Tuesday, September 22, 2015

News Links | September 22, 2015


New business degree speeds up process of getting a college credential
A handful of Washington community colleges have launched a new program that allows people to earn a business degree entirely online, at a sped-up pace. The business associate degree has a number of unique features: It’s competency-based, so students who have some business or work experience can get credit for what they already know. ... And the work is rigorous, says Rich Cummins, the president of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, who chaired the committee that created the degree. Columbia Basin is the lead institution, but the degree is also being offered at Everett and Tacoma community colleges, as well as Centralia, Pierce and Olympic colleges (two-year public colleges that have dropped “community” from their names). Eventually, it will be offered at all 34 of the state’s community and technical colleges, he said.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 21, 2015

Columbia Basin College enrollment down slightly, but class loads up
Early enrollment figures from Columbia Basin College’s first day of classes show a slight decline in the number of students, but the college’s president sees plenty of reason for optimism.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 21, 2015

CPTC opening day 2015: ‘Operation Student Success’
Clover Park Technical College staff and faculty celebrated the start of a new academic year with the college’s annual Opening Day event Sept. 18 at the McGavick Event Center. With the theme “Operation Student Success,” the event focused on the college’s efforts to help students succeed.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 21, 2015

Olympia violin instructor, 90, has taught 1,000 students
Daniel Shen and his brother Alan once lived three houses away from renowned violinist and instructor Helen De Pastel. ... De Pastel taught violin for more than 65 years at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen and at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 20, 2015

Edmonds CC students, faculty, and staff participate in tribal canoe journey
Edmonds Community College students, faculty, and staff took part in a transformative tribal canoe journey from the Samish nation in Anacortes to the Muckleshoot Tribe via Golden Gardens in Seattle, this summer. This was the fifth year that Edmonds CC participated in a tribal canoe journey. Although the entire journey was 100 miles, many people completed portions of the journey.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 20, 2015

Opinion: Contributions of community colleges to cities and towns
In many small cities and towns, community colleges are more than educational institutions. They function as civic centers, host wedding receptions and offer free cultural events. Local businesses rely heavily on community colleges for workforce development. ... Wine is one of the fastest growing industries in Washington state. Yakima Valley Community College created associate degrees in viticulture and enology. The college also opened a teaching winery and two winery incubators — two startups that offer students on-the-job experience.
The Huffington Post, Sept. 18, 2015

STEM award recognizes Highline College faculty member
Dr. Amelia Phillips has been named one of this year's 100 Inspiring Women in STEM, an award presented by Insight Into Diversity magazine. A tenured faculty member at Highline College, Phillips earned the national recognition for her teaching, mentoring and leadership in the computer science field. STEM fields include science, technology, engineering and math.
Kent Reporter, Sept. 18, 2015

Fire captain appointed as Bates Technical College trustee
Governor Jay Inslee has appointed West Pierce Fire and Rescue Fire Captain Layne Bladow to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 18, 2015

Tacoma Community College celebrates 50 years, ready for more
Fifty years ago this month, Tacoma Community College opened its doors to 1,084 students. Next Monday, it anticipates close to 13,000 students will cross the 150-acre campus in West Tacoma for the first day of fall quarter. Despite Pierce County’s crowded higher education scene — it has four community and technical colleges and three four-year universities — TCC has remained a popular destination for people looking to advance their education.
The News Tribune, Sept. 17, 2015

'You've come a long way, baby': First Green River president marvels at college's growth, success in 50 years
A lot has changed on the Green River College campus since the first time Mel Lindbloom visited the place on Auburn's Lea Hill more than 50 years ago.
Kent Reporter, Sept. 17, 2015

EvCC to offer tuition waivers to qualified low-income students
Acing the class isn't enough. Students in College in the High School programs can earn college credits, but $210 per five-credit class is more than some can afford. In Everett Public Schools, nearly a third of students who take College in the High School courses never get the credits, according to Everett Community College. A new financial aid program aims to change that.
Everett Herald, Sept. 17, 2015

Mount Vernon students find success in GEAR UP
In early August, five Mount Vernon High School students built circuit breakers, developed 3-D images and toured dormitories as part of the University of Washington’s Early Engineering Institute. ... While five Mount Vernon students attended the institute, others have taken nursing courses at Skagit Valley College or gone to robotics camps.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 17. 2015

CPTC: Peer Ambassador receives statewide leadership award
Ask Ashley Duncan a question about student life at Clover Park Technical College, and chances are she’ll have an answer. ... Duncan’s involvement with CPTC’s Associated Student Government and the Peer Ambassador program has not gone unnoticed. The Council of Unions and Student Programs honored Duncan with the Outstanding 2nd Year Student Leader Award at the Leadership & Activities Institute in Wenatchee earlier this month. The award recognizes students who demonstrate excellence and exhibit organizational skills and leadership abilities as a second-year student leader.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 17, 2015


The empty promises of for-profit colleges
In the past 15 years, students at schools such as Corinthian and University of Phoenix have taken out loans at drastically higher rates. What are they getting for their money?
The Atlantic, Sept. 15, 2015

The coddling of the American mind
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
The Atlantic, September 2015


ITT Tech faces Justice Department inquiry
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether ITT Educational Services defrauded the federal government, the company disclosed Monday.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2015

Report: Too little done to encourage income-based loan repayment
Many student loan borrowers who could qualify for the federal government's income-based repayment plans do not participate in them, and the Education Department has not done enough to make borrowers aware of their repayment options, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Thursday.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2015

When regulation pays
Regulation stifles innovation, the complaint goes, protecting the status quo and existing institutions at the expense of alternative providers. But it's not always so. The biggest player in the rapidly expanding boot camp and coding academy space, General Assembly, has been through the regulatory approval process in eight states so far. And the experience hasn’t been too painful. In fact, company officials said it has helped them cope with General Assembly’s growth.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2015

Borrowers using income-based repayment plans are mostly low-income, report says
Borrowers using the federal government’s income-driven repayment plans are overwhelmingly low-income and much less likely to default, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report, which was requested by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate’s education committee, also encourages the Education Department to better spread the word about the programs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 17, 2015