Thursday, May 14, 2015

News Links | May 14, 2015


Recognizing Joey Ing — A spotlight on a community leader
Joey retired as a successful architect of his own firm for multiple projects — the International District Children’s Park, South Seattle College, several restaurants, which include the House of Hong and the Anthony’s chain in the Puget Sound area. ... While Vera was a high-profile chair of the North Seattle College Foundation, Joey also chaired the South Seattle College Foundation simultaneously, but few people knew about it. He never made much noise about his contributions.
Northwest Asian Weekly, May 14, 2015

Spokane Community College chooses new president
Spokane Community College has a new president in waiting. Ryan Carstens, vice president for academic affairs at New Mexico State University’s Alamogordo campus, was selected following a nationwide search to replace SCC President Scott Morgan, who is retiring this fall. Carstens, 56, is scheduled to start July 1.
The Spokesman-Review, May 13, 2015

YVCC Bachelor’s program gives working individuals new dreams
When Ignacio Ramos graduated from Sunnyside High School more than 15 years ago, he wasn’t certain which direction to take in life. He decided to join the Job Corps and trained as a journeyman carpenter, which led to a career he thoroughly enjoys. Currently he is working on the modernization project at Davis High School in Yakima. But, Ramos wants to do more. Last fall he enrolled in the new Bachelor’s degree program at Yakima Valley Community College. He was named to the Dean’s List last fall and the President’s List for the winter term. He aims to earn a business degree so he can learn the business side of the construction field.
Daily Sun News, May 13, 2015

Ground broken for renovation of Fort Worden’s Building 202 into Peninsula College campus
A ceremonial groundbreaking at Building 202 at Fort Worden has brought the idea of a fully functional college campus in Port Townsend a step closer to reality. ... More than 100 people gathered on the lawn of Building 202, the dilapidated barracks that will be turned into a Peninsula College campus through a $6.1 million renovation project.
Peninsula Daily News, May 13, 2015


Enrollments fall
College enrollment numbers tend to be cyclical. A poor economy forces many adult learners into the classroom to retrain or hone their skills, but when it improves, enrollments decrease as they return to the workforce. That's the current state of affairs for community colleges and for-profit institutions across the country according to new data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2015

The real cost of college
Claims that college tuition in the U.S. has risen because of reductions in legislative subsidies for higher education are at best gross oversimplifications — an argument I made in a New York Times piece published last month. I noted that, although tuition at public colleges and universities has nearly quadrupled since 1980 in real terms (and tripled at private ones), total state appropriations have also risen dramatically. It’s true that, at the state level, the 48 percent inflation-adjusted increase in legislative spending over the past 35 years hasn’t kept pace with the roughly 60 percent increase in enrollment in public institutions of higher learning.
The Atlantic, May 13, 2015

Problems deepen for ITT
Federal regulators stepped up their scrutiny of ITT Educational Services on Tuesday, charging the large for-profit chain and its two top executives with fraud for allegedly concealing massive losses in two student loan programs the company backed.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2015

Why 8th-graders in Washington are already thinking about college
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Tuesday that expands the College Bound Scholarship program. The program places students from low-income families onto a college prep track as they're wrapping up middle school, and it helps pay their college tuition when they graduate from high school.
KUOW, May 12, 2015

Report: Rising share of Hispanics speak proficient English
A rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining, researchers said Tuesday. A report by the Washington-based Pew Research Center found 68 percent of Hispanics spoke only English at home or spoke English very well in 2013, up from 59 percent in 2000. The share of Hispanics speaking Spanish at home dropped to 73 percent from 78 percent over the same period. The shift comes as migration to the United States from Latin America has slowed.
The Seattle Times, May 12, 2015

New allegations of an SAT security breach, this time on a U.S. test
SAT cheating investigations this school year have centered in Asia, where student scores have been withheld in October, November, December and January. Now there’s a new facet to the scandal: Along with allegations of cheating in Asia on the May exam, questions have been raised about a security breach of the SAT that hundreds of thousands of students took in the United States on May 2.
The Washington Post, May 12, 2015

Number of Starbucks workers getting free tuition could double
One month after extending its free tuition program, Starbucks may nearly double the number of its workers using it to get a degree. There are currently 2,200 Starbucks workers enrolled in Arizona State University. Now, another 1,800 employees have applied to ASU.
Q13 Fox, May 11, 2015


Consumer bureau seeks input on loan servicing problems
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that it has launched a “public inquiry” into the practices of companies that collect and manage student loan payments. Officials from the bureau are soliciting public feedback on a range of issues relating to student loan servicers, including whether the federal government should more tightly regulate the companies. They are also seeking input on whether the federal government should pay the servicers for federal loans differently in order to provide more incentives for them to help struggling borrowers avoid default.
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2015

Interest rates on federal student loans will drop
Millions of students and families will now pay less to borrow money from the federal government to finance college in the coming academic year. Interest rates on federal student loans are set to drop by more than one-third of a percentage point following the U.S. Treasury’s sale on Wednesday of 10-year notes. Rates are reset each year based on the yield of the note set by that auction.
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2015

States cut higher education spending per student
Most states are spending less per student at public higher education institutions now than they did before the recession, according to a report released Wednesday by the liberal-leaning Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Forty-seven states are spending less on each student than they did before 2008.
The Hill, May 13, 2015

What borrowers can expect from the new income-driven repayment plan
Back in the spring of 2014, President Barack ​Obama's budget request proposed expanding the Pay As You Earn​ income-driven repayment program, with some caveats, to more federal student loan borrowers. Several months later, the president strengthened that request by issuing an executive order requiring the Department of Education to promulgate regulations to implement that expansion no later than the end of December 2015. To fulfill that order, the Department of Education initiated a process called negotiated rulemaking this past fall. This process is required under the Higher Education Act and entails a series of public hearings, meetings with constituents of the parties that will be affected by the proposed regulatory changes and a sometimes extensive public comment period.
US News & World Report, May 13, 2015