Thursday, December 3, 2015

News Links | December 3, 2015


CPTC: From female soldier to welder
Brook Huffman comes from a family of artists, and while she didn’t get into illustration and painting, Huffman found a creative outlet with a welding torch. Huffman is preparing for a career in welding as a student in Clover Park Technical College’s Welding Technology Program. After a 4-year Army career in which she enlisted at age 17, Huffman transitioned from active duty to welding student.
The Suburban Times, Dec. 2, 2015

Four at SPSCC earn Evergreen teaching honors
Four South Puget Sound Community College faculty members earned 2015-16 Teacher Excellence Awards from The Evergreen State College. Eric Chase, James Chen, Kathy Harrigan, and David Hyde were honored at the SPSCC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, November 10. The awards, in their fifth year out of The Evergreen State College, recognize great teachers who have impacted students’ lives, as nominated by incoming TESC students. Students submit a letter nominating those professors, who are then sent a letter highlighting both the honor and including quotes from their nominating students.
Thurston Talk, Dec. 1, 2015


Report: WSU a standout in improving grad rates for minority students
First, the good news: Among Washington’s four-year public universities, graduation rates are going up, and the graduation rate for minority students has improved on almost every campus. In fact, one of the nation’s leaders in improving graduation rates for minority students is Washington State University, according to a national report released this week by The Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group that focuses on students of color or those living in poverty. The bad news: There’s still a significant gap in graduation rates between students of color and white students.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 3, 2015

Stability and modest growth expected for U.S. colleges
Stability and modest growth. That's what U.S. colleges and universities can expect over the next year to 18 months, according to a 2016 outlook by credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2015

Graduation rates rise, for some
Graduation rates have been steadily improving at universities for about a decade now. But a report released today by the Education Trust shows that at some public institutions, the gap in graduation rates between minority students and white students is actually growing. The Education Trust is an advocacy group for low-income and minority students.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2015

Trigger warning skepticism
Survey of literature and arts professors finds 60 percent see the practice as harmful to academic freedom — although many favor general descriptions on a syllabus, even as they avoid labeling particular works.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2015


Learning, not wages
Association leader says accreditors could discourage politicians' focus on economic-driven measure of quality if they jointly embraced indicators of student learning.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 3, 2015

Democrats slam settlement with for-profit college
Three Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration for settling a fraud lawsuit against Education Management Corporation last month without forgiving the loans of students who attended the for-profit college chain or holding the company’s executives personally accountable.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2015