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News Links | November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A fresh — and expanded — view of community colleges shows they’re doing better than many thought

Nearly half of all students who enter Washington’s community colleges earn a degree or certificate in eight years, or transfer to another school before getting a degree from their community college, new federal data shows. And a few Seattle-area technical colleges — Renton Tech and Lake Washington Tech — do especially well at getting their students to the finish line, with rates of 74 percent and 55 percent, respectively. That’s in sharp contrast to what’s usually reported by the federal data center known as the National Center for Education Statistics — which shows a three-year completion average, for public community colleges, of about 20 percent. ... Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) compiled the numbers for all the state’s 34 community and technical colleges, and found that the average eight-year completion rate in Washington is 43 percent, said Darby Kaikkonen, SBCTC policy research director. ... Renton Tech, at 74 percent, had the highest completion rate in the state, followed by Bellingham Tech with 67 percent, Walla Walla Community College at 61 percent and Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland with 55 percent.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 14, 2017

Opinion: More affordable housing near TCC is a smart investment

How’s this for a bold move: Tacoma Housing Authority is spending $6 million for seven acres of property. If it doesn’t make you a little uneasy that publicly accountable officials are making million dollar real estate deals on a dream and a prayer, it should. But wait. Even without a crystal ball, (ours is in the shop), we can see that acquiring this prime piece of real estate on South Mildred Street is a smart investment. ... Consider the strategic location: The property sits across the street from Tacoma Community College, a major transit hub and eventual terminus for a light rail line. It demonstrates the agency’s willingness to address root causes of poverty: not just unaffordable shelter, but lack of access to transportation and education opportunities.
The News Tribune, Nov. 13, 2017

SPSCC Food Pantry: Kate Armstrong’s dream becomes a reality

It all started when Kate Armstrong was a 17-year-old Running Start student at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) and she came upon a homeless SPSCC student who was going through dumpsters in order to eat. When Armstrong learned that there were many more students who were doing the same thing, she knew she needed to take action. .... At the time, Armstrong was also working at SPSCC in the Student Senate as the Senator of Legislative Affairs. She approached college president Timothy Stokes about the possibility of opening a food pantry on campus for students. Over the next year, Armstrong, Stokes and many others on campus, including student leaders, administrators and the SPSCC Foundation, worked through logistical challenges such as finding a location that was visible to students yet private enough to maintain confidentiality. 
Thurston Talk, Nov. 13, 2017

At end of poet laureate term, Laura Read reflects on finding poetry where you are

Vibrant reds and oranges provided a backdrop to the cityscape as Laura Read strolled across the Monroe Street Bridge on a recent evening. The rush of Spokane Falls below provided a soundtrack to her quiet footsteps. Catching a glimpse of a stenciled letters on the concrete, she paused. ... Read, who recently ended her tenure as the second poet laureate of Spokane, is responsible for the poem’s presence on the bridge. ... Zeller and Read met in fall of 2007 when they were both teaching at Spokane Falls Community College. Read has worked there for 20 years, but Zeller was just teaching for that particular quarter.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 12, 2017

Music, stories resonate at 2017 Spokane Fall Folk Festival

Happiness at 11 in the morning is watching the Neeman Youth Choir dance and sing. Such could be said, at least, for the dozens of people filling the stands of the Lair Building Auditorium at Spokane Community College on Sunday morning at the 2017 Spokane Fall Folk Festival.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 12, 2017

After more than half a century, GI Bill still helping vets transition to life beyond war

Although the wars in which they fought are decades apart, Gordon Van Scotter, 94, and Jacob Lindholm, 29, followed similar paths from the military into civilian life. ... It’s been 73 years since Congress passed the first GI Bill – landmark legislation that transformed the way the nation treats its military veterans. In observance of Veterans Day, Van Scotter, Lindholm and other local service members described their transitions from battlefields to college classrooms and beyond. ... Hundreds of thousands of veterans currently attend college on some iteration of the GI Bill, including 290 at Gonzaga, 122 at Whitworth University, 645 at Eastern Washington University, 1,520 at Washington State University and 355 at the Community Colleges of Spokane, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. ... Lane Anderson, who helped launch EWU’s veterans center and now does the same work at Spokane Falls Community College, said schools were pressured to assume the responsibility of helping veterans navigate the federal bureaucracy.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 11, 2017

