News Links | November 26, 2019
System News | Opinion
Edmonds Community College has launched the Idea Lab – a permanent innovation incubator – to respond to what
it says are rapid transformations taking place in higher education. The lab brings
together about 20 faculty and staff from all levels of the organization to brainstorm,
incubate, evaluate, and mobilize innovative solutions to create a change-ready and
Edmonds Beacon, Nov. 26, 2019
... So she moved home to Washington state and enrolled at Bellevue College, a community college that has a program called Neurodiversity Navigators (formerly
Autism Spectrum Navigators). Even there, she was hesitant to sign up. “I spent a lot
of time trying to distance myself from that label,” Wagner said. “I passed as neurotypical
very well, but I saw how other autistic kids around me were being treated and I was
terrified of being seen as less than a person.” But she found a sense of community
in the Navigators program because she didn’t feel the need to hide her autism anymore.
She said she didn’t realize “how much energy it took up in my life to constantly be
USA Today, Nov. 26, 2019
After moving more than 9,000 miles away from their homes in East Africa, Kelvin Kuniara
and Grace Wangeci both say they are happily adjusting to life as Lower Columbia College students. “It has been great. I really want to thank LCC,” said Kuniara, 31, who
has been at the school for over a year. “When I applied, I really kept good grades.
I was the happiest person, and I’m still the happiest person.”
The Daily News, Nov. 26, 2019
Lewis County Beekeepers Association encourages young people to get involved through classes, scholarships
The Lewis County Beekeepers Association (LCBA) is holding free orientations on getting
started in beekeeping and has created a beekeeping curriculum that is currently being
taught at Centralia College. “I love to just go out to my hives with a cup of coffee and just watch them coming
and going. I love to watch the way they fly, the way they interact with each other.
They are beautiful to watch and their behavior is intricate and fascinating,” said
Susanne Weil, when asked why she enjoys keeping bees.
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2019
Edmonds Community College Rocketry Society members recently joined other rocket enthusiasts from Central Washington
University and the Tri-Cities Rocketeers for a high-powered launch near Pasco. EdCC’s
team of students launched five rockets on Nov. 9. Experienced rocketeer and past club
president Brie Hall made the launch process look easy when launching her rocket that
created stunning visual effects as it lifted off with a redline motor. Club member
Tony Chuang was able to achieve National Association of Rocketry Level II Certification
by launching his rocket to an estimated 4,000 feet and utilizing a dual deploy recovery
Everett Herald, Nov. 25, 2019
... Rethinking how to teach is an important part of the conversation, but one of the
hardest to take action on, because there's often a tension between academic freedom
and evidence-based pedagogy that can be difficult to push past, according to Emily
Lardner, interim vice president for academic affairs at Highline College in Washington. Lardner said she wants faculty members to know about the research
on how people learn and have time to discuss the issue with each other.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 25, 2019
Bret Dickey teaches Spokane Community College’s popular software development courses. This quarter alone 90 new students enrolled,
and they hail from all over the U.S. and beyond. So why does Dickey occasionally find
himself lecturing to empty seats? “Because I record my lectures, and students watch
when it’s more convenient, like after work,” he said. “If I have a class of 27 students,
I may have only two physically present. “Sometimes there’s no one else in the room.
It’s weird.” But also rewarding for students who survive the tough curriculum and
go on to lucrative careers.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 24, 2019
Thanks to the Pierce Open Pathways (POP) program offered at Pierce College at JBLM, students have saved more than $2 million in textbook costs since 2015. Courses
in the program use open educational resources, which are high-quality, openly licensed
learning resources used in lieu of traditional textbooks. Students in the program
can earn an entire university transfer degree without ever paying for a traditional
The Suburban Times, Nov. 24, 2019
Clark College Foundation recently received a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable
Foundation to support Clark College’s student veterans. Funding will provide textbooks,
on-campus dental services, career assessments, emergency grant funds and certification
exam fees for students through Clark’s Veterans Resource Center. “Bank of America
is proud to support the Veterans Resource Center,” David Reiter, senior vice president
of Bank of America, said in a news release.
The Columbian, Nov. 23, 2019
For many aspiring film students, the dream of actually working on a movie set may
seem far-fetched and impossible to reach. Olympic College film professors Amy Hesketh and Aaron Drane are making that dream a reality for many
students — while still in school. Both Hesketh and Drane are not only film professors
but are currently active in the film industry making movies.
Kitsap Daily News, Nov. 22, 2019
The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for the Columbia Basin College community to come together and inspire individuals to use this date to make a plan
to quit tobacco. The event not only challenged people to stop using tobacco, but helped
individuals learn about the many tools available to help them quit and stay quit. The
event was a way to bring awareness of the dangers of tobacco use. It showed those
who want to quit smoking that there is help available.
NBC Right Now, Nov. 22, 2019
Late last month, Clover Park Technical College's Department of Student Life officially opened its first Fitness Center available to
students, faculty and staff. Nearly 100 members of the CPTC community were in attendance
to celebrate this momentous occasion, one that required a community effort to make
a reality. The expansive 1,500 square foot Fitness Center, located inside the campus’s
Student Center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that can be utilized by
a breadth of abilities and experiences, from the quintessential treadmills and free
weights to the trendier spin bikes and row machines.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 21, 2019
Under the direction of Lauren Love, the theater at South Puget Sound Community College has become one of the region's premiere theaters, presenting challenging and professional-level
shows one after another. Witness last year's two-part Angels in America and earlier
this year, Fun Home, both of which were the talk of Olympia's theater realm. And now
comes the quirky, innovative and emotionally captivating The Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-Time based on the prize-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted for
the stage by Simon Stephens and directed at SPSCC by Love.
