Tuesday, August 4, 2015

News Links | August 4, 2015


‘Stellar educator, killed by intoxicated driver 10 years ago, leaves technology legacy at YVCC
Ten years after the life of one of Yakima Valley Community College’s most influential educators was cut short by an intoxicated driver, Peggy Keller’s contributions are still helping thousands of students in the Yakima Valley and beyond. Keller was instrumental in establishing the eLearning center at YVCC that uses technology to facilitate online, hybrid and distance learning, Linda Kaminski, YVCC president, said in a recent interview.
Yakima Herald, August 4, 2015

BBCC students can expect to see lower tuition this year
Big Bend Community College (BBCC) students will benefit from a reduction in tuition costs when they pay for fall classes in 2015. Widely discussed as a 5-percent decrease in tuition, the actual reduction will be slightly less, according to college officials. The new tuition rate will allow a full-time in-state student at BBCC to save approximately $300 in tuition in the next academic year.
KXLY, August 3, 2015

Green River College hosts student leaders from central Asia
Twenty student leaders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, participated in the annual Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on Women's Leadership at Green River College in July.
Kent Reporter, August 3, 2015

Opinion: Higher education’s good year
Much of the Legislature's attention this year was on how it would resolve its mandate to amply fund K-12 basic education. ... Yet, it still had responsibilities to meet for early childhood education and higher education. It's still working on K-12, but made significant commitments to the latter two. ... In the end, Republicans and Democrats agreed to expand the tuition cut to students at the state's community and technical colleges. Tuition at the four year colleges will be reduced by 15 percent to 20 percent over the next two years and by 5 percent at two-year schools next year. Community colleges had to do some lobbying to be included, said Everett Community College President David Beyer, but after years of tuition increases that were creating a barrier to higher education, the reduction will be a boon to students.
Everett Herald, July 31, 2015

BBCC Learning Center Childcare gains quality rating
The Learning Center Childcare at Big Bend Community College has earned the Quality Level of Excellence from the state Department of Early Learning (DEL).
KXLY, July 30, 2015

Larsen announces EdCC grant to support international students
Washington state Rep. Rick Larsen announced on July 21 that Edmonds Community College will receive a grant to support students from developing countries to study for a year in Washington state.
Edmonds Beacon, July 30, 2015

BenchMarks grace Auburn
Be on the lookout this summer for a great place to sit. BenchMarks, Auburn's newest community art program, sought community groups to paint, carve and otherwise artistically alter plain wooden benches into works of sit-able art. The benches, built by the Green River College Carpentry Division, can be found throughout Auburn – in parks, along sidewalks and in neighborhoods where people gather.
Auburn Reporter, July 30, 2015

Welcome to Cyber City: Moses Lake tries again
The Columbia Basin area, built on agriculture and aviation, is thriving thanks to an economic turnaround based on a tech boom. ... Local governments and service agencies have helped break that cycle for many families, says Jonathan Smith of the Grant County Economic Development Council, citing in particular the efforts of Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
The Seattle Times, July 23, 2015


Triaging textbook costs
When the University of Michigan at Flint recently took inventory of the textbooks used by students during the winter 2015 semester, it found what American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark J. Perry called a “new milestone” in the textbook affordability debate: a $400 textbook. The outrage is not new. Perry, professor of economics and finance at the university, noted in a blog post that textbook prices increased by 161 percent between 1998 and 2014 — more than the cost of medical care and new homes. Going back to 1978, prices are up 945 percent. With the fall semester weeks away, stories about college bookstore "sticker shock" and listicles on how to save money on textbooks are sure to pop up.
Inside Higher Ed, August 4, 2015

Making work-study work
Students who participate in federal work-study are more likely to graduate and get a job after college. But those who get the biggest academic benefits from the program — low-income students at public colleges who would have worked anyhow — are the least likely to receive the federal grants.
Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2015


New way to hinder social science grants
Representative Lamar Smith may be among the least popular members of Congress with social scientists. As chair of the House science committee, the Texas Republican has pushed legislation that would result in significantly lower funding levels for social science research supported by the National Science Foundation, and he has repeatedly questioned grants in social science disciplines. Smith's popularity isn't going up with a new bill on the NSF, which advocates for the social sciences say is a deliberate attempt to make it more difficult for scholars to win grants and seeks to change the definition of basic research.
Inside Higher Ed, August 3, 2015

Opinion: We need more than tuition cuts
You probably heard that Senate Republicans championed a 25 percent tuition reduction for college students. A laudable goal for sure, but this claim is a gross overstatement of the truth. I want to take a moment to set the record straight on the higher education tuition cuts that were approved by lawmakers this session.
Everett Herald, August 2, 2015

3 things to know about higher education in prisons
The Obama administration is expected to announce on Friday that it will allow some prisoners, all of whom have been barred from receiving federal Pell Grants since 1994, to receive them under a limited pilot program. The change is small in scope, but it sends a strong signal. Debates about educating inmates — and especially using taxpayer money to do so — are often heavy on heated rhetoric and light on facts. Let’s see if we can even the balance a bit.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31, 2015