S. Bridges, a former public university academic dean, offers some advice for keeping public institutions strong.

Seattle Times, December 15, 2010





Search Committee Snafus

Inside Higher Ed, December 15, 2010


It's Not the Dark Side. It Just Sucks.

… explaining – very clearly – why she refused to move into administration, she noted that much of what attracted her to academia is precisely what keeps her out of administration.

Inside Higher Ed, December 15, 2010



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