Friday, May 27, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 26-27, 2011

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




Tuition flexibility may help colleges, but not students and parents

The tuition-setting bill, which is expected to be signed by the governor, gives the six state schools tuition setting authority through 2018-19. In return, they must increase financial aid, make a plan to improve graduation rates, keep in-state student enrollment steady, and cooperate with community colleges on transfer credits. The bill also would allow schools to set higher tuition rates for more expensive majors, such as science degrees that require a lot of lab work.

Bellingham Herald, May 25, 2011


OUR VIEW | Marine ‘cluster' is an idea worth exploring
In a shared effort, the Navy and Olympic College have a much-admired apprentice program that produces highly trained new workers for the shipyard's metal trades. The skills they possess also are transferable, and prized, in marine private industry. A similar program would be a good fit in a marine industry hub on port industrial property.
Kitsap Sun, May 26, 2011


Nuclear tech program produces hirable grads
An open house this week at Columbia Basin College introduced potential students to its Nuclear Technology program. It's a program worth emulating.

Tri-City Herald, May 26, 2011


Online university opens virtual doors today
Western Governors University Washington, which was created by the Legislature last year, opens its virtual doors in earnest today, when Jean Floten becomes its chancellor in a ceremony in Seattle. Floten previously headed Bellevue College for more than 20 years.  Floten's first act will be to sign a transfer agreement with the state's community colleges, including Columbia Basin College. The agreement will give anyone with an associate degree from CBC -- and other Washington colleges -- automatic junior status, without having to claim credits for each course taken separately.

Tri-City Herald, May 26, 2011


WSU seeking smooth transition when it takes over University Center

The Herald, May 26, 2011

EDUCATION: Bechtel donates $30,000 for CBC welders
The welding program at Columbia Basin College received a sizable donation from Bechtel National.  Bechtel, which is building the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant — or vitrification plant — donated $30,000 to the program, the college announced Thursday.
Tri-City Herald, May 26, 2011

Peninsula College wins literacy grant; only recipient in Washington state

Peninsula College will enhance literacy programs in Port Angeles and LaPush with a $65,000 grant from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The college is one of 10 recipients nationwide and the only one in Washington state.

Peninsula Daily News, May 27, 2011


Fort Worden building work, college expansions … survive in state budget

Peninsula College received $2 million to replace its Forks satellite building and $800,000 to expand its fitness center at its Port Angeles campus.

Peninsula Daily, May 27, 2011





COLUMN: State must not give up its role in affordable education

The News Tribune, May 26, 2011


Raising Graduation Rates, and Questions

San Diego State, celebrated for helping students succeed without changing the makeup of its student body, faces criticism that it is abandoning its mission.

Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2011


Seduction of the Leader

Patrick Sanaghan and Larry Goldstein consider the quality of advice college presidents receive -- and how they can get better information

Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2011


So You Say You're Broke?

Countering claims that public colleges have no money, critics point to a budget lines that show millions in "unreserved assets."

Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2011





Something sweet to end your week …


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Ultimate dog tease


How to make lemonade

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