Thursday, June 19, 2014

News Links | June 19, 2014


A New Teaching Structure Could Make College More Affordable. Why Don't More Schools Adopt It?
In March, the U.S. Department of Education made it easier for competency-based colleges to become eligible to offer federal student aid. But while the instruction style may be gaining support, examples such as the Washington one are rare. “We’re taking a chance,” says Connie Broughton, project director for competency-based education at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Bloomberg Business Week, June 19, 2014
Man completes long journey to graduation
Peter Smith will cross the stage Saturday at Clark College and collect his high school diploma — 30 years later than expected.
The Columbian, June 18, 2014

Cousins' vastly different paths converge with LCC graduation ceremony
Holly and Derrick Lemmons grew up a decade — and for a while an ocean — apart, but on Friday they’ll be on the same page, if just for an afternoon. The Kelso cousins will be among the 711 graduates at Lower Columbia College’s 78th commencement ceremony.
Longview Daily News, June 18, 2014

GED graduates take the stage
Ashley Clark and Arin Wall of Grand Coulee were among ninety of the GED and HS21+ diploma recipients whose accomplishments were celebrated at Big Bend Community College's completion ceremony Wednesday evening, June 11, in Moses Lake.
Grand Coulee Star, June 18, 2014

P.C. picks student art show winners
Exhibitors in the annual Peninsula College Student Art Show were feted in a special celebration and awards ceremony in the PUB Gallery of Art on June 4.
Sequim Gazette, June 18, 2014

Clark College welcomes commencement speaker Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts, who overcame a childhood marked by illiteracy and poverty to become an award-winning television journalist and book author, will be sharing his story with the Clark College Class of 2014 as the college’s Commencement keynote speaker on Thu., June 19.
The Reflector, June 18, 2014

CPTC: CIT Students Showcase Programming at End of Quarter Presentation
After a year-and-a-half in the Computer Information Technology program at Clover Park Technical College, Walker Mattson found his niche. Mattson discovered his passion for mobile application development and had the opportunity to showcase his projects at the CIT end-of-quarter presentations June 12 at the McGavick Student Center.
The Suburban Times, June 18, 2014

Boeing public image plays a big role in interest in aerospace training
Four years on, Washington's showcase effort to train aerospace workers is quietly feeding the industry new talent and helping the under-skilled get family-wage manufacturing jobs. David Han signed up for a course at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center (WATR) at Paine Field after 10 years in customer service. The Lynnwood resident knew he didn't want to sit behind a desk, and, with a young daughter, he needed a career to support his family.
Everett Herald, June 17, 2014

Big Bend graduates 466 students
When Big Bend Community College commencement is held in the De Vries Activity Center, family and friends cluster in the comers, next to the stage, to capture the big moment. ... Commencement 2014 was held June 13, moved from Lions Field to the gym because of the possibility of bad weather.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 17, 2014

Peninsula College student receives donated auto
A single mother making her way in a new country got a boost from an anonymous donor last week. Meskerem Zega of Port Angeles received a refurbished Dodge Caravan from the Peninsula College Foundation, which received it from a donor.
Peninsula Daily News, June 17, 2014

CPTC Diversity Committee Presents “The Men of Atalissa”
Clover Park Technical College students viewed The New York Times documentary The Men of Atalissa in the McGavick Conference Center June 3 and discussed the film in relation to the rights of people with disabilities.
The Suburban Times, June 17, 2014

Tricks of the Trade School
As baby boomers age, the medical assistant program is expected to go up according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is well above the growth for all professions. Seattle Vocational Institute is among the accredited seeing higher enrollment. (2:15)
NBC Today Show, June 16, 2014


Colorado’s public colleges are taking on the problem of low success rates in remedial education from multiple angles, with encouragement from state government. And the early returns look good.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2014

Have Aspirations, Will Travel
Students are increasingly looking across state lines to find online degree or certificate programs -- especially if an institution can tempt them with improved job prospects, according to a new look at trends in distance education.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2014

Gender Gap on Safety
Female students are considerably more concerned about campus violence than their male peers and are less likely to think their colleges are doing enough to protect them, according to a new survey conducted by Chegg, the digital learning platform and textbook rental company.
Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2014

Smart People Go to College, and Other Twists in Measuring the Value of a Degree
A slew of studies—especially recently—have sought to quantify the return on investment, examining annual or lifetime earnings by attainment level or subject studied. But people who go to college or not aren’t otherwise identical. And even those who do go self-select into different majors. In a new paper on the college payoff, Douglas Webber, an assistant professor of economics at Temple University, tries to take all of that into account. Mr. Webber spoke with The Chronicle about how prospective students and policy makers should think about the value of a degree. What follows is an edited transcript of that conversation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19, 2014

Opinion: Optimistic grads already well versed in economics
Whether they are good at arts, music, track, poetry, physics, journalism, or just being with their friends, students and colleagues, they have now joined the adult world, optimistic, fearful, and unknowing about the future.
Everett Herald, June 18, 2014

Promising Too Much?
Calls for free college, long a goal of the left (and, long ago, a reality in some states), went somewhat mainstream Tuesday morning. Flanked by an array of former governors and congressmen, Morley Winograd – who once served as a top adviser to former vice president Al Gore – unveiled a new nonprofit that has armed itself with an unusual proposal. The group wants to create federally funded full-tuition scholarships for students at two-year and four-year colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2014

A Nudge to Renew
You'd think that those low-income college students who, despite the odds, applied for federal financial aid, enrolled in college, and had early academic success as freshmen would continue to do what's needed to persist in college. But while many of them do, almost 20 percent don't take what would seem to be a pretty basic step toward continued success: re-filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for a second year.
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2014

Consumer Group Wants States to Clamp Down on For-Profits
The National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit group, on Wednesday released a report calling for tighter state regulation of for-profit institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2014

Opinion: A New College Model
On Monday, Howard Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, unveiled his company’s newest — and possibly most important — perquisite for its employees: a free college education. He announced this new program on a stage in The Times Center in Midtown Manhattan, alongside his partner in the new venture, Michael Crow of Arizona State University.
New York Times, June 16, 2014


School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers
The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.
KPLU, June 17, 2014

State predicts more revenue, but it might not be enough
Money Washington collects as taxes and fees is increasing, but perhaps not fast enough to stave off spending cuts for state agencies next year.
Everett Herald, June 17, 2014