Friday, October 26, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Oct. 26, 2012

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




Details don’t add up in Times Co.’s McKenna ads

Two ads in The Seattle Times supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna make several claims. Some are true, some are not. It's true more than half of the high-school graduates who enroll in community and technical colleges within a year of earning their diplomas take one or more remedial classes in reading, writing or math…according to the latest report from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The Seattle Times, October 25, 2012


Program selects Bellevue College faculty Gita Bangera as leadership fellow

Gita Bangera, Ph.D., assistant dean of the Science division and chair of the Life Sciences department at Bellevue College has been selected by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program to serve as a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow.

KOMO News, October 26, 2012


Two Bellevue teens compete for Miss Washington Teen USA

Being crowned Miss Washington Teen and Miss Teen USA isn’t just about the crown. This year, over $900,000 in scholarships will be given to deserving young women. Gabriella Sturgill is competing as Miss South Bellevue USA and is a Running Start student at Bellevue College.

Bellevue Patch, October 19, 2012


Centralia College relations office earns regional honors (entire article below)

The Centralia College relations office reaped four awards for staff work in marketing and public relations. The top award, a Gold Medal, came for the department’s work in designing, organizing, and producing the college’s print and online quarterly class schedules. The awards were given during last week’s National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 7 conference held in Salem, Ore. District 7 is comprised of two-year colleges in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory. In addition to the top schedule, Centralia College was recognized with Bronze Medals for TV commercials, its Viewbook, and the college catalog. “The awards validate that the quality of work produced by staff at this college is every bit as good as, and in many cases better than, the work produced by larger colleges and schools with larger marketing staffs and bigger budgets,” Dr. Jim Walton, college president, said.

The Chronicle, October 25, 2012


Enumclaw Rotary selects students of the month

The Enumclaw Rotary Club recognized Quinton Horton, a full-time Running Start student with a 3.84 cumulative grade-point average and student at Green River Community College.

The Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 25, 2012


Nursing program starting next fall

Western will be offering a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing through Woodring College of Education beginning next fall. The program has come about through a collaborative effort by anthropology and biology faculty from Western, nursing directors from Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, Skagit Valley College and nurse educators from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, said Annette Flanders, director of Whatcom Community College’s nursing program. Katherine Gillespie, a student at Everett Community College, is working on fulfilling the last of her prerequisites for her associate’s degree in nursing and is already looking at transferring potentially to Western because of the new program.

Western Front, October 26, 2012




Student debt debacles

Students who finance their educations through private lenders often wrongly assume that private and federal loans work the same way. In fact, they do not.

The New York Times, October 24, 2012


Making the case for need-based aid

All students are subsidized, even the ones who pay sticker price. That’s a point some colleges have tried to explain to their students in recent years.

The Chronicle of Higher Ed, October 25, 2012


University of Phoenix reloads

It’s been a tough year for the University of Phoenix. But don’t count out the big dog of for-profits just yet.
Inside Higher Ed, October 26, 2012



Gov. Gregoire looking at tax increase to fund education

Gov. Chris Gregoire is looking for a new source of revenue to fund education before leaving office in January.

The Capitol Record, October 25, 2012


Gregoire says candidates’ proposals not realistic

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday dismissed claims by both gubernatorial candidates that they can put more money into education without increasing taxes.

The Seattle Times, October 25, 2012




The inked academic body

Look around: As Mary Kosut, an associate professor at Purchase College, has written, “America has become a tattooed nation.” Indeed, our shared ink transcends race, class, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, ideology, and even our sports loyalties.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 25, 2012


Gov’s inaugural ball draws protest over Lacey location

The Washington State Governor’s Inaugural Ball Committee says it is changing the venue for its 2013 event in January, moving it from the state Capitol to Saint Martin’s University in Lacey. The idea is to make it easier to park and the indoor venue avoid the steps of the Capitol and outdoor tents and heaters on the typically frigid January night. But it looks like the festive event is destined for a controversy.

The Olympian, October 25, 2012


How to eat a Triceratops in 4 easy steps

Paleontologist leads study of 18 dinosaur fossil specimens to see how they were consumed.

NBC News, October 25, 2012


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