Friday, March 4, 2011

NEWS LINKS | March 4, 2011

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




Editorial: Higher education on the precipice

For community and technical colleges the governor’s budget calls for a 23 percent funding cut; 27 percent in the worst case. To backfill would require 18 percent per year tuition hikes for the governor’s cuts; 23 percent per year for the high end. Enrollment would drop from the projected 163,000 students to 145,000, according to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “The social and economic costs of not educating these people are substantial The loss of jobs, opportunity and prosperity will impact our state for years to come,” the board wrote.

Wenatchee World, March 2, 2011


Hundreds get help at third annual Project Homeless Connect in Bellingham

… catered lunch at the YWCA dished up by Ciao Thyme catering and the Culinary Arts Program at Bellingham Technical College.

Bellingham Herald, March 3, 2011


Forum to discuss higher ed budget cuts

According to the College Promise Coalition, the state has cut funding to higher education by 30 percent from 2008 to 2010. If the existing budget is approved, the cut will grow to 50 percent -- leading to larger class sizes, elimination of some degree programs and fewer courses. Sponsors of the Tuesday, March 7 event include the Washington College Access Network, Yakima Valley Community College, Central Washington University and the College Success Foundation, which partners students, parents, alumni, colleges and others to urge the Legislature to make higher education in Washington a top priority.

Yakima Herald-Republic, March 4, 2011


WSU-Everett a step closer with Senate action

Those working to plant the flag of Washington State University in Everett have moved a step closer to their goal. It happened Wednesday night when the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill directing WSU to replace Everett Community College as operator of the University Center of North Puget Sound in 2014. This is an important stride toward one day getting a four-year college up and running for residents in Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties, said Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island.

The Herald, March 4, 2011


WSU Everett campus inches closer

“It ultimately will take over  the money, the partnerships and the assets that are with Everett Community College and the university partners, and that intent is highly unusual ... with a successful enterprise,” said Charlie Earl, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which has taken no position on the legislation.

Skagit Valley Herald, March 4, 2011


Diplomas at a discount – can cash-strapped state pump out enough educated workers?

Olympic College and Washington State University Mechanical Engineering partnership.

Puget Sound Business Journal, pp. 13-15, March 4, 2011


Paving a smooth road to higher education

Guest column by Paul Killpatrick, Seattle Central CC president, and John Welch, Highline Schools superintendent:  Next month, every high school senior in the Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle, Shoreline and Tukwila school districts will receive letters of early acceptance to community college, providing conditional admissions to graduates.

Puget Sound Business Journal, p. 21, March 4, 2011





Designing a Net Price Calculator

Beginning October 2011, the federal government will require all colleges and universities to have a “net price calculator” on their websites, with the goal of giving individual students and their families a clearer sense of how much they themselves might pay for a degree at a particular institution.  The design of this calculator and the issues that colleges will face in deciding what to reveal in their calculator, and how to present the information, are many and complex. Presidents and boards need to understand the issues involved, as missteps could get their relationships with students off to a bad start or put their institutions at a competitive disadvantage against peers.

Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2011


Perspectives on the Downturn: A Survey of Presidents

A report of the survey's results, prepared by Kenneth C. Green -- founder of the Campus Computing Project and a senior research consultant to Inside Higher Ed -- can be downloaded here. The survey asked campus leaders an array of questions about how they and their institutions have navigated the current economic downturn, the biggest problems they face and the strategies they have used (effectively and not) in response, and which campus constituents have been most helpful (or not). …. Another independent college president … says she was struck -- and troubled -- that the survey revealed just how much public college presidents seemed inclined to adopt the “high tuition, high aid” business model that has gotten private colleges into such a difficult position.

Inside Higher Ed, March 4, 2011





Gregoire readies fight for consolidated education plan

The Olympian, March 3, 2011





Al Qaeda Attacks Internet With Photo Of Adorable Piglet

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Red rain boots make Clive one mod mini pig

The source of this internet meme.



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