News Links | October 6, 2016
System News | Opinion
Each morning at 7:30 a.m., Kyle Ouimet and his 4-year-old son Chael drive to Spokane
from Colville to learn American Sign Language. Kyle goes to Spokane Falls Community College and Chael to the Moose Project, a private school tailored to the deaf or hard of
hearing. ... Then Kris Ching, of the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness
and Hearing Loss, told them about the Moose Project – a private school that teaches
through spoken word and sign language.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 5, 2016
Edmonds Community College is considering becoming a tobacco-free campus, but may opt instead to limit smoking
to designated areas. ... The college has been considering action on the smoking issue
for several years.
Everett Herald, Oct. 4, 2016
It turns out that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Including grandmothers,
said Boys and Girls Club director Brant Mayo. And those superhero grandmothers, said
speaker Kathy Gardner, in turn get help from the superheroes at the Boys and Girls
Club. The annual Boys and Girls Club auction was held Saturday; the proceeds won’t
be completely totaled up until midweek. But the ATEC building on the Big Bend Community College was full of Supermans and Batmans and – wait, was that Flo from the insurance commercials?
And a Minion? And who was that guy in the white hood? “It’s supposed to be the Invisible
Man. But I was having trouble seeing,” said Bryce McPartland.
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 4, 2016
Spokane Community College’s apprenticeship program is booming as more people turn to the trades for a solid career
Spokane Community College has absorbed a 25 percent increase in enrollment in their apprenticeship programs
in 2015, and is expected to grow again this year, said program manager Kenna May.
The apprenticeships allow students to go to school while working in a trade, such
as carpentry. The program varies in length from one to six years and is the equivalent
of earning a bachelor’s degree, May said. Students earn money as they go to school.
For trades like construction, students attend class during the winter months.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 29, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
Federal PLUS Loans help parents cover the difference between the financial aid a student
receives from their college or university and the full cost of attendance. They're
also not a sure thing — parents must be deemed eligible based on creditworthiness
and be willing to borrow for their child's education. But some colleges are lumping
the loans in with other forms of aid in award notification letters to students and
parents, college advisers complained in September at the annual meeting of the National
Association for College Admission Counseling. That’s concerning to financial aid professionals,
because including PLUS with other forms of financial aid can make a family’s total
cost look smaller than it actually is.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 6, 2016
The University of Washington will host a center to assist reconnaissance missions
to natural disasters around the world. Researchers hope to glean valuable information
about disaster resilience before it vanishes in the chaos.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 5, 2016
A rash of purported clown sightings on campuses Monday left college officials in the
unenviable position of ensuring the safety of their students while not overreacting
to a bizarre social media prank.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 5, 2016
Only about 31 percent of the high-school class of 2006 had earned a postsecondary
credential, including a college degree, by 2013 — a significant mismatch with the
types of jobs being created in Washington and the level of education needed to get
them, according to a new study by the Washington Roundtable. The study reiterates
what other reports have found about low levels of college attainment in this state,
and underscores the degree to which Washington students will miss out on the coming
wave of lucrative job openings in the next five years.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 4, 2016
Wages. Insurance premiums. Roth IRAs. Financial education hasn’t always been a priority
in Washington schools. But under new standards adopted this year, students will learn
about financial subjects like spending and saving — and why they’ll need to know about
wages, insurance premiums and Roth IRAs when they’re adults. The standards are the
first of their kind in Washington, according to the state superintendent’s office.
Superintendent Randy Dorn presided over a ceremonial adoption last week.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 4, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
No hammer will come down this year as a result of the Legislature’s failure to come
up with plan to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court said Thursday. Instead,
the high court said it will continue fining Washington state $100,000 per day, but
it will wait to see what progress lawmakers make in the 2017 legislative session before
imposing additional sanctions.
The News Tribune, Oct. 6, 2016
Public Agenda, a nonpartisan group, on Thursday released results of two recent national
surveys of American adults on higher education. Respondents generally favor using
taxpayer money to make public colleges free for students from low- and middle-income
families, with roughly two-thirds calling it a good idea. However, the survey found
that Democrats are much more likely to like free college proposals (86 percent) than
Republicans (34 percent). Respondents were also divided by age, with those under 49
liking the free-college idea (73 percent) more than those who are at least 50 (58
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 6, 2016
Then you wake up in 2016 America, where the presidential race has unfolded like a
waking dream, with each turn more bizarre than the last. It’s not surprising, then,
that Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump have beaten a path to the nation’s collective unconscious. That
has created a data-rich environment for Kelly Bulkeley. Mr. Bulkeley, a visiting scholar
at the Graduate Theological Union, which is affiliated with the University of California
at Berkeley, has been collecting voters’ dreams about the candidates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 6, 2016