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News Links | January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

BBCC students learn techniques for surviving shooter attack

Improving the chances of survival and escape in the event of a shooting attack was the subject of a training session for student tutors at Big Bend Community College.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 12, 2016

CBC’s new health sciences building taking shape in Richland

Columbia Basin College is a step closer to breaking ground on its second health science building in Richland after demolition crews swept away an old federal building that occupied the site for decades.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 11, 2016

Financial aid elusive for those who can’t prove their lack of parental support

Anixa French spent two years trying to enroll in college. ... Youths up to age 24 need their parents’ income information to apply for financial aid. Those who are not supported by their parents must show proof — a daunting task. ...  She finally contacted her former caseworker, who was able to gather court documents proving she had been in foster care. She’s now a sophomore at Yakima Valley Community College with aspirations of becoming a civil rights attorney.
Yakima Herald, Jan. 11, 2016

Champions of Diversity program honors local students

Educational institutions, local businesses and community organizations awarded $245,000 in scholarships to 70 high school seniors at the 16th annual Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony on Dec. 2 at Skagit Valley College. The students were honored for showing exemplary service in leadership, community service and academic and educational activities.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 10, 2016

Edmonds CC Board of Trustees gains two members

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed two new members to the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees. Benson Tolle will serve a term that will run through Sept. 2020. She replaces Board Member Dick Van Hollebeke, who finished his term in September. ... Omar Abdulla was appointed to be a new student trustee through June 2016. He replaces Student Trustee Girish Chummun.
My Edmonds News, Jan. 8, 2016

WCC cybersecurity program has become national leader

The computer information systems program at Whatcom Community College was different when John Miller studied at the college more than a decade ago. ... These days, students no longer have to worry about wires hanging from the ceiling. But the philosophy of giving students at WCC hands-on experience has endured, even today, as the college’s nationally recognized cybersecurity and computer information systems program continues to lead the region in its field.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 7, 2016

Spokane Falls student wins Transforming Lives Award

A Spokane Falls Community College student is one of five students to win the Transforming Lives Award across Washington state. Armando Garcia will be honored on Jan. 24 in Olympia.
KREM, Jan. 7, 2016

College honors Sunnyside native

A former Sunnyside woman is Yakima Valley Community College’s nominee for the annual Transforming Lives Award given out by the Washington State Association of College Trustees.
Daily Sun News, Jan. 7, 2016

CPTC: Get to know ASG president Myra Morales

Whether at home, on campus or in the community, Myra Morales is involved. The fourth quarter Pre-Nursing Degree student at Clover Park Technical College started in her new role as Associated Student Government president this quarter, where she hopes to connect students with more activities.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 7, 2016

Mixed media master exhibits at the Gallery at TCC

The first impression of the art of Barbara Lee Smith is of large, abstract paintings. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that these are fantastic, mixed media compositions made with layers of painted fabric that are bound together by elaborate stitching to make quilt-like surfaces. ... A kind of mini retrospective of Smith’s work is currently on display at Tacoma Community College’s charming gallery.
Tacoma Weekly, Jan. 7, 2016

South sound business people

Tim Gould has joined Tacoma Community College as vice president for administrative services and will serve at chief financial officer. He will oversee the financial services, facifilities and information systems departments.
The News Tribune, Jan. 3, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Challenging the barista myth

The recent college graduate working in Starbucks is the nightmare of many parents and also of college admissions officers, who feel that stories about that stereotype discourage many prospective students. Two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Monday released a summary of their recent research that finds the stereotype to be false and the economic difficulties of recent college graduates to be overstated. The headline of the summary: "Working as a barista after college is not as common as you might think."
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2016

Poverty and merit

The most selective colleges are failing to enroll more low-income students, so the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is calling for a "poverty preference" in college admissions.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2016

Hobsons acquires collaborative that promotes use of predictive analytics

The Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework, a collaborative of colleges working with data tools to improve student retention, has been acquired by Hobsons, which owns services like Starfish Retention Solutions, the website College Confidential, and the enrollment tool Naviance. As a result of the deal, the nonprofit organization that had formerly overseen PAR will become the Foundation for Student Success, and will use the resources from the purchase to continue supporting research on predictive analytics.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 12, 2016

Giant for-profit Apollo, U. of Phoenix’s owner, may sell itself

The Apollo Education Group, the giant for-profit education company that owns the University of Phoenix, is considering selling itself. The company announced on Monday that its board “is exploring strategic alternatives that could potentially lead to a change of control of the company.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 11, 2016

