News Links | November 10, 2015
System News | Opinions
By Emily Hall, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2010-13. She is now a student
at Olympic College and an intern at the North Kitsap Herald. Kyle Broussard was a sergeant in the Marine
Corps as a rifleman and the top-scoring Designated Marksman of his unit, serving from
2009-14. He attributes operation readiness to open and honest communication. ... Broussard
now attends Olympic College, where he is the general manager of the campus monthly
publication, The Olympian. He is ambitious and plans on one day studying law at the
University of Washington.
North Kitsap Herald, Nov. 9, 2015
Complementing the college's recent federal grants, Skagit Valley College has also been chosen as one of 30 colleges nationwide to participate in a multiyear
Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges and funded
through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project
aims to help community and technical colleges better help students from the beginning
of their educational careers to the end.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 9, 2015
The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday recognized Green River College as the school celebrates its 50th year of serving the communities in south King County.
Kent Reporter, Nov. 9, 2015
A member of the Quinault tribe was among 27 Native American young people from across
the country who attended the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Shavaughna
Underwood, 19, is a graduate of Taholah High School and a student at Grays Harbor College.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 8, 2015
The Spokane man who started "Giving Backpacks" in August has decided to go back to
school to help him give back more to his community. Rick Clark was inspired to start
"Giving Backpacks" in August after a picture of him hugging homeless boy he had just
bought food for at an STA bus stop went viral. ... Clark is now a full time student
at Spokane Community College and hopes to use his education to make bigger changes within his community.
KREM, Nov. 8, 2015
Betsy Richard is making a gentle entrance onto Center Stage. She says she wants to
get better acquainted with the local acting community — and audiences — before charting
her course. But people who attend plays at Lower Columbia College will notice some changes with Richard’s first production, “Almost, Maine.”
Longview Daily News, Nov. 7, 2015
If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a drone, your
time has come. Many institutions of higher learning around the Northwest are recognizing
that unmanned aircraft could become a key technology of the future. ... Within the
last year, Central Oregon Community College in Bend and Green River College in Auburn, Washington, established Associate of Applied Science degrees in unmanned
KUOW, Nov. 5, 2015
Growing up in Skagit County, Damond Morris was surrounded by the figures and myths
of Native American tribes. “I had a lot of friends who were Native American, whether
in Skagit or Lummi,” he said. “I’d always been connected to it, although not always
been aware of my connection to it.” Now Morris, director of the drama department at
Skagit Valley College, is overseeing a production that fuses some of those myths to one of the oldest stories
in Western culture.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 1, 2015
Trends | Horizons | Education
The Starbucks Corporation this week announced that it will offer a tuition-free education
to a spouse or child of its employees who are veterans or active-duty members of the
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2015
Racism on American campuses is a matter of national concern again this week following
protests at the University of Missouri at Columbia that led on Monday to the resignations
of both the campus’s chancellor and the system’s president. ... While the situation
in Missouri is dramatic, and the protests there particularly successful, racial tensions have
flared up on several campuses in the past year. Those events draw attention to continuing
racial disparities in higher education, where African-Americans make up a small portion
of professors, presidents, and selective-college enrollments. Let’s take a look at
some relevant data.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 10, 2015
Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are
not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 9, 2015
Systematically providing selective colleges with detailed information about applicants’
high-school backgrounds could significantly raise the admission rates of low-income
students, a new study concludes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 7, 2015
Politics | Local, State, National
Colleges and universities have become one of the most effective lobbying forces in
Washington, employing more lobbyists last year than any other industries except drug
manufacturing and technology. There are colleges in every congressional district,
and 1 in 40 U.S. workers draw a paycheck from a college or university.
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 8, 2015