Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Aug. 9, 2011

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





11 States to Receive Grants to Redesign Adult Education
By Rachel Wiseman
By integrating the teaching of reading and math skills with occupational training, the states hope to increase the number of skilled workers with credentials.


CBC honored for loyalty to science education
Columbia Basin College's dedication to science education was honored Monday by Seattle's Pacific Science Center.
Tri-City Herald, August 9, 2011

Murray: Job training crucial for laid-off workers / U.S. Sen. Patty Murray calls it a deficit of infrastructure and innovation

The Washington state Democrat is among members of Congress pushing the Workforce Investment Act, which is intended to help local communities bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary education and the work force.

Tri-City Herald, August 8





[North Idaho College] program helps students gain GED while in college

Then he discovered a new NIC program called I-BEST, or Idaho Basic Education and Skills Training, that helps students work toward their GEDs while also taking college classes. Hahn will start this fall in a machining program with a goal of eventually attending engineering school.

Spokesman Review, July 30, 2011



Cost Allowances Crucial to Financial Aid Officers, Survey Finds

A majority of college and university officials responding to a National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators survey said their campuses would be "moderately" or "greatly" affected if administrative cost allowances for federal financial aid were eliminated.

Inside Higher Ed, August 9, 2011



Want Data? Ask Students. Again and Again.
Accountability requires information, and nothing shows effectiveness better than an online survey of students. But enticing them to respond—that's the trick.… Those e-mails get deleted pretty fast," says Don A. Dillman, a professor of sociology and deputy director for research and development of the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University. He has conducted nine student-experience surveys at Washington State in the past decade. Do students change majors? Graduate on time? His experiments with methodology have yielded enviable results. From random samples of undergraduates, a whopping 50 to 60 percent usually respond to the surveys. And students have plenty to say. One year the survey's Web site crashed because it hadn't allowed enough room for an open-ended question on advising. "They were writing almost essays," Mr. Dillman says.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 8, 2011


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Freedom at a Price

Ohio governor's plan to deregulate state universities could spark another round of divisive debates.

Inside Higher Ed, August 9, 2011






Get Set for Another Round of Cuts! – As Much as $1.7 Billion, and Special Session a Possibility

Washington State Wire, August 8, 2011



Gregoire warns agencies of deeper cuts

The Olympian, August 9, 2011




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