Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NEWS LINKS | Dec. 18, 2012

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




State’s GET program could face uncertain future
Next month, lawmakers will recommend whether to allow universities to charge differential tuition, or higher rates for costly majors — a decision that could either preserve the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program or plunge its future into uncertainty.  The GET program serves nearly 30,000 students in Washington, with 1,315 GET accounts opened by Skagit County families just during this year’s enrollment period.  Seventeen Skagit Valley College students used GET units to pay their tuition for fall quarter this year, according to the school...
Skagit Valley Herald, December 17, 2012


Villarreal named new BBCC trustee

Miguel (Mike) Villarreal was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Big Bend Community College. Villarreal will replace Mike Wren, of Ephrata, who resigned.

Columbia Basin Herald, December 18, 2012





National Groups Call for Big Changes in Remedial Education

The groups recommend placing more developmental students directly into full-credit college courses and giving them the help they need to succeed.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 13, 2012



A Guaranteed Pell Grant?

A study suggests that guaranteeing a Pell Grant for low-income students as early as the eighth grade could increase college access and completion.

Inside Higher Ed, December 18, 2012



A New Look at In-State ‘Advantage’

Researchers suggest that resident applicants have lost their “edge” over nonresident students at the U. of Washington, but that may not be the case.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 18, 2012



Young, Unemployed and Living on the Street

Duane Taylor [of Seattle] was studying the humanities in community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third. … Those who provide services to the poor in many cities say the economic recovery has not relieved the problem. “Years ago, you didn’t see what looked like people of college age sitting and waiting to talk to a crisis worker because they are homeless on the street,” said Andrae Bailey, the executive director of the Community Food and Outreach Center, one of the largest charitable organizations in Florida. “Now that’s a normal thing.”

The New York Times, December 19, 2012




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