Thursday, July 31, 2014

News Links | July 31, 2014

Editor's note: News Links will be on vacation the week of Aug. 4. We'll be back with a new edition Aug. 12.


Commentary: Untapped Talent
While our region has steadily recovered from the Great Recession to an unemployment rate now in the low 5 percent range, we suffer from a problem that is endemic across the country: We have a large population of long-term unemployed. In the Seattle metro area, there are an estimated 21,856 workers who have been unemployed for more than six months.  ... Through partnerships with area community colleges, we are working with employers to identify areas where employers need trained workers. ... On the advice of maritime companies and in partnership with South Seattle College and North Seattle College, we invested in maritime welding and maritime manufacturing cohorts. ... King County also has 11 community and technical colleges that are partnering with the WDC and industry to develop curricula that will train students to meet the needs of the job market.
Seattle Business Magazine, August, 2014

LCC President Chris Bailey to visit White House
Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey has been chosen to meet at the White House with other college leaders Aug. 12. He announced the trip to Washington, D.C., on Twitter, saying he and the other administrators will be talking about “student success strategies.”
The Longview Daily News, July 30, 2014

Milestone: College Foundation gets big boost from Sequim resident
The Peninsula College Foundation is the recipient of a gift of more than $17,000 from the Clallam Community Foundation administered by United Way of Clallam County.
Sequim Gazette, July 30, 2014

Student makes Academic Team | Academic Achievement
Skagit Valley College student Ashley Simpson, of Oak Harbor, was named to the 2014 All-Washington Academic Team.
Whidbey News-Times, July 30, 2014

CPTC: Navigator Guides Students to Careers
Les Sessoms has pages of emails from former Clover Park Technical College students who found employment in the composites field. ... Since October 2012, Sessoms has served as CPTC’s Air Washington navigator for Material Science and Aviation Maintenance Technician programs at the College’s South Hill campus.
The Suburban Times, July 30, 2014

Peninsula College and Central Washington University partner to offer new degree option
Peninsula College and Central Washington University are partnering to offer an interdisciplinary degree in specialized studies. In the new program, students customize their classes from a variety of disciplines to gain a broad knowledge base in preparation for a vocation or graduate school. In addition to the new degree, Central Washington University plans to provide a dual-admission option for Peninsula College students. Under the dual-admission option, at the time Peninsula College students transfer to CWU, the admission fee and confirmation deposit would be waived.
Port Townsend Leader, July 29, 2014


How 4 Types of Families Approach Paying for College
The overwhelming majority of current students and their parents see college as an investment in the future. That unsurprising finding appears in Sallie Mae’s annual “How America Pays for College” report, which was released on Thursday. Families may agree college is an investment, but it’s one they approach with different priorities and varying degrees of preparation. For the first time, this year’s report divides families into four “personas” based on an analysis of their responses to survey questions about the value of college, reasons for going, and college planning.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31, 2014

Opinion: On Affordability, Who Decides?
A consensus has clearly emerged that higher education affordability needs to be addressed by colleges and universities, states, and the federal government. Less clear is how to address the problem, and perhaps more fundamentally, how to decide what affordability means.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2014

Parents Are Paying More for College
Out-of-pocket contributions to cover the price of college rose in 2014 after three years of decreases, according to the seventh annual installment of a study the lender Sallie Mae released today.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2014

Tired of All the Reports on Whether College Is Worth It?
Are you tired of all the reports about whether college is worth attending? The humor site The Onion apparently is tired of them, and so has responded with the satire for which the site is known.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2014

A Race and Gender Scorecard for College Sports
At a time when colleges (and their athletics programs) are under heightened scrutiny about their alleged mistreatment of female students, women remain significantly underrepresented in leadership positions in college sports programs, and in some ways are losing ground, according to an annual assessment by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2014

The Default Trap
Advocates for community colleges are pressing federal lawmakers to make adjustments to a student loan law they say is a “blunt tool” that could unfairly penalize colleges where only a small portion of students default on their federal loans.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2014


Senators Introduce Data Privacy Changes to FERPA
Senators Ed Markey and Orrin Hatch on Wednesday introduced changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, which would require institutions to have policies in place for protecting student data or risk losing federal funding.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2014

Sex Assault Bill Unveiled
A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators on Wednesday unveiled legislation aimed at holding colleges more accountable for preventing and dealing with the sexual assaults that occur on campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2014

For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Reports Says
Eight big for-profit-college companies received nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13, says a report released on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin and the Senate education committee's Democratic majority. And even as the for-profit colleges’ overall enrollments fell from 2009 to 2013, the document asserts, their enrollments of veterans "dramatically increased."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 30, 2014