Thursday, September 10, 2015

News Links | September 10, 2015


Longtime Yakima backer of arts, education, conservation dies at 97
The Yakima Valley lost one of its most passionate supporters Tuesday morning when Jeanne Crawford died at her Yakima home. She was 97. ... Crawford helped raise the respective public profiles of Yakima Valley Community College’s women’s programs, the Warehouse Theatre, the Larson Gallery and Heritage University.
Yakima Herald, Sept. 10, 2015

Obama administration to put $175 million toward apprenticeships
The Obama administration is spending $175 million on apprenticeship programs across the country in an effort to grow a skilled workforce. ... South Seattle College on the West Coast was awarded a $4.8 million to fund a partnership for advanced technology apprenticeships in manufacturing and marine engineering.
The Hill, Sept. 9, 2015

BBCC offers HS21+ classes
Adults 21 years old and older who need to earn a high school diploma have that opportunity in the Grand Coulee Dam area this fall. The emphasis for the course offering through Big Bend Community College is preparation of a portfolio of evidence to support current high school graduation requirements.
Grand Coulee Star, Sept. 9, 2015

Centralia College receives Stewardship Award from Washington state Auditor’s Office
Centralia College received high praise from the Washington State Auditor’s Office on Aug. 26 for its culture of accountability on financial resources, receiving the Stewardship Award for its performance in the recent state audit.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 4, 2015


Keeping up with competency
Roughly 600 colleges are in the design phase for a new competency-based education program, are actively creating one or already have a program in place. That’s up from an estimated 52 institutions last year. Amid this quick expansion, a group of college officials is meeting in Phoenix next month to share information about how to develop competency-based credentials. The agenda also features discussions about what academic quality should look like in those programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2015

'Undisciplining knowledge'
Interdisciplinary is both an idea and a buzzword in higher education. Many professors find that their research and teaching interests take them far afield. But it's hard to find consensus on what the term really means. And some fear a loss of disciplinary knowledge that leads to interdisciplinary work.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2015

'U.S. News' adjusts survey calculations
U.S. News & World Report's rankings are out today, and while the methodology hasn't changed, the way the rankings operation calculates "assessment of excellence" (widely known as the reputation survey) has changed, apparently in response to the participation rates of college presidents and high school guidance counselors.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2015

A textbook market strategy that moves beyond professors
Don’t be surprised if major publishers show up on campus this fall. In an effort to increase awareness — and sales — of digital course materials, publishers are pitching and selling their products directly to students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2015

Opinion: Common Core sets the bar for education
Five long years ago, Washington and more than 40 other states adopted the Common Core standards in reading and math, setting dramatically higher expectations for students in our elementary and secondary schools. Now we’ve reached a critical milestone in this effort.
Everett Herald, Sept. 8, 2015

Why those working-age men who left the U.S. job market aren't coming back
Millions of workers who dropped out of the job market during the last economic slump were supposed to jump back in once things turned around. But more than six years after the Great Recession ended, the missing millions are increasingly looking like they're gone for good. The nation's labor participation rate — defined as the share of the working-age population that is either working or looking for work — hasn't budged from a 38-year-low of 62.6% this summer. And most experts don't see an upswing on the way. The reasons include the nation's aging population, swelling ranks of people on disability and changing nature of jobs. But one of the biggest factors has to do with men in the prime of their work lives, particularly those with less education.
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 4, 2015


Republican roundup
The leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have unveiled complex — and expensive — proposals for making college more affordable. Their Republican counterparts, however, have largely avoided the wonkier side of higher education policy in their speechifying, with the exception of Senator Marco Rubio. That appears to be changing. Several other candidates for the Republican nomination have begun weighing in on college issues that were once relegated to the likes of Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education or an occasional New York Times think piece.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 10, 2015

Obama steps up push for free
The White House is stepping up the effort to make tuition free at community colleges across the country. President Obama will formally unveil a coalition of community college leaders, educators, politicians, foundations and businesses that will work to spread the existing, different free two-year college models and recruit others interested in pushing the free tuition message nationally during his visit today at Michigan's Macomb Community College.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2015

President Obama to announce a new ‘College Promise’ campaign
The movements for free community college and other tuition- and debt-free college programs will get a renewed push on Wednesday when President Obama returns to Macomb Community College, in Michigan — along with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and a longtime community-college professor — to announce a wide-ranging new effort called the College Promise campaign.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 9, 2015

A path to financial aid 'risk sharing'
The idea that colleges should face penalties when their former students aren’t able to repay their federal loans has caught on in Washington. Across the political spectrum, policy makers are increasingly calling for colleges to have more “skin in the game” when it comes to federal loans. Institutions, the thinking goes, need to share in the risk of loaning money to students so they’ll be more invested in student outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2015