Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
News Links | August 11, 2015
SYSTEM NEWS | OPINIONS
A slow, steady
march forward for Cowlitz County's economy
A handful of recent reports highlights how Cowlitz County’s economy is
churning slowly toward recovery. ... But churning is not sizzling. And
there’s a ways to go before the local economy is healthy. Unemployment
still lags behind the rest of the state’s. Exports may be slipping
significantly. And construction activity has slowed considerably this year.
... Jim Franz, economics instructor at Lower Columbia College, said the
county doesn’t have enough economic diversity.
Longview Daily News, Aug. 11, 2015
new Dean of Workforce Education
Daneen Berry-Guerin has been promoted to Dean of Workforce Education at Big Bend Community College.
Berry-Guerin has been a Business and Business Information Management
instructor at BBCC since 2005, starting as a part time instructor in 2003.
KXLY, Aug. 10, 2015
community college enrollment has dwindled — but it’s a good thing
For five consecutive years, enrollment at Washington's community and
technical colleges has dropped. But that decline reflects positive news
about Washington state’s economy. "Our enrollments tend to be
counter-cyclical to the economy,” said Laura McDowell, spokeswoman for
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Aug. 7, 2015
instructor wins regional award
Ryann Leonard, criminal justice and psychology instructor at Big Bend Community College,
was selected as the 2015 Pacific Region Faculty Member by the Association
of Community College Trustees.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 7, 2015
helps lift W.F. West summer STEM academy
Students faced off in the ultimate robotics competition Friday to complete
a weeklong Summer STEM Academy hosted by W.F. West High School.
... During the day at the college Thursday, students explored
practical robotics, made deodorant from recycled pop cans or learned more
about predator-prey interactions. All of the workshops were taught by
professors of Centralia
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 7, 2015
Community College president receives Patriot Award
Veterans from Edmonds
Community College and the local community joined together
Friday as Captain Mike Kidd, USN (ret), of the Employer Support Group of
the Guard and Reserve, awarded Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds
Community College, the Patriot Award for her outstanding support to the
My Edmonds News, Aug. 7, 2015
College leads effort toward statewide college library system Centralia College has
taken the lead on developing a statewide library consortium among the
state’s community and technical colleges. The project, which is estimated
to take two to three years to implement, will allow the state’s two-year
college library system to share resources.
Centralia Chronicle, Aug. 6, 2015
massive fish die-off at Whatcom Falls hatchery
Water that was too warm killed about 5,400 rainbow trout — nearly all of
them — at the Whatcom Falls Park hatchery during a summer marked by drought
and high temperatures. Most of the fish were in two large shallow
ponds at the hatchery, which belongs to the Washington state Department of
Fish & Wildlife but is operated by Bellingham Technical College’s
The Bellingham Herald, Aug. 6, 2015
TRENDS| HORIZONS | EDUCATION
university wealth: unequal and stable
The wealth gap in American higher education is a topic of much concern,
typically receiving attention when colleges and universities release their
annual endowment reports, suggesting that the rich get richer. But a new
study suggests that while the wealthy may be far wealthier than the average
institutions, the gap isn't growing by much.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 10, 2015
A year of
racial tumult brings potent lessons — and risks — to the classroom
For scholars of African-American studies, the police killings of unarmed
black men in several cities over the past year have been personally searing
and unusually powerful pedagogically. ... But making educational use
of high-profile events in the news can also present pitfalls. Students can
respond unpredictably, derailing class discussions. Faculty members often
find they’ve let loose a flood of contradictory feelings in their students
that they must expertly guide. Many professors of color must cope with
similar emotions themselves.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 7, 2015
money in ed-tech investment: Number of mergers grows
Investors are rushing to buy into higher-education-related
companies these days, and there’s plenty of consolidation in the market as
well. The number of mergers and acquisitions in the industry has reached
its highest peak in two and a half years, according to a
recent report by the investment-banking firm of Berkery Noyes. In
the past six months, the number of such mergers grew by 9 percent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 7, 2015
POLITICS | LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL
Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan announced Monday highlights
the growing consensus among Democrats on how to tackle rising tuition: send
federal money to states that agree, in return, to lower or eliminate
tuition at their public colleges — and enact other reforms.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 11, 2015
A key question
for Clinton’s college-affordability plan: Will states buy in?
The pillar of Hillary Clinton’s higher-education proposal that has
attracted the most attention could also be a tough sell to state
lawmakers. Mrs. Clinton’s proposal, which she announced on
Monday at a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H., aims to turn the tide on states’
dwindling support of higher education by creating an incentive for states
to buy in.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 11, 2015
Federal aid for
prisoners a welcome change, Washington educator says
Last month, the Obama administration outlined a pilot program to
offer Pell grants to prisoners, giving them the opportunity to get federal
financial aid to take college classes while serving time. That’s
a change of heart that’s welcomed by the director of one of Washington’s
few prison college programs.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 7, 2015
States move to
curb rising college tuition
A growing number of states are trying to rein in the price students and
their families pay to attend public colleges and universities. Tuition rose
sharply during the Great Recession after states cut higher education
funding. Now student loan debt is approaching $1
trillion nationally, and even upper-income families
are worried about rising college costs. And legislatures are
under pressure to bring prices down.
Pew Charitable Trusts, Aug. 6, 2015