Monday, February 11, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 11, 2013

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Four Bellevue College Employees Honored with Margin of Excellence Awards

The Bellevue College Foundation honored four employees working in science, design and other departments at the Margin of Excellence Awards … which recognize their selfless commitment to helping students and colleagues achieve success.

·         Gita Bangera, Ph.D. – Instructor, Life Sciences – for creating a research-based biology curriculum that is revolutionizing the way science education is taught in higher education, helping her students achieve success in science and technology fields

·         Patricia Dombrowski – Director of Life Science Informatics Center – for her efforts to develop training programs in the fast-growing field of Health Information Technology, for which she secured the largest single grant ($11.8 million) in the history of BC

·         Mark Mappala – Instructor, Interior Design – for combining his incredible eye for design with an innovative and passionate teaching style that has helped his students grow and mature as interior designers

·         Becky Turnbull – Periodical Technician, Library Media Center – for her exceptional service in support of the on-campus library, as well as her dedication to serving the broader campus community

Bellevue Patch, February 7, 2013


While planning ahead is crucial, parents and students should be aware it's a continuing effort, too.

Because financial aid is based on family or student income, students must submit revised information each year, said Jille Shankar, director of financial aid at Big Bend Community College. …  For parents and families planning to apply for financial aid, the first step is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The application is available at all high school counseling offices and online at the BBCC website as well as the college financial aid center. College staff will be available. Sunday afternoon to help families fill out the FAFSA form at the college library …. In fact, every student looking at post-secondary education should fill out the FAFSA form, whether or not they plan to apply for federal aid. Even if a student doesn't qualify for grants, the application also is used for student loans

Columbia Basin Herald, February 8, 2013


Walla Walla firefighter saves man's life on cruise

Timing is everything. Good fortune smiled upon Florida tourist Jim Rooke because Walla Walla Fire Department Capt. Steve Sickles also chose to sail aboard the Celebrity Equinox at the same time. Steve was on vacation with wife Carolyn and her parents, Harley and Joy Stafford, all of Walla Walla. … Steve trained as an emergency medical technician at Walla Walla Community College 30 years ago and has kept current through CPR recertification and continuing training at the WWFD.  He’s done CPR quite often over the years, but less now as he’s in a supervisory position.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin,  February 9, 2013





How Much Do You Pay for College?
Students are talking more openly about their socioeconomic status. The rest of us should, too.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 11, 2013


Colleges Ask Government to Clarify Rules for Credit Based on Competency

Yet many college leaders and accreditors say the rules governing competency-based learning remain unclear, and they fault the Education Department for sending mixed messages about its willingness to move beyond seat time in allocating aid. They say the uncertainty is stifling innovation and discouraging more colleges from experimenting with new measures of student learning.  … In an effort to clarify the rules, a group of influential foundations is planning a spring meeting on the future of competency-based programs. The goal, organizers say, is to create a "safe space" where accreditors, state regulators, department officials, and colleges can figure out ways to promote the programs, while protecting taxpayer dollars from fraud.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 11, 2013


Ecosystems/ Confessions of a Community College Dean

The last time I wrote about Sandy Shugart, I gave him a bit of a hard time. Based on his essay last week, I regret that.  It’s a wonderful piece, well worth reading. It’s about the “completion agenda,” and the useful and destructive ways that it can be interpreted.

Inside Higher Ed, February 11, 2013

Fund Raising Optimism

In the aggregate, higher ed fund raising seems to be rebounding.  This is according to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), reported by The NonProfit Times. They report that while universities experienced a precipitous 11.9% decline in giving in 2009, things are starting to look more positive now. … Echoing the trend of the blue line above, CASE reports that community colleges are among the most optimistic about their fund raising future.
Inside Higher Ed, February 11, 2013



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