Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
News Links | September 16, 2014
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
Introducing Veteran Navigator Shawn Durnen
Shawn Durnen lives by the motto “be the difference.” The former
soldier and student at Clover
Park Technical College took over as the college’s Veteran
Navigator earlier this month, and is already busy at work on his new
mission to serve student veterans.
The Suburban Times, September 15, 2014
prized supercar from crusher...for now
A funny thing happened on the way to the junkyard. Students in the
automotive technology program at South
Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) in Olympia, Wash.,
were seriously bummed in March when the school was contacted by
Chrysler and ordered to crush the Dodge Viper supercar the company had
loaned it in 2007.
Fox News.com, September 11, 2014
Mike Blakely is
a finalist for national college leadership award Big Bend Community
College Trustee Mike Blakely is one of seven finalists for
a national leadership award from the Association of Community College
Trustees. Blakely, a retired Quincy agriculture and diversified
occupations teacher, received the Washington Trustee Leadership award last
year from the state Trustees
Association of Community and Technical Colleges. This
past weekend, Blakely was awarded the 2014 Pacific Region Trustree
Leadership Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. This
is the first time a Big Bend Community College trustee has earned a
regional award from the group. As a recipient of the award, Blakely is a
finalist for the national award, which will be announced during the
Association of Community College Trustees convention in Chicago on Oct. 22.
iFIBER ONE News, September 11, 2014
Program Grows, Adds For-Credit Class
The South Puget
Sound Community College Orchestra is now available to both
students and community members. Previously offered solely through the
Community Education program, the SPSCC Orchestra is a new a
multi-generational orchestra made up of community musicians and
credit-bearing students enrolled in the college.
Thurston Talk, September 11, 2014
Ambassador Program recognized at conference Clover Park
Technical College’s Office of Student Programs launched the
Peer Ambassador program last year to decrease barriers and increase access
to academic and support services for students. The pilot program was a
success based on data collected and feedback. The program was recently
recognized on a statewide level among community and technical colleges,
earning the Excellence in Innovation Award at the LEAD 2014 Leadership and
Activities Institute, sponsored by the Council of Unions and Student
Programs. The award recognizes outstanding new contributions that have
initiated positive organizational change on a local or state level.
The Suburban Times, September 11, 2014
Ruth Ozeki to
Lead Off 2014-15 SPSCC Artist and Lecture Series South Puget Sound
Community College opens its 2014-15 Artist and Lecture
Series with Japanese-Canadian novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist
priest Ruth Ozeki. Ozeki will speak from her latest book, “A Tale for
the Time Being,” on Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenneth J.
Minnaert Center for the Arts Main Stage.
Thurston Talk, September 11, 2014
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
In Quest for
Success, Colleges Ask: What’s Working?
With the pressure on for higher graduation rates, better retention, and
more-engaged students, colleges are deploying a variety of tactics in their
pursuit of student success. But whether they’re offering a first-year
experience or a flipped classroom, how do they know if the programs are
working? For some colleges, the urgency to better understand how their
programs affect students stems from state appropriations that are
contingent on retention and completion rates. For others, tight budgets
have prompted calls for evidence that programs are cost-effective and
worthwhile. Still other colleges have campus leaders fond of data-driven
development and analysis of campus programs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 15, 2014
States last year doled out roughly the same amount of student aid money in
2012-13 as they did the previous year, but they increased the share of
money flowing to students based on financial need, according to a new
survey published Monday.
Inside Higher Ed, September 15, 2014
tops list of WA’s out-of-state college choices
Recently, we wrote about the large number of Washington state students
who go out of state for a college education. Of all the
western states, Washington loses the most college-bound
students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics,
a federally-run data clearinghouse. Where do they all go?
Believe it or not, the two most popular out-of-state schools for the
2012-13 school year were Brigham Young University-Idaho and Brigham Young
University in Utah. Those two schools account for nearly 9 percent of the
7,409 Washington students who graduated in spring 2012 and went immediately
to out-of-school colleges in the fall.
The Seattle Times, September 12, 2014
Equation: More Education = More Income
Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation’s one-percenters
so that their post-tax share of the nation’s income remained at 10 percent,
roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally
among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top
tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money.
But it pales compared to the gap between the wages of a family of two
college graduates and a family of high school graduates. Between 1979 and
2012, that gap grew by some $30,000, after inflation.
The New York Times, September 10, 2014
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
4 Key Questions
Experts Are Asking About Obama’s College-Ratings Plan
President Obama’s proposed federal college-ratings system is set
to be released in time for the 2015 academic year, but if the comments from
administrators and researchers at a hearing on Friday are anything to go
by, the plan appears to be far from complete.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 15, 2014
Court is holding state lawmakers accountable
YAY: Contempt order Late last week, the Supreme Court of Washington held
the Legislature in contempt for failing to provide a plan to fully fund
basic education, as our state constitution requires. This isn’t surprising.
In 2012, the Court directly ordered the Legislature to develop a plan to
fully fund its own definition of basic education by 2018. They are not on
track to meet that deadline.
The Olympian, September 15, 2014
Legislature correctly gets more time for school solution
The Washington state Supreme Court has pulled the Legislature’s feet from
the fire of the K-12 education funding cauldron. But things could get hot
politically and fiscally if the court orders sanctions after the next
legislative session, and they could get downright fiery if a constitutional
separation-of-powers battle flares.
Yakima Herald-Republic, September 14, 2014
Editorial: McCleary: Change starts now
McCleary. The 2012 state Supreme Court ruling breathed life into Article IX
of the state Constitution. By affirming a declaratory ruling of the King
County Superior Court, the Supremes agreed that Washington was not meeting
its “paramount duty...to make ample provision for the education of all the
children residing within its borders.” But the devil is in the
phase-in details and periodic benchmarks to reach the 2018 deadline for
full funding, that the Legislature “demonstrate that its budget meets its
Everett Herald, September 14, 2014
General Bob Ferguson talks McCleary, pot, public disclosure
The state Supreme Court was wise to hold off immediately sanctioning the
Legislature for not making viable progress in fully funding public
education, the State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday. “I
think it is wise they chose not to go that route,” Ferguson told the
editorial board at The Daily World, just minutes after the court
issued a unanimous order holding the Legislature in contempt for not
offering a plan. He had not even seen the order yet, he said. The Attorney
General’s office represents the Legislature.
The Daily World, September 13, 2014
State Supreme Court’s contempt ruling makes point on education, not
The state Supreme Court found an elegant way out of the problem it created
when it handed the Legislature a near-impossible order earlier this year.
Thursday, the court found the state of Washington in contempt in a
high-profile school-funding case — but before it metes out punishment, it
will give lawmakers a chance to resolve the issue.
The Seattle Times, September 11, 2014