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December 05, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Clark grad rides a wave after being part of Nobel project

When Cody Messick switched his major from theater to physics, the drama was just beginning. And when he recently was recognized as a star, it was not for his work on Broadway. Which actually was Messick’s goal when he enrolled at Clark College. “The dream was to get an acting degree, move to New York City, work as a waiter and make it big,” Messick recalled during a recent return to the Clark College campus. Messick is among hundreds of scientists who took part in a project that documented one of the most dramatic events in physics. In October, the leaders of the LIGO project received the Nobel Prize in physics. Their research confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, a scientific quest that started when Albert Einstein announced his theory of general relativity in 1916.
The Columbian, Dec. 5, 2017

3 1/2 years + $133,000 = better prospects for CBC students

After 16 years of working in other people’s restaurants, Daniel Tovar wants to start his own eatery. The 42-year-old immigrant understood he needed to know more about the business side of restaurants before he made that next step. And before he could pursue a higher education, Tovar needed to understand English better. With the help of Columbia Basin College’s Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) program, he is almost ready for the next challenge. College officials gathered Monday to publicly thank the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their $100,000 grant and Mission Support Alliance, a Hanford contractor, for a $33,000 donation. The money allowed the Pasco-based community college to buy the laptops necessary to start the class last fall. Already, 241 students are taking the course.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 4, 2017

Cavalluzzi offered job as new Olympic College president

The Olympic College Board of Trustees offered the college presidency to Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi, president of Pierce College Puyallup, on Dec. 4. Cavalluzzi has accepted the offer pending successful contract negotiations. Cavalluzzi has served as president of Pierce College Puyallup since 2013. The college serves more than 4,500 students per quarter, in a two-college district, with satellite sites at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The district serves more than 20,000 students per year, of which 3,000 are veterans. Cavalluzzi served as executive vice president for instruction and chief academic officer at Edmonds Community College from July 2006 through July 2013. ... Dr. David Mitchell retires with 44 years of service in the state community and technical college system, including five as president of South Seattle College before moving over to OC.
Kitsap Daily News, Dec. 4, 2017

The internet destroyed their monopoly on textbooks. Now college bookstores are trying to find their niche

The college bookstore has been as much a part of academic life as lecture halls and all-night study sessions. It was where students went to get outfitted with the textbooks they would study from for the coming semester, easily spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. But in the digital age, as students have more options to buy affordable books — or get the electronic versions of textbooks —  bookstores have had to change with the times. Around the country, some campus stores have branched out into other lines of merchandise, such as computers and electronic devices or dedicated space for a coffee shop. While Yakima Valley College turned its bookstore over to a national chain, Heritage University in Toppenish closed its bookstore this semester — replacing it with a vending machine that dispenses merchandise — while directing students to an online textbook seller.
Yakima Herald, Dec. 4, 2017

Inmates give governor’s mansion holiday makeover

The governor’s mansion got a holiday makeover from women who live in another form of state housing: prison. Eight inmates from the Washington Corrections Center for Women spent most of Monday hanging wreaths, decorating garland, and hanging lights around the executive residence on the state Capitol campus. The women are all graduates of horticulture and floriculture programs offered within the prison. “It’s just nice to know people will come and admire our work,” said LaKeisha Hamilton, who is serving a 14-year sentence for assault and drive-by shooting convictions. She said she has a job waiting for her at a community garden when she’s released next year. “I’ve learned the skills to change,” said Hamilton, who said she didn’t know anything about gardening until enrolling in the classes taught by Tacoma Community College faculty members.
KING 5, Dec. 4, 2017

STEM careers focus of engineering night

What students need to know to pursue a career in STEM fields was the topic of discussion during Engineering Night, sponsored by Big Bend Community College Thursday. Engineers from around central Washington talked about their jobs in planning, structural engineering, hydro and electrical engineering, what’s good and bad about the field and what they’ve learned during their careers.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 4, 2017

