Tuesday, August 18, 2015

News Links | August 18, 2015


CBC to break ground on new social sciences, world languages building
Columbia Basin College will break ground Aug. 18 on what will be the first new large classroom building added to its Pasco campus in years. Located on the northeastern corner of the campus, near the college’s science lab building, the new building will provide a fixed home for CBC’s social sciences and world language departments. The state is providing the bulk of the $14.3 million for the project, and the building should be ready by January 2017.
Tri-City Herald, Aug. 17, 2015

Opinion: Free college helps build strong, globally competitive middle class
By Cheryl Roberts, doctor of education, president of Shoreline Community College. Erosion is a slow process that, if left unaddressed, eventually requires strong and immediate action to counteract. In many ways, this is where public higher education finds itself today, something that President Obama and elected officials in Congress fully understand. ... Shoreline Community College supports and applauds the efforts and is already using existing abilities to implement its own version of free college, the Shoreline Scholars program.
Everett Herald, Aug. 16, 2015

Opinion: Ahoy, Nautilus — Tacoma intern wins permission to come aboard
Lynn Cook joined the Navy for a five-year hitch to see the world. That bought him 2 1/2 weeks at sea. “I was stationed in San Diego and Pearl Harbor,” he said. “That’s the world I got to see.” Now 56 and a newly minted graduate of Bates Technical College, Cook is going back to sea. And he’ll double the time the Navy let him sail.
The News Tribune, Aug. 16, 2015

Former BBCC trustee given emeritus status
Big Bend Community College trustees voted to give emeritus status to former BBCC trustee Mike Blakely.
Columbia Basin Herald, Aug. 15, 2015

Opinion: Build manufacturing jobs in high schools through vocational training
Photo: Shoreline Community College students Jason Broad, left, and Yalchen Abdulkhaliq work on making a scissors clamp in the machine shop during a class in March. Washington state is home to a strong, vibrant manufacturing sector that other states envy, but many employers have a hard time filling jobs. Solving that problem should start in high schools by giving kids time to explore different career and education options. The dearth of skilled workers is nothing new and was exacerbated in the last few decades when high schools began dropping vocational-training classes, such as machine and auto-body shop. Instead, high schools shifted to pushing kids to go to college — a great choice for many students, but not all.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 14, 2015

CPTC: Hayes Child Development Center receives reaccreditation
Clover Park Technical College’s Hayes Child Development Center recently received reaffirmation of accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 14, 2015

Bates Technical College educates mobile-minded entrepreneurs with food truck training program
In a world where consumers expect culinary excellence, affordability and expedience all in one convenient package, food trucks reign supreme. Offering top quality cuisine on a dime, these mobile restaurants give new meaning to the word accessibility. ... With a wave of people eager to fill Tacoma’s roads with mouth-watering street food, culinary professors at Bates Technical College rolled up their sleeves to create one of the only food truck training programs in the country.
South Sound Talk, Aug. 13, 2015

CPTC: One quarter, ten English credits
When Janelle Wesson enrolled at Clover Park Technical College two quarters ago, she looked for the quickest way to earn English credits. ... Wesson took advantage of CPTC’s Accelerated English Program, which debuted Winter Quarter 2015. The program provides students the opportunity to co-enroll in developmental-level English 094 and college-level English 101. Students complete both classes in the same quarter, earning 10 English credits.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 13, 2015


Summer melt: Why accepted students don’t go to college
As many as 40 percent of  students from low-income families who are accepted to college never show up for the first day of class, studies show. A recent Hechinger Report story examines why. The phenomenon is known as summer melt, and it describes how students who get accepted to college in the spring change their minds over the summer.  It’s a problem for all students, but research shows summer melt is especially a problem for those from low-income families — not surprisingly, since financial issues are often at the root of why students don’t end up attending.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 18, 2015

New report details how often Pell recipients fail to graduate
An expansive article by the Hechinger Report details just how often Pell Grant recipients fail to graduate at America’s largest colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 18, 2015

