News Links | April 16, 2019
System News | Opinion
Highline College student Vaishali Vakharia earned statewide recognition for her accomplishments. The
Kent resident was honored as a member of the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team. She
and other top scholars from the state’s 34 community and technical colleges attended
a March 21 awards ceremony in Olympia.
Northwest Asian Weekly, April 15, 2019
Tacoma Community College announced on March 21 that one of its students, Sharon Jang, was recognized as Washington’s
New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Jang is working towards a career in dentistry.
To support her continuing education, Jang will receive a total of $9,250 in scholarships
— including $5,000 from Follett Higher Education.
Northwest Asian Weekly, April 15, 2019
Wenatchee Valley College has provided more information regarding the new building that will replace Wells
Hall. In a filing dated April 12th, WVC described the size and purpose of the building.
Wells Hall sits on the 5th Street side of the campus, just east of Wenatchi Hall.
The three story structure will be 70,000 square feet in total, with a 24,000 square
foot footprint. Four of the five wings that make up Wells Hall will be demolished,
with the fifth wing remaining as a stand-alone building.
KPQ, April 14, 2019
The 3rd Annual Shoreline Short Short Film Festival attracted more than 200 audience
members last Saturday at the Shoreline Community College Theater. The evening showcased a juried selection of 14 short films made by emerging
and professional filmmakers working in Washington. The top filmmakers were honored
with impressive (but fragile) handmade Golden Sasquatch statues and cash prizes, and
the audience voted for their favorite film to win the People’s Choice Award!
Shoreline Are News, April 12, 2019
The state Legislature is pondering creating a dedicated fund to supplement higher
education. That’s something that is needed, and has been for a long time. But because
the proposed legislation calls for increasing taxes — a surcharge on the business
and occupation tax — to fund it, the proposal has received a chilly reception. That
could end thoughtful debate immediately. ... Walla Walla Community College and the state’s other two-year schools are a vital part of our economy. They provide
training for those seeking careers in high demand fields. They also provide a more
affordable place for those seeking to start work on a four-year degree.
Union-Bulletin, April 11, 2019
Trustees at College Spark Washington appointed Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou, Ph. D. to the College Spark Washington board during their April
10 board meeting. She joins a 14-member board of top leaders in business, industry
and education. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this outstanding organization dedicated
to addressing college readiness for low income students,” said Dr. Zhou. “With a majority
of new jobs in our state requiring some form of postsecondary education, it’s important
that we improve college completion rates, and I look forward to taking an active role
on this board.”
The Suburban Times, April 11, 2019
Since the recession, enrollment at Walla Walla Community College has continued to decline. That’s why Walla Walla Community College President Derek
Brandes believes there needs to be new thinking on how to turn things around. “The
largest factor is when the economy is hot, people choose to work,” Brandes said. “Then
a recession hits and people that have some high school and some college they’re the
first to get laid off. And the best thing to do to recession-proof you is to get credentials
and degrees. So that’s when people come back in record numbers, really, into our system.”
My Columbia Basin, April 11, 2019
In the high-pressure environment of a hospital operating room, there’s one job that
is as vital as it is often overlooked: surgical technologist. “A good scrub tech,
or surgical tech, will know what the surgeon wants before the surgeon knows that they
want it, so they really are essential to making a smooth operation,” explains Dr.
Jennifer Ford a surgeon at Astria Regional Medical Center. At Yakima Valley College, the Surgical Tech program is growing.
KIMA, April 9, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
The use of Parent PLUS loans -- federal loans for parents of dependent undergraduates
--is increasing, even as student borrowing is declining. Parent PLUS loans were originally
designed to provide liquidity to high asset families who could not cover their expected
family contributions (EFCs) with current income. But policymakers have pushed the
Parent PLUS program past this original mission.
New America, April 16, 2019
... A recently reintroduced bipartisan bill, the Net Price Calculator Improvement
Act, aims to improve the transparency and accuracy around how colleges communicate
the estimated net price, a college’s full cost of attendance minus estimated grant
and scholarship aid, to prospective students. This legislation requires that the net
price calculator (NPC) be located in an intuitive place, such as on the institution’s
financial aid page, and be conspicuous, so that students can easily find it. Additionally,
the bill mandates that colleges use data from the past two years to estimate the net
price, which must be the most visually prominent calculation in the output.
New America, April 16, 2019
Nearly 50 students from across the state committed to pursing STEM careers celebrated in state capitol
Just like signing days for athletes, the second-annual Washington STEM Signing Day
presented in partnership with Boeing celebrated high school seniors from across the
state as they made their commitments to some of the state and country’s top technical
schools, colleges, and universities. Students signed STEM Letters of Intent at the
state capitol in Olympia during a ceremony attended by family members, elected officials
and leadership from Boeing. Forty-nine students, one from each legislative district
across the state, were selected to take part in the event based on their involvement
in STEM education in school and community.
Thurston Talk, April 15, 2019
The nation’s leading association for community colleges is helping its member institutions
focus on building more apprenticeship programs and becoming experts for work-force
development in their communities. Community colleges were successful at getting more
students into college during the last century, Walter Bumphus, president and chief
executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges, said during the
group's 99th annual convention in Orlando this weekend, but more work is required
to close racial and economic equity gaps in academic achievement and guaranteeing
graduates are employed in well-paying jobs.
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2019
... For-profit schools cost on average twice as much as public colleges, and most
of their revenues come directly from taxpayers through federal financial aid. The
schools also spend heavily on marketing and recruiting students who qualify for federal
aid, especially veterans. Here’s why: For every dollar of GI Bill funding for-profit
schools secure, they qualify for an additional $9 in federal student aid. For-profit
schools have been eight of the top 10 recipients of GI Bill tuition and fee payments
since 2009, according to an analysis of VA data by Veterans Education Success, an
advocacy group for veterans that has worked against the tactics used by for-profit
NBC News, April 14, 2019
Community college and university presidents are sharply divided over whether two-year
institutions should offer bachelor's degrees, a new Inside Higher Ed survey finds. Two-year
college presidents want to offer more bachelor's degrees because they believe such
programs would help close racial, ethnic and economic gaps in degree attainment. But
four-year college presidents are skeptical of the idea and have fought against proposals
that would increase bachelor's degree availability at community colleges. They are
concerned about the quality of a bachelor's degree from a community college and see
the push as evidence of mission creep.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Homeless college students are one step closer to receiving assistance from Washington
state. The House voted 57-37 to pass a bill that would provide short-term housing,
laundry facilities, storage, showers, reduced-price meal plans, technology, and case
management services. “As a state, we’ve taken important steps to support young students
experiencing homelessness while in our K-12 system, but once they get to college,
they lose that network,” said Senator Emily Randall, who sponsored Senate Bill 5800.
The bill aims to create pilot programs at six colleges across the state – one at a
four-year institution and two at community colleges, as well as technical colleges
on each side of the Cascades. Each chosen institution will provide assistance to students
experiencing homelessness and students who were in foster care.
KOMO, April 13, 2019