Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 6, 2013

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




Fleeing bullets, she found a diploma

Each year, the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) looks for the most compelling stories from students about how attending a Washington state community or technical college has transformed their lives. This year, Clark College alumna Inva Begolli’s dramatic tale of fleeing the violence of war-torn Albania for a chance at the American dream earned her the TACTC’s Transforming Lives Award …  “The support and encouragement … at Clark College gave me the financial means to continue my education and the inspiration and added commitment to achieve my long-term goal,” Begolli said. “Inva Begolli exemplifies how higher education—and community colleges in particular—can transform lives,” wrote Clark College Trustee Jada Rupley in her nomination of Begolli …

The Oregonian Blog, February 5, 2013


Tuition at Clark not expected to increase / Lawmakers, college officials say dollars must be found elsewhere

In 2008-09, Clark College received about 63 percent of its funding from the state. In the current fiscal year, funding from the state makes up 38 percent of the college's budget, Karen Wynkoop, director of business services at Clark College, said. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges decides tuition rates based on the amount of state funding available each fiscal school year, Wynkoop said.

The Columbian, February 6, 2013




Building Your Brand Honestly and Coherently

John M. Baworowsky writes about how to authentically market a college—something he says will help attract students who are a good fit.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 28, 2013


Public Perception of Higher Ed

Americans still think college is worth it, new survey suggests, but problems with price, access and rigid programs might keep them from pursuing degrees

Inside Higher Ed, February 6, 2013


Americans Value Higher Education but Question Its Quality, National Survey Finds
They also worry about cost and favor making it easier for working adults to earn degrees, including the awarding of credit for prior learning.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2013




Universities should have leeway to charge more for expensive programs

Not long ago state lawmakers gave the green light to a reasonable stop-gap measure aimed at helping public universities continue to offer quality programs in the midst of state budget cuts.

Now, it appears legislators are changing their minds as those likely to feel pain from the decision are squawking.

The idea now under fire is to charge higher tuition for high-demand, high-cost programs such as engineering, business and computer science.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, February 5, 2013


College Aid For Undocumented Students Up For Debate In Olympia

Wednesday hundreds of immigrants and advocates plan to gather in Olympia to lay out their priorities for lawmakers. One top issue is called the Washington Dream Act. State Senator Ed Murray introduced the bill Tuesday.. … The measure aims to allow undocumented students to tap into the State Need Grant program

Northwest Public Radio, February 6, 2013


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