News Links | November 7, 2017
System News | Opinion
As strains of “Tour of the Kingdom” filled an empty Yakima Valley College classroom, Eliazar Valero stood inside a smaller adjoining room, greeting visitors
with a smile. Valero wore a John W. Nordstrom wool jacket handmade in Italy, a tie
and Van Husen dress shirt and cuffed khaki dress slacks that slightly draped the tops
of his brown G.H. Bass & Co. tassel loafers. All around him stood shelves and racks
filled with clothing and accessories, some bearing labels sure to delight fashionistas
— Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta. Rodeo Drive, where YVC
students may shop for free, was open for business.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 6, 2017
Anyone who's seen Guns N Roses on their “Not in This Lifetime…Tour,” which kicked
off in April 2016 and ends November 29, will have noticed Melissa Reese on keyboard
and singing backup. The Seattle native is the only woman on stage with Axl Rose, Slash,
Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Frank Ferrer, and Richard Fortus. She's also the only woman
to have joined the band's ranks as a full-time member, period, since it formed in
1985. ... I went to L.A. immediately after high school. I took online classes in theory,
music history, and jazz studies at North Seattle College, [but] never finished. I didn’t even apply [to other schools]. I knew what I wanted
Cosmopolitan, Nov. 6, 2017
James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree
from the University of Idaho. After his degree, he toured California vineyards and
fell in love with farming, diving into viticulture courses at Walla Walla Community College. ... I didn’t know much about Washington wines before entering Walla Walla Community
College. How I got into this industry is a little odd. Most people I know in this
industry have a degree in viticulture.
Good Fruit Grower, Nov. 6, 2017
Allyson Farrar’s day starts at 4:15 a.m. Before she gets to the office, she’s already
made four stops at businesses around Bellingham. Depending on the day, she might head
down to Bellevue for a full work day, followed by night classes. “I do a lot of driving,”
she said. “I put like 25,000 miles a year on my car.” Farrar works at Walker Group
Ventures, where she is the human resources manager for all the company’s businesses
in Washington: all three Scotty Browns restaurants, Barre3 fitness studio and No.
1 Automotive Body Repair. She started as an office manager for just the restaurants,
but quickly noticed a need at the company for cohesive HR practices. ... So, she decided
to make those systems herself. That included writing handbooks and job descriptions
for every position at the company. That also included going back to school — she enrolled
in a program at Bellevue College and is working toward her human resources management certification. In addition to
her full-time job, she goes to Bellevue for class one night a week. Sometimes that
means a 19-hour day.
Bellingham Business Journal, Nov. 6, 2017
No state capital budget could mean the delay of projects at area schools, and in one
case, budget cuts. Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College hope to receive about $7.5 million combined for campus projects in this year’s proposed
biennial capital budget, which was held up after state legislators failed to pass
the spending plan over a disagreement with how to respond to a state Supreme Court
ruling on rural wells. In limbo at Clark College are $5.2 million in pre-design and
design dollars for the first building at its campus at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield. “We’re
six months behind on planning for the north county facility,” college spokesman Chato
Hazelbaker said. Also significant, Hazelbaker said, is the two years of annual $422,000
for facilities improvements such as adding accessible restrooms, repairing roofs,
additional security cameras and emergency speakers.
The Columbian, Nov. 5, 2017
Washington paid a bankrupt technology company $2.6 million to settle a dispute arising
from the ongoing problems of installing a new computer system at community colleges in Spokane and Tacoma. Originally estimated to cost $100 million, the system is several years behind schedule
and at least $10 million over budget. It has been the source of ongoing problems for
administrators, staff and students at the Spokane and Tacoma campuses, which served
as a test sites for software and equipment the state plans to install in all its community
colleges. Expansion of the system, called ctcLink, has been halted until problems
in Spokane and Tacoma are worked out. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges last year withheld some payments, arguing work in the contract was either not done
or not up to standard. Ciber filed for bankruptcy in April and a few days later sued
the state, saying the board hadn’t paid for some $13 million in work the company had
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 5, 2017
Justin Dampeer is the program manager of the Transition Success Center at Highline College. As the first person in my family to go to college, I feel lucky to work in programs
that support first-generation college students (first-gen) with similar experiences
and barriers to my own growing up. While I can’t speak for everyone coming from this
background, my experiences help provide me with a starting point to connect with almost
any student who walks through my office door.
