Thursday, September 25, 2014

News Links | September 25, 2014


STEM building to rise on Clark College campus
Walking through the construction site of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building, it is hard to imagine anything other than the piles of dirt and giant yellow construction vehicles that currently occupy the space. "The level where we currently stand will be the second floor," said project manager Jim Watkins on a recent walk-through. The new building broke ground in August and has an estimated completion date of Feb. 21, 2016. The building will be "completely operable" June or July 2016, according to Peter Williams, Clark College's dean of STEM. It will provide the STEM program with modern technology, finally bringing it into the 21st century, according to Watkins.
The Columbian, September 25, 2014

Port of PA moving ahead with composites recycling plans
This past July, Governor Jay Inslee stopped in Port Angeles and learned about efforts to further develop the composites industry in the area. He visited composites training efforts through Peninsula College and talked with staff at the Port of Port Angeles, trying to help the region land a 70-million dollar funding opportunity from the federal government. That grant was expected to be awarded this fall, but the decision has been delayed by the feds.
KONP, September 25, 2014

In Our View: Education Evolves
The evolving nature of higher education is on full display this week as students at Clark College christen a new school year. ... It is likely that you could survey Clark's 12,835 students this fall and find 12,835 different stories of what they are looking for in an education. One of the benefits of a community college is that it is flexible enough to accommodate them all.
The Columbian, September 24, 2014

Highline College named as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream announced today the recertification of Highline College as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. ... Two other recertified institutions are from Washington state: Renton Technical College and Tacoma Community College.
Kent Reporter, September 24, 2014

Renton Technical College receives prestigious recognition
Renton Technical College was re-certified as an "Achieving the Dream Leader College" on Wednesday. It is a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.
Renton Reporter, September 24, 2014

Guest: The higher education choices for state lawmakers
By Beth Willis and Shaunta Hyde, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The two-year spending plan lawmakers approve next session will influence everything from college tuition and course offerings, to academic advising and campus construction projects. At the intersection of those decisions is Washington state’s economy and the opportunities it provides for better jobs and greater prosperity for all Washingtonians. The answer: amply fund community and technical colleges and universities.
The Seattle Times, September 23, 2014

Bothell's Cascadia Community College changes name
In a unanimous vote, the Board of Trustees of Cascadia Community College has voted to change the institution’s name to Cascadia College. The new name has the broad support of the college’s students, alumni, staff, the leadership of University of Washington Bothell and regional industry.
Bothell Reporter, September 23, 2014

CBC president says enrollment stable
High school students fast-tracking their education are becoming an ever-growing portion of Columbia Basin College's enrollment. More than 6,800 students were at the college for the first day of classes Monday, down from the 7,088 on campus the same day last year. However, 955 high school students in the Running Start program make up part of those numbers. Running Start students make up 14 percent of the college's enrollment, up from 12 percent last year and continuing a growth trend from recent years.
Tri-City Herald, September 23, 2014

Mural celebrates SW Washington’s most famous band
Last year, the civic and arts group Our Aberdeen gave artist Erik Sandgren a choice: commemorate the history of Aberdeen or the birth of Nirvana. Sandgren, who heads the art department at Grays Harbor College, chose to do both.
Chinook Observer, September 23, 2014

Port Angeles port moving ahead on composites center while grant remains in question
The Port of Port Angeles isn't waiting to find out if it will be the recipient of a portion of a $70 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to begin working on a composites recycling technology research center. Port staff and its partners are forging forward with the process and working on a Plan B for funding, just in case Washington state is not the grant recipient, Port of Port Angeles commissioners were told Tuesday. ... The port's backup plan is a state and locally funded program in concert with Peninsula College and other partners, she said. ... Peninsula College is the only community college in the state with a composites manufacturing training program, and there is already a composites presence in the area and space available to devote to it.
Peninsula Daily News, September 23, 2014

Redmond artist displays works at Everett Community College
Everett Community College (EvCC) art instructor Linda Berkley of Redmond will display her drawings, paintings and mixed-media installations at the school's Russell Day Gallery now through Oct. 17. The exhibit, called "Awakening to Presence," features artwork in a variety of mediums that often references natural forms, landscapes and the human body.
Redmond Reporter, September 23, 2014

Veteran Navigator
As the new school year kicked off at Clover Park Technical College, a familiar face in a new role greeted students at the Veteran Resource Center. Shawn Durnen, who was previously in their shoes, assumed the position of Veteran Navigator at the college and got the seat behind the desk.
Northwest Military, September 23, 2014

YWCA of Olympia Announces 2014 Women of Achievement
20th Annual Gala Honors South Sound Women Making Positive Impact in the Community. The words are powerful, the impact broad, the commitment unquestionable. Vice President for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College, Dr. Coats is a long-time advocate for access, retention, and success for students of color and other underrepresented student groups and she led efforts to establish and maintain the SPSCC Diversity & Equity Center.
Thurston Talk, September 16, 2014

South Sound grrls are part of Texan’s show
Joan of Arc and Courtney Love are hanging around in an art gallery. It could be the start of a good joke, but it’s actually a description of Take Everything, an art show opening Monday at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts.
The Olympian, September 12, 2014


Gender Stereotypes in STEM
The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math fields has been well-documented through various studies and reports. And increasing gender diversity in the so-called STEM fields is a key goal of groups spanning the education, government and labor market sectors. But few reports on gender participation in STEM analyze women under the microscope of different demographic backgrounds to determine whether there’s variation between different cultures or ethnicities, according to the authors of research recently published online in the American Psychology Association’s Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology journal.
Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2014


Default Rates Dip (Slightly)
After increasing for years, the rate at which students default on their loans several years after leaving college has ticked down slightly across all sectors of higher education, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. Nationwide, the share of borrowers defaulting on their loans within three years of when they were supposed to begin repaying them declined to 13.7 percent from 14.7 percent last year, according to the new federal data.
Inside Higher Ed, September 25, 2014

As Default Rates Drop, So Does Confidence in How the Education Dept. Counts Them
The official federal student-loan default rate fell a percentage point this year, with the largest dip occurring in the for-profit sector, data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education show. But the talk among advocates, reporters, and policy wonks on Wednesday was less about the drop than about the Education Department’s last-minute tweak of its own numbers. That "adjustment," which spared some colleges whose high rates would have cost them their ability to award federal aid, has reanimated the debate over default rates, long derided as a poor measure of institutional quality.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 25, 2014

New Generation Of Undocumented Students Starts College Under Wash. 'Dream Act'
Move-in day at the University of Washington is a jumble of boxes and emotions for incoming freshman Carlos Escutia. ... A year ago, it wasn't even clear the Lynnwood High School grad would make it to this day. As an undocumented immigrant, Escutia didn't qualify for government loans to cover his college costs. He'd have to apply for competitive private scholarships and hope for the best. Then the state legislature passed the "Dream Act," granting many undocumented high school graduates access to state-funded college grants. Escutia was among the first to apply, and he is now part of the state's first wave of so-called "dreamers" to start classes.
KPLU, September 24, 2014

In 11th-Hour Move, Education Dept. Spares the Rod on Loan Defaults
On the eve of the much-anticipated release of its annual roundup of student-loan default rates, the Education Department has announced that it will spare some colleges whose high rates would have cost them their ability to award federal student aid.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 24, 2014

Reprieve on Default Rates
Colleges with large populations of low-income students have for months worried that their former students' high rates of default on student loans would eliminate their access to student aid under stricter federal standards that fully take effect this year.
Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2014