A legacy in full color: Jeanette Best, cornerstone of Port Townsend arts, dies

The first Saturday of each month in Port Townsend is celebrated as Art Walk, a sociable affair that attracts art lovers who enjoy fresh exhibitions in galleries across town. This Saturday’s event was also a tribute to one of the leaders and supporters of the Port Townsend arts community. Jeanette Best, 79, co-founder of Northwind Arts Center, artist and philanthropist, passed away last Thursday at her home in Port Ludlow after a short illness. ... Best moved to Port Ludlow in 1990 when she found her home and studio on Mats Mats Bay. She taught watercolor and design for Peninsula College.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 4, 2017

A tour of Whidbey finds breweries proudly serving local beer

It’s easy to forget about Whidbey Island. Sitting silently on the other side of Possession Sound, it hulks on the horizon like a giant green sea creature emerging from the water. It can be difficult to get there from the mainland, especially in the summer. There’s a ferry, which can have nightmarish lines that leave even the most teetotaling among us longing for a cold pilsner. Or you could drive all the way around to the bridge over Deception Pass, which, while scenic, can be a slog. So Pacific Northwest craft beer fans can be forgiven if they have no idea what’s brewing on Whidbey Island. We sip on IPAs on this side of the Sound and turn our backs on some amazing beers brewing on the island. That’s a mistake. ... The elder statesman of Whidbey Island brewing, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery has been making award-winning beers since it opened in 2005. Tony Savoy, head brewer at Flyers, is an instructor at Skagit Valley College’s Craft Brewing Academy and oversaw the opening of Flyers’ sister taproom in Burlington last year.
Everett Herald, Dec. 3, 2017

Health Fair informs CPTC students, faculty and staff about local resources

While health is one of the most important things for people to pay attention to and manage, many people don’t provide it the time or focus it needs. In an effort to combat that issue, the Clover Park Technical College Associated Student Government hosted a CPTC Health Fair Nov. 16 in Building 23. More than 200 CPTC students, faculty and staff members attending the fair, which featured nearly 20 booths and vendors from both within CPTC and the surrounding community. Students received a “health passport” at check-in, which they filled out by interacting with vendor booths. Students who visited eight or more vendors had an opportunity to win door prizes.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 2, 2017

West Seattle, Garfield and Ingraham high schools added to free college program

Before new Mayor Jenny Durkan vowed to make two years of community college free for all students graduating from Seattle’s public high schools, an expansion of an existing one-year scholarship from three schools to six was already in the works. Boosted by money in the city’s budgets this year and next, the successful 13th Year Promise Scholarship — which helps make one year of community college free — is set to reach graduates from West Seattle, Garfield and Ingraham high schools in 2018. The scholarship, which launched in 2008 and has been funded by private donations, provides students with tuition assistance and support services. It’s currently allowing fresh graduates from Cleveland, Rainier Beach and Chief Sealth International high schools to attend South Seattle College. ... Participating grads from West Seattle High School will use the scholarship to attend South Seattle College next fall, while grads from Garfield High School will head to Seattle Central College and grads from Ingraham High School will go to North Seattle College.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 1, 2017

AVID program at KPMS develops lifelong learners

Rachelle Welander’s eyes light up when she talks about the elective classes for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders she teaches at Key Peninsula Middle School (KPMS). “Showing kids that they can do anything, that learning is lifelong. That has been my passion for my entire life, and this program helps me to do just that,” she said. KPMS incorporated AVID (Achievement via Independent Determination) into its curriculum three years ago. It is a national program focusing college preparedness for “middle achiever”students typically underrepresented in college. The curriculum develops writing and organizational skills, as well as having students reflect on their own learning, learning style and study skills. They also visit college campuses and learn about financial aid. ... Donations from the Angel Guild allowed students to go on field trips to Tacoma Community College and Pacific Lutheran University. A visit from local college students is planned later this year.
Key Peninsula News, Dec. 1, 2017

Partnership change may lead to market expansion

Art meets science in a new partnership change at Lagana Cellars. Todd Bernave has joined Lagana’s founding owner and winemaker, Jason Fox, in ownership and all facets of the business, the operation announced this week. ... The two came to winemaking from completely different paths that ultimately will compliment their respective styles. Bernave’s roots in art led him to the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he earned his bachelor’s studying drawing and photography. Fox, on the other hand, studied anthropology and astrophysics at Indiana University Bloomington, before his passion for wine and food brought him to Walla Walla Community College’s Enology & Viticulture program.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 1, 2017