Federal Way Mirror, Nov. 3, 2017
Thomas Stredwick has been appointed to the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees. Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed the appointment this week. Stredwick
replaces former Trustee Dr. Mike Villarreal, who resigned in June to become the superintendent
for the Hoquiam School District. Stredwick is the manager of Public Affairs for Grant
PUD, responsible for media relations, internal communications and community engagement.
He is a Big Bend graduate and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University.
iFIBER One News, Nov. 3, 2017
Two breathtakingly simple words can help regional tech grow and diversify its workforce:
community college. At the time of writing, a whopping 26 out of 34 community and technical
colleges in Washington state offer bachelor of applied science degrees targeting high-growth
occupations in need of more qualified college graduates. ... Take Green River College. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in software development at up to half the
cost of a state university. ... One such example of this kind of coalition-building
is AppConnect NW. This new consortium is funded by the National Science Foundation
and consists of five community and technical colleges in the Puget Sound including
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bellevue College, North Seattle College, Renton Technical College, and Green River College.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 2, 2017
In 1991, Puyallup resident Bonnie Young found herself living in a 24-foot trailer
with eight other people. She had just moved back to Washington state from Virginia,
and her dwelling consisted of her husband, mother, father, sister, nephew, two daughters
and her son. She’d grown up in Washington state, living in the Auburn and Bremerton
areas, her father working in a shipyard. She married in 1998, and after moving to
several different states, returned home to Washington. But that’s when things fell
apart. ... Young hadn’t thought about it, but she decided to go to Bates Technical College for dental assisting. She graduated a few months later, and was eventually able to
move her family into an apartment in 2002. Her two daughters graduated from Puyallup
High School, with her son expected to graduate this year.
Puyallup Herald, Nov. 2, 2017
As many as eight members of the South King County community will be asked to serve
on a subcommittee to help in the search to replace Jack Bermingham, who retired earlier
this year as Highline College president. During a special public meeting Monday on campus, the college’s board
of trustees approved the overall makeup of the group.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 2, 2017
For some 16 hours a day, my “home” of sorts is my cherry-red power wheelchair. It
is a feat of technology, a beast of a chair that navigates even Astoria’s steepest
grades. It can tilt far back and extend my legs straight out, almost to the point
of inversion to relieve chronic swelling in my lower limbs. And no matter where I
go, I always have a seat. ... I surrendered to using a wheelchair in the spring of
2014. I was falling at least daily and struggling mightily simply to get ready for
the day. The wheelchair was a means to keep working at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.
The Daily Astorian, Nov. 2, 2017
A movement emphasizing early childhood education is gaining momentum in Skagit County. On
the heels of an annual report that found Skagit County children are less prepared
for kindergarten than many other children throughout the state, local organizations
are mobilizing to find ways to increase learning opportunities for children before
they enter a traditional school system, including preschool. ... The forum was presented
by United Way, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) and Skagit Valley College in an effort to rally community support behind early learning — learning that happens
from birth to kindergarten.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 2, 2017
College is supposed to help students prepare for the long-term. Students at South Puget Sound Community College get help to survive day-to-day. In October, students started receiving cans of food
and produce from a pantry for free.
KING 5, Nov. 1, 2017
The Grays Harbor College Foundation recently helped the College’s Fish Lab program purchase new monitoring
and viewing equipment, using funds from the John and Joyce Smith Model Watershed Endowment. Earlier
this month, 1,000 young trout were transferred to the Fish Lab where they will be
cared for until next Spring. In addition, coho and chum eggs will be arriving later
this Fall and Fish Lab volunteers from our community are working to ready the facility.
