Thursday, February 5, 2015

News Links | February 5, 2015


Mid-Columbia residents use remote technology to testify before state Senate
Not many people ever plan to testify before a committee of lawmakers, and Delta High School junior Abraham Mendoza is no exception. He and two other Delta High students spoke Wednesday to Washington state senators on the merits of their school and the science- and technology-related curriculum. But rather than traveling to Olympia, they sat in a recently renovated classroom at Columbia Basin College and looked into a camera.
The Tri-City Herald, Feb. 4, 2015

10 Things: Clark College President Robert Knight
Here are 10 things we learned from our discussion with Robert Knight, president of Clark College, during our Boardroom Breakfast event Wednesday morning.
Vancouver Business Journal, Feb. 4, 2015

CPTC receives approval for 7-year reaccreditation
Clover Park Technical College received confirmation Jan. 29 of its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The accreditation process included a three-day on-site evaluation in October by a seven-member team of faculty and administrators from regional colleges.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 4, 2015

Gordon Ebbert receives high honor
During the days of World War II, a home front attack was a real threat after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The late Gordon Ebbert, of Moses Lake, was among 200,000 Civil Air Patrol members who helped guard the American coast from German U-boat attacks. More than 70 years later, on Feb. 24, Ebbert and three other Washington state men will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service. ... Over the years, he was a founder of the Moses Lake airport and helped form the flight program at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
Columbia Basin Herald, Feb. 4, 2015

CPTC: Teaching excellence, an aerial view
Marshall Collins was 4 years old when he knew he wanted to be a pilot. He was 13 when he had the chance to sit at the controls of a Piper Warrior and fly with a former Navy F4 fighter pilot. He later enrolled in Clover Park Technical College’s Avionics Program in 1978-79 because he wanted to be around airplanes and couldn’t afford the Flight Program.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 4 2015

Black Hills High senior Mara Harris named ‘Youth of the Year’
Mara Harris, 18, a senior at Black Hills High School in Tumwater, has been named the “2015 Youth of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. ... Harris said she plans to attend South Puget Sound Community College, which gave her a scholarship as part of the award. After that, she wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management at a four-year university.
The Olympian, Feb. 3, 2015

Camas woman is an Iris Award winner
A Camas resident known for her professional achievements and commitment to social causes is among the winners of the 2015 Iris Awards. The Iris Awards are a continuation of a tradition of honoring women in Southwest Washington that began in 1985 with a photography exhibit at Clark College. Over the years, the annual event has developed into an official awards ceremony, with a nomination process open to all members of the local community. This year’s honorees include Camas resident Lisa Schauer, senior vice president for business development at MacKay Sposito, as well as Vancouver residents Lori Pulliam, director of transition at the Washington State School for the Blind and Victoria Bradford, owner of Comfort Interiors and a member of the Evergreen Public Schools board of directors.
Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Feb. 3, 2015


College freshmen seek financial security amid emotional insecurity
Confident in their academic ability but less so in their interpersonal skills, this year’s freshmen believe the main benefit of a college education is to increase their earning power. More than ever they aspire to be well off — and also to help others — while their emotional health has hit a new low.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 5, 2015

Connected or disconnected?
This year’s freshmen traded some of the hours they would normally have spent hanging out with friends or partying during their senior year in high school for time on social media, a survey of those students shows. Rather than conclude the freshmen entering college today are more introverted than past cohorts, the 2014 Freshman Survey, conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Higher Education Research Institute, suggests the findings raise new questions about how students interact with their peers — and how they view those interactions themselves.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 5, 2015

3 things academic leaders believe about online education
The Babson Survey Research Group released its annual online-education survey on Thursday. ... 1. Online education has become mission-critical, even at small colleges. ... 2. “Hybrid” courses are at least as good as face-to-face courses. ... 3. Most professors still don’t think online courses are legit.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 5, 2015

Is your first grader college ready?
Forget meandering — the messaging now is about goals and focus. “It’s sort of like, if you want your kids to be in the Olympics or to have the chance to be in the Olympics,” said Wendy Segal, a tutor and college planner in Westchester County, N.Y., “you don’t wait until your kid is 17 and say, ‘My kid really loves ice skating.’ You start when they are 5 or 6.” Credit President Obama and the Common Core Standards for putting the “college and career ready” mantra on the lips of K-12 educators across the country. Or blame a competitive culture that has turned wide-open years of childhood into a checklist of readiness skills. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that college prep has hit the playground set.
The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2015