Des Moines Council honors retiring Highline College President Bermingham

At the Des Moines Council meeting Thursday (Nov. 30), Mayor Matt Pina honored outgoing Highline College President Jack Bermingham, 68, who is retiring next week after 22 years heading the school. “When he first started, it was HIghline Community College,” the mayor said. His first job at the school was in 1994 as academic vice president until 2006 when he became president. Bermingham is the sixth president in Highline’s 55 year history. “His commitment to serve all students effectively has led to a national and regional recommendation for him personally and for Highline College in a number of areas,” said Pina. The president has “strengthened collaborations with business, industry, K-12 education, baccalaureate institutions and community based organizations resulting in successful partnerships and expanded economic development effort.
Waterland Blog, Dec. 1, 2017

Olympic College’s Mitchell: Supportive community made being president ‘a lot of fun’

“I’ve had a great time working at this college,” said David Mitchell, who retires at year-end as president of Olympic College. “The community [has] been so supportive of the college.” Mitchell announced his retirement earlier this year. He has been the face of OC since 2002 and accomplished a lot during his tenure.
Kitsap Daily News, Nov. 30, 2017

LWTech welcomes Washington STEM leaders for tour

Lake Washington Institute of Technology welcomed more than 40 business, community and education leaders Tuesday during a tour at the Kirkland campus as part of the 2017 Washington STEM Summit. The tour showcased LWTech’s machining, digital gaming and nursing simulation labs. The tour group consisted of leaders in the state’s science, technology, engineering and math communities, who bused from the Redmond Microsoft campus, which hosted the summit.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 30, 2017

Collaborative groups awarded millions in grants from United Way

The mothers are in class, working on a better life. Their children are on site, so why not teach them, too? That’s been the thinking for about three years at the nonprofit Casino Road Academy. The academy offers classes in English, GED preparation and computer skills, as well as child care that doubles as an early learning program. The work is supported by the YMCA, Edmonds Community College and Seattle Goodwill Industries.
Everett Herald, Nov. 30, 2017

Centralia council approves Rotary Club’s Riverside Park improvement plan

The Centralia City Council approved the Centralia Rotary Club’s vision and initial project design for the upcoming upgrades to Riverside Park on Tuesday. The Centralia Rotary Club has developed a two-year project to update the park, including the construction of basketball courts, a picnic shelter, bocce ball courts and a soccer field. The project will also replace the aging signage, improve the park’s Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility and reconstruct the skate park with concrete ramps. The project is estimated to cost between $1 million and $1.5 million, The Chronicle reported in July. The club will work with Centralia College, the city and other community partners to gather resources and find grants.
The Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 30, 2017

Peninsula College’s Building 202 renovations at Fort Worden win award

With an exterior restoration that honors its past and a state-of-the-art interior, Peninsula College’s Building 202 at Fort Worden was recently recognized for its renovations that were finished last year. It received an honorable mention award at the American Institute of Architects Washington Council Civic Design Awards ceremony in Seattle on Oct. 26 for Schacht Aslani Architects’ adaptive reuse of the historic space.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 30, 2017

Enumclaw makes decision on funding outside agencies

Among the tricky maneuvers included in the crafting of an Enumclaw city budget is the longstanding tradition of funding “outside agencies” – organizations that do good work throughout the community but are not connected in any way to municipal government. ... Finally, current councilman and mayor-elect Jan Molinaro made a last-ditch appeal to provide $5,000 to Green River College for its Small-Business Assistance Center. The program has been funded in the past and had made a $10,000 request this time around. Reynolds’ budget included no money for the program and the majority agreed.
Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Nov. 30, 2017

