Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 23, 2012

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




Recovery from debilitating infection aided by technology, community support

Carol Decker shared her story with students at Bates Technical College Wednesday during the school's Disability Awareness Day, which coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Enumclaw Patch, October 18, 2012



Bellingham Technical College gets $40,000 from Alcoa Foundation

Bellingham Technical College received a $40,000 two year grant from Alcoa Foundation presented by Alcoa's Intalco Works in Ferndale.

Bellingham Herald, October 21, 2012


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Edmonds Community College awarded grant for Sustainable Agriculture Education

Edmonds Community College has been awarded a $900,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Collaborative.

Edmonds Community College News, October 19, 2012



Skagit Valley College will receive $243,587 for sustainable agriculture education

Skagit Valley College (SVC) will receive $243,587 over the next three years to focus on increasing the number of sustainable urban and small farm agriculture technicians who have the education to meet current and projected workforce demands for food production in the Puget Sound bioregion.

San Juan Islander, October 23, 2012



New aerospace grant at Spokane Community College

New programs and courses landed at Spokane Community College this fall thanks to a huge grant from the Department of Labor.

KREM, October 22, 2012



Herb Blisard an ‘icon’ at Yakima Valley Community College

There will never be another like him. Photographer, television personality, editor, author and beloved college teacher for 50-plus years.

Yakima-Herald Republic, October 20, 2012



Falling enrollment at for-profit colleges a sign of the times, or something more

After years of explosive growth, for-profit higher education is shrinking fast, as evidenced by the news that the University of Phoenix, the country's largest university, is closing 115 campuses and satellite locations.

Seattle Times, October 20, 2012



Northeastern University's Seattle branch to open in January in South Lake Union

Northeastern University of Boston will open up a branch campus in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood in January.

The Seattle Times, October 21, 2012





Student-success courses hold promise but need improvement, study finds

In an effort to improve retention and graduation rates, many institutions offer "College 101" courses alongside traditional academic ones: The goal is to teach students skills for success in the campus environment.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22, 2012



Performing under pressure

State lawmakers increasingly want to tie public funding of higher education to colleges' performance. But measuring sticks that reflect the differences between institutions and who they serve are hard to find. HCM Strategists and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are trying to fill that gap with a series of new research papers and issue briefs.

Inside Higher Ed, October 22, 2012


Reinventing college

Exactly 150 years ago, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which launched the great and enduring public university system in America.
Time, October 18, 2012


8 ideas to improve higher education

TIME asked eight experts what they would change about how Americans get a college degree. Here's what they came up with.
Time, October 17, 2012


New book to help two-year college students

Students who are headed to selective four-year colleges can choose from stacks of guidebooks about how to navigate college. Not so much for community college students, who often don’t get enough guidance from their families or from overwhelmed and under-resourced two-year institutions. Thomas J. Snyder is trying to change that with his new book, The Community College Career Track: A Guide for High-Schoolers, Career-Changers, Parents and Advisors.

Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2012



One-third of professors use social media for teaching, survey finds

Nearly 34 percent of professors use social-media tools in the classroom, and the perception among faculty members that those resources take too much time to learn has dropped sharply in the last year, according to annual survey results released on Friday by Pearson and the Babson Research Survey Group.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 19, 2012





State Senate may be beyond GOP's grasp

The Republican Party is widely expected to fail in its goal of picking up the three seats needed for a majority in the state Senate. But Democrats' efforts to control legislation may be frustrated by some of their own who cross party lines.

The Seattle Times, October 19, 2012



The social-media presidential campaign: election by Twitterverse

The presidential debates have come to resemble reality shows during which virtual audiences cast ballots, hiccuping their impulse-reactions to every word into the intellectual vacuum we charitably call the body politic.

The Seattle Times, October 21, 2012



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