News Links | August 3, 2017
System News | Opinion
Schools aren’t getting built. Roofs aren’t being repaired. And wells aren’t being
drilled. No one’s getting what they want. And the state’s residents aren’t getting
the good government they are due. Lawmakers left Olympia last month with two major
issues unresolved: legislation that Republicans wanted to address a state Supreme
Court decision over water rights for private development and a $4 billion capital
budget that should now be funding school and other construction projects, public works
projects, park acquisition and development and more. ... The delays, Lynnwood Mayor
Nicola Smith said, add to the costs of construction when contractors are lost to other
work and have to be called back later, such as the project to build a $37.8 million
science facility at Edmonds Community College in her city. And maintenance work, such as roof replacement projects at EdCC and
Everett Community College, can increase with deterioration of facilities.
Everett Herald, Aug. 2, 2017
Columbia Basin College and Kadlec Regional Medical Center opened up their new medical science center in
Richland. The Wortman Medical Center — named for former Kadlec CEO Rand Wortman — will
be a new medical center where both CBC and Kadlec will use to help the community.
NBC Right Now, Aug. 2, 2017
When Brianna had to move from Renton to Bellevue during her senior year of high school,
she wasn’t sure if she could maintain the A’s and B’s she was earning at Renton High
School. Her foster parents were moving out of the state, so she was on her own for
the first time. ... As Brianna set and met her goals, Treehouse did, too. When the
organization launched Graduation Success in 2012, it established a five-year goal
that students in foster care across King County would graduate at the same rate as
their classmates. ... Throughout the year, Taji Ellis, an education specialist at
Renton High School, meets with students to discuss their grades and attendance. ... Ellis
helped Leroy, a Renton graduate who just finished his first year at Grays Harbor College, with writing out goal sheets.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 2, 2017
The Newport branch of Spokane Community College will offer a welding and fabrication certificate beginning in January, with room
for 20 students in each graduating class. An SCC news release said the one-year program
will take place in the welding and fabrication lab at Newport High School and will
be taught by one of the high school’s instructors. All courses in the program will
be taught in the evening to accommodate students who work or have family obligations
during the day. Students will benefit from a $49,152 rural business development grant
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will help cover the costs of child
care, gas, tools, safety equipment and other needs separate from tuition. The grant
also will pay for a special assistant called a “navigator” who will help students
complete the program and find employment.
The Spokesman-Review, Aug. 1 2017
The lack of an approved state capital budget has caused some concern for local projects
as millions of dollars in possible funding is tied up until the Legislature can agree
on a deal to fund construction projects. The Washington state Legislature adjourned
last month without passing a state capital budget with a total of roughly $4 billion
in funding. Many millions of dollars in funds are earmarked for local projects, specifically
two massive education undertakings centered around Ridgefield. ... Without that capital
budget, projects like Clark College at Boschma Farms are sitting in limbo. Clark College President Bob Knight sent a
letter to local legislators regarding the capital budget stall which has hampered
progression on a new campus project for the institution in East Ridgefield. In the
letter, Knight estimated that the total impact from a lack of capital funding would
be in the range of $8.1 million, including $5.2 million in pre-design for the campus.
The Reflector, Aug. 1, 2017
Summer may be in its final month, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. This is
the perfect time of year to take advantage of great brewing and distilling events
taking place around the area. ... An innovative new program centered around brewing
and distilling is making its debut in September at South Puget Sound Community College. “It really focuses on integrating both the kind of hard industry skills around craft
brewing, distilling and cider, as well as integrating a lot of business skills,” says
SPSCC Dean of Social Science and Business, Valerie Sundby-Thorp.
Thurston Talk, Aug. 1, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
Facing skeptical public and politicians, campus business officers discuss strategies
for making a more practical case for higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 2, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
The Senate unanimously passed an ambitious update to the Post-9/11 GI Bill Wednesday,
just over a week after the House of Representatives passed an identical version of
the legislation. The bill will next head to President Trump's desk.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 3, 2017
A bill backed by President Trump and announced Wednesday aims to reduce overall legal
immigration by half while putting in place a new points-based system for applicants
for employment-based green cards that would privilege graduates of American universities. Some
higher education groups say that while they want to see changes to America's immigration
system, these aren't the changes they want to see.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 3, 2017
The nation’s long fight over affirmative action at colleges has flared back up with
a report this week that the Trump administration’s Justice Department plans to go
after race-conscious admissions policies. While colleges have good reason to be concerned
about such news, the fears it has aroused in them may be exaggerated and somewhat
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 3, 2017
Donald Trump rarely spoke about higher education during his presidential campaign,
which left many people wondering how he might deal with scores of campus issues. The
picture became clearer Tuesday on one front: affirmative action in college admissions. According
to an internal memo obtained by The New York Times, the Justice Department will begin
redirecting resources to investigate, and potentially sue, colleges and universities
over admissions decisions that are perceived as discriminating against white applicants.
The Times reported that the department's new effort is likely to be run out of its
front office, which is staffed by political appointees, rather than the part of the
department staffed by career officials.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 2, 2017
The Department of Education plans to overhaul the procurement process for federal
student loan servicing for the third time in the last year, officials announced Tuesday. It
will scrap a plan Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled in May to award servicing of all
federal student loans to a single company. Instead, the department will award separate
contracts for database housing, system processing and customer service functions to
one or more companies possibly handling direct interactions with borrowers. The department
plans to deliver, meanwhile, on creating a single web portal for borrowers to make
payments on student loans regardless of their borrowers — a change promised by the
Obama administration last year and long sought by student advocates.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 2, 2017
The attorney general's office says Washington state has fulfilled its constitutional
requirement to properly fund education, and says the state Supreme Court should drop
a contempt order against the state. In a court filing Monday, attorneys for the office
of Attorney General Bob Ferguson wrote that "it is time for this case to end." The
memo was filed to the high court alongside a bipartisan legislative report detailing
the Legislature's progress this year on education funding.
Kitsap Sun, Aug. 1, 2017
The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s
civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative
action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according
to a document obtained by The New York Times. The document, an internal announcement
to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new
project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based
discrimination in college and university admissions.” The announcement suggests that
the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s
political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which
is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.
New York Times, Aug. 1, 2017