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News Links | February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: Wacky ideas in politics: Where have the adults gone?

Sanders’ primary platform, or at least the one that has garnered the most attention, calls for free tuition at America’s public colleges. ... Anyway, the idea of free tuition has gained some traction, and last week Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was in town talking to students at Clark College about that very notion. 
The Columbian, Feb. 21, 2016

New Woodland college scholarship aims to keep kids at home

A small group of Woodland philanthropists has launched an effort to fight the “brain drain” of young people from rural communities. They’ve established a $5,000 annual college scholarship for Woodland graduates who attend Lower Columbia College. ...Of the 140 graduates projected from Woodland High, at least 19 are interested in attending LCC or Clark College, Sturdivan said.
Longview Daily News, Feb. 20, 2016

Students educate a senator on the college-loan bureaucracy

It’s not just the cost of loans that make college a financial hardship. It’s the Rube Goldberg-like maze of regulations on financial aid, including some specific to veterans, that can slow a student’s progress and add to out-of-pocket costs. And there’s add-on costs, such as electronic textbooks priced at $50 but with an online charge to access the book adding $150 to the tab. These were among the points made by students meeting with U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who came to the Everett Community College campus on Friday.
Everett Herald, Feb. 19, 2016

Sen. Murray talks college affordability at Clark

In an intimate setting at Clark College on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray asked three Washington students if free community college would make a difference in their lives.
The Columbian, Feb. 17, 2016

Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse returns to Lakewood

Football season is over for Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. That means more time with his new foundation to help military kids in the south sound. KING 5's Jenna Hanchard caught up with the free agent at Clover Park Technical College.
KING 5, Feb. 16, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Video: ‘Inescapable’ support for remedial students

Nearly nine in 10 students who enroll in community college believe they are prepared to succeed academically, but almost seven in 10 end up taking at least one remedial course. The Center for Community College Student Engagement examines that disparity, drawing on survey results from more than 70,000 students and 4,500 faculty members, in a report out on Tuesday, “Expectations Meet Reality: The Underprepared Student and Community Colleges.” How the institutions assess students’ readiness, place them in courses, and guide them through developmental education reveals some promising but not yet widespread innovations.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 23, 2016

Computer science as liberal arts 'enabler'

Liberal arts colleges are increasingly exploring interdisciplinary connections to find a place for computer science on their campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2016


TIAA-CREF, which provides financial services and retirement planning to employees of colleges and universities, will shorten its name to TIAA, the company announced. The name change is part of a larger rebranding effort, which also includes a new website and logo design.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2016

Better advising beats free tuition for improving degree completion, say experts

In getting more students to complete their degrees, the use of highly structured curricula and proactive advising systems holds more promise than performance pay, free tuition for the first two years of college, or expanding credit for off-campus coursework, according to a survey of higher-education experts.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 22, 2016

New survey of higher education 'insiders'

The consulting and research firm Ithaka S+R is launching a recurring survey of 110 "insiders" to capture what presidents, chancellors, provosts, faculty members and others think about current higher education issues. The first edition of the survey, published today, focuses on what those insiders say colleges can do to improve degree completion rates and the quality of student learning, and how to make higher education more affordable.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2016

No rush to 'go digital'

Study shows faculty members remain skeptical of digital course materials and generally unfamiliar with open educational resources.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2016

Small grants, big impact

Interest builds for microgrants aimed at students with money problems — sometimes awards as small as $300 — which can have a big impact in promoting graduation.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2016

‘Completion grants’ are just one part of the student-success puzzle

Even modest financial hardships can often derail students who are nearing graduation. That’s why some colleges give small awards known as completion grants to low-income students who are well on their way to earning a degree.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 22, 2016

In my experience: Why girls in STEM change majors

When I arrived at the University of San Diego in the fall of 1999, I was one of eight girls assigned to a suite for science majors. By the end of the year, only two of us were still majoring in science. It wasn’t for lack of studying. Every one of us passed our exams. We all were top students. What we lacked was the support and confidence necessary to pursue a science degree. It’s a systemic problem.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Feb. 19, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Bachelor’s degree in 3 years? Bill seeks to make college more affordable

A new bill would bring together most of Washington's four-year public colleges to design a program allowing students to earn a bachelor's degree in three years.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 22, 2016

Editorial: 2017 will bring urgency to state's K-12 school funding

Last week, the Washington Legislature codified what observers had assumed all along: That sorting out how to pay for the state’s efforts to meet the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling will take too long in a short, election-year session. After last week’s legislative action, a definitive decision won’t come until 2017, one year before the court’s deadline. The Legislature’s task is vexing, no doubt. But last week’s action — more correctly, a deferral of real action — heightens the urgency of arriving at a resolution next year.
Yakima Herald, Feb. 20, 2016

Education Dept. defends its approach to Title IX in face of Senate pressure

The Education Department is standing by its controversial guidance to colleges on sexual harassment and sexual assault in response to questions raised by a prominent Senate critic.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 19, 2016

GET refunds running three months behind

A state agency that originally planned to send $51 million in Guaranteed Education Tuition refund checks in November is running about three months behind.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 18, 2016

House supports creation of task force to solve education funding problem next year

State leaders will take at least another year to fix state funding for education as ordered by the state Supreme Court. A proposal to set up a task force on public school funding – dubbed by some critics a plan to make a plan – received final approval in the House on Thursday and is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee.
The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 18, 2016

Forecast for state revenue shortfall could complicate next legislative session

Wednesday marked the first time in two years that a state revenue forecast decreased for a current budget cycle, according to the state Office of Financial Management.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 17, 2016

Court-ordered school fund plan clears state Senate

It’s not the school-funding plan any of them seemed to want, but Tuesday members of the state Senate approved a bill that promises to make court-ordered education fixes next year. On a 26-23 vote, the Senate passed legislation that will create a task force to work on school funding issues, while promising to correct funding gaps identified in the Washington State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision by the time lawmakers adjourn in 2017. The bill is identical to a measure that passed the state House, and appears to resolve a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over the timeline by which the Legislature must act.
The Bellingham Herald, Feb. 17, 2016

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