Thursday, August 14, 2014

News Links | August 14, 2014


SPSCC Partners with Thurston County Jail to provide GED classes
The Thurston County Jail program at South Puget Sound Community College provides inmates at the Thurston County Correctional Facility a free opportunity to earn their General Education Development (GED) certificate through SPSCC while incarcerated. The program began in 1996, and for the last ten years has had 2,138 registered students with 292 graduates earning their GED.
Thurston Talk, August 14, 2014

Peninsula College, CWU combo to offer dual admissions in fall
Starting this fall, a new collaboration between Peninsula College and Central Washington University offers Olympic Peninsula residents another opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree.
Sequim Gazette, August 13, 2014

Peninsula College helps Sequim veteran get a fresh start
Sequim resident Justin VanBuskirk, who graduated from Peninsula College this June, has some words of advice for others: “Don’t give up because of your position in life!” He didn’t and now he is well on his way to finding the life and career he wants, which includes pursuing an engineering degree at Western Washington University.
Sequim Gazette, August 12, 2014

Looking up and looking ahead, Bates Technical College will offer classes on drones
Landon Johnson has seen the future, and there will be fewer cashiers in it, but more unmanned aerial vehicles and block-long vending machines. ... That’s where Johnson comes in. He’s a teacher in the Bates Technical College industrial electronics and robotics technician program.
The News Tribune, August 12, 2014

Big Bend brings STEM learning to high school students
Big Bend Community College is continuing efforts to get more kids interested in STEM learning. The college has been using its STEM Summer Institute to introduce Basin high school students to engineering and other related subjects - part of their overall initiative to prepare students to eventually enter STEM-related fields.
Columbia Basin Herald, August 12, 2014

P.C. starts honors program this fall
A new Honors Program starts this fall at Peninsula College. Applications for admission are now being accepted. The Honors Program is designed to engage highly motivated students in a unique two-year cohort-based learning process that encourages them to make connections between their classes, develop critical thinking skills, identify intellectual interests and develop those interests into a culminating “capstone” experience.
Sequim Gazette, August 12, 2014


Confuse Students to Help Them Learn
If you had to pick a single word to explain how Derek Muller ended up in a Perth hotel room arguing with an empty chair, it probably would be "confusion." About a decade ago, Mr. Muller, then a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, wanted to figure how out to make science videos that students would learn from, not just watch.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 14, 2014

Corinthian Legal Troubles Expand
Federal prosecutors have ordered Corinthian Colleges to turn over a range of documents relating to job placement, graduation rates, advertising and marketing materials, and student loan defaults.
Inside Higher Ed, August 14, 2014

Video: What Will a Liberal Arts Education Look Like in 50 Years?
At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to weigh in on the fate of higher education. "We won't have liberal arts and sciences at all 50 years from now unless we really understand how to save what's good, but reinvent what's new and needed," says Harvard University education professor Howard Gardner.
The Atlantic, August 13, 2014

College Fund-Raising Rises 5.2 Percent
Fund-raising in higher education grew by an estimated 5.2 percent in the 2014 fiscal year, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education reported on Tuesday. That was a full percentage point below the 6.2-percent increase that was predicted in the same survey last year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 13, 2014

The Opposite of Helicopter Parents
A study published in the Journal of College Student Retention in 2012 found that first-generation college students receive far less emotional, informational, and financial support from their parents than continuing-generation students.
Inside Higher Ed, August 13, 2014


Editorial: Governors offer good advice on McCleary
The Washington Supreme Court should listen to its friends. Last week, five former governors of Washington jointly filed an amici curiae – friends of the court – brief urging the justices to delay a September hearing that could result in a contempt of court finding against the Legislature, and a constitutional crisis testing judicial versus legislative power.
The Spokesman-Review, August 12, 2014