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News Links | November 6, 2015

November 06, 2015 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinions

DoD online voluntary education fair to link troops, schools and counselors

Forty-three colleges and universities – including Everett Community College – will join counselors from each military service for the Defense Department's first-ever online education fair. The fair is designed to link up troops interested in using voluntary education programs with schools that cater to them and education counselors who can help navigate education guidelines set by the military services. To participate in the fair, each school has signed agreements to guarantee members access to courses and also to give troops maximum credit for their military education and experience. … The online fair will be held Nov. 19… at www.dodeducationfair.com from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. [Eastern].
Navy Times, Nov. 4, 2015

Grant allows Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland to serve more veterans

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) has received a $367,000 grant from the Department of Education to open a center that school officials hope will improve the institute’s appeal to military veterans. The grant will fund the first three years of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS), which will be on the Kirkland school’s campus … The center will be part student lounge, part resource center, staffed by a CEVSS coordinator paid through the grant. The coordinator will provide direct advising for current veteran students, as well as work to recruit more veterans.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 5, 2015

Centralia College plans for third bachelor degree program

Centralia College will be offering a new bachelor’s degree program if the accreditation agency currently considering it approves. The new program lands in the information technology realm and focuses on application management. Currently, college officials are waiting for the last step of the process before they can offer the program in fall 2016. …… At first, 20 students would be able to enroll in the bachelor’s degree program. Later, the potential for up to 60 students at the two levels is available. Patrick Allison, the associate dean of information technology programs, said the program curriculum would center around application development, by either creating software or web-based applications, among other ventures. It would focus on the entire software lifecycle. 
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 5, 2015

Clark College looks to eliminate 11 departments and programs

Clark College in Vancouver is recommending drastic budget cuts because of dwindling enrollment. Clark College’s interim vice president Dr. Tim Cook issued a statement to the college community Tuesday. The proposal recommends reducing 12 departments and programs, and completely eliminating 11 more. “These are tough decisions that impact lives and are not to be taken lightly,” he said. “Please be assured that we all are committed to supporting our campus community as we work together to provide a clearer path to Clark’s future.” The proposal would cut a total of $2,226,406 from the budget. That’s in addition to $600,000 the school recently cut, which reduced sections and medical benefits for adjunct staff.
KGW TV, Nov. 5, 2015

Classical headbanging: Black metal concert featuring Spokane Falls CC choir & orchestra

Local metal band Age of Nefilim is making a live record with a choir and orchestra. At first it's only drums. You can't hear the 20-piece orchestra or the singers at the back of the stage. Not the grand piano, nor or the wailing guitar. Instead, the double bass drum pedal and wildly crashing cymbals have taken the Spokane Falls Community College's music building auditorium hostage. … This is a school-sanctioned event, but no one is getting paid. The band members don't even go to SFCC; it was friend and audio engineering student Anthony Stalker's idea. Stalker, also in the local metal scene, asked Meyer if a metal collaboration would be possible. The answer was maybe, but other faculty had to be consulted first. "I immediately said 'Yes,'" says orchestra director Shelley Rotz, who is playing violin for the concert but admits she doesn't listen to metal. "I love collaborating, and this is an important thing for our students to learn how to do, to work with other kinds of groups and genres."
Pacific Northwest Inlander, Nov. 5, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

Umpqua Community College increases campus security

Umpqua Community College is boosting its security, following the deadly shooting on October 1. The college just finalized a contract with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, for [an armed] deputy to patrol campus.
KEZI ABC News, Nov. 5, 2015

Taking college teaching seriously

Gail Mellow, a community college president, discusses the importance of pedagogy — the theme of a new book she co-authored.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2015

Who really bears the cost of hiring adjuncts?

An instructor argues that the colleges that shortchange their adjuncts are ultimately compromising the students they exist to serve.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2015

The structure of instructure

As the LMS provider prepares to go public, financial disclosures show the company has spent on sales and marketing at a much higher rate than competitors — but has rapid growth to show for it.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2015

Dr. Jill Biden explains why community college is 'one of America's best-kept secrets'

In an exclusive Q&A with AOL.com, Dr. Biden explains why people looking to pursue a college degree should look no farther than their local community college.
AOL News, Nov. 5, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Shaming college accreditors

Obama administration announces modest executive actions aimed at forcing accreditors to focus more on student outcomes — and urges Congress to impose more sweeping changes.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2015

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