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News Links | February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Simpson Door employees receiving training through Grays Harbor College thanks to grant

$1.1 million is going to businesses across the state through community and technical colleges. This includes over $18,000 locally. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has awarded the $1.1 million in matching grants for employee training programs for local businesses. ... Locally Simpson Door will receive $18,217 to develop a “cohesive training program in leadership and supervision” for their employees through Grays Harbor College. Other colleges receiving Job Skills Program grants: Green River College, Everett Community College, Tacoma Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeWenatchee Valley CollegeSeattle CollegesSkagit Valley CollegeCentralia College and Big Bend Community College.
KXRO, Feb. 18, 2016

Reinvention in Walla Walla’s wine country

There are only so many occasions on which a responsible adult can justify consuming alcohol and food nonstop for an entire week. Turning 40 is one of them. Such a fate befell my wife, Cary, last August, and so, in a celebratory mood, we set out on a five-hour drive from our home in Seattle to the state’s wine capital, Walla Walla in Washington’s southeastern corner, which can aptly be described as Napa in bluejeans. ... The Hieberts, as Ms. Hiebert recounts, met at a “chicken-noodle soup and wine party” while attending Walla Walla Community College — she for nursing, he for culinary arts.
The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2016

Puyallup School District establishes partnerships to certify teachers, fill shortage

A Washington state legislative report produced by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has warned school districts of a chronic teacher shortage, requiring 10,000 new certificated teachers over the next several years in grades K-3. ... Puyallup School District administrators are heeding the warning seriously and have now established three alternative pathways to certification and endorsements for para-educators, classified staff, substitute employees and others in the community with a passion to teach. ... The third pathway is a partnership among Puyallup, Sumner and Clover Park school districts and Pierce College.
The News Tribune, Feb. 17, 2016

Podmore honored as distinguished Centralia College alum

Ron Podmore, a 1987 graduate of Centralia College, was recently announced as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus by his old school. Podmore, who is deaf, has been selected as the featured speaker for Centralia College’s commencement ceremony in June. ... In the last four years he has been employed as an arts and humanities professor at Bellevue College.
Centralia Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2016

Legislature honors local educators in civic education

Legislators honored a select group of educators from around the state this week as a part of Civic Education Day on Presidents Day. Professor T. M. Sell, a political science professor from Highline College, and Jennifer Muscolo, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Pacific Middle School in Des Moines, were recognized for their efforts to develop civically minded students.
Kent Reporter, Feb. 16, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Geography, race and student loan delinquency

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth released Wednesday the second in a series of maps examining the interplay between geography and student debt. By breaking down student loan delinquency rates by zip code, the map shows minority communities are disproportionately affected by delinquency, even after controlling for income, on both the national and city level.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2016

Grading on a curve

A college is seeing higher student success levels based on a series of reforms, but should any institution evaluate faculty members in part on the proportion of C grades and above they award?
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2016

Study: When colleges fall in rankings, tuition goes up

When colleges move down in the rankings, they respond by raising tuition, according to a new study. Using data from U.S. News & World Report rankings between 2005 and 2012, researchers found that colleges are likely to set tuition higher after a sharp decline in status — especially if their rivals are already charging higher tuition, and if they appeal widely to prospective students.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2016

New paper proposes starting all over on federal student aid

Nearly everyone agrees that the federal student-aid system is broken, perhaps irreparably so. ... So what if instead of reforming the system, we blew it up? That’s the premise behind a new paper by the think tank New America, appropriately titled “Starting From Scratch.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 18, 2016

Changing the conversation

The beleaguered U of Phoenix fires back with new advertising campaign that challenges criticism of the for-profit chain.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2016

Remaining residential

Most college-bound high school students are concerned about the quality of online education, but many say they are open to the idea of taking some of their courses online, a new study shows. But the most recent issue of the studentPOLL, published by the standardized test provider ACT and the consulting firm Art & Science Group, suggests incoming college students still believe they will pursue higher education the traditional way: by attending most of their courses in person.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 17, 2016

Colleges continue to abandon standardized tests to assess learning, survey finds

Colleges are continuing to move away from assessing students’ learning outcomes through standardized tests, according to the results of a new survey. A report on the survey, “Trends in Learning Outcomes Assessment,” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, says that only 38 percent of institutions use standardized national tests of general knowledge. That’s down from nearly 50 percent in 2008.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 17, 2016

Assessing, without tests

Measures of student learning, beyond grades, are on the rise, according to results of a new survey. But colleges are less likely to use standardized tests for learning outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 17, 2016

Athletes outperform fellow graduates on key measures of success

Nearly two-thirds of former college football and men’s basketball players who graduated from college like what they do every day and are motivated to achieve their goals, while many of their peer athletes report higher levels of physical and social well-being than do students who didn’t participate in NCAA sports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 17, 2016

Video: NCAA must ferret out academic fraud to maintain trust with public

Michael F. Adams, a longtime NCAA leader, spoke with The Chronicle about the need for tougher admissions requirements for elite athletes and for strong deterrents to cheating to ensure the legitimacy of big-time college sports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 17, 2016

Viral student loan nightmare is not what it seems, authorities say

In a country where 40 million people owe upward of $1.2 trillion on their student loans, it’s not hard to imagine why a tale about armed federal agents’ showing up at the door of a Texas man to arrest him over unpaid student loans set the internet abuzz.
The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Recommendations for the college scorecard

The Obama administration should improve its College Scorecard by imposing higher standards for calculating loan repayment rates and breaking down earnings data by program, a new report by the Center for American Progress recommends.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2016

Judge dismisses NCAA wage lawsuit involving Penn track athletes

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the NCAA and more than 100 Division I schools alleging that the NCAA’s limits on what athletes can receive for playing sports violate the wage-and-hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
USA Today, Feb. 17, 2016

Education Dept. seeks to clear a path to loan forgiveness and recover lost loans

Student-loan borrowers who were defrauded by their colleges would have clearer paths to loan forgiveness — and the federal government would be more likely to recover its losses on the debt — under changes being proposed by the Education Department.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 17, 2016

New criteria for debt relief

The Obama administration is proposing new standards for when the federal government will forgive the student loans of borrowers who say they were victimized by their college or university. U.S. Department of Education officials this week circulated a first draft of the administration’s proposal to members of a rule-making panel that is in the process of negotiating changes to regulations governing debt relief for federal student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 17, 2016

State Senate OKs compromise on plan to fix education system

The Washington state Senate on Tuesday passed a plan for fixing the way the state pays for education, mirroring a measure passed earlier in the state House. Many lawmakers believe the bill will satisfy the state Supreme Court's order to finish the work it demanded in its 2012 McCleary decision. However, the bill was panned by many in the Senate as doing too little to fix a problem that has been hanging over the state for years.
The Bellingham Herald, Feb. 16, 2016

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