Friday, April 8, 2011

NEWS LINKS | April 8, 2011

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




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)





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


Remedial Levels

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





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, April 7, 2011





Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks,18209/


Mathematician Has Popular Equation Stuck In Head All Day,3478/


Study: Watching Fewer Than Four Hours Of TV A Day Impairs Ability To Ridicule Pop Culture,1281/



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