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News Links | January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Washington’s community college transfer students do well in four-year colleges

Only about 13 percent of Washington college students who began their educations in community college in fall 2007 had earned a bachelor’s degree in six years, according to a new report by the Community College Research Center. But Washington students who transferred successfully to a four-year college or university were far more likely to finish their degree than transfer students in any other state in the country. ... Jan Yoshiwara, education director for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, said state researchers have interviewed students who were eligible to transfer but didn’t, and found that most of them were working adults raising young children.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 2016

James Walton accepts interim president role at Centralia College

James Walton was selected unanimously by the board of trustees of Centralia College Wednesday to become the interim president of Centralia College, effective immediately. Chairwoman Joanne Schwartz said the board voted to retain Walton’s services as interim president at a special meeting. The board interviewed Walton for the position during an executive session.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2016

Opinion: Wanted: More women, STEM business owners

Women who own businesses are becoming increasingly successful. They are redefining traditional measurements of success and finding more opportunities to “lean in.” Yet not all industries are trending at the same pace. Women in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, professions, not to mention women who lead and/or own STEM businesses, are still too small in number. ... Clark College is leading our state with STEM programs that inspire women. Clark is also continuing to make STEM an important and essential program with construction of the STEM building on campus.
The Columbian, Jan. 21, 2016

Opinion: Equity offers challenges, opportunities for success

Providing every student access to an adequate education is at the heart of the quest to make every child a graduate. However, 49 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling struck down discrimination in education, many students are still receiving inadequate and inequitable educations. ... I love the diversity initiatives and programs that Clark College has launched over the past several years. Clark College and Washington State University Vancouver continue to create a thriving learning environment for their students, and both schools are intentional and authentic with this work.
The Columbian, Jan. 21, 2016

LCC planning for major security upgrades with Roseburg shooting in mind

Though the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College that left 10 people dead happened more than 200 miles from Lower Columbia College, the tragic event struck a painful note with Longview students and staff.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 20, 2016

Washington lawmakers propose free community college

Full and part-time community college students may receive free tuition if a group of lawmakers get approval. ... "If the money variable was solved and that last dollar was closing the gap for students, I think it would allow students to take more full-time loads and progress at a faster pace," said Columbia Basin College President Richard Cummins.
KEPR TV, Jan. 20, 2016

Five bright planets align in early morning skies

The planets have aligned for a special treat just before sunrise. Five of the solar system's planets will be visible to the naked eye for the next month, something that hasn't happened since 2005. If you don't mind getting up early, the skies are offering the celestial spectacle until February 20, weather permitting. "All the planets are going around at different speeds, and so in order for them to all be on one side or another, it's just a matter of timing," John Whitmer, an astrology instructor at Spokane Falls Community College.
KXLY, Jan. 20, 2016

San Jacinto grad overcomes obstacles

Lonnie Howard, San Jacinto College class of 1993, was told in elementary school that he was not college material. Defying the odds-born in a small shack that had no running water and placed in developmental classes-Howard not only attended college, but he earned five college degrees. He now serves as president and chief executive officer of Clover Park Technical College, a two-year college near Tacoma, Washington.
Houston Chronicle, Jan. 20, 2016

Free community college? 5 things to know about ‘Washington Promise’

Washington state lawmakers have a bold vision to provide universal access to higher education through two years of tuition-free community college. ... South Seattle College currently provides a one-year scholarship called the 13th Year Promise Scholarship. Lawmakers used that as an example of something that works. Currently, all students from Chief Sealth, Cleveland and Rainier Beach high schools are eligible for one year of free tuition.
KIRO 7, Jan. 19, 2016

Lawmakers pitch idea of free tuition

Tuition at community and technical colleges in Washington would be free for state residents without a bachelor’s degree under a proposal announced Tuesday by a group of Democratic lawmakers. ... Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Leah Tobin and her fellow Parks and Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) classmates listen to a lecture Tuesday at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 19, 2016

How inmates earn time off their sentences

Brian Funk left the state prison system Jan. 13, 2014, having spent half his life behind bars. Emerging into an unfamiliar world of high-speed internet and mobile technology – “I have an iPhone right now and I just push a button and ask it a question,” he marveled – Funk still managed to put his life in order. ... Some prisons offer many opportunities, while smaller prisons in more rural locations tend to have fewer programs, said Brian Walsh, policy associate for corrections education at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
The News Tribune, Jan. 19, 2016

