Thursday, August 21, 2014

News Links | August 21, 2014


Kirkland Chamber hosts discussion on higher education
As the cost of tuition for higher education increases, Kirkland and Bothell colleges are attempting to find ways to address student and parental concerns. The presidents from Cascadia Community College, Northwest University and Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) discussed the future of education and how it is affecting the institutions during a Kirkland Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Aug. 14.
The Kirkland Reporter, August 20, 2014

Columbia Basin College, Kadlec Regional Medical Center seek $16.1M expansion of college's health care programs
Columbia Basin College is seeking to expand its health care programs in central Richland with a new four-story building and a $3 million donation from Kadlec Regional Medical Center will aid the effort. ... The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges must sign off on the project.
The Tri-City Herald, August 19, 2014

CPTC: Congratulations to Janet Holm, August’s Unsung Hero
Janet Holm, Clover Park Technical College’s outreach coordinator, was selected as the Unsung Hero for the month of August for her efforts to refine CPTC’s business practices and increase student success and educational access.
The Suburban Times, August 19, 2014

CBC Graduates 20 National Academy For Nuclear Training Certificate Students
Some 20 new graduates now hold a National Academy for Nuclear Training certificate. Energy Northwest presented the certificates to the largest graduating class from the program at Columbia Basin College.
KNDO/KNDU, August 12, 2014


Study of Graduation Rates of Returning Students
A group of five higher education associations and other organizations are collaborating on a study of the retention and graduation rates of five million students who are not first-time college students.
Inside Higher Ed, August 21, 2014

Best Path for Transfer Credit
Students are most likely to be successful in transferring academic credits when they have higher grade-point averages and move between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a new federal study released Wednesday. Conversely, the study found, “reverse or horizontal transfers” -- in which students move or from a four-year university to a community college, or between two institutions of the same type, respectively -- were less likely to yield transfer credits.
Inside Higher Ed, August 20, 2014

Now Defending the Liberal Arts on Twitter: a Couple of Cartoons
A man in Fort Worth recently offered his friends advice on Twitter: "Do not go to college for a major in liberal arts you will have no job!!" Soon after, a Twitter account he’d probably never heard of called his tweet a myth. "FACT: The unemployment rate of liberal arts majors is roughly the same as most other majors," said a follow-up tweet, which linked to a report with more information. The intervention came from a Twitter account fronted by two cartoon characters who swoop in whenever the value of the liberal arts is besmirched on Twitter: "Libby," an auburn-haired student, and "Art," a bespectacled, tweed-wearing counselor.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 20, 2014

Great Expectations, Bleaker Results
Higher education consultants tend to project savings beyond what colleges can achieve, sometimes don’t understand the complexities of the institutions they advise, and fail to appreciate the politics around the changes they propose, according to a new study by the Education Advisory Board.
Inside Higher Ed, August 20, 2014

Are International Students Satisfied?
An analysis of satisfaction surveys from 60,000 international students at 48 universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia reveals that students are, by and large, satisfied, but that satisfaction levels vary by country of origin and that large proportions of undergraduate international students from a single country can inhibit integration.
Inside Higher Ed, August 20, 2014


Bank Lobby Hits Back at Campus Debit Card Warnings
A group that represents consumer banks is pushing back against warnings by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that undisclosed arrangements between banks and colleges to market financial products may pose a risk to consumers.
Inside Higher Ed, August 21, 2014