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News Links | April 7, 2016

April 07, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: A job in the trades can bring financial, personal success

Photo: Students at Shoreline Community College work in the machine shop in 2015. Washington state does not provide enough opportunity for learning about the trades. Our education system has failed in a couple of ways. First, we still have not reached a statewide high-school graduation rate of 80 percent. This in itself is unacceptable. And K-12 schools have not been able to figure out that in addition to degree completion, the job of our system is to ready our kids to become productive contributors to society and to be self-supporting.
The Seattle Times, April 6, 2016

BBCC winter enrollment trends upward

Winter enrollment at Big Bend Community College showed an increase of 3 percent in the college’s state-funded full-time equivalent enrollment this year, as well as an 11.2-percent spike in student headcount compared to last winter.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 6, 2016

YVCC students earn honors at SkillsUSA

Yakima Valley Community College’s Automotive Service Technology program recently earned honors at the Skills USA Washington Winter Competition. They competed with Colleges from around the state in categories that included: job demonstration, job interview, extemporaneous speech, prepared speech, customer service, uniform and resume.
Yakima Herald, April 5, 2016

Seattle Central College interim president in running for president’s job

Sheila Edwards Lange, interim president of Seattle Central College, has been selected as one of three finalists for the job of president of the Capitol Hill community college. ... The other two candidates are Lawrence Buckley, president of Cañada College in Redwood City, Calif., and Wei Zhou, vice president of Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, Calif.
The Seattle Times, April 5, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Survey: 90% of students feel unready to repay loans

A survey of roughly 90,000 students, most of whom attend four-year colleges, found that 90 percent of respondents feel they do not have all the information necessary to pay back their student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2016

The cost of remediation

An inadequate high school education can get expensive for students when they need to take remedial courses in college, according to a new report.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2016

When states tie money to colleges’ performance, low-income students may suffer

Performance-based funding has caught on in a big way in higher education. While that model lacks a precise definition, about 30 states now allocate at least some of the money they give to colleges based on achievement measures. The idea has obvious appeal at a time when money is tight and holding institutions accountable is popular. But so far, the evidence has been mixed on whether such models actually drive the improvements — such as raising graduation rates — that they are meant to encourage.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2016

Editorial: Washington online college making the grade

WGU Washington was begun five years ago, and enrollment has grown to nearly 8,900. The mission was to provide an alternative learning experience, especially for midcareer workers in underserved populations, such as rural residents, minorities and first-generation college students. It now has students in all 39 counties.
The Spokesman-Review, April 6, 2016

Breeding narcissists

New study suggests that narcissistic business students thrive under narcissistic professors, while less narcissistic students suffer, to the detriment of all.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Crisis averted?

Low-income and nondependent students have been protected from state disinvestment in higher education during the last two decades because of increasing federal aid spending, a new study finds.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2016

Inside the elaborate web presence of the government's fake university

The Department of Homeland Security arrested 21 people Tuesday on charges that they had recruited thousands of students through the promise of fraudulently obtained visas. At the center of the arrests was the University of Northern New Jersey, the brainchild of federal agents who masqueraded as representatives of a for-profit university to ensnare the recruiters.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2016

Clinton vs. Sanders on states' role

As the Democratic presidential candidates vied for votes in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary and other upcoming contests, Hillary Clinton has trumpeted a new line of attack against Bernie Sanders’s plan for tuition-free college. But her college funding plan may be vulnerable to the same critique.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2016

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