Thursday, April 17, 2014

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | April 17, 2014

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




Opinion: Community colleges need state support

By Lt. Gov. Brad Owen: During winter quarter, Kristina transferred from Centralia College to South Puget Sound Community College to finish her associate degree. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s in nursing from a four-year university. I heard Kristina’s story while preparing a keynote address for the 2014 All-Washington Academic Team ceremony held at South Puget Sound Community College a few weeks ago. The event honored 68 of the state’s finest students from community and technical colleges.

The Olympian, April 16, 2014


Pierce College honors former students in Distinguished Alumni event

In honor of their personal and professional achievements, four Pierce College alumni will be recognized April 17 during the annual Distinguished Alumni celebration. Nominees are selected based on their achievements in academics, business, community or humanitarian support or personal triumph over adversity. This year’s honorees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College has had on its students as well as the greater community.

The Suburban Times, April 16, 2014


Orlando’s opens

The student-run restaurant at Spokane Community College opens for spring quarter today. Students in SCC’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy prepare the meals. Themed weeks – Latin/Caribbean, Asian/Pacific Rim and Mediterranean – are planned for May.

The Spokesman Review, April 16, 2014


Highline Community College wins top diversity award

Highline Community College was awarded a prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges on Monday for increasing diversity and social equity on campus. Highline was one of six colleges in the nation awarded at the association's annual convention in Washington, D.C. The national awards recognize innovation and promising practices that boost student achievement and help meet America's economic and workforce needs.

Auburn Reporter, April 15, 2014


2 students receive cars from Peninsula College Foundation

Peninsula College students Chelsy Edgar and Sierra Shelden recently received the keys to a 1995 Plymouth Voyager and a 1995 Mitsubishi Gallantin, respectively, from the Peninsula College Foundation in special ceremonies on the Peninsula College campus.

Peninsula Daily News, April 15, 2014


Bellevue College names new dean

Bellevue College has named Leslie Heizer Newquist as dean of the Health Sciences, Education, and Wellness Institute (HSEWI). Newquist had been serving as interim dean of HSEWI since fall 2013; between fall 2011 and 2013, she worked to develop and establish several of the applied baccalaureate degrees on the Eastside campus. Newquist came to Bellevue College after 10 years at Green River Community College, where she served as executive dean for Professional/Technical and Workforce Education, Director for the Washington State Center of Excellence for Careers in Education, and Director of Project TEACH. Her teaching experience includes eight years as a member of the adjunct faculty in Psychology at Central Washington University, as well as teaching at Seattle Central Community College.

Bellevue College, April 15, 2014




Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.

KUOW, April 17, 2014


Putting Community Colleges to Work

The White House on Wednesday rolled out two job-training grant programs that focus on the community college sector. Both push for closer ties between colleges and employers.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2014


Stand Up and Be Counted

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. But the commission has a problem: It doesn’t know who those distance education providers are.
Inside Higher Ed, April 16, 2014


When a 43% Graduation Rate Means Success

Historically black colleges and universities are doing a better job serving students than headline graduation rates show. But that may no longer be good enough.

The Atlantic, April 15, 2014


Lawmakers pass Haslam free tuition plan

Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday. The 87-8 approval comes a day after the Senate approved the legislation 30-1. Called "Tennessee Promise," the legislation is a cornerstone of the Republican governor's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.

San Francisco Gate, April 15, 2014


Are College Degrees Inherited?

Parents’ experiences with education strongly influence what their children do after high school.

The Atlantic, April 11, 2014




Anti-Tax Attacks

The head of the nation’s largest community college said aloud what many higher ed leaders mutter in private about tightfisted lawmakers. “Bullies” and “ideologues,” Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón called a few of Florida’s anti-tax legislators.

Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2014


Lawmakers to finalize report on McCleary

After meeting Monday with attorneys, state lawmakers say they’ll convene again April 29 to finalize the Legislature’s report to the state Supreme Court on a long-term plan to fund education in Washington. In addition to discussing what lawmakers did this year to boost education spending, the report — due to the court April 30 — will probably include a long list of this year’s legislative failures.

The News Tribune, April 15, 2014


State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election.

The Seattle Times, April 14, 2014




Fan-Made Harry Potter MOOC Does Hogwarts Better Than Pottermore

Harry Potter obsessives, say hello to your new favorite A fan-made site, HiH (as the site refers to itself) has turned Hogwarts into a series of Massive Open Online Courses, letting users "enroll" in the wizarding school. Nobody tell J.K. Rowling, though, because this site does the interactive Hogwarts experience better than the author-sanctioned Pottermore.



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