Friday, August 5, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Aug. 5, 2011

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CBC: more students apply for aid, but not for scholarships

Applying for financial aid can be daunting.. More people are likely to do all this work without realizing that some scholarships don't require as much effort and its money that's never paid back.  The numbers don't lie. More than 7,000 applied for financial aid at CBC [Columbia Basin College] for this upcoming school year. Compare that to scholarship applications. There are 250 scholarships available just from local sources, yet only 300 people applied last year.
KVEW TV, August 4, 2011

Aerospace machinist course coming to CBC
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee -- or AJAC -- announced this week that it will make its offerings available in the Tri-Cities in partnership with Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
The News Tribune, August 5, 2011

Heritage University at CBC expanding its programs & classes

Heritage University at Columbia Basin College expects its number of students to double over the next five years. This fall, Heritage at CBC is adding a class, and next fall, two new Bachelor's degrees. Private, Toppenish-based, Heritage University has partnered with Columbia Basin College for nine years.

KNDO/KNDU, August 5, 2011


Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces AkzoNobel 'Most Influential Women' Scholarship Winners
The top scholarship winner in the Post-Secondary category is Jessica Gauthier, a student at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. Jessica will also be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to continue her education and career in the collision industry.
BodyShop Business Magazine, August 5, 2011


Students win awards for appliance repair

Renton Technical College students Sergiu Midrigan and Sean Johnson won gold medals at the National Skills USA Competition and Leadership Conference in in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

Newcastle News, August 5, 2011


Popular new degrees yield jobs

Three years ago, a community college in Bellevue tried something it had never done before — it offered a four-year degree. The experiment resulted in one of the biggest college job-placement successes in Washington state, and a potential template for fixing the state’s chronic shortage of affordable ways for students to gain the skills that employers need.

“This just gives students a path to a bachelor’s degree that was otherwise is not available,” said Elise Erickson, a Bellevue College official who helps oversee the school’s pair of popular four-year degrees, known as “applied baccalaureates” …

Puget Sound Business Journal, August 5, 2011  <Subscription required/no ‘guest’ links>





2012 health insurance rates for state workers on rise

Final health insurance rates for state employees jelled this week, and 2012 premiums for the state’s most popular plan – the Uniform Medical Plan – are up by more than one-third.

The News Tribune, August 5, 2011


[Georgia Gov. Nathan] Deal wants more college graduates, but are we pricing kids out of school?

Research suggests that costs are a major reason why low-income students fail to finish college.

Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 4, 2011


Degrees of Wealth

Women may dominate college enrollments, and may soon dominate the upper echelons of the U.S. workforce. But they need more degrees than men do in order to earn the same amount of money. “On average, to earn as much as men with a bachelor’s degree, women must obtain a doctoral degree,” says a new Georgetown University study. The situation is similar for black and Latino students. White people with bachelor’s degrees typically will earn more over their lives than will blacks and Latinos who hold master’s degrees.  … Carnevale and his co-authors describe gender and race/ethnicity as “wild cards that can trump everything else in determining earnings.” … … Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economist and vocal skeptic of the idea of college completion goals set forth by the White House and various educational foundations, says that while the latest Georgetown report does a good job of highlighting the variability with which different degrees affect earning power, it still leaves out some crucial accounting.

Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2011


The Remedial Ph.D.

As colleges struggle to improve developmental programs, universities create doctoral programs in the field. Proponents of these programs say that the norm today is for those who are teaching remedial courses not to have been trained to do so, and for those who are studying these programs to have worked on other topics in graduate school. …Materials submitted to the Texas coordinating board noted that faculty job listings on Inside Higher Ed and elsewhere regularly seek candidates with experience teaching remedial courses, and that the nation's educators are debating how to improve these courses -- seeing the high failure rates to date as an impediment to meeting national goals of graduating more students.

Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2011


Suicide and Student Veterans

It’s the culture shock of that transition that presents unique challenges for student veterans – and that is more often than not lost on everyone else, said [Brian Hawthorne, who is pursuing his master’s degree at George Washington University after returning from Baghdad in 2008 and is also a board member at Student Veterans of America,] and others. “The GI Bill gets you in the door,” Hawthorne said. “What gets you to graduation is a positive environment, supportive peers, supportive faculty, trained and educated staff, and just general outreach.”

Inside Higher Ed, August 5, 2011





Texas Gov. Rick Perry wages an assault on state’s university establishment

The Washington Post, August 5, 2011





National Science Foundation: Science Hard

The National Science Foundation's annual symposium concluded Monday, with the 1,500 scientists in attendance reaching the consensus that science is hard.,1405/


World Map Rearranged To Accommodate Poor Geography Skills Of Americans

Nations ordered alphabetically,9376/


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