Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Thursday, April 16, 2015
News Links | April 16, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
students to vote on fee hike for rec center Clark College
students are voting this week on a proposal to permanently increase student
fees to fund a $16.3 million expansion and operation of the college's
O'Connell Sports Center. The project would add 27,420 square feet to the
existing facility and include new basketball courts, an elevated running
track, expanded weight and cardio rooms, student spaces and a new food
vendor. If students approve the fee, construction on the building would
begin in 2017, according to Sarah Gruhler, the college's student life
director. The sports center is at the southwest end of the campus.
The Columbian, April 16, 2015
six states agree to Smarter Balanced definition of 'college ready'
Nearly 200 colleges and universities in six states have agreed to let
students skip remedial coursework if they reach the college-readiness score
on the 2015 Smarter Balanced assessment. Wednesday's announcement marks a
major development in the consortium's bid to convince higher education to
accept the "college-ready" cut score on its 11th grade test for course-placement
purposes.Until this week, it had only the state college and university
systems in two states signed on. Now that list has grown to 197 campuses in
six states. Here's how it breaks down ... 49 in Washington
state, all 40 of its two- and four-year colleges and nine independent
colleges and universities.
Education Week, April 15, 2015
Theta Kappa brings home awards
A chapter participant and the advisor of Big Bend Community College's Phi
Theta Kappa chapter, and a chapter member, brought home top regional honors
after the regional conference in Seattle. Barbara Whitney, BBCC math
instructor and advisor for the school's Rho Zeta chapter, received first
place for advisors. Rho Zeta participant Melinda Dourte brought home
first place in the "distinguished chapter member" category.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 15, 2015
P.C.’s Peet honored Peninsula College
Accounting faculty member Gail Peet recently was selected as a recipient of
the 2015 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award. The
honor is given to individuals “in recognition of outstanding contributions
to teaching, student learning and assessment and commitment to supporting
and providing educational opportunities for all students,” according to a
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Sequim Gazette, April 15, 2015
Latino community with admissions night
It was Everett
Community College’s first attempt to expand its diversity
efforts for prospective students at the EvCC Family Night in Spanish, or
for Spanish speakers, “Noche Entre Familia.” The event on
Wednesday, April 8 gave information to families about classes, options for
financial aid and other college services, but uniquely all of the
information was given in Spanish. The college is planing future nights in
Snohomish County Tribune, April 15, 2015
nets 8th for college team
Recently, eight students representing Peninsula College at the 2015
Pacific Rim Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in Des Moines
faced a fictitious cyber scenario and claimed eighth place overall against
teams from Western Washington University, the University of Washington,
Idaho State University and others. The challenge was to maintain the
computing infrastructure for the Pacific Northwest Centers for Disease
Control during a major viral outbreak, which results in a zombie apocalypse.
... Team members Robert Chisick, George Delorey, Joshua Diehl, Ian
Hassel, Michael Loghry, Sarah Mullikin, Drew Ross and David Walter, as the
first team from the Olympic Peninsula to compete at such an event,
performed well against 14 other teams.
Peninsula Daily News, April 14, 2015
2015 Distinguished Alumnus: From convict to counselor
As a teen, Pierce
College alum Brandon Stogsdill made some bad choices.
Growing up in an unstable home without a father created feelings of anger
and depression, and he quickly learned to take out his aggression on
others. ... During his time in prison he took distance learning
courses from Pierce College and earned 187 credits while working toward his
associate degree. Before he was released, he learned of the
scholarship opportunities at Pierce College, and applied for four. He had
little money and would be unable to pay tuition on his own. Luckily, he was
selected for one of the scholarships and was given the opportunity to have
his college paid for. ... Stogsdill currently works as a licensed
therapist at Sound Mental Health, working with troubled youth using extreme
sports as a way to transfer risky behavior into constructive alternatives.
The Suburban Times, April 14, 2015
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
4 reasons for
high school graduates to turn to community college
Prom, college acceptance letters, graduation: Spring can be an exciting
time for students who have secured a spot at their dream four-year
university, but the future can seem less exciting for those headed to
community college. Teens often consider community colleges to
be undesirable and inferior, but the two-year institutions can be a great
option for recent graduates, experts say.
US News & World Report, April 16, 2015
tuition rebates to encourage retention
Ohio’s Clark State Community College is taking a proactive approach to
reducing the cost of education by launching a challenge program that could
cut tuition up to 10 percent and surpasses new requirements laid out by lawmakers.
The program, also aimed at increasing retention, allows students to get a
5- to 10-percent tuition reduction for taking more credit hours and
maintaining good grades. It was approved at the Board of Trustees’ March
eCampus News, April 13, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
guide to 4 presidential contenders
Over the past few weeks, four candidates have officially announced that
they’re running for president. The Republican field includes three U.S.
senators: Florida’s Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who is
pitching himself as the fresh face of the GOP; Texas’ Ted Cruz, a
conservative Christian and Tea Party hero; and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, a
libertarian who is positioning himself as the candidate for young people.
The Democratic field has just one contender so far: Hillary Rodham Clinton,
the former first lady, senator, secretary of state, and household
name. Here’s where they stand on three issues that matter to colleges:
affordability, immigration, and science.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2015
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S.
Department of Education by four student loan debt collection companies that
claim the department arbitrarily cut ties with them earlier this year. The
decision by U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra is a victory
for the Education Department, which effectively fired five debt
collection companies in February after accusing them of misleading
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2015
In our view:
Make college within reach
While many indicators point to the decline of the middle class in the
United States, one of the most prominent examples of the changing landscape
is the importance of a college education. Essentially gone are the
days when a high school graduate could secure a life-long manufacturing job;
essentially gone is the notion that entering a blue-collar profession can
provide family wages for the long term. Although exceptions can be found,
the rule is that a college degree is required for those hoping to establish
some measure of employment security. This situation has delivered
increased attention upon college tuition rates and has led Republicans in
the state Senate to attempt a bold move in addressing the issue. In
devising their budget proposal for the 2015-17 biennium, Republicans have recommended
cutting tuition by 30 percent at the state's two research universities, and
by lesser amounts at regional universities and community colleges.
The Columbian, April 14, 2015