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News Links | May 3, 2016

May 03, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

State mandated survey on campus sexual violence distributed today at Washington community, technical colleges

Employees and most students at Washington state’s community and technical colleges will get a voluntary survey emailed to them today asking about sexual and physical violence on and off campus. ... Survey results for the state’s two-year colleges will be gathered by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and summarized report for the state’s community and technical colleges.
Maple Valley Reporter, May 2, 2016

Local engineering club races cars built and designed by them

High schoolers and adults from around the pacific northwest hit the race track in our area. Tons of people from our local area, Spokane, Oregon, and all around the pacific northwest gathered to test their engineering skills at Columbia Basin College.
KEPR TV, April 30, 2016

Centralia College professor’s immersive teaching style helps lead to state award

Armed with a magnifying glass, hammer and a collapsible shovel, Pat Pringle [faculty member at