Thursday, July 23, 2015

News Links | July 23, 2015


Free tuition puts American dream within reach
By Jill Wakefiled, chancellor of the Seattle Colleges District, and Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. By approving America’s College Promise Act, Congress would ensure the pathway to the American dream remains open, accessible to all and full of promise.
The Seattle Times, July 22, 2015

P.C. faculty, staff gain key grants
This year the Peninsula College Foundation and the Peninsula College Office of Instruction collectively awarded more than $100,000 to faculty and staff for equipment, projects and professional development that otherwise would have gone unfunded. ... The second endowment is an Exceptional Faculty Endowment set up by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges to promote faculty professional development.
Sequim Gazette, July 22, 2015

El Gaucho Executive Chef Jonathan Garcia offers his take on a tasty sockeye salmon recipe
In this week’s seafood recipe of the week, Executive Chef Jonathan Garcia of El Gaucho Events has a delightful grilled sockeye salmon recipe that’ll hook your guests at the dining table. ... Garcia was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico, but grew up in Bellevue, and joined the El Gaucho team through the Renton Technical College Apprenticeship program. The intense apprenticeship program requires 6,000 hands-on hours and mastery of ten stations around the kitchen. It usually takes three years to complete, and in addition to the hands-on time in the restaurant, classroom training includes four hours a week, with additional homework and testing. It’s a huge commitment from both the chef and apprentice.
The Seattle Times, July 22, 2015

Officials say Blue Creek Fire human-caused
Hundreds of firefighters supported by fire engines, helicopters and air tankers were attacking the Blue Creek Fire today burning about nine miles east of Walla Walla. ... An estimated 600 firefighters and other personnel came in overnight, creating a small tent city around the Incident Command Post in the Dietrich Dome at Walla Walla Community College. Fire engines, bulldozers, crew trucks and support trailers were scattered throughout the parking lot as fire crews gathered to talk and swap information.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 22, 2015

Bellingham Technical college receives $1.1 million grant
Bellingham Technical College is proud to announce that the college has been awarded a TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS)  grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education in the amount of $1.1 million dollars over the next five years. The college is the only first-time recipient of a TRIO SSS award in the state.
KGMI, July 21, 2015


Video: 'Day for Trans Justice' prepares student leaders to push for change
While Caitlyn Jenner has been in the headlines for coming out as a transgender woman, LGBTQ students and their supporters are focusing on ways to improve campus life for transgender students. More than 120 students and advisers from across the country came together last week for Camp Pride, an annual leadership camp sponsored by Campus Pride, a nonprofit group. The event was hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college. During the five-day event, students developed their leadership skills, learned organizing techniques, and talked about diversity issues. On the day documented here, trans students were the focus of the discussions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2015

Jon Stewart and Barack Obama on student idealism
With Jon Stewart about to leave The Daily Show, President Obama returned to the show for a final interview on the program. Stewart raised the issue of a lack of "shared sacrifice" in the country, and suggested that college become three years, followed by a year of national service.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2015

Study: Spending on course materials continues to drop
College students spent less on textbooks in fall 2014 than they did in 2009, even though they bought just as many course materials, according to a study released by the National Association of College Stores.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2015

A little heavy reading
Social justice. Climate change. Racial inequality. Immigration. Hunger. While those topics might read like a laundry list of some of the world’s biggest problems, they are just a few of the issues covered in books that are required reading for freshmen at colleges across the country. Freshman reading programs are popular among institutions, used as a community-building project that helps freshmen to unite academically with a common discussion on one book. The selections are generally skewed toward nonfiction (although fiction is sometimes selected), and choices for this year are no different.
Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2015

Report: Many low-income families don’t take advantage of financial aid
A new report about college-going nationwide underscores how much financial aid is available to low-income families, yet shows that many do not take advantage of it. According to the report by the Urban Institute, “low-income, first-generation and minority families are particularly vulnerable to misconceptions concerning college costs.” If these families were made more aware of how feasible it is to go to college, they might be more likely to go, according to the report.
The Seattle Times, July 21, 2015

7 myths about campus diversity
Plenty of prognosticators believe the end is near for affirmative action in college admissions. Arthur L. Coleman is not one of them. On Tuesday morning, Mr. Coleman, a partner and founder of EducationCounsel, an education-consulting firm, offered his view of the legal landscape at a conference hosted by the American Council on Education. Colleges, he said, should remember that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged that the educational benefits of diversity are compelling, and recognized the legitimacy of race-conscious admissions policies.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 2015


Student-loan servicer is ordered to pay back $16 million to borrowers
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered a private student-loan servicer to refund nearly $16 million to borrowers after the federal agency found evidence of illegal practices. According to a consent order filed by the bureau, Discover Bank overstated in billing statements the minimum amount borrowers had to pay, engaged in illegal collecting practices, and did not provide necessary tax information to borrowers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 2015