Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Frontline: Dropout Nation

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas, an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future.

KBTC, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
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A life-altering coach honored

The true measure of an educator’s impact on a student should ultimately be the state of said student’s life after his or her experience with said educator. Dave Benedict, for one, is certain that his Yakima Valley Community College basketball coach, Ellwood Crosier, did more than merely improve his life. Benedict believes he saved it. … “Because of Ellwood I became interested in teaching. Because of Ellwood I started a long and wonderful career in education. So you consider everything involved, and I do not believe it’s an overstatement to say Ellwood saved my life.” … Benedict expressed his regret at being unable to attend Thursday’s ceremony in which Crosier’s name was officially assigned to the basketball court in Sherar Gym.

Yakima Valley Herald, September 14, 2012


Green River to go tobacco free starting Jan. 1

Green River Community College will become the ninth Washington college campus to go 100 percent smoke-free when a ban on tobacco use goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Auburn Reporter, September 18, 2012


Scholarships confirm value of community investment

Last Thursday, I and 228 other students of Centralia College were honored by the Centralia College Foundation with scholarships totaling more than a half of a million dollars.  The foundation has never before given out that much funding at one time. To me, this signifies two things: the greater financial need of current students, and the growing generosity of the local community.

Centralia Chronicle, September 24, 2012


Sculpture sheds light on the things we shed
A life-size baby gray whale made of recycled material and found objects that is the centerpiece of the latest exhibit at The Gallery at Olympic College is all those things. The seed for the exhibit was planted when OC art professor Marie Weichman heard news of a gray whale washed up on the shores of West Seattle. Marine biologists found all sorts of debris in its stomach during an autopsy.

Kitsap Sun, October 1, 2012


John Titus named as outstanding alumnus at SSCC

John Titus, owner, president and CEO of Aero Controls, Inc. has received the South Seattle Community College Outstanding Alumni Award for 2012.

West Seattle Herald, October 3, 2012


Health plays key role in college success

To counter-balance the stress of classes, or anything in life, exercise is suggested.  If you prefer to work out alone, many colleges allow students to join the campus athletic centers for free or at little cost, like the Pierce College Health Education Centers (HEC), which charges students just $15 per quarter. "Find something that you want to actually do and budget that time so that it's sure to get done," said Brian Kovacevich, manager of the Pierce College Puyallup campus HEC.

The Weekly Volcano, October 3, 2012




Reverse Transfers [completion data]

Did you know that community colleges don’t just send transfer students; they also receive them? It’s true. But the entire policy world doesn’t seem to know that.  … Despite the assumptions of policymakers, though, students go where it makes sense for them. We can read that as institutional failure, but I think it’s more productive to read it as student resilience and institutional flexibility. A system that only works when everyone moves in lockstep is bound to shatter when things get messy; a more porous system, while harder to describe, offers more chances to start over and regroup. That matters.
Inside Higher Ed, August 8, 2012


Retirement, Unions and Status: A Survey of Campus HR Officers

Inside Higher Ed, September 7, 2012


Skills Gap? Employers and Colleges Point Fingers at Each Other

… while corporate CEO’s might say they favor applicants with a broad education at the foundation, those leaders are largely removed from the hiring process. The people on the front lines of hiring these days are lower-level managers who want jobs filled by people who can do the work immediately.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 12, 2012


Fair Access to College?

The effect [of socioeconomic status on college attendance] occurs early on, in the years before college application, when "preparedness" is shaped through the persistent, cumulative development of cognitive skills; motivation, expectations, and other non-cognitive qualities; and practical knowledge about the college admissions process. … So the fundamental results of their research are very important: there are embodied structures of advantage and disadvantage in our society that have systematic effects on opportunities and outcomes for young people from less advantaged parts of our society. … to ensure the kind of social mobility that Americans espouse, we need to address the disadvantages that poor families face at earlier stages of their life cycles.

Huffington Post, September 24, 2012


Feds and States / Confessions of a Community College Dean

Last week I had a light-bulb moment. Why are so many financial aid rules at odds with so many academic policies and goals?

Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2012


New Report Links State Support, Tuition Increases

A new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds a relationship between state appropriations cuts and tuition increases in public higher education.

Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2012


Social Networks and College Choices

Survey shows that prospective students use Facebook more than any other network to research colleges, and they're looking primarily to interact with current students and admissions officers.

Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2012


States With High-School Exit Exams Focus More on College and Career Readiness, Report Says
National goals to produce more college graduates may have influenced the shift, says a report from a policy center at George Washington University.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 25, 2012


A Song of Vice and Mire
For all the good they do, community colleges are notorious for poor governance.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 25, 2012


Reports Highlight Colleges Where Minority Success Rates Have Soared
The institutions demonstrate that low graduation rates for minority students are not inevitable, says one of the authors of reports from the Education Trust.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 25, 2012


Opinion: Microsoft’s plan to boost skilled workforce shows promise

Microsoft offers a promising plan that could raise $5 billion over the next decade for STEM education as well as bridge the skilled-workers gap.

The Seattle Times, September 29, 2012


The 'You' in 'University Tour'

Lynn University retooled the campus visit for prospective students, trying to personalize the experience, a switch administrators say is paying off in higher enrollment.

Inside Higher Ed, September 29, 2012


Completion Is New Key to Cash for Tennessee Colleges
All higher-education appropriations are now dependent on institutional outcomes, and faculty say the effects aren't always fair

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2012


Public Colleges Pledge to Raise Number of Graduates, and Seek Help in Doing So

Nearly 500 of the nation's public four-year colleges have committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-degree holders by 3.8 million by 2025. But the colleges need help from the federal and state governments to reach that goal, say higher-education leaders. The public colleges' pledge was announced on Tuesday in a conference call with college presidents and officials at two organizations that represent the colleges: the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In signing on to the effort, called "Project Degree Completion," the institutions are promising to do their part to help 60 percent of adults earn a college degree by 2025.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 2, 2012


First Things First

U. of Hartford faculty recommends cutting several programs to invest in others, becoming the latest college to reject the "having it all" mentality in favor of focus on sustainable programs. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 2, 2012





How Governors Govern Higher Ed, August 31, 2012



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