News Links | May 16, 2019
System News | Opinion
... Thousands of Washington college students are hungry. Washington State University,
Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane are struggling with the problem, despite varied approaches. ... Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College struggle with food insecurity, as well, and both have food pantries to assist students.
SCC’s pantry can be accessed by students three times a quarter. “We’re designed to
help students in an emergent need to get a three day food supply, breakfast, lunch
and dinner,” said Rachel Moore, SCC food pantry manager. “They just have to have their
student ID and a schedule. We don’t ask any other questions.”
The Spokesman-Review, May 16, 2019
Underage students of enology and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College will be able to taste the fruits of their labor under legislation signed into law
last month. A bill sponsored by 16th District Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, will help
pave the way for the next generation of winemakers by expanding tasting opportunities
for those under 21 who are enrolled in viticulture and enology programs. Signed into
law April 23, the legislation rolls out July 28. The law expands on an existing one
that already allowed students between 18 and 20 years old to taste — but not consume
— wine in the academic classroom setting as a learning tool.
Union-Bulletin, May 15, 2019
Centralia College is making gamers’ dreams come true with their growing esports team. Since forming
in 2018, the team has grown into a roster of 22 players competing in four different
games: League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Smash Bros. This fall, all
roster players will also be offered tuition scholarships. “We want to find more collegiate
events, but of course that requires the other colleges in the Pacific Northwest to
catch up, which has been a main focus of our program is getting them the resources
they need to get their programs going,” said head coach Jacob Beach.
The Daily Chronicle, May 15, 2019
An earlier than normal noctiluca plankton bloom is turning parts of the Puget Sound
the color of tomato soup. “It makes me sick. I’d like to keep the water wholesome
and pure,” said Denise Durbin. The bloom, which looks like a large patch of orange
or brown in the water, is actually a gathering of algae or plankton. Blooms can vary
in color depending on the type of phytoplankton present in the water. Noctiluca blooms,
which are common in Puget Sound, are nontoxic and usually appear to be the color of
tomato soup. “It’s not harmful, it doesn’t harm the animals, it doesn’t harm the people,
it’s just this little phytoplankton and it gets really, really abundant,” said Rus
Higley, Highline College MaST Center Director.
KIRO, May 15, 2019
Edmonds Community College’s Project Home Ambassadors (PHA) student club has one goal –– to help students who
are facing homelessness with housing expenses, which can sometimes seem insurmountable.
Across the U.S., about one-third of community college students go hungry and 14% are
homeless, according to 2017 national survey by the University of Wisconsin of more
than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges. Over the past year, PHA was able to
award $16,000 in scholarships to assist 24 Edmonds CC students with housing expenses,
including monthly rent, move-in fees/deposits, and hotel costs.
MLT News, May 15, 2019
A fire training partnership among the Walla Walla Fire Department, Walla Walla County
Fire District No. 4 and students at Walla Walla Community College is paying off with a soon-to-be installed fire training prop. Chief Bob Yancey said
Walla Walla Community College recently received a grant for a burn room, which is
made up of two specially-designed modular cargo containers. “One of them is actually
designed to be the burn room, where you light the fire with – it’s call live fire,
it has wood and particle board,” Yancey said. “It creates the heat, the smoke and
the flames to train firefighters what to look for in flashovers.”
My Columbia Basin, May 15, 2019
Randy Broberg is living his dream -- something many of us might consider a nightmare.
The 71- year-old spends nearly all his free time solving math problems. If you ask
him where his favorite place is or what makes him the happiest in life, he’ll tell
you it’s the dry erase board or the notebook where he scribbles numbers all day long. “To
tell you the truth, I didn’t sleep last night because I was working on math problems,”
said Broberg. Broberg retired as a math teacher 10 years ago, but wanted to keep teaching,
so he called Clark College in Vancouver and asked if they needed help. They found a perfect place for him in
the Veteran’s Resource Center. Manager Dave Daly calls him invaluable.
KATU, May 14, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
Perhaps never before has there been such a need for postsecondary credentials but
such skepticism about whether a college education is worth the cost. That, according
to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the paradox that prompted it to create
a national research group, to be publicly convened on Thursday. The Commission on
the Value of Postsecondary Education is the latest national effort to measure and
seek to convey clearly just how much someone gains — economically, anyway — from a
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2019
If you didn’t spend the first four months of 2019 in windowless conference rooms watching
a Department of Education negotiated rulemaking systematically dismantle what few
protections exist for college students, trying to understand what was agreed upon
can be like trying to read Greek. But this post will hopefully help to interpret what
happened, and what it will mean for more than 20 million college students across the
New America, May 16, 2019
A nationally representative survey of roughly 50,000 working adults without college
degrees found that respondents who hold a certificate or certification report higher
levels of marketability, employment and income, although wages vary widely based on
gender and occupational fields. Respondents also see themselves as more attractive
job candidates, the survey found, and reported personal and subjective benefits from
earning the nondegree credentials that go beyond labor-market returns.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2019
The War on Drugs locked up thousands of black men, and a new study finds that it may
have also locked many out of the college classroom—and all the benefits that come
with a college degree. There was a time when black men’s college enrollment was gaining
ground, as compared to white men’s. ... Decreased college enrollment has life-long
consequences. Only 24 percent of prisoners have some college education, compared with
48 percent of the general public.
The Atlantic, May 15, 2019
Race and class matter when it comes to who gets ahead educationally in American society,
according to an analysis released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education
and the Workforce. The report, "Born to Win, Schooled to Lose: Why Equally Talented
Students Don’t Get Equal Chances to Be All They Can Be," analyzes various federal
education databases to show that children who are black or Latinx or are from low-socioeconomic-status
families perform worse over time academically that those who are white, Asian American
or are from higher socioeconomic levels. The part of the report that may be particularly
alarming is that these trends hold true even for disadvantaged students who are academically
talented and for those who are privileged but less academically talented.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2019
Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living
at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer
job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling
at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three. While
some schools have joined statewide consortia to undertake these marketing efforts,
others have forged their own individual paths to attract university students in their
respective areas who are home for the summer.
Community College Daily, May 14, 2019
Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared
for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses
are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help. As a result,
some California colleges and high schools are rethinking their approach to teaching
math -- with encouraging results. [Video]
PBS News Hour, May 14, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the Trump administration's
Education Department is getting in the way of efforts to police the student loan industry.
The revelation, in a letter obtained by NPR, comes at the same time that lawsuits
allege that widespread wrongdoing by student loan companies is costing some borrowers
thousands of dollars. CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger explained the problem in an April
letter responding to questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other lawmakers about
whether the federal regulator had "abandoned its supervision and enforcement activities"
related to more than $1 trillion in student loans.
NPR, May 16, 2019
The Trump administration proposed cutting the Pell Grant surplus to fund new spending
at agencies including NASA in a budget amendment this week. The White House fiscal
year 2020 budget proposal released in March included a $2 billion cut to the Pell
surplus. The budget amendment calls for redirecting another $1.9 billion in Pell funds.
The Associated Press first reported the proposal. As the economy has improved in recent
years, enrollment of Pell Grant recipients has declined, the administration wrote,
meaning funding has lasted longer. The White House argued that the program would still
have enough discretionary funding until fiscal year 2023 and that students would not
be affected by the proposed cut. The Pell program currently has a surplus of $9 billion,
according to the Office of Management and Budget.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2019