News Links | May 17, 2016
System News | Opinion
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is receiving $150,000 in grant funding from College Spark Washington (College
Spark) through the Community Grants Program.
Kirkland Reporter, May 16, 2016
Clark College has received approval from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to offer a new bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in applied management.
The Vancouver-based community college now seeks approval from the Northwest Commission
on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the college’s regional accrediting body, to
offer and begin the program in January 2017.
Vancouver Business Journal, May 16, 2016
In a new book on college, author Jeffrey Selingo warns that earning a bachelor's degree
no longer guarantees a good job offer, and gives practical advice for enlarging the
experience. ... Selingo praised Walla Walla Community College because of the way its degree programs are matched up with jobs that pay well.
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2016
The Northwest Innovation Resource Center paid a visit to Arlington May 11 at the City
Council Chambers with a two-part seminar. The seminar started with NWIRC program manager
Lara Merriam-Smith giving a presentation with the aim of making "starting business
owners successful," and then concluded with Vice President of Corporate and Workforce
training at Everett Community College John Bonner, giving a presentation on resources available at EvCC.
Arlington Times, May 15, 2016
Higher education in the Tri-Cities is getting a boost as Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities prepare to add several new degree offerings
and consolidate programs. CBC’s new bachelor’s in applied sciences degrees in information
technology and dental hygiene will be its fifth and sixth four-year degrees. The State Board for Community & Technical Colleges recently approved the new programs and the college is now waiting for accreditors
to sign off on the related programs.
Tri-City Herald, May 14, 2016
Studies have shown that dogs can help lower your blood pressure and improve the amount
of exercise you get daily and increase your life span. Peggy Goldberg, Counselor at
Centralia College, has been aware of this for many years, participating in a therapy dog program at
Providence’s Animal Assisted Activities & Therapy program in Olympia. More recently
she has been instrumental in bringing dogs to campus during finals study sessions
to help ease student’s stress.
Lewis Talk, May 13, 2016
Skanska USA Building is putting the finishing touches on a new STEM building at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. Ground was broken on the $39 million project in August 2014,
and work is slated for completion next month.
Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon, May 13, 2016
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship was launched in 2011 to address the skills
mismatch between the state’s current workforce and job openings in the booming fields
of technology, health care and engineering. ... Karla La Torre Alvarez, whose family
moved to the United States from Peru, is an example of student who is being given
an opportunity she might not have otherwise had. She is a Spokane Falls Community College student who is transferring to Gonzaga University to major in civil engineering.
She says that without the scholarship Gonzaga might have been out of reach.
The Spokesman-Review, May 12, 2016
It’s hard to talk about “Once on This Island,” which opens tonight at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater, without talking about Brian Tyrrell. It is his 95th and last show
at the helm of Centralia College theater. But perhaps more importantly, the Polynesian-style
musical seems a mirror to Tyrrell’s 25-year career at Centralia College in that it
is about storytelling, family and community.
Centralia Chronicle, May 12, 2016
In 2012, the Port of Centralia announced Centralia Station, a proposed development
to be located off the new Mellen Street interchange. Now, almost four years later,
the Port is completing final property acquisitions and preparing to move forward with
construction, which will take place over the next two years. ... In partnership with
Centralia College, the project will include educational facilities and sports fields, paving the way
for the college’s newly formed women’s soccer program.
Lewis Talk, May 10, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
Community college experts team up to develop a guide to help colleges and universities
build success transfer pathways and increase bachelor's completion.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2016
Traditionally, the unpaid internship debate starts with the question: Should students
work for free? Many say no, unless they get something in return — like course credit. As
a result, unpaid internships that came with course credit took off. And now the question
at the heart of the debate is different, and perhaps more startling: Should students
pay to intern?
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2016
True diversity remains a struggle for many colleges. This special report looks at
who actually sets a college’s diversity agenda, and what makes that agenda flourish
or flop. These questions have taken on a special urgency as race-related protests
have erupted on many campuses and as the nation’s population grows more diverse.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2016
Study by faculty members at West Point finds students perform better academically
when laptops and tablets are banned from the classroom.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
Campaign co-chair describes ideas being prepared for fall campaign. Among them: getting
government out of student lending, requiring colleges to share in risk of loans, discouraging
borrowing by liberal arts majors and moving OCR to Justice Department.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2016
On Friday morning, the Obama administration issued a "Dear Colleagues" letter to the
nation's school districts spelling out what they can do to safeguard the civil rights
of students at K-12 schools and colleges, based on their gender identity. The administration
argues that Title IX, which outlaws sex discrimination for any school receiving federal
funding, covers gender identity.
KPLU, May 13, 2016
The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public
school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms
that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday,
adding to a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration’s
legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration — signed by Justice
and Education department officials — will describe what schools should do to ensure
that none of their students are discriminated against.
The New York Times, May 12, 2016
Lawmakers met Wednesday to talk about the next steps toward answering the Washington
Supreme Court's McCleary decision on education funding. A bi-partisan committee met
to finalize a report to the Supreme Court about the Legislature's progress this year.
Lawmakers from both parties said they could always do more but feel like the Legislature
is making progress toward meeting the court's 2018 deadline to fully fund basic education
and end the state's overreliance on local school levies.
The Bellingham Herald, May 11, 2016