Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 12, 2012

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Employees at Clover Park Technical College go beyond help, service

The mental and fiscal challenges of pursuing higher education can be difficult for college students. Those challenges can be even more difficult for students who are supporting families in addition to attending class. Today more than 47 groups and individual staff, faculty, students and friends of Clover Park Technical College contributed to a very merry holiday season for 75 student families.

The Suburban Times, December 6, 2012

Lakewood Patch, December 6, 2012

Community College Times, December 7, 2012


Clover Park Technical College’s Holiday House to receive $2,500

Clover Park Technical College’s Holiday House will receive $2,500 from the proceeds of the annual Families in Business chocolate auction, held last week in the home of Mo and Fereshteh Sarram. The funds will help provide holiday toys and other needed items for children of students at Clover Park Technical College during this season.

The Suburban Times, December 10, 2012


CBC looking to add 2 bachelor degrees
Columbia Basin College in Pasco is closing in on expanding the variety of four-year bachelor's degrees it offers. College officials told the CBC Board of Trustees on Monday that they have filed paperwork with the state to offer a bachelor of applied science degree in project management, which the college currently offers as a certificate and associate's degree. College officials also are pursuing a four-year degree track for cybersecurity, which was a new offering this fall.

Tri-City Herald, December 11, 2012




Panel leaning toward repeal of differential tuition

A legislative committee that is re-examining a law that would let colleges and universities charge more for certain high-demand degrees is leaning toward recommending that the measure be repealed.

The Seattle Times, December 11, 2012


Who will hold colleges accountable?

Last month The Chronicle of Higher Education published a damning investigation of college athletes across the nation who were maintaining their eligibility by taking cheap, easy online courses from an obscure junior college. The Chronicle quoted one Big Ten academic adviser as saying, “You jump online, finish in a week and half, get your grade posted, and you’re bowl-eligible.” But it also reveals a larger, more pervasive problem: there are no meaningful standards of academic quality in higher education.

The New York Times, December 9, 2012


As GI bill expands, so do calls for tracking veterans’ academic success

Now that more than 760,000 military veterans have made use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a key question has emerged: What's the best way to measure the program's effectiveness?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2012

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How do we design an education to employment system that works?

Spend some time talking to employers and eventually you'll hear the same story: they can't find qualified workers. According to a recent report from the McKinsey Center for Global Governance, 43 percent of employers say there simply aren't enough applicants with the knowledge and skills they need.

GOOD, December 10, 2012


Invasion of the MOOCs

Since MOOCs exploded on the higher education scene, university presidents have busied themselves figuring out how to monetize the MOOC (classes mostly are now offered free of charge) or contemplating whether students should get academic credit for them (that’s not now the case). Community colleges, meanwhile, were left standing at the platform as the MOOC train whizzed by.

Community College Week, December 10, 2012


5 ways technology will impact higher ed in 2013

2012 was a transformative year in education. Between the introduction of the MOOC (the ‘Massive Open Online Course’), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all eyes were on higher ed.

Forbes, December 11, 2012


Higher levels of college-degree attainment boosts employment for all

For each 10 percent rise in the number of residents with a four-year college degree, the average overall employment rate in United States metropolitan areas rose by 2 percent between 1980 and the year 2000.

Science Codex, December 11, 2012




State Sen. Ed Murray: being the minority better than taking ‘power-sharing’ proposal

State Sen. Ed Murray — the Seattle Democrat who was set to lead the Senate before two members of his party defected to form a new majority caucus with Republicans — said Tuesday he would rather be in the minority than participate in the coalition’s “power-sharing” proposal.

The Seattle Times, December 11, 2012


Inslee’s new best buddies – and other outtakes from the Senate revolution

So many people had so much to say about the upheaval in the Senate that Washington State Wire just can’t let the opportunity pass without one last notebook-dump.

Washington State Wire, December 12, 2012


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