Former Lewis County resident discovers cancer-causing gene

Mick Edmonds has been touched by cancer. While he was attending Washington State University to get a degree in molecular biology, Edmonds’ grandfather was diagnosed with the disease. ... At that point, doctors told the family there was nothing they could do for his grandfather in Chehalis. “That just really surprised me,” the Napavine High School and Centralia College graduate said.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 19, 2016

MLK brought to life at MV Kiwanis Noon Club meeting

In what has become an annual tradition, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech captivated members of the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Noon Club on Monday. What they heard was not a recording. It was a impassioned recitation by Ernest Tutt, an instructor at Skagit Valley College.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 19, 2016

Local View: Clark College great value for students, community

By Robert Knight, president of Clark College. As a college leader who witnesses student success daily, I encourage folks to consider attending a community college — more specifically Clark College. Earning a degree, certificate or skill at Clark is one of the best investments one can make in their future. There is no better return on investment than an investment in education.
The Columbian, Jan. 17, 2016

Highlighting Centralia College East

For about 33 years, the Centralia College East campus has been offering classes and services to residents in East Lewis County who may otherwise not be able to access them. A long drive from the main campus of the college in Centralia, the East campus came to fruition after Bev Butters and April Doolittle established a need for a satellite of the college.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Should colleges measure well-being?

Colleges should track the well-being of students, including how specific groups are faring, according to panelists at the Association of American Colleges and Universities' annual meeting.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2016

Justice Department: 1 in 5 women sexually assaulted in college

One in five female undergraduates have experienced some kind of sexual assault while in college, according to a new study of students at nine institutions released Wednesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The study included survey responses from 15,000 women and 8,000 men, and defined sexual assault as including both rape and sexual battery, such as forced kissing, touching, grabbing or fondling.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2016

Seattle one of top 10 best educated cities

The Seattle area is one of the best-educated places to live in the country. That's according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by Headlight Data. Seattle ranked No. 9 on the list of the the cities with the highest percentage of bachelor's degree holders. The Census found that 39.4 percent of Seattle residents held bachelor's degrees.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Jan. 20, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Recommendations for using repayment rates

The federal government should hold colleges and universities accountable for whether their former students are able to successfully repay their loans, said a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 21, 2016

Education Dept. will publish list of colleges with Title IX exemptions

The U.S. Department of Education will publish a list of religious colleges that have received exemptions from some provisions of the gender-equity law Title IX, the assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine E. Lhamon, said in a letter on Wednesday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 21, 2016

Bush pushes loan overhaul

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush this week outlined a higher education plan calling for drastic changes to how the federal government provides financial aid to students enrolling in colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2016

Washington lawmakers propose free community college

A group of Democratic lawmakers in Washington have announced a proposal to make community college and technical college free for state residents without a bachelor's degree. ... Some qualifying students could also get a stipend for books and other expenses based on family income, lawmakers said at a news conference on Tuesday. The lawmakers did not include a way to pay for the program, deemed the "Washington promise program." The plan would apply to part-time students, too.
KING 5, Jan. 19, 2016

Sen. Murray pushes for affordable higher education bill

In the New Year, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is putting affordable higher education on the top of her agenda. After successfully rebooting the No Child Left Behind Act, Murray plans to push reauthorizing the Higher Education Act with several amendments. It's a sweeping bill, but Murray said the the core is focused on making college more affordable, simplifying the FAFSA financial aid forms and addressing campus sexual assaults.
KING 5, Jan. 19, 2016

Proposal to fix Washington school funding gets hearing

The plan announced by Washington lawmakers in early January that seeks to fix the way the state pays for education was met with much criticism and some qualified support in its first public hearing Monday. Many spoke against Senate Bill 6195 for not saying how the Legislature will reduce its reliance on local school levies to pay for basic education, only making a commitment to try and solve the issue next year.
Bellingham Herald, Jan. 18, 2016

State lawmakers consider plan to bring charter schools under hood of local boards

State lawmakers heard testimony on two proposed legal fixes to the state's charter school system, with a plan to bring charter schools under the control of local school boards appearing to attract the most enthusiasm. Lawmakers are seeking a way to answer last fall's state Supreme Court ruling that found Washington's charter school system was unconstitutional.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 18, 2016

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