News Links | April 2, 2019
System News | Opinion
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has won a national award for dramatically improving student outcomes. The state community
college was one of 10 colleges in the running for the Aspen Prize for Community College
Excellence, a $1 million award given since 2011 that recognizes excellence in community
colleges. While Pierce didn’t win the big prize, it was one of three to receive Aspen’s
“rising star” award for a strong record of improvement.
The Seattle Times, April 2, 2019
He’s the Aretha of the urethra. After a dry lecture on the workings of the urinary
system, Everett Community College biology instructor Greg Crowther changes his tune. What’s up with that? A slideshow
with musical notation replaces the series of diagrams of excretory organs. Music blares.
The button-down shirt lecturer in khakis kicks it up like a Broadway performer. “Hey
ya, hey ya, hey, urethra,” he chants. His voice fills the room, sans microphone: “Like
a spy in a movie, or a bilingual beauty. You can do double duty. To get rid of pollution,
and for sperm distribution. There’s a common solution.” Students sing the chorus:
The Everett Daily Herald, April 2, 2019
Lower Columbia College officials are out to debunk the myth that “college isn’t for everyone.”
In partnership with the K-12 local school districts, the college has launched a “Graduation Plus” campaign to offer more college-level classes in high school and to encourage Cowlitz County students to enroll at LCC for at least one more year of education after graduation. The campaign’s goal is to raise the number of college degree-holders in Cowlitz County, enrich the local economy and fight youth “brain drain.”
The Daily News, April 1, 2019
Like most two-year colleges, Clark College is subject to fluctuations in the economy. When the national and regional economy
is weak, as during the Great Recession of a decade ago, enrollment is robust; fewer
jobs are available, leaving more potential students seeking education or training.
But when the economy is strong, more would-be students enter the market to seize available
jobs. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges requested an additional $189 million from the state operating budget that is being
hammered out for the 2019-21 biennium. The focuses of the request are faculty pay
raises to bring the schools in line with K-12 public schools; expansion of the Guided
Pathways student support program; and 5,000 more student slots in high-demand fields
such as nursing, computer science and advanced manufacturing.
The Columbian, April 1, 2019
With the threat of cyber attacks always growing in our world, the need for prepared
cyber security professionals is greater than ever. Last weekend, a group of eight
Clover Park Technical College Computer Networking & Information Systems Security Students had the opportunity to
put their skills and learning to the test in a simulated cyber attack at the Pacific
Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC). The three-day competition (March
22-24) essentially locked the group into a room on the campus of Highline College where they were given a business scenario and had to defend their organization from
an array of attacks.
The Suburban Times, April 1, 2019
Construction is booming throughout the Puget Sound region, creating a demand for skilled
workers and construction managers. Last year, Seattle earned the title of crane capital
of the U.S. for the third year in a row with 65 cranes dotting the skyline. As the
only accredited two-year construction management program in Washington state, Edmonds Community College is uniquely positioned to train students for high-demand, high-wage jobs in this
MLT News, March 30, 2019
Columbia Basin College is poised to join more than a dozen colleges across the state in clamping down on
nicotine products. College officials declared they would make cigarettes, chewing
tobacco and e-cigarettes off limits at the Pasco and Richland campuses after receiving
about $20,000 from the Truth Initiative. ... “We are truly excited to make CBC a safe,
healthy and productive environment,” college President Rebekah Woods said. “The health
benefits of reducing secondhand smoke exposure are extensive. Plus, this will help
our students prepare for the workforce where smoke-free policies are already the norm.”
The Tri-City Herald, March 29, 2019
Columbia Basin College Dean for Transitional Studies Daphne Larios talks about new Bachelor degree starting
in the Fall of 2019. [Video]
The Tri-City Herald, March 29, 2019
As a first-generation college student, Lori Griffin faced some of the same challenges
many students face today. She was unsure how to navigate the college system, and she
was searching for the right path to a fulfilling career that she would enjoy. She
chose to attend Pierce College because it was affordable, close to home, and gave her a chance to explore her options
before committing to a specific career pathway.
The Suburban Times, March 28, 2019
Tacoma Community College student Sharon Jang was recognized at Thursday’s All-Washington event at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia as 2019’s top-ranked All Washington Scholar, one of 20 members of the
2019 All- USA Academic Team, and Washington’s New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar.
Jang is working towards a career in dentistry.
The Suburban Times, March 21, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
... Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, a chemistry instructor at Central New Mexico Community
College, has written about her current ungrading effort in her organic chemistry class.
Like many other professors who forgo grading students, Sorensen-Unruh offered students
a sense of how they should assess themselves and their learning in her syllabus. Most
ungrading processes are highly structured. And in Sorensen-Unruh's case, she wanted
to make sure that her classes would be counted as prerequisites for students continuing
Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2019
... “No industry will be immune to the way advances in technology change the nature
of work. As a pressing example, we are facing critical gaps in matching people with
data science and cybersecurity skills with the right mission needs,” it said. “NSF
believes that, along with other agencies and organizations, the best way to maintain
a work force ready to carry out its mission is to encourage a culture of continuous
learning, and to empower each person to refresh and modernize their skills toward
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2019
... Since 2000, Gail O. Mellow has presided over LaGuardia Community College in Long
Island City, Queens, one of seven community colleges in the CUNY system. She has just
announced plans to step down in August, so I called her to get her thoughts on how
we define "the top" in higher education right now.
NPR, March 29, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Campus sexual assault should be addressed in the reauthorization of the Higher Education
Act, U.S. senators emphasized during an education-committee hearing on Tuesday. The
question is how legislation might complement the Title IX regulations that Betsy DeVos,
the secretary of education, has proposed — and, given how controversial the draft
rules are, whether lawmakers can agree on what that legislation should look like.
Most of the hearing was spent discussing three of the most hotly debated components
of the proposed rules: the requirement for cross-examination in live hearings, the
fact that colleges would no longer have to investigate many off-campus assaults, and
the narrower definition of sexual harassment. ... "We have to make it easier to report
sexual harassment, not make it harder," said Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington.
"And that's what I fear Secretary DeVos's proposed Title IX rule would do when it
only requires schools to respond to reports of campus sexual assault that were made
specifically to a very small group of campus officials.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April, 2, 2019