Tuesday, May 13, 2014

News Links | May 13, 2014


Opinion: Solutions to the math deficit
To brainstorm solutions, Everett Community College recently secured a $39,500 grant from College Spark Washington, a Seattle foundation that focuses on low-income students. The backdrop: Most incoming EvCC students require remedial math. It's a deficiency that throws light on a strapped K-12 system graduating students ill-prepared for college.
Everett Herald, May 13, 2014

Colleges face new scrutiny
Proposed rules affect for-profit schools, as well as Clark College. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges oversees that effort. It scrutinizes employment and earnings data of career certificate programs through an agreement with the state Employment Security Department.
The Columbian, May 12, 2014

Hard Work, Hard Demand
Over the past year, Western Governors University (WGU) has been working with 11 community colleges in five states as they create new competency-based programs (with support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s TAACCCT programs and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). We found that faculty are creatively adapting to CBE based on their students’ needs and within their existing practices. [Washington state colleges are: Bellevue College, Columbia Basin College, Edmonds Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.]
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2014

Seattle-area community colleges expand bachelor degree offerings
Washington’s community colleges have been adding bachelor degrees to their program lineups for several years now, and the list keeps growing. .. Seattle Central College is adding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). .. Highline Community College is adding a bachelor of applied sciences degree in cybersecurity and forensics, the first community college in Western Washington to do so. ... South Seattle College is adding a bachelor degree this fall in sustainable building science technology.
The Seattle Times, May 12, 2014

EvCC to look at math remedy
Math can be a barrier for students seeking a college degree. To help figure out which strategies work best to help students succeed in math, Everett Community College has been awarded a $39,500 grant.
Everett Herald, May 12, 2014

Larry LaRue: Her long-deferred degree comes from online university
The music to “Pomp and Circumstance” makes her cry, so Sandra Braedt is about to have a weepy month. Oldest daughter Kyra — born the year Braedt turned 17 — will graduate from Seattle Central Community College in June with an associate degree. “It took me six years to get my two-year degree from Pierce College, and I didn’t walk in the ceremony,” Braedt said. “This time, I’m walking.”
The News Tribune, May 12, 2014

At EvCC's Early Learning Center, it's no 'day care'
Holly McFaul grew up in Detroit. She was a first-generation college student who now has two master's degrees. She cares deeply about education. Her focus is on the youngest of all students. McFaul, 44, is the new director of Everett Community College's Early Learning Center, which provides care and education to children ages 1 to 5.
Everett Herald, May 12, 2014

Luncheon raises nearly $250,000 for Bellevue College scholarships, programs
The Bellevue College Foundation’s “Become Exceptional” Luncheon raised nearly $250,000 from over 650 guests, that will provide crucial support for the foundation’s many school and program activities that advance scholarships and academic programs for BC students.
Bellevue Reporter, May 11, 2014

Opportunity Knocks with New Option for TCC Paralegal Students
Tacoma Community College is one of four Washington community colleges to offer a certification that enables paralegals to independently assist clients with family law. The “Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT)” certification is the first of its kind in the United States.
The Suburban Times, May 11, 2014

LCC eyes purchase of Olympia Way apartments
Lower Columbia College is finding homes away from home for its growing international student population. The college’s board in April made moves to purchase Oak Terrace, an 11-unit apartment complex at 1321 Olympia Way.
Longview Daily News, May 10, 2014

Alternative education programs battle dropouts
We conducted a case study of the local Alternative Education Program, hosted at the Walla Walla Community College campus to evaluate how effective this program is at re-engaging Latino students who were not on track to graduate in mainstream high school.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 10, 2014

Nominees sought for awards that honor people in recovery
Seven years after she was released from prison with a sixth-grade education, Miki Cabell is ready to pursue a Ph.D. ... In 2010, she earned an associate degree from Grays Harbor College. In June, she will graduate from The Evergreen State College with a master’s degree in public administration and tribal governance. This fall, she will begin a doctorate program, focusing on social advocacy and marginalized people. Harvard University is among four programs that have accepted her, Cabell said.
The Olympian, May 10, 2014

