Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 15 ~ The Ides ~ 2011

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




Stefano Langone sends a shout-out to 'the 425, the 206, the 253' back home

An interview with Stefano Langone, the 21-year-old singer from Kent [and Bellevue College] who has made it to the top 12 on "American Idol."

Seattle Times, March 11, 2011



Clark College's cooking and wine school give foodies a foundation

The state of the art facility could double as a set for Rachael Ray or Paula Deen. …  The school, located at Clark College's Columbia Tech Center site in east Vancouver, offers cooking classes, boutique winemaking and wine appreciation professional development classes.

The Oregonian, March 12, 2011



A look at who they’ll become

Workshops at Wenatchee Valley College aim to spark interest in science, math and technology for young girls …

Wenatchee World, March 14, 2011



WSU May Take Leadership Role of University Center in Everett

WSU President Elson Floyd says he understands that some might be wondering why, in these tight budget times, WSU would even be interested in taking on the leadership role of the University Center located at Everett Community College. He told a university budget forum on Friday that under pending legislation, WSU would not be establishing a branch campus in Everett, only taking on the lead management and partnership role … Floyd says the move would be budget neutral and falls under the university’s land grant mission.

Northwest Public Radio, March 14, 2011



SVC joins Achieving the Dream

Skagit Valley College is honored to be selected to join the Achieving the Dream network of community colleges,” said Gary Tollefson, President of SVC …

Whidbey Examiner, March 14, 2011



Walla Walla Community College teacher on opera: 'Everyone has it in them'

For the second year in a row, WWCC students will perform an opera created by their instructor …

Walla Walla Union Bulletin, March 14, 2011



Centralia College Programs Could Be Cut to Shift Burden From Staff Members, Students

It hasn’t happened yet and there’s no guarantee it will, but Centralia College officials are planning as if the state Legislature will cut $1 billion from its overall budget Thursday when it revises its annual forecast.

Centralia Chronicle, March 15, 2011



Higher ed endowment isn't just another ‘tax break'

Human services or college assistance? It’s a false choice.  Higher education for students of limited means is a human service. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways of raising individuals and families out of poverty, not just quickly but for generations to come.

The News Tribune, March 15, 2011



U.S. education secretary backs Gregoire's single-agency plan

Seattle Times, March 15, 2011






My hard lessons teaching community college

… Our national fervor over college is based on a couple of false premises. One is that everything worth doing is only possible with education …  The other is much more profound and troubling: that with the right support (the financial aid, the grants, the scholarships, the tutoring, the early intervention, the developmental courses, the disability services, the right counseling, the list goes on and on) anyone can get a college degree.

Salon, March 7, 2011



On Hiring: Community College Changed My Life
To be honest, though, many of them do not go on to their dream careers or to further education. Some drop out because of personal challenges.  We lose others because of policies that ignore or diminish their experiences, including a financial-aid system that assumes a student is of the traditional college age, a welfare system that emphasizes low-wage work over education, and a K-12 system that distributes money inequitably to schools. When we lose students, we also lose out on their unfulfilled potential.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 8, 2011



Online Public University Plans to Turn Indiana Dropouts Into Graduates

In Washington State, State Sen. James Kastama, a Democrat, has introduced a bill to create a partnership with Western Governors University similar to Indiana's.  … The advantage of forming a new partnership rather than creating a similar program with existing institutions is that it adds capacity to serve more students at no extra cost to the state, Mr. Kastama says. The demand for higher education is so great in Washington that the state will need an additional 48,000 slots for college students by 2018, and it can't afford to educate those students at other institutions. … Washington State legislators have amended Senator Kastama's bill to ensure that students at Western Governors would not receive state financial aid unless it was approved by the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board. There was a concern that WGU would sap resources from other colleges, he says.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 13, 2011


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How to Teach English to At-Risk College Students

In order to help at-risk students to succeed—and thereby to succeed ourselves as instructors—we must meet students where they are. Of course, that doesn't mean holding their hands to the extent that they forget that they alone are responsible for their studies.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 13, 2011



Confessions of a Community College Dean: A World Without Community Colleges

As financial aid shifts from institutions to students, the colleges will necessarily become more market-driven in their offerings. The balance of curricular power will shift, first slowly and then quickly, from the faculty to the students, whose “votes with their feet” will determine what survives. Tenure will fade away, and unions will have a much harder time.  Programs like ESL will suffer disproportionately, since their students tend to be the least lucrative. Non-elite students would either go without college, or would go in even greater numbers to the for-profits, where their loan burdens will be dramatically higher than they are now.

Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2011



Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books
As librarians push for access to more e-books, publishers are reconsidering how much that access should be worth.

The New York Times, March 15, 2011



Ides of March: What Is It? Why Do We Still Observe It?

National Geographic, March 15, 2011





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