Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 5, 2011

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House Dems outline plan to solve $5.1B state budget
The spending plan also eliminates 1,619 more jobs in state government and higher education after July 1, assumes a 3 percent pay cut for most state workers, and ends automatic cost-of-living raises for some state pensioners. … In addition to $1.3 billion from K-12 public schools, the budget also shaves nearly a half-billion from the budgets of universities and community colleges. The House plan relies on tuition increases of 11 percent to 13 percent make up some of the higher-education cuts, while adding more than $103 million for State Need Grants to limit its impact on poorer students.  But the budget would suspend funding the state Work Study Program, a deeper cut to the program than the governor had proposed.

The Olympian, April 5, 2011



State Democrats offer budget

House Democrats rolled out a budget plan Monday that closes a $5 billion-plus budget gap by slashing funds for public schools, colleges, hospitals and other pieces of the health-care safety net.

The News Tribune, April 5, 2011



Democrats unveil plan to fill $5.1 billion hole
Another $482 million is carved out of higher education. It is partially offset by tuition hikes of 11 percent at community and technical colleges, 13 percent at the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University and 11.5 percent at the other four-year universities.

The Herald, April 5, 2011



House outlines its building budget plan
In Snohomish County, there is $37.6 million for Everett Community College to replace Index Hall with a new three-story building for nursing and health science students. Construction could begin next summer and be complete in 2013.

The Herald, April 5, 2011



House budget proposal has clear winners and losers
Higher education, one of the few big-money discretionary areas in the state budget, faces $482 million in cuts that would be partially offset by tuition increases for the third year in a row. However, Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, said he hopes to announce a program to ease the pain for college students later this week. “We are in the midst of negotiations with several of Washington’s premier companies who have come forward and said they would like to help with the tuition crisis,” Probst said. He said he hopes to introduce a bill by week’s end to implement what he called “a conditional scholarship program.” …   There was bad, if not unexpected, news for Clark College: No money in the House Capital Budget for construction of a planned $36 million STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classroom building on its main Vancouver campus. That will push the much-desired project back at least two years, and perhaps more, said college President Bob Knight.

The Columbian, April 5, 2011


House budget proposals cut billions, but fund some Spokane projects
Also in the House capital budget is $30 million for the next phase of remodeling at Eastern Washington University’s Patterson Hall and $20 million for classrooms at Spokane Falls Community College.

The Spokesman Review, April 5, 2011



State budget proposal includes funding for LCC building

Funding for Lower Columbia College's new Health and Science Building is included in the proposed 2011-2013 capital budget released Monday by the state House Democrats.

The $3.1 billion capital budget provides $37.7 million for the LCC facility, which would house new labs and classrooms.

The Daily News, April 5, 20111





A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education, Part 2

This month I want to speculate on why students (and, to a lesser extent, their parents) are not making choices that support educational success: The student as consumer.  Changing forms of literacy. Declining academic engagement. Alienation from professors. Expanding social and extracurricular commitments.  The escalating cost of education. Anxiety about future employment. Students feeling disillusioned, bored, apathetic, scared, and trapped.

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2011



Union Group Stresses the Link Between Faculty Work Conditions and Student Success
At the group's meeting on higher-education issues, speakers said that treating all faculty better, especially adjuncts, is key to improving learning.

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 4, 2011



Kent High School Offers College Credit

Kentridge has other programs that let students earn college credit while in high school. There's Running Start, where students can take community college classes. And there are Advanced Placement  classes. … But Kentridge senior Howard Lin prefers taking University of Washington classes at his own school.

KUOW NPR, April 5, 2011



A Community College Agenda for Now

On open letter to Dr. Walter Bumphus, American Association of Community Colleges president. The association of two-year colleges prepares for annual conference with the wrong program. Wick Sloane urges its leaders to rise to the challenge.

Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2011




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