Veteran of two wars recalls WWII air campaigns

As Philip Azure rode in the back of a truck in Arizona, blasting away at skeet with a shotgun, he really wanted to be in Europe. Those shooting exercises at Kingman Army Airfield were part of aerial gunnery school for World War II bomber crewmen. ... Azure attended Clark College after the war and also joined the Air Force Reserve. (The U.S. Air Force became a separate branch of the service in 1947.)
The Columbian, Nov. 11, 2017

Military service, advocating for vets important to Altmayer | Veterans Day

Whether it’s his country or his community, Federal Way resident and veteran Dan Altmayer has been ready to serve throughout his life. Altmayer, who grew up in Illinois, said he gained an interest in the military at a young age because his father had served in the Air Force. His uncle was also a bomber pilot in the Air Force in World War II and another served in the Army. ... Since then he became heavily involved with Highline College, where he currently is on the board of trustees, and has worked hard to improve veterans services there.
Federal Way Mirror, Nov. 11, 2017

Projects teach students about efforts to go green

A cluster of Gaiser Middle School eighth-graders watched intently at plastic objects floating or sinking in a container filled with water at Clark College. Why, their teacher Charlene Shea asked, are some floating while others are not? Is it the air pockets inside the objects? Could it be the color? What about the density? (Spoiler alert: it’s the last one.) The four Gaiser Middle School students joined about 100 students from 25 Clark County schools Thursday for the Green Schools summit, a day of workshops and classes for the schools’ environmental clubs. The event was cosponsored by Clark County Public Health and Washington Green Schools.
The Columbian, Nov. 10, 2017

A lifelong connection to the service

We say there’s no place like home, that home is where the heart is. But sometimes what feels like home isn’t where you expect it to be. This is the story of three members of the Walla Walla Community College family who have returned from the military to the place they call home, leaving a piece of their hearts in the service.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Nov. 10, 2017

Gov. Jay Inslee Reappoints Doris Wood-Brumsickle to Centralia College Board of Trustees

Centralia resident Doris Wood-Brumsickle has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to once again serve on the Centralia College Board of Trustees. The board oversees the general management of Centralia College and establishes and reviews policies. ... The appointment of Wood-Brumsickle was made in October.
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 10, 2017

Eat, stay, love

Not far from almost anywhere in the Yakima Valley, is a unique country inn that offers visitors a place to dine, unwind, celebrate and explore all the goodness that surrounds us. Birchfield Manor, located only two miles from downtown Yakima, is tucked away from the hustle and bustle on a picturesque 2-acre property. ... As long as he could remember, Wilford (Wil) Masset wanted to be a chef. He got his culinary start at Edison Technical School, now called Seattle Central College, and went on to continue training at the International Culinary Institute Switzerland. ... In 1975, Wil was appointed to help design and institute the Culinary Arts Program at the new South Seattle College. He was the head instructor there for several years. But Wil was always an entrepreneur at heart and in 1979 he came to the Yakima Valley with his family in tow, to open his own restaurant, which was another lifelong dream.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 10, 2017

Open house to showcase SonBridge’s community-health efforts

SonBridge Community Center in College Place hosts a number of events, classes and programs. It was in need of more space for these offerings, so around 2014 the center began a massive construction project to create a large center for more seminars and community education. ... For example, one recent community event coordinated by SonBridge was last month’s third annual Walla Walla Health Expo. ... At the various information booths, attendees could get information and even some basic health tests, such as having blood drawn for a glucose test, and blood pressure and lung-capacity testing. Walla Walla Community College provided a team of nurses to help volunteers.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Nov. 10, 2017

Public weighs $1B ammonia plant in Longview

The public relations battle is underway as Pacific Coast Fertilizer beats back against what it calls “misinformation” from opponents to its proposed $1 billion ammonia plant at Longview’s Mint Farm Industrial Park. ... Critics also have questioned whether the company’s 80 to 100 employees will be from the local area. Pacific Coast officials said Tuesday they intend to hire as many local workers as possible. This week they met with representatives from Lower Columbia College about the possibility of creating a program to train local workers on skills needed for an ammonia plant, Raymond said.
The Columbian, Nov. 9, 2017

