News Links | October 16, 2018
System News | Opinion
Officials at Tacoma Community College knew they had a problem when they surveyed students four years ago and learned that
nearly 100 of them reported being homeless or near homeless. The survey underscored
what, at the time, was becoming a crisis for the region. The IT boom in Seattle had
driven demand for housing to accommodate new workers moving to the area. Rental housing
costs and home sale prices shot up.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2018
Whatcom Community College has received four grants to support student success and career preparation, totaling
more than $260,000. “Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare” addresses
barriers to healthcare training in the region. The program is led by Edmonds Community College and provides healthcare education and training to low-income individuals in Whatcom,
Skagit, Snohomish and Island counties. The nearly $200,000 grant to WCC includes almost
$90,000 in direct student supports costs.
The Bellingham Business Journal, Oct. 15, 2018
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes was awarded the 2018
Pacesetter of the Year award by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations
(NCMPR), District 7. He was recognized at an awards ceremony at the NCMPR District
7 conference in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. The NCMPR Pacesetter of
the Year award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated
special leadership and support in college communications and marketing. It is awarded
annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 15, 2018
Walla Walla Community College students and faculty united on campus on Oct. 8 to build awareness about nurse safety
in response to an assault of a nurse in September at Kadlec Regional Medical Center
in Richland and other violent attacks in the last 30 days. WWCC nursing students wore
blue and organized other local events to promote innovative pathways to address nurse
safety at the bedside of patients.
Union-Bulletin, Oct. 14, 2018
Alice Dietz, perhaps best known for her work with Cowlitz PUD, returned to Lower Columbia College this October as the newest member of the college’s board of trustees. Dietz, an LCC
alumna and Longview resident, was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to fill an open position
on the board, following the end of former trustee Heidi Heywood’s term. The governor’s
office appoints all community and technical college board positions through an open
application process. “It is wonderful to see an alumna of LCC coming back to serve
the college,” said LCC President Chris Bailey in a prepared statement Thursday. “Alice
has been a leader in the community for all of her adult life. I am looking forward
to the additional leadership and vision she will bring to the LCC Board of Trustees.”
The Daily News, Oct. 12, 2018
As one of Clover Park Technical College’s seven schools, Advanced Manufacturing is a key component of the college’s offerings.
The college had the opportunity to showcase those programs at its annual Manufacturing
Day event on Friday, Oct. 5, with 500 local high school students in attendance to
learn about the possibilities of a career in manufacturing. Twenty different schools
sent students to the event, plus the REACH Center and CPTC’s own Transitional Studies
program. Most of the participants were high school juniors and seniors taking classes
in manufacturing, information technology, architecture and construction, and engineering.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 11, 2018
... Columbia Basin College President Rebekah Woods, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes and Eastern Washington
University President Mary Cullinan got a look at the plant’s innovation and technology
centers, along with Diahann Howard of the Port of Benton and other education leaders.
... With technology playing a large role in agriculture, Howard said it’s even more
important to bring the higher education leaders together to consider how they can
work with local industry. “You bring these higher education groups together, that’s
what’s going to drive our business,” Schuster said. “Ag manufacturing is going to
get more and more technical as the years go by.”
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 10, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
GI Bill recipients are waiting longer than three weeks on average to receive housing
benefits this fall. There were 158,922 pending claims as of Monday at the Department
of Veterans Affairs, according to an agency spokesman -- a 51 percent increase over
the same time last year. The backlog has decreased in recent days, the spokesman said,
but the VA expects a higher than normal backlog through the rest of the year.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2018
Free open educational resources have saved students at least $1 billion in textbook
costs over the last five years, open education advocacy group SPARC reports. “Now
that we have hit $1bn in savings, it’s time to think bigger for our next challenge,”
Nicole Allen, director of open education at SPARC, wrote in a blog post announcing
the achievement last week.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2018
Since when did sleep become an elective for high school students? Every school day
at 7 a.m., Sue Rieger sits in the library at Lewis and Clark High School, her eyes
fixed on a computer screen and her fingers typing furiously, thanks in part to the
Red Bull-infused concoction on her desk. She wasn’t alone. Displaying various states
of coherence, Rieger’s classmates filled the seats in Natasha Carpenter’s speech and
debate class. Welcome to zero hour, a fixture in American schools for more than two
decades. And with the school day bracketed by bus timetables and after-school activities,
it’s probably here to stay. For the ambitious and the passionate, zero hour is a reward
in itself. “I love debate,” Rieger said. Better yet, down the road, that extra class
might just tip the scales toward admission to a better college. The price is a good
night’s sleep. Combined with an overstuffed schedule, that can lead to what LC principal
Marybeth Smith calls “crackling,” or the warning signs of a full-blown crackup.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 14, 2018
In the midst of the #MeToo era, a controversial website created by University of Washington
students is garnering international attention. 'Make Them Scared' allows people to
anonymously accuse men of sexual assault, naming the accused without due process.
... Victor Balta, a spokesperson for the University of Washington, said the contents
of the website are very concerning and they do not know who is behind it. The school
encourages all victims of sexual harassment or assault to report it to administration
K5 News, Oct. 12, 2018
Many scholarships, grants and other financial assistance given to low-income college
students are usually offered on the premise that those students are already receiving
federal aid to help pay tuition. But a growing number of colleges are finding more
low-income students are being flagged by the Department of Education during the bureaucratic
process of verifying income eligibility for federal aid, and that those students are
not completing the application process as a result. College administrators are concerned
that much-needed aid is being left on the table by frustrated and discouraged students
who've given up on the cumbersome process of applying for financial aid.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
Senator Todd Young, an Indiana Republican, announced legislation Monday that would
lay out requirements for the Education Department to collect data and regularly publish
results of experimental initiatives. The Higher Education Act gives the department
authority to temporarily waive requirements for Title IV federal student aid programs
to run initiatives known as experimental sites. The idea is that the experimental
sites will allow the department and lawmakers to assess new policy ideas. Current
initiatives include the Second Chance Pell program, which allows incarcerated students
to access Pell Grants in more than 60 correctional institutions across the country.
But experts have said recently launched experimental sites are not being rigorously
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2018
Does Harvard University discriminate against Asian-Americans in its admissions process?
That's the question on trial in a Boston federal courtroom this week. At issue is
whether Harvard unfairly discriminated against an Asian-American applicant who says
the Ivy League school held him to higher standards than applicants of other races.
This trial will also dissect a contentious political issue in higher education: affirmative
action. But what exactly is affirmative action, and how did it become such a controversial
NPR, Oct. 16, 2018
The Education Department said Friday it won't seek another delay of the 2016 Obama
borrower defense rule, which spells out loan forgiveness options for defrauded student
borrowers and bars colleges from enforcing arbitration agreements. A federal district
court judge ruled in September that the department's delay of that rule -- issued
before Education Secretary Betsy DeVos crafted another, more restrictive regulation
-- was unlawful. It's now up to the court to determine what parts of the 2016 rule,
such as the ban on arbitration agreements, will go into effect.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education at a convening here yesterday awarded recognition
to 10 educational technology projects aiming to expand access to education and pipelines
to the work force. The #edu2030 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge
from the department’s Office of Educational Technology offered no funds to winning
projects but aimed to shine a spotlight for investors and other observers on ambitious
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2018