Thursday, June 5, 2014

News Links | June 5, 2014


Editorial: Today’s graduates are a fresh wind in our world
These kids of today. The Class of 2014 will graduate over the next week or so from our community’s high schools, South Puget Sound Community College, The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin’s University. Many of these kids started kindergarten just as terrorists were attacking America at the World Trade Center buildings.
The Olympian, June 4, 2014
EvCC builds greenhouse made out of pop bottles
A building shaped like a house with walls constructed out of two-liter plastic bottles was recently erected in the play area of the Everett Community College’s Early Learning Center.
Snohomish County Tribune, June 4, 2014

GRCC's Spring Concert Featuring: Matt Kearney, Naomi Wachira, Carson and Tess Henley
Although not highly publicized, the Spring Concert at Green River Community College still attracted 300 or so fans, who were treated to a wonderful evening of music.
Seattle Music Insider, June 4, 2014

DelBene checks in with Skagit Valley College
Rep. Suzan DelBene stopped by Skagit Valley College’s Mount Vernon campus Monday morning in part to see the campus’ new Lewis Hall take shape.
Skagit Valley Herald, June 3, 2014

Host families help international students settle in far from home
The three Pierce County colleges that have host family programs — Tacoma Community College, Pierce College and Clover Park Technical College — have more than 500 students taking part.
The News Tribune, June 3, 2014

WWCC students disappointed with low turnout for Veterans Benefit concert
The student council at Walla Walla Community College is disappointed with the small turnout at their Veterans Benefit concert which took place on Friday.
KLEW, June 3, 2014

Governor Inslee to Visit Kent School District’s iGrad program
Governor Jay Inslee is visiting iGrad in the Kent School District today. ... The first of its kind in Washington State, iGrad, which stands for “Individualized Graduation and Diploma Program,” started as a partnership with Green River Community College as a way to recover dropouts.
Maple Valley Reporter, June 3, 2014

Costumed crime fighters combat Layton’s cancer with Super Hero Fun Run
Runners and walkers alike threw on their fantastic costumes and participated in the Super Hero Fun Run on Saturday. The fundraiser, which was put on by first-year nursing students at Walla Walla Community College, was held in honor of three-year-old Layton Tannahill a local boy diagnosed with cancer.
KLEW, June 3, 2014

Foundry Preparing Centralia College Statue for Dedication
Tacoma art foundry 2 Ravens Studio is putting the final touches on a statue honoring the two women who helped preserve Centralia College through the Great Depression and World War II.
Centralia Chronicle, May 30, 2014

Competency-Based Education Programs versus Traditional Data Management
As competency-based education (CBE) programs continue to develop across the country, administrators and faculty members find their campuses' information systems too rigid for this new learning modality. To assist colleges in transforming traditional campus programs into competency-based ones — as well as to investigate the challenges entailed — Western Governors University (WGU) worked with 11 community colleges in five states to design and implement CBE academic projects [including Bellevue College and Spokane Falls Community College], with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program.
Educause Review, May 19, 2014


Winning Combination for Whom?
What the authors fail to acknowledge, however, is the fact that how students “do” college is often governed by pre-existing inequalities that our higher education system does little to ameliorate.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2014

Patty Murray: ‘Crushing’ college costs hurt students, entire economy
The nation’s $1.2 trillion — and growing — student debt is reshaping Americans’ economic lives in far-reaching ways, from slowing rates of homeownership to retirement security to choice of specialty for medical students.
The Seattle Times, June 4, 2014

The Good That Community Colleges Do, Part 2
The truth is, much of what community colleges do is difficult to measure empirically and must therefore be explained to key stakeholders like state education officials, legislators, and policy makers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 4, 2014

A Global Push to Reduce Dropout Rates
All around the world, dropout rates—and their corollary, retention—are a major concern. They are, of course, a particular concern of American universities, in part because of the Obama administration’s focus on the issue.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 3, 2014

Want more tax dough? Start with STEM, business group says
Complaints about the dearth of students graduating from high school with adequate math and science skills have been voiced so loudly, and for so long, that they threaten to fade into background noise.
The Seattle Times, June 3, 2014

How Stereotypes Keep Women From Computer Science
Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Washington professor Sapna Cheryan about how the nerd stereotype is keeping women away from the field of computer science.
KUOW, June 2, 2014

[High School] Graduation Rate Trends 2006-2007 to 2011-2012
The graduation rates displayed in the map for 2006-07 through 2011-12 were calculated by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics using its Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate formula.
Education Week, June 2, 2014


Disunited Front
Hardly anybody in higher education seems to like the Obama administration's proposed ratings system. But college leaders are certainly not united in their views about the appropriate role for the federal government in holding institutions accountable.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2014

UW students pitch plan for college cost they can afford
A University of Washington student group is asking lawmakers and university administrators to increase student aid, change the way it is distributed and lower college costs enough that Washington students could work their way through college.
The Seattle Times, June 3, 2014