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News Links | February 4, 2016

February 04, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Students overcome odds, see success at Pierce College

For Pierce College Puyallup students Jeremy Cruz and Kaitlyn Thorley, the road to finishing their associate degrees has been far from a smooth ride. Both have overcome struggles and challenges in their academic careers, but the future now looks bright. Cruz and Thorley were recently selected to represent Pierce College Puyallup as members of the 2016 All-Washington Academic Team.
The News Tribune, Feb. 3, 2016

GHC student recognized for overcoming adversity

Before Joe Gillette was 20, he had experienced renal failure, suffered a stroke and gone through kidney dialysis. Notwithstanding severe medical issues brought on by Wegener’s Granulomatosis, the 32-year-old is slated to graduate in June with a degree in Business Technology from Grays Harbor College. Gillette was recognized last month by the Washington State Association of College Trustees with the Transforming Lives Award, recognition for students or alumni of community or technical colleges who have overcome barriers.
The Daily World, Feb. 3, 2016

Nonprofit seeks expansion to feed more mouths

Good food and feeding the hungry are important to Sharon Snuffin, who has dedicated years to feeding Pierce County residents. ... EFN supplements the donations from Northwest Harvest, Rotary First Harvest and central Washington farmers with their own organic farm. The 8-acre Mother Earth Farm is located in the Puyallup Valley and produced more than 90,000 pounds of produce in 2014. The farm relies on volunteers and has a contract with the Department of Corrections to allow inmates from the Washington Corrections Center for Women who are enrolled in a horticulture program with Tacoma Community College to work on the farm as their lab portion of the class.
The News Tribune, Feb. 3, 2016

BBCC winter enrollment up

Big Bend Community College (BBCC) reported that its full time equivalent (FTE) enrollment for this year’s winter quarter is up 1.3 percent compared to last winter.
Columbia Basin Herald, Feb. 3, 2016

CBC student honored for overcoming obstacles

A Richland mother who enrolled at Columbia Basin College after nearly 30 years of raising six children was among those honored recently for overcoming barriers to pursue an education. Susan Bradley was among 34 community and technical college students to receive the Transforming Lives Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees at a ceremony in Olympia, a release said.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 2, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Geography matters

Most public college students enroll within 50 miles of home, so location is more influential than policy makers think, a new study finds.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2016

The U.S. is running out of nurses

The country has experienced nursing shortages for decades, but an aging population means the problem is about to get much worse.
The Atlantic, Feb. 3, 2016

Gates Foundation sharpens its data push

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday released a report on how some states and colleges are using data to improve student graduation and retention rates. The foundation said the report is based on a decade's worth of lessons learned. The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is working with the foundation to develop a forthcoming "metrics framework" that further refines the data areas identified in the new report. The foundation said it will work with policy makers and others to encourage the use of those metrics, including their use as a way to measure the effectiveness of the foundation's own investments.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2016 

Study: Early GPA predicts graduation better than ACT

First-semester grade point average may be a better way to predict whether students will graduate than an ACT score, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

White House seeks new funding for workforce training

The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to approve $2 billion in new funding to help communities fund efforts to prevent students from dropping out of high school and to get them into postsecondary education.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 4, 2016

Lawmakers target ‘sanitizing’ of college education

State Rep. Matt Manweller keeps finding new anecdotes to add to a Microsoft Word document he’s titled, “Academic Horror Stories.” ... Manweller is sponsoring a bill in the Legislature this year that aims to push back against such policies while protecting college instructors whose course content includes material that some students might find offensive. He’s calling it an academic bill of rights.
The News Tribune, Feb. 3, 2016

Tax dollars could go to college classes in prison

It's been more than 20 years since Washington state has allowed public tax dollars to fund education for prison inmates. A new bill in Olympia, gaining broad support, could begin that again. Senate Bill 6260 suggests the best way to prevent female inmates from re-offending after they're released is to enroll them in classes while behind bars. Female inmates in Washington state currently can receive private grant money from the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS).
KING 5, Feb. 3, 2016

Ted Cruz and higher ed

Senator Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucuses this week elevates the candidacy of the presidential contender who is perhaps most at odds with colleges and universities on many policy issues.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2016

Obama’s controversial higher-ed legacy

Recently, a great deal of debate has centered on whether the nation’s first black president has failed its historically black colleges and universities. ... Many others in the higher-ed community have expressed feelings of marginalization at what they feel has been a lack of two-way communication on key policy items.
The Atlantic, Feb. 3, 2016

Better off Ted

While Bernie Sanders, as expected, captured the younger Democratic electorate, such voters were also key for Ted Cruz on the Republican side. Donald Trump has built a student base as well.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2016

Report urges changes in loan repayment, tax credits

The world is not lacking for reports on how to restructure the federal student financial aid programs. But here's a new one to chew over, from the Urban Institute and its researchers Sandy Baum and Martha Johnson: "Strengthening Federal Student Aid."
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 3, 2016

Lawmakers roast the Education Dept.’s top technology officer over ethics and data security

Angry lawmakers hammered the Education Department’s chief information officer, Danny A. Harris, at a hearing on Tuesday, accusing him of ethical lapses and failing to secure the agency’s "vulnerable" information systems.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 3, 2016

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