News Links | October 18, 2016
System News | Opinion
More than 200 current and potential students made their way around the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus Wednesday afternoon to learn about CPTC’s 43 different programs during
the college’s Fall Evening Open House.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 17, 2016
By Derek Brandes, president of Walla Walla Community College. Walla Walla Community College aspires to offer our first applied bachelor’s degrees
by the fall of 2018. We are in the process of conducting a needs assessment to determine
what potential workforce programs might benefit our students and regional employers
if they were expanded to four-year programs. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges envisions that applied bachelor’s degree programs will increase educational pathways
for professional-technical associate graduates who have in the past been limited in
their ability to apply credits toward a bachelor’s degree.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 16, 2016
Undergraduate research is a hallmark of distinguished universities, such as Stanford
and University of Washington. But at Edmonds Community College, Professor Robin Datta, along with a team of faculty, administrators, and staff,
intend to establish undergraduate research as a cornerstone of the two-year institution. Recently,
Professor Datta, with students Robert Kingen and Sahayra Barojas, presented their
undergraduate research findings to EdCC’s Foundation. Kingen’s project focuses on
My Edmonds News, Oct. 16, 2016
Ken Millen was born in 1930 and grew up here on North C Street, a neighborhood of
treeless blocks along the Wishkah River, which occasionally swallows a chunk of a
deteriorating house and carries it away. ... The story starts and ends down the road
at Grays Harbor College. ... Jan Jorgenson, executive director of the Grays Harbor College Foundation, received
an email several weeks ago from Millen’s attorney, alerting her a donation was coming.
She read the email, then read it again, and again. The college, it said, was getting
a check from the shoe salesman’s estate in the amount of $981,564.22.
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 2016
By Joshua Magallanes, committee chair for the LGBTQIA Task Force at Highline College. When we silence our own voice and we do not share out our story and authentic word,
we are not only selling our family and coworkers short, but ultimately we are selling
our own selves short. ... So, as a faculty member at Highline College, I begin to
wonder how I can transform my classroom into a living space of transformational leaders.
Federal Way Mirror, Oct. 14, 2016
The Centralia College Board of Trustees honored two former leaders for their loyalty and years of service
on Thursday, giving them each the title of president emeritus. Former college presidents
Hank Kirk and Jim Walton both received the title, along with a certificate for their
contributions to Centralia College.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 14, 2016
While Lira Clinical representative Aimee Fuentes often visits Clover Park Technical College to educate esthetic students and clients about Lira products, her visit early this
week served a more congratulatory purpose. Fuentes presented the CPTC Esthetic Sciences
program with the first annual Lira Clinical School of the Year award. Instructor Melissa
Siedlicki accepted the award on behalf of the program.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 14, 2016
A study released Thursday morning stated that South Puget Sound Community College had a $316.1 million impact on Thurston County during fiscal year 2014-15. The study
was completed by Economic Modeling Specialists International. It looked at the college’s
operations spending, student spending and the impact of its alumni who stay in the
area and purchase goods and services between July 2014 and June 2015, according to
college spokeswoman Kelly Green.
The Olympian, Oct. 13, 2016
“They took big guns and shot at my boat. Without any warning shots!” Van Dinh-Kuno
remembers her family’s terrifying escape from Saigon as the city was falling. Her
father, an artillery commander in the South Vietnamese army, would have been killed
if he didn’t escape the approaching North Vietnamese. Van Dinh-Kuno related her experiences
as a refugee and immigrant, as the featured speaker at an Immigrant and Refugee Forum
hosted by the Edmonds Diversity Commission Wednesday night. Dinh-Kuno is the long-time
executive director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest — an organization based
at Everett Community College that, among many other things, helps immigrants and refugees in five local counties
learn English, find jobs and become citizens.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 13, 2016
Gov. Jay Inslee last week appointed a new trustee to the five-member Green River College Board of Trustees. Jackie Boschok, of Kent, replaces Pete Lewis, whose five-year
term expired in September. Lewis, who was appointed to the board in 2011 and served
as board chair for two years, decided not to seek reappointment to a second term.
Auburn Reporter, Oct. 13, 2016
An urban farming program at Highline College is doing more than growing vegetables. It's growing identity. "I want to rush to
try what I learned. I feel like I need to try it and do it right now. That's how I
feel," laughed Floribert Mubalama. Mubalama fled war in the Congo a decade ago and
lived as a refugee for eight years. He moved to Washington a year ago. He got a full
scholarship to participate in Highline College's Urban Agriculture program.
KING 5, Oct. 12, 2016
Trends | Horizons | Education
It’s not a surprise to community college leaders across the country, but enrollments
in the two-year sector are falling. Typically, two-year college leaders could point
to the economy and say that enrollments are down because people are working, but many
of them are saying something different is happening.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2016
College students who graduated in 2015 left with an average of $30,100 in student
loan debt — an increase of 4 percent over the 2014 average, according to an annual
report released Tuesday by the Institute for College Access and Success. About one-fifth
of that loan debt came from nonfederal loans, which provide fewer consumer protections.
