News Links | May 24, 2016
System News | Opinion
Skagit Valley College President Tom Keegan was honored earlier this month with a distinguished alumni award
from Western Washington University. ... Keegan, who graduated from the university’s
Woodring College of Education in 1984 with a master’s degree in adult education and
student personnel administration, was honored as Woodring college’s distinguished
alumni this year at the university’s annual Back2Bellingham event.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 24, 2016
President Amy Goings of Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Kirkland campus explains how a technical school can save students a lot of money.
KING 5, May 23, 2016
Faculty at Green River College walked off the job Monday, striking to protest a proposal by the college to eliminate
11 programs and courses to save money. They have said the strike will last three days. Five
tenured faculty and one tenure-track faculty member at the Auburn community college
could lose their jobs under the proposed cutbacks, as well as an unknown number of
The Seattle Times, May 23, 2016
Clark College is seeking approval to add a second baccalaureate program next year. Clark’s proposed
Bachelor of Applied Science degree in applied management has been approved by the
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Next, the college is waiting for approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges
and Universities, the college’s regional accrediting body.
The Columbian, May 23, 2016
Japanese students, standing in front of a tie-dyed backdrop, donned colorful vests
and hippie-style glasses to end their study tour with some American culture and good
ol’ “selfies,” May 20 at Clover Park Technical College.
The Suburban Times, May 22, 2016
Bellevue College administrators apologized Sunday for not informing students in a timely manner of
a series of hate speech incidents on campus that have happened since January. Earlier
notifications were sent by the President through email, but according to the school,
accidentally left out the students. The entire community was later informed, but
the situation has angered many students.
KING 5, May 22, 2016
By Luanne Van Werven, Washington state Representative for the 42nd Legislative District,
Position 1. Serving on the House Higher Education Committee has ignited a passion
in me to make post-high school education more affordable. I could not come from a
better legislative district to get the full spectrum of our higher education system!
Whatcom is home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, the Northwest Indian College as well as several private colleges.
The Bellingham Herald, May 22, 2016
Bellingham Technical College received state approval to offer its first bachelor’s degree. The college anticipates
offering its new bachelor of applied science in operations management starting in
The Bellingham Herald, May 21, 2016
Through its first-of-its-kind model, the Dental Education Clinic will be operated
by Neighborcare Health from inside Seattle Central College’s Health Education Center and primarily focused on serving low-income residents with
little to no insurance. Dental hygiene program students from Seattle Central and dental
assisting students from the Seattle Vocational Institute will receive hands-on training. Up to 60 students from each program will be trained
Capitol Hill Times, May 21, 2016
Students in Green River College's marketing and entrepreneurship bachelor's degree program are gaining real-world experience. For
the last two quarters, 18 students in the Venture Launch capstone class have worked
in groups to develop and start five businesses — a weightlifting apparel line, a resume
review service, a retractable brow towel for kitchen workers, a consulting company
for makeup artists and a Yelp-like app for dog owners.
Maple Valley Reporter, May 20, 2016
Washington earns high marks for the ways it helps students transfer from community
college to a four-year school. ... The Aspen Institute’s report of high-performing
institutions singled out Everett Community College, University of Washington and Western Washington University for making transfers
easier. ... Washington students who transfer with an associate’s degree do better
than the national average. According to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 82 percent of Washington community college students who transfer with an associate’s
degree have earned a bachelor’s degree after six years.
The Seattle Times, May 20, 2016
Very high concentrations of lead and iron have been found in the water supply of a
building on the Spokane Falls Community College campus, prompting officials to shut off the water and offer lead testing to employees.
Spokesman-Review, May 20, 2016
Three quarter horses danced around a ring, nipping each other in the butt, chasing
and kicking one another, and loudly munching grass and the leaves of a nearby willow
tree. Though they didn’t know it, they were teachers for the day, and the lesson had
already begun. Alongside the arena, a line of six women watched the equines carefully.
They were students from a Lower Columbia College continuing education class called “How to Talk Horse.”
Longview Daily News, May 20, 2016
A young person was crossing the street and texting on her phone. An impaired driver
swerved to miss the pedestrian, but was too late — he struck and killed her with his
car. In the process of swerving, the drunk driver also struck an oncoming car, leading
to two more fatalities. It wasn’t a real situation this time, but as emergency responders
processed the mock DUI crash scene and provided emergency medical care Thursday on
Big Bend Community College’s campus, it sure felt real.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 20, 2016
By Marty Brown, executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Timothy Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College. The Legislature struggles to meet the state Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund
education from kindergarten through 12th grade, and that is a critical situation for
the entire state. The education conversation, though, extends deeper than K-12. ... All
of these students — nearly 386,000 of them each year — turn to our state’s 34 community
and technical colleges.
