Wednesday, January 2, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 2, 2013

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




Terry Leas named new Big Bend Community College president

Terrence Leas is the new president of Big Bend Community College. The college trustees voted unanimously to offer a contract to Leas at a special meeting in June. Leas was the president of Riverland Community College, with three campuses in southern Minnesota. Leas replaced Bill Bonaudi, who announced his retirement in February after 17 years as president.

Columbia Basin Herald, January 1, 2013


Psychologist helps vets adjust at Tri-Cities schools

A federal grant is paying for a psychologist to work with student veterans at Washington State University, Tri-Cities in Richland and Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The grant allows individual VA hospitals to hire one to two people, such as a psychologist or social worker, to be stationed at a campus and work with student veterans, helping them with academic or personal struggles and referring them to other services, either at the school or VA, if needed.

The Seattle Times, December 30, 2013


College consortium to develop sustainable ag program

Edmonds Community College has received a $900,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to start a Sustainable Agriculture Education collaborative program. Known as SAgE, the program will expand the scope of the Horticulture Department to include education in vegetable and fruit production and other aspects of sustainable, local food systems.

Capital Press, December 31, 2013


School of wine: training students for jobs in Washington state’s wine industry

With more than 700 vineyards, Washington state has become a premier location for viticulture. Walla Walla Community College has created a winemaking degree that fosters economic, environmental and cultural sustainability in and around the city of Walla Walla where vineyards continue to sprout. President Steven VanAusdle, “For students, their primary interest in life is preparing for work, having a secure job. So, it's all about jobs and quality of life and standard of living and wages today.”

PBS, January 1, 2013




After housing and the stock market, is higher education the next bubble to burst?

Few industries today have a worse business model than higher learning institutions. Simply put, colleges are slowly pricing themselves out of existence. Tuition has consistently increased faster than inflation and household income, to the point that it is now four times more expensive to attend college than it was a generation ago.

Forbes, January 1, 2013


The mixed history job market

The number of faculty job openings listed with the American Historical Association in the 2011-12 academic year was up 18 percent. But a report being released by the association today cautions against any suggestion that the increase means that finding a job -- especially a tenure-track job -- is easy for new Ph.D.s.
Inside Higher Ed, January 2, 2013





Deal delays across-the-board cuts

In a last-minute vote Tuesday night, Congress averted the deep, automatic spending cuts set to affect a wide range of federal programs, including many important to higher education. The vote to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts, known together as the "fiscal cliff," gives lawmakers two months to cut $6 billion from the federal budget and sets up a probable spending showdown later in the year.
Inside Higher Ed, January 2, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 1, 2013




Opinion: 'Bipartisan' state Senate means rejecting voters' own values

Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker says coalition leadership will act against voters' wishes on the environment, women's rights and higher education.

Crosscut, January 2, 2013


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