Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NEWS LINKS | May 3, 2011

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




SVC president Tollefson announces his retirement
Skagit Valley College President Gary Tollefson announced Monday that he intends to retire in December. Tollefson, 62, met with the school’s board of trustees Friday to discuss his Dec. 31 retirement.   He said this year was the right time for him to retire.  “We’ve been through an awful lot, but we’ve come through it well,” Tollefson said. “Things are reasonably settled; we have a balanced budget...
 Skagit Valley Herald, May 3, 2011


Peninsula College cuts continuing education classes

Peninsula College will cut continuing education classes for about 150 students July 1. The college, which has typically offered classes for “adult interest community education classes” for about 290 students per quarter, will narrow its focus to be more business-oriented — such as for accounting or Web design — for at least the summer, fall and winter quarters, said President Tom Keegan.

Peninsula Daily News, April 5, 2011






College Costs and Selectivity May Influence Health and Behavior Choices

Studies' findings: Where two-year college is pricey, teens are more likely to adopt risky behaviors, like smoking. Selective colleges may foster healthier habits. … Students in states with higher tuitions correctly saw that they were less likely to enroll than were those in less-expensive states.

The second concern is that the state-by-state variations in adolescent risk-taking might actually be driven by some factor other than community-college tuition. Maybe the states with lower tuitions just happen to be states with more-effective antismoking campaigns.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2011


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'Degrees for What Jobs?' Wrong Question, Wrong Answers

In its report on work-force demands, the National Governors Association overlooks the critical importance of educating students for democracy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2011



EWU students protest budget

A group of Eastern Washington University students have begun a weeklong protest on the Cheney campus to draw attention to imminent spending cuts by the state Legislature, now beginning its second week of a special session.

Spokesman-Review, May 3, 2011



Eastern Washington's Bridgeport High makes final 3 for Obama visit

Seattle Times, May 3, 2011





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