News Links | May 17, 2018
System News | Opinion
Peninsula College was recently awarded $149,700 from College Spark Washington as part of an annual,
competitive statewide community grants program. The grant supports a redesign of how
the college teaches and supports college-level math and English, including approaches
to pre-college math and English courses, said Bruce Hattendorf, dean for Arts and
Sciences, in an email. ... Peninsula College received a previous Community Grant for
$149,989 for the High Support Accelerated Learning Project and a $500,000 grant funded
by College Spark Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for the Guided Pathways Project.
Peninsula Daily News, May 17, 2018
Everett Community College student Ryan Cade isn’t always confident in his photography. He’s at peace with that
feeling, though. “One of the things I’ve learned is self-doubt as an artist is totally
normal,” Cade said. “Just because I’m not totally confident in my work, doesn’t mean
other people won’t see something they like.” The 19-year-old’s portrait abstraction
“Miriam” is featured on the poster for the college’s annual student exhibition at
Russell Day Gallery, which is displaying art by graduating students through June 6
in the Parks Student Union Building.
Everett Herald, May 17, 2018
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community
College Excellence. The bi-annual award is given to high-achieving community colleges
from across the country. Colleges are awarded based on four criteria: student learning,
certificate and degree completion for both 2-year and transfer students, post-graduation
employment and earnings, and minority and low-income student access and success.
South Sound Business, May 16, 2018
After years of waiting, Big Bend Community College broke ground Tuesday for its new Professional Technical Education Center. The new
building, also known as the workforce education center, is being constructed next
to the ATEC building. Big Bend officials were joined by RGU Architecture, Lydig Construction,
the college’s Board of Trustees, Sen. Judy Warnick and Rep. Tom Dent and community
members for a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
iFiberOne News, May 16, 2018
For some, transit centers are just out of reach. But starting this month, Lyft, a
ride-hailing company, will provide free rides to transit centers and bus stops for
those with limited access. Pierce Transit and Lyft partnered to create the Limited
Access Connections pilot program with help from the Federal Transit Administration’s
Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox grant program. The pilot program, called Limited
Access Connections, allows agencies to experiment with new transportation options
for the public. Pierce Transit was one of 11 public transportation providers chosen
to participate nationwide and was awarded $205,000. ... Pierce College vice president of administrative services Choi Halladay estimates that there are
anywhere from 200-250 students on the Puyallup campus in the evening, attending classes
The News Tribune, May 16, 2018
On Wednesday, Washington senator Maria Cantwell revealed the results of a new report
that found the energy sector employed 6.5 million Americans in 2017, up 133,000 jobs
from the prior year. ... In 2016, Senator Cantwell hosted a roundtable at Pacific
Northwest National Lab in Richland, Washington, with then Energy Secretary Moniz.
The event marked the release of a study by Senator Cantwell that included information
on the role that Centralia College’s Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy has played in developing
an energy workforce throughout the state.
KXLY, May 16, 2018
Human services students at Skagit Valley College received Monday a crash course in child sex trafficking and its presence in Skagit
County. “We know it happens here, but we don’t know much about it or how we can help,”
said Lucy Kesterson with the college’s Human Services Club. The conference, Human
Trafficking in Skagit County, was hosted by students in the Human Services Club, in
collaboration with other clubs. Kesterson said the group chose this topic because
those studying to become human services professionals need to be equipped to help
Skagit Valley Herald, May 15, 2018
Kevin Brockbank already knows what it’s like to be president of Spokane Community College. He’s been doing it for the better part of a year, since his predecessor resigned
in July 2017. Now Brockbank is committed to the job for the long run, having beat
two other finalists who emerged from a nationwide search to lead one of the biggest
two-year schools in the state. In an interview last week, Brockbank said he wants
to highlight SCC’s role as a supplier of talented employees throughout the region,
noting the school’s dozens of programs and its rural education centers in Colville,
Inchelium, Ione, Newport and Republic.
The Spokesman-Review, May 15, 2018
Leslie Hurst of the University of Washington Bothell Cascadia College Library received the 2018 UW Distinguished Librarian award. It’s the first time a
librarian from the Bothell campus has won the award, which was established in 2008. The
award recognizes excellence in librarianship, especially as it benefits the academic
community through innovative approaches to practice, research, teaching and learning.
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, May 15, 2018
The Edmonds Kiwanis Club announced Monday that it has named long-time Edmonds resident
and 31-year Log Cabin volunteer Dorothy Gross as its 2018 citizen of the year. ... Along
the way Dorothy became volunteer coordinator at the Log Cabin, and also donated her
time and skills to teaching ESL classes at Edmonds Community College. And she signed on — along with her husband — to help the Edmonds Police Department’s
Crime Prevention unit.
