Thursday, November 3, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 3, 2011

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




… Edmonds CC Board of Trustees

In October, Governor Gregoire appointed two new members to the Edmonds Community College’s Board of Trustees: Diana Clay of Edmonds to serve a term through September 2013 and Wayne Brown of Mill Creek through September 2016.  … Clay is co-owner of Clay Enterprises, LLC, a family business involved in real estate development, investments, management, and leasing in South Snohomish County … Brown is Operations leader for Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Manufacturing and Quality organization.

My Edmonds News, November 2, 2011


UW students have plan for helping higher ed

University of Washington students say they have come up with three ideas to raise money for higher education without increasing state taxes. The three-pronged proposal includes: allowing colleges and universities to invest operating funds in higher-yielding investments; partly closing a tax break that gives business-and-occupation and sales tax credits to high-tech firms for research-and-development spending; and giving community and technical college districts the ability to raise money through ballot levies. … And students say giving community and technical college districts the ability to raise money by putting levies on the ballot would indirectly benefit four-year schools because more students could complete their first two years in a less-expensive community college, then transfer to earn a four-year degree.

The Seattle Times, November 3, 2011


EDCC Faculty Help Create Courses for New Open Course Library Program

Faculty at Edmonds Community College, particularly those in the English department, were actively involved in developing some of these open courses, said EDCC communications consultant Michele Graves. Among the teachers and their courses were Nancy Kennedy, Introduction to Literature; Amanda Laughtland, English Composition I; and Marcia Woodard, Technical Writing.  In addition, Dean of the Business Division Andy Williams helped with instructional design and instructional quality. And Vice President of Instruction Marty Cavalluzzi and Learning Resources Director Lauri Kram helped select faculty to develop the courses. The Open Course Library aims to cut down textbook costs and improve course completion rates, helping more students earn the industry-recognized degrees and credentials they need to enter the workforce.

Edmonds Patch, November 3, 2011


State Board unveils new online textbook collection

Whatcom Community College E-Learning Director Michael Shepherd says the new technology is available to anyone…
KGMI 790, November 3, 2011


Green River CC gears up for new projects

Green River Community College in Auburn will soon begin work on a renovation of its Science, Mathematics and Technology Building

The Daily Journal of Commerce, November 3, 2011


Student Success, in the Classroom / Essay by Vincent Tinto

How then should colleges proceed? First and foremost they must direct their actions to the classroom, especially for those in the first year  … Lest we forget, many students, certainly those in community college, commute to college and work and/or attend part-time. For them, if not for most students, the classroom is one, and perhaps the only, place where they meet with faculty and other students and engage in learning activities. Their success in college is built upon classroom success, one class and one course at a time. If our efforts do not reach into the classroom and enhance student classroom success, they are unlikely to substantially impact college success.  …  The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges developed the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) initiative that enables students in technical and vocational courses to get academic support from basic skills instructors while earning credit toward a certificate or degree. This is achieved through the collaboration of basic skills instructors and faculty who jointly design and teach college-level technical and vocational courses. As a result, students learn basic skills and program content at the same time from a team of faculty. The result is that I-BEST students fare better on a variety of outcomes (e.g., credits earned, completion of workforce training) when compared with traditional students at the same proficiency level.   

Inside Higher Ed, November 3, 2011





21st-Century Commission deliberates recommendations

To understand the challenge facing a blue-ribbon commission charged with mapping the future priorities of community colleges, look at its agenda for this week’s meeting: workforce leadership, rethinking resources, technology as a tool, and connecting postsecondary education and the economy. And that’s just the tip of iceberg for the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. There’s also college completion, college readiness, student aid, transitions from K-12 to postsecondary education, and equity and diversity.

Community College Times, October 18, 2011


Branch campus cuts won't fix budget crisis, universities say

KING 5 TV, November 2, 2011


College Students' Borrowing Hits An All-Time High
NPR, November 3, 2011


Department of Labor Pushes Online Career Tool

An official with the U.S. Department of Labor Wednesday urged community college leaders to steer students to an online career tool the department created earlier this year

Inside Higher Ed, November 3, 2011


How Technology Is Eliminating Higher-Skill Jobs

We used to think about machines taking over mundane jobs, like twisting a screw into a toaster on an assembly line over and over again. But more recently, technology is eliminating higher-skill jobs. … Other economists say innovation will save the day: New industries and new technologies will spring up with new kinds of jobs for people that we can't yet anticipate.

NPR, November 3, 2011





UW Students Call for Closing Tax Loopholes, Say They're Headed to Olympia on Nov. 28 to Demand Action

The Stranger, November 1, 2011


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