Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 22, 2011

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Partnership will allow LCC to offer bachelor's degree

Lower Columbia College officials have announced a bachelor's degree in early childhood education will now be offered through a partnership with Concordia University and two other community colleges [Clark and Centralia].

The Daily News, February 19, 2011



Guest column: State must train more nurses to meet needs

Part of the answer stems from gaps in the educational sector. Programs at private colleges, the UW, WSU and state community colleges, including Clark College, prepare our nursing graduates to fill these critical positions. In recent years, every college in Washington has had to turn away student nurse applicants because the educational system hasn’t had the capacity to admit them. To add to the problem, budget cuts threaten already struggling state educational programs.

The Columbian, February 20,2011



Possible WSU branch campus in Everett

Washington State University could receive new marching orders to pursue a branch campus in Everett rather than take over an existing program at Everett Community College — if a new bill passes the Washington State Legislature.

KAPS Radio, February 21, 2011



Puget Sound Energy offering renewable-energy grants to local schools

Puget Sound Energy is offering public schools and other educational institutions an opportunity to bring renewable energy into the classroom — or perhaps, onto the classroom. … Dedication ceremonies are being planned for newly installed demonstration projects at Green River Community College in Auburn …

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, February 21, 2011


Running Start allows a jump on college, but it's costly to colleges
The popularity of the program statewide has put colleges in a bind. Colleges aren't fully reimbursed to educate each Running Start student. The colleges end up eating the difference. That funding gap has been growing, said Kayeri Akweks, a policy associate for the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges. … The problem is exacerbated at colleges that have high numbers of Running Start students, Akweks said. Those include Clark, Green River, Bellevue, Pierce and Highline community colleges, which combined make up nearly 40 percent of all Running Start enrollments. Everett makes up 9 percent.

Feb. 21, The Herald,


Road to employment longer for older workers

[Marsha] Milroy is now learning to become a paralegal, a job that is now in demand. … Milroy is getting help through Highline Community College’s worker retraining program.  The school is currently training about 700 laid-off workers and many are in their 50s and 60s, said John Huber, the school’s director of workforce education services.

KING 5, February 21, 2011






Funding Completion

The devastating budget cuts hitting public colleges make an emphasis on graduation goals all the more important, writes Hilary Pennington.

Inside Higher Education, February 22, 2011



Wanted: A Dependable Backer

With increases in state support for higher education hard to come by, some leaders of public universities are arguing that the federal government -- if not now, then eventually -- may be best suited to pick up the slack.

Inside Higher Education, February 22, 2011



Blackboard's Next Phase

With no territory left to conquer and opposing forces gaining momentum, e-learning giant may have to rely on strengthening ties with its existing higher ed customers — which could be a good thing for colleges.

Inside Higher Education, February 22, 2011



Confessions of a Community College Dean

The outside world takes it for granted that colleges, particularly community colleges, should develop curricula to match the needs of employers. The higher ed world takes it for granted that curriculum belongs to the faculty.  Deans are in the delightful position of trying to navigate between those two. The frustrating truth is that they’re both partly right, but both lean toward absolutism.

Inside Higher Education, February 22, 2011






Editorial: Washington must chart a better way on higher education support

WASHINGTON state's 2011 supplemental spending plan wields the budget ax heavily on our four-year universities. It has proved difficult for lawmakers fixated on the budget to carve out attention for higher education. Reps. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, top a list of notable exceptions. But the Legislature must get behind a road map charting a better course for universities struggling to pay for the level of access and academic quality state residents expect.

Seattle Times, February 20, 2011



Obama's Budget, Though Generous, Still Signals Austerity for Colleges

Facing Republican demands to reduce spending, the president cut summer Pell Grant use, support for career education, and the in-school subsidy on graduate students' loans.

Chronicle of Higher Education,  February 20, 2011


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