Tuesday, July 22, 2014

News Links | July 22, 2014


Pierce College: Keeping it all in the Family
When Sharon Coward enrolled in classes at the Puyallup campus nine years ago, her parents didn’t plan to begin a long-time relationship with the college. It happened, though. Sharon, 25, is the first of all six children in Allen and Nadia Coward’s family to graduate from Pierce College. Her youngest brother and sister, Jesse and Christina, walked in this year’s commencement ceremony and both plan to complete their required classes this fall. In between, the Cowards’ other three children, Martha, Andrew and Matthew, also graduated from Pierce College.
The Suburban Times, July 21, 2014

YVCC drone to be used in forest restoration
The only sound was the soft whir of tiny motors. Everyone seemed to hold their breath for a moment in the quiet clearing surrounded by lichen-covered ponderosa pines just west of the state’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area as they watched a hand-built drone lift off for its first flight over the forest. ... “We are hoping to use shots from this to survey forest conditions,” [Ryan] Haugo said. “The ability to get an aerial view in an efficient, low-cost way would be a huge win for us.” So, with that goal in mind, the Nature Conservancy teamed up with Yakima Valley Community College engineering professor Rajkumar Raj and students Pradjadipta, 24, and Austin Philipp, 24, who built the quadcopter for about $1,700, including lots of spare parts.
Yakima Herald, July 20, 2014

For starting stargazers, no equipment required
For those just starting to look, the naked eye or a pair of binoculars offer the best way to view the stars and planets at night, said Dan Bakken, an astronomer who teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Spokesman-Review, July 18, 2014

College’s Fourth President Takes Helm
He might not be the great American poet, but Centralia College’s new president is prepared to guide Lewis County’s highest learning institution with a similar fondness and love for rural life.
The Centralia Chronicle, July 17, 2014

Clark College eyes food-beer program at Academy
Clark College is testing the waters to see whether the community is interested in a student-operated restaurant and brewery at The Academy in downtown Vancouver.
The Columbian, July 17, 2014


Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says
Higher education cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as states and secondary schools devise common standards that seek to define who’s ready for college, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 2014

34-Campus, For-Profit Anthem Education May Close
Anthem Education, a 34-campus for-profit chain, appears to be on the verge of shutting down campuses, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Anthem has notified state officials of layoffs coming soon in Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2014

What it Takes to Help Students Succeed
President of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County since 1992, Freeman A. Hrabowski III thinks he knows what students need: lots of support. Morally, colleges owe it to students to do everything possible to help them succeed, he said in a recent visit to The Chronicle,and a higher retention rate means more tuition dollars, too.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 2014

Victims From Academe on Downed Flight
Over the weekend more information has come out about some of the researchers, faculty members and students who were on the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2014

FAFSAs With Decimal Place Error Will Be Reprocessed
The U.S. Department of Education said Friday that it will automatically reprocess the federal financial aid applications of tens of thousands of students whose aid eligibility was likely reduced because of a decimal place error.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2014

Fafsa Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many
The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overreported their income this year, costing many of the applicants their Pell Grants, the department has announced. ... Excluded from Monday’s fix are additional applicants whose reporting errors probably cost them a Pell Grant. Such applicants, who were initially assumed to be the majority, now appear to be the minority—or at least, a lesser priority for the department.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 2014

Former U.S. Attorney Will Monitor Corinthian Shutdown
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that Patrick Fitzgerald, a prominent former U.S. attorney from Illinois, will lead the team of outside monitors that will oversee the closure and sale of Corinthian Colleges' 107 campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2014

Report Documents the State of Higher Ed Facilities
Public universities have increased the amount of institutional funds they spend on facilities by 50 percent per square foot since 2007, as they strive not to fall too far behind on needed repairs and renovations despite declining state capital support, a new report shows.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2014

Video Chat: Recapping ‘The Student Loan Mess’

For nearly two months The Chronicle Book Club has been discussing The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. Today we’re wrapping up the discussion with a video chat. The chat features Joel and Eric Best, the book’s authors; Justin Brown, an associate director of the University of Missouri at Columbia’s office of student financial aid (and one of the book club’s most active participants); and Beckie Supiano, a Chronicle reporter who covers financial aid and student-loan policy.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 2014

How Do You Plan the Campus of the Future? Try Not To.
Some institutions might create committees to try to anticipate specific changes. Cornell Tech is determined to do the opposite. Those responsible for building the campus of the future won’t pretend to know what the future holds. They only hope they’re building something malleable enough to handle it.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2014

Sustainability, Divestment and Debt: A Survey of Business Officers
Many campus chief financial officers lack confidence in the sustainability of their colleges' business model over the next decade -- but they also seem loath to take cost-saving measures that could ignite campus controversy, according to a new survey by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2014

The Post-LMS LMS
Blackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn's announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be on the verge of tearing down those silos in favor of an open ecosystem.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2014

Your voices: Students talk about experiences with for-profit colleges
Education Lab recently asked readers to share their experiences — positive or negative — with for-profit colleges and universities.
The Seattle Times, July 16, 2014


State College Group Blasts 'Pay It Forward' Financing
A method of financing public higher education by allowing students to forgo upfront tuition payments in exchange for repaying a portion of their wages after graduation has captured the imagination of lawmakers in several states, but an analysis by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities argues that it would be bad for colleges, students and ultimately state taxpayers as well.
Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2014

Senators Ask Education Dept. to Release Records on Former Official
Two Republican U.S. senators have asked the Department of Education to release the records of a former deputy under secretary of education amid an investigation into whether the official, Robert M. Shireman, shared sensitive information with an advocacy group he founded, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2014