Friday, October 19, 2012

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WIX crowns Clover Park Technical College as '2012 school of the year'

Clover Park Technical College was named the 2012 Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year during a surprise award ceremony yesterday for students and instructors of the automotive program.

After Market News, October 19, 2012

Lakewood Patch, October 18, 2012

Business Examiner, October 18, 2012


Learning shouldn’t stop as age increases

Older adults don’t have to be geniuses, however, to embrace self-fulfillment and create an exciting life. A lifelong learning environment like the Creative Retirement Institute (CRI) at Edmonds Community College can help older adults explore their worlds in many ways.

Edmonds Beacon, October 18, 2012


A career in gear: demand for drivers speeds up

Arlington Quarless moved to Tacoma from the Caribbean in 2007 to join his dad’s steel drum band. But when the economy went south, the work dried up. He signed up for a six-month Class A commercial driver license (CDL) training program at Bates Technical College.

NW Jobs, October 12, 2012


Craigslist users, Green River college targeted in check scam

Auburn Police are investigating a case of check fraud that involved Green River Community College and nearly 40 people around the country

The Seattle Times, October 15, 2012

Enumclaw Patch, October 15, 2012


Bellevue College names four finalists for president

The Bellevue College Board of Trustees announced today that four finalists for president have been selected. The four will be on campus for visits next week.

Bellevue Patch, October 15, 2012

The Seattle Times, October 15, 2012

Bellevue Reporter, October 15, 2012


Inventor of the Compact Disc speaks with students in Pasco

The man who invented the Compact Disc comes to Pasco today to tell college students they can change the world if they work hard enough. James Russell spoke to students at Columbia Basin College this afternoon. He began developing the CD in 1965, because he was frustrated with his vinyl records wearing out.

October 15, 2012, KVEW TV

October 15, 2012, KNDU TV


Survey data shows what Covington residents want to see

Covington’s Economic Development Council wanted to see how the city can better partner with businesses, area organizations and possibly higher education institutions such as Green River Community College and Renton Technical College.

Maple Valley Reporter, October 18, 2012


Debt climbs 5 percent for 2011 college grads

It’s the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it’s another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 – up about 5 percent from the class before.

The Spokesman-Review, October 18, 2012

King 5, October 18, 2012




Community colleges for the students they actually have

In the United States, we think of elementary and secondary education as fundamentally different from higher education. The first two levels are where students are expected to learn the building blocks for lifelong learning, while college is meant to confer higher-order thinking and more-specialized skills. For most of the roughly seven million students seeking degrees at community colleges they have often not mastered the building blocks: Up to two-thirds of community-college students need remedial education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 14, 2012


Making income-based repayment of student loans cost-effective

Concerns about the rising cost of college and mounting student-debt loads, as well as political pressures during the ever-constant election season, recently led Congress and the Obama administration to relax income-based repayment requirements for student loans.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 19, 2012


Minnesota gives Coursera the boot, citing a decades-old law

Coursera offers free, online courses to people around the world, but if you live in Minnesota, company officials are urging you to log off or head for the border.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2012


Rising student-loan debt spurs calls for frank discussion, not panic over extreme cases

Average student debt climbed again last year, says a new report. Experts hope the search for real solutions isn't obscured by a focus on extreme cases.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2012

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Enrollment slide and cost cutting may signal strategy shift at U. of Phoenix

On the surface, it might seem that the latest round of cost cutting and enrollment declines signals more bad news for the University of Phoenix and for proprietary colleges in general. But some observers of for-profit colleges say the moves reflect broad shifts in strategy and an effort to put the university's academic house in order.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 17, 2012


Degrees with a price tag

For the typical family, college is one of life's big-ticket purchases. But figuring out how much it will cost can be difficult. Finding out a particular college's sticker price is easy, but the amount a particular family will actually pay is revealed only after students are admitted and receive their financial-aid awards.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 14, 2012




Elephant in the election room: cost of higher education

With the cost of higher education rising along with the level of student debt upon graduation, politicians at the national and state level need to address the issue frankly and provide real solutions.

The Seattle Times, October 18, 2012


Investing for higher education: Everett Herald endorsement of SJR 8223

Senate Joint Resolution 8223, a constitutional amendment that passed with near-unanimous, bipartisan support, will establish a narrow exception to antiquated investment restrictions by permitting the UW and WSU to dedicate specified public funds as authorized by the State Investment Board.

The Herald, October 17, 2012


In debate, Romney voices support for expanding Pell Grant program

In the second presidential debate, on Tuesday night, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered some of his most explicit support yet for the Pell Grant program, while President Obama touted several of his administration’s achievements that affect higher education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 17, 2012


Higher education on the ballot

Higher education is hardly dominating the political airwaves this election season, but a number of ballot initiatives across the country could significantly impact colleges and universities.

Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2012

Unconventional tuition vote

California’s Proposition 30 would temporarily raise income taxes on high-income individuals and increase the state sales tax to fund various state services.

It will likely affect not just higher education funding, but also state support for K-12 education and public safety.

Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2012


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