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News Links | May 1, 2014


Lake Washington Institute of Technology science instructor wins prestigious state award
It is a rare educator who earns kudos from students, faculty and the state board. But everyone who knows Lake Washington Institute of Technology science instructor Jo Nelson says that she’s exceptional in every way.
Kirkland Reporter, May 1, 2014

KGRG Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Legendary PUGET SOUND college radio station, GREEN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE Alternative KGRG/AUBURN, WA  is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its seminal “Today’s Rock” format with a month-long bash on air, online, and in the clubs.
All Access Music Group, April 30, 2014

Whatcom County colleges educating much-needed cybersecurity specialists
Whatcom County is well served in the training of computer-security practitioners. The established, accredited two-year Cybersecurity program at Whatcom Community College has now been joined by a second two-year program at Western Washington University, together culminating in a bachelor's degree in Computer and Information Systems Security.
Bellingham Herald, April 30, 2014

Options were slim for Stadium grad, but he forged a way
In high school, Moses Chege worked to stand out from other college applicants. He was on the varsity cross-country team, joined junior ROTC and was a worship leader at his church. He participated in Running Start at Tacoma Community College, receiving his associate’s degree a few months after his high school graduation.
The News Tribune, April 30, 2014
Downtown Everett college dormitory approved

A proposed college dormitory downtown won hesitant approval from the City Council last week after neighbors and an affected business criticized the plan. … Everett Community College supports Trinity’s projects, EvCC vice president Pat Sisneros told the council last week.
Snohomish County Tribune, April 30, 2014

Skagit Valley College named one of the top 150 in nation

Skagit Valley College has been named as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country. The honor comes from the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. It also comes with the potential for a $1 million prize.
Skagit Valley Herald, April 30, 2014

Steve Hanson to retire as president of Renton Technical College
Steve Hanson, president at Renton Technical College since September 2009, will retire in December.
Tukwila Reporter, April 29, 2014

Hundreds attend totem pole rededication at Peninsula College’s Port Angeles campus
More than 300 tribal, city, county and educational dignitaries took part in a rededication of a totem pole at Peninsula College on Tuesday afternoon.
Peninsula Daily News, April 29, 2014


From Community College to Law School in California
California's community college system today will announce the creation of a smoother pathway for students from 24 of the state's community colleges to eventually gain entry to six law schools in California. The agreement, which was brokered by the State Bar of California, will provide law school-related resources to students at two-year institutions, including financial aid counseling, academic advising and LSAT prep. And the six participating law schools -- which include ones based at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Davis -- agreed to waive application fees and take various other steps to increase the pipeline of community college students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2014

Worried by FCC Plan, Net-Neutrality Advocates at Colleges Gauge Next Steps

Some members of the higher-­education community, including major professional associations and individual scholars, say they will fight proposed rules from the Federal Communications Commission that would reportedly allow Internet-service providers to charge a premium for faster connection speeds. The rules, which will be publicly presented at the FCC’s May 15 meeting, have been characterized by some as a death knell for what’s known as net neutrality—the equitable treatment of all flows of information on the Internet.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2014

The Agent Impact
Agents to recruit international students may be like global rankings of universities, suggested William Lawton in a presentation here Wednesday. "Even if you don't like the look of them, they are here to stay," said Lawton, of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2014

The Good That Community Colleges Do, Part 1
In a classic case of dueling studies, the American Association of Community Colleges recently issued a report showing that most community-college students see a significant return on their financial investment. That was in response to an earlier report, produced by the American Institutes for Research, indicating that for some students, the value of a two-year degree is less than that of a high-school diploma. The release of those two apparently contradictory studies within a few months of each other prompted a fair amount of finger-pointing, thinly veiled accusations, and claims and counterclaims. In other words, it was business as usual in the dog-eat-dog world of higher-education policy debate.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 30, 2014

Google Disables Scanning of Student Email for Advertising Purposes
Under pressure from privacy advocates, Google announced on Wednesday that it had permanently removed all ads from its Apps for Education, including its email service, so the company can no longer harvest students’ information for advertising purposes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 30, 2014

Bridge or Back Door?
The course: AMS 2270, 20th Century American Culture. The day’s lecture: the Civil Rights movement. The composition of the class: one-third American students, two-thirds international. The international students are enrolled in a pathway program here at the University of South Florida, one of a growing number of such programs that permit international students to take a mix of credit-bearing academic and English as a second language courses despite lacking the English language test scores required for direct admission.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2014

Lingua Franca
English has taken off as a global language in higher education -- as a "medium of instruction," not just a foreign language in those countries where English is not the first language, says a report released Tuesday evening here. But in many countries and at many institutions, key issues related to the expanded use of English have not been defined or, in some cases, even discussed.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2014

Business Leaders See U.S. Colleges as Lagging in Readying Students for Jobs
Fifty-four percent of business leaders believe the American higher-education system is falling behind developing and emerging countries in preparing students for the work force, according to a released by Northeastern University. The survey is the third in a series by the institution. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said college graduates lacked the most important skills needed to succeed. Ninety-seven percent said colleges should expand opportunities for experiential learning, and 89 percent said colleges should increase teaching about entrepreneurship.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2014

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers
If American teachers are anywhere near as unimpressive as ambitious Millennials perceive them to be, then the state of public school education is quite depressing. A study released Tuesday by the centrist think tank Third Way reveals that high-achieving undergraduate Millennials don’t think much of the teaching profession and would rather choose a different career. According to the study of 400 college students with GPAs of 3.3 or greater, only 35 percent described teachers as “smart,” half said the profession had gotten less prestigious over the years, and most described teaching as the top profession for “average” people.
Huffington Post, April 29, 2014

