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News Links | February 2, 2016

February 02, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Editorial: Tumwater craft brewing center holds promise

The concept of a craft brewing center and education center in Tumwater has obvious appeal. The Tumwater community has authentic beer heritage, having been home for a century to the former Olympia Brewing Co. Seeing that employer go away in 2003 was a hit to our community. But after the decline of corporate brewing, the South Sound community has seen a welcome growth in craft brewing. ... That is partly why we welcome efforts by the city of Tumwater and South Puget Sound Community College to develop a partnership to develop a craft brewing and distilling education center along Capitol Boulevard.
The Olympian, Feb. 1, 2016

Former councilman: Jobs crucial to community growth

Jon Lane said one of the most important lessons he learned in his dozen years on the Moses Lake City Council is that success as a community begins and ends with jobs, especially good jobs. Lane didn’t run for reelection in 2015. He wanted to concentrate on his position on the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees. He is the president-elect of the state association of community and technical college trustees.
Columbia Basin Herald, Feb. 1, 2016

$100 million software system for community colleges so flawed it will need millions more to fix

A $100 million computer software system for Washington’s 34 community colleges is so far behind schedule and operating so poorly that it will likely cost another $10 million before it’s installed in all schools. ... The system, known as ctcLink, is one of the largest IT projects in state government, and likely the largest of its kind in higher education in the country. It’s designed to tie together most financial, student scheduling and employee functions at the community colleges. For community colleges in Spokane and Tacoma, which are the first and so far only schools to switch to the system, it generated a cascade of problems at the start of the fall quarter, some of which continue to this day.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 31, 2016

Bates students Drayton, Leggett named to All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College students Brian Drayton and Stokely Leggett have been selected to represent the college as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. The All-Washington Academic Team program showcases and honors high-achieving students enrolled in the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. The students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 30, 2016

Editorial: EvCC’s student focus earns national honor

Years ago, the knock on community colleges was that they were little more than “high schools with ashtrays.” Thankfully, the ashtrays and the cigarettes are long gone. And the perception that a community college education is second-rate also is disappearing in a puff of smoke. Everett Community College provides a prime example with the news this week that it is among the top 150 community colleges and technical schools of the more than 1,100 in the nation, as judged by the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.
Everett Herald, Jan. 29, 2016

Keeping up with Jones

Jones of Washington is led by young Victor Palencia, a 31-year-old winemaking dynamo who is proving over and over that when you control your grape-growing and winemaking, you can achieve greatness. Palencia was born in Mexico, grew up in the Yakima Valley and graduated from Walla Walla Community College. By the time he was 23, Jones had recognized his talent and brought him in as winemaker.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 29, 2016

CPTC: Graduate finds niche as cosmetologist

While a student in Clover Park Technical College’s Cosmetology Program, Ashley Wells was inspired by something instructor Michelle Ganyon said more than 10 years ago.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 29, 2016

Opinion: Business as usual isn’t enough for students or our economy

An educated citizenry provides significant benefits to individuals, communities and our state’s economy. Workers need the right postsecondary preparation to gain a foothold and prosper in the labor market. Employers need highly skilled talent in order to remain competitive. A lack of skilled workers hampers business productivity and growth. If our state fails to educate a skilled workforce, employers will fill middle-income jobs by importing talent or relocating. Washingtonians will be left behind. This is the stark reality driving the work of the Washington Student Achievement Council and its partners: the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Council of Presidents, and the Independent Colleges of Washington.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2016

Opinion: Now’s the time to fix shortfalls in the state budget

The 60-day special session is in full swing, and legislators are working to fine-tune the two-year state budget they approved last June. The refining comes in the form of a “supplemental budget,” which is meant to fix errors and oversights in the underlying state budget or to respond to pressing needs. Filling budget shortfalls for community and technical colleges and the nearly 386,000 students they collectively serve should be a priority. ... Big Bend Community College, for example, operates one of the most successful commercial pilot training programs in the Pacific Northwest. ... Combined, Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges promote the economy of our state by elevating the lives of the people who live here.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 28, 2016

Green River graduate receives Transforming Lives Award

Getting an associate degree from Green River College was a turning point for Angelica Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 29, graduated from Green River in 2008 and transferred to the University of Washington Tacoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is working toward a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Canyon University and plans to attend law school at Seattle University in the fall.
Kent Reporter, Jan. 28, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

The water next time: Professor who helped expose crisis in Flint says public science is broken

When Marc Edwards opens his mouth, dangerous things come out. In 2003 the Virginia Tech civil-engineering professor said that there was lead in the Washington, D.C., water supply, and that the city had been poisoning its residents. He was right. Last fall he said there was lead in the water in Flint, Mich., despite the reassurances of state and local authorities that the water was safe. He was right about that, too.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2, 2016

State-colleges association will ‘reimagine’ first year of college

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities will team up with 44 institutions to “reimagine the first year of college” with an eye to the success of students who come from low-income or minority backgrounds or who are the first in their family to attend college.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 1, 2016

MIT dean takes leave to start new university without lectures or classrooms

Christine Ortiz is taking a leave from her prestigious post as a professor and dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to start a radical, new nonprofit university that she says will have no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms. Many details about the new university are still undetermined, she says, but the basic idea is to answer the question, What if you could start a university from scratch for today’s needs and with today’s technology?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 1, 2016

Guest essay: The conversation I’m tired of not having

In my position as a Teacher of the Year and a teacher leader (an ambiguous term at best), I am supposed to be a voice and hold positions on a host of education policy issues: teaching evaluations, charter schools, test refusal, and (fights over) Common Core come to mind. I am so sick of reading about McCleary (Washington’s ongoing intergovernmental battle for equitable funding for K-12) I don’t know what to do with myself. But, increasingly I find myself tuning out of these conversations. As a nation, we’re nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we’re ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 29, 2016

The Academy Awards isn’t alone with its color problem. Look at higher education.

