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News Links | January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Uneasy transitions

When Washington state community colleges were faced with budget cuts during the recession, they had a choice: Either keep instructors, or keep advisors. The colleges chose to keep instructors, thinking that would let them offer the same number of courses, which would help students to graduate on time. Those same colleges are now finding that guidance and support is crucial for students who want to further their education after community college, says Laura McDowell, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. For students who hope to transfer to a four-year college, like Sierra Abele, it can take years to even settle on a plan. Abele, a Spokane Falls Community College student, works three jobs. From the day she graduated from Central Valley High School until now, she's taken one year off, spent about three years in college either at SFCC or Spokane Community College, and spent one year as a dental assistant.
Inalnder, Jan. 28, 2016

Editorial: Air Washington a model for other states

Air Washington may be the state’s second-most successful 11-man team. Led by Spokane Community College, a consortium that included 10 other community colleges around the state received more recognition last month from a national center charged with identifying successful workforce training programs, and spreading the word among other two-year schools.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 27, 2016

One thousand Washingtonians who failed GED test will now pass

Two years after the GED high school equivalency exam became harder to pass, Washington state is again making it easier. The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges announced Tuesday that it’s retroactively lowering the passing score by five points, to 145. That means that anyone who fell just shy of passing the GED since the test was revamped in 2014 will now get their certificates.
KUOW, Jan. 27, 2016

Bates Technical College marks 75 years in Tacoma with new building, big plans

Over the past three quarters of a century, Bates Technical College has expanded to include three campuses across the city, offering many two-year technical degree programs as well as continuing education courses and certificates. Today, the college serves about 3,000 students annually in nearly 50 career programs, as well as nearly 10,000 community members who take courses there each year.
The News Tribune, Jan. 27, 2016

Tumwater wants to buy land for future craft brewing and distilling center

Tumwater and South Puget Sound Community College are keeping the momentum alive for a proposed craft brewing and distilling center that could become a key cog in the county’s economy. ... Education is a key component of the proposal, which is modeled after Walla Walla’s thriving wine scene and its partnerships with Walla Walla Community College.
The Olympian, Jan. 27, 2016

‘No, I’m not a terrorist’ says speaker at Centralia College

An internationally-known speaker took to the stage at Corbet Theatre on the Centralia College campus on Tuesday night, sharing information on her faith while attempting to clear what she described as misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 27, 2016

Wither aluminum smelting's future in the northwest?

Once upon a time, the Northwest was home to ten massive aluminum smelters. As of today, just one still operates. And the Alcoa company plans to idle that smelter near Ferndale, Washington, indefinitely in June. ... Wenatchee Valley College, the closest community college to Alcoa's Wenatchee Works, reported Tuesday that 40 former smelter workers enrolled in winter classes within days of their last shifts. The college is expecting an enrollment surge of 60 more when spring quarter begins.
KLCC, Jan. 27, 2016

Opinion: Community college pay was shorted in budget

By Timothy Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College, Amy Morrison Goings, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Eric Murray, president of Cascadia College. With the 60-day state legislative session now underway, budget writers are already beginning to sharpen their pencils for the task of writing a supplemental state budget. Filling budget shortfalls for community and technical colleges and the nearly 386,000 students we collectively serve should be a priority.
The Olympian, Jan. 26, 2016

Teachers endorse moving New Horizons onto CBC campus

It appears the future of New Horizons High School and Columbia Basin College will be tied together — that’s what teachers and students say they want. The Pasco School Board discussed plans for the alternative high school during a Tuesday study session where district administrators presented information about possible options to move the school.
The Tri-City Herald, Jan. 26, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Computer science, meet humanities: in new majors, opposites attract

Hannah Pho grew up playing the piano and went to a magnet high school for technology. When she applied to colleges and looked for programs that blended her seemingly disparate interests, she didn’t find many options. She chose Stanford University, where she became one of the first students in a new major there called CS+Music, part of a pilot program informally known as CS+X. Its goal is to put students in a middle ground, between computer science and any of 14 disciplines in the humanities, including history, art, and classics. And it reduces the number of required hours that students would normally take in a double major in those subjects.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 28, 2016

