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News Links | October 30, 2015


Highline College student with Down syndrome special guest at White House
She gave the keynote address with her parents at the World Down Syndrome Day conference at the United Nations in New York City in March. She entertained countless people as a three-year varsity cheerleader during her high school years in Seattle. Most of us won’t do any of those in our lifetime, but 19-year-old Devon Adelman accomplished them all before beginning her first year at Highline College. And she did it all and more as a person with Down syndrome. … Adelman was drawn to Highline for its marine biology program. With a passion for marine life, she has volunteered as a docent at the Seattle Aquarium, educating visitors about the ocean’s inhabitants. Another benefit of attending Highline is its strong ACHIEVE program, which is a comprehensive postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities. The college recently received a boost with $1.79 million in funding to build capacity and enhance its ACHIEVE program, thanks to a five-year federal award through a competitive grant process from the U.S. Department of Education. Highline was one of only 25 higher education institutions nationwide to receive the grant and one of three community colleges.
Federal Way Mirror, Oct. 28, 2015

Clark College’s STEM building takes shape
School plans for facility to be ‘unified space’ for science education. Is there a better place to witness science, technology, engineering and math in action than in the skeleton of an unfinished building? How about in the shell of the new Clark College STEM building? “One of the leading drivers in education right now is STEM education,” said Clark College Foundation spokeswoman Rhonda Morin. “And this is going to bring everyone together in one unified space. ”The $39 million campus addition was getting stitched together by dozens of workers Wednesday afternoon during a media tour of the 70,000-square-foot facility.
The Columbian, Oct. 29, 2015

GHC holds presidential search forum for faculty and staff
Faculty and staff gathered in the new Schermer Building at Grays Harbor College on Wednesday to put forward thoughts on what they wanted to see in a new president as the college’s current leader, Ed Brewster, is retiring in June. .... Staff made it obvious they wanted a new president who was transparent and cared not only about the college, but its involvement in the community. The meeting was informal and allowed those willing to put in their two cents on what they thought made an ideal candidate for the job.
The Daily World, Oct. 29, 2015

Business is buzzing for Gig Harbor-based hive adoption service
A buzz is beginning to spread about Bee Maven, a new beehive hive adoption service based in Gig Harbor. The business, founded in November 2014 by backyard beekeeper Jonathan Tuite, provides established beehives and maintenance to customers. To better understand the underlying causes for [hive loss], and hopefully prevent them, Tuite is combining his passion for beekeeping with his experience with software to collect hive data using monitors he’s created. He is working closely on this project with entomologist Daniel Najera, a professor at Green River College and trustee of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, and a team of scientists from Green River.
The News Tribune, Oct. 28, 2015

Two more degrees: two more opportunities
Two new degrees means two new opportunities for students at Columbia Basin College. The College made some presentations [during the State Board meeting] in Olympia and is now authorized to submit full [applied] bachelor degree proposals for two new programs in information technology and dental hygiene for students.
KEPR TV, Oct. 29, 2015

MCeducation1030 [Mason County education, Oct. 30]
Improving the education of all students in Shelton should be the goal of not just parents and educators, but also the goal of businesses and the greater community. … [Olympic College] now offers classes at the Mason Transit Community Center, including culinary and computer courses, and has seen success with its welding, nursing and mechanical engineering programs across its three campuses in Shelton, Bremerton and Poulsbo. The college wants to continue to partner with Western Washington University and Washington State University to offer more bachelor's degrees, and will work with local school districts to help high school students be better prepared for college. "Ten percent of our classes are preparation classes, which means that the students who come to us are not yet ready for college-level courses," [college president David] Mitchell said. "We need to work closely with the school district to be better prepared. It's important these kids come to us college ready."
Kitsap Sun, Oct. 30, 2015

Run, hide, fight: Pierce College wants students, staff ready if a shooter ever comes
Pierce College students and staff are being told this month how to respond if a shooter ever opens fire on campus. Similar to its earthquake and fire drills, the college has added active shooter training to its repertoire of preparedness planning. Recent campus shootings around the country, including the Oct. 1 attack at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, have added a sense of urgency to the training.
The News Tribune, Oct. 30, 2015

