Friday, January 11, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 11, 2013

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Grants will aid Thurston’s local food economy

Add the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound to the growing network of groups and individuals dedicated to strengthening a sustainable local food economy. Slightly less than $6,000 for Blue Earth Farms, a Lewis County farm that works with pregnant teens and teen parents, in concert with Centralia College, to grow and prepare nutritional food for themselves and their young children. The grant in Lewis County will be used to start a weekly farmers market on the Centralia College campus operated by the Teens Entering Education Now Program, a high school completion program serving pregnant and parenting teens.

The Bellingham Herald, January 9, 2013


Clover Park Technical College president Dr. John Walstrum announces retirement

Clover Park Technical College President Dr. John Walstrum announced his retirement to the college community today effective September 2013. In an all-college email, Walstrum noted “it was the, “right time for our college, me, and my family.”

Lakewood-JBLM Patch, January 10, 2013


Lake Washington Institute of Technology receives $10,000 Puget Sound Energy Foundation grant

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) recently received $10,000 from Puget Sound Energy Foundation to support the development of an emergency operations center (EOC) for the college.

Kirkland Reporter, January 10, 2013




Kirkland published ranks WGU as top online school

Its ad campaign pops up on TV and online, and its enrollment in Washington has quadrupled in 18 months. Now, Western Governors University (WGU) has gotten a top ranking from a Kirkland publishing company, which calls it the best online school in the nation.

The Seattle Times, January 10, 2013


The myth of the 4-year degree

Another graduation ceremony has come and gone, and Chauncey Woodard is still a student at the University of Alabama. He came to UA in the spring of 2008 after some time in community college, expecting to spend, at most, four years at the school.
Time, January 10, 2013


Priced out

Economic and demographic shifts are undermining the ability of all but the most prominent colleges and universities to profit off high tuition prices, according to a survey released Thursday by Moody’s Investors Service. The finding suggests deep financial trouble for a large number of institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, January 11, 2013
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It still pays to get a college degree

According to a study released this week by the non-partisan Pew Charitable Trusts, for the vast majority of young people, college still offers a path to financial success. Even through the recession, the benefits of a college degree were palpable.

Forbes, January 10, 2013


Minority applicants to colleges will rise significantly by 2020

Over the next decade, more students of color than ever before will pass through the gates of the nation's colleges and join the ranks of its work force, according to new projections by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2013


The pupil cliff

The United States has hit peak high-school graduate, at least for now. It has certainly passed peak non-Hispanic white high-school graduate. After about two decades of steady growth in the number of graduates, the country likely peaked at about 3.4 million graduates in 2011 and will see a modest decline over the next few years, according to a report released Thursday by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

Inside Higher Ed, January 11, 2013


Declines in tuition revenue leave many colleges financially squeezed

A new survey of nearly 300 colleges and universities by Moody’s Investors Service shows that about one-third expect their net tuition revenue will either decline outright this year or increase at a rate that fails to keep pace with inflation, a sign of the continued financial pressure they face.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2013






Legislative leaders: education funding is top priority

Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Medina) and Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) said lawmakers are tasked with finding about $1 billion this legislative session for a down payment for public education in the state, as directed by the McCleary Decision.

The Capitol Record, January 10, 2013


Sen. Rodney Tom: give college savings program the budget ax

De facto Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue, said Thursday that the Guaranteed Education Tuition program — dubbed "GET" — will likely be proposed as a cut by the largely Republican coalition he helped form in December.

Crosscut, January 10, 2013


I-1185 limits universities’ power to raise tuition

If state universities want to raise tuition, the Legislature will have to approve it, a letter from a state attorney to a state senator says. The presidents of the state's six public universities recently told legislative leaders they could freeze tuition for two years if the Legislature would add $225 to the higher education budget. Implicit in that is the prospect of the schools raising tuition if the money isn't forthcoming.

The Spokesman-Review, January 10, 2013


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