Monday, June 6, 2011

NEWS LINKS | June 6, 2011

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Bellevue College names Laura Saunders interim president

Bellevue Reporter, June 6, 2011


'They come, They go , They're on deployment' /  Skagit Valley College's Oak Harbor campus has strong connection to NAS Whidbey

Nearly 10 percent of SVC students receive veterans' tuition benefits, most on the Oak Harbor campus. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Leslie Lukasik was back in uniform right after Sept. 11, 2001. A reservist, she had already started teaching her fall quarter business classes at the Oak Harbor campus of Skagit Valley College when the Navy called her in for two years of service. She was assigned to an intelligence-gathering team in Hawaii.

Skagit Valley Herald, May 30, 2011


Your Guide to 'Gainful Employment'

The Education Department's final "gainful employment" rule, which strives to hold most programs at for-profit colleges and certificate and vocational programs at nonprofit institutions to a new federal standard on student debt and employability, was released Thursday.

Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2011


11 seniors talk about their hopes and dreams after graduation

Dmitriy Mikhalchuk plans to attend Bates Technical College in Tacoma to become a technician specializing in repairing biomedical equipment.

See Seattle Times, June 4, 2011


Getting Homeless Students to Class Saps Edmonds School District Budget

The number of homeless students is up nearly 78 percent from four years ago. Editor's Note: This is the first part of a two-day report about the growing number of homeless students in Edmonds. Today, read about the effect on the Edmonds School District, and the psychological toll homelessness has on young students. Tomorrow, learn how homelessness is affecting Edmonds Community College students.

Edmonds Patch, June 6, 2011


Seattle Central Community College Weighs Axing Its American Sign Language Program
A number of worthy programs face possible elimination, and college President Paul Killpatrick has vowed to listen to feedback at a public meeting today at 4 p.m. at Broadway Performance Hall.

Seattle Weekly, June 6, 2011


At first blush, sex-ed teacher's Pierce College career impresses

Marty Lobdell is retiring after 40 years at Pierce College, and Human Sexuality will never be the same.

The News Tribune, June 3, 2011


Whatcom County schools, colleges mull how to handle state funding cuts

For community and technical colleges, the cut statewide is about $84 million over the biennium, including the suspension of cost-of-living raises for staff. A 12 percent tuition increase each of the next two school years is also included in the budget. Any tuition increase would be on top of 7 percent increases each of the last two years. How budget cuts will be handled at many two-year schools has yet to be determined. At Whatcom Community College, the budget review committee will be asking the Board of Trustees to extend the 2010-11 budget and keep college operations going until next year's budget is complete later in the summer.

Bellingham Herald, June 5, 2011


The outdoor gallery provides a taste of art while visitors sip

Early this year, Foundry Vineyards hired winemaker Ali Mayfield as another step in the process. A 2007 graduate of the Walla Walla Community College Enology and Viticulture program, she was mentored by the late Stan Clarke before learning under internationally known winemakers at Long Shadows Vintners.

East Oregonian, June 6, 2011


Some career-training programs may die after budget cuts

Seattle Times Letters , June 3, 2011


Edmonds Community College Boosts Local Economy

Snohomish County's economy receives roughly $54.1 million in income each year due to Edmonds CC operations. In addition, Edmonds CC alumni contribute $166.1 million in added regional income each year due to the higher earnings of students and increased output of businesses.

My Edmonds, June 3, 2011


Asian American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions Get More Attention

Last week, something interesting happened in the world of higher education. Asian American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions were included on the Department of Education's list of Minority Serving Institutions. [Including] … South Seattle Community College. Basically 1 in 10 Asian American or Pacific Islander students attended one of these institutions.  Not only does this designation bring recognition to the growing number of institutions with high percentages of Asian American, Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander students, it also allows these institutions access to funds that the federal government sets aside to fund minority serving institutions. This is a big step in terms of demolishing the model minority myth, which implies that Asian Americans do not need the support that other minority groups do in order to succeed

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 3, 2011


Reduction in Washington's Work Study Program

College student Rafel Luna was disappointed to learn Washington's work study program will have two-thirds fewer students this fall. Work study helps students on financial aid get a job in the field they're studying. The state would help pay your wages, but that's being slashed. "We were able to reimburse up to 40 hours on breaks we will no longer do that we will stick to the 19 hours a week," said Kamara Brooks, who helps coordinate the work study program at Columbia Basin College.

KIMA TV, June 2, 2011




Redefining Community College Success

Education Dept. panel's work to revamp government method of judging two-year institutions spurs disagreement about whether too much is being asked of them.

Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2011


Promoting 'Consumer Friendly' Transfer

State systems urged to adopt broader articulation agreements, and to accept more prior learning assessments to help speed degree completion

Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2011


College students eager to learn but need help negotiating information overload

Guest columnists Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg push back on the prevailing idea that today's college students are slackers. Rather, these researchers argue that colleges must retool to help young people learn the skills to negotiate the vast amount of information at their disposal.

As one engineering student explained, "None of the old-timers — the old professors — can really give us much advice on sorting through and evaluating resources ... we're kind of one of the first generations to have too much information, as opposed to too little." We argue evaluation, interpretation and synthesis are the key competencies of the 21st century.

Seattle Times, June 4, 2011


The End of Internationalization?

At gathering of international educators, experts scrutinize the shifting values and the raison d'être behind their field

Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2011


Dispute Over Fee for Online Course Content

Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2011


Column: Creating productive jobs the way out of Great Recession

Better job retraining could move people who once worked on framing crews or in mortgage boiler rooms into areas needing highly skilled employees. Advanced niche manufacturing is only one example.

Seattle Times, June 4, 2011


EDITORIAL: More work needed to fix WSU Tri-Cities

Tri-City Herald, June 5, 2011


Former Evergreen professor fined nearly $120,000

The Olympian, June 3, 2011





Gregoire, Microsoft and Boeing 'transform' higher ed

Seattle P-I,June 3, 2011


Gov. signing bill to raise college tuition in WA

Seattle Times, June 6, 2011


Gregoire gives students a pep talk / Youths with questions on school funding hear they must work for education

Mercada wants to become an engineer. "My future depends on the Dream Act," he said. "If I had to pay out-of-state tuition, I couldn't go to Clark College."   … [Three] juniors at Hudson's Bay High School said they're going to have to start paying a portion of the cost for college-credit courses they take through the Running Start program.

The Columbian, June 5, 2011



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