Bias against female instructors

There’s mounting evidence suggesting that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable. But are these evaluations, commonly referred to as SET, so bad that they’re actually better at gauging students’ gender bias and grade expectations than they are at measuring teaching effectiveness? A new paper argues that’s the case, and that evaluations are biased against female instructors in particular in so many ways that adjusting them for that bias is impossible.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 11, 2016

Community college classrooms as 'democratic vistas'

At MLA meeting, instructors share philosophy behind their work — and the practical challenges for new Ph.D.s who might not have a clue about teaching at an open admissions institution.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 8, 2016

Between the ears: when to teach, when to guide and when to get out of the way

Teachers are sometimes told to be the "guide by the side" instead of the "sage on the stage," but research shows that this is a false choice.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 8, 2016

In Washington, gaps between low- and middle-income kids widening

During the past 12 years, the gap in achievement between poor students and others in Washington has widened more than in any other state, according to an analysis released Thursday. When interpreting student performance, much depends on whether you’re a glass-half-empty sort of person or more of a Pollyanna, and Washington ranks above the national average in many areas, including overall scores, household income and the number of adults with a college degree.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 7, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Debate over debt relief begins

Education Department starts negotiations over a new federal debt relief process — and weighs new possible sanctions for risky colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 12, 2016

Supreme Court denies appeal on student-loan erasure

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal that sought to make it easier to erase student loans in bankruptcy, sidestepping an issue that has become a focal point for consumer advocates and lawmakers as millions of borrowers fall behind on their payments.
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2016

A plan for a plan: Lawmakers commit to finding solution to McCleary school funding case by 2017

After spending years debating possible ways out of the quagmire of state education funding, lawmakers from both parties and both houses announced Friday they may have a plan to fix the way the state pays for education.
KPLU, Jan. 11, 2016

Editorial: The 4 things the Legislature must tackle now — and 1 thing to sideline

Besides education financing reform, Washington lawmakers should also focus on progress in mental health, charter schools, ending incarceration of noncriminal juveniles and wildfire prevention.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 10, 2016

‘Levy cliff’ looms over Legislature’s education funding debate

State lawmakers say 2016 will be the year they finally will agree on a plan to fully fund basic education, something the state Supreme Court ordered them to do two years ago. Paying for that plan, however, is something that probably won’t happen until 2017. And school districts throughout the state say they can’t afford to wait for the Legislature to come up with the money.
The News Tribune, Jan. 10, 2016

5 things to watch in Washington Legislature this year

Lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday with hopes of finishing this year's 60-day legislative session on time, not wanting a repeat of last year's triple overtime marathon session. But they arrive still under a contempt order, an ongoing $100,000-a-day sanction by the state Supreme Court in place and uncertainty over whether the court will be satisfied with their efforts thus far to find a solution to the state's education funding problem.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 9, 2016

Lawmakers are bystanders on big 2016 decisions

Big decisions for Washington state government policy are being made in 2016 — just not necessarily during the 60-day legislative session that starts Monday. Citizen initiatives and executive action are taking center stage on a number of hot-button issues, with state lawmakers left to react — or relegated to the sidelines.
The News Tribune, Jan. 9, 2016

Editorial: On state education funding, what’s taking so long?

Washington state legislative leaders are taking too long to study the state’s education crisis. They need to find a solution soon.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 9, 2016

Legislative leaders offer preview of upcoming session

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee offered insights to the upcoming legislative session Thursday at the AP Legislative Preview. TVW taped the event — watch the House and Senate leadership panel, education funding panel and Gov. Inslee. Here’s a look at some of the issues they covered.
The Capitol Record (TVW), Jan. 8, 2016

Opinion: Lowering standards undermines education

Our educational system provided an excellent example of how measuring something elevates its importance so that it becomes a management priority — and a reflection of our values.
Everett Herald, Jan. 8, 2016

Lawmakers: 2016 will be another year of education focus

Washington state leaders, aware of a looming court deadline, say the upcoming 60-day legislative session is when they will figure out how to reform the way the state pays for education. But legislative leaders speaking at The Associated Press Legislative Preview on Thursday said they still haven't resolved where to find the money and likely won't get there until the 2017 Legislature.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 7, 2016

Washington lawmakers propose new charter school fix

Lawmakers in Washington have a new proposal seeking to keep the state's charter school system open after it was struck down by the state Supreme Court last September. Legislation announced Thursday by Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, and Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Renton, would fund charter schools through the state's Opportunity Pathways Account, which has revenue from the state lottery.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 7, 2016

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