Thursday, May 15, 2014

News Links | May 15, 2014


Community Partnership Against Substance Abuse offers impaired driving awareness to public
The Central Basin Safety Task Force and Big Bend Community College co-hosted their eighth annual Community Partnership Against Substance Abuse event today.
iFIBER One News, May 14, 2014

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After high school graduation, [Cheyenne] Jackson settled in Spokane for six years, taking classes at Spokane Falls Community College and performing at Spokane Civic Theatre and Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. Next week, after years away, Jackson returns to his roots for a musical revue accompanied by the Spokane Symphony.
Inlander, May 14, 2014

Peninsula College lists winter quarter honor roll
Peninsula College recently released names of students who made the President’s List and the Honor Roll for 2014 winter quarter.
Sequim Gazette, May 14, 2014

Washington Supreme Court convenes at Clark College
Vancouver resident Becky Pomaville enrolled in Clark College to become a paralegal with the goal of eventually earning her law degree, possibly with a specialty in appellate law. The Washington Supreme Court's visit to Clark College on Tuesday let her see appellate law in action.
The Columbian, May 13, 2014

Pasco Boy Meeting Life's Challenges and Heading to College
On Saturday Chiawana senior Garrett Ossman found out he would be joining his peers in that quest for college he was accepted into the Spokane Community College. Garrett, who has down's syndrome, maintained a 4.0 grade point average all through high school while splitting time between special ed classes and general ed classes.
KVEW, May 13, 2014

EvCC honors distinguished alumni
Everett Community College has selected real estate business owner Barbara Lamoureux and former Everett City Council member Ed Morrow as the college's 2014 Distinguished Alumni.
Herald Business Journal, May 13, 2014

Opinion: Olympic College -- Keystone of Kitsap's economic development balance sheet
While Kitsap’s economic development balance sheet is diverse, strong, balanced and growing, there is one particular institutional asset that truly anchors our economic engine and future. That asset is Olympic College and its myriad of post-secondary education and job training programs.
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, May 13, 2014


Enrollment Drops 0.8% Over All, but Edges Up at Private 4-Year Colleges
Enrollment at American colleges dipped this spring for the third year in a row as older students returned to an improving job market, but private four-year colleges bucked the trend with a slight uptick in their numbers, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2014

Online grows at Two-Year Colleges but Success Lags
Online course enrollment at California's community colleges has grown rapidly during the last decade, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research group. However, student success rates in online courses are lower for all types of students, across a wide set of subjects and across almost all of the state's two-year colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2014

U.S. Is Ranked as Top Higher-Education System in the World
In a new ranking of higher-education systems in 50 countries, the United States tops the list but falls drastically when its level of economic development is factored in.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 2014

Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-Being
Student debt burdens are weighing on the economic fortunes of younger Americans, as households headed by young adults owing student debt lag far behind their peers in terms of wealth accumulation, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. About four-in-ten U.S. households (37%) headed by an adult younger than 40 currently have some student debt—the highest share on record, with the median outstanding student debt load standing at about $13,000.
Pew Research Center, May 14, 2014

Opinion: Studies confirm spending more on a degree doesn't mean a better result
I’m concerned that too many families are burying themselves and their kids in student-loan debt, believing that such a choice is necessary to achieve financial well-being.
Everett Herald, May 14, 2014

Sallie Mae to Pay Millions to Settle Claims It Overcharged Military Borrowers
Sallie Mae has agreed to pay almost $100-million to settle claims that the student-loan giant failed to provide members of the military with an interest-rate reduction and imposed unfair late fees on other borrowers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 2014

Data: Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Schools today

In the six decades since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the racial and ethnic landscape of the United States has evolved, and the nation’s schools along with it.
Education Week, May 13, 2014

Our Voice: Tuition freeze good news; education cost still is high
Washington State University Board of Regents decided on Friday to hold tuition steady for the second year in a row. This is good news for students and for the rest of the state. We can't afford for our kids to be uneducated. Education is expensive, but the alternative costs even more.
The Bellingham Herald, May 13, 2014



Advocates for a Tougher 'Gainful Employment' Rule Step Into the Fray
Student groups, veterans organizations, and others who want the federal government to put more teeth into its newest proposedgainful employment” regulation are launching a visible lobbying and public-relations effort over the measure this week. There’s a Twitter campaign set for Wednesday—complete with its own hashtag, #studentsdemand—and a Capitol Hill news conference on Thursday featuring students at for-profit colleges and several U.S. senators.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 2014

U.S. Is Urged to Do More to Help Veterans Facing Pressure to Enroll
Congressional investigators are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to step up efforts to help veterans choose among colleges, saying some veterans feel pressured by institutions to enroll.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 2014

Editorial: Lawmakers aren't making a good case on school funding shortfall
If the April 29 legislative report to the Washington Supreme Court is the strongest case lawmakers can make for their efforts so far to fully fund education, they have many more days in court ahead. That’s unfortunate, because with a more assertive case they might have convinced their coequals in divided government they do indeed feel a “constitutional urgency,” in the words of the attorney general’s office, to provide for schools what Washington’s Constitution demands: “ample” funding.
The Spokesman-Review, May 13, 2014