Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 22, 2013

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




College-aid program gets more low-income students to college

College Bound, a state program that helps pay college costs for low-income students, sent more students to four-year colleges than anyone expected. … The program made all the difference to Charles Armstead, who was flailing in his 10th-grade year at Cleveland High School until college-prep adviser Logan Reichert told him that if he could improve his grades, College Bound would pay for a lot of his schooling. … For Armstead, the freshman at Seattle Central Community College, College Bound made all the difference.  "That was my turning point in high school — that's when I started taking school seriously," he said. "Before then, I didn't think about college at all."

The Seattle Times, January 20, 2013



Scholarships awarded to student Champions of Diversity
Nine regional colleges awarded scholarships to high school seniors during the 13th annual Champions of Diversity Awards ceremony, held Dec. 5, 2012, for their contributions to diversity in their schools and communities.  … Educational institutions, local businesses and community organizations awarded a record-high $208,366 in scholarships to 59 seniors who have shown exemplary service in leadership, community service, and in academic and educational activities, according to Public Information Director Arden Ainley.  Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Skagit Valley College, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington-Bothell, University of Washington- Seattle, University of Washington-Tacoma, Washington State University, and Western  Washington University honored high school students from Skagit and Island counties.
Skagit Valley Herald, January 20, 2013

Meet the 2013 Herald community editorial board
Hernandez and Weeks are joining by five members of the Skagit County community who will participate in offering consensus opinions on this page page. They are:  Andy Friedlander, Sedro-Woolley.  Background: Retired in 2010 from Skagit Valley College, where he ran the theater program for 26 years and still teaches part-time...
Skagit Valley Herald, January 20, 2013


Pierce College's 'Science Dome,' the only planetarium in the South Sound, enthralls public

The $1.3 million Science Dome has been used by students at Pierce College's Fort Steilacoom campus since it was finished in September. But Saturday was the first chance the public has had to see it. Hundreds of people jammed the campus' Rainier Science Building for half-hour shows inside the 58-seat dome, as well as exhibits and demonstrations on a range of subjects including three-dimensional geology, black holes and how to make a creepy substance called "slime." "We're doing this because we're a community college, and a community college needs to be living within its community," said Michele Johnson, the college's chancellor. "This is a public resource, and we want people to know it's open to them."

The News Tribune, January 20, 2013



Business administration, nursing top LCC bachelor's poll

Nearly 500 people responded to a Lower Columbia College online survey on what bachelor's degrees should be offered here, with business administration emerging as the No. 1 choice. The college conducted the month-long community survey to determine which programs it should offer in partnership with universities.

Longview Daily News, January 21, 2013


New student fitness center opens at Peninsula College

Peninsula College students have moved into a new fitness center after the formal opening of the $1.2 million facility last week. The new Peninsula College Fitness Center was dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Peninsula College President Luke Robins and Associated Student Council President Jason Trammell …
Peninsula Daily, January 21, 2013


Speaker tells of meeting Martin Luther King — and living, humorously, with pain

When you go to a speech in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you don't expect hilarity.  You don't expect the guest lecturer to flirt, in front of everybody, with the program director. But Chicago-born Debbie Wooten did that and then some. She's a comedian who calls Tacoma home now, when she's not traveling and opening for the likes of Gladys Knight and Jamie Foxx. Wooten was the guest speaker in Peninsula College's Studium Generale — a free lecture open to the public each Thursday — leading up to the King holiday.
Peninsula Daily, January 21, 2013


Pasco principal to receive Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award

Susan Sparks was a second-grader in the mid-1960s at Spokane's predominantly black Lincoln Elementary School when district officials closed it as part of their school integration efforts. Sparks will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award during the 22nd annual Bell Ringing Ceremony today at Columbia Basin College. College officials lauded her dedication to the community around Ruth Livingston -- where she has worked for almost all of her 30-year career as an educator -- and her adherence to the civil rights leader's philosophy of acceptance and kindness.

