Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 12, 2013

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Highline College selected as award finalist

Highline Community College was selected by the Community College Futures Assembly as a 2013 finalist for the 19th annual Bellwether Awards. … It is a huge honor that Highline Community College was selected as one of 10 finalists for this Bellwether award and to receive this external validation for the college's innovative initiative around alumni relations," said Highline President Dr. Jack Bermingham.  Dr. Lisa Skari, vice president for institutional advancement; Meg Ryan, a business faculty member; and Bermingham presented "Community College Alumni: Becoming Forces for Good," and shared their work and vision for Highline's developing alumni relations program.

Kent Reporter, February 5, 2013



Redmond Firm Helps Establish New Scholarships at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Redmond-based ABODA has donated $150,000 to help launch scholarships in the name of the late Ralph L. Jones, a longtime Lake Washington Institute of Technology instructor. …  A former combat Vietnam veteran, Jones put himself through college after the war and eventually became an executive at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He brought his hospitality expertise to LWIT in the late 1980s, developing the college’s successful hotel management program. After more than 15 years of service at LWIT he took a position at ABODA, where he ran the corporation’s human resources department. Jones died in July 2012 after battling cancer. …  “Ralph was a self-made man, who overcame extreme adversities to make something of himself,” said Doug Emory, LWIT dean of instruction, academic core, hospitality and service. “He was an inspiration to many of us. The idea behind this scholarship is to help people like him, students who are working hard to put themselves through school and often aren’t eligible for grants, but still need that little extra help to reach their educational goals

Redmond Patch, February 7, 2013



Grays Harbor Praised by Legislators in Telephone Town Hall

Both Tharinger and Van De Wege commented on the Grays Harbor College and the increase in students looking to get retrained, as well as the new $42 million science building being built on the Aberdeen campus. … , both representatives cited both the Port of Grays Harbor and the Grays Harbor College as catalysts of change. …

KXRO Radio Blog, February 7, 2013



Road Map Project receives endorsements from Seattle School Board, Green River Community College Board

The Seattle School Board and Green River Community College Board of Trustees have passed resolutions endorsing the Road Map Project, a region-wide effort to dramatically improve student achievement from "cradle to college and career" in South Seattle and South King County. The Road Map Project's goal is to double the number of students in the region who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020. The project also aims to close achievement gaps for low-income students and children of color. …  The school districts involved in the Road Map Project are Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The project also engages higher education institutions, including Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Renton Technical College, Seattle Central Community College, and South Seattle Community College.

Kent Reporter, February 11, 2013



Baird seeks answers for college challenges / Former congressman leads new state higher-ed agency

What can we do to maximize student achievement?" Baird asked the group of a dozen educators at a public forum … on Monday.  The board replaces the Higher Education Coordinating Board … [and] plans to address five areas: readiness; affordability; institutional capacity and student success; capturing the potential of technology; and stable and accountable funding. Throughout the day, Baird and his team met with representatives from Clark College, Lower Columbia College, WSU Vancouver, ESD 112, the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts and others.

The Columbian, February 11, 2013






Community Colleges Respond to Demand for STEM Graduates

As concerns grow over labor shortages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, the colleges ready students for jobs or more education. … Because community-college students are more likely than others to be financially strained, however, they may shy away from time-intensive STEM programs. Those juggling classes, jobs, and family demands can be daunted by the academic requirements. And deficiencies in math often land students in remedial-course quicksand. … Across the country, efforts are taking hold to accelerate or streamline remedial math courses in particular. … Nearly half of Americans with bachelor's degrees in science and engineering attended community colleges at some point, and almost a third of those with master's degrees did so, according to the National Academies.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 11, 2013


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A Better Transcript?

A two-year college in Missouri issues "job readiness work ethic" scores on students' transcripts, as well as a rating for attendance.

Inside Higher Ed, February 12, 2013



Confessions of a Community College Dean / Ask the Administrator: What Do Transfer Students Want?

I need some help from my wise and worldly readers on this one.  A longtime reader writes: Do you know of any data, reporting, etc, on the information-seeking habits of transfer students when looking at four-year colleges? I would make a guess that some things are the same, but if there are differences, then we should be taking them into account.

Inside Higher Ed, February 12, 2013






Opinion: Supporting education means more than just schools

By Sen. Nick Harper, D-Everett.  … If we want to heal education, I believe we must look beyond the McCleary decision. Education begins at birth and lasts a lifetime. While the state's role changes throughout that period, it is my strong belief that our paramount responsibility exists from the cradle to career – which means looking beyond K-12 education. …

We've kept our system of higher education together by passing on the costs to families and students through tuition increases. The actual state share of the core costs of instruction at Washington's four-year colleges has dropped from 60 percent to just 35 percent during the financial crisis – a crisis, by the way, brought about by Wall Street but overwhelming affecting the middle class. What would it mean to middle class families if we reversed course? …

The Herald, February 12, 2013



Sen. Shin introduces bills to improve access to higher ed

The first bill would allow veterans who are honorably discharged, as well as their spouses and children, to qualify for in-state tuition rates at post-secondary institutions in Washington state within one year of their separation from military service. … The second would start a task force to help disabled students make a smooth transition from high school to college and other post-secondary education.

The Herald, February 11, 2013




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