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March 10, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Two trustees reappointed for Big Bend Community College

Anna Franz and Stephen McFadden were reappointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Board of Trustees of Big Bend Community College. McFadden and Franz are currently the chair and vice chair for the board and were confirmed for a second term by the state Senate on March 3.
iFiberOne News, March 9, 2016

Meet TCC’s All-Washington scholars

Two students from each of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges will be honored at a noon banquet held March 24 at South Puget Sound Community College. According to the All-Washington site. ... Meet Tacoma Community College’s 2016 representatives to the All-Washington Academic Team: Daniel Phung and Tyler Thurber.
The Suburban Times, March 9, 2016

Cuban embassy secretary visits Seattle Central

Last year, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro reopened the U.S. Embassy in Cuba after more than 50 years of broken diplomatic ties. Since his announcement in July 2015, relations have been growing by leaps and bounds with first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., Miguel Fraga traveling the U.S. to meet and speak with as many people as he can. During his visit to Seattle last week, Fraga spoke before a packed crowd at Seattle Central College on Friday about the history of relations between the two countries and where those ties could lead.
Capitol Hill Times, March 8, 2016

Puget Sound Skills Center will get new space in Burien

Governor Jay Inslee recently proclaimed May 12, 2016 ‘Puget Sound Skills Center Day’. What’s this about? For the past 50 years, PSSC in Burien has successfully provided real-world career training that enables high school students to develop employment, leadership and other life skills responsive to current and future industry needs. ... Additional Third Session programs include Culinary Arts, Welding taught at Renton Technical College, and Court Reporting & Captioning taught on PSSC’s campus by Green River College staff. 
Highline Times, March 8, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education


Lists of demands from student activists have gotten longer and more ambitious, but students at Western Washington U may have others beat.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

Study: College students are conscientious, financially aware consumers

A majority of college students are handling their finances responsibly, according to the results of a survey conducted last December by Sallie Mae, the student loan company, and Ipsos, a market research firm.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

3 highlights from a survey of presidents on the campus racial climate

In a climate where freshmen say they are more likely than ever to protest, campus leaders are facing extensive demands from activists who want their colleges to be more inclusive. And many college presidents say they’re meeting with organizers and responding to their concerns, according to new survey results released on Thursday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2016

Gay rights groups urge NCAA to end ties to colleges requesting Title IX waiver

In a letter sent to the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday, more than 80 lesbian, gay and transgender organizations urged the NCAA to "divest from all religious-based institutions" that discriminate against transgender students.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

College endowments fall as fiscal year starts

In the first six months of fiscal year 2016, college endowments lost an average of 3.8 percent. That number comes from a new analysis by Bloomberg, which compiled data from a dozen U.S. college endowment funds. Indiana University’s fund, which declined 6.1 percent, suffered the greatest loss.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

Rethinking gen ed

Amid concerns that requirements may not mean much to students or professors, Harvard and Duke Universities both look to curricular changes to improve undergraduate education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

Preventing a 'digital dark age'

Universities and nonprofits are building a "preservation ecosystem" to ensure today's research can benefit scholars of the future.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

New study of black-white gap in student loan debt

A new study of the gaps in student loan debt between black and white young adults both confirms reports of the gap and provides new details. The study, published in the journal Race and Social Problems, finds that black young adults have 68.2 percent more student loan debt, on average, than do white young adults.
Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2016

Race on campus, nontraditional leaders, rising confidence: A survey of presidents

College and university presidents overwhelmingly describe race relations on their campus as excellent or good, are increasingly upbeat about their institutions' financial situations, give President Obama's higher education record a grade of C, and generally dismiss the push to hire campus leaders with nonacademic backgrounds.
Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2016

The biggest problem facing higher education, in one chart

Across the country, the average price of a public four-year college in today’s dollars has increased by 13 percent since 2010, according to the College Board. That followed a 24 percent increase between 2005 and 2011. Those rising tuition prices during the past 15 years coincided with falling incomes of American families.
The Washington Post, March 8, 2016

Washington STEM doles out $4M in grants

Washington STEM has released $4 million in grants to support computer science education. The Seattle nonprofit, in partnership with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, said the grants will help 28 education organizations across the state train teachers, buy technology and expand access to girls and other groups under-represented in STEM education.
Puget Sound Business Journal, March 8, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Obama education adviser departs

One of the architects of President Obama’s most significant higher education policies is resigning from the administration this week. James Kvaal, a top White House adviser and former official at the U.S. Department of Education, is leaving to teach at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. His last day, after nearly seven years, is Friday, the White House said.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

New federal rule will avert deportation for thousands of students

Foreign students in science and technology will be able to extend their stay in the United States, under a new rule to be published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week. The regulation will be welcome relief to some 34,000 students — as well as to colleges and employers — who could have been forced to leave the country this spring because of a legal challenge to a program, Optional Practical Training, that allows them to work in the United States after graduation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 10, 2016

Democrats press Obama on debt relief

A group of congressional Democrats on Wednesday criticized the Obama administration’s draft proposal for new regulations governing how students can seek debt relief when they are defrauded by their college.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

U.S. Senate panel advances John King nomination

The U.S. Senate education committee on Wednesday voted to approve the nomination of John B. King Jr. as secretary of education.
Inside Higher Ed, March 10, 2016

Washington parents to have new way to pay for college: 529 plan

The Washington College Savings Plan was passed by legislators with strong bipartisan support this week and is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The 529 option would be available by the end of the year.
The Seattle Times, March 9, 2016

House approves bill to keep charter schools open, clearing way for passage

In an effort to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s objections to charter schools, a revision of the 2012 voter-approved charter-school law adds oversight, taps lottery funds and says the privately run schools won’t be eligible to receive dollars from local school levies.
The Seattle Times, March 9, 2016

Appeals court upholds Obama for-profit college rules

In a victory for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by for-profit colleges of the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment rule. The court upheld the administration’s rewritten regulations that are aimed at holding for-profit colleges more accountable for the earnings and loan debt of their graduates.
Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2016

Washington may get new college savings plan and keep old

The Legislature is moving toward starting a traditional 529 college savings plan for Washington state, while reopening the old prepaid program that has been frozen since last year. Both the House and Senate have approved a bill that would set up the new 529 plan. A concurrence committee is working out the differences between the two versions.
The Bellingham Herald, March 7, 2016

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