Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Congratulations to the CSN Coyotes baseball team on winning the NJCAA Region XVIII Baseball Championship this weekend at Morse Stadium.
The Coyotes defeated Western Nevada College 8-2 in the championship game. CSN’s Trevor Kirk, who went 6-for-12 with six RBIs in the tournament, received the Most Valuable Player award.
CSN (46-13) advances to the NJCAA Western District Tournament, which begins Thursday in Lamar, Colo., and goes through Saturday. Go Coyotes!
By Goldie Blumenstyk and Kelly Field
Chronicle of Higher Education
For-profit colleges, faced with the threat of program closures, have gone on a lobbying and public-relations blitz, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to beat back an Education Department proposal to cut off federal student aid to for-profit programs whose graduates carry high debt-to-income loads.
In the five months since the department offered its controversial "gainful-employment proposal," for-profit colleges and their chief association have spent at least $620,000 lobbying members of Congress, the Education Department, and the Office of Management and Budget, which is reviewing the department's proposed rule (see related article, with tables). The University of Phoenix, the nation's largest for-profit institution, has taken out ads in major publications, including The Chronicle, defending the sector and arguing against the rule, while for-profit colleges are urging their students to sign on to a petition opposing the plan.
For-profit lobbyists and executives are swarming Capitol Hill and federal agencies, pushing an alternative plan that would require programs only to provide prospective students with more information about their graduates' debt levels and salaries. During the Career College Association's annual "Hill Day" in March, members of the organization met with aides from nearly every Congressional office. Their message: The proposal would cost jobs and limit access to college at a time when President Obama is pushing education as a solution to high unemployment.
In an attempt to discredit the proposal, some opponents have tried to paint Robert M. Shireman, who as deputy under secretary is the department's top political appointee on higher-education issues, as a rogue actor. But even critics of the plan acknowledge that Mr. Shireman, who is stepping down this summer, was not the sole author of the proposal.
Lobbyists for the for-profit sector say the last time there was a lobbying push of this magnitude was in 1992, when the Education Department was crafting rules governing commissions for college recruiters. The fight extends all the way to the top, with the chief executives of major for-profit companies like ITT Educational Services, the Career Education Corporation, and Corinthian Colleges holding meetings with agency heads.
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From Daily Media News
TV networks take note: YouTube says it has exceeded 2 billion video views per day.The announcement from the Google-owned site comes as part of a larger initiative that the company is launching relay the history behind YouTube and its growth. Part of that campaign is the launch of "My YouTube Story" and the related YouTube 5 Year Channel. The site wants users to send videos about the impact YouTube has had on their lives. It will eventually be curated by Stephen Higgins, a documentary filmmaker, who will add a timeline and videos from celebrities discussing the achievement, according to Mashable. YouTube's explosive growth should be of interest to networks, which are looking for new platforms to air their shows. Nielsen just posted its report of Top Online Video Sites in the U.S. for April 2010, and YouTube had 97.1 million unique viewers for the month, a 1.1% month-over-month growth. Its closest competitor in the Neilsen rankings, Yahoo! video, had 27.6 million unique viewers for the month, so the size of YouTube's audience is staggeringly higher than the rest of the market, notes Beta News.
One caveat: People usually spend only 15 minutes a day on the site, which is not all that much, if compared with 5 hours a day of watching TV, reports Top Tech Reviews.