Tuesday, July 28, 2015

News Links | July 28, 2015


Seattle true crime writer Ann Rule dies
True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 84. ... While at Highline College she studied crime scene investigation, police administration, crime scene photography and arrest, and search and seizure. She earned her BA degree in creative writing from the University of Washington.
KING 5, July 27, 2015

WWU at Poulsbo will add bachelor's degree program in cybersecurity
Western Washington University's Board of Trustees has approved Western's 2015-16 operating budget, which includes funding for a new cybersecurity program at Olympic and Peninsula colleges.
Kitsap Sun, July 27, 2015

A key manufacturing source
As Boeing continues construction in Everett of its wing fabrication facility for the 777X and other aerospace businesses in the county continue their own growth, production of a critical component for those manufacturers also is ramping up: the training and development of skills for the people who will work in those facilities. Boeing ceremoniously rolls out airliners that mark a significant milestone, and Everett Community College has reached its own milestone, marking 1,000 students earning certificates or associate of arts technical degrees in manufacturing and aerospace programs in the past year.
Everett Herald, July 24, 2015

Bates Technical College fire service student wins silver in national competition
Bates Technical College Fire Service student Adam McKee took home a silver medal at last month’s SkillsUSA championships, held in Louisville, Ky. McKee, a resident volunteer at the Enumclaw Fire Department, competed in the firefighting category against eight students nationwide.
The Suburban Times, July 24, 2015

Sound Transit board favors I-5 light-rail route from SeaTac to Federal Way
The light-rail line from SeaTac to Federal Way should be built mostly along Interstate 5, instead of over Highway 99, the Sound Transit board decided Thursday. ... A perhaps greater issue is serving Highline College, with 17,000 students and staff, a prime transit market — but off the freeway path.
The Seattle Times, July 24, 2015

Bates Advanced Technology Center nears completion
A new technology center for Bates Technical College, under construction for some 16 months, is set to open in late September, the Tacoma-based technical school said Wednesday.
The News Tribune, July 23, 2015


Humanities for all
For academics, the information in books designed for general consumption can be too basic. On the other hand, academic books aren't exactly appealing to the general public. A new grant program at the National Endowment for the Humanities hopes to bridge that gap. The first recipients of the Public Scholars program are being announced today, in an attempt to present more research in the humanities to the general public.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2015

Rally for recognition
Chants of "Students Over CEOs" and "ITT Is the Worst" echoed around the plaza near the hotel in this Washington, D.C., suburb Monday. About 20 former ITT Technical Institute students and advocates from groups that organized the protest held brightly colored signs advertising "#ITT Fail" not far from the nondescript concrete hotel where the company held its annual shareholders' meeting.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2015

Video: How one president manages change and gets people on board
For college presidents today, the question is not whether they must lead change on their campuses but how they can best manage it, says A. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University, in New Jersey. Colleges are still responding to the aftermath of the recession and its effects on the middle class, he says. And they are facing significant demographic shifts that make the market for students increasingly competitive.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2015

Black students are among the least-prepared for college, report says
African-American students’ college readiness is lagging compared with that of other underrepresented students, according to a new report released on Monday by ACT and the United Negro College Fund. Sixty-two percent of African-American students who graduated from high school in 2014 and took the ACT met none of the organization’s four benchmarks that measure college readiness, which was twice the rate for all students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2015

How unemployment rates shift choices of majors
Conventional wisdom holds that in bad economic times, students are more likely to make academic decisions that favor fields perceived to be paths to jobs, and jobs that pay well. Despite plenty of evidence that liberal arts graduates also have successful careers, undergraduates (and their parents) tend in tough times to encourage majors in business and engineering or other fields that seem to promise employment.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2015

New options driving down cost of college textbooks
Good news on the college cost front: According to a national survey, the average amount students are spending on college textbooks and other course materials has gone down in recent years. In fact, it’s been dropping steadily for the last seven years, according to the National Association of College Stores.
The Seattle Times, July 27, 2015

The shrinking sector
As enrollments tumble at for-profit colleges, the number of proprietary institutions is dwindling, too. Data released by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics Thursday show that 3,436 for-profit colleges participated in federal financial aid programs in the just-ended academic year, down 2.6 percent, from 3,527 such institutions two years earlier, in the 2012-13 academic year.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2015

Ed tech's funding frenzy
With $2.51 billion invested in educational-technology companies during the first half of 2015, investors continue to defy fears that interest in the sector is waning. Yet analysts say the staggering figure distracts from what and who isn’t being funded.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2015


The complexity of accountability
Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s call on Monday for a greater focus on student outcomes at colleges was an effort to pivot away from discussions that he said are focused too narrowly on the burden of student loan debt — discussions administration officials feel are crowding out the debate over structural flaws in America’s higher education system.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2015

Pell for prisoners announcement coming
The U.S. Department of Education is moving closer to an official announcement of an experiment to allow some prisoners to receive Pell Grants.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2015

Obama's higher ed home stretch
American higher education is failing “far too many of our students,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan was scheduled to say Monday, as he calls for colleges to be held more accountable for graduating students with high-quality degrees that lead to good jobs.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2015

Federal accreditation advisory panel seeks more power
The federal panel charged with advising the U.S. Department of Education on accreditation is calling on policy makers to give it the final authority to decide which accrediting agencies deserve the federal government's recognition.
Inside Higher Ed, July 24, 2015

Financial-services company is accused of misleading students
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a complaint against a financial-services company, Student Financial Aid Services Inc., that it says illegally misled students. The federal bureau announced on Thursday that it had filed a proposed consent order that, if approved by a federal judge, would require the company to pay $5.2 million back to consumers. The bureau alleges that the company, which provides assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or Fafsa) and which controls the Internet domain FAFSA.com, charged users an annual subscription fee without telling them.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2015