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News Links | January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Teens volunteer around county for MLK Day of Service

Friends since middle school, Harneet Grewal, Jocelyn Ramirez and Mckayla Mueller spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday together. They didn't see a movie. They didn't shop. With heavy gloves and gardening tools, they volunteered for the MLK Day of Service. ... A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Thursday at Edmonds Community College. ... On Sunday, Everett Community College hosted a King celebration, “The Dream is Alive Today For Tomorrow,” with a gospel choir and keynote speaker Toyia Taylor.
Everett Herald, Jan. 19, 2016

Opinion: More four-year degree programs coming to OC

By Dr. David Mitchell, president of Olympic College. As a 2015 Aspen Prize finalist, Olympic College was recognized as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation, which places us in the top 1 percent nationally. We look to build on that distinction in 2016 through the expansion of programs and partnerships that are preparing the next generation of skilled workers, and industry and community leaders in Kitsap and Mason counties.
Bremerton Patriot, Jan. 18, 2016

Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated in Pasco

Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. knows millions of Americans wouldn’t have the opportunities they have today without the work of Martin Luther King Jr. But Mendoza also told about 300 people who gathered Monday at Columbia Basin College for the bell-ringing ceremony honoring King’s legacy that the civil rights leader also inspired many to continue his mission, including farmworker advocate Cesar Chavez and Sonia Castillo.
Tri-City Herald, Jan., 18, 2016

Education a theme in Kitsap’s annual MLK celebration

Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice clearly recalls the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Rice, the city's first and only African-American mayor, was the keynote speaker Monday at Kitsap County's annual celebration of King's life and legacy at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center. ... Shannon Turner, an Olympic College student who will complete his associate degree this summer, said pursuing education is a way of completing King's dream.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 18, 2016

Pierce College announces 2016 All-Washington Academic Team nominees

Pierce College is proud to recognize four high-achieving students who will represent the district as members of the 2016 All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to recognize and honor students for their academic achievements and community service efforts.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 18. 2016

An ally remembers MLK

To overcome great opposition, even greater leaders are needed — and to achieve an ideal greater than them, they must be willing to pay whatever price. Although people of that caliber are rare, people of our time have Martin Luther King Jr. to look on as an example of what it takes to preserve democracy and create a fairer society. So was the message from C.T. Vivian, a minister and close ally of King, during the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at Clark College on Saturday.
The Columbian, Jan. 16, 2016

News Briefs: Peninsula College names new director of human resources

Peninsula College has named a new director of human resources. Kraig Michels will begin work Feb. 1. He replaces Bonnie Cauffman, who retired Jan. 7 after 37 years at the college.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 16, 2016

Centralia College to ask former president James Walton to return on interim basis

After the firing of Centralia College President Robert Frost late last year, the board of trustees has decided to ask former President James Walton to fill the interim position as the college searches for a full-time leader.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2016

Refugees find connections in Highline College ESL class

Qahtan Al Nidaw, a 64-year-old refugee from Iraq, was a former cameraman for CNN and other news organizations around the globe before shots were fired at him three years ago — once in his leg and twice in his skull. ... He now resides in SeaTac with his wife and son. In his free time, he enrolls in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at Highline College in nearby Des Moines.
Seattle Globalist, Jan. 14, 2016

Council looks at future of BC, housing

In an extended study session Monday night, the Bellevue City Council heard multiple reports from organizations updating their 2016 plans in the city. ... Among these was a presentation from Dr. David Rule, Bellevue College president, giving a state of the college-type address. Bellevue College continues to look toward collaboration and possible partnership with Washington State University.
Bellevue Reporter, Jan. 14, 2016

Bates opens new Advanced Technology Center

Upon its grand opening on Jan. 7, the city of Tacoma officially welcomed a new Bates Technical College facility, the Advanced Technology Center located at 2320 S. 19th St. Officials broke ground on the two-story, 53,000-square-foot building last year.
Tacoma Weekly, Jan. 14, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Distribution plus

The much-maligned general education model remains alive and well, but with new features, survey finds.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2016

Yahoo releases vast amount of data to university researchers

The internet giant Yahoo Inc. will release a vast amount of data about how its users behave on the web exclusively to university researchers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The data amount to 13.5 terabytes, which, the Journal notes, is two-thirds the size of the Library of Congress.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 18, 2016

Journal (and book) storage

The scholarly database JSTOR, recognizing its role as a starting point for research, sees major growth in its ebook program.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2016

Report says 1 in 3 Washington households struggle to afford basic life necessities

The United Way has released a comprehensive report with data on Pacific Northwest households that earn more than the federal poverty level, but still struggle to afford basic necessities such as housing and child care.
The News Tribune, Jan. 16, 2016

Concealing the calculus of higher education

So since 2011, the federal government has required all schools to provide something called a net price calculatoron their websites. ... Not long after the calculator became standard, a service called College Abacus emerged, allowing families to compare multiple schools at once. That spared them the laborious task of plugging the same data into multiple calculators many times over. And how did many colleges respond? By blocking College Abacus’s access to their calculators.
The New York Times, Jan. 15, 2016

S&P issues bifurcated outlook for higher ed

In recent years the number of credit-rating downgrades to colleges and universities has significantly outnumbered the number of upgrades given by Standard & Poor's credit rating agency. And the trend is expected to continue, but slow, in the coming year.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 15, 2016

Defense Dept. lifts suspension of U. of Phoenix from tuition assistance program

The U.S. Department of Defense has lifted its suspension of the University of Phoenix from the federal Tuition Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to active-duty members of the armed services, a department official confirmed on Friday. The department put the for-profit educator on probationin October after much scrutiny of the university’s recruiting practices. According to the Pentagon, the university will undergo a “heightened compliance review” for one year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 15, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Pushing on Pell

The Obama administration wants to expand the federal Pell Grant program by bringing back year-round eligibility for the grants, which was eliminated four years ago, and by creating a $300 annual bonus for Pell recipients who take at least 15 credits per semester.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2016

Obama calls for Pell Grant changes to accelerate progress toward degrees

To help students make quicker progress toward earning degrees, the Obama administration is calling for a significant expansion of the Pell Grant program that would make the grants available year-round and reward students who take a full schedule of courses each semester. Together, the two proposals would mean an additional $2 billion in Pell Grant assistance during the 2017 fiscal year, the Education Department said in a news release.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 19, 2016

FAFSA trouble

The federal government has in recent months made several changes to the application process for federal financial aid, in an effort to make it easier and more straightforward. But one change — switching from a four-digit PIN for online access to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to a more standard and secure log-in identification and password — may be having the opposite effect.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 18, 2016

Why do lawmakers say they need more data to fix school-funding crisis?

Lawmakers have convened at least six work groups in the past twelve years to analyze the way Washington state pays for education, a system the state Supreme Court has said is unconstitutional. Now, facing a 2018 deadline to fix those problems — along with mounting court sanctions — lawmakers say they need to create yet a another task force, because they still don’t have the data they need.
The News Tribune, Jan. 17, 2016

Opinion: Strong leadership needed on education funding — now

By Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. Fully funding basic education will cost an extra $4 billion a year. That’s a big number, but last year a $16 billion transportation package was passed. Apparently money can be raised for roads but not kids.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 16, 2016

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