News Links | January 19, 2016
System News | Opinion
Friends since middle school, Harneet Grewal, Jocelyn Ramirez and Mckayla Mueller spent
the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday together. They didn't see a movie. They didn't
shop. With heavy gloves and gardening tools, they volunteered for the MLK Day of Service.
... A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Thursday at Edmonds Community College. ... On Sunday, Everett Community College hosted a King celebration, “The Dream is Alive Today For Tomorrow,” with a gospel
choir and keynote speaker Toyia Taylor.
Everett Herald, Jan. 19, 2016
By Dr. David Mitchell, president of Olympic College. As a 2015 Aspen Prize finalist, Olympic College was recognized as one of the top
10 community colleges in the nation, which places us in the top 1 percent nationally. We
look to build on that distinction in 2016 through the expansion of programs and partnerships
that are preparing the next generation of skilled workers, and industry and community
leaders in Kitsap and Mason counties.
Bremerton Patriot, Jan. 18, 2016
Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. knows millions of Americans wouldn’t have the opportunities
they have today without the work of Martin Luther King Jr. But Mendoza also told about
300 people who gathered Monday at Columbia Basin College for the bell-ringing ceremony honoring King’s legacy that the civil rights leader
also inspired many to continue his mission, including farmworker advocate Cesar Chavez
and Sonia Castillo.
Tri-City Herald, Jan., 18, 2016
Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice clearly recalls the day Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated. Rice, the city's first and only African-American mayor, was the keynote
speaker Monday at Kitsap County's annual celebration of King's life and legacy at
the Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center. ... Shannon Turner, an Olympic College student who will complete his associate degree this summer, said pursuing education
is a way of completing King's dream.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 18, 2016
Pierce College is proud to recognize four high-achieving students who will represent the district
as members of the 2016 All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international
honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to recognize
and honor students for their academic achievements and community service efforts.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 18. 2016
To overcome great opposition, even greater leaders are needed — and to achieve an
ideal greater than them, they must be willing to pay whatever price. Although people
of that caliber are rare, people of our time have Martin Luther King Jr. to look on
as an example of what it takes to preserve democracy and create a fairer society. So
was the message from C.T. Vivian, a minister and close ally of King, during the sixth
annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at Clark College on Saturday.
The Columbian, Jan. 16, 2016
Peninsula College has named a new director of human resources. Kraig Michels will begin work Feb. 1.
He replaces Bonnie Cauffman, who retired Jan. 7 after 37 years at the college.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 16, 2016
After the firing of Centralia College President Robert Frost late last year, the board of trustees has decided to ask former
President James Walton to fill the interim position as the college searches for a
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2016
Qahtan Al Nidaw, a 64-year-old refugee from Iraq, was a former cameraman for CNN and
other news organizations around the globe before shots were fired at him three years
ago — once in his leg and twice in his skull. ... He now resides in SeaTac with his
wife and son. In his free time, he enrolls in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes
at Highline College in nearby Des Moines.
Seattle Globalist, Jan. 14, 2016
In an extended study session Monday night, the Bellevue City Council heard multiple
reports from organizations updating their 2016 plans in the city. ... Among these
was a presentation from Dr. David Rule, Bellevue College president, giving a state of the college-type address. Bellevue College continues
to look toward collaboration and possible partnership with Washington State University.
Bellevue Reporter, Jan. 14, 2016
Upon its grand opening on Jan. 7, the city of Tacoma officially welcomed a new Bates Technical College facility, the Advanced Technology Center located at 2320 S. 19th St. Officials broke
ground on the two-story, 53,000-square-foot building last year.
Tacoma Weekly, Jan. 14, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
The much-maligned general education model remains alive and well, but with new features,
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2016
The internet giant Yahoo Inc. will release a vast amount of data about how its users
behave on the web exclusively to university researchers, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The data amount to 13.5 terabytes, which, the Journal notes, is two-thirds the size
of the Library of Congress.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 18, 2016
The scholarly database JSTOR, recognizing its role as a starting point for research,
sees major growth in its ebook program.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2016
The United Way has released a comprehensive report with data on Pacific Northwest
households that earn more than the federal poverty level, but still struggle to afford
basic necessities such as housing and child care.
The News Tribune, Jan. 16, 2016
So since 2011, the federal government has required all schools to provide something
called a net price calculatoron their websites. ... Not long after the calculator
became standard, a service called College Abacus emerged, allowing families to compare
multiple schools at once. That spared them the laborious task of plugging the same
data into multiple calculators many times over. And how did many colleges respond?
By blocking College Abacus’s access to their calculators.
The New York Times, Jan. 15, 2016
In recent years the number of credit-rating downgrades to colleges and universities
has significantly outnumbered the number of upgrades given by Standard & Poor's credit
rating agency. And the trend is expected to continue, but slow, in the coming year.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Defense has lifted its suspension of the University of Phoenix
from the federal Tuition Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to active-duty
members of the armed services, a department official confirmed on Friday. The department
put the for-profit educator on probationin October after much scrutiny of the university’s
recruiting practices. According to the Pentagon, the university will undergo a “heightened
compliance review” for one year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 15, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
The Obama administration wants to expand the federal Pell Grant program by bringing
back year-round eligibility for the grants, which was eliminated four years ago, and
by creating a $300 annual bonus for Pell recipients who take at least 15 credits per
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2016
To help students make quicker progress toward earning degrees, the Obama administration
is calling for a significant expansion of the Pell Grant program that would make the
grants available year-round and reward students who take a full schedule of courses
each semester. Together, the two proposals would mean an additional $2 billion in
Pell Grant assistance during the 2017 fiscal year, the Education Department said in
a news release.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 19, 2016
The federal government has in recent months made several changes to the application
process for federal financial aid, in an effort to make it easier and more straightforward.
But one change — switching from a four-digit PIN for online access to the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid to a more standard and secure log-in identification and password
— may be having the opposite effect.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2016
Lawmakers have convened at least six work groups in the past twelve years to analyze
the way Washington state pays for education, a system the state Supreme Court has
said is unconstitutional. Now, facing a 2018 deadline to fix those problems — along
with mounting court sanctions — lawmakers say they need to create yet a another task
force, because they still don’t have the data they need.
The News Tribune, Jan. 17, 2016
By Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. Fully funding basic education
will cost an extra $4 billion a year. That’s a big number, but last year a $16 billion
transportation package was passed. Apparently money can be raised for roads but not
The Seattle Times, Jan. 16, 2016