Planning great new STEM projects

Their projects involve various STEM disciplines, but all 11 of the new MentorLinks colleges share similar challenges with recruiting and retaining students until they complete credentials. During a meeting wrap-up last month, the mentees said they were excited to learn from their assigned mentors as well as connect with the other mentors and mentee teams. “Transformation only comes if you make yourself vulnerable,” said Gail Marie Alexander, who teaches environmental technologies and sustainable practices at Cascadia College in Washington. She explained that her first long, candid conversation with mentor Roger Ebbage helped her focus on her students’ potential jobs and the professional certifications that will enhance their career prospects.
Community College Daily, Nov. 29, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

A Cengage buffet

Cengage, the publisher and technology company, is introducing a subscription service that will enable students to access Cengage’s entire digital portfolio for one set price, no matter how many products they use. The new offer, called Cengage Unlimited, will give students access to more than 20,000 Cengage products across 70 disciplines and 675 course areas for $119.99 a semester. For 12 months’ access the price is $179.99, and for two years the price is $239.99. For students taking three or four courses a semester with assigned course materials from Cengage, the subscription could offer hundreds of dollars of savings a year, versus buying or renting the products individually.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2017

DeVry under new ownership

Adtalem Global Education, the company that owns DeVry University, announced Monday that ownership of the for-profit institution would transfer to Cogswell Education LLC. The transfer deal also includes Keller Graduate School of Management. The agreement would still need federal and accreditor approval before being finalized.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2017

To solve the diversity drought in software engineering, look to community colleges

Like precisely 100 percent of developers and programmers I have an opinion on coding bootcamps, a faddish alternative education model where participants learn specific real-world skills via concentrated coursework in usually in-personal classrooms. It’s a very expensive model, one in which students can easily spend five figures on even not very flashy programs. My opinion is pretty simple: You can do that and it may well get you a web development job that is a lot like other web development jobs, but you should at least consider community college.
Motherboard, Dec. 4, 2017

How can colleges head off homegrown extremism?

Higher education is not immune to episodes of extremist-fueled violence. Such attacks have taken place at campuses like Ohio State University, Umpqua Community College, and elsewhere. And sometimes, the radicalized person who carried out the act was affiliated with a college, and was perhaps a student, like the Boston-Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. What can colleges do to recognize the warning signs that might lead to an act of extremist violence, and how should they intervene? A new paper, published in the journal Violence and Gender, was written for campus threat-assessment and behavioral-intervention teams, and points out the risk factors that can drive someone to commit acts of radicalized violence. These factors include marginalization and disenfranchisement, social disengagement, and affiliation seeking. To counter the risk factors, the study suggests fostering social connections and nonviolent discourse.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 4, 2017

Opinion: The other student debt crisis

For most students, going to college means going into debt. As postsecondary education becomes more crucial than ever to middle-class opportunity, the majority of undergraduates have to borrow against their future in order to secure it. For those who do, the median burden is $17,000, but even smaller debt loads are unsustainable for many students. The affordability crisis has spurred initiatives for change: calls for tuition-free college, experiments with low-cost degrees, promise campaigns that guarantee aid to local college-goers. Meanwhile, student loan obligations have ballooned to more than $1.4 trillion  a total that exceeds even Americans’ credit card debt. All this is well-known. What is less recognized is a second debt crisis, smaller in financial scale, but perhaps even more punitive in its effect on students. This other crisis doesn’t concern the loans that college graduates owe bankers and the government. It concerns the money that college stop-outs owe the institutions from which they have failed to graduate: back tuition, housing bills, library and lab fees, and other unpaid balances that block them from either graduating or re-enrolling. Let’s call it the institutional debt crisis.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017

King, Snohomish, Pierce counties gain extra $500 million for education over 15 years

Thanks to a last-minute amendment a Seattle lawmaker tucked into the state’s transportation budget two years ago, the county councils in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties soon will have half a billion dollars to spend on education over the next 15 years. King County is now starting to talk about how to spend its portion of the money — about $318 million — which must go toward improving academic outcomes for kids who are low-income, homeless or in other vulnerable groups. Pierce and Snohomish counties are expected to follow suit soon.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 3, 2017

What draws so many Snohomish County students to UW Bothell?

