Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 25, 2011

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




The Open Course Library: Making Education Truly Accessible

At the OpenCourseWare Consortium … we had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Tom Caswell, program manager for Washington State's exciting Open Course Library (OCL) project. How is Washington working to make community college more accessible to students?

Education Insider, May 20 2011


In Our View: More Industrial Jobs

… Another key ingredient in long-term recovery is prioritizing public education, lifting the local work force to a higher level than the current 15.5 percent of adults 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree. Both Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College have shown progress in work force training. More is needed, and local legislators must lead the way.

The Columbian, May 25, 2011


Curtain falls on drama program at Edmonds CC

The Herald, May 25, 2011


Editorial: Sharing pain saves some jobs at YVCC

Yakima Herald, May 25, 2011





The Downsized College Graduate
Employment rates for new college graduates have tanked. Are there factors other than the economy to blame?

The New York Times, May 24, 2011


Tablets, Yes; E-Texts, Maybe

The same students who say tablet computers are going to revolutionize higher education don't necessarily want to read books on them

Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2011





Budget deal would cut teacher salaries nearly 2 percent

Among the largest cuts are: $535 million from higher education though lawmakers expect part of the loss to be offset through double-digit tuition increases at community colleges and four-year universities. The budget does pour $124 million into financial aid.

The Herald, May 25, 2011


Probst education bills receive some funding

The budget also includes $5 million as a state match for the Opportunity Scholarships program, which will provide stipends to middle-class students to offset rising tuition at state colleges and universities.

The Columbian, May 24, 2011


Summary: A look at what passed, failed in Olympia

It took Washington state lawmakers more than four months to reach an agreement on the state's next two-year budget, but they finally managed to do that before the end of their 30-day special session Wednesday. Lawmakers also dealt with a handful of key policy issues during the legislative overtime, which came on top of a 105-day session. [Senate still must vote]

Seattle Times, May 25, 2011


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