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touse of Representatives to determine ate of tuition increase, faculty tenure by John Hebert The House Of Representa- tives is now voting on key issues that will directly affect the BCC student. Tuition increases, faculty tenure, and high school completion without payment of tuition are some of the issues that are now in the hands of the House Higher Education Committee. It seems that the state wishes to tie the cost of instruction in with the tuition costs. The bill uses the i University of Washington and Washington State University as its guidelines. Details state thattheUWandWSU mustpay 25 percent oftheir tuiti0n, proceeds towards the cost of instruction. If the cost of instruction increases, so does the tuition. BCC, indirect proportion to the other two schools, must pay 45 percent of the UW's and WSU's 25 percent toward its own cost of instruction. Thus, if WSU's and the UW's instructional costs increase, do does BCC's. House Bill 102 would raise BCC's tuition by 12.7 percent or $13 per student by next fall. Details, provided by Greg Pankau, note thatthis increase would not fall under Jimmy Carter's wage and price controls. C.O.R.P. (The Council of Representatives and Presidents) who is lobbying against the bill, has been down in Olympia trying to persuade the Committee that this would not be in the best interest of the students. Their persuasionary tactics include: Governor Dixy Lee Ray, in her state of the State address, promised no new taxes this biennium, so this bill would be directly opposed to her guidelines. Tuition increases are considered a " user's fee" increase, but in layman's terms the increases are actually increases in th e student's taxes. "User's fee" means that students are taxed for using the state's community colleges. The 12.7 percent increase does not fall under the wage and price control set up by President Carter. Also, tuition does not go to the college; it goes to the state's general fund, with the exception of a very minimal part. According to Panka,J, C.O.R.P. has received limited opposition and is fairly optimistic about their chances of defeating the bill. House Bill 358 would provide tuition free completion of high school for those who failed to do so earlier. C.O.R.P., who is lobbying against the bill, deems it a great mistake in judgment. They state that 358 would: create an incentive for students to drop out of high school, lessen the incentive for students of this nature to work for academic excellence in the continuation of their education, escalate the rate of enrollment increase, ultimate- ly resulting in over-enrollment and the subsequent non- admission of other students by providing free education to these students, and it could result in increasing coststothe paying student. Another issue that C.O.R.P. js taking side with is the idea of tenue. As of nowan ins*., uctor is reviewed at the end of three years to determine if he/she has achieved satisfactorally. C.O.R.P. would like to see this period lengthened to five years. Also, once tenure is achieved, an instructor will not be evaluated again. Ultimately, C.O.R.P. would like to see this abolished. Again the laws on dismissing a tenured faculty member are vague and over- generalized, according to C.O.R.P., thus making it difficult to dismiss an inadequate faculty member. Im II I the Volume XII, No. 13 February 1, 1979 of Bellevue Community College IIIIII more than a job Kiefert prepares students for The addition of Kaye D. Kiefert as Director of Career Services in BCC's Human Development Center repre- sents a major step towards preparing students for their careers. Ms. Kiefert explained the Ms. Kay Kiefertisnewlyappoint- ed director of Career Services. Photo: Michiko by Ruth Kesterson broader context of the word "career" which has served asa guide toward the development of career-oriented education. "A career is not just a job. Itis the totality of one's experience through which a person prepares for or engages in work. Work may be defined as any productive activity, paid or unpaid, that results in Satisfaction or benefits for one's self or others." One of the purposes of Ms. Kiefert's program will be to coordinate the existing resources at BCC for career preparation. These services include the Career Resource Room, Cicero (whose computer bar, ks are filled with information on careers), career counseling, career curriculum, and the soon-to- open Placement Office. However,. Ms. Kiefert's concept of career preparation are considerably broader than thes e specific aids. Her goal is to offer prepa ration for a ca reer as part of every student's college experience. Since she arrived on campus in October, Ms. Kiefert has been meeting with the faculty and administration for input into the development of Career Services and to assess the existing career education components and the extent of the present activities. In presentations to faculty groups she stresses the eight elements in career education. These include the student's appreciation of work and attitudes, self-awareness, educational awareness, career awareness, economic awareness, skill awareness, employability skills, and decision-making skills. "The purpose of these orientation to Career Services meetings is to provide the basis for beginning to look at our curriculum and services to insure that students achieve the career outcomes we, as an educational institution, and the community mutually agree are desirable and necessary for survival in our present changing society. "The purpose of career education is to handle the changes in all aspects of one's life rolls - education, leisure, and work." The Career Services Office will be working with and through the instructional faculty as well as counselors, administration andthesupport centers such as the Women's Center, MinorityAffairs Office, and the Men's Corner. Ms. Kiefert has an extensive background in education and career guidance. After receiving her Master's Degree in 1971, she served as a counselor in secondary schools where she became involved with development of career education programs. Later, Ms. Kiefert was hired as the Career Education Consultant for 78 school districts through Educational Service Districts 112 and 113, the districts between Olympia and Vancouver. This led to the position of Assistant Director of Washington State Planning for Career Education, a program development effort from the State Office Of Education that Search for BCC molester continues Bellevue Community College Security and the Bellevue Police Department continue to search for the person who has molested women in the campus parking lots three times since the beginning of fall quarter. According to Karl Palo, Campus Security Supervisor, the incidents were not publicized earlier for the reason that security policy does not_ i0clude- mention of every individual occurrence needing to be reported. However, compiled informa- tion concerning the incidents was made public in the January 18 issue of The Advocate because, according to Palo, a pattern has been established and the chances of the suspect repeating the same offense seem greater. Palo said, however, that the situation is not terriblyserious, in view of the fact that no attempts were made by the suspect to rape any of the women. On the other hand, Detective Trent of the Bellevue Police emphasized the gravity of the latest occurrence in particular. He said that, "verbal threats \\;were made by the suspect before leaving the scene, whereas before, none of the victims had been threatened with rape." Both the Bellevue Police and Campus Security have been patroling the campus parking lots regularly; and they urge women on campus not to offer rides to anyone they do not know. If you have any inforhlation about the incidents or identification of the suspect, please contact Campus Security at 2376 or Detective Trent at the Bellevue Police Department, 455-6904. careers served 45 local districts across the state. Ms. Kiefert's next position was the administrator for demonstration projects under the U.S. Office of Education. Her function was to develop a model training program and provide staff development and training in career development techniques to education leaders, business leaders, and members of the community. The specific achievement of this year's work was writing, editing, and publishing a 3,000 page career education training manual. The project was funded under a grant to Educational Service District 121, a regional educational service agency in Seattle. This manual is comprised of seven training "modules" designed to train teachers and give them the background materials, lecture notes, lesson plans, classroom activities, and support resources necessary to train educators in six areas of career education implementation techniques. Informational seminars focusing on the development ofcareer educational compon- ents in curriculum areas and community/college inter- action are being considered for the late spring or early fall. One of the goals of these seminars will be to identify desirable career outcomes for BCC students, while recogniz- ing that the overall purpose of career education relates directly to the purpose of education.