Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 24, 2011

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




New veterans center opening Wednesday at Olympic College

Since joining Olympic College last fall, [interim vice president of student services] Dan Chacon has been on a mission. It didn't take the Californian long to find Navy facilities all over the place here, and the school crawling with military-related students. The 1,500 veterans, active-duty service members and their families had a benefits office, but no place of their own. … Eight months later, on Wednesday, the Veteran and Military Support Center will open. The facility is designed for men and women of the armed forces as they transition into college life. It provides a supportive place to study, hang out, and access college and veterans resources.

Kitsap Sun, May 16, 2011



Editorial: Sometimes the Internet opens some surprising doors

Online courses are becoming more popular at Lower Columbia College, which this quarter offers 52 classes entirely by computer, and another 68 that are a combination of online and traditional classroom time. … LCC offers four degrees entirely online and WSU offers eight bachelor's degrees this way. We'd eventually like to see the offerings expanded to include science and engineering, areas where there's immediate demand for graduates.

The Daily News, May 17, 2011



College supporters return to the '50s

Along with her poodle skirt, penny loafers and hair pulled back into a pony tail, [Vickey] Melcher was dressed for the 1950s theme of [Big Bend Community] college's Cellarbration! scholarship fundraising event …

Columbia Basin Herald, May 24, 2011



Why Leave a "Real" School for an Online One? Jean Floten explains herself

Seattle Weekly, May 24, 2011






Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' --  Deconstructing, dismantling the “nothing to hide” argument

When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they're not worried. "I've got nothing to hide," they declare. "Only if you're doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don't deserve to keep it private."  The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy. The data-security expert Bruce Schneier calls it the "most common retort against privacy advocates."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2011




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