College endowments report lowest return rate in 3 years

Colleges’ endowments returned an average of 2.4 percent in the 2015 fiscal year, the lowest annual rate reported by the annual Nacubo-Commonfund Study of Endowments since 2012, when endowments reported a -0.3-percent return. And it’s a significant drop from 2014, when the average rate of return was 15.5 percent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 27, 2016

Nearly one-quarter of college athletes report signs of depression

A new study of nearly 500 Division I athletes has found that almost one-quarter reported signs of depression over the past three years, with rates higher among women than men. Female track-and-field athletes had the highest prevalence of depressive symptoms (38 percent), while male lacrosse players had the lowest (12 percent), according to the study, released on Wednesday. Over all, about 24 percent of athletes across nine sports reported feeling depressed.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 27, 2016

Three predictions about the future of higher education

Several new ratings reports from Moody’s Investor Service that landed in my e-mail inbox this week give plenty of clues about where higher education is headed in the United States. Moody’s examines the finances of more than 500 colleges and universities that issue debt through the public markets. While some might place little trust in the analyses of Moody’s or the other major bond-rating agencies after they were so wrong about the 2008 housing crisis, in higher education the ratings still provide a good indicator of the strengths and weaknesses of colleges and universities. From reading just these three most recent ratings actions from Moody’s, here’s what you can learn about the future of higher education.
The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2016

Wanted: Nursing instructors

The demand for nurses isn't going away and it seems interest from potential nursing students remains strong. But colleges continue to find it difficult to admit all of the qualified candidates into their nursing programs, especially some of California's community colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 27, 2016

In giving to colleges, the one percenters gain

As charitable donations to higher education soar to a new record high, the richest institutions continue to distance themselves from the rest.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 27, 2016

U.S. colleges raise $40 billion; Stanford tops list at $1.6 billion

U.S. colleges raised $40.3 billion in 2015, an increase of 7.6 percent over the previous year, a new study has found. Giving to higher education has increased every year since 2010. The Voluntary Support of Education survey, conducted by the Council for Aid to Education, collected fund-raising information from nearly 1,000 colleges and universities. The $40.3 billion figure is an estimate that extrapolates from the survey results to include amounts for institutions that did not respond.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jan. 27, 2016

Endowments fall to earth

After two years of healthy growth, colleges' endowment investment return rates fell in 2015. While they didn't come close to the declines of some years in the past decade, the average rate is the lowest reported since 2012.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 27, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Feds act against DeVry

Federal Trade Commission alleges the for-profit university misled students about their employment and income prospects, and Education Department seeks to stop DeVry from making deceptive advertisements.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 28, 2016

Bill to cut high school science test passes

The state House has passed a bill Monday that would eliminate the need to pass a science test to graduate from high school. The proposal, House Bill 2214, would also discontinue the 10th-grade English and math exams in favor of the new tests based on the Common Core academic standards. It would also eliminate an alternative to the high school exams, a portfolio approach known as the collection of evidence. Instead, students who don’t pass the exams would be required to take and pass another high school class in the same subject area.
The Columbian, Jan. 26, 2016

State creates task force to address fully-funding education

Monday the Washington House of Representatives passed a bill 64-34 that would create a group to produce recommendations for retaining and fully compensating teachers, as required by the Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary mandate.
Island Sounder, Jan. 26, 2016

Which states allow guns on campuses? New study takes stock

As lawmakers in many states weigh whether to allow concealed weapons on campuses, a new report by the Education Commission of the States and Naspa — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education attempts to quantify the legislative landscape.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 26, 2016

House passes bill aiming to fix education funding system

The Washington House passed a bill Monday that would instruct the 2017 Legislature to finish repairing the way the state pays for public schools, another step toward answering a state Supreme Court decision and ending $100,000 a day in fines.
The Bellingham Herald, Jan. 25, 2016

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