Thursday, October 11, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 11, 2012

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




Average age of Spokane Community College student on the rise

Unemployment numbers may be trending in the right direction, and many are opting to head to the classroom instead of the unemployment line.

KREM, October 11, 2012


Veterans gather at Columbia Basin College for work, health care assistance

Dozens of veterans looking for work and health care assistance were at Columbia Basin College today to see what resources are available to them. More than 20 organizations were on hand at the college for a veterans fair today. Organizers say many veterans don't like asking for help, so events like this make it easy for them to get the assistance they need, so they can get back on their feet.
KVEW TV, October 10, 2012




Are student loans the next bubble to burst?

For the past five years, politicians and economists have been keeping a sharp eye on the mortgage default rate as the bellwether for how the nation’s economy is faring. Now there’s a new number experts say legislators should keep an eye on—the student loan default rate—and it’s going up.

Capitol Ideas, October 11, 2012


Transfer and the community college mission

College completion gets plenty of attention these days. But the challenges many students face in transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions is less visible, according to a new report from the American Association of Community Colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2012


WSU, successful, UW less so in creating diverse campus

A U.S. Supreme Court case testing affirmative action in college admissions may have little impact on Washington, no matter which way it is decided.

The Seattle Times, October 10, 2012


We must give our trust to educators (Katie Baird, UW Tacoma)

What President Ronald Reagan liked to say about our relations with the Soviet Union – “Trust, but verify” – is also true of education. This is why I think the charter school initiative, I-1240, is a good idea: It strengthens our trust in schools, and it provides new ways to verify that this trust is deserved.

The News Tribune, October 11, 2012


The NPR model for higher education

The idea to use NPR as model for how higher ed could change is that individual colleges and universities could mimic local NPR stations, producing some of the content locally and subscribing to other content from a larger organization.
Inside Higher Ed, October 10, 2012

Supreme court hearing exposes gaps in affirmative-action law

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, it became evident that the court's past rulings on such policies have failed to provide colleges—or even the justices themselves—with clear guidance.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 10, 2012


Disappearing liberal arts colleges

The number of Americans who see the great value a liberal arts education provides is dwindling.
Inside Higher Ed, October 11, 2012

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