In this post, Warren Waren, an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University, explains a shared problem between the Oscars and higher education. His research focuses on racial residential segregation, gender differences in higher education, labor discrimination against Latino day laborers, and labor issues affecting same-sex couples.
The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2016

Hispanic-serving colleges proliferate; enrollments concentrate

The number of colleges and universities designated as Hispanic-serving continues to grow, as does the proportion of all Latino students they enroll, Excelencia in Education reports.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2016

Big data's coming of age in higher education

There was a lot of hype around big data in higher education in 2015. ... Despite the hype, the field remains nascent, the implications uncertain. Big questions remain: How will a more sophisticated understanding of outcomes inform accountability models that incentivize universities to serve a more diverse student population? ... Here are four predictions to watch for in the coming year.
Forbes, Jan. 29, 2016

For-profit college execs sentenced on financial aid, visa fraud charges

Three senior for-profit college executives were sentenced Tuesday on charges related to student financial aid and student visa fraud, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2016

UW receives record number of applications — again

The University of Washington has again set a record for applications, recording another double-digit increase in the percent of students who want to study at the Seattle campus. The application boom is driven largely by out-of-state and international students who want to come here. In five years, the number of out-of-state students applying to the UW has more than doubled.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Higher ed overhaul unlikely in 2016

Out on the presidential campaign trail, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for higher education issues. But in the U.S. Congress, the prospect that lawmakers will take up, much less pass, a much-anticipated and already overdue overhaul of federal higher education policy this election year seems virtually nonexistent.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 2, 2016

Got college debt? Sen. Murray wants to hear about it

Is college debt weighing down your future prospects? U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wants to hear from you. Murray, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has launched a new tool aimed at collecting stories about the difficulties of getting through college at a time when student debt is on the rise.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 1, 2016

White House will push on K-12 computer science

President Obama announced Saturday that his next budget will include new funds and programs to promote computer science education in elementary and secondary schools, with the goal that all students in those schools should be exposed to computer science.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2016

Education Dept. suspends student-aid eligibility for dozens of for-profit programs

The U.S. Department of Education has suspended student-aid eligibility at 26 for-profit education programs, in California, Illinois, and Nevada, after an investigation found several rules violations by the programs, the department announced on Monday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 1, 2016

Editorial: Free college tuition?

We were dumbfounded with the news this week that last year, high school seniors left $2.7 billion (yes, billion!) in financial aid on the table. The aid is from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Free money for higher education is being left unused. We’ve heard about free college tuition from some candidates running for president. Other countries make it work, so why can’t we? It’s a big issue that we’d like to see tackled. We believe that knowledge is power and education helps create a stronger and more stable work force.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 31, 2016

Joining U.S. hunger program is not a snap

A growing number of college students are enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but few students who receive SNAP benefits can purchase food on college campuses, where technological and bureaucratic hurdles prevent most institutions from participating in the aid program.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2016

A push to finish on time

A campaign for students to take 15 credits a semester is growing. But some worry 15-credit course loads could become a requirement for financial aid, or might prod job-holding students to take on too much.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 29, 2016

Inslee 'undaunted' after dust-up over bipartisan school funding plan

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he’s “undaunted” after a partisan dust up over school funding. The Democrat Thursday sounded a hopeful note that lawmakers will find common ground. The dust up came after Senate Republicans made changes to a bipartisan proposal that came out of a series of meetings last fall. Those changes included removing a promise to “eliminate school district dependency on local levies” next year. Inslee said he remains firm that 2017 is the deadline for the legislature to act to fully fund schools.
Northwest Public Radio, Jan. 28, 2016

Senate panel passes alternative plan for education funding

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday passed an alternative plan for fixing the way Washington state pays for public schools that few lawmakers on the committee seemed happy about. The bill contrasts with a similar measure passed in the House on Monday, by setting a different deadline for finishing the work ordered by the state Supreme Court in 2012 in its so-called McCleary decision, in which the justices said school funding was not adequate or uniform.
Everett Herald, Jan. 28, 2016

State leaders join three-year effort to make early learning more equitable

The state’s Department of Early Learning aims to build a quality preschool system that boosts the kindergarten readiness of minority children so that a child’s race no longer predicts how ready they are to learn. Toward that goal, four women who already are playing a big role in early childhood in the state will join a 20-state network to share ideas about to improve racial equity in preschool.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2016

Democratic legislators cry foul over McCleary funding plan

Saying the GOP has badly weakened a strategy to tackle the state Supreme Court’s education-funding order, Democratic legislators cried foul Thursday about an amended K-12 plan approved by a Senate committee. The acrimony came over the modest plan-for-a-plan lawmakers put together this year to address the court’s contempt order for not fully satisfying its 2012 McCleary ruling.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2016

Lawmakers disagree about deadline for fixing school-funding problems

A few weeks ago, it looked as if state lawmakers would respond to a contempt order from the state Supreme Court by promising to fix school-funding problems next year. Now, it’s unclear whether the Legislature even plans to do that. A bill designed to respond to the Supreme Court’s latest ruling in the McCleary school-funding case was altered Thursday by a Senate committee, angering minority Senate Democrats.
The News Tribune, Jan. 28, 2016

Editorial: State must start working harder to find an education-funding fix

State lawmakers are trying to agree on a plan to plan for how to solve the state’s education funding mess. They must do better than that.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 28, 2016

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