My Edmonds News, May 15, 2018
A little over a month after students, faculty, and community members pleaded with
the interim president of South Seattle College not to kill the Pastry and Baking Arts program, Peter Lortz has made a decision.
The college’s communications director Ty Swenson says Lortz “is not forwarding a recommendation
of program closure until more is learned from conversations with industry and further
discussion with faculty.” Those conversations, he explains, emerged from “connect(ing)
with those who expressed a willingness to support the program … a plan emerged for
Seattle Colleges to meet with baking industry representatives to discuss how the district
(this includes South Seattle College, Seattle Central College and North Seattle College) can best meet industry needs and student demand.
West Seattle Blog, May 14, 2018
On Wednesday, May 2, children and parents gathered at the Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor to trade computer games for the real-life versions. “I’ve been going
to museums and doing art and playing bingo,” said fourth-grader Susi De Bruyn. That’s
how Susi said she’s been spending time since she agreed to take a week-long break
from computers, smartphones and TVs as part of a national campaign to be screen-free.
From April 30-May 6, that meant no online games for Susi — her typical after-school
San Juan Journal, May 14, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
When applying to colleges, students are commonly told to include a “safety school”
to ensure they are accepted to at least one institution. For low-income students,
such as those who receive advising from college access programs like members of the
National College Access Network, they also need a different type of a safety school:
a financial one to which they are not only accepted but also are reasonably sure they
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018
The homepage of Trilogy Education Services' website prominently displays the phrase
“Universities Trust Trilogy.” Trust is an important part of universities’ bargain
with Trilogy. The company runs coding boot camps for the continuing education divisions
of dozens of well-known institutions such as Rutgers University, the University of
California, Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology and many more. But Trilogy doesn’t
run boot camps under its own name. It uses the branding and reputation of its university
partners to attract students, often with only a small “powered by Trilogy Education
Services” listed at the bottom of web pages that advertise the boot camps.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018
There’s a new top job in town. Software developer is now the most common occupation
in the Seattle area. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there
are more than 60,000 employed in that field here. Retail salesperson, the former No.
1 job in Seattle (and still the most common job in the U.S.), fell by the wayside
in 2016. Another remarkable thing about software developers in Seattle: Four out of
five of them are men. That statistic may be striking, but it probably doesn’t come
as much of a surprise. The gender gap in tech, and the reasons behind it, are well
publicized and even controversial. Researchers have studied it, and the media has
scrutinized it. But the gap is hardly unique to tech.
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2018
Michigan State University will pay $500 million to settle with the victims of Larry
Nassar’s sexual abuse, the university announced on Wednesday in a news release. Nassar,
a former Michigan State professor of osteopathic medicine and team physician for USA
Gymnastics, was convicted of sexually assaulting hundreds of young women and girls,
and hundreds of lawsuits, representing 332 victims, were filed against the university. Michigan
State will pay $425 million now and put $75 million in a trust fund for anyone who
alleges in the future that Nassar sexually abused them, according to the release. The
settlement applies only to Michigan State and “MSU individuals sued in the litigation,”
the release states.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2018
The suicide of Elizabeth Shin at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000,
and the lawsuit that followed, prompted colleges and universities to engage in vigorous
suicide-prevention efforts. That tragic event occurred in a period of time when higher
education began to experience a significant uptick in students seeking and needing mental
health care and interventions. Although few students who need care are either suicidal
or violent — and the combination is even more rare — the mass shooting at Virginia
Tech in 2007 cemented the need for colleges to address suicidality and its impacts. Today,
many colleges take comprehensive, science-based approaches to suicide prevention and
integrate those efforts with larger campuswide risk-management efforts. Public cries
for accountability, however, may be motivating colleges to overreact to the risks
associated with student suicide.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2018
A controversial wolf researcher will accept a $300,000 settlement to leave Washington
State University, the school said. Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation
Lab, sued the Pullman school for infringement of his academic freedom. Wielgus angered
ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing
wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized
the structure of wolf packs. Ranchers complained to the Washington State Legislature,
which cut Wielgus’ funding and demanded he be removed as principal investigator on
his ongoing work.
Associated Press, May 16, 2018
The University of Washington’s graduate students who teach, tutor and do research
went on a one-day strike Tuesday. The 4,500 students, known as academic student employees,
are asking the university for a pay bump of at least 3 percent for 2018, increases
of 6 percent in 2019 and 6 percent in 2020, and for student fees to be waived. They
are also requesting health insurance that more fully covers transgender students,
and improvements to mental-health coverage. The students, who are represented by UAW
Local 4121, say that current salaries — which range between $23,000 and $35,000 —
aren’t keeping up with the cost of living in Seattle.