Also during November, more extensive monitoring of Alder and Fry Creeks will be underway. Each
of these projects involves utilizing the new equipment.
Grays Harbor Talk, Nov. 1, 2017
Nuclear technology students at Columbia Basin College in Pasco are getting some help from a familiar source. Washington River Protection
Services donated $33,500 to the college’s program, which offers one-year certificates
and associates degrees. About $6,000 will pay for scholarships; the rest will pay
for new equipment for students. The equipment purchase includes an Emerson field communicator,
a handheld device for teaching instrumentation calibration.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 1, 2017
On Tuesday morning, students, staff and community supporters gathered at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland for the school’s annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast event. The purpose
of the event was to raise money for student scholarships as well as the school’s emergency
fund. The event brought in $185,000, in part because of the Bridge the Gap Student
Emergency Fund Matching Challenge, which was posed to attendees that morning.
Kirkland Reporter, Nov. 1, 2017
Trends | Horizons | Education
Major education publishers — including Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education
s — report that the number of colleges offering "inclusive-access" programs has grown
rapidly in recent years. Where previously students might have been assigned textbooks
individually, now many institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically
receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually.
The "inclusive" aspect of the model means that every student has the same materials
on the first day of class, with the charge included as part of their tuition. For
publishers with struggling print businesses, the inclusive-access model is a lifeline.
Inside Higher Ed Nov. 7, 2017
Mergers involving community colleges have become more popular as enrollments and state
funding have declined at many institutions in recent years. Saving money, in particular,
is the driving reason behind Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President
Mark Ojakian’s plan to consolidate the state’s 12 community colleges into one accredited
institution. Georgia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania have merged institutions or considered
mergers in recent years to address these issues. ... But pushback from local legislators
about proposed mergers, as well as the potential loss of a college’s connection to
its region, are reasons why mergers often fail, she said, adding that the economic
impact on a community when it loses a traditional community college often isn’t politically
feasible or desirable for economic development.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 7, 2017
When education economist Emma García started researching the academic gaps that show
up in kindergarten between low-income students and their high-income peers, she had
reason to suspect the gaps had widened in recent years. Income inequality in the U.S.,
for example, has been on the rise: Since 1980, incomes have stagnated for the bottom
50 percent of American adults. Meanwhile, the top 1 percent, who in 1980 earned 27
times more than the bottom 50, now earn 81 times more. But despite that growing economic
inequality, reading and math performance gaps between low-income students and their
more well-off peers haven’t grown, according to a recent study from the Economic Policy
The Seattle Times, Nov. 6, 2017
For the first time in five years, I am teaching a section of Honors World History
this fall. It’s a small class with lots of opportunity for interaction between the
instructor and the student. That’s right: One student enrolled in the class at the
beginning of the term. I’m happy to report that that number has since steadily risen
— to three. It’s still well below the enrollment 10 years ago, when honors general-education
classes here at Arkansas State University routinely reached their maximum of 15. ... There
has also been a notable demographic shift compared with five years ago. The students
in my gen-ed classes are disproportionately minorities, adults, and graduates of rural
high schools. I am teaching fewer middle-class, suburban, white students. So what’s
happened? For middle-class students who attend well-funded high schools, general education
at less- and moderately-selective state universities is increasingly a thing of the
past. This is especially the case for the humanities courses, but the social sciences
and STEM areas are affected, too. Some of this is due to the popularity of Advanced
Placement classes, but concurrent enrollment (or dual enrollment) is what’s really
driving the trend.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 5, 2017
Two years after it was frozen to most investors, Washington’s prepaid-tuition plan
opened this week to parents who want to start a new account, or add to an existing
account by prepaying for college tuition. However, the state board that oversees the
Guaranteed Education Tuition program (GET) is not yet ready to roll out a separate
so-called “529” savings plan, the details of which are still being hammered out. (The
number 529 refers to the section of the federal tax code that allows states and state
agencies to create college-savings plans.) Meanwhile, the state Auditor’s Office decided
to audit the program after a former GET employee asserted that GET was mismanaged,
and that it overcharged some of its investors.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 3, 2017
Washington State University is facing a $30 million budget deficit. University President
Kirk Schulz is calling for 2.5 percent cuts in all departments to get the school back
in the black in the next three years. The situation has raised a lot of questions
about how all this happened. KNKX Morning Edition Producer Ariel Van Cleave turned
to Spokesman-Review higher education reporter Chad Sokol for some answers.
