Thursday, February 7, 2013

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 7, 2013

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




Walla Walla skills center takes step ahead

Students will be able to take courses in construction, welding, renewable resources and health occupations at the new center. Construction of a regional skills center for high school students moved forward Tuesday night after a vote by the Walla Walla School Board. The board accepted the low bid from Leone and Keeble Inc. of Spokane for $8.3 million to build the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center at Walla Walla Community College.

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, February 6, 2013


Culture on display
Anusha Hewasam of Sri Lanka gets assistance from Vicky Wong of Hong Kong on Wednesday as they set up Hewasam’s Sri Lanka display on a table in the atrium lobby of the Knutzen Cardinal Center on the Skagit Valley College campus in Mount Vernon.  The cultural display was part of GlobalFest 2013 ...
Skagit Valley Herald, February 7, 2013


Jerry Large column: Help wanted for tech jobs and our schools / Economy moved on, but education hasn’t kept up in Washington.

… Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates chair in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, [said] business is creating lots of jobs in Washington, but we’re not doing enough to prepare this state’s young people to compete for those jobs. … Of 100 students who enter ninth grade in Washington, only 18 will get a four-year college degree within six years of high-school graduation. “That is far the worst of any tech state and among the worst for the whole country,” Lazowska said. One result is that relative to our population, Washington is the largest importer of people with a bachelor’s degree.  …  A document Lazowska gave me has a statement from Washington’s Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education:  “We will reduce employers’ need to import people with advanced degrees or specialized skills from other states and countries. The best jobs in Washington will go to Washingtonians educated in our colleges and universities.” A different report last week found Washington among top 10 states in cuts to higher education.

The Seattle Times, February 7, 2013





Rethinking the Completion Agenda

With pressure intensifying on colleges to increase the number of Americans with college credentials, Sandy Shugart shares principles that can help move the needle -- and some potential pitfalls.

Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2013


No Pell Shortfall for 2014

Newly released estimates from the Congressional Budget Office say the Pell Grant is on better fiscal footing than expected and postpone the funding crisis for a year.

Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2013


Research to Improve Retention

Colleges can identify those at risk of dropping out, and then provide services and adopt policies to keep these students enrolled, writes Robert J. Sternberg.

Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2013


American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit
Approval of the Coursera-provided classes could be a major step toward bridging the gap between massive open online courses and traditional higher education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 7, 2013




Ouch: Washington Among Top Ten States in Cuts to Higher Education

… Thirty years ago, the state covered approximately 80 percent of the cost of education while families and students paid 20 percent. Today, according to [Norm Arkans, University of Washington Associate Vice President of Media Relations and Communications], the statistics are flipped; students cover approximately 70 percent of the cost of education. Although tuition increases have been significant - with double digit increases in the past four years - they have not made up for the state cuts to higher education.

Seattle Weekly education blog, February 1, 2013


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