Clark College welding program selling students’ 2017 project online as fundraiser

For three months this spring, students from Clark College’s welding classes worked tirelessly to create a 14-foot aluminum skiff from scratch. Now the welding program is selling the skiff online to raise funds for future class projects. As part of the college’s commitment to hands-on learning, for the past three years welding students have completed a completely functional welding project before graduation in the spring. One year it was a pressure vessel; the next, it was an aluminum skiff. That project proved so popular with students that Professor Caleb White decided to bring it back for 2017, albeit with many improvements over the original design.
Clark County Today, Nov. 9, 2017

Reporter's Notebook preview: College study in France draws former West Valley resident to wine industry

Chris Peterson is winemaker and partner at Avennia, a winery in Woodinville. Peterson, 46, was part of the first graduating class from Walla Walla Community College’s two-year Enology and Viticulture Program. He spent about eight years at DeLille Cellars, also in Woodinville, before starting Avennia with business partner Marty Taucher in 2010.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 9, 2017

Confection perfection

Ella Piskun's sweet treats look nearly too pretty to eat. Potential customers scrolling through social media photos of the young pastry prodigy's creations for her Spokane bakery miFlavour are met by images of decadent, perfectly edged and glaze-finished desserts in all colors, flavors and styles. ... The 22-year-old pastry chef, who graduated in 2015 from the Inland Northwest Culinary Institute at Spokane Community College and gained experience during stints at Petit Chat and Common Crumb bakeries, also strives to make the size of miFlavour's macarons slightly larger than the typical industry standard.
Inlander, Nov. 9, 2017

Eight community members will help in Highline College presidential search

Eight members of the South King County community have agreed to serve on a subcommittee to help in the search to replace Jack Bermingham, who retired earlier this year as Highline College president. ... In selecting volunteers for the subcommittee, trustees looked for community members with ties to employers, educational entities and business organizations from the college’s service area of South King County.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 9, 2017

Opinion: Opening our minds can be a beautiful thing

As a leader of my church’s Sunday Adult Forum, I had a goal: to put a human face on Islam for the members of the congregation and community. We invited a Shia Muslim woman, Marwa al-Musawi, to speak to us. Marwa is the director of diversity at Green River College where I work as an adjunct professor. She is 29 years old, married, with an 8-month-old daughter named Miriam. She shared her experience as a girl of 12 having to flee Iraq, first traveling with her family to Iran, then Jordan and finally to the United States. Her parents had been vocal in their opposition to Saddam Hussein and had been forced to flee for their lives.
Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Nov. 8, 2017

A skills-based jobs approach to fulfilling workforce needs

Photo: Student learns welding skills at South Seattle College’s Manufacturing Academy. ... Finding young workers with a strong interest in manufacturing has become a perpetual challenge, says Jay Schmidt, executive vice president and general manager of Silicon Forest Electronics, an electronic services manufacturing company based in Vancouver, Washington. ... With tuition at four-year colleges on a steadily sharp climb, manufacturers are seizing an opportunity to reach out to young people and others to preach the possibilities of a career in manufacturing — with or without a bachelor’s degree. ... Industry’s partners in these efforts can vary, ranging from workforce groups, such as Partners in Careers, to more education-based entities, such as community colleges and local technical schools. ... The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing is one of 10 centers of excellence in Washington. The centers help communicate the pressing workforce needs of the state’s major industrial sectors to the state’s 34 community/technical colleges.
Area Development, November 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Partnering for transfer

After a few years of development, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has unveiled four transfer pathways to better help students transition within any of the system’s 30 two-year institutions and seven public universities. The four pathways — in biology, business, theater and psychology — are the beginning of an effort to establish 27 transfer pathways for the system’s more than 375,000 students.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2017

Do professors need automated help grading online comments?

