News Links | January 5, 2017
System News | Opinion
Peninsula College President Luke Robins joined other Washington community and technical college leaders
in sending President-elect Donald Trump a letter asking him to preserve an executive
action that allows young undocumented adults to live and work in the United States
without fear of deportation. The letter was signed in December by the nine members
of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and presidents and chancellors of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 5, 2017
Olympic College President Dr. David Mitchell announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of
2017, after 15 years at the helm. ... Mitchell first came on board as OC president
in 2002, following stints at Big Bend Community College and in the Seattle Colleges District.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 4, 2017
Washington’s lawmakers have been attempting to fully fund K-12 education, as ordered
by the state’s supreme court. But another educational branch is asking officials not
to forget about Washington colleges. “We need to make sure that when they do fund
the McCleary decision that students who graduate with improved capabilities have a
place to go, whether that’s a four-year system or the community and technical college
system,” said Marty Brown, outgoing executive director of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
MyNorthwest.com, Jan. 4, 2017
The cost per tiny house is only $2,200 for wood and building materials. They can be
constructed on site, or built elsewhere and brought in on a flatbed truck. The Tulalip
Tribes’ TERO pre-apprenticeship program has built eight houses. The Apprenticeship
and Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), YouthBuild, Walsh Construction, Seattle Vocational Institute, Renton Technical College, and many others are building them with enthusiastic participants who want to help
people in need.
Crosscut, Jan. 4, 2017
Around the country, community colleges and universities are teaming up to improve
the dismal rates of bachelor’s-degree completion for community-college students who
aim to get BAs. They’re doing so by removing roadblocks and making the transfer steps
easier so that fewer students stall out and abandon their goal. Bringing the university
to the community college — through centers like the one at Everett Community College — is just one such strategy.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 1, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
Months into the first year of an early FAFSA campaign, some campus financial aid offices
are forced to sort out discrepancies arising from switch to prior-prior year income
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2017
A group of five former ITT Technical Institute students have filed a lawsuit in the
Southern District of Indiana seeking to be named creditors in the defunct for-profit
chain's bankruptcy proceedings. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Eileen Connor of the
Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard University, alleges that ITT violated
consumer protection laws, engaged in deceptive recruiting practices and enrolled unqualified
students to generate revenue from federal and private student loans. It asks to have
the case declared a class action and also asks the court to block the for-profit from
collecting on private student loans taken out to attend its campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
In reality there's no free college, just as there's no free lunch. The real policy
discussion is about how to best distribute the burden of paying for it — between individual
families and the public at large — and, secondly, how to hold down the cost of providing
it. All while leveraging the power of "free" responsibly.
NPR, Jan. 5, 2017
With just two weeks left in his tenure as vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday
released a letter advising college leaders on how to combat sexual assault on their
campuses. Mr. Biden, who has been an outspoken advocate of sexual-assault prevention
throughout his career, also released a guide that lays out best practices for colleges
on the issue.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 5, 2017
Presidents of public institutions in New York say they welcome Governor Cuomo's plan
and could find ways to enroll many more. But they still have questions.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2017
The Democrats on a state task force on school funding want to spend $1.6 billion during
the next two years to provide competitive wages for teachers and settle the landmark
McCleary case. Their proposal, released Wednesday, would increase teacher average
pay to nearly $71,000 across the state, and aims to provide relief for school districts
that rely on local property taxes to recruit and retain educators and other school
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2017
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers
that federal authorities should not use personal information provided by young undocumented
immigrants known as DREAMers for deportation-related purposes, Politico reported.
President-elect Donald J. Trump has said he would end the Obama administration’s Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, under which hundreds of thousands of
young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have obtained temporary
relief from the possibility of deportation — prompting widespread concerns that information
they provided to the government for DACA-related purposes could potentially be used
to aid in their deportation. Trump has not indicated he will use DACA recipients’
information in this way.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2017
When the 2017 legislative session gets underway Monday, lawmakers will have little
choice but to make school funding their focus. The Supreme Court has set a hard deadline
for 2017 to be the year the state comes up with a plan to fix education funding; proving
extra incentive, a temporary state law that allows local districts to tax residents
at higher-than-usual rates will expire this year, meaning huge budget holes will appear
in districts across the state if the Legislature doesn’t infuse them with lots of
Seattle Weekly, Jan. 4, 2017
When Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, hope that the
federal government might make the nation’s public colleges and universities free dwindled.
The Democratic Party faithful, among others, were dejected. Until now. In a sign that
tuition-free higher education could continue to expand in a more piecemeal fashion,
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan on Tuesday to offer tuition-free degrees
at the state’s public colleges and universities for residents from families earning
less than $125,000 a year.
The Atlantic, Jan. 3, 2017
The Legislature has increased funding for schools in recent years, but it has remained
far short of the destination established by the court. Inslee likes to use the metaphor
of scaling a mountain, saying, “Now we’re in the final 3,000 feet of the climb,” while
noting that is the most difficult part.
The Columbian, Dec. 22, 2016