More than one in four students at University of Washington Bothell this fall comes from Snohomish County, and Henry M. Jackson High in Mill Creek remains its top feeder school, according to enrollment records. The campus is just south of the Snohomish County line. Students from Lynnwood and Everett make up 13 percent of the UW-Bothell student body. In all, Snohomish County students account for 27 percent of the enrollment. That percentage has fluctuated between 26 and 33 percent over the past seven years.
Everett Herald, Dec. 3, 2017

Shawn Vestal: WSU’s budget crunch likely to hurt students more than highest-paid administrators, faculty

As Washington State University tries to turn around its financial ship, a couple of faculty members have made a modest proposal: Cut the six-figure salaries at the top of the organization. They don’t want to cut all the six-figure salaries, mind you. The faculty did not propose, for example, cutting six-figure faculty salaries. Just the administrative ones. It’s always somebody else’s salary that needs a trim. ... While that would indeed pare down a lot of six-figure salaries – and while going after administrative bloat in a time of job losses and cuts to student programs would indeed seem an obvious path – it would leave a lot of six-figure salaries untouched. So one is left to wonder again at a system of priorities in which educators consider it a Swiftian absurdity to cut salaries of $200,000 or more to help offset the consequences of past institutional decisions, but an unavoidable economic reality that students should pay more or get less as a result of those decisions.
The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 3, 2017

US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds — an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools. National enrollment data shows that charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation’s 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily. The problem: Those levels of segregation correspond with low achievement levels at schools of all kinds. In the AP analysis of student achievement in the 42 states that have enacted charter school laws, along with the District of Columbia, the performance of students in charter schools varies widely. But schools that enroll 99 percent minorities — both charters and traditional public schools — on average have fewer students reaching state standards for proficiency in reading and math.
Associated Press, Dec. 3, 2017

Expanding apprenticeships across more jobs

Apprenticeships are commonly identified with skilled trades such as welding and carpentry, but new research indicates that expanding apprenticeships into other occupations would lead to more job opportunities. Researchers from Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future Work Project and Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analytics company, found that the number of occupations that commonly use apprenticeships could be expanded — from 27 to 74. That increase alone would open up to 3.3 million job opportunities that could be filled by apprentices, according to the researchers’ report. The 27 occupations that currently use apprenticeship models account for approximately 410,000 apprentices.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2017

New report on college credit in high school

A new report from the College Board identifies four factors to create strong college credit in high school programs. The College Board Policy Center brought together 18 experts and educators to evaluate policy, research and practices that can help policy makers develop effective programs that allow high school students to earn college credit. The report addresses the more popular avenues for high school students to earn college credit, including Advanced Placement, dual or concurrent enrollment, career and technical education, Early College High School, and International Baccalaureate programs. The four factors the group identified are program quality and accountability, value for time and dollars invested, equity and access, and transparency around credit transfer.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2017

As higher education grows more crucial, how can it be improved?

Close to 90 percent of today’s high-school graduates are expected to attend college at some point in young adulthood. But that doesn’t mean that they’ll all graduate, have a good experience, or learn a whole lot. With this in mind, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences formed a commission to recommend changes that would improve the quality of higher education and the lives of the students who seek it. The commission released its final report,"The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America," this week. It offers recommendations for improving educational quality, raising completion rates, reducing inequality, and making college more affordable.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Supreme Court allows travel ban to go into effect

The Supreme Court on Monday issued an order permitting the third iteration of the Trump administration’s travel ban to go into full effect. The ban, announced by presidential proclamation in September, bars all travel by prospective immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations, plus North Korea, while imposing varying entry restrictions or enhanced vetting requirements on nonimmigrant travelers, including visiting students and scholars, from the affected nations. In a half-page order, the Supreme Court stayed a preliminary injunction that blocked enforcement of the ban pending the Trump administration’s appeal. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would deny the stay.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2017

Senate passes tax bill with major implications for higher ed

The U.S. Senate early Saturday morning narrowly approved major tax legislation roundly opposed by higher education leaders and student groups. The bill, like the House of Representatives' tax plan passed last month, got no public hearings and senators themselves complained they had no opportunity to read the legislation even as last-minute amendments were offered affecting issues like private college endowments and education savings plans. The 51-to-49 Senate vote sets up negotiations with House leaders over substantial differences between the two bills. Most in higher education view the House version as substantially more harmful for students and colleges than the Senate bill, but many also have major concerns about the Senate legislation. Both bills would create significant potential new tax burdens for higher education institutions and would, college leaders predict, adversely affect charitable giving and state budgets that support public colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017

