Tuesday, March 12, 2013

NEWS LINKS | March 12, 2013

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




Helping India with its ambitious education plan

About 25 community college leaders traveled to India last month to advise government officials and education leaders as they implement an ambitious plan to upgrade the nation’s technical education system. India has made a commitment to establish 200 community colleges over the next few years. …  “Being a part of this significant initiative is in keeping with our mission and our values and also recognizes the college’s unique set of expertise in training automotive service technicians,” said Shoreline Community College (SCC) President Lee Lambert, who delivered a keynote address at the conference.  SCC has a large “original equipment manufacturing” program in partnership with Honda, GM, Toyota and Chrysler dealership networks for training technicians in auto repair and service, Lambert said. The Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association is based on the SCC campus, and the college provides non-credit training for up to 10,000 auto dealer employees a year.  India has a growing car market, and “we’re in a position to help them develop similar programs,” said Lambert, who also chairs NC3—the National Coalition of Certification Centers, a public private partnership of industry, government and education.

Community College Times, March 8, 2013


Former Herald staffer confirmed as EvCC trustee
Bob Bolerjack, a former Herald editorial page editor, has been confirmed as an Everett Community College trustee by the state Senate

The Herald, March 12, 2013



FEMA training WA colleges for shooters, other emergencies

Colleges across Washington State want to be ready when the unthinkable happens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week is conducting an intensive training course at Columbia Basin College for emergency coordinators at college campuses throughout the state.

KNDU TV, March 12, 2013





Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A Graphical View

Phil Hill, an education technology consultant, has come up with four categories of MOOC users: lurkers, drop-ins, passive participants and active participants.

e-Literate, March 6, 2013



Measuring the MOOC Dropout Rate

Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2013



Open-Education Company Helps Develop Textbook-Free Associate Degree
Colleges following the company’s Textbook Zero model would offer sections with open-education alternatives for every course needed to earn the degree.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 11, 2013



Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs / Technology and Learning

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are wonderful things.  We should applaud MOOCS, participate in MOOCs, teach MOOCs, and encourage our institutions to participate in the MOOC movement.  But what MOOCs may not do is lower the costs of higher ed.  In fact, an argument could be made the rise of the MOOCs will put new cost pressures on institutions, introducing new expenses over and beyond the direct cost of producing and delivering a MOOC.  These additional costs incurred by the MOOC movement may show up in higher tuition prices.

Inside Higher Ed, March 12, 2013



League for Innovation, Day 2 / Confessions of a Community College Dean

This year’s drinking game at the League would be to drink whenever someone uses the word “data.”  You’d be out cold before lunch.  It’s all data, all the time.  Or pretty much all the time.  We’ll have to crunch the numbers first. …   Attendance was weirdly sparse at a discussion by Dave Szatmary, a Vice Provost at the University of Washington, on a low-cost online bachelor’s degree completion program. The entire audience was five people. You may make of that what you will. The good news is that UW is actually consulting with community college people before building out its program. And since it’s online, it’s open to people from other states. (The U will waive the out-of-state premium for this program.) I t’s starting with Early Childhood Ed, since the Federal mandate for 50% of Head Start teachers to have bachelor’s degrees kicks in this Fall, and many locations are behind. And yes, the program will draw heavily on data analytics.
Inside Higher Ed, March 12, 2013


New York’s Move to Abandon the GED® is a Game Changer

Center for Postsecondary Economic Success, March 12, 2013





State Senate passes Shin bill to help developmentally disabled students start college

The Herald, March 11, 2013



Editorial: Washington ferry system should scrap apprentice requirement

The Seattle Times, March 12, 2013




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