The Seattle Times, May 15, 2018
For years, experts have worried about the disproportionate level of student-loan debt
borne by black students. Two new sources of evidence — federal data and a report on
a controversial federal-student-loan program — add to an already disturbing picture. The
federal data come from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, which provides
the most robust picture of student borrowing, but has been released only every four
years (it will come out every two years in the future). When the 2015-16 data were
published, on Tuesday, Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of education leadership,
management, and policy at Seton Hall University, posted a quick analysis of graduate
students’ debt by race on his blog. In 2000, the proportion of black graduate students
with no debt was quite a bit lower than for their white, Asian, or Hispanic peers,
he found. But that proportion dropped sharply over time. Just more than half of white
graduate students had no debt in 2000, a share that dropped to about 40 percent by
2016. By comparison, at the start of the same period, 37 percent of black graduate
students carried no debt; by the end, only 17 percent did.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2018
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education
law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the
past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law,
according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research
aligned with Gates’ interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping
write one state’s new education system framework.
The Seattle Times, May 15, 2018
Community college bachelor’s degrees could be the answer. Today, 90 colleges across
17 states award a bachelor’s degree in at least one fields. Six other states allow
their community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees – but those colleges have not
yet chosen to do so. The degrees are almost entirely career-focused, with most being
bachelor of applied science (BAS) and some traditional bachelor of science (BS). They
are often in distinct fields from degrees awarded at four-year institutions, although
a growing number of colleges are awarding bachelor’s degrees in nursing and in education
similar to these degree programs in four-year schools.
New America, May 14, 2018
The Supreme Court threw open the door to legalized sports betting on Monday. By a
6-3 vote, the court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most
states from legalizing sports betting. ... With every player in the sports world seeing
dollar signs, there is one problem player — the amateur athlete. Amateur athletes
are the most vulnerable to corruption because they are not paid, noted Michelle Minton
of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. That's why the NCAA could throw "a wrench
in the works," said John Wolohan, professor of Sports Law at Syracuse University.
Professional players make too much to risk throwing a game, he said, but a kid on
full athletic scholarship with no money in the bank is much more susceptible when
someone approaches him and says, "Hey, you're playing Colgate tonight. You guys are
favored by 20 points. Here's $5,000. Make sure it's under 20."
KNKX, May 14, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
Career and technical education groups said they are pleased to have one of their own
nominated for assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education — the
top job dealing with work-force issues at the Department of Education. The White House
this week said it would nominate Scott Stump, an executive at learning services firm
Vivayic Inc., for the job. Previously, Stump worked for more than a decade in the
Colorado Community College System, where he served as assistant provost of career
and technical education.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018
Most scholarships and tuition-free community college programs either focus on covering
the entirety of a student's two years in college or at least the first year. But with
more two-year colleges shifting focus from student access to completion, there is
growing interest in how to ensure that more students don't stop out after one year. Marion
Technical College, located in Ohio, found a solution in an unusual place — Inside
Higher Ed's "Confessions of a Community College Dean" column. That solution, offered
by writer Matt Reed, proposed making the second year of college tuition-free, not
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2018
As part of its pitch for expanding apprenticeship opportunities, a White House-convened
task force last week released a report that took several shots at colleges and universities. “The
American higher education system is churning out a pool of in-debt job seekers who
are not equipped to meet the skills needs of many employers in the modern American
economy,” the report said. The strongly worded criticism was notable in part because
the 20-member task force included two higher education representatives: Walter Bumphus,
president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, and Mark B. Rosenberg,
president of Florida International University and a board member for the Association
of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2018
Free tuition policies are rooted in strong philosophical and social traditions but
do not necessarily lead to increased access or student success, according to a new
paper in the journal Higher Education Policy titled “There Is No Such Thing as Free
Higher Education: A Global Perspective on the (Many) Realities of Free Systems.” Ariane
de Gayardon, a senior research associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education
at University College London, looked at free tuition policies across a variety of
countries. ... De Gayardon found that participation rates vary considerably across
countries with free tuition systems, as do graduation rates.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2018
Chalk one up for the state Legislature and its timing earlier this year when it established
a student loan bill of rights. Mick Mulvaney, interim director of the federal Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau, is continuing the ill-advised dismantling of the agency,
last week announcing that the CFPB department tasked with enforcement and rule-making
regarding student loans was being moved into the bureau’s office of financial education.
... State lawmakers likely weren’t anticipating Mulvaney’s actions; the legislation
had been request by the Attorney General’s office and proposed even before undoing
the CFPB was a glimmer in Mulvaney’s eye. But the timing is fortunate, all the same.
The actions of the Legislature earlier this year to establish a student loan bill
of rights provides many of the same protections that are being lost at the CFPB.
Everett Herald, May 15, 2018