Hundreds at Wash. school march for diversity
A Western Washington University campus march in support of a more diverse school has drawn hundreds of young people.
KIRO 7, April 28, 2014

Great Divide: Gap between poor and wealthiest continues to widen
Like 34 percent of low-wage workers, Omogun and Vazquez have some college education. Omogun finished one year of a two-year nursing program. Vazquez dropped out after two years studying hotel and restaurant management at a state school. The frenzy to funnel all high school graduates into some sort of postsecondary education ignores reality: Many of the jobs being created are low-wage, low-skill jobs. Of the 20 occupations the U.S. Department of Labor predicts will add the most jobs between 2012 and 2022, eight require a high school diploma or GED. Eight others don’t even require that.
The Daily World, April 16, 2014


College-Rating System Will Go Forward, Duncan Says
The U.S. Department of Education plans to continue its push for a college-rating system, even if Congress doesn’t shell out the $10-million the agency is requesting to develop the program and put it in place.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2014

Advocates to Press for Extending Pell Grants to Dual-Enrollment Students
Under current federal law, students are ineligible for Pell Grants until they graduate from high school. But some gathered on Capitol Hill this week would like to change that.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2014

Duncan in the Hot Seat
Congressional Republicans lobbed criticism at the Obama administration’s regulatory approach to higher education Tuesday, with tough questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the proposed college ratings system and gainful employment regulations.
Inside Higher Ed, April 30, 2014

More funding needed for state education, report says

The Legislature needs to pick up the pace at directing more money to improve the state’s schools, a special committee is telling the state Supreme Court in a report due today. Although it may not have done as much for schools in the past session as some may have wanted, a joint legislative committee said the Legislature did pass some improvements during the short session such as increasing the number of credits needed for high school graduation in 2019. That shows consensus is possible, the committee said.
Spokesman Review, April 30, 2014

Wash. Lawmakers Submit 'Partial Plan' To Meet McCleary School Funding Mandate
State lawmakers aiming to meet an April 30 deadline from the state Supreme Court have delivered a report detailing its efforts to increase school funding from levels that justices have ruled are inadequate. But while the high court had demanded a "complete plan" for how to add potentially $3.5 billion to Washington's K-12 budget by 2018 as part of its landmark McCleary​ decision, Tuesday's report did not lay out a detailed path forward for state lawmakers as they approach a budget session next January.
KPLU, April 30, 2014

Despite Deadline, Still No Education Funding Plan From Washington State Legislators
The state Supreme Court will not get the K-12 education funding plan it demanded from the state Legislature by the end of April. The court called for the plan in January after finding that state lawmakers had not made enough progress toward amply funding basic education as required by the state Constitution. Instead, a bipartisan legislative subcommittee on Tuesday approved a report to the court that says the Legislature did not pass such a plan, and the committee lacks the authority to propose its own plan.
KUOW, April 30, 2014

Wash. Lawmakers Deliver K-12 Funding Report To High Court
It’s no grand pact for beefing up Washington’s education budget, but a legislative committee did deliver a report on the subject to the state’s high court. In their landmark McCleary ruling two years ago, State Supreme Court justices had set an April 30 deadline for Washington lawmakers to detail plans to add billions to the state’s education budget. Democratic Representative Ross Hunter says lawmakers’ differences are best worked out during the legislative session – not in the report of an interim committee.
Northwest Public Radio, April 30, 2014

Washington State Lawmakers Admit Pain in Meeting Mandated Spending Hikes
If you're a connoisseur of education-funding battles, one of the prime offerings is in Washington state, where leaders have been struggling to meet the demands of a January 2012 state supreme court ruling in the McCleary v. State of Washington case. In that ruling, the justices found the state's education-funding levels not in line with the state constitution, and ordered a significant boost to K-12 spending by 2018. Over two years later, what have lawmakers come up with? The answer illustrates that states' school-funding lawsuits often don't "end" just because a state's top court has issued a ruling.
Education Week, April 30, 2014

Opinion: Helping schools should start with winning back federal funds
Washington state schools are No. 1. That’s right, Washington state schools are the first in the nation to lose their No Child Left Behind waiver. Losing the waiver means that Washington state loses control of $40 million of badly needed Title I funds. These funds, which are currently being used to help increase student achievement, will have to be redirected to sending students to better schools and private tutoring. Why did Washington lose its NCLB waiver? Pure and simple, it was because the state Legislature was unable to integrate state test scores into teacher evaluations.
Crosscut, April 30, 2014

Lawmakers turn in their homework to court on McCleary school-funding case
State lawmakers' latest response on their plans for school funding may leave the state Supreme Court wanting more. The court in January gave the Legislature a deadline of April 30 to submit "a complete plan for fully implementing its program of basic education for each school year between now and the 2017-18 school year." But lawmakers didn't agree on any such funding plan during their 60-day session. Their report prepared for the court bows to the fact that there is no year-by-year timeline for adding the money.
The News Tribune, April 29, 2014

Washington lawmakers prepare education report card
Ideas, not progress, will be the focus of the Washington Legislature's annual report to the state Supreme Court on its efforts toward fulfilling the remediation requirements of the court's decision that found the way the state pays for public schools to be unconstitutional.
KRIO 7, April 29, 2014

Legislators admit they’re late on court-ordered school-aid plan
In January, the state Supreme Court warned lawmakers they weren’t moving fast enough to adequately pay for basic education and told them to come up with a detailed year-by-year plan to get it done by the 2018 deadline. In a progress report to the court Tuesday, lawmakers acknowledged that they failed to agree on such a timeline in their shortened 2014 session.
The Seattle Times, April 29, 2014