Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 2, 2011

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Larsen tours [Skagit Valley College] marine tech program
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen came to Anacortes on Monday to bone up on the realities and concerns of the maritime industry.  He toured the Anacortes branch of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy after meeting with business owners from the local boat and yacht industry. Larsen, D-Wash., was acting in his new capacity as the highest-ranking Democrat on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.  He said the academy plays an important part in the local industry and the economic recovery...
Skagit Valley Herald, February 1, 2011


School district going forward with property swap for Westside

The Wenatchee School Board is forging ahead on a property swap with Wenatchee Valley College and the WVC Foundation, even as the college awaits word from the state on a critical grant that could make or break the deal.

Wenatchee World, February 2, 2011


Lawmakers push plan to bring WSU to Everett

Exactly how Washington State University hopes to plant its flag in Everett is becoming clearer today - and so too is the continuing opposition to the effort. Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett, and Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, introduced identical bills Tuesday spelling out how WSU could gain control in 2014 of a key academic program on the campus of Everett Community College.

The Herald, February 2, 2011


Sen. Hobbs again pushes bill to build independent college

A Lake Stevens lawmaker is trying again to give Snohomish County residents a shot at building a four-year polytechnic university on their own. For the third time, Democratic Sen. Steve Hobbs is pushing a bill to construct an independent college with locally approved taxes and run it with a board of trustees drawn from a cross-section of the community.

The Herald, February 2, 2011 (University Center at Everett CC)


Big Bend serenades large turnout at fund-raiser

Big Bend Community College President Bill Bonaudi says Saturday's serenade rated high in the event's history. "It was our seventh-ever and it was probably one of the best ever," says Bonaudi.

Columbia Basin Herald, February 2, 2011




Bill: different tuition for each program / The state's colleges and universities would have four years of unlimited tuition-setting authority to establish a new baseline for tuition

The bill is sponsored by state Reps. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, head of the House's Higher Education Committee, and Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, vice chair of that committee.

Under the proposal, if the schools raised tuition by more than 7 percent a year during the four-year period, half the additional revenue would go into student financial aid, which would be used to help middle-class students pay for college.

Seattle Times, February 2, 2011


Lumina Unveils a National Framework for Measuring Student Learning

To that end, the foundation released today a suggested framework for defining the knowledge and skills students need to acquire before earning an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree. Lumina's framework, which it is calling the Degree Qualifications Profile, spells out reference points for what students should be learning and demonstrating at each degree level in five areas: broad, integrative knowledge; specialized knowledge; intellectual skills; applied learning; and civic learning.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 25, 2011


Should Washington’s 7th public university be completely online?  

A four-year degree at most institutions takes almost five years to get through, said Cable Green of Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “Our students are looking for baccalaureate options … we see Washington Governors University as a pathway for many of our students.” This is a new model – the idea of the offering credit for prior experience, he said.

TVW BLOG, February 2, 2011


EDITORIAL: State lawmakers shouldn't jettison Higher Education Coordinating Board

The state Legislature should not abolish the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board. It should rebuild anemic support of state universities.

Seattle Times, February 2, 2011


Donations to Colleges Rose, if Only Slightly, in 2010

In a clear signal that the economic recovery has not yet arrived on most campuses, private giving to American colleges last year barely improved after a precipitous drop the year before

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2, 2011




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