Weekly Volcano, Nov. 21, 2019
Bellingham Technical College was named one of the top community colleges in the nation. BTC is one of 150 community
colleges in the U.S. eligible to compete for a $1-million prize from the Aspen Institute
College Excellence Program. The award is based on strong and improving student outcomes
in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity. The community
colleges named as eligible to compete for the prize were selected from a pool of nearly
1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student
KGMI, Nov. 21, 2019
... The SVFD scholarship meant she could afford that period’s Spokane Community College training and necessary books, she said. Skjelbred, who decided to go for the bachelor’s
degree, said she contacted SCC to request that any remaining funds from the yearlong
scholarship go to another college nursing student. “I had amazing educational opportunities
at SCC that provided the foundation for the kind of nurse I am now,” Skjelbred added.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 20, 2019
Cheyenne Fonda, a student in the Running Start program at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak, is working as an intern at the Methow Valley News this fall. Fonda is helping
with research and reporting, interviews, writing, and editing. She’s also gaining
an overall understanding of the many components that come together each week to publish
Methow Valley News, Nov. 20, 2019
Edmonds CC Jazz and Salsa Band to perform fundraising concert Nov. 22 before traveling to Puerto Rico
The Edmonds Community College Jazz and Salsa Band will perform its final fundraising concert on Nov. 22 before
traveling to Puerto Rico. “Combining our fundraising efforts in the spring with a
recent generous grant from the Associated Students of Edmonds CC, we have raised over
$20,000 to this point,” said John Sanders, the band’s director. The group’s goal is
to raise $30,000 for the 17 students traveling in January. The Puerto Rico trip is
a kind of homecoming. Sanders was inspired to start the group after his own visit
to Puerto Rico in 2014.
MLT News, Nov. 20, 2019
An investigation into the actions of former Clark College President Bob Knight should be viewed as a positive for Vancouver’s two-year institution
of higher education. It is only by acknowledging problems that they can be fixed. According
to a 228-page report from Seattle-based D Diamond Consulting, Knight engaged in inappropriate,
discriminatory behavior toward female staff members, particularly women of color.
Knight served 13 years as president of the college before retiring in July.
The Columbian, Nov. 19, 2019
Trends | Horizons | Education
The abrupt closure of the Art Institute of Seattle earlier this year caused upheaval
for hundreds of students. That’s not the only higher-education institution to close
in recent years – the for-profit ITT Technical Institute had three campuses in Washington
and shut down in 2016. Now, three state agencies have created a centralized complaint
portal where postsecondary students can report concerns.
KNKX, Nov. 26, 2019
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education released data on first-year earnings
for thousands of different college programs. The data are both limited and flawed
in some ways, but they are also some of the most accurate outcomes information currently
available about different academic programs and majors.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2019
More than 100 U.S. colleges signed on to an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that seeks
to end the optional practical training program, which allows international students
to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while staying on their
student visas. Colleges say that ending the program would severely harm the ability
of U.S. universities to attract international students.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2019
... The report also breaks out the economic impact of UW’s campuses in Tacoma and
Bothell. Both were founded in 1990 and have grown substantially. They each have almost
6,000 students. Hodgins said UW Tacoma and UW Bothell originally started out as locations
more geared toward students transferring from community colleges, but that's changing. “The
fastest growing part of both campuses are people who want to come as freshmen, so
both of them are trying to figure out how to build more residence halls to accommodate
the demand,” Hodgins said. “So it’s been interesting to watch their evolution.”
KNKX, Nov. 25, 2019
This year, landmark legislation made college in Washington more affordable, and in
some cases, free. Months before, Seattle residents voted to give the city’s public
high-school graduates two free years of community-college tuition. But who will ultimately
benefit from these efforts? The answer to that question became complicated this month,
when voters narrowly rejected Referendum 88, a measure that would have allowed state
universities to consider race when deciding who to admit.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 24, 2019
At a time when many American universities and colleges are struggling with strained
race relations on campus, administrators looking for a new approach to address the
problems may consider a new book, Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 22, 2019
Politics | Local, State, National
Students accused of sexual assault will win new rights under sweeping rules being
finalized by the Trump administration, giving universities clear but controversial
guidance on handling these emotionally charged conflicts. The final regulation will
maintain contentious elements of a version proposed a year ago, including a provision
requiring universities to allow cross-examination of those alleging sexual harassment
or assault, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition
of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the rules.
The Washington Post, Nov. 25, 2019
Presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want to tear up your student
loans and set you financially free. That's popular among voters – especially those
struggling to pay off this debt. Other Democratic candidates have more modest plans.
But economists say the dramatic proposals from Sanders and Warren to free millions
of Americans from the burden of student debt could boost the economy in significant
ways and help combat income inequality.
NPR, Nov. 25, 2019