GOP seeks to shift accountability for colleges

Education groups scrambled Friday to dissect a massive bill from Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the federal law that governs higher education, with proposals that have serious implications for how students pay for their degrees and how colleges are evaluated. The bill also delivers on long-held GOP priorities to roll back regulations on the for-profit and online education sectors and steers new federal money to apprenticeships and career training. Broad outlines of the 542-page proposal emerged earlier in the week. And well ahead of the bill’s release, it was clear that Representative Virginia Foxx, the North Carolina Republican who chairs the House education committee, would look to simplify the federal student aid program (partly by ending many loan repayment benefits), eliminate the gainful-employment rule and other regulations long opposed by for-profits, and more broadly seek to link federal aid eligibility to students' ability to repay loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017

Higher ed reauthorization on campus sexual assaults

The proposed update to the Higher Education Act introduced in the House Friday would allow colleges to refrain from investigating sexual assault allegations while a criminal inquiry is under way if police or prosecutors request such a delay. Advocates for survivors of sexual assault say that proposal would undermine federal requirements that colleges thoroughly investigate sexual misconduct and lead to slower remedies for victims. But some observers say in practice the language would likely mean little change from current policy, which allows colleges to briefly hold off on investigations when police gather criminal evidence. That provision is among several affecting campus policies handling sexual assault and harassment that angered advocates for survivors last week.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017

Opinion: Court ignores equity issues in its McCleary money demand

The state Supreme Court ruled Nov. 15 that the Legislature is still out of compliance with constitutional “ample provisions” requirements litigated in the McCleary court case, demanding $1 billion more be added to state education funding. Under the new education finance laws, school districts with the highest rates of poverty and minorities are provided the lowest pay for teachers and lowest local levy funding, creating doubts the state met its constitutional mandate in Article IX: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex” and “the Legislature shall provide for a general and uniform system of public schools.” The 2017 Legislature, instead, ended equal state salary funding and greatly increased its salary funding for the wealthiest districts. Some will receive 24 percent more in pay than 200 other districts. Most King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties’ schools will get 18 percent more than the base pay. Most Eastern Washington districts get just the base pay. Richland, West Valley (Yakima) Spokane, Mead, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Odessa, and Stehekin get 6 percent more than the base. No others in Eastern Washington get more.
Yakima Herald, Dec. 2, 2017

UW, WSU protest plan to tax tuition waivers for grad students

Nearly 9,000 graduate students at Washington’s two research universities could see their federal income taxes double under the GOP’s tax proposal, a change that could make pursuing a graduate degree “much more challenging, if not impossible,” the presidents of the two universities say. In a joint letter, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Washington State University President Kirk Schulz said the House measure “would lead to a completely unaffordable increase in taxable income” for graduate students. The letter was sent this week to members of the state’s congressional delegation.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 1, 2017

No quick fix for figuring out new way to pay teachers in Washington state

For years, most school districts in Washington have relied on a 18-by-10 table to decide how much base pay to give each of their classroom teachers. The table, known as a salary schedule, shows what the state provides for teacher pay, which, up until recently, was based on years of experience and level of education. For a 15-year teacher with a master’s degree, for example, the state would allocate $20,000 more in base pay than for a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree. Lawmakers scrapped that table earlier this year as part of a sweeping overhaul of the state’s school-finance system. Starting in 2018-19 school year, the state will send districts the same amount of base pay per teacher, regardless of their education level or seniority. It’s not yet clear how that change will affect how much individual teachers make. That’s governed by teacher contracts in each school district.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 1, 2017