The Olympian, May 19, 2016
An oldie will be a goodie again for Yakima Valley Community College, which will go by a new name beginning next month. The college’s board of trustees
earlier this month voted to revert to a former name, Yakima Valley College, after
an all-campus survey revealed overwhelming support for dropping the word “community.”
The news was made official by college officials Thursday.
Yakima Herald, May 19, 2016
With quotes such as: “Success can be your worst enemy because it leads to arrogance,”
and “Sometimes failure can be your best friend,” Col. Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base
Lewis-McChord commander and keynote speaker, challenged 470 graduates to greatness
through servant leadership at the 29th annual JBLM College Graduation at Clover Park Technical College May 13.
Northwest Guardian, May 19, 2016
Sydney Bertholf has explored a variety of interests while in high school. In addition
to maintaining excellent grades, she’s been playing basketball, volunteering for various
organizations as well as managing her own nonprofit. ... For the past two years, Bertholf
has been participating in the Running Start program. She’s attending Tacoma Community College, where she’s maintained a 3.5 GPA.
The News Tribune, May 19, 2016
Olympic College hosted a Men of Color Summit at their Bremerton campus Thursday, April 20. The summit
invited high school juniors and seniors from all over Kitsap and Mason counties of
ethnic descent to visit the college “for a day of inspiration and exposure.”
Bremerton Patriot, May 19, 2016
The Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architecture has presented Spokane-based
Integrus Architecture PS with an honor award — the chapter’s most prestigious — for
its design work on the Wenatchee Valley College Music & Arts Center as part of the 2016 AIA Spokane Design Awards.
Spokane Journal of Business, May 19, 2016
By Dr. Eileen Ely, president of Green River College. There have been several inquiries from students and community members about the
budget tensions at Green River College. First and foremost, no decisions have been
made to cancel or reduce any programs at the college. Green River College, like many
of the other community and technical colleges in Washington, is facing budget challenges.
... Our fellow community and technical colleges throughout Washington are facing similar
struggles. It was recently announced that the Community Colleges of Spokane are facing cutbacks in the wake of an $8 million deficit. Similarly, Clark College has cut $2.2 million in instruction this year.
Auburn Reporter, May 18, 2016
Washington temporarily changes the law to allow tax dollars to pay for college level
academics inside correctional facilities. Why some believe it's the way to keep people
from going back behind bars, and others say it's unfair to taxpayers and victims.
TVW, May 18, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
This spring 18.3 million students enrolled in college, according to the National Student
Clearinghouse Research Center, a decline of 1.3 percent compared to last spring. The
biggest dips were at four-year institutions in the for-profit sector (down 9.3 percent)
and at community colleges (2.8 percent).
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2016
Colleges around the country are adding facilities and adopting policies designed to
help transgender students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2016
Scholars consider how to revive the liberal arts and consider the importance of math
and science, impact of hyperspecialization, economic inequality, public attitudes,
admissions strategies and more.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2016
Scholars at conference on whether liberal arts need saving focus on evolving threats,
including diminishing attention spans, mounting consumerism and a desire by administrators
to quantify everything.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
What might a Donald J. Trump presidency mean for higher education? Now that the Republican
field has narrowed to a single candidate, it’s inevitable that higher-ed policy watchers
are wondering. But it’s not an easy question to answer. Hillary Clinton and Bernie
Sanders, the remaining Democrats, have each unveiled comprehensive higher-education
plans. Not so Mr. Trump.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2016
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced last week the launch of a $2.4 million advising
program that will add college counselors to 30 public high schools this fall, reported
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2016
Employees at community colleges may be the most affected by the Obama administration's
new rules for overtime pay, especially as the sector continues to see dwindling resources
from their states.
Inside Higher Ed, May 23, 2016
The state Supreme Court should up the ante on sanctions to get lawmakers’ attention
on the unfinished work complying with the McCleary ruling.
The Seattle Times, May 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education and college financial aid offices need to remove
barriers and give more guidance to homeless and foster youth to help them attend and
succeed in college, says a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
This group of college students often struggles to pursue college, the GAO said, citing
data showing they tend to have lower completion rates.
Inside Higher Ed, May 20, 2016
This week the Obama administration released a final rule that will extend overtime
pay to millions more American workers, including hundreds of thousands of lower-level
salaried employees on college campuses. ... That means the rule will be expensive
for colleges, many of which already struggle with high labor costs. And that’s where
the downside comes in: Already college groups are warning of consequences when the
rule kicks in, at the start of December.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2016
Attorneys from the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is on track
to fulfill its constitutional requirement to properly fund education and in a court
filing Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to drop a contempt order and lift daily
sanctions imposed last year.
The Bellingham Herald, May 18, 2016