News Links | April 18, 2019
System News | Opinion
Hollyn Taylor, 21, dropped out of high school and then completed her GED with help
from Pierce County’s adult basic education providers. Taylor got her diploma through
Tacoma Community College and is now training to be an EMT at TCC. [Video]
The News Tribune, April 17, 2019
Members of the faculty and staff of Peninsula College hold signs Tuesday at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles
to raise awareness of state underfunding of the state’s community and technical colleges.
The informational picket was set up to urge state legislators to increase the budget
for the college system and its employees.
Peninsula Daily News, April 17, 2019
More than 350 guests gathered at the Grand Hyatt Seattle Hotel on April 13 for the
Edmonds Community College Foundation Gala in celebration of alumni and students and the transformational power
of education. ... The highlight of the gala’s program was the Student Spotlight. Edmonds
CC student Mustapha Samateh shared his story of overcoming adversity when he came
to the U.S. as a student seeking political asylum from The Gambia. Samateh is a member
of the Associated Students of Edmonds CC (ASEdCC) and serves as Executive Officer
for Administrative Liaison, which has provided him with a voice to represent students
to faculty, staff, administrators, and legislators.
MLT News, April 17, 2019
After years of feeling ignored by lawmakers, faculty and students at Washington’s
community and technical colleges walked out of classes Tuesday, urging the Legislature
to invest in their schools. The walkouts are part of a week of action organized by
American Federation of Teachers union chapters in the Puget Sound region. Organizers
estimated that around 1,000 people participated in Tuesday’s events at the three Seattle College campuses, Shoreline Community College and Port Angeles’ Peninsula College. ... The last time the state gave faculty raises beyond regular cost-of-living increases
was in 2008, according to Laura McDowell, director of communications for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. As a result, she said, many schools are struggling to retain faculty.
The Seattle Times, April 16, 2019
Three people vying to be the next leader of Everett Community College are coming to town for interviews plus forums with students, staff, faculty and residents.
Karin Edwards, Warren Brown and Daria Willis are the finalists named last month by
the college’s Board of Trustees. Edwards, president of the Cascade Campus of Portland
Community College in Portland, Oregon, will be on campus Wednesday. Brown, president
of North Seattle College and a Seattle Colleges District vice chancellor, will visit Thursday. Willis, provost and senior vice president
for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled
Everett Herald, April 16, 2019
Green River College and United Way of King County have partnered to expand the available assistance for
students facing unforeseen financial emergencies or catastrophic events. According
to a 2018 study by Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 42 percent of community
college students experience food insecurities while 46 percent face housing insecurities.
In an effort to address these, and many other hardships facing students, Green River
created its first student emergency fund-now called Gator Pledge-in 2009.
Kent Reporter, April 15, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
The Education Department this week issued recommendations for colleges to improve
the transparency of financial aid offered to students. ... Lawmakers have also been
paying closer attention to the transparency of college aid offers. Bipartisan legislation
introduced last month by Iowa Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and
Senator Tina Smith, a Minnesota Democrat, would require that colleges use a standardized
financial aid offer for admitted students.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2019
Ask the many assessment haters in higher education who is most to blame for what they
perceive as the fixation on trying to measure student learning outcomes, and they
are likely to put accreditors at the top of the list. Which is why it was so unexpected
last week to hear a group of experts on student learning tell attendees at a regional
accreditor's conference here that most assessment activity to date has been a "hot
mess" and that efforts to "measure" how much students learn should be used help individual
students and improve the quality of instruction, not to judge the performance of colleges
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2019
... The “student loan crisis” mostly isn’t a student loan crisis. It’s mostly a dropout
crisis. If you want to avoid having student loan debt hanging over you for years,
the single most crucial thing you can do is...graduate. We know that the longer it
takes to finish a degree, the likelier that is that life will get in the way. But
that’s only part of it. The opportunity cost of the extra time is likely worth significantly
more than the balance of typical student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2019
Last month, Wyoming became the 25th state to allow predominantly two-year colleges
to grant four-year degrees. That means that half of states now allow community colleges
to confer a bachelor’s degree. But a recent survey found that—even with this widespread
state authorization—a small portion of two-year colleges actually offer these degrees.
Only 10 percent of community college leaders reported that they offered four-year
degrees at all, and one percent reported that they offered a wide range of bachelor’s
New America, April 17, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Community and technical college students struggling with food insecurity or unforeseen
financial emergencies may soon have help, because of newly-passed legislation sponsored
by Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent. Under House Bill 1893, recently passed by both the
House and Senate, a grant program is established for community and technical colleges
(CTCs) to provide monetary assistance to students experiencing unforeseen emergencies,
according to a Washington House Democrats news release. While many four-year institutions
already have similar programs for short-term loans or grants, this law gives CTCs
the same flexibility to assist students. Also included in the law is a focus on food
insecurity for CTC students.
Kent Reporter, April 17, 2019
A bill to direct more aid to homeless college students in Washington state has passed
both houses. Following Senate approval in early March, the House on Friday approved
the proposal. The original version of the bill was sponsored by Sen. Emily Randall,
D-Bremerton. Randall, elected in 2018, is vice chair of the Senate Higher Education
& Workforce Development Committee. Randall said Olympic College, a community college in her district, has been a leader in addressing the problem
of student homelessness. The bill would create a pilot program to show how the state's
colleges could better assist students who are struggling with homelessness and students
who were in the foster care system when they graduated high school. ... Two four-year
colleges and four community and technical colleges will be chosen for the pilot by
the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Washington Student Achievement Council. The pilot schools will have an even
number of colleges on both sides of the Cascades.
Kitsap Sun, April 16, 2019