Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NEWS LINKS | July 19, 2011

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




Bellevue College's Outgoing President Jean Floten Honored by King County

Floten's "tenure at Bellevue College will be a benchmark for excellence," says county council Vice Chair Jane Hague.

Bellevue Patch, July 18, 2011



CBC, Energy Northwest OK'd for nuclear degree
Columbia Basin College and Energy Northwest have been approved to issue certificates for nuclear technology degree recipients. Energy Northwest and CBC passed a national board of representatives from the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and three utilities.
Tri-City Herald, July 19, 2011


Whatcom Community College may counter state cuts with higher tuition, reserves

Bellingham Herald, July 19, 2011



Online and Incomplete

Community college students who enroll in distance courses are more likely to fail or drop out than are those in in-person classes, study finds.  … Their analysis is based on a large cohort -- the 51,000 students who entered community and technical colleges in Washington State in 2004. … In keeping with that theme, the authors don't suggest any abandonment of online education. Rather, they urge community colleges in Washington State and elsewhere to consider steps that would improve the chances of success of some online students (while encouraging others to try face-to-face instruction). Among the recommendations: Require students to take an assessment of their readiness for online instruction, Add training for faculty members on online pedagogy, Improve student support services.

Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2011



Unfunded state scholarships frustrate local recipients

Clark, a Tumwater resident, was one of five students at Bates Technical College in Tacoma who was awarded the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence, known as WAVE.

Clover Park Technical College graduate Jim Tolson was awarded the WAVE scholarship but won’t see a penny of it. Tolson of Puyallup, who plans to attend the University of Washington Tacoma next fall, was supposed to get a two-year scholarship through WAVE but now will have to find other means to attend. 
The News Tribune, July 19, 2011





Community-College Officials Swap Notes on Common Worries and Challenges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2011



How Would a Simpler Financial-Aid Form Affect State Grants?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2011



Wake Tech Launches Interactive System to Connect Grads with Jobs

This system provides access to jobs posted with Wake Tech Community College, jobs posted with a consortium of North Carolina community colleges, and jobs and internships posted nationwide. It also allows students, graduates, and alumni of Wake Tech’s curriculum education programs to make their resumes available to employers across North Carolina. Employers across the state benefit as well: they can post job openings at no cost and reach potential employees at multiple colleges all at once.

DBusiness News, July 18, 2011


See also:  Nearly 2,200 North Carolina Employers Now Registered in the NC Community & Technical College Jobs Consortium


Broadcasting and Narrowcasting

Like many colleges, mine is wrestling with a twofold issue: how to improve student success rates generally, and especially how to improve the success rates of students from underrepresented groups (typically defined by race and income, though “first-generation” status would also count).

Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2011



Frustration with the Feds

At annual gathering, financial aid administrators say they are exasperated by the constantly changing regulatory environment of recent years.

Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2011




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