News Links | December 5, 2019
System News | Opinion
It makes perfect sense that community college baccalaureate (CCB) degrees would be
magnets for nontraditional degree seekers. In my day-to-day advising for Green River College’s bachelor’s program in Software Development, I often hear the common refrain of “cost,
convenience, and applicability” when talking to students about why they’re opting
to earn their bachelor’s degree at a community college instead of a university.
New America, Dec. 4, 2019
In 2016, a student in Masashi Kato’s class in conversational Japanese had the chance
to practice her language skills in a high-stakes setting: a preschool in Japan. They
peppered her with questions. “As soon as she set foot inside the door, she was on
the spot,” Kato said. “Five-year-old kids have no mercy — they wanted to talk nonstop,”
he said. In January, Kato and Everett Community College will offer a three-quarter course in conversational Japanese that focuses on doing
business in Japan.
Everett Herald, Dec. 4, 2019
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will meet for its regular business meeting Thursday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Board members are anticipated to give final approval to the community and technical
college system’s 2020 legislative agenda, which focuses on its supplemental capital
budget request. The $273 million request would fund 25 major projects at 23 colleges,
including funds for six construction projects.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 3, 2019
David P. Jones, director of the PC Jazz Ensemble, will lead the group’s fall quarter
concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free concert will be in the Maier Performance Hall
on Peninsula College’s Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. The voices of Robbin Eaves of Joyce,
Clare Wegener of Port Angeles and Scott Sizer of Port Townsend will be featured, with
Wegener and Sizer also playing in the band. The 18-piece PC Jazz Ensemble will be
heard in several instrumental numbers.
Peninsula Daily News, Dec. 2, 2019
In front of local, state, and national Japanese media earlier this month, Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey and Wako International High School principal Sugiko Yamada
signed an agreement to directly connect Wako graduates with LCC programs. The signing
ceremony was part of a trip to Japan several members of Lower Columbia College took
in early November, as part of an ongoing cultural connections program between LCC
and the city of Wako, Japan.
The Daily News, Dec. 2, 2019
A new bus stop near Spokane Falls Community College opens Monday. Riders can find it on the west end of campus. The Spokane Transit Authority
said the new stop will greatly improve safety for riders who use routes 20 and 33
because they won't have to cross Fort Wright Drive to get on the bus anymore. [Video]
KXLY, Dec. 1, 2019
Is Clark College on the right track? Clark is so consequential here that we hope all is well at our
community college. Yet it appears that stress levels are high for Clark trustees and
administration. The recent acrimonious departure of former President Bob Knight is
troubling for those who know his contributions at Clark. The trustees must find a
balanced approach to calm the waters. The stakes are high. Few if any institutions
here can match Clark College for helping the less privileged climb the economic ladder.
Clark offers students the means to increase their earning power by leaps and bounds,
in the nursing school, the culinary school, as a machinist or other skilled labor,
or in the many new STEM programs.
The Columbian, Dec. 1, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
When teenagers are looking for information about what it’s really like to go to a
college, they rarely consult college brochures or university websites. Instead, they
just turn to social media. “I remember going to the library to look up books with
written summaries of what college life was like at different institutions,” said Brian
Freeman, founder and CEO of Heartbeat, a company that connects brands with up-and-coming
and established social media influencers. “I cannot imagine a 16-year old doing that
now,” he said. “They’d go to the hashtag or location of a school on Instagram and
look at the feed to get a feel for the atmosphere.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2019
... For over half a century, student loan borrowers like Denise — with a significant,
permanent disability — have been protected by federal law. If they can no longer work
enough to support themselves, they can ask the U.S. Department of Education to erase
their debts. But an NPR investigation has found that hundreds of thousands of potentially
eligible borrowers — more than enough to fill a city the size of Pittsburgh — have
yet to receive the relief they're entitled to.
NPR, Dec. 4, 2019
On-campus housing: Only 1.5 percent of community college students live on campus,
compared to 15.6 percent of all undergraduate students. About 28 percent of community
colleges have on-campus housing. [Chart]
Community College Daily, Dec. 4, 2019
... The American college faculty is, once again, becoming more heavily full-time than
part-time, new federal data reveal -- as professors make up a modestly smaller part
of the overall higher education workforce. Throughout the early part of this decade,
Education Department data showed that the number of instructors who worked part-time
consistently outpaced the number who worked full-time, as adjunctification -- higher
education's version of the gig economy -- took hold.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 27, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
A bipartisan plan crafted this week by leaders on the Senate education committee would
simplify the federal student aid application process, streamline income-driven student
loan repayments and make permanent $255 million in annual funding for historically
black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs).
Community College Daily, Dec. 4, 2019