Blackboard is planning to introduce a new feature in its learning management system later this year to help instructors grade students’ participation in class discussions online. The feature, called the “discussion forum recommended grade,” will use computer algorithms to analyze students’ posts in class discussion forums. John Whitmer, learning analytics and research director at Blackboard, said that instructors want to use discussion forums to judge students’ participation, but that doing so is time-consuming and difficult since the forums were designed for discussion rather than assessment. These discussion forums are often underused by students, said Whitmer, since there is often little incentive for students to engage. By using this new Blackboard tool, instructors will be able to quickly see which students are participating online, said Whitmer.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2017

New international enrollments decline

After years of growth, enrollments of international students at American universities started to flatten in fall 2016, and a downward trend in new enrollments appears to be accelerating this academic year, with nearly half of universities surveyed (45 percent) reporting a drop in new international students this fall. Those are the headline findings of two international enrollment surveys released today: "Open Doors," a comprehensive annual survey of more than 2,000 colleges and universities that reports international enrollment numbers on a one-year delay, and a “snapshot” survey of about 500 institutions that reported on their international enrollment numbers for the current semester. The institutions that responded to the snapshot survey reported an average decline in new international students this fall of 7 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2017

Fewer foreign students are coming to U.S., survey shows

The first new college class since the election of Donald J. Trump has arrived on campus, and new numbers confirm what the higher education industry had feared: Fewer foreign students are coming to the United States. The number of newly arriving international students declined an average 7 percent in fall 2017, with 45 percent of campuses reporting drops in new international enrollment, according to a survey of nearly 500 campuses across the country by the Institute of International Education. Experts cited an uncertain social and political climate in the United States as part of the reason for the decline in enrollment.
The New York Times, Nov. 13, 2017

A close look at black students in South King County reveals rich diversity, and desire for better education

A new report outlines the diversity of the nearly 19,000 black and African-American students attending school in South Seattle and South King County. And it includes ideas from students and parents about how to improve their schools.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 2017

Statewide and online only in California

More than two million Californians have attended college but don’t have a degree, which is a problem the state’s two-year system is trying to help solve with a new statewide, online-only college. Today the system will submit three options for the college to its Board of Governors. ... The proposed online college would seek not to compete with the system’s 114 brick-and-mortar campuses or their online offerings, officials said, but instead would be an option for people who can’t go to the traditional campuses or didn’t transition to college in a typical way. The plan, dubbed Project FLOW (Flex Learning Options for Workers), includes a focus on work-force credentials and nondegree certifications. It’s aimed at the 2.5 million Californians with some college and no degree, 48 percent of whom are from Spanish-speaking homes.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2017

Opinion: College campuses are vital for critical conversations

As another school year gets under way, I can’t help but feel a bit of anxiety about the changing climate on my campus. With racial and political tensions exploding on university campuses across the nation, including the recent lockdown at Evergreen State College and the violence in Charlottesville after a white nationalist rally, it is clear that the ivory tower is increasingly becoming a battleground for social, racial and political differences.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 10, 2017

Public colleges expected to feel tuition pressure

Private colleges and universities are expected to grow tuition revenue faster than public institutions in 2018, breaking from recent trends, according to an annual survey of colleges rated by Moody’s Investors Service. Median net tuition revenue growth at surveyed private universities is expected to notch 2.4 percent. Median net tuition growth at public universities is only expected to come in at 2 percent. The projected growth is still relatively low, Moody’s noted. Universities face a competitive environment and slow growth in total enrollment, constraining their power to raise tuition.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2017

A nation of snowflakes

Numerous incidents on campuses, along with national surveys of students, have led to complaints that college students don't value free expression. Pundits and politicians complain that students are so sensitive that they refuse to engage with ideas that make them uncomfortable. Many of the comments lament what is seen as a problem with the current generation of college students. But a new survey suggests that the general public may be as conflicted and inconsistent about free expression on campus as students are.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2017

Final chapter in Everest College saga spells end to downtown Tacoma campus

A former for-profit college system is laying off the 45 employees at its downtown Tacoma office. After scrutiny by several government agencies, Corinthian Colleges closed in 2015, transferring some of its campuses to a nonprofit called Zenith Education Group. Now most of those campuses, including Tacoma’s Altierus Career College, are closing. The branch, in the Horizon Pacific Center at 2106 Pacific Ave., was part of Corinthian Colleges Inc. under the Everest brand. When Zenith took over, the chain shifted to a nonprofit model and reduced tuition for students by 20 percent, according to a news release from the company Wednesday. It was unclear what will happen to students at the Tacoma campus. A phone message and email sent to the college system were not returned.
The News Tribune, Nov. 9, 2017

Opinion: Two UW students — one black, one white — offer hope in their personal fight for equality

