News Links | July 18, 2017
System News | Opinion
By Jean Hernandez, president of Edmonds Community College. You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief late last month when the Legislature
finally passed a two-year state operating budget and avoided a government shutdown. Now
people are once again holding their breath — this time for a capital budget. The capital
budget is a two-year spending plan for land purchases and construction projects. Now
in its third special session, the Legislature has yet to pass the capital budget. Caught
up in the legislative impasse is a project to build a Science, Engineering, Technology
building at Edmonds Community College. This project would help prepare Snohomish County’s
growing population for high-demand occupations and house programs such as engineering,
nursing, math, chemistry and physics.
Everett Herald, July 17, 2017
Grapes are swelling in the hot Walla Walla Valley summer, with the leafy canopies
doing their best to shield the ripening fruit from the fiercest of the sun’s rays.
It looks primordial, timeless. And indeed, grapes have been grown and crushed into
wine for at least the past 6,000 years. But for 99.9% of that time, no drones have
been involved. Although some things about the relationship between soil, water, sunlight
and grape vines would still look familiar to a grape grower in 4000 B.C., the times
they are a changin’ in Walla Walla Community College’s Stan Clarke Vineyard and College Cellars.
Great Northwest Wine, July 17, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech in Las Vegas last week pushing a
policy point that has been a staple of President Donald Trump’s recent rhetoric: sanctuary
cities — municipalities or localities that prohibit local law enforcement from enforcing
or cooperating with federal immigration law — are a haven for undocumented immigrants
and thus hotbeds for criminals and illegal activity that would otherwise be punished.
Sessions even cited an academic study to prove his point. “According to a recent study
from the University of California, Riverside, cities with these policies have more
violent crime on average than those that don’t,” he said, according to a Department
of Justice transcript of the speech. The problem? That study didn’t say that. ... Gonzalez
O’Brien, a political science professor at Highline College whose research focuses on immigration, as well the study’s other co-authors, wrote
about their findings on The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog in October. The post
was titled, bluntly, “Sanctuary Cities Do Not Experience an Increase in Crime.”
Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2017
Imagine this: A one-month college program in which tuition, fees, books, supplies
and certification costs are covered for 10 lucky students. South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, working with Providence Health & Services, announced Monday that they
will offer a fully funded, one-month pathway to work for 10 future certified nursing
The Olympian, July 17, 2017
When Elmo Rojas started as a dishwasher at Max Dale’s Steak and Chop House 17 years
ago, he already had a love of food. As one of four children raised by a single working
mom, Elmo often found himself cooking for his siblings. ... But achieving his dream
seemed a tough feat. As a full-time employee and a parent, Rojas thought a culinary
degree was out of reach. On June 15, thanks to an innovative partnership between Skagit Valley College and the staff at Max Dale’s, Rojas graduated from the college’s culinary program.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 16, 2017
Western State Hospital, the state-run psychiatric facility in Lakewood, has plans
to build more beds in the near future to house a crush of patients crowding its wards. But
at least some of that plan is on hold — along with hundreds of other construction
jobs around Washington state — because of a political squabble at the Capitol. The
Legislature has yet to pass a capital budget, which pays for projects from school
construction to renovations on the Capitol Campus, because of a disagreement over
legislation involving rural water rights. ... Offering a quick facilities tour July
14th Kelly Green, Chief Communications & Legislative Affairs Officer for South Puget Sound Community College stands in the former library currently undergoing a full renovation that has been
put on hold due to the current state capital budget stalemate.
The News Tribune, July 15, 2017
Economic development groups have a new message for students: If you want a good paying
job with a bright future, check out Clark County’s manufacturing industry. Retirements
are looming across several sectors, and officials estimate more than 30,000 workers
will need to be replaced in Portland and Southwest Washington over the next decade.
But so far, it’s been hard to get new students in the pipeline to replace them. ... Clark College has a booming mechatronics program, which is helping draw more students to the field,
and it will expand with new offerings to help upskill existing workers as part of
the outreach plan, Bomar said.
Vancouver Business Journal, July 14, 2017
Geek of the Week profiles the characters of Pacific Northwest tech, science, games,
innovation, and more. ... Joe Hueffed grew up in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
and later graduated from Seattle University. From there, the IT veteran’s resume reads
like a checklist for the most iconic companies in the region. ... Hoping to inspire
a new generation of tech-minded young people, Hueffed also teaches an evening course
at Seattle Central College focusing on Object Oriented Development in Java, and he volunteers at his alma mater,
Seattle Prep, through the TEALS computer science education program. ... “I teach because
I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge with the next generation of IT leaders,
as well as helping promote computer science education. If the students were brats,
I simply wouldn’t do it. But their enthusiasm and gracious appreciation motivates
me to continue teaching at the community college level.”