Endangering a trust
Should all professors be required to report student accounts of sexual assault to college officials? A growing number of institutions are saying yes, adopting policies requiring all faculty members and other professional employees — not just those obligated by law to do so — to report sexual misconduct to designated administrators, who may then initiate investigations and alert authorities. ... But while faculty members overwhelmingly support their institutions’ transparency and accountability goals, many feel that mandatory reporting will hurt the cause more than help it.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 4, 2015

Warrior and scholar
Military veterans have more life experience and maturity than the average traditional-aged college student. But some say they could benefit from extra guidance as they make the transition to a residential college environment often designed for 18-year-olds. Several start-ups are stepping in to help the large numbers of veterans attempt to adjust to campus life. ... The up to two-week program is immersive and demanding, say both its organizers and participants. A veteran runs the sessions, which are taught by university professors and graduate students. The curriculum is designed to help participants prepare to tackle the reading lists of rigorous college courses.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 4, 2015

Anonymous feedback, fine. Insults? Not on these platforms
Students have a lot to say. And when they can hide behind anonymity, they’re not afraid to say it. Recently, students have taken to social-media platforms like Yik Yak to anonymously air gripes against their professors. ... Colleges have long sought student feedback — usually by way of end-of-semester course evaluations — but the rude complaints on Yik Yak are seen by some professors as cyberbullying. A few colleges and professors are experimenting with new services that attempt to steer the conversation in a more constructive direction. The services, which unlike Yik Yak have the support of the colleges using them, allow students to anonymously provide their professors with feedback throughout the course, while giving officials the ability to discover the names of users who are posting inappropriate comments.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 4, 2015

Corinthian sale goes through
A student loan guaranty agency finalized its purchase of roughly half of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain this week. And the announcement included new, student-centric concessions that earned praise from federal agencies and some consumer groups. Corinthian sold 53 of its Everest and WyoTech campuses and online programs to the Zenith Education Group, a new subsidiary of the ECMC Group. The nonprofit will pay $24 million for the campuses, which enroll about 33,000 students.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 4, 2015

Big gap in college graduation rates for rich and poor, study finds
College completion rates for wealthy students have soared in 40 years but barely budged for low-income students, leading to a yawning gap in educational attainment between rich and poor that could have long-lasting implications for the socioeconomic divide. In 2013, 77 percent of adults from families in the top income quartile earned at least bachelor’s degrees by the time they turned 24, up from 40 percent in 1970, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy and the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. But 9 percent of people from the lowest income bracket did the same in 2013, up from 6 percent in 1970.
The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 3, 2015


U.S. spends $1.1 trillion on college and job training
Colleges spent $407 billion in 2013 on formal education programs, while employers spent $177 billion, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The report found that employers also spent $413 billion on informal, on-the-job training. That means the workforce side of the total $1.1 trillion in expenditures on training outpaced that of higher education. However, the rate of increase for spending on formal training has been faster in higher education — an 82 percent increase since 1994 compared to a 26 percent increase by employers.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 5, 2015

Video: Lawmakers grapple with higher education
We speak with Austin Jenkins of the Public Radio Northwest News Network about the difficulty funding higher education.
KING 5, Feb. 4, 2015

Education Dept. details experiments in nontraditional student aid
The U.S. Department of Education has published a list of experimental sites where it will test the idea of doling out student aid not based on the credit hour. Details about the experimental sites — in prior-learning assessment and competency-based education, among other things — can be found here. Because they allow for greater flexibility in the pace of coursework and the ability to earn credit for work experience, the concepts being tested appeal especially to nontraditional students. The experimental sites were announced in July.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 4, 2015

No tests required for high school diploma?
Lawmakers weigh changing rules As Washington phases in new statewide tests for high school students, lawmakers are questioning whether those exams should decide if students earn a diploma. Two proposals in the Legislature would eliminate statewide standardized tests as requirements for high school graduation, while another plan backed by Gov. Jay Inslee would give students more makeup options if they fail the state tests.
The News Tribune, Feb. 3, 2015