Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 4, 2011

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




New college programs will change Jefferson, chamber audience told

Both colleges share an 8,000-square-foot building in Fort Worden State Park, with plans to renovate a nearby building that will double classroom space and course offerings.  The remodeling project is estimated to cost around $6 million, and all but $1.5 million is already pledged, according to [Peninsula College President Tom] Keegan.  "We want to create a space where higher education can come together here," Keegan said.

Peninsula Daily News, January 4, 2011



A savory solution raised to help CBC ag program
We like the way the students in Columbia Basin College's agriculture program think.  They are linking locally produced foods to lessons in marketing and sales. And they're linking consumers to products created right here at home with the new Columbia Basin Savory Brands line of specialty foods.

Tri-City Herald, January 4, 2011



High school students honored as Champions of Diversity
The 11th annual Champions of Diversity awards ceremony honored more than 100 area high school students Dec. 1 at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon for their contributions to diversity in their schools and communities.  Some $167,000 in scholarships from Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Skagit Valley College, the Evergreen State College, University of Washington ...
Skagit Valley Herald, January 2, 2011


Bringing Seattle's global-health expertise to poor people here at home

“Key to the success of Global to Local, which is designed as a pilot project that could ultimately go statewide and national, is a new kind of community health worker — a combination health-care specialist and social worker.... June Altaras, nurse executive at Swedish Health Services, is working with Bellevue College to develop a training curriculum for the new community health workers.”

Seattle Crosscut, December 28, 2010






2 'Swing Deans' at Bates Switch Jobs Annually, for Students' Sake

As part of Bates College's [California] efforts to diversify its enrollment, two "swing deans" alternate between admissions and student affairs each year.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2, 2011



LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cutting Education Is Cutting Our Future

By Cary Bozeman, Former mayor of Bremerton and Bellevue. …There are some things that cannot and should not be compromised , even in a bad economy, and that’s the pursuit of knowledge and the advancement of humankind. We cannot allow profitability to become the standard by which we judge our colleges and universities.
Kitsap Sun, January 3, 2010



Advertising may not be a good fit for government

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - The Bellingham Herald, January 4, 2011



A New Model Community College

Has a partnership between a private university and a for-profit company created a better way to get students prepared for transfer?

Inside Higher Ed, January 4, 2011



Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions
As state officials try to plug budget shortfalls, many are looking at legislation to scale back the power of labor unions, especially those that represent state workers.

New York Times, January 4, 2011



Private money for higher ed?

TASK FORCE: And let colleges raise tuition, group suggests

The Olympian, January 4, 2011


State task force says colleges, not Legislature, should set tuition

If the Legislature won't cough up more money to grow the state's four-year colleges and universities, the schools themselves should have the power to raise tuition significantly to cover the cost, a state task force recommends.

Seattle Times, January 4, 2011



How to fund higher education?

A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider.

The News Tribune, January 4, 2011






Worrying about quality depreciation at community colleges

… “Forever they [community colleges] have had this policy of ‘the door is wide open,’” Gov. Chris Gregoire said to the regents. “They are over-enrolled unbelievably … and so I said, ‘You guys, you are going to compromise the dickens out of your quality. Once we come out of the recession, your doors might be wide open, but who would want to go there?’”

UW Daily, January 4, 2011 (Seattle Central CC)




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