News Links | January 4, 2018
System News | Opinion
Aramis O. Hamer calls it making a mess. It’s a big, beautiful, mesmerizing mess. She
uses acrylics, mirrors and sometimes spray paint to create strong color contrasts,
prisms and exaggerated subject matter to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. It’s
as simple as it is complicated. Her first solo show, “O: Gemini Trying to Balance
the Poles,” opened this week at Edmonds Community College and is up through March 16.
Everett Herald, Jan. 4, 2018
Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center is on the move again. The local college recently relocated from
South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus to the South Whidbey Community Center
at Langley Middle School to accommodate the South Whidbey School District’s “changing
space needs,” according to Laura Cailloux, vice president of the Whidbey Island campus.
South Whidbey Record, Jan. 3, 2018
While many people still see virtual reality as nothing more than a tool for video
game immersion, Bitlink founder James Riggall sees the emerging technology as the
future of many industries around the world. The Fulbright Scholar is completing his
eight-month appointment at Seattle’s Bellevue College, where he is delving deep into the technology that drives virtual and mixed reality. Mr
Riggall ran his first of 10 courses covering the basics of virtual reality on Wednesday
in Seattle, with the stream broadcast 15,000 kilometres away in Tasmania.
Tasmania Examiner, Jan. 3, 2018
From their perch in the suburbs just northeast of Seattle, the jazz program at Bothell
High School is producing some powerhouse musicians. This all-star ensemble’s performance
with mentor Jim Sisko was a bold statement that these teens can keep up with anybody.
... Jim Sisko, an experienced jazz educator at Bellevue College, was encouraging in his leadership. He plainly appreciates and respects the talents
of these youngsters, and told us that this group has plenty of what a good young jazz
musician needs — passion.
KNKX, Jan. 3, 2018
Some of the key cards don't work. There are a few boxes still to be unpacked. Some
seats in the theater are yet to be installed. Much like a home on move-in day, the
College Instruction Center has a few loose ends. But on Tuesday, the first day of
winter quarter at Olympic College, students and instructors were making themselves at home and relishing the new 70,000-square-foot
arts and health occupations building.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 2, 2018
The Mirror reached out to local community leaders to see how they plan to better themselves
and their community in the new year. Some of the resolutions were personal, such as
implementing healthy habits into their lifestyles or spending more time with family,
while others were professional. ... Mayor Jim Ferrell: Making sure we start holding
college classes in our city through the university initiative, a unique partnership
with UW-Tacoma, Highline College, Federal Way Public Schools and the city of Federal Way.
Federal Way Mirror, Jan. 2, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
In recent years the Chinese government has stepped up its crackdown on domestic dissent
at the same time it continues to expand the country's global influence. A confluence
of events has China studies scholars raising concerns about whether the Chinese Communist
Party is exporting its censorship regime abroad, and what the implications are for
free discussion and research at universities outside China.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 3, 2018
At Wright State University in Ohio, the French horn and tuba professors are out. So
is the accomplished swimming team. At Kansas State, Italian classes are going the
way of the Roman Empire. And at the University of Central Missouri, The Muleskinner,
the biweekly campus newspaper, is publishing online-only this year, saving $35,000
in printing costs. Just as many universities believed that the financial wreckage
left by the 2008 recession was behind them, campuses across the country have been
forced to make new rounds of cuts, this time brought on, in large part, by a loss
of international students.
The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2018
Most of the largest U.S. public universities do not track suicides among their students,
despite making investments in prevention at a time of surging demand for mental health
services. Tabulating student suicides comes with its own set of challenges and problems.
But without that data, prevention advocates say, schools have no way to measure their
success and can overlook trends that could offer insight to help them save lives.
Associated Press, Jan. 2, 2018
The Associated Press is reporting today that of the 100 largest public universities
in the country, more than half don’t keep track of student suicides. That includes
the University of Oregon, which the AP says either does not keep or does not consistently
collect the data. Oregon State University and the University of Washington Seattle
campus are the only large public institutions in the Northwest that shared annual
KNKX, Jan. 2, 2018
Across America, people are falling ill and dying young. These men and women have something
in common. In fact, they stand out because of something they don’t have: a college
degree. A recent report, by the Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus
Deaton, made the stakes clear: Men and women who haven’t been to college live shorter,
less healthy lives, and are losing ground compared with college graduates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 29, 2017
Here in a corner of Missouri and across America, the lack of a college education has
become a public-health crisis. ... It’s a place, one of many in America, where disadvantages
pile up. Researchers are uncovering links between education — or lack of it — and
health, and they don’t like what they see. It’s not clear whether a college degree
leads directly to better health, or, if so, how. But the findings are alarming: Educational
disparities and economic malaise and lack of opportunity are making people like those
in the Bootheel sick. And maybe even killing them.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 29, 2017
Politics | Local, State, National
More Washington voters are concerned about taxes as the Legislature gets ready to
convene next week, according to a new statewide poll. The survey by independent Seattle
pollster Stuart Elway found that, for the fourth straight year, education was the
top concern listed by voters, with 32 percent ranking it as the “most important” issue
for state lawmakers to deal with. That was down from 45 percent last year – perhaps
a recognition that lawmakers have pumped billions of additional dollars into public
schools in recent years.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2018
Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education this week voted to expand a performance-funding
formula for public institutions, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The state had
performance funding in place during previous budget cycles, but the formula only applied to
new money. The just-approved version would tie 10 percent of state funding to performance
measures such as degree completion, job-placement rates and how colleges spend money,
according to the newspaper.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2018
The Department of Education will propose next week that borrowers be required to demonstrate
their institution intended to mislead them before they can have their loans discharged. Student
advocates say that would effectively mean no borrowers are able to get relief on their
student loan debt through a provision of federal statute known as borrower defense
to repayment. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education are
in the midst of an overhaul of borrower-defense regulations through a negotiated rule-making
process launched after DeVos blocked a 2016 Obama administration rule from taking
effect. Department officials will make the proposal at the second round of meetings
between negotiators from a wide range of interest groups.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 3, 2018
Three former homeland security secretaries warned congressional leaders and officials
of both parties on Wednesday that the window for legislative action to protect undocumented
immigrants brought to the country as children will close by the middle of January,
months before a period outlined by the White House. The letter — signed by Jeh Johnson
and Janet Napolitano, homeland security secretaries under President Barack Obama,
and Michael Chertoff, a homeland security secretary under President George W. Bush
— was sent as congressional leaders and aides to President Trump prepare for a meeting
on Wednesday on Capitol Hill, where the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action
on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is expected to be discussed.
The New York Times, Jan. 3, 2018
President Trump escalated tensions with Democratic leaders Tuesday over the fate of
young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers,” claiming the lawmakers are “doing
nothing” to protect them from deportation as a key deadline nears, even though last
year he ended the Obama-era program that allowed those immigrants to stay in the country.
But the Twitter salvo masked a murkier reality as lawmakers returned to Washington:
Trump remains open to negotiations on a charged issue that has vexed him since his
presidential campaign — and his brash partisanship was widely seen as a nod to his
base rather than a sudden turn in the talks.
The Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2018
The state Supreme Court ruled Nov. 15 that the Washington Legislature is still out
of compliance with constitutional “ample provisions” requirements litigated in the
McCleary court case. Justices in effect are demanding $1 billion more be added to
state education funding.
The Olympian, Dec. 29, 2017