Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 19, 2011

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$1.6M grant to help Clark College students stay on track / Money will be used to design program to retain first-generation scholars

Clark College has received a $1.68 million federal grant to help students complete their education. The five-year grant will allow Clark College to advance its timetable for a program to increase student success, said Shanda Diehl, associate vice president of planning and effectiveness

The Columbian - Oct. 16, 2011


Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries—and Librarians

The extent to which college students are unprepared to conduct research may be surprising to those who assume that young adults are automatically proficient at any computer-related task. …  professors aren’t always aware of the kinds of guides, classes and personal assistance the library offers. All the librarians agreed that programs and resources vary from one school to the next and even across disciplines, and that some librarians must struggle to get education programs off the ground. …

“Persistence pays off,” says Mary M. Carr, dean of instructional services at Spokane Community College. “At both community colleges where I have helped to guide the inclusion of information literacy in the curriculum, it has been a slow, steady process.” Ms. Carr adds that programs at her college have been expanding.

… All the librarians I talked to were hopeful that their mission will ultimately be received and embraced. Ms. Carr says, “Over time, it is possible to show results. Students of all stripes do better when armed with information-literacy skills. The faculty see that the time spent means grades are better, and more students persist and succeed. So those faculty convince other faculty that the program is worth incorporating.” At Spokane Community College, she adds, information literacy is even used as a retention strategy by the enrollment committee.

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2011


Keegan leaving as Peninsula College president

Peninsula College is looking for a new president in the wake of Dr. Tom Keegan's announcement last week that he been hired to lead Skagit Valley College, based in Mount Vernon. His transition is expected in early 2012. The college will seek interim leadership and then a permanent replacement.

Port Townsend Leader, October 19, 2011





It's Not Me. It's You.

After three years of appropriations cuts, public colleges use tuition increases to draw attention to what the state is no longer providing

Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2011


Auditor: State workers used state time, computers for personal gain

KOMO TV News, October 18, 2011



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