Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Thursday, May 14, 2015
News Links | May 14, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
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
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
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
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
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
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
Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2015
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
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2015
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
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