News Links | August 1, 2019
System News | Opinion
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
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
... “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
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
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 1, 2019
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 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
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