News Links | January 17, 2019
System News | Opinion
A family of five with its belongings packed into a car arrives in the parking lot.
A woman in a tattered coat, clutching an apple, maneuvers in line to shop for donated
shoes. A man in a weathered, heavy jacket, carrying a bag of new-found necessities,
mumbles as he sips a cup of coffee, waiting to seek advice for shelter services. Just
a sample of scenes last Saturday from Green River College’s Mel Lindbloom Student Union Building, a hub of activity and hope for the many of
the area’s homeless who came by car, bus and foot to find help. The United Way Family
Resource Exchange on the Auburn campus provided respite and answers to those who are
homeless or on the cusp of it.
Tukwila Reporter, Jan. 16, 2019
The 2019 legislative session will be challenging for legislators who must weigh many
competing and important priorities, while drafting the next, two-year state budget.
One thing that most everyone can agree on is the need for good, family-wage jobs,
most of which require training and education beyond high school. This is true here
in Kitsap County and across the state. ... At Olympic College, we have robust programs in advanced manufacturing fields like composites technology,
which is used to manufacture airplane wings, prosthetics, boat hulls and much more.
Tried and true programs like welding are filling a need for workers at the region’s
largest employer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility,
and private industry as well.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 15, 2019
Skagit Valley College celebrated Monday the opening of its new diversity center, which President Tom Keegan
called a symbol of the college’s future. “It’s a space that is a statement about our
values of equity and diversity,” Keegan said. “I think it’s just a small seed. It’s
the beginning of something greater.” Located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center,
the diversity center is designed to be a safe space for the college’s diverse student
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 15, 2019
... Fortunately, there is one thing on which everyone can agree: people need good,
well-paying jobs, and the majority of those jobs require training and education beyond
high school. This is true across the state, whether legislators represent urban or
rural areas and whether they are Democrats or Republicans. ... At Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Western Washington University, between 33-36 percent of our students are the
first generation in their family to attend college, and that experience will change
the trajectory of not only the lives of those students, but the lives of their families
and the ways they can contribute to the communities around them.
The Bellingham Business Journal, Jan. 15, 2019
Cascadia College hosted a question-and-answer session with State 1st District legislators on Jan.
9, giving lawmakers an opportunity to preview some of the work they hope to accomplish
in the new year. Eric Murphy, president of Bothell-based Cascadia College, served
as moderator for the event. The 1st District includes Bothell, part of Mountlake Terrace
and Kirkland. State Sen. Guy Palumbo, Rep. Shelley Kloba and Rep. Derek Stanford —
all Democrats –were part of a panel covering topics that included education funding,
transportation and environmental concerns.
MLTnews, Jan. 12, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Employers want college graduates who have “soft skills,” such as being a good listener
or thinking critically, but they have difficulty finding such candidates, according
to a new report. The survey was conducted online in September by Morning Consult for
Cengage, an educational technology and services company, among more than 500 hiring
managers and 150 more human resources professionals. More than 1,500 current and former
college students from two- and four-year institutions were also surveyed. The companies
found that the most in-demand talent among employers was listening skills -- 74 percent
of employers indicated this was a skill they valued. This was followed by attention
to detail (70 percent) and effective communication (69 percent).
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2019
For 25 years, almost no pathway has existed for incarcerated Americans to receive
Pell Grants, the most widely used form of financial aid for low-income students. Reopening
that pathway, a new report says, would allow hundreds of thousands of people to take
college courses, creating “a cascade of economic benefits.” The report, published
on Wednesday by the Georgetown Law School’s Center on Poverty and Inequality and the
Vera Institute of Justice, describes a domino effect: With access to Pell Grants,
it says, more incarcerated people could afford to take college classes while in prison.
When they are released, they’d be less likely to reoffend and more likely to look
for work. Businesses would have a larger pool of potential job applicants, the report
says, and more former prisoners would get better-paying jobs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 16, 2019
Online education has not lived up to its potential, according to a new report, which
said fully online course work contributes to socioeconomic and racial achievement
gaps while failing to be more affordable than traditional courses. The report aims
to make a research-driven case discouraging federal policy makers from pulling back
on consumer protections in the name of educational innovation. ... However, several
experts who read the report said it relied mostly on old data and was overly broad
in its conclusions. The paper indiscriminately trashes online education, said Fiona
Hollands, associate director and senior researcher at the Center for Benefit-Cost
Studies of Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. “It's almost all old
data, old news and not very even-handed,” she said via email, adding that the report
“reads as advocacy more than research and conveniently skips out on some of the more
recent and positive stories for students in online learning.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Trump administration officials say that the rules governing college accreditors have
become too prescriptive and too limiting of innovation in higher ed -- a problem they’re
trying to tackle by overhauling the regulations for the higher ed watchdogs. But a
proposal offered as part of a regulatory rollback by the Education Department could
create huge disruptions for the regional accreditors that oversee more than 3,000
colleges across the country. The department wants to require that regional accreditors
operate in no fewer than three but no more than nine contiguous states, a standard
multiple organizations would fail to meet. The issue is among a number of disputed
ideas up for consideration during a negotiated rule-making process that has gotten
off to a contentious start at the Education Department this week and will continue
for the next two months.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2019