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News Links | August 1, 2019

August 01, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WCC to offer BAS degree in business administration

Whatcom Community College is planning to offer a new, online, bachelor of applied science degree in applied business management. The degree was recently approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and is pending approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The new BAS degree is expected to open for enrollment in winter 2020 and classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2020.
The Bellingham Business Journal, July 31, 2019

BBCC nursing graduates pass the test

The 18 graduates in Big Bend Community College nursing program class of 2019 have continued a BBCC tradition. All 18 passed the national license exam on the first try. Nationally, about 88 percent of nursing students pass the exam on their first try, said Tiffany Sukola, BBCC’s communications coordinator. “The 100-percent pass rate has become the norm for the BBCC nursing program over the last 10 years. During that time, all nursing graduates have passed the national licensure exam on either the first or second attempt,” Sukola wrote.
Columbia Basin Herald, July 30, 2019

Graphic novels offer “novel” approach to teaching English

... “Reading graphic novels helps students build their confidence, particularly if they have never taken a college course before or it has been a long time since they took a class,” said Chang, adjunct professor in the English Department at Pierce College Puyallup. “These works are more accessible, especially for people who don’t read much on their own time, which is what I hear from a lot of students.”
The Suburban Times, July 30, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Professors still more likely than students to be white

A new analysis from Pew Research Center says that while racial and ethnic diversity has increased among U.S. college faculty over the past two decades, professors are still much more likely than their students to be white. In 2017, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics and looked at by Pew, 76 percent of all college and university faculty members were white, compared to 55 percent of undergraduates.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 1, 2019

Commentary: Embracing business strategies to drive enrollment

Thinking of community colleges as a business is not a new concept, but it is a controversial one. As college enrollment in the U.S. continues to decline, and unemployment rates remain low, we are losing revenue. However, we cannot let our concern for financial well-being overshadow why we were called to this work in the first place: To lift the students and communities that we serve on our path forward together.
Community College Daily, July 31, 2019

A welcome message, or a warning?

A senior State Department official said Tuesday that the U.S. welcomes students from China. But Marie Royce, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, also said that colleges need to do a better job integrating their Chinese students and that many live in a “bubble” of Chinese Communist Party propaganda and misinformation that skews their perceptions of the U.S.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Buttigieg calls out for-profit colleges in debate

Pete Buttigieg said during the Democratic presidential primary debate Tuesday that any debt forgiveness program should start with students of for-profit colleges, which he said took advantage of veterans. "The moment I deployed, my Facebook feed started filling up with ads from these for-profit colleges," said Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy reservist in 2014. Buttigieg, who is mayor of South Bend, Ind., also criticized the Trump administration's efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations targeting the for-profit sector.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2019

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