Four companies band together to help employees get GEDs for free
Several major national companies are giving employees free access to prep classes and tests to earn their high-school equivalency degrees.  State community college leader Marty Brown is praising a new program offered by KFC, Walmart,  Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers that gives their employees free access to online and community college programs that can help them earn their GED, a high-school equivalency degree. “These companies have sent a clear message that they value education and the opportunities it brings to their employees,” said Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, in a statement. “They are setting a great example for other employers to do the same.”
The Seattle Times, Oct. 30, 2015


Washington State U Will Help Low-Income Students Save
Washington State University has announced a new program to help low-income students save money and, officials hope, finish college.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2015

Community Colleges Might Not Be for You
Are you prepared to teach 5 classes a semester for the rest of your career? … Plus, anyone who has read my columns on The Two-Year Track in The Chronicle for the past 12 years knows I’m a cheerleader for community colleges. I believe they serve a vital function and, on top of that, are pretty good places to work. But the truth is: Teaching at a community college isn’t for everyone. Two-year schools have their own culture, their own way of looking at things, and their own set of customs and norms, which may be very different from what some people are accustomed to or even interested in.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 26, 2015

Working Learners
A new study from Georgetown University finds that three-quarters of college students work, but too rarely is the work connected to their studies.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 28, 2015

Encouraging Low-Income Enrollment
A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy identifies selective colleges that could be do better at enrolling and graduating low-income students, while also highlighting the colleges that do a good job with this population.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 29, 2015

Pierce County school districts boost College Bound scholarship sign-ups
More than 91 percent of last year’s eligible eighth-grade students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship offered to low-income students in Washington state, according to a report from the Washington Student Achievement Council.
The News Tribune, Oct. 30, 2015

Boosting Productivity
A new report from the Lumina Foundation examines ways states have introduced policies to encourage public colleges to be more efficient and focused on student success after the recession. Performance-based funding, developmental education reforms and student completion incentives are a few of the initiatives states have launched in the last few years as ways to invest in their higher education systems while maintaining quality. And the Lumina Foundation has helped encourage these -- sometimes controversial -- policies.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 29, 2015

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials
College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years. And 38 percent report that their institutions encourage faculty members to use open-resource content, compared with 33 percent in 2014.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 29, 2015

Pell Grants Will Help High-School Students Pay for College Courses
High-school students taking college courses for credit will be able to receive Pell Grants for the first time, under an experiment the Education Department announced on Friday. The announcement occurred just two weeks after the department unveiled another pilot that will allow federal grants and loans to flow to educational-technology companies that team up with colleges to offer coding boot camps, MOOCs, short-term certificates, and other credentials. More than 1.4 million high-school students took college courses for credit, a process known as dual enrollment, in 2010-11, according to department statistics. Some research suggests that low-income and first-generation students who participate in dual enrollment and early-college high schools (a highly structured dual-enrollment program) are more likely to enroll in college and graduate.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 30, 2015


Editorial: Paraeducators need, want training
First-in-the-nation legislation that would have set IA education standards was passed by both houses of the Washington Legislature this year. But SB 5179 died when the House and Senate versions could not be reconciled. … First-in-the-nation legislation that would have set IA education standards was passed by both houses of the Washington Legislature this year. But SB 5179 died when the House and Senate versions could not be reconciled.
The Spokesman Review, Oct. 27, 2015

Judge Rules Defunct For-Profit College Is Liable for $530 Million in Damages
A federal judge has ruled that the defunct Corinthian Colleges is liable for roughly $530 million in damages to former students, concluding a lawsuit brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a year ago. According to the judge’s order, Corinthian deceived students by misrepresenting their career prospects, among other things.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 28, 2015

Why Congress Must Revive the Perkins Loan Program
Unless we can accommodate growing numbers of needy students, the consequences for them, for higher education and for our country’s future are enormous, writes Ray Cross.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 29, 2015

Vast Budget Deal, With Good News for Education, Passes the House
The legislation, which is expected to win approval from the Senate and the White House, would provide an additional $40 billion for nondefense spending, including on students and colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 30, 2015