Friday, February 15, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 15, 2013

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4 community colleges split $35,600 in grants via the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship/Sam’s Club “Shared Vision for Small Business” competition

Four community colleges that have shown excellence in their entrepreneurship programs have each been awarded a total of $35,600 in grants through the “Shared Vision for Small Business” grant competition conducted by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Sam's Club. The grants are the cornerstone of a collaboration formed last year between NACCE, the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges …

The winning colleges, the amount of grants received, and the programs that will be supported by the grants are: Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI; Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA; South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ;  North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA: $10,000 to enhance and expand offerings through the on-campus Entrepreneur Success Center, which provides one-to-one assistance for individuals who contemplating starting a business, in the early stages of their start-up process, or experiencing a stall-out in taking their business to the next level.

American Banking and Market News, February 14, 2013


Private Capital, Community Colleges

New investor-backed company teams up with public two-year colleges to create honors programs designed to attract top students and help them transfer. …  American Honors is being piloted this academic year at Community Colleges of Spokane and at three campuses of Ivy Tech Community College, in Indiana. The institutions plan to admit full cohorts of about 160 students each next fall. Students enrolled in the program -- which is delivered in an online, synchronous format, but with extracurricular and other face time -- pay more than they would to enroll in the traditional academic programs at their institutions, but significantly less than they would at most public and private four-year alternatives.
Inside Higher Ed, February 15, 2013


News photo: LCC construction

Construction is progressing rapidly on the outer walls, and the beams are installed for the slanted roof of the 173-seat lecture hall in Lower Columbia College’s future health and science building. [Includes link to virtual building tour.]

The Daily News, February 15, 2013





Low-Income Students Should Be Able to Graduate Debt-Free, Report Says

Colleges and federal and state governments should team up to guarantee that students will not need to assume heavy debts, says the Education Trust.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 14, 2013

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BLOG: House committee approves in-state tuition for veterans

Veterans and their families would be able to move to Washington after they leave the armed forces and immediately enroll in college at subsidized in-state tuition rates under a measure that was approved in the House Higher Education Committee today.

The News Tribune, February 12, 2013


Education Secretary Outlines Grim Consequences of Looming Budget Cuts
Thousands of students would lose their financial aid, nonprofit loan servicers could be forced to close, and the department itself might furlough workers. … In a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mr. Duncan said that "sequestration"—the across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect on March 1—would slash Federal Work Study and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants by $49-million and $37-million, respectively, resulting in 33,000 fewer work-study awards and 71,000 fewer supplemental grants. Pell Grants would be exempt from the cuts this year, but would be vulnerable in future years.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 14, 2013

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Charities Get Tough Questions on Tax Breaks—and Can Expect More

The charitable deduction took center stage at a Congressional hearing on Thursday as a string of nonprofit leaders warned lawmakers that messing with the tax break could have dire results. Appearing before the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, charity leaders and academic experts argued that limiting the value of the charitable deduction would dampen giving, forcing colleges and other nonprofit organizations to curtail services, and that the tax incentive is unique because it rewards behavior that benefits society rather than the taxpayer.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 14, 2013

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