News Links | February 26, 2019
System News | Opinion
Until recently, Rachelle Himmelman used herself as an example for how she didn’t want
her children to be. The 48-year-old mother of four had dropped out of high school
two credits shy of graduating, hadn’t pursued higher education and said she wasn’t
living the life she wanted. “I’ve had lots of barriers in my life,” Himmelman said.
“I wanted to make something of myself for my kids.” In 2017, Himmelman set herself
— and her family — up for change when she enrolled at Skagit Valley College. In January, she was honored as one of five community and technical college students
statewide to receive an annual Transforming Lives Award.
Skagit Valley Herald, Feb. 25, 2019
Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian school in north Queen Anne, is offering
a tuition break to students who transfer into the university after earning a community-college
degree through Seattle’s new, tuition-free community-college program. Beginning in
autumn 2020, SPU will give transfer students who earned a two-year degree at one of
three community colleges (North Seattle College, Seattle Central College and South Seattle College) in the Seattle Promise program at least 50 percent off tuition, in the form of scholarships
and grants that do not need to be paid back.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 23, 2019
Free college for everyone may not be coming to Washington, but many students could
see the cost of their post-secondary education reduced – although by just how much
is still up in the air. The Legislature will consider a refined list of bills intended
to increase accessibility of higher education, including adding money to scholarship
programs and alerting students of cheaper course materials. ... Accreditation standards
for programs that provide college classes to high school students would be updated
under a pair of bills. One would require community and technical colleges offering
concurrent enrollment to be nationally accredited within the decade. “These students
should not only have access to college level credit, they should have access to college
level classes,” said Ruben Flores, of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 23, 2019
As KREM 2’s Black History Month series concludes I sat down with Spokane Community College's Black Student Union to talk about some of the issues the African American community
still faces. And we got their perspective on how we can create understanding and acceptance
among all of us. We interrupted their regularly scheduled BSU meeting to have an important
conversation. These conversations of race, identity and equality are happening all
around us, but even more so this time of year when people are faced with their past
while trying to navigate their present and looking to their future.
KREM 2, Feb. 22, 2019
Lower Columbia College’s first four-year degree will create an employee pipeline for Cowlitz County schools
to cope with a statewide teacher shortage, according to local school officials. The
bachelor of applied science degree will prepare students for jobs as K-8 teachers,
for which a teaching certificate is needed, as well as early learning and preschool
positions without certificates. It was inspired by a local need for qualified teachers,
said LCC president Chris Bailey.
The Daily News, Feb. 22, 2019
Programs to recruit and train behavioral and mental health professionals could receive
$1.1 million in the next fiscal year under proposed legislation. Washington state
has two health education centers that recruit students from rural and under-served
communities into health professions. These centers are located at Eastern Washington
University and Whatcom Community College, and are funded by the state Department of Health and the University of Washington.
Sequim Gazette, Feb. 22, 2019
“I have seven pressure cookers,” instructor Edurne Garcia-Andre confessed to a classroom
filled with attentive continuing education students at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center campus on a rainy Thursday night. Why does anyone need that
many pressure cookers? This, along with many other pressure cooker- and cooking-related
questions, was answered with aplomb by Garcia-Andre as she briskly made her way through
a thick booklet of recipes.
The Columbian, Feb. 22, 2019
The first part of Dr. Preston Kiekel’s week looks like that of the average professor.
It’s the weekend when he marches to the beat of his own drum. Kiekel leads a variety
of math-related classes each Monday-Thursday while school is in session at Centralia College ranging from statistics to industrial mathematics. Most Fridays and Saturdays, Kiekel
can be found instead at Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, teaching inmates
there as part of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program.
The Daily Chronicle, Feb. 21, 2019
From a distance, Naoko Morisawa’s mosaic artwork looks like oil paintings, stained
glass or maybe piece quilts. But the details — and effort that went into them — are
best examined up close. Using thousands of very small slices of natural and oil-dyed
wood chips and cardboard on stained wood panels, the award-winning Seattle artist
created abstract patterns with vibrant and contrasting colors. Her work is on display
through March 15 at Edmonds Community College’s art gallery.
The Everett Herald, Feb. 21, 2019
He was given $40 and a bus ticket when he left the Skagit County jail. Now Kyle Von
Stroberg has graduated from community college, found work and is helping other convicted
felons achieve the same. While in jail, he met counselors from Skagit Valley College who helped him enter the program that has changed his life. “I went to school and
staying busy kept me clean which kept me on the right path,” Stroberg said. Now he’s
a graduate of the Marine Technology Center, where he learned to fix boats. Dozens
of other former inmates have also gone through the program. The college's 'Student
Success Navigator' Aaron Kirk said it has made a profound difference in their lives.
K5 News, Feb. 21, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Colleges have been focused for more than a decade on accelerating the completion movement
to increase graduation rates and improve student outcomes. Community colleges especially
have worked on improving career opportunities for their students, reforming remedial
education, encouraging students to attend full-time and offering tuition-free programs.
But achievement gaps between black, Hispanic and low-income students and their white
and wealthier peers persist even as each group continues to graduate at better rates.
Achieving the Dream, the national organization focused on student success, is encouraging
colleges to put racial and wealth equity at the center of their efforts to help more
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 25, 2019
... “The four-year undergraduate experience is often out of reach for large segments
of our population,” said Kemi Jona, associate dean for digital innovation and enterprise
learning at Northeastern University in Boston. Moreover, he said, “the idea of getting
that one degree and you’re set for life doesn’t really hold water anymore. Then the
question becomes, ‘how do we make it easier for working adults and people who need
to pick up new kinds of tools and technologies?’” The answer: stackable credits, which
Cassandra Horii, director of Caltech’s center for teaching, learning and outreach,
defined as “a more bite-sized piece of education that stands on its own and has value
in the workplace.” But “if you continue on your educational trajectory, that piece
fully counts towards your next educational step.”
The New York Times, Feb. 22, 2019
Community college graduation rates are poor, but they’re even worse for single mothers.
Only 8 percent of single mothers enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program
graduate within six years, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
A new initiative announced Wednesday by former second lady Jill Biden hopes to improve
that rate. Biden, a full-time English professor at Northern Virginia Community College,
said the Community College Women Succeed initiative will help colleges learn how to
help adult women and single mothers graduate from two-year institutions across the
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
The Education Department expects that student borrowers will soon use a single website
to manage and make payments on their student loans -- a change its pursued during
two different administrations. The Office of Federal Student Aid this week awarded
a five-year contract to Accenture Federal Services to handle the new web portal and
other customer service functions, including a single intake center for borrowers who
call or email with questions about their accounts.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2019
Lawmakers on the House Education and Labor Committee said Thursday that they are planning
a series of bipartisan hearings as part of an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education
Act. The five hearings will focus on the cost of college, accountability for institutions,
degree completion, the role of community colleges and minority-serving institutions,
and innovation. The bipartisan process is a departure from the previous Congress,
in which House Republicans introduced an ambitious proposal to revamp the higher ed
law called the PROSPER Act largely focused on GOP priorities. Months before the midterm
elections last year, House Democrats introduced their own proposal to update the HEA.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2019
The rules that hold most colleges accountable for the debt their students leave campus
with are widely regarded as broken. A Government Accountability Office report last
year found that colleges easily game standards applying to loan default rates. Policy
shops and lawmakers, meanwhile, have spent years debating the right approach about
the degree to which institutions should be on the hook for poor results on student
loans. Senator Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate education
committee, this month released the latest gambit to overhaul federal accountability
for colleges. He proposed in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute that a
single accountability system measuring students’ progress paying back their loans
should apply to all colleges and majors.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2019