Thursday, May 7, 2015

News Links | May 7, 2015


University tuition attracting students to community colleges
While the cost to attend a four-year public university in Washington state has stayed about the same over the past two years, tuition has more than doubled over the past decade. ... Community college officials say the high cost of universities is driving many students to their campuses. At Seattle Central College, new tuition stats show two years of credits cost just over $7,000. The same credits at UW or WSU can cost over three times as much. ... Similar savings can be found at dozens of technical colleges across the greater Puget Sound area. "Most students would pay less than $5,000 to finish their associate's degree," said Renton Technical College vice president Jodi Novotny.
KING 5, May 6, 2015

DelBene talks cost of education at Skagit Valley College
It’s not just tuition that can be difficult to afford when it comes to attending college. It’s supplies and textbooks, too. That’s what students and staff at Skagit Valley College told U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., on Tuesday when she dropped by to talk about higher education and ways to keep it affordable.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 6, 2015

LWTech students take gold medal at Culinary Knowledge Bowl
The smartest culinary students in the west represent the Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The LWTech team took home a gold medal in the ACF Western Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, held during ChefConnect: Indy, ACF’s Central/Western Regional Conference, April 12-14, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
Kirkland Reporter, May 6, 2015

SPSCC Students Bring Back SkillsUSA Gold, Bronze
For the second year in a row, South Puget Sound Community College students distinguished themselves by bringing home the gold at the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership and Skills Conference, making them eligible to attend the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., in June.
Thurston Talk, May 6, 2015

Big Bend wins three state awards
A Big Bend Community College instructor, a BBCC administrator and a college program improved a community collaborator's help will receive awards from the state community college trustee association.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 6, 2015

Peninsula College ready to break ground on Port Townsend campus
A landmark day for higher education in Jefferson County arrives Tuesday, May 12 with a ceremonial groundbreaking for Peninsula College at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. The $6.1 million project to convert the two-story Building 202 into an education center gives Peninsula College, based in Port Angeles, a permanent campus here.
Port Townsend Leader, May 6, 2015

Students explore careers at Opportunity Expo
The fourth annual Marysville School District Opportunity Expo helped local high school juniors with their questions about college, apprenticeships and job opportunities. The district bused all Marysville juniors from all eight high school campuses to Everett Community College where they had a chance to interact with colleges, technical programs and more on April 28.
North County Outlook, May 6, 2015

CPTC: Tutors help students succeed
Stumped by a math problem? Suffering from writer’s block? For students at Clover Park Technical College who answered ‘yes,’ the Tutoring Center in Building 15 provides free tutoring to help students reach that ‘ah-ha’ moment.
The Suburban Times, May 6, 2015

CMC brings annual employee conference to Leadville
Several hundred Colorado Mountain College employees will be filling local hotels, coffee shops and stores as they descend upon the college’s campus in Leadville for a day and a half of workshops, meetings, celebrations and professional development. ... “One of this year’s highlights will be a panel of educators from Washington state, where a high school in a community with 90 percent of its students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches worked with its local community college to greatly improve student success,” said Dr. James Y. Taylor, vice president of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and Chaffee County. Bridgeport High School was one of the top three finalists in President Obama’s Presidential Commencement Challenge in 2011, and named a top transforming school by both US News and World Report and Newsweek in subsequent years. Its success in achieving higher graduation and college enrollment rates is attributed to college-in-the-high-school courses offered in conjunction with Wenatchee Valley College.
Colorado Mountain College News, May 4, 2015


How would you describe college in 5 words? The question is burning up Twitter
The hottest hashtag in the higher-ed Twittersphere right now is #collegein5words, an admirable undertaking to boil down the college experience to just five words.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2015

Another use for Yik Yak on campus? Cheating on exams
With new technologies come new ways to cheat. Yik Yak, the anonymous, location-based app that has been a hotbed of cyberbullying on college campuses, is also the newest tool for students seeking to cheat on exams.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2015


Is Clinton preparing to propose debt-free college?
For weeks, there has been speculation that Hillary Clinton was preparing a plan to promote debt-free college. That speculation really took off Wednesday when Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, referenced the idea in an interview with CNBC.
Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2015

Length of Education Dept.’s sexual-violence investigations has increased sharply
The average length of sexual-violence investigations conducted by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has increased sharply in recent years, according to a letter that the department sent to U.S. senators who have asked for more transparency in the department’s efforts to curb campus sexual assaults. The federal office, known as OCR, has already been facing the dual pressures of a sharply increasing caseload and declines in staffing.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2015