Friday, February 11, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 11, 2011

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




Grandview, Yakima Valley CC ink library deal

It took several months and several drafts, but the city of Grandview and YVCC finally have a working agreement for their joint library project.

Sunnyside Daily Sun News,  February 9, 2011


 Seniors sign up for Facebook
Yakima Valley CC students teamed up with KNDO and the Harman center to help seniors sign up for Facebook.

KNDO/KNDU, February 10, 2011



More recently two initiatives have captured media attention and heightened awareness that higher education institutions need to take greater responsibility to resolve the textbook crisis. That's exactly what community colleges are doing in Washington State, where they've created an initiative called the Open Course Library.

Library Journal, February 10, 2011


CBC instructor wins top ag teacher award

Columbia Basin College agriculture instructor Kerrin Molton will receive a national award, Outstanding Postsecondary Agricultural Education Teacher, from the National Association of Agriculture Educators. She’s one of four instructors in the country to receive the award.

Tri-City Herald, February 10, 2011


Legislative battle begins over WSU control of university center in Everett

But Everett CC President David Beyer and Trustee Gene Chase led opponents who criticized the city and WSU for trying to muscle in on a successful program without consulting them. They said the bill will fracture relationships with the public and private colleges who offer courses through the center.

Everett Herald. February 11, 2011





Not Achieving the Dream /Confessions of a Community College Dean

Thin budgets also manifest themselves in ‘boutique’ interventions that don’t scale up. On my own campus, we’ve had great results with several very labor-intensive programs: supplemental instruction, summer bridge programs, that sort of thing. They’re terrific for the handful of students who have access to them. But we have nothing close to the budget it would take to make those available to all, or even most, students. So we can get good percentage improvements in targeted areas, but the overall numbers don’t really move.

Inside Higher Ed, February 11, 2011


Malloy Plans Higher Education Overhaul

The most dramatic elements of Malloy's plan include eliminating the boards for the Connecticut State University System, the community colleges and Charter Oak State College, as well as the Board of Governors for Higher Education. He would replace those boards with a single board of regents.

Hartford Courant, February 10, 2011,0,6120169.story




Our vampires should stay in Washington State

The Stranger, February 7, 2011





Baby squirrel monkeys join Virginia Zoo family

Norfolk Daily Press, February 10, 2011,0,6682133.story


Unlikely Animal Friends

National Geographic Channel videos and photos



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