I’m still looking for reasons to be hopeful about our nation’s future, and I think I can add a couple to my list: two University of Washington students I found, oddly enough, because of a conversation about a subject that doesn’t always inspire hope. Jaron Reed Goddard grew up in a military family that moved around a lot before settling down in Camas, a small town near Vancouver, Clark County. She’s in law school and is the student representative on the UW Board of Regents. Joshua Dawson, from Federal Way, is a senior majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He’s been active in the university’s Race and Equity Initiative, which was launched by President Ana Mari Cauce two years ago to “confront bias and racism at the individual, institutional and systemic levels.” The two students were at Benaroya Hall for a talk Sunday by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the journalist and author who has been called the James Baldwin of our times for his writing about racism in America. It was a Seattle Arts and Lectures event, UW was a sponsor (along with The Seattle Times) and several student leaders were invited.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 9, 2017

Opinion: Education goes both ways in PNWU program

The opening of Yakima’s medical school, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, launched a new era of health care in the Yakima Valley. The Northwest’s first medical school in 60 years promised to improve medical care for the underserved rural areas of the Yakima Valley and the Pacific Northwest, and one innovative PNWU program targets an acute local need. It does so in a way that, arguably, only a local school can do. The Roots to Wings program seeks to motivate young residents of the Yakama Reservation to pursue a medical career. The task isn’t easy; across the nation, only 47 Native American students graduated from medical school in 2015 amid challenges that include recruitment, cost, access and academic preparation for the intense curricula.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 8, 2017

Opinion: 3 ways to get more women into tech

We all have an interest in increasing the number of women who pursue technology careers. The demand for software engineers outstrips current supply and is expected to continue to grow. These are interesting, flexible, well-paid jobs that offer a chance to make an impact; women should have access to these careers. Yet the percentage of women graduating with computer-science and engineering degrees is still the lowest (along with physics) of all the STEM fields. What can colleges do to support and prepare these students to pursue careers in the tech industry? Here are three key practices that have been shown to work.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 5, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Gainful-employment negotiators named

The Department of Education on Monday released the names of 16 negotiators and their alternates who will look to reach agreement on a new gainful-employment regulation. An Obama administration regulation, the gainful-employment rule was written to hold career education programs accountable for producing too many graduates not making progress paying off their student loans. The department released the first gainful-employment data in January, showing a wide disparity in performance between public and for-profit institutions. But in June Betsy DeVos said she would launch a negotiated rule-making process to overhaul the regulation.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2017

2 borrowers sue over forgiveness of student loans

Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court. The lawsuit, filed Sunday by two former students of the for-profit Sanford-Brown Institute, cites federal and state law in seeking forgiveness of their federal and privately held loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2017

Taxing t-shirt revenue

Senate Republicans' tax reform proposal has added a new worry for many colleges watching the progress of legislation in Congress: taxes on income unrelated to their core academic mission, including licensing royalties, which are significant at many institutions. The proposal broadens the unrelated business income tax — a tax on the activities of an exempt entity unrelated to its charitable mission — to apply to a broader range of activities by colleges. The Senate plan makes two key changes to the tax, known as UBIT, that are serious concerns for colleges. It would apply the tax to royalties generated from a university's name or logo, income that is currently exempt. And the Senate bill would require colleges with more than one business activity unrelated to their core academic mission to count them separately for tax purposes, a change with serious repercussions for those institutions, higher ed groups say.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2017

Lawsuit seeks new recourse on for-profit college fraud

Two women who claim they were defrauded by a for-profit college have sued the Education Department and a private loan servicer in a case their attorneys say could provide a new legal remedy for tens of thousands of students frustrated with the department's inaction on claims seeking loan forgiveness. The lawsuit, filed Sunday in federal court in New York, comes as the department begins work this week rewriting Obama administration rules designed to boost protections for students defrauded by their schools.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 12, 2017

Opinion: Deporting Dreamers is as cruel and unusual as it gets

As a growing number of lawsuits have recently said, rescinding DACA is unlawful. Promising to 800,000 Americans a moment of legitimacy only to then withdraw it on a whim violates equal protection, due process and federal-agency law. No one yet has filed, however, the intuitive claim that this is also incompatible with the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. After all, to deport immigrants raised in America since they were children for the supposed sins of their parents is the definition of cruel and unusual punishment — expelling a person to a country they do not know because of a decision they did not make is as spiteful as it is bizarre.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 12, 2017