Nearly a third of graduating seniors left college with no student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2016
With up to 600 colleges working to create competency-based education programs, a new
report examines the business model for this emerging approach to higher education,
finding significant savings possibilities for colleges and students alike. According
to the report, four institutions that were early adopters spent an average of 50 percent
less per student on education-related activities in competency-based degree tracks
compared to their traditional programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2016
U.S. high-school graduation rates for the 2014 to 2015 school year rose to a new record-high
of more than 83 percent, according to the White House. This is the highest graduation
rate recorded since the Obama administration implemented a uniform reporting method
The Atlantic, Oct. 17, 2016
One in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have “cured” a loan
in default in the past year are likely to default again, according to a report released
on Monday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The federal agency’s student-loan
ombudsman’s latest annual report highlights complaints the bureau has received from
the “most economically distressed” borrowers about the transition from default to
an income-driven repayment plan.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 17, 2016
The Lumina Foundation on Monday released a revised strategic plan for achieving its
goal of 60 percent of Americans holding a college degree, certificate or other high-quality
credential by 2025. The foundation has released a new plan every four years since
first proposing the goal in 2008. The latest iteration provides a more detailed breakdown
of the 16.4 million Americans who will need to earn a credential to meet the goal.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2016
On the one hand, the internet has been good news for college access. Officials at
the Common App, for example, say 31 percent of the college applicants who used the
portal in 2015–16 were first-generation students. Students and their families are
also now smarter consumers of what’s likely to be among the biggest ticket items they
will ever buy: a college education. The internet has also been great news for college
marketing departments, which can now reach many more students — and more cheaply —
than they could via old-fashioned snail mail. But the growing piles of applications
are also causing problems — both for colleges and for students.
The Atlantic, Oct. 17, 2016
The Puget Sound Business Journal has learned that the University of Washington will
announce a more than $4 billion capital fundraising campaign on Oct. 21. The campaign
will be donor driven and will not replace any of the operating funds UW receives from
the state of Washington. Most of the money will be non-discretionary and cannot be
used for things other than what the donor directs. Inside sources close to the announcement
say that the campaign will wrap up by 2020 and is already about halfway to its goal.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Oct. 14, 2016
The “maker space” room for the Girls Academic Leadership Academy in Los Angeles isn’t
completed yet. But if the strands of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows — remnants
of a tower-building exercise — strewn about are any indication, it’s already been
put to use. The leadership academy, or GALA, is one of two all-girls schools that
opened in the area this school year and Los Angeles Unified School District’s first
public all-girls school. In California, it’s the first non-charter, single-sex school
California has seen in 20 years—and certainly the first one to focus on STEM in the
The Atlantic, Oct. 14, 2016
Politics | Local, State, National
A closer look at income-based repayment, the centerpiece of Donald Trump's unexpected higher-ed speech
On Thursday Donald J. Trump broke his near-silence on the higher-education policies
he’d pursue if elected president, laying out a variety of ideas at a rally in Columbus,
Ohio. If the speech itself was a surprise, more surprising still was the issue Mr.
Trump discussed in the greatest detail: income-based repayment plans for student-loan
borrowers. Those plans have broad bipartisan support and have been embraced by the
Republican nominee's Democratic foils. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has said she would
"simplify, expand, and develop options for automatic enrollment" in income-based programs,
and President Barack Obama has made them more generous. Mr. Trump’s plan appears to
be more generous still. Under his proposal, borrowers’ loan payments would be capped
at 12.5 percent of their income, and any remaining student-loan balances would be
forgiven after 15 years. Mr. Trump also said he would "simplify this confusing maze"
of various repayment options "into a single income-based repayment program."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 15, 2016
Donald J. Trump did something shocking on Thursday, something he hasn’t done in the
entirety of his unusual campaign for president: He talked with some substance about
his plans for higher education. At a rally in Columbus, Ohio, the Republican nominee
ventured into what was for him uncharted territory, proposing the simplification of
income-based repayment plans, decrying burdensome government regulations and their
effect on college costs, and ripping what he described as the culture of political
correctness on campuses.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 14, 2016
After a year of investigations, the U.S. Department of Education reached a settlement
agreement with DeVry University over a charge that the for-profit institution used
unsubstantiated job placement claims in recruitment and advertising materials. The
settlement is related to an investigation into DeVry's claim that since 1975, 90 percent
of its graduates were employed in their field of study within six months of graduation.
However, the Federal Student Aid office determined that DeVry could not provide sufficient
evidence to support that claim for certain times during that period.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2016