Tuesday, September 2, 2014

News Links | September 2, 2014


Seven of Aberdeen’s Best Outdoor Locations
Discover the Lake Swano Trails. Make it up to Grays Harbor Community College and visit the Lake Swano Trails. It might be the most underrated area of Aberdeen. In 1992, Grays Harbor College began construction on the 1.5 mile Model Watershed interpretive trail, and it has since become a fantastic walk in the woods. The watershed trail leads to views of the man-made Lake Swano and through some of the most cared for trails in the city.
Grays Harbor Talk, September 1, 2014

Chasing mid-life career change with taxpayers’ help
Chris Fering has had what a savvy résumé might describe as an eclectic and peripatetic career. ... Today, at age 43, the Pioneer Square resident is chasing a singular professional goal: a six-figure job as an emergency-room nurse at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. And Fering is counting on taxpayers to subsidize that switch. After two brief bouts of unemployment several years ago, Fering enrolled at South Seattle College to become a certified nursing assistant, then a licensed practical nurse. Much of the costs for his two years of school — some $20,000 for tuition, textbooks, uniforms, stethoscope and other supplies — were covered by federal job-training money.
The Seattle Times, August 31, 2014

Latino institute emphasizes leadership, action and education
The Latino Educational Training Institute's programs are focused on empowerment through education. ... Students can be recommended for the program while attending Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College or Bellingham Technical College. They participate in a four-month service project, get hands-on mentoring and compete for additional scholarships to continue their education.
Everett Herald, August 31, 2014


Seattle colleges attract international students
More than 13,000 international students came to the Seattle metro area for a college education between 2008 and 2012, part of a dramatically accelerating wave of foreign students entering the country in the last decade for degrees in business, science, technology, engineering and math. Their presence here made Seattle the 16th most popular destination in the U.S. for foreign students. Ruiz said he was also surprised to see that many of Seattle’s international students come here for associate degrees at community colleges. In that regard, Seattle is something of an outlier. Washington community colleges have vigorously promoted themselves as an option for foreign students, marketing themselves on the idea that community college is less expensive and a steppingstone to a four-year college.
The Seattle Times, September 1, 2014

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell
The New York Times is entering the college-ratings game. Sorta. Kinda. Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids." Or at least that’s how the project is billed on the agenda for the Schools for Tomorrow conference that the newspaper is holding next week in New York City.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2014

Urban Geography of Foreign Students
A new analysis of international student visa approvals from the Brookings Institution traces where international students on F-1 visas are coming from and where they are going at the level of the city.
Inside Higher Ed, August 29, 2014

Business Is a Big Draw for International Students in the U.S.
Previous research has shown that international students at American colleges and universities tend to be concentrated in specific areas, such as business and engineering. Now a new report from the Brookings Institution goes deeper in telling us who these students are, which cities they are coming from, and where they end up staying. Nearly one in three international undergraduate students comes to the United States to study business, management, or marketing, according to the Brookings researchers, who looked at more than a million F-1 visas from 2008 to 2012.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2014

New Evidence of Mobile Phone Addiction in Students
Female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on them, according to a new study in The Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
Inside Higher Ed, August 29, 2014

Anthem Bows Out
After years of enrollment losses, Anthem Education, a for-profit chain of colleges and career institutes, filed for bankruptcy Monday. The company has abruptly shut down a number of its campuses, leaving state agencies struggling to funnel displaced students into other institutions. Nine more campuses may close today, Anthem officials said.
Inside Higher Ed, August 29, 2014

Community colleges may be key to finding doctors for minority, underserved communities
Medical schools hoping to find doctors who'll practice in minority and underserved communities may want to start grooming students in community colleges, a new study out of UCLA indicates. The study says that minorities who attended community colleges before heading to medical school are more likely to commit to working for underserved populations, the study says. One description called the findings as, "... a rich source of physicians for poor communities."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 28, 2014

Washington loses more college students than it gains
While nearly 11,000 first-time college students left Washington in fall 2012 to go to college elsewhere, only about 7,000 freshmen moved to Washington to attend school here, according to federal data. (The numbers include two- and four-year colleges.) About one-quarter of Washington residents who enrolled in college for the first time in fall 2012 did so in another state. ... Is this a problem? It’s certainly a puzzle.
The Seattle Times, August 28, 2014

Report: Washington's Low-Income Residents Are Disproportionately Burdened By Debt
Low-income residents Washington state are disproportionately burdened by debt, according to a new report by the grassroots advocacy group Alliance for a Just Society. One reason: increasing student loan debt. The report says the average student loan debt at graduation in Washington jumped 23 percent from 2008 to 2012 to a total of more than $23,000. And the average credit card debt in the state is more than $5,000.
KPLU. August 27, 2014


Feds Overhaul Servicing Contracts
The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced changes to how it pays the companies that manage student loan payments, responding to growing criticism that its oversight of those companies is inadequate.
Inside Higher Ed, September 2, 2014

U.S. Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men
The federal government should require all colleges to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missing assignments, or spotty attendance. That would be one way, according to a report released on Tuesday, to curb the alarming number of minority men who drop out of college.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2, 2014

Higher-Ed Lobby Is Concerned About Red Tape in Democrats’ Reauthorization Bill
The American Council on Education and 20 other higher-education interest groups wrote a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin on Friday expressing concerns about additional regulation proposed in Senate Democrats’ draft plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2014