What freshmen know ... and don't know
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released its "mind-set list" to help faculty and administrators understand what a new class of freshmen have experienced and not experienced. Here is the list for the entering college class of 2019, most of whom were born in 1997. Among those who have never been alive in this group of students' lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau and Mother Teresa.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 18, 2015

'Off to college: A guide for parents'
As the start of the academic year approaches, parents of incoming freshmen wonder what they should be doing to prepare their children.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 18, 2015

Fewer good jobs for college grads? Not so, says new study
The emerging conventional wisdom is that America's post-recession recovery was dominated by the rise of low-paying, part-time service jobs. But a new analysis challenges that narrative, finding that 2.9 million of the 6.6 million jobs added in the recovery were "good jobs" providing high pay and, in many cases, benefits.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 17, 2015

Ending the FAFSA list
The U.S. Department of Education plans to end its longstanding practice of giving colleges certain student information that some institutions may use against students as they apply for admission and financial aid. Starting next year, the department will no longer provide colleges the entire list of institutions that a student submits when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 14, 2015

Just the necessities
Most college websites include “necessary information” about campus sexual assault policies, a new study found, but at many institutions, the content is difficult to locate and lacking in additional resources that could assist victims after an assault or help in prevention efforts.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 14, 2015

New campus-safety assessment tool aims to help colleges help themselves
A new campus-safety tool for colleges is being touted by some administrators and experts as a unique strategy for helping every higher-education institution understand and carry out best practices on issues like alcohol, hazing, and sexual violence.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 14, 2015

Defining college
The Association of American Colleges and Universities has worked to make its voice heard in discussions about competency-based education, MOOCs and other trendy alternatives to traditional higher education. Yet as the academy’s primary defender of the value of a liberal education, the group’s real goal must be to defend the status quo and keep the upstarts at bay, right?
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 14, 2015

Reuters: Instructure has filed for IPO
Instructure, the company behind the learning management system Canvas, plans to go public later this year, according to Reuters.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 14, 2015


Inslee not ready to call special session on school funding
Despite a $100,000-a-day fine imposed by the state Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee will not call lawmakers quickly into a special session on education funding. Inslee met with Republican and Democratic leaders for about an hour Monday afternoon at SeaTac City Hall. Afterward, he emerged to say lawmakers had agreed to continue meeting, to see if they can reach consensus on a plan that would satisfy the Supreme Court.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 17, 2015

The week that was
Hillary Clinton has kept higher education policy wonks busy of late. The Democrat's $350 billion plan to rein in student debt generated responses from her presidential rivals on both sides of the aisle. In the spirit of John Oliver’s HBO show, we tracked down a sampling of last week’s campaign trail news for your reading pleasure today. And don’t fret, there’s 64 weeks, or 448 days, left until election day. So the fun is far from over.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 17, 2015

GET investors might soon be able to pull money out without penalty
Hoping to mollify parents who invested in the state’s prepaid college-tuition program in recent years — an investment that, so far, has been a losing proposition — a state committee will consider letting all Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) investors pull their money out without penalty. The committee will also consider freezing sales of GET units for up to two years. But Betty Lochner, director of GET, said she didn’t think this was the beginning of the end of the program.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 16, 2015

Court fines state government $100,000 per day for failure to fund education
State lawmakers’ long year of budget talks might not be over. The state Supreme Court hit Washington state government Thursday with fines of $100,000 per day in an attempt to force the Legislature back to Olympia to finally pass the plan the court has been demanding to fully fund public schools.
The News Tribune, Aug. 13, 2015

A detailed look at the court’s mandate to fully fund education
Washington state is being fined $100,000 a day by the state Supreme Court because justices say lawmakers have failed to adequately pay to educate the state's 1 million school children. Lawmakers have allocated billions of dollars toward public schools, but critics say that's not enough to meet the requirements in the state Constitution that education be the Legislature's “paramount duty.” Washington isn't the first state to go to court over money for public schools, but there are some unique elements of the lawsuit known as the McCleary case and the way Washington pays for public schools.
Everett Herald, Aug. 15, 2015