News Links | February 21, 2019
System News | Opinion
In a historic announcement Wednesday, Lower Columbia College said it will add a bachelor’s degree to its offerings next fall with the introduction
of a four-year teaching program. The degree will help meet the demand for teachers
in the region by preparing candidates for teaching positions in preschool through
eighth grade, according to a college news release. “People will be able to stay local
to fill the in-demand jobs in elementary education and early childhood education,”
said Wendy Hall, LCC spokeswoman. “We are very excited to offer our first applied
bachelors degree, and we think this is the perfect place to start.”
The Daily News, Feb. 21, 2019
Clark College hopes a $300,000 grant will help the Vancouver campus target sexual assault and violence
against its students — by increasing the number of incidents that are reported to
college officials. The community college in 2017 received a three-year grant from
the Office on Violence Against Women, operated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
It was one of 22 colleges, government agencies, organizations and tribes in Washington
to receive grants aimed at reducing sexual assault and domestic violence. And after
months of behind-the-scenes work and small-group training sessions, volunteers are
going out into the college community to speak to classes about what it means to consent
to sex and what resources are available to victims of violence who attend Clark College.
The Columbian, Feb. 19, 2019
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan laid out her vision of the state of the city and the state
of the future. She chose to speak from North Seattle College to tout her plan to allow more students into the Seattle Promise program, which gives
certain kids free college for two years. The rest of her address was all about affordability
and access. “The state of our city is strong and resilient,” said Durkan.
Q13 Fox, Feb. 19, 2019
Through a collaboration between Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College and Tacoma Community College, Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) provides learning and development services that
solve complex business problems, helping employees reach the highest level of performance.
IPS offers customized training, coaching and consulting to businesses and organizations
in the community.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 19, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
A wide range of employers have complained for years that higher education is failing
to adequately prepare students to join the work force. However, a growing number of
businesses are owning some of the blame for the disconnect between college and jobs.
Employers too often send the wrong signals about the skills their workers need, according
to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and the Workforce.
That lack of clarity causes problems for job seekers as well as employers and postsecondary
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 20, 2019
... While some so-called mega-universities have physical campuses, they’ve focused
intensely on building online programs. They’ve emphasized recruiting working adults
over fresh high-school graduates. They’ve embraced competency-based education, in
which students earn credits from life experiences and from demonstrating proficiency
in a subject. They market widely and vigorously, and lean into, rather than recoil
from, some other common corporate practices and philosophies. These universities have
clearly found a new way to play the game that many colleges are losing. With no end
to their expansion in sight, they could one day lay claim to a significant share of
the nation’s new college students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 18, 2019
They’ve tried compressing it, breaking it into bite-size chunks, computerizing it,
even making it optional. But the traditional, prerequisite remedial course that generations
of underprepared students have been funneled into before they can start college-level
courses remains an insurmountable barrier for too many students. Increasingly, it
is being ditched altogether.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 18, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
After Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, observers
predicted that Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, would face fresh scrutiny. DeVos,
a billionaire philanthropist, has hired officials with ties to for-profit education,
and critics have long alleged that those ties have helped drive her department’s higher-education
policy. With new investigatory powers, House Democrats — led by Rep. Bobby C. Scott
of Virginia, the new head of the body’s education committee — signaled a desire to
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 20, 2019
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos donated a portion of her government salary to the
Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a group of public historically black colleges and
universities, the group announced Wednesday. ... DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist,
has a long history of donating to groups that support expanding access to charter
schools and private schools and religious organizations, among other causes. Last
year, she divided her government salary among four nonprofits, including the Special
Politico, Feb. 20, 2019