KNKX, Nov. 3, 2017
Many campus investments in information technology aren't necessarily paying off, according
to the National Survey of Computing, eLearning and Information Technology. The survey
of IT leaders, conducted by the Campus Computing Project, found that many see only
modest benefits from IT investments, and generally low satisfaction with many IT services
on campus. The survey, with responses from 199 public and private institutions across
the U.S., asked chief information officers to reflect on computing efforts on their
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 3, 2017
The national priority in education can be summed up in a four-letter acronym: STEM.
And that’s understandable. A country’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics is vital in generating economic growth, advancing scientific innovation
and creating good jobs. ... Much of the public enthusiasm for STEM education rests
on the assumption that these fields are rich in job opportunity. Some are, some aren’t.
STEM is an expansive category, spanning many disciplines and occupations, from software
engineers and data scientists to geologists, astronomers and physicists. What recent
studies have made increasingly apparent is that the greatest number of high-paying
STEM jobs are in the “T” (specifically, computing).
The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2017
The admissions process is out of whack. Just ask the heartbroken applicant, rejected
by her dream school. Ask high school counselors, who complain that colleges don’t
reward promising students for their creativity, determination or service to others.
Even the gatekeepers at some famous institutions acknowledge, quietly, that the selection
system is broken. Ask five people how to fix it, though, and they’ll give five different
The New York Times, Nov. 1, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
Princeton University and Microsoft have joined together to file a lawsuit against
President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
A DACA-protected student at Princeton, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, is also listed
as a plaintiff. ... Because of the demographic that DACA protects, many colleges have
become vocal about Trump’s reversing of the program. Microsoft employs 45 DACA recipients,
according to Princeton’s statement announcing the lawsuit.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education will ask the appointed panel charged with overhauling
an Obama-era rule to protect student borrowers to reconsider the extent to which colleges
and universities should be liable for loan discharge claims based on fraud or misrepresentation. That
question is one of many that the panelists will be asked to grapple with in a process
called negotiated rule making, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in June that she would block the student
protection regulation, known as borrower defense, from going into effect and would
launch a rule-making process to craft a new rule.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 6, 2017
In 2011, after much controversy, the Washington’s Legislature recognized online Western
Governors University, a Utah-based nonprofit with no professors, as a state public
college. Soon after, WGU became eligible to receive State Need Grant funds, which
provide support to Washington’s neediest students. At the time, I wrote in the Seattle
Times that WGU does not offer a “real college education,” because education “requires
students to struggle with difficult material under the consistent guidance of good
teachers. WGU denies students these opportunities.” Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department
of Education’s Office of Inspector General agreed. It is time for the Legislature
to do the same.
Everett Herald, Nov. 5, 2017
In an interview with Politico, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, falsely suggested
that the federal government had taken control of the student-loan market to help pay
for the administration of the Affordable Care Act. The statement reinforces the impression
that Ms. DeVos is not schooled in the basics of higher-ed policy. Janet Napolitano,
president of the University of California system, previously told The Chronicle that
she had to explain to the secretary what a specific federal grant for low-income students
— commonly known as a “SEOG grant” — was. “Her learning curve where higher ed is concerned
is quite vertical,” she said.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 2, 2017
Republicans in Congress released their proposed overhaul of the nation’s tax laws
on Thursday, including several measures that would place new tax burdens on colleges
and students — and, critics said, could undermine charitable giving to higher education. The
bill was met with immediate opposition from a number of higher-education groups, which
argued that the measure would rob institutions of vital dollars and increase the price
of college for debt-laden students and already-strapped families.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 2, 2017