Thursday, August 20, 2015

News Links | August 20, 2015


Jill Wakefield to retire as Seattle Colleges’ first female chancellor
Jill Wakefield, the chancellor of Seattle Colleges, announced Wednesday that she will retire in June 2016. She oversees the three Seattle College campuses — North, South and Central — and has been chancellor since 2009. She was the first woman to serve in that role, and when she retires, she will have been the longest-serving chancellor in the district’s history.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 19, 2015

Leap of faith lands Spokane singer in London
Like most singers, Camrin Costello said she has been singing since she started speaking. ... Instead of going to college right away, Costello, 27, set out to explore more of the world and ended up in London for four months. "When I came home, once I saw the culture of England especially for music, I knew there was a lot more to do in it than one thing," Costello said. Costello enrolled in music classes at Spokane Falls Community College.
KREM, Aug. 19, 2015

CPTC: Community helps nursing student overcome obstacles
Andrea Castaneda’s interaction with nurses inspired her to pursue the profession. When a family member of hers was in the hospital, Castaneda saw the care her loved one received and her own caregiver instinct kicked in. She enrolled in Clover Park Technical College’s Practical Nursing Program last September.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 19, 2015

Edmonds Community College hires new vice president of Workforce Development and Training
Edmonds Community College has hired Dr. Terry Cox as the new Vice President of Workforce Development and Training.
My Edmonds News, Aug. 19, 2015

Clark College provides a springboard to opportunity
Adults in Southwest Washington who lack a high school diploma now have a new, streamlined way to earn this educational achievement. Clark College has adopted High School 21+, a new program in Washington State that is designed to help adults gain the education they need to participate in today’s workforce.
Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Aug. 18, 2015

New building at CBC will give much needed space for teachers and students
Home teachers and students are very excited about a new, $14-million building at Columbia Basin College. The new, 65-thousand square foot building will be home base for teachers and students in CBC's Social Sciences and World Languages programs.
NBC Right Now, Aug. 18, 2015

Dorn pleased with state test results, wants changes to high school graduation system
Results from the spring 2015 administration of state tests were released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction today during a press conference. ... “The Smarter Balanced tests are important, and will continue to be, even if they aren’t used as a graduation requirement. Students who do well on the tests won’t have to take remedial classes in college, which cost money but don’t earn credits toward a degree. Students who don’t meet the CCR standard have another year to improve their learning. OSPI and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges have designed courses specifically to help those students.”
Maple Valley Reporter, Aug. 18, 2015

CPTC: Building 17 remodel complete
Clover Park Technical College hosted an open-house on Aug. 12 to highlight the improvements made to Building 17 in its recent remodel. CPTC faculty, staff, trustees and visitors toured the renovated space, which will soon house CPTC’s Student Success staff.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 18, 2015


For-profit, for shame
Spruill, Anna Z. and Brassfield all believe they were victims of fraud, at worst, and at the least, deceived. What none of them know is that there is a state commission charged with overseeing and regulating Oregon’s for-profit private colleges. Administrators at the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) say they are the “go to” agency for complaints against for-profit colleges, and will respond to complaints with investigations.
Portland Tribune, Aug. 20, 2015

Genetically inclined to learn
A study released today has found that an individual’s genetic makeup can have a direct effect on the level of education achieved by that individual, the first time that researchers have found such a relationship. And while the impact is found to be relatively small compared to other external factors, the researchers say it's still significant enough to consider.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2015

Not just research
It’s no secret that science courses, particularly at the first- and second-year levels, can be dry. The classes are big, the content is wide but typically shallow, and professors often resort to lectures. There’s a lot of talk among science educators about how to make these courses more interesting, to attract students and retain them as majors, but much of the conversation thus far has focused on improving individual faculty members’ teaching. And that’s not a bad thing: one innovative teacher in a department is better than none. But that approach relies more on a ripple effect than seeking to change the tide. And many faculty members at research universities report that they have a tough time getting higher-ups' attention for anything but research and securing grant money, making teaching a decidedly lower priority.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2015

Defining college affordability
What does "affordable" even mean? And if politicians, policy makers and the public don't have a shared understanding of what families should pay for college, can we really expect them to develop and agree on what to do about the problem? Officials at Lumina Foundation don't think so, which is why they are today offering up a simple (and, they admit, somewhat simplistic) framework for concretely defining what is reasonable for the typical college student and her/his family to pay for college.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2015

'Presenting while black'
There’s a rich of body of research suggesting that higher education can be inhospitable to faculty members of color. But little has been written about “performance” demands on black faculty members at academic conferences or meetings — what they are and how they might contribute to overall concerns about climate.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2015

'Yes means yes' orientation
As college campuses across the country adapt to a culture — and legislation — calling for affirmative consent and “yes means yes” policies, freshmen orientations are often just one touch point for a larger conversation about sexual misconduct policies across campuses. Many colleges are adding programming or are revising past education on sexual assault prevention to focus on teaching the ideas behind affirmative consent, although some institutions already had relevant programs in place.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2015

About half of students pass state’s new, tougher tests
Education officials said Monday they are pleased that about half of the state’s students passed a new, tougher set of statewide tests last spring, even though the passage rates are much lower than on the state’s old tests and the high number of students who opted out could affect federal funding in the future.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 17, 2015


New debt relief rules coming
The Obama administration is planning new regulations that will set clearer standards for discharging the federal student loans of defrauded borrowers and give the U.S. Department of Education new tools to recoup money from colleges where it finds misconduct.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2015

The hidden force in for-profit closures
The messy unwinding of Corinthian Colleges was an unprecedented dance among various actors: the U.S. Department of Education, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and buyers like ECMC’s Zenith Group — not to mention members of Congress and student and consumer groups. But another, far less visible, entity also had a strong interest in and influence on the outcome: Bank of America and a handful of other banks.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 20, 2015

Please forward!
When political campaigns enlist college and university employees to spread the word to colleagues and students, they may inadvertently be asking their supporters to break institutional policy — or state law.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2015

Appeals court backs ban on loan collection fees
A federal appeals judge said Tuesday that student loan guaranty agencies are not allowed to charge collection fees to borrowers who default on their debt but quickly start repaying.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2015

Education Dept. draft on student medical records
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday unveiled draft guidance for colleges on how to handle the privacy of student medical records when they are part of a court case.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 19, 2015

Grappling with tuition cuts, GET program to give refunds
Parents and grandparents who invested in the state’s prepaid college-tuition program in the last four years will get a $20-a-unit refund. At the same time, lump-sum sales of Guaranteed Education Tuition units will be halted for up to two years.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 18. 2015