News Links | October 13, 2016
System News | Opinion
2016 KSER Voice of the Community Awards: John Olson, Everett Community College vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Everett Community
College Foundation. Olson said Tuesday that the foundation provides thousands of dollars
for scholarships — nearly 200 each year — and supports programs, professional development
and other needs at EvCC.
Everett Herald, Oct. 12, 2016
Outside of Seattle in the fall of 1965, dozens of students camped out overnight to
be the first to enroll at a fledgling new college. Bellevue Community College opened
its doors the following January, starting classes with 500 students in a temporary
home at Newport High School. On Oct. 6, hundreds of people helped Interim President
Jill Wakefield and elected officials kick off a celebratory homecoming week in honor
of Bellevue College, which in its 50th year now serves 33,000 students.
Bellevue Reporter, Oct. 11, 2016
In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Columbia Basin College Diversity Committee hosted a coming out day resource fair at the CBC HUB. This is
the first time the diversity committee has hosted this event, and they invited community
organizations to show their support of the LGBTQ community. organizations like S.A.R.C,
Benton and Franklin County Suicide Prevention and planned parenthood.
KPER, Oct. 11, 2016
Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Christina Blocker to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees. Blocker most recently served as the program coordinator of the
basic food program at Sound Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting
people with resources, like accessing public benefits and emergency assistance, free
tax preparation, credit repair, housing, counseling and mortgage/loan modification.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 11, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
Just a few years ago California's community colleges were dealing with a serious capacity
problem. The state’s financial crisis led to budget cuts for the two-year college
system, which meant fewer students could enroll on campuses. During that time, roughly
600,000 students were turned away by the 112 community colleges. While the system's
capacity woes have eased as state money is flowing again, the community colleges have
turned to online courses to prevent shutting out students in the future. The California
Community Colleges Online Education Initiative will debut this fall. Unlike typical
online class systems, the OEI is a collaborative program that allows students to register
and participate in online courses across multiple colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2016
University of Washington’s president says although the school has experienced tremendous
growth in enrollment and also diversity among students, such as in Latinos and African-Americans,
there still are improvements to be made.
Yakima Herald, Oct. 11, 2016
Humanity has been onto wind power — that is, using wind for pumps and mills — for
centuries. But in more recent decades, industrial turbines have been built to generate
electricity on a much greater scale: Between 2004 and 2009, wind power grew by nearly
40 percent in the U.S. Yet the industry remains niche: Wind power only accounts for
4 percent of the electricity generated in the country. There’s certainly room for
growth, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has a very optimistic outlook for the technicians
who maintain and fix turbines: It is estimated to be the fastest growing profession
in the U.S. in the next decade.
The Atlantic, Oct. 11, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
The U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for teacher preparation
programs Wednesday that will push states to rate the effectiveness of the programs
and tie access to federal grants to student success. The rules will also require states
to be much more active in determining whether programs are effective, at risk or low
performing — the three levels of performance outlined in the rules.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2016
If you’ve been following the presidential election campaign, then you’ve heard about
the divide in voter preferences between people with and without college degrees. A
survey in August by the Pew Research Center found that, among registered voters with
at least a college degree, the Democratic nominee, Hillary R. Clinton, had a 23-percentage-point
lead over the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump. ... What’s going on? Experts who
study college attainment and political science agree it’s a hard question to answer,
and resist making generalizations. But here’s a primer on other things to consider,
as the campaign enters the home stretch, when presented with statistics that involve
the 2016 presidential election and the college degree.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 12, 2016