Passage of Senate tax-reform bill leaves colleges scrambling

College leaders are bracing for major changes in the nation’s tax code that could weaken their financial footing by undermining charitable giving and placing new tax burdens on institutions with valuable endowments. College leaders spoke out in near uniformity against the Republican lawmakers’ plans, which received a major boost over the weekend. “At a time when our economy is demanding more education for more of our citizens, we cannot erect new barriers for the millions of Americans who need affordable higher education,” wrote Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina system and a former education secretary, under President George W. Bush. If the main goal of the tax bills is to spur economic activity, said Marjorie Hass, president of Rhodes College, in Tennessee, then Congress would better accomplish that goal by investing in colleges and universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 1, 2017

What you need to know about the GOP bill to bring sweeping changes to higher ed

After a flurry of movement this week on the reauthorization of the federal law governing higher education, which is overdue for an update, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday introduced its bill to overhaul the Higher Education Act of 1965. Summary details of the legislation, including plans to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, cap the amount that graduate students may borrow, and end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, were reported on Wednesday. But the release of the full text fleshes out the details of those proposals. The bill is a move toward undoing some priorities of the Obama administration, said Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. “It salts the earth on gainful employment and college ratings,” he said. But it also does more to try to simplify student loans and income-driven repayment plans, he continued, and delves into some of the more political issues in higher education. The bill would ban free-speech zones and deny federal funds to public institutions that do not recognize campus religious groups.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 1, 2017

Opinion: DACA’s protections must be made law now

We’ve heard repeatedly that Republicans in Congress are keen on demonstrating before the end of the year their ability to lead — working from the distinct advantage of having control of the House, Senate and Oval Office — which explains their rush to push through tax reform legislation that increasing appears to offer few real benefits to many Americans, particularly those making $75,000 a year or less. But Republicans have an opportunity not only to demonstrate their leadership but also their ability to work with Democrats by passing legislation that will formalize the protections for the Dreamers, the estimated 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and have since built productive lives in their adopted communities. There’s general agreement that the Dreamers deserve that assurance, and even a path toward citizenship.
Everett Herald, Dec. 1, 2017

Spotted at a white-power rally, but still popular with campus Republicans

James Allsup, the former Republican club president at Washington State University who stepped down this year after being spotted at a white-power rally in Virginia, said on Thursday that he had been re-elected to lead the chapter. "I have officially been re-elected as the President of the WSU College Republicans," Mr. Allsup wrote on Twitter just after 9 p.m. local time. He attached an image of Pepe the Frog, the alt-right mascot. But the WSU College Republicans on Friday issued a statement on Facebook saying that the vote had been "declared null and void" by their chapter adviser and the university office that supports campus organizations.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 1, 2017

Higher ed hates the GOP tax proposals. Here are 3 reasons why.

Higher-education leaders have been clear on their near-unanimous opposition to Republican proposals to overhaul the tax code. But, with a finish line on a final law taking shape, they may soon have to adapt to a new reality. A week before Thanksgiving, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the tax legislation, largely along party lines, and in doing so, raised the hackles of institutions, students, and their advocates. Several college leaders have made known their dissatisfaction with the legislation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2017

Opinion: Tax reform that students, colleges, and our country can’t afford

As lawmakers in Washington work to enact the most extensive tax reform in a generation, they must be wary of unintended consequences for the nation’s colleges and universities. As president of the University of North Carolina system and a former U.S. secretary of education, under President George W. Bush, I am deeply concerned by provisions in both the House and Senate tax-reform bills that threaten our nation’s students and the institutions that serve them. Effective reform would enhance economic mobility and offer broader access to higher education. Instead, policy makers are considering new taxes on graduate students, new obstacles to private philanthropy, and a larger burden on college graduates already struggling to pay off student-loan debt.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2017

Top Democrat ratchets up government shutdown fight over ‘dreamers’

A top Senate Democrat said Wednesday that he will vote against any spending bill in the coming weeks if Congress has failed to address the fate of young immigrants — raising the stakes in a looming showdown with the White House and Republicans over a potential government shutdown. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Senate Democrat and a lead negotiator on spending matters, said he is encouraging his colleagues to join him in blocking spending legislation if the legal status of “dreamers” isn’t resolved. President Trump announced in September that he will end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in early March, putting hundreds of thousands of dreamers — immigrants brought to the United States as children — at risk of deportation early next year.
The Washington Post, Nov. 29, 2017

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