First Female Veteran Symposium in the Tri-Cities, Helping Female Vets Get Help
Veterans face several challenges when they get out of the military, whether that's finding a job or getting the health care they need. However, most of the help out there for veterans is often geared towards men. That's what one group of veterans at Columbia Basin College is hoping to change.
KULR, May 9, 2014

Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Competition
Twenty students from Washington State high schools compete for scholarship money and the opportunity to travel to Dearborn, Michigan for the finals in the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition at Renton Technical College.
The Seattle Times, May 9, 2014

Opinion: Students at Bellevue College depend on Metro Transit
David Rule, president Bellevue College: The cut affects our college directly, and I also worry about our rapidly growing region, reliant upon the services community colleges such as BC provide. Without readily available transit, many students face one more barrier to higher education – a barrier that may prove to be the final straw for some.
Bellevue Reporter, May 9, 2014

State to stick with new GED test
State education officials have decided to stick with the state's new GED high school equivalency test and not adopt any of the alternatives. The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges voted Thursday to adopt staff recommendations in favor of the new GED, which the state started using in January. Two other testing systems were examined before the decision was made.
Everett Herald, May 9, 2014

Cowlitz Corner: Economic Development Administration awards grant to Lower Columbia College
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded an $845,000 grant to Lower Columbia College in Longview that will be used to train workers in careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Vancouver Business Journal, May 9, 2014

3,300+ Students 'CPTC Themselves' At Annual Career Conference
Clover Park Technical College welcomed more than 3,300 area middle school and high school students at the 14th Annual Career Conference May 8.
The Suburban Times, May 8, 2014

Centralia College Chooses Robert Frost as Next President
The Centralia College Board of Trustees has selected a new president to succeed James Walton, who will retire at the end of the academic year. Robert Frost will take the helm of Centralia College July 1, it was announced Thursday. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Frost.
The Chronicle, May 8, 2014

State board OKs CBC Social Sciences Center
A new Social Sciences Center for Columbia Basin College is a step closer to being built after getting unanimous approval Thursday from the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The Tri-City Herald, May 8, 2014


A Boost for Active Learning
Scott Freeman and the other scholars behind a new study comparing the efficacy of lectures with more "active" forms of instruction in the science classroom are not aiming low in describing the significance of their findings.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2014

Sallie Mae Spin-Off Expects $103 Million Hit From Probes
Navient, the loan-servicing company formerly known as Sallie Mae, disclosed to investors Friday that it expects to pay an additional $103 million to settle two federal investigations, on top of the $70 million it already set aside last year for that purpose.  The company is facing investigations from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Department of Justice, and other federal and state agencies over how it managed and processed the payments of student loan borrowers, including active-duty servicemembers.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2014

Editorial: Graduation rate increase deserves our appreciation
The graduation rate at public high schools has reached 80 percent, an impressive achievement amid continual complaints about the U.S. educational system.
The Spokesman-Review, May 11, 2014


Rep. DelBene introduces bill to boost veteran employment
To expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene introduced new legislation May 9 to boost skills training for U.S. veterans and servicemembers who are re-entering the civilian workforce.
Bothell Reporter, May 10, 2014

Senate Confirms Ted Mitchell as Top U.S. Higher-Education Official
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Ted Mitchell, the chief executive of a nonprofit educational-venture fund and a former president of Occidental College, as the Education Department’s top higher-education official. President Obama nominated Mr. Mitchell for the job in October 2013.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 9, 2014

Callaghan: McCleary court is right both constitutionally and politically
It follows the issuance of the Legislature’s education funding reports to the state Supreme Court just as naturally as May showers follow April showers.
The News Tribune, May 8, 2014

Obama’s Rating System: an International Perspective
As an observer of global university rankings, I’ve followed the debate about President Obama’s proposed college-ratings system with great interest—and growing incredulity. ... The popularity of such rankings dumbfounds critics, who focus primarily on their methodological failings. But like them or not, we in academe have to admit that they have filled an information deficit and challenged perceptions of quality. They have sought to meet a growing global desire to better understand colleges and what they offer students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2014