Higher ed in the Senate tax bill

The Senate tax reform proposal released late Thursday night includes an excise tax on large private college endowments that has been strongly opposed by higher ed groups. The tax is similar to one in the House of Representatives bill. Private college leaders say the tax would effectively punish colleges that have built up endowments that support student aid, research and other functions of higher education. And while the tax would be applied only to the wealthiest colleges, many fear a precedent in which the assets of colleges — traditionally exempt from tax — are taxed. The Senate plan would also eliminate the deduction on state and local taxes, in a measure that is similar but not identical to the House plan. 
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2017

Senate bill would impose endowment tax but keep tuition waivers tax-free

Republicans in the U.S. Senate late Thursday released their proposal to overhaul the tax code, taking a somewhat different approach on higher education from their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives. But while the two bills differ in key ways at the moment, each could change significantly as Republicans seek to agree on a single piece of legislation to send to President Trump before the end of the year. On charitable donations, a key issue for colleges and other nonprofit organizations, the Senate bill keeps a provision from the House that would reduce the number of people who can itemize their charitable contributions, from about 30 percent of filers to just 5 percent. The National Council of Nonprofits has estimated that the measure would cut charitable donations by some $13 billion annually. Senate Republicans also retained the House’s proposed 1.4-percent tax on investment earnings by endowments at private colleges that enroll at least 500 students and have assets of $250,000 per full-time student. A Chronicle analysis found that the measure, if enacted, would probably affect fewer than 65 colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 10, 2017

Education nominee pulled over offensive blog posts

The Trump administration on Thursday said it would pull the nomination of Michigan State Representative Tim Kelly to the position of assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education after years-old blog posts by Kelly making offensive remarks about Muslims, women and poor people received public attention, according to Education Week and Politico. Kelly, a Republican, told the Detroit News that the comments in his blog expressed "mainstream" conservative positions.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 10, 2017

Opinion: Democratic majority shouldn’t alter education funding plan

The Legislature’s plan to fully fund basic education, which calls for a higher statewide property tax but a cap on the local levy assessment, thus cutting taxes in Walla Walla by $1.19 per $1,000 of your home’s assessed value in two years, was approved in June. But will it remain intact when lawmakers gather in Olympia in January for a new legislative session? Perhaps, although the Legislature is now fully controlled by Democrats who have the power to make changes.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Nov. 9, 2017

Opinion: Democrats’ control in Olympia comes with a duty

President Trump may have gotten a wall after all. But this one’s blue and runs the length of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. The apparent victory of Democrat Manka Dhingra over Republican Jinyoung Englund for the Legislature’s 45th District in King County, means Democrats will have slim majorities in both the Senate and House as well as holding the governor’s office, joining Oregon and California as states with Democrats in sole control of legislative and executive branches. ... Democrats may relish the win as a rebuke of President Trump and his policies, but their control of the Legislature could be short-lived if their focus isn’t kept on this Washington and the desire of the public to see completion of work — reached through bipartisanship — on a list of issues in the state.
Everett Herald, Nov. 9, 2017

Connelly: Two state Republicans — Pass DACA so young immigrants can stay

Fourteen Republican House members, two from Washington, want GOP leaders to get a move on and renew by year's end a program that lets  nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants remain in the United States. An estimated 19,000 of the so-called DREAMers live in Washington state. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., a low-key GOP loyalist, has taken the lead. He represents a Central Washington district in which Latino residents, documented and undocumented, are the backbone of the state's agricultural industry. At stake is DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration program that President Trump is phasing out. It allows those who came to America as young children to stay, get an education and work in America.
Seattle P-I, Nov. 9, 2017

Which colleges do students say defraud them most often? For-profit colleges

Nearly all allegations of fraud submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by students concern for-profit colleges, according to a new report from the Century Foundation. Data for the report, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the left-leaning think tank, show that 98.6 percent of 98,868 borrower defense-to-repayment claims were from students who said they had been defrauded by for-profit colleges. Most of the claims were made against the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges; however, even when Corinthian was removed from the analysis, for-profit institutions accounted for 94 percent of the claims.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 9, 2017

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