Archive for August, 2015

Opening Doors: Creating a Conference That Matters

Opening Doors: Creating a Conference That Matters

August 27, 2015

What does it take to create a conference that matters? As we sat down to begin planning our 2015 Annual Conference, we focused on this question.

The most memorable conferences that we’ve attended have inspired us and challenged our thinking. They’ve encouraged us to view our work and the world from different perspectives. They’ve refueled our passion to do the work that we do—to keep on keeping on, sometimes in the face of frustrating odds.

This is the ...

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Beyond the Headlines — Mindset Interventions

Mindset Interventions: Less Than One Hour Online May Change a Community College Student’s Trajectory

Across the country, there is considerable room for improvement in community college graduation rates – only 20 percent of full-time students receive a degree within 3 years.(1) Washington students fare somewhat better; nearly 29 percent receive a credential within 3 years (An additional 19% of students transfer.).(2)

The good news is that brief, low-cost interventions show promise for improving student outcomes. Behavioral research has shown that influencing students’ ...

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Opening Doors: Technology for Those in Need

Opening Doors: Technology for Those in Need

August 25, 2015

Think back to your college days: how often did you use an online database to find sources for a term paper? Google a quick fact? Type up a term paper? Especially if you’re a millennial, you probably used a laptop from the comfort of your apartment far more often than you took a trip to the campus library. Flash forward to today: how often do you ask Siri a question or use your iPad to pull up an ...

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Opening Doors: Enforcing the New Minimum Wage

Opening Doors: Enforcing the New Minimum Wage

August 11, 2015

For low-wage workers, the passage of Seattle’s $15 per hour minimum wage in 2014 was an enormous victory. Nationally, it kicked off a discussion of living wages that led to similar increases in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and sparked congressional debate of the federal minimum wage.(1) In Seattle, many employers who voiced cost concerns or anticipated closing restaurants have, in fact, expanded their business.(2) The wage increase, which is being implemented in stages and is ...

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