Thursday, February 19, 2015

News Links | February 19, 2015


State’s prisons have started offering more postsecondary courses
Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors — novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion. Then dozens of professors and instructors from Washington’s public and private colleges surrender their driver’s licenses and car keys to an armed guard, walk through the detector themselves and pass through a perimeter fence topped by coils of gleaming razor wire. They have come to teach some of the state’s most unlikely college students: men and women serving time for felonies such as rape, robbery and murder. ... Twelve professors from UPS, the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Tacoma Community College and Harvard Extension School receive a stipend of $1,200 per semester to pay for transportation to and from the prison. ... [Reid] Helford, the Walla Walla Community College adjunct who teaches both GED and college-level classes at the state penitentiary, said many inmates in his courses undergo a transformation.
Yakima Herald-Republic, Feb. 19, 2015

Stadium High School students, staff embrace college classes taught on their campus
Writing one college-quality paper a week in a high school English class might seem like a daunting task for many students. But a group of Stadium High School students who’ve tackled that and similar tasks say the challenge is worth it — especially when there’s college credit waiting at the end of a demanding high school course. Through a pair of programs that offer dual high school and college credit, hundreds of students at Stadium are getting a taste of what university work will be like. ... After Stadium, college classes have drawn the largest numbers at Tacoma’s School of the Arts and the Science and Math Institute. More than 180 students are enrolled at each school, according to the district. Classes at those two schools are taught by SOTA and SAMI teachers who use curriculum from Tacoma Community College.
The News Tribune, Feb. 18, 2015

Education opportunity: Equal but unequal? Legislators tackling student-achievement gap
Advocates for minority and low-income students are urging legislators to take a closer look at the state’s McCleary obligation to ensure that all students are given equal and ample opportunity to achieve in school. One bill would require state agencies to assess the potential negative impacts of education policies on minority and low-income students, and another would require the state to take measures to closing the education opportunity gap. ... The bill would require a range of state agencies — from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges — to contribute to an annual report on education equity.
Bainbridge Island Review, Feb. 18, 2015

Pierce County two-year college students named to All-Washington Academic Team
Ten students representing Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College and Tacoma Community College were selected to the 2015 All-Washington Academic Team. The team will be honored March 26 at a recognition ceremony held at South Puget Sound Community College.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 18, 2015

CPTC: Designing her future
Julianna Jewell doesn’t care for rigid standards. But she also doesn’t like having too much free space. She has found a happy medium in Clover Park Technical College’s Graphic Technologies Program. ... Because of Running Start at CPTC, Jewell will graduate in June 2016 with her high school diploma and a Graphic Technologies Degree at the age of 17. The self-starter at Puyallup High School took it upon herself to search area schools near Puyallup that offered graphic design programs.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 18, 2015

Community college students gather for rally in Olympia
Students from Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges gathered for a legislative rally Feb. 5 in an effort to bring attention to certain issues of concern. Hundreds of students gathered in the Washington State Capitol Building’s rotunda and heard from a number of legislators, students, and advocates. As the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges Student Association (WACTCSA) president, Pierce College student Robert Lasker served as the event’s emcee.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 17, 2015

Bates Technical College students deliver sweet message in Olympia
A handful of Bates Technical College students and staff delivered a sweet message to several state legislators and their aides on Tuesday, Feb. 10, during the 23rd annual Legislative Cookie Day. The group visited the state Capitol to deliver fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, individually wrapped with a message about the important role technical and community colleges play in our economy. The message read, “Building a work-ready Washington: Washington’s community and technical colleges are a proven solution for better jobs, brighter futures, and a stronger economy.”
The Suburban Times, Feb. 17, 2015

CPTC: The president’s unsung hero for February
Workforce Development Grants and Special Projects Coordinator Christine Campbell mainly works behind the scenes at Clover Park Technical College. But her efforts certainly don’t go unnoticed. Because of her entrepreneurial efforts in grant administration Campbell was selected the President’s Unsung Hero for February.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 17, 2015


A new call for 'college for all'
The Center for American Progress is today releasing a new paper on how to provide, as the paper's title says, "College for All." The paper says that a variety of changes in policies should enable all high school graduates to receive support up to the level of tuition at a public college or university in the state. Students who attend private colleges would receive the equivalent amount toward their expenses. Students at community colleges would receive support sufficient to cover the full costs of attendance.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2015

Prioritizing partnerships
In international education circles, it’s not uncommon to hear of an institution that has 100 or more partnerships with foreign universities — several hundred, even. But how should universities assess the value of these partnerships and determine which ones to prioritize — and which ones, perhaps, to prune? Those questions were at the forefront of a session on strategic alliances on Wednesday at the Association of International Education Administrators’ annual conference.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2015

New leader for community college network
Karen A. Stout, president of Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania, has been named president & CEO of Achieving the Dream, a network of community colleges focused on "evidence-based institutional improvement." She replaces William E. Trueheart, the group's founding president.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2015

Leaky for everyone
For years, experts on the academic and scientific workforce have talked about a "leaky pipeline" in which women with talent in science and technology fields are less likely than men to pursue doctorates and potentially become faculty members. A study published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Psychology says that the pipeline may no longer be leaking more women than men. The study suggests that academic science may be losing a lot of talent — men and women alike — so the leaky pipeline metaphor may still be valid. But it may not be gender based anymore — at least with regard to the proportion of bachelor's degree recipients in various science and technology fields who go on to earn Ph.D.s in those fields.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2015

Making them pay
Community college students should be able to afford to take two courses every spring, summer and fall semester, a new policy paper from New America argues, but a number of barriers — especially surrounding financial aid — “impede the flexibility” those students need to earn a degree. In “Community College Online,” Rachel Fishman, a senior policy analyst with the foundation, suggests community college students would be able to speed up their time to degree completion if they could mix face-to-face, hybrid and fully online courses, courses that rely on seat time and courses that measure competencies.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2015


First, do no harm
More than a dozen student affairs associations, nonprofit organizations and victims' advocate groups are releasing an open letter today urging state legislators to reconsider pending bills in several states that the letter says would interfere with colleges' efforts to prevent campus sexual assault. The letter, written by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, was sent to lawmakers in all 50 states; in several states, legislatures are considering bills that would require college officials to refer all reports of sexual violence to law enforcement or that would give accused students judicial rights, such as allowing a lawyer to fully participate on their behalf, that are not available to accusers.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 19, 2015

Bill would make dual-credit high school/college courses more affordable for families
Legislation pending in Olympia could level the playing field for high school students who want to earn college credits. There are now multiple paths — and multiple funding sources — for those classes. Some colleges and universities charge tuition for students who take college classes at their high schools, while others are tuition-free.
The News Tribune, Feb. 18, 2015