Seattle colleges will drop ‘community’

Three Seattle community colleges are dropping “community” from their names in the fall, reports the Seattle Times. The three will become known as Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and North Seattle College.

All three now offer a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program for students who have completed a two-year technical degree.

The Seattle Community Colleges District board of trustees, which will become Seattle Colleges, approved the chance unanimously. “We believe this will inspire prospective students to reach higher than they thought possible,” said Chancellor Jill Wakefield.

Remedial math students learn to persist

Andrea Levy, Statway instructor at Seattle Central Community College, talks about how she gives developmental math students the intellectual and emotional support they need to persist and succeed. The Carnegie Foundation’s alternative math pathways stress “productive persistence,” a mix of effective learning strategies and the tenacity to keep working when the going gets tough.

After three weeks in Carnegie’s math pathways, students showed greater enthusiasm for math, less anxiety and more confidence they could improve with hard work, reports the Pathways Blog. Carnegie believes these indicators “powerfully predict whether students persist in the course and whether they obtain higher grades.”

Seattle CC tires of ‘Occupy’ campers

“Occupy” protesters may be evicted from the Seattle Central Community College campus due to crowding, poor sanitation, drug use and complaints of sexual harassment, reports the Seattle Times. The college also faces added security and cleaning costs.

A draft of an emergency rule prepared for the state says the college needs to take action because of unsafe conditions at the encampment, including syringes and needles on the ground, drug and alcohol use, lack of hygiene facilities and other risk factors near the college child-care center.

An Occupy Seattle spokesman said the college’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was  known for drug use and transients before the activists set up their tents.

An estimated 120 people have camped in about 60 tents and other temporary structures on the college’s south lawn for more than three weeks.

Occupy Seattle declared its solidarity with community college students and staff and its desire to be a “good neighbor,” but tensions are growing, notes Inside Higher Ed.

The encampment borders the child care center’s outdoor facility, said Judy Kitzman, a college spokeswoman.

. . . workers at the child care center have spotted protesters using drugs. The college put tarps over a fence between the facility and the camping area, but Kitzman said protesters tore some of the tarps down to use in their makeshift shelters. Now she said children are restricted to staying inside during their recess periods.

Female students have complained of sexual harassment by protesters, Kitzman added.