Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NEWS LINKS | May 23, 2012

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Crack the Hot Jobs Code with Tech Training

… Federal government economists forecast that software programmers, web developers and similar jobs will be among the fastest-growing occupations in the country through 2020, presenting ample opportunity for the technology-inclined of all ages. .. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) created the "Ageless Learning" initiative to make it easier for people 50 and older to train or retrain for new careers or volunteer work. … For example, Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash., offers classes in website design and computer skills.
SecondAct, May 22, 2012


34 Washington Colleges Migrate to Cloud-Based LMS

The 34 institutions that make up the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges are dropping their legacy LMS and moving to a cloud-based system. The move followed a consortium-wide faculty review process, as well as two more extensive evaluation programs. All of the institutions had been using Angel LMS, which was acquired by Blackboard back in 2009. They'll be migrating to Instructure Canvas. … We chose Canvas because it's an open platform that empowers instructors to use social media and mobile tools to engage students," said Connie Broughton, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges director of eLearning and Open Education.

Campus Technology, May 22, 2012


Free-speech group to seek review of new community-college rules

A free-speech group in the Seattle Community College District is asking the state to review whether newly revised rules violate the First Amendment.

Seattle Times, May 23, 2012


Washington State Institutions Choose Instructure Canvas

Two Washington colleges, Lower Columbia and Bellevue College, also created faculty-driven task forces to evaluate the options. Both arrived at the same conclusion – Canvas is the top faculty rated choice.
Sacramento Bee, May 23, 2012





What Really Matters to Working Students
Frustrated by attendance problems in his developmental English course, a professor asks students to help him understand.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 2012


Quest for College Accountability Demands Yet More Data
A panel assembled by the National Research Council to study ideas for measuring institutional quality has delivered a report that indicates just how hard that is to do.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 17, 2012


20-somethings go home to regroup

The Seattle Times, May 19, 2012


The Recession Generation

The Seattle Times, May 19, 2012


Essay: One millennial’s story of the recession

The lack of career-oriented opportunities now will likely follow millennials forward, even in an improving economy. …  "I focused on the academic part of college, and never got the work experience," [Jason Costales] said. "That's where I messed up."

The Seattle Times, May 19, 2012


Revenge of the Underpaid Professors

Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2012


Long Deferred, Campus Repairs Put Colleges in Dilemma

Many colleges have put off repairs and renovation since the recession. Now crumbling buildings, limited budgets, and mounting debt present an increasingly intractable problem.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2012

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Help Community Colleges Help Adult Students
The most successful programs are those that provide assistance beyond tuition and books. … A new Aspen Institute analysis details the importance of providing such support, including helping adult students cope with child-care and transportation issues or simply paying for books and materials. Such challenges can derail students and prevent them from obtaining a degree or training credential.  Making it through a community-college program is only part of the challenge.  … Support for these students can make the difference in the job hunt, but some community-college programs simply lack the resources to help graduates learn about and navigate the market and find employment.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2012


What Graduate Students Want to Know About Community Colleges, Part 2

Facing a cutthroat academic job market, many doctoral students are now willing to explore the possibility of a community-college career. And they have many questions.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2012


Study Shows Promise and Challenges of ‘Hybrid’ Courses

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 22, 2012


Score One for the Robo-Tutors

In a study spanning six public universities, students taught statistics mainly through software learned as much as peers taught primarily by humans. And the robots got the job done quicker.

Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2012


Op Ed: Lower tuition is the best aid for state’s higher-education students

The Seattle Times, May 22, 2012


Presidential First Steps -- II

Practical advice on reaching out to constituents, managing the staff and setting the agenda. … the new president can set out on the road to executing his agenda with a map of the terrain and a set of guardrails. The remainder of our practical advice is derived from scores of interviews with veteran presidents, as well as our own experiences and observations.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2012


Engineered for Speed

MIT's three-month president search suggests that with all the change going on in higher education, universities don't have the time or appetite for drawn out selection processes.

Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2012


Grant Math: Confessions of a Community College Dean

How is it that a multimillion dollar grant offered to an underfunded community college system can make a minimal difference on the ground? The answer is in the math.

Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2012


4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Higher Ed Costs
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2012


Editorial: Boosting engineering programs invests in state’s economy

Seattle Times, May 23, 2012


Full Disclosure for Student Borrowers

Colleges, lenders and Congress must ensure that students understand their debt burdens before it's too late.

The New York Times, May 23, 2012





GOP's top budget writer in state Senate to retire

The top Republican budget writer in the state Senate is retiring. Ridgefield Sen. Joe Zarelli said in a statement Friday evening that he hopes he left state government better than how he found it.

Tri-City Herald, May 18, 2012


Op-ed: Manufacturing jobs make a comeback

By Rep. Chris Hurst, D-31st District

Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier Herald, May 22, 2012



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