Thursday, November 15, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Nov. 15, 2012

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College getting out of reach

The number of Washington’s high school grads heading straight to college is slipping over time. According to a recent report in The Seattle Times, 58 percent of the state’s high school graduates in 1992 went straight to college. Community college enrollment last year fell 6 percent in this state, according to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The Olympian, November 15, 2012


Bellevue College employee, Deric Gruen’s commute reduction efforts garner more recognition

A normal day’s work for Bellevue College employee Deric Gruen involves saving students and staff money, easing traffic congestion, curbing pollution and contributing to a cleaner environment.

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter, November 9, 2012


Big Bend gets glowing accreditation report

Big Bend Community College received six commendations and only two recommendations after a visit by an accreditation team, made up of community college administrators, professors and personnel from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Columbia Basin Herald, November 14, 2012


Grants grow a greener Vancouver

Vancouver Watersheds Alliance program pays to build raised garden beds at Wy'east Middle School as part of goal to clean up groundwater. The Central Park Neighborhood Association got a community composting program at Clark College, with the college's Environmental Club in the driver's seat.

The Columbian, November 14, 2012


High school girls take first step into manufacturing world

More than a hundred high school girls swarmed the Byron Gjerde Center at Columbia Basin College with one thing on their minds. Shoes. But the girls weren’t there to shop. Instead they were designing, building and marketing shoes for their generation.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, October 2012


Associated Collegiate Press awards announced in Chicago

Congratulations to all of the ACP award winners recognized at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention held Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2012 in Chicago. The student-produced newspaper of Olympic College was recognized nationally for its print edition, multimedia reporting and a promotional video.

Student Press Blogs, November 3, 2012

The Olympian of Olympic College, November 13, 2012


Peninsula College to dedicate Keegan Hall

Peninsula College will celebrate the dedication of Keegan Hall, named in honor of Dr. Thomas Keegan, Emeritus President of Peninsula College, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Keegan Hall, formerly known as the Science and Technology Building (M Building), was constructed in 2007 when Keegan was president of Peninsula College. The building contains a lecture hall, 13 labs, five classrooms, faculty offices and two conference rooms in separate wings, a Science Wing and a Technology Wing. Keegan served as Peninsula College president from 2001 to Feb. 2, 2012. He is now president of Skagit Valley College.

Sequim Gazette, November 13, 2012




UW students want Legislature to raise revenue

With a $1 billion state revenue shortfall predicted for the upcoming biennium, University of Washington students are calling on the Legislature to approve new resources of revenue and restore funding to higher education.

The Seattle Times, November 13, 2012


New national tally of college completion tries to count all students

For years, higher-education leaders have argued that dismal college-completion rates fail to capture the single mother who could squeeze in only a few classes per semester or the serviceman who started at one college and finished years later at another. On Thursday, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a report that takes account of the circuitous but ultimately successful routes that students often take toward a college degree.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2012


Economy affects students’ academic performance as well as spending decisions

Some forgo buying books, survey finds; many seniors, especially in minority groups, chose majors based on job prospects.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2012


Hispanic workers show 80% without college in U.S. crisis

The lack of educational attainment among Hispanics is one of the biggest crises in the American labor force with far- reaching implications for the economy. Without more education, Hispanics won’t be able to fill higher-paying jobs, contributing to already widening U.S. income disparity.

Bloomberg, November 13, 2012


New graduates will face sluggish job market amid uncertainty, survey finds

The job market for new graduates at all degree levels is projected to grow by about 3 percent in 2012-13, a small increase and not unlike last year's figure. But while the numbers look similar, employers' confidence—and their ability to form hiring plans—has dropped in the face of political uncertainty, according to a major survey of employers released on Thursday.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2012




Ed Murray tapped for top state Senate role

State Sen. Ed Murray is the new Senate majority leader. The Seattle Democrat replaces retiring Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.

The Seattle Times, November 13, 2012

KIRO TV, November 13, 2012


State Senate power-sharing proposed by 2 Democrats

Democrats will outnumber Republicans next year in a closely divided state Senate, but if Sens. Tim Sheldon and Rodney Tom have their way, the two parties will have to share power.

The Bellingham Herald, November 13, 2012


Hinkle retires; Manweller to be sworn in Nov. 29

Ellensburg Republican Matt Manweller will assume office as a state representative earlier than expected after the man he’s replacing, Rep. Bill Hinkle, R-Cle Elum, formally retired from the Legislature last week.

Yakima Herald, November 14, 2012


Congressional House Republicans elevate Cathy McMorris Rodgers

House Republicans chose Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as House committee chairman Wednesday, settling a contest for the GOP’s fourth-ranking leader that had taken on outsized importance as a test for conservatives pushing for greater roles in House leadership.

Washington Post, November 14, 2012


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