Monday, April 18, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 18, 2011

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




Op-ed:  University of Washington must not forsake community college students in favor of out-of-state students

That year I enrolled at Centralia College and began a journey that eventually led to a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. To this day, I am grateful for the education that community college provided, helping me mature into the kind of scholar who would successfully continue on to a four-year university and eventually master's-level work. Today, the role Washington state's community colleges play is more vital than ever.

The Seattle Times, April 15, 2011


Construction may be in our future

… Projects at the community colleges in Olympia and Lakewood. South Puget Sound CC would spend $36 million to create a Learning Resource Center in a renovated building, and Clover Park TC would build a $24 million facility to house all of its health classes. … The community colleges praised lawmakers for following the college system’s list of priorities in both budgets. Gov. Chris Gregoire departed from the list to avoid funding so-called growth projects such as Clover Park’s and South Puget Sound’s. She preferred renovations like the $22 million upgrade of a science, math and technology building at Auburn’s Green River Community College. That one is also funded in the House and Senate budgets. But her budget director, Marty Brown, said Gregoire is satisfied with the approach of lawmakers, who also found more money for the projects.

The News Tribune, April 16, 2011


Comparing Olympia's plans: How high could tuition climb? A lot

Seattle Times, April 16, 2011


Walla Walla Community College to look at tuition hike

Walla Walla Union Bulletin, April 17, 2011





Colleges Aren’t Keeping Up With Student Demand for Hybrid Programs, Survey Suggests

Students want hybrid programs that blend online and face-to-face experiences. But colleges don’t seem to be providing enough of them to meet the demand. That’s one message that emerges from the results of a national survey of more than 20,000 current and prospective adult students that were just released by Eduventures, a consulting firm. The finding is notable because blended education has been hot lately. In 2009, the U.S. Education Department released a report praising it. And this year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pouring millions into supporting it.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2011


End of Year-Round Pell Grants Could Lead Many Nontraditional Students to Drop Out

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2011


Colleges Rehab Their Web Sites for Major Payoffs

Analytics tools, some colleges find, can transform ineffective pages into winners

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2011


5 Myths About the 'Information Age'

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2011





Likelihood of special session looms over Olympia

Seattle PI, April 15, 2011



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