Thursday, September 11, 2014

News Links | September 11, 2014


TCC-Gig Harbor to host institute for the lifelong learner
Learning is about more than tests and papers, so Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus is offering a new program that encourages learning outside of the credit-seeking world. ... Janine Mott, executive director of the campus, said the Harbor Institute is the product of years of community conversations. Sensing a gap in the campus’ offerings to the community, Mott and a team of college and community members set about designing the new program. It’s modeled after similar successful programs nearby. Mott singled out the Creative Retirement Institute at Edmonds Community College, which is managed by members and independent from the college.
The Peninsula Gateway, September 10, 2014

King named president of Bellevue College Foundation board
Dale King, vice president of GLY Construction, has been named president of the Bellevue College Foundation Board of Directors for a one-year term to coincide with the 2014-2015 school year.
Bellevue Reporter, September 9, 2014

Converting Reading Teachers
Reading Apprenticeship is an academic method for instructors across academic disciplines to learn how to incorporate reading into their teaching methods. The approach, which was originally designed for K-12 teachers and later adapted for community college instructors, seeks to help students better engage with texts and improve their comprehension of academic material. ... Community colleges in Washington are using it, as are instructors at two-year colleges in Michigan. ... Renton Technical College, which is located in greater Seattle, has been a major adopter. More than half of students at Renton who are enrolled in workforce-oriented credential tracks receive the reading instruction. College officials credit the program with helping to boost Renton's overall graduation rate.
Inside Higher Ed, September 9, 2014

Renton Technical College named one of top 10 community colleges in US
Renton Technical College today was named one of the top 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. RTC is now eligible to enter the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March 2015 in Washington D.C.
Renton Reporter, September 4, 2014


Senior (Citizen) Student Debt Rising
The number of Americans who are nearing or past retirement age and still have student loan debt has ballooned in recent years, as has the amount of money the government is seizing from their Social Security checks to recoup defaulted federal loans, Congressional researchers have found.
Inside Higher Ed, September 11, 2014

Smartphone Use Rising Fast Among College Students
On a typical day of classes, college students are still more likely to use a laptop than a tablet or smartphone, according to a survey on mobile device use sponsored by Pearson. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll, found smartphone use growing almost as common as laptop use, however.
Inside Higher Ed, September 11, 2014

Project Seeks to Ease Path to 4-Year Degree for Nontraditional Students
The American Council on Education announced on Wednesday a project intended to make it easier for nontraditional students to earn four-year college degrees. Financed by a $1.86-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the new program will create roughly 100 free or inexpensive general-education courses that will earn students as much as two years’ transfer credit at some 40 participating colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 10, 2014

The 'Murky Middle'
Colleges and universities trying to improve retention and graduation rates may be directing academic support services to the wrong students, emerging research suggests.
Inside Higher Ed, September 10, 2014

Tugged in Two Directions
A surge in new competency-based degree programs has created challenges for the accreditors tasked with approving them. They must seek to ensure academic quality without quashing promising ideas, while also dealing with sluggish and sometimes confusing guidance from the federal government.
Inside Higher Ed, September 10, 2014

New Payscale Salary Ranking Includes 2-Year Colleges
Rankings week continues with today's release of Payscale's annual salary report, which rates more than 1,000 colleges on the early career (through five years post-graduation) and mid-career (through 10 years) median salaries reported by their graduates. The 2014-15 version of the Payscale rankings -- which are controversial in some quarters of higher education for encouraging overreliance on post-graduate salary as an indicator of quality -- include for the first time data on the salary outcomes of associate degree recipients from 349 two-year institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, September 10, 2014

Princeton Weighs Ideas to Help Low-Income Students
Princeton University may soon take several steps to create a campus that is more inclusive to lower-income students, including featuring socioeconomic diversity in freshman orientation and diversity programming, incorporating sensitivity to socioeconomic status in residential housing assignments, and forming a standing committee of administrators to consider polices that affect the educational and social experiences of low-income and first-generation students.
Inside Higher Ed, September 10, 2014

Opinion: The college degree has become the new high school degree
You’ve heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor’s degree for positions that didn’t used to require baccalaureate education. A college degree, in other words, is becoming the new high school diploma: the minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job.
The Washington Post, September 9, 2014

College savings on the rise as plans average $20K
The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount still isn't enough to cover one year at a four-year public university.
The Seattle Times, September 8, 2014

Why Sally can’t get a good job with her college degree
Almost half of all recent college graduates are working at jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While it might have been rare to see college graduates in these low-quality jobs a few years ago, they’re increasingly the norm these days. That same New York Fed study found that more and more recent college graduates are taking low-wage jobs and working part-time while fewer and fewer of them are working full-time at high-quality jobs. Wharton School professor Peter Capelli tried to figure out whether the problem in the labor market is because the jobs don’t require the skills that candidates are offering or because workers don’t have the proper skills that employers are seeking. Here’s what he found. The main problem with the U.S. job market isn’t a gap in basic skills or a shortage of employees with particular skills, but a mismatch between the supply and the demand for certain skills. There’s a greater supply of college graduates than a demand for college graduates in the labor market.
The Washington Post, September 5, 2014


Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding
The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education but, for now, is holding off on sanctions. In an order Thursday in the landmark McCleary school-funding case, the court  said it won’t issue any sanctions until at least the close of the 2015 legislative session. After that, action could be swift.
The Seattle Times, September 11, 2014

Editorial: McCleary case may be constitutional lesson for Legislature, state Supreme Court
The McCleary case will be about far more than education funding when the 2015 Legislature convenes. Depending on how much the Washington Supreme Court decides is ample funding for education, the sums involved could force legislators to revisit the budgeting process, and possibly even the state’s tax structure.
The Spokesman-Review, September 10, 2014