Friday, January 25, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Jan. 25, 2013

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Taking a closer look became this poet's craft

For Derek Sheffield, inspection of the little things presents opportunities to better understand life's larger questions. "Things are happening all the time, passing us by in the stream of life. A poet picks one of those things and examines it," Sheffield said in a recent interview in his office at Wenatchee Valley College. The small things in life are not inconsequential, he said, but microcosms of much bigger things. "If the little things don't matter, how can the big things matter?" he said. "Poetry demands that we slow down and that's something we don't do much anymore." … With his new book, Sheffield shows that he, too, is a poet to be reckoned with. His poems have been widely published in literary journals and have been awarded some of poetry's top prizes.

The Wenatchee World, January 23, 2013


Bates Program Helps Student Veterans Earn Credit for Military Experience

Bates Technical College will offer a new pathway for military service members to earn college credit for past military training, experience and education. Starting fall 2013, the Veterans Career Advanced Placement (VCAP) program will allow the college to apply prior learning and experience toward college credit, offer articulation and transition services, and establish dedicated facilities for student veterans at Bates.

The Bonney Lake – Sumner Patch, January 23, 2013


Oh, the books they will know!

As Clark College marks the fifth anniversary of its "Seuss-a-Palooza" event, it has expanded its efforts to support children's literacy through this annual book drive. Clark College's Service Learning and Volunteerism Program and the Clark College Bookstore are hoping that Seuss-a-Palooza supporters will purchase 300 copies of three specific Dr. Seuss titles—the largest number yet to be donated through the book drive.

The Oregonian blog, January 24, 2013





How to improve college graduation rates? Change college

More people than ever are going to college these days. But a new report from the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment says not enough of those students are finishing. … "The report recommends improving remedial education, providing services like counseling and childcare for working adults, and, says Gee, putting someone on campus in charge of getting more students across the finish line. … Richard Kahlenberg studies college access at the Century Foundation and says, "The costs of college have gone up so much that many low-income and working class students have to work full time, and there's a lot of research to suggest that discourages students from completing."

NPR Marketplace, January 23, 2013


One in 5 Undergraduates Worked Full Time in 2011, Census Bureau Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 24, 2013


Group Suggests Improvements in Aid System With an Eye to Completion and Nontraditional Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 24, 2013


Report Suggests Replacing Pell Grants With a Federal-State Matching Grant

Pell Grants and other non-loan federal student aid should be replaced with a single federal-state matching grant, according to a new report from the Committee for Economic Development. The report, one of 16 studies commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery project, also proposes eliminating federal tax credits for higher education, and suggests streamlining the process of applying for student aid and repaying student loans.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 24, 2013


Higher Ed's Biggest Problem: What's It For?

The problem is, there is no traditional learner anymore. What's more, we no longer even have a common definition of "higher education." The lack of consensus about what the higher-education system in the United States should be producing is largely to blame for the pressures facing colleges and universities today, from lagging financial support to proving their value to students and parents.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 24, 2013


Not Getting What You Paid For

Study questions the relationship between how much colleges spend on education, and the quality of education that they provide.  The research suggests that colleges that spend a fraction of what others do, and operate with much higher student-faculty ratios and greater use of part-time faculty members, may be succeeding educationally as well as their better-financed (and more prestigious) counterparts.

Inside Higher Ed, January 25, 2013





Murray proposes capital gains tax to pay for education

Should the top 3 percent of Washington state residents have their investments taxed to pay for a public education system that serves everyone? Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray of Seattle announced Friday that he thinks they should. Murray is proposing a 5 percent tax on capital gains to start in 2015, which he said would raise between roughly $600 and $700 million per year to help fund basic education and higher education. He would want to send the tax proposal to voters as a referendum so they could decide whether or not it should go into effect, he said.

The News Tribune, January 25, 2013


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