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News Links | January 5, 2016

January 05, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

YVCC student nominated for statewide award

A Yakima college student is nominated for a statewide award. Sarah Fielding goes to Yakima Valley Community College and is one of 35 students in the state up for the "Transforming Lives Award."
KIMA TV, Jan. 4, 2016

$23 million building opens for Bates Technical College winter quarter

Bates Technical College will mark the completion of its newest building with an open house Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The open house will begin with a ceremony and art dedication at the new Advanced Technology Center at 2320 South 19th Street in Tacoma.
The News Tribune, Jan. 1, 2016

A museum for kids: Group launching new STEM effort

A group of Tri-Citians bringing a temporary science exhibit for children to the region this summer say their efforts are the first step in establishing a science-centered children’s museum in the Tri-Cities. Hands In for Hands On Tri-Cities, or HiHo Tri-Cities, recently reached an agreement with Columbia Basin College to host the exhibit, A View From Space, from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry at the college’s planetarium.
Tri-City Herald, Dec. 31, 2015

CCS Center for Workforce and Continuing Education wins international award

The Community Colleges of Spokane's Center for Workforce and Continuing Education has been honored for excellence in the Best Marketing category by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), the world's largest lifelong learning association.
Spokane How's Business, Dec. 21, 2015

Trends | Horizons | Education

New graduation data finds increases for 2-year students

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new way to track completion data for students attending two-year colleges and has found increases in graduation rates.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2016

‘Generational schism’ on race lines could cut public support for higher education

“Racial sensitivity” among older white voters could cut public support for higher education spending in places where the university-age population is increasingly ethnically diverse, a California study has suggested, raising questions about the future of public university funding in North America and Europe.
Times Higher Education, Jan. 5, 2016

Graded on looks

Study finds that attractive female students earn higher grades than unattractive female students do. For male students, looks don't seem to matter.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2016

Western president defends shutdown over hate speech

After he suspended classes for a day and launched an investigation into anonymous hate speech directed at Western Washington University’s students of color, WWU President Bruce Shepard got an earful from critics. While many people on campus supported his decision, others told him he’d overreacted, or said the threatened students should have brushed off the anonymous comments.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2016

How U.S. fares globally on higher ed measures

The United States spends more money per student on higher education than any of the other developed countries in the Group of 20, while its performance on many attainment measures does not lead the pack, a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2016

Video: 'Man up' on racism

Black students at the University of Missouri at Columbia talk about how they experience racism on a campus where only 7 percent of students and 3 percent of faculty members look like them. And the students lay out what their peers and professors need to do to bridge divides: Examine yourself, they say. Acknowledge prejudice. Empathize. Fight the status quo. Be a part of change.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 4, 2015

Humanities job woes

Market looks tight and getting worse for job seekers in English, foreign languages, history and philosophy. But a major social science field — economics — is doing a lot of hiring.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2016

Mount Holyoke president will lead Assn. of American Colleges and Universities

Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College, is stepping down to become the 14th president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the group announced on Monday. Ms. Pasquerella will succeed Carol Geary Schneider, who has been the association’s president since 1998 and who announced last year that she planned to step down.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 4, 2016

Let's break internet with list of banished words

Every New Year's Eve, Lake Superior State University releases a list for the following year of words and phrases that need to be eliminated. People nominate words all year long.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2016

Editorial: Putting more in caps and gowns

“Pomp and Circumstance” and the caps and gowns are still five months away, but more seniors in Everett and other school districts in Snohomish County should expect to get their diplomas this June, if the graduation trends of the last five years continue.
Everett Herald, Jan. 3, 2016

Video: Bernard Milano: Underrepresented minorities on the faculty

With the national spotlight focused on diversity in higher education, many institutions are still figuring out how to respond to calls to hire more underrepresented minority professors. Bernard J. Milano, president of the Ph.D. Project — a nonprofit organization committed to diversifying the faculty ranks at the nation’s business schools — talks about how the Ph.D. Project works, its track record, and why faculty diversity matters.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 31, 2015

Politics | Local, State, National

Reflecting on ratings

A chief architect of the Obama administration’s College Scorecard and its recent executive actions on accreditation reflects on her tenure at the Education Department.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2016

Education Department tightens reins on more colleges

U.S. Department of Education officials are more closely monitoring a greater number of colleges and universities over concerns about their management of federal funds, according to newly released government data. As of Dec. 1, 540 colleges or universities were facing the extra scrutiny known as heightened cash monitoring, up from 499 in September, when the department last reported the figures.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2016

Jim McDermott to retire; many consider a run, including another McDermott

Fourteen-term Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott will not seek re-election in 2016, setting off a lively scramble among Democratic contenders for the rare open seat in the liberal 7th Congressional District.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2016

U.S. agencies impose penalties on Higher One

The Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last month ordered Higher One to repay millions of dollars to students who had financial aid disbursement accounts with the company and to pay a $2.2 million fine for what the government agencies called deceptive practices.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2016

Authors Guild takes Google Books challenge to Supreme Court

The Authors Guild has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the organization’s decade-long challenge to Google’s Books program, which the guild says violates copyright law by making money for the online-search giant without providing any compensation to the books’ authors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 3, 2016

DHS seeks more time on foreign student work rule

The existing federal rule that enables international students in the U.S. who study science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to qualify for an extra 17 months of postgraduation work authorization is due to be invalidated Feb. 12, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has filed a motion asking a federal judge to allow the current rule to remain in place for an additional 90 days to "ensure an uninterrupted regulatory transition" and prevent hardship on the part of students.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2016

Editorial: School funding riddle welcomes lawmakers in 2016

Another year has passed, but Washington’s school funding challenges remain. In 2012, the state Supreme Court found the state’s system of funding K-12 schools unconstitutional and inadequate.
The Olympian, Dec. 31, 2015

Editorial: Make the most of McCleary funding

A safe prediction: In the next session of the state Legislature, there will be drama over financing schools. But eventually, driven by the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, Washington lawmakers will surely put a lot more money — likely between $2 billion and $4 billion — into K-12 education for the state’s 1.05 million students.
The News Tribune, Dec. 25, 2015

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