News Links | July 31, 2018
System News | Opinion
Manufacturing companies in Washington — including Skagit County — are hard pressed
to find skilled workers, according to a report released in June by the Washington
Research Council. The key to overcoming this shortage in skilled workers, according
to the report, is close partnerships between community colleges and manufacturing
companies. Skagit Valley College has built its manufacturing department around this concept, and faculty say their
graduates are in high demand.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 31, 2018
Columbia Basin College is helping Hanford officials take the next step toward getting the $17 billion vitrification
plant ready to treat waste by 2023. The massive plant is being built to glassify some
of the nation’s most dangerous radioactive and hazardous waste. Vit plant employees
who could eventually be operating the Analytical Laboratory at the Hanford nuclear
reservation’s vit plant are coming up with the processes and procedures at the college’s
Pasco campus that will be used at the plant’s lab.
Tri-City Herald, July 30, 2018
The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees voted to offer Dr. Amit Singh the role of president. Singh accepted
and began work on June 25. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education,
Singh previously served as the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs
at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.
Northwest Asian Weekly, July 30, 2018
The Clover Park Technical College Office of Student Life is always looking to ensure students have their basic needs
fulfilled, and one of the new ways the office is providing for students is with a
Personal Care Pantry. Located in the Student Leadership and Service Center in Building
23, the Personal Care Pantry is a self-serve cabinet where students can find various
toiletries to assist with their personal hygiene.
The Suburban Times, July 29, 2018
Bellingham is one of the top college towns in the U.S. The American Institute for
Economic Research ranked college towns based on a variety of factors such as demographics,
quality of life, and economic conditions. Home to Western Washington University and
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham is ranked at number 20 on the list and scores points for its diversity
and arts and entertainment scene.
KING 5, July 27, 2018
The number of visas issued to international students who want to study in the United
States has dropped for two straight years. That’s hurt colleges that have helped mitigate
declines in domestic student enrollment by recruiting abroad, including some community
colleges in the Puget Sound region. Green River College in Auburn, for example, has become one of the top community colleges for international
students in the country. According to the Institute of International Education, Green
River ranks eighth in the country among community colleges for the number of international
students it enrolls. ... The three campuses of Seattle Colleges have also experienced a decline. Right now is crunch time for the colleges to figure
out how many students will attend in the coming school year. Students in other countries
have been admitted but are now waiting to see if they’ll get their visas to study
here in the fall.
KNKX, July 27, 2018
Here’s a surprising statistic: In 2016, only about 22 percent of students who received
special education services when they graduated from Washington’s high schools enrolled
in college one year later. Yet most special-needs students have an average or above-average
IQ. ... Bellevue College offers four programs: Autism Spectrum Navigators, Occupational & Life Skills, Basic
and Transitional Studies and a disability resource center. ... Highline College offers a program called ACHIEVE, a comprehensive postsecondary transition program
for students with intellectual disabilities.
The Seattle Times, July 27, 2018
The tents on the grounds of Good Shepherd Baptist Church were no match for the rain
and heavy snow that came last winter — collapsing under the weight. To keep the homes
upright and residents sheltered, site manager Tony Thompson spent all Christmas night
removing snow from the tents. “I’m surprised it didn’t all come down,” said Thompson,
58, of Lynnwood. Shepherd’s Village provides a home for Edmonds Community College students experiencing homelessness. After the rough winter, the Jean Kim Foundation,
which sponsors the village, wanted to offer more to residents — a solid, weatherproof
roof and a door. Rev. Kim Jean is pushing for changes to Lynnwood city codes to allow
the group to use tiny homes.
The Everett Daily Herald, July 27, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up
to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting
enough to eat or are worried about it. This food insecurity is most prevalent at community
colleges, but it's common at public and private four-year schools as well. Student
activists and advocates in the education community have drawn attention to the problem
in recent years, and the food pantries that have sprung up at hundreds of schools
are perhaps the most visible sign.
NPR, July 31, 2018
Moodle, the open-source learning management system provider, is ending its partnership
with Blackboard, according to a Moodle announcement Friday morning. Blackboard on
Friday afternoon offered a slightly different version of events, announcing in a press
release that it "strategically decided to end its partnership with Moodle." After
September, Blackboard will no longer be permitted to use the Moodlerooms name or other
Moodle trademarks it had been licensed to use for advertising Moodle-related services.
Blackboard, which some say has been narrowly overtaken in U.S. market share by Canvas,
will transition out of Moodle's Certified Partner Program over the next few months,
according to Moodle's release. Blackboard will invest money from the partnership into
further development of its Moodle-based open-source products, which continue to serve
more than 1,000 clients worldwide.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018
When Sadie Kim took the most demanding courses at her high school and earned a prestigious
International Baccalaureate diploma this spring, she expected to receive enough college
credit to give her sophomore standing at the University of Washington. In fact, she
believed that a new state law championed by students at her school, Edmonds-Woodway
High, would guarantee it.