Tri-City Herald, January 21, 2013



LCC expansion
Resembling the main bailey of a medieval castle, the future 173-seat community lecture hall is beginning to emerge at the new science and health building at Lower Columbia College. … The nearly 70,000-square-foot building on Maple Street will house all the college's science and health programs. The $38.5 million project is scheduled for completion early next year.
Longview Daily News, January 22, 20113



Community college dealing with enrollment boom

Overcrowding at Everett Community College's East County campus in Monroe is becoming a major issue. The campus is only two years old, but it's already out-growing its space.

KING TV, January 22, 2013



Bells ring at CBC in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
A light dusting of snow fell on the shoulders of the bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr. outside Columbia Basin College on Monday as shivering spectators rang bells in memory of the slain civil rights leader. A little boy -- Jaden Williams -- walked up and laid a bouquet of flowers at the statue's feet as part of an annual rite that goes back 22 years at the Pasco-based college. "This ceremony is part of who we are at Columbia Basin College," said Martin Valadez, the college's vice president of diversity and outreach. "We, of course, are continuing the legacy of positive social change Dr. Martin Luther King began."
Tri-City Herald, January 22, 2013







The Curious Birth and Harmful Legacy of the Credit Hour

Time-based units were never intended to be a measure of student learning. … The Carnegie Foundation did not intend for this to happen. It made that quite clear in its 1906 annual report, when it specified that in the counting of units, "the fundamental criterion was the amount of time spent on a subject, not the results attained." Just last month, over 100 years later, Carnegie not only reiterated this point, but announced an effort to rethink its unit completely: "The Carnegie Foundation now believes it is time to consider how a revised unit, based on competency rather than time, could improve teaching and learning in high schools, colleges, and universities."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 21, 2013



Commentary: In Defense of the Credit Hour

Education requires time in the classroom, where good teachers sit and talk with students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 21, 2013



It's the Economy, Stupid

While there's a lot of chatter and pessimism about how the Great Recession changed the nature of states' relationships with their higher education institutions, this year's Grapevine survey of state appropriations hints that the new normal might be more normal than new.

State revenues and appropriations to higher education tend to lag after a crisis, but right on cue they seem to be showing modest stabilization and improvement, just like the national economy.

Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2013



State Spending on Higher Education Rebounds in Most States After Years of Decline

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 21, 2013



Colleges Must Pay More Heed to Needs of Adult Learners, Paper Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2013



Transformation From Within

College leaders need to get involved in the disruption debate and do more to help adult students, finds a "manifesto" issued on the American Council of Education's letterhead. … Higher education is facing a disruption, but the biggest driver of change is getting lost in the hype. That's the message of a new report commissioned by the academy's primary trade group, the American Council on Education. "There is indeed a transformation coming in American higher education," writes Louis Soares, a special policy adviser to the council's president, Molly Corbett Broad. "It is not driven by technology or MOOCs, though these tools abet the change. It will be driven by the rise of post-traditional learners." Soares, who is a fellow at the Center for American Progress, defines post-traditional learners as the working-age population, between ages 25-64, who lack a college credential but are seeking to get ahead while balancing jobs with educational and family responsibilities.

Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2013


Read report: Post-traditional Learners and the Transformation of Postsecondary


Evolution or Mission Creep?

Michigan is the latest state to allow community colleges to issue bachelor's degrees. But despite controversy and turf wars, actual practice remains limited, for now.

Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2013






Today's College Students Should Demand From Lawmakers the Same Opportunities Those Lawmakers Received

The Stranger SLOG, January 18, 2013



Editorial: Pulling the welcome mat on a college education

A summer working in the Alaska fishing industry used to be enough to pay a year's college tuition. But the middle-class welcome mat to the state's elite universities is increasingly threadbare

The Seattle Times, January 19, 2013



Editorial: The case for closing GET, state's prepaid tuition program

The Seattle Times, January 20, 2013



A new try to expand tuition opportunities

Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, recently introduced a bill to overhaul the GET program. It faces an uphill battle. Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina and head of a 23-Republican-two-Democrat majority alliance, has already proposed phasing out the GET program as a budget-cutting measure.

Crosscut, January 22, 2013



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