Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 13, 2011

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




Planetarium helps SFCC offer out-of-this-world learning

Spokane Falls Community College’s new science building will be dedicated today, and while officials are excited about the entire building, the Eos Planetarium is the prized centerpiece. Astronomy instructor John Whitmer looks up at the simulated night sky as he operates the software of the new planetarium classroom at Spokane Falls Community College. In addition to classes, the planetarium will host field trips for K-12 students and eventually be open to the public.

The Spokesman Review, April 11, 2011


Hunting for a goal: Job seekers flock to Clark College for free guidance in crafting a career

The Columbian, April 12, 2011


In our view / Higher education: Insist on a brighter future

And in recent years it has fallen increasingly hard on our public colleges and universities, which represent perhaps the most important investment state government can make in ensuring long-term economic growth and widely shared prosperity. If current trends of program reductions, double-digit tuition hikes and the elimination of enrollment slots for Washington residents continue, kids who grew up here will seek opportunities elsewhere, and major employers may do the same.

The Herald , April 13, 2011





Public-private effort targets tuition hikes

Microsoft Corp., Boeing Co., and the Seattle-based College Success Foundation have offered to work with the state to raise millions of dollars in assistance to college students facing sharp tuition increases at state universities, Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, announced Tuesday. Under legislation scheduled to be introduced today, the first scholarships would become available in December. …  To qualify, scholarship recipients would have to be accepted into an eligible education or training program, declare their intent to obtain a four-year degree, and apply for federal tax credits.

The Columbian, April 12, 2011


Trying to Take On the For-Profits: Community colleges plan to join forces to market their online programs in a new portal

Arguing that only by collectively making themselves more visible can community colleges effectively compete against the mass marketing of for-profit institutions, officials of a new effort by the American Association of Community Colleges used the AACC annual meeting here to unveil plans to create a single portal where prospective students can search and compare online degree programs at public, two-year institutions around the country.

Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2011


Separate and Unequal

The plight of the faculty's invisible majority -- adjuncts -- takes center stage at collective bargaining conference.

Inside Higher Ed, April 13, 2011





State Senate proposes even deeper cuts to education

Seattle Times, April 13, 2011




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