But Kim and other students say some college advisers have told them they won’t get credit for all the college-level courses they took — even when they quote the law back to their advisers. The law has generated so much confusion that five state legislators sent a letter last week to the state’s colleges and universities, spelling out how they should interpret the new International Baccalaureate (IB) law. It is based on a year-old law that determines how college credit should be granted for passing scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
The Seattle Times, July 30, 2018
A knockoff version of Survivor filmed by students at the University of Maryland, College
Park, contains all of the elements that made the original CBS series a powerhouse
pioneer in reality TV. Deceit and psychological warfare. Surprise twists. Even a devoted
and occasionally rabid online following, despite only being a YouTube phenomenon,
not one broadcast on major network television. ... While it's generally established
that colleges and universities don't have a legal duty to protect their students in
the same way as in a K-12 setting, their role as a caretaker is shifting. The California
Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that colleges must protect their students from
potential violence in "school-sponsored activities."
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018
Yes, cellphones and laptops do affect students' grades, and no, students can't multitask
as well as they say they can. Arnold Glass, a psychology professor at Rutgers University
at New Brunswick, and Mengxue Kang, a graduate student, recently published a study
in Educational Psychology that they say reveals a causal link between cellphone and
laptop use during class and poorer exam scores.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2018
... About 95 percent of prisoners will be released to their communities at some point.
In 2015 alone, more than 640,000 people across the nation headed home, according to
the National Reentry Resource Center. Unfortunately, many people return to prison
because they are so unprepared for life on the outside. Nearly 70 percent are arrested
again within three years of release, according to data compiled by the Department
of Justice. That cycle — from prison to street to prison is costly for them and for
us. But prison education programs can disrupt the cycle and put at least some prisoners
on a path to employment, research shows.
USA Today, July 27, 2018
A new survey of the U.S. public suggests continued problems regarding the image of
higher education -- and negative perceptions are not limited to Republicans. A solid
majority of all adults (61 percent) believe that higher education is headed in the
wrong direction, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But that view is
much more likely to be held by Republicans or those who lean Republican than by Democrats
or those who lean Democrat. While both Republicans and Democrats express skepticism
about higher education, they do so for different reasons -- Democrats are more concerned
about tuition rates, and Republicans are more concerned about their perceptions of
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
Washington schools may get a boost in funding for career and technical education classes.
That’s because Congress has voted to reauthorize the Perkins Act, which spells out
gradual increases in federal dollars for vocational education through the year 2024. Washington
has been getting about $20 million annually in Perkins Act funding. That money goes
to the state Workforce Board, which then distributes it to public schools and community
and technical colleges.
KNKX, July 31, 2018
The Trump administration says it wants more innovation in higher education. And it
believes rewriting the rules for college accrediting agencies is the best way to encourage
innovation. In an exclusive interview with Inside Higher Ed, the administration's
top higher education official described the philosophy behind the latest proposed
regulatory overhaul, which the U.S. Department of Education unveiled Monday by introducing
a wide-reaching rule-making session. The changes the department is mulling give the
clearest sign so far of an affirmative higher education agenda from the Trump administration,
which in its first 18 months has focused on blocking or watering down key Obama administration
initiatives. The proposals could have far-reaching effects on the educational models
colleges pursue, as well as for noncollege education providers.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018
An article in Politico Magazine about foreign espionage activities on the West Coast
of the U.S. reports on several cases relevant to higher education. The article cites
former intelligence officials who say that during the Olympic torch run in San Francisco
in 2008, “Chinese officials bussed in 6,000-8,000 J-Visa holding students -- threatening
them with the loss of Chinese government funding -- from across California to disrupt
Falun Gong, Tibetan, Uighur and pro-democracy protesters” who lined the torch run
route. Chinese intelligence officials allegedly directed the students’ movements in
order to overwhelm the anti-Beijing protesters.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018
Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has come out strongly against a proposed rule from
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that addresses debt relief for students defrauded
by colleges. Murray said it tilts too far in favor of schools, especially for-profit
colleges, and would leave students in financial jeopardy.
KNKX, July 30, 2018
This week, advocates for student-loan borrowers have seen some of their worst fears
come true. More than a year after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that the
U.S. Department of Education would begin to unwind two Obama-era regulations aimed
at holding for-profit colleges accountable, the department has started to make good
on that promise. ... When the Education Department announced, in June 2017, that it
would begin the process of rewriting the rules, borrower advocates saw it as evidence
of a coziness with the for-profit sector. Several staffers who had relationships with
for-profits were forced to recuse themselves from working on regulations such as these.
But now it has come to light that in the early days of Donald Trump’s education department
at least one official was communicating with his contacts in the for-profit industry
while also eagerly seeking to discuss the two rules now being rolled back.
The Atlantic, June 27, 2018
The Education Department plans to repeal the gainful-employment rule, which sought
to punish higher-education programs whose graduates bear a high level of student-loan
debt, according to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Experts had predicted
that the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, aimed to weaken the rule, not scrap it. The
rule would have punished programs whose graduates had student-debt payments that amounted
to more than a certain percentage of their incomes. Analyses of the rule’s predicted
impact showed that for-profit colleges would have been disproportionately affected.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2018