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SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
Olympic College will cut academic programs to save $3.2 million
Olympic College plans to phase out, eliminate, or restructure more than a dozen of its academic programs and instructional offerings in response to impending cuts to higher education, school administrators announced Thursday.
Kitsap Sun, April 8, 2011
Opinion: What do we gain with WSU role?
The Herald, April 8, 2011 (University Center at Everett CC)
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
Gates Goes Open
The biggest winners of Gates Foundation's latest spending spree aim to open doors to college degrees, open access to high-quality courseware, or both.
Inside Higher Ed, April 7, 2011
At the League for Innovation conference a few weeks ago, some folks from the Community College Research Center presented some pretty compelling research that suggested several things. First, it found zero predictive validity in the placement tests that sentence students to developmental classes. Students who simply disregarded the placement and went directly into college-level courses did just as well as students who did as they were told. … Second, the CCRC found that the single strongest predictor of student success that’s actually under the college’s control …. The worst thing you can do, from a student success perspective, is to address perceived student deficits by adding more layers of remediation.
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2011
Award-winning Facebook app finds financial aid
The idea won the 24-year-old Nevada woman a national contest and a $10,000 prize at a College Affordability Challenge in San Diego, where the goal was finding ways to simplify the financial aid process. Her idea uses demographic and personal data on Facebook to direct users to scholarships and aid that match their background and interests. … The challenge was developed by cable channel MTV and the College Board, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
MSNBC, April 8, 2011
UW rejects more qualified in-state students
The Herald, April 8, 2011
Guest column: UW now faces an opportunity for change
The Herald, April 8, 2011
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
17 trying to storm governor's office are arrested; larger rally is planned today
The Olympian, April 8, 2011
Labor groups to hold major rally at Wash. Capitol
Tri-City Herald, April 8, 2011
Budget cuts would hit hard in communities of color
Crosscut.com, April 7, 2011
FRIDAY ERUDITE LITE NEWS
Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks
Mathematician Has Popular Equation Stuck In Head All Day
Study: Watching Fewer Than Four Hours Of TV A Day Impairs Ability To Ridicule Pop Culture
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