Archive for December 13th, 2007

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

December 13th, 2007 | Category: General, Research, Technical Education Awareness

Greetings from “The Palmetto State” (South Carolina). Texas State Technical College Waco had the first fuel cell technician program in the country thanks to grants, great leadership, and a very smart hard-working guy named Sidney Bolfing. We are here looking at partnerships to enhance our cooperation with Aiken Technical College, Savannah River National Laboratory, Midlands Technical College, and the University of South Carolina.

The Center for Hydrogen Research at Savannah River is involved in hydrogen storage research. They are working to provide answers to the problems posed by trying to create a hydrogen infrastructure. The research we saw at USC was more specifically aimed at hydrogen fuel cells. Seeing the problems that fuel cells currently face helped me to understand why adoption has been slower than originally hoped. Researchers are trying to find the answers to problems like better materials for components, efficiency, durability, cost, etc.

It has all been very cool and the hospitality has been superb. Thanks to our friends at Aiken Technical College for hosting us!

BTW - when you are visiting SC, try out the “shrimp and grits” with collard greens at the Blue Marlin in Columbia. You’ll be glad you did.

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SACS Puts Texas Tech on Probation

December 13th, 2007 | Category: Accreditation

Let me be clear - Texas Tech University in Lubbock is on probation, not Texas State Technical College Waco where I work. It seems that Texas Tech did not manage to assess their competencies in time for the New Orleans conference where the reaccreditation announcements were made. The article is in the Dallas Morning News is here. I mention this mainly because it shows how serious SACS is about those Gen Ed competencies and assessment (see earlier post).

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