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News Links | February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Green River faculty, administration reach contract agreement

After more than two years of negotiations, the Green River College administration and faculty have agreed on a faculty contract. United Faculty, the college's faculty union, voted 115 to 17 to ratify the contract on Feb. 2, and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the agreement at a special board meeting on Feb. 4.
Kent Reporter, Feb. 10, 2016

CPTC: Instructor Ken Markovits receives 2016 NISOD Excellence Award

Congratulations to Hemodialysis Technician instructor Ken Markovits, who was selected as Clover Park Technical College’s 2016 NISOD Excellence Award recipient. Markovits was nominated by his peers and voted upon by a faculty-composed selection committee for his commitment and leadership to students, education and the college.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 10, 2016

Donated plane’s imperfections appreciated at Spokane Community College

It isn’t a perfect gift, but that’s part of the appeal. Last month, Spokane Community College’s aviation maintenance program received an airplane built by a local lawyer. It’s made of fiberglass and features all the inconsistencies and workarounds of a true do-it-yourself project.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 9, 2016

Bellingham Technical College to offer bachelor’s degree

Come this fall, Western Washington University won’t be the only place to get a bachelor’s degree in Whatcom County. Bellingham Technical College received approval to offer a Bachelor’s degree. College President Kim Perry says this will make it easier for students to continue their education.
KGMI, Feb. 9, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Today’s freshman class is the most likely to protest in half a century

Today’s college freshmen are more likely to participate in a student-led protest than each of the nearly five decades of classes that preceded them, according to survey results released on Thursday. That includes the college freshmen of the late 1960s and early 70s, an era storied for its on-campus political activism.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 11, 2016

The for-profit college conundrum

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it’s establishing a new office to address the complaints of students who attended for-profit colleges. In particular, this new initiative, the Student Aid Enforcement Unit, will investigate colleges that engage in misleading marketing — presenting overly optimistic statistics about graduation and employment rates — and will be able to punish colleges by cutting off their access to federal student loans and grants.
The Atlantic, Feb. 11, 2016

Graduation rates on rise in the seven districts of the Road Map Project

The average graduation rate in seven south King County districts was 77 percent in 2015, according to a report by the Road Map Project.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 10, 2016

Are black college students getting the right advice?

A new study looks at why they’re largely absent from majors that lead to high-paying jobs.
The Atlantic, Feb. 10, 2016

College scholarships a big boost to break cycle of poverty in students, study finds

A majority of the low-income, B-average students who received college scholarships from the Gates Foundation are doing very well after graduation, a new study shows.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 9, 2016

‘Serious work’ to do if blacks are to achieve well-being on par with whites in Washington, new report says

Education struggles among African-American students are well-documented. As are their higher poverty rates, heightened health risks and, among their families, lower home-ownership numbers. But typically, such data points come in isolation. A recent report attempts to connect the dots and give an up-to-the-minute portrait of African-Americans in Washington.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 9, 2016

Here’s a snapshot of online learning in 2015

The Babson Survey Research Group released its last annual survey of the online-education landscape on Tuesday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 9, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Protecting student journalists in a new-media era

At the same time the Maryland private college is coming under fire from free-speech advocates, however, that state’s Senate is considering a bill intended to keep such events from taking place at public colleges and high schools, by guaranteeing the First Amendment rights of their student journalists. Similar bills have been offered up in Nebraska and passed by legislative committees in Missouri and Washington state. North Dakota enacted such a measure into law last spring.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 11, 2016

U.S. House backs new bid to require ‘national interest’ certification for NSF grants

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday that would require the National Science Foundation to award grants only for research projects that the agency can certify as being in the national interest.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 11, 2016

A higher ed wish list, DOA

Obama administration's last budget blueprint has something for everyone — low-income students, cancer researchers, community colleges, minority-serving institutions. But it's a nonstarter in Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 11, 2016

What Obama's 2017 budget means for higher ed

In his final budget proposal, issued on Tuesday, President Obama hit familiar notes, calling for an expansion of the Pell Grant program and a shot in the arm for community colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 10, 2016

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