Geek Wire, July 14, 2017
Denise LaFountaine embarked on the trip of a lifetime after a painful break up, but
this wasn't your typical post-separation vacation a la "Eat Pray Love." At 53 years
old, LaFountaine decided to bike solo through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Fluent
in Spanish, an experienced biker and seasoned traveler, LaFountaine was confident
the trip would be a success. ... LaFountaine's job as an ESL teacher at Renton Technical College allows her the flexibility to switch between travel and work throughout the year.
Her experiences in Latin America are considered an asset with her students.
Kitsap Sun, July 14, 2017
Grays Harbor Community Hospital has recently hired 13 registered nurses and 12 of
them came directly from the recent graduates of the Grays Harbor College nursing program. The hospital and the college are collaborating so that nursing students
are able to complete their clinical rotations at the hospital. Upon graduating, the
students may apply into a residency program and become part of the Grays Harbor Community
Hospital staff. The hospital, like most in the region, deals with a shortage of nurses
and has said it benefits by filling its open positions with people from the community.
The Daily World, July 13, 2017
The wine bug bit me early on, if you consider a jug of Inglenook’s Navalle Burgundy
wine. But, hey, you have to start somewhere. ... The inaugural SOMM Summit held last
week in Seattle was an around-the-world-in-80-wines tasting. This deliciously serious
international wine and spirits educational conference at South Seattle College was a wonderful gathering of sommeliers, Masters of Wine, stewards and other wine
Kitsap Sun, July 13, 2017
It will cost more to attend Yakima Valley College this fall. The college’s board of trustees voted Thursday to implement the state’s
2.2 percent tuition increase for the 2017-18 academic year. The increase was set by
the Legislature and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Cost of a single credit in associate-degree classes will be $105.17, a $2.26 increase.
Tuition for upper-division classes will be $205.36, or $4.42 more than the current
level. ... YVC’s tuition was the same as Wenatchee Valley College’s in the 2016-17 school years, but slightly more than Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Columbia Basin charged $99.43 per credit as base tuition.
Yakima Herald, July 13, 2017
Sam Elliott, veteran Hollywood actor and — maybe you didn’t know this — part-time
Linn County resident, along with his wife of 33 years, Oscar-nominated actress Katharine
Ross, is not talking about his five-decade film and television career, the one that’s
hotter than ever even as his 73rd birthday looms. ... After leaving the UO and enrolling
in Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. — where he ran both the 120-yard high hurdles and the 360-yard
intermediate hurdles — Elliott appeared in the college’s production of “Guys and Dolls.”
Eugene Register-Guard, July 13, 2017
Lawmakers continued to huddle Tuesday on possible ways to clear the logjam keeping
the state’s $4 billion capital construction budget from a final vote. They are not
yet scheduled to return to the Capitol before the third special session is scheduled
to end on July 20, and Gov. Jay Inslee has dismissed the prospect of a record fourth
consecutive special session if they can’t work out a deal. ... Spokane items in budget: Spokane Community College Main Building renovation, $25 million. Spokane Falls Community College Fine and Applied Arts Building replacement, $2.8 million. Other community college
repair and preservation projects, $5.9 million.
The Spokesman-Review, July 11, 2017
Community colleges are a unique U.S. invention. ... "Harvard has been fundraising
and cultivating alumni for 400 years,” points out Lisa Skari, vice president for institutional
advancement for Highline College near Seattle. “Most community colleges were founded in the 1960s and 1970s, and it
hasn’t been until the last 10 to 15 years that we’ve begun to look methodically at
donor funding.” ... The local element is what attracted donor and business owner Jan
Oliva to begin supporting Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. “We drive by the college every day, we see it, and we interact
with the people who profit from being there,” Oliva says. “In the 52 years we grew
a business here, many of our employees had gone to Clark. It’s all intertwined.” ... Support
from the Lumina and Ford foundations launched the I-BEST program at Seattle Central College in 2005.
Philanthropy Roundtable, Summer 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that rising student debt
levels are a substantial contributor to the decline in home ownership among young
Americans. Annual public college tuition on average rose $3,843, or 81 percent, between
2001 and 2009, according to the study. Rising tuition in turn accounted for $1,628
of the increase in average student debt per capita among 24-year-olds during that
time period. The report found that increasing student debt and tuition "can explain
between 11 and 35 percent of the observed approximate eight-percentage-point decline
in home ownership for 28- to 30-year-olds over 2007-15."
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2017
All winter long, college admissions officers asked if President Donald Trump’s on-again,
off-again travel ban would have a chilling effect on the number of international students
coming to the U.S. to study. The answer, at least for the University of Washington’s
Seattle campus, seems to be no. Although fewer international students applied to
the UW this year, more accepted an offer of admission — a surprise to the admissions
office, which had been expecting a downturn.
The Seattle Times, July 14, 2017
Public-private partnership models are continuing to proliferate as cash-strapped colleges
and universities seek to replace or update aging and outdated infrastructure amid
tight finances. That proliferation is on display in many of the large development
projects institutions announce, like the ambitious billion-dollar-plus campus expansion
plan the University of California, Merced, unveiled last year that uses a public-private
partnership to build and operate new facilities. And it was evident at the Society
for College and University Planning’s annual conference in Washington this week, where
several sessions focused on public-private partnerships, which are often called P3s. Speakers
pushed back against the idea that P3s are solely a way for colleges and universities
to build when they have no debt capacity and little public financing available. Projects
need to be viable on their own, and institution leaders should not expect P3s to be
a source of facilities with no long-term financial impacts, speakers said.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and the top Democrat on the Senate education
committee, called for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove her top civil rights
official because of controversial comments on campus sexual assault last week.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2017
This year’s never-ending legislative process produced what Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed
“a historic budget that fully funds our schools for the first time in more than 30
years.” Other Democrats echoed his exultations, labeling “Democratic” a budget borne
out of a Republican Senate, a claim that ignores nine Senate Democratic no votes,
and frothing in a press release that it “adds $7.3 billion to Washington schools.” Not
so fast: Education isn’t fully-funded.
Everett Herald, July 16, 2017
It’s been two weeks since the Washington Legislature rushed through an 11th-hour deal
to spend $7.3 billion on public schools over the next four years, the latest attempt
by lawmakers to settle the landmark school-funding case known as McCleary. And that
hefty price tag — which some believe doesn’t go far enough— comes with plenty of fine
print and strings attached. Educators won’t see many changes in the upcoming 2017-18
school year. But state education officials, local school districts and teachers unions
already have been scrambling to prepare for an overhaul of how they do business starting
The Seattle Times, July 14, 2017
House Republicans and Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would provide the
biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year
time limit to tap into benefits and increasing money for thousands in the National
Guard and Reserve. The bipartisan agreement is a sweeping effort to fill coverage
gaps in the post-9/11 GI Bill amid a rapidly changing job market. Building on major
legislation passed in 2008 that guaranteed a full-ride scholarship to any in-state
public university — or a similar cash amount for private college students — the bill
gives veterans added flexibility to enroll in college later in life. Veterans would
get additional payments if they complete science, technology and engineering courses.
AP News, July 14, 2017
The U.S. will require all other countries to share information to help it vet visa
applicants, Reuters reported, and countries that do not comply or make progress toward
doing so within 50 days may face travel-related sanctions. The sanctions could include
bans on travel for “certain categories” of their citizens. The memo is the product
of a worldwide review of visa-vetting standards called for in President Trump’s March 6
executive order, in which he also imposed a ban on travel for nationals of six Muslim-majority
countries. A limited version of that ban went into effect late last month.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos didn’t announce plans to rescind guidance from the
Obama administration Thursday after a full day of closed-door meetings about Title IX
policy. But she hinted that changes are coming. In a 15-minute meeting with reporters,
DeVos said there are substantive legal questions to be addressed regarding evidentiary
standards for findings of sexual assault or harassment on campus, due process, and
public input on policy.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017
A House appropriations subcommittee this week voted to provide $145 million each to
the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities
for fiscal 2018. That would be a cut of about $5 million each but would preserve the
endowments, which President Trump slated for elimination in his budget.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2017
Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent veto of a business-and-occupation tax cut for manufacturing
companies has brought attention to an important — and sometimes overlooked — sector
of our economy. We can say without hesitation that good tax policy should provide
sufficient revenue while fostering economic success and prosperity for its citizens.
This balancing act between funding government and creating a climate for jobs growth
is a tricky one, with a plethora of interest groups weighing in on one side or the
The Seattle Times, July 13, 2017
Advocates for campus sexual-assault victims have been concerned about Education Secretary
Betsy DeVos and her approach to enforcing Title IX, the gender-equity law, since the
moment her nomination was announced last November. They’ve wondered what might become
of their six-year campaign to pressure the federal government to hold colleges accountable
for preventing sexual violence. They've fretted that Ms. DeVos won’t preserve the
Obama administration’s "Dear Colleague" letter, a 2011 document that spelled out for
colleges their obligation to respond promptly and equitably to reports of rape. They hoped
to get answers to some of those questions on Thursday, when they sat down with Ms.
DeVos for the first time. But right off the bat, activists were skeptical about how
the meetings were going to go.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 13, 2017