Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Attorney’s trust makes donation to WVC’s Center for Music and Art

A bequest from a local business attorney pushed the $6.6 million fundraising campaign for Wenatchee Valley College’s Center for Music and Art over the top this week. The $566,000 bequest was donated from the living trust of the late James Arneil and his wife, Kathleen. “The two of them have been great friends of the college,” said WVC President Jim Richardson. …  “I was awed at their generosity.”

Wenatchee World, February 5, 2011


Running Start hits record enrollment

Eastern Washington University and Community Colleges of Spokane have seen record Running Start enrollment this academic year and expect it will continue in 2011-’12. About 975 full-time high school students are enrolled in CCS, which encompasses Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College and the Institute for Extended Learning, and about 370 go to EWU.

Spokesman Review, February 8, 2011


Opponents stake positions on WSU bid in Everett

The city of Everett is going all-out to pack a legislative hearing Thursday where lawmakers will consider letting Washington State University expand its presence in the city. Pat McClain, the city's executive director and right-hand man to the mayor, has e-mailed civic, business, labor and education leaders urging their attendance at the "critical" 10 a.m. hearing on House Bill 1792 in front of the House Higher Education Committee. The bill, calls for WSU to take charge of the University Center of North Puget Sound in 2014. Everett Community College now operates the program on its campus.

The Herald, February 8, 2011


State's largest community solar project goes online in March in Poulsbo

Rick Lander hates the word 'reinvent,' but he was left with no choice but to do just that as the demand for his custom-home building services vanished. …  A foray into the alternative energy business is turning out to be a wise move for Lander. His new company, Washington Solar Incentives, outfits public facilities with solar-energy systems meant to create revenue and cost savings while promoting sustainability. …  Lander completed a renewable energy certification program at Shoreline Community College.  … In 2005, state lawmakers created a renewable energy incentive program to reward energy producers with up to $2,000 a year.

Kitsap Sun, February 8, 2011


Car thieves target [Highline] community college
KING 5 TV, February 8, 2011


CBC bachelor degree program now accredited
But Columbia Basin College
just became one of only seven community colleges in Washington accredited to award a four-year degree -- the bachelor of applied science, or BAS.  The college received a confirmation letter from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Monday. It will graduate its first class of BAS students in June, said CBC President Rich Cummins.
Tri-City Herald, February 9, 2011 (South Seattle CC)





As State Funds Dry Up, Many Community Colleges Rely More on Tuition Than on Taxes to Get By

… And two-year colleges face greater challenges than four-year institutions do. Nearly 40 percent of all undergraduates are enrolled in two-year colleges, including a large proportion who come from low-income families and minority groups, and many who have less academic preparation than do students admitted to four-year colleges.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2011

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For the Jobless, Community College Offers a Safety Net
They might need remedial reading and math, but many low-income students need the social services college offers even more. The recession has driven low-income young people who would otherwise be working into college. They often need remedi­al training in writing and math, but more urgently, many students also rely on college as a social safety net. …  A [college] food bank is expected to double in size this semester to serve 150 students. A day-care center on campus has a long waiting list. Without those serv­ices, college work would be impossible for many here. … "What I keep finding is that I get pulled down to the bottom: They're hungry, they're cold, they're worried," [Laureen Campana, Columbia's nurse] says. "I can't really get to the self-actualization stuff when I have to take care of really basic needs."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2011

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Cost of Compliance With Aid Rules Hurts Students, Survey Asserts

College financial aid offices are so pinched by the costs of complying with federal regulations that they are shortchanging students as a result, aid directors said in a survey by their national group.

Inside Higher Ed, February 8, 2011


Left in the Hall

New survey reveals nearly a third of community college students were unable to enroll in course of choice last semester.

Inside Higher Ed, February 9, 2011


Disruption, Delivery and Degrees

Author who popularized idea that technological innovation disrupts industries' established powers applies theory to higher education -- with warning to traditional colleges

Inside Higher Ed, February 9, 2011


Tuition increases at Washington colleges are not sustainable

Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd supports tuition flexibility for the state's colleges and universities. However, he cautions that as a matter of state policy, the pace of recent increases are not sustainable. The state must set a funding floor for support of higher education.

Seattle Times, February 9, 2011





Target shifts to PR, admin jobs

Budget: Lawmakers get plenty of suggestions on how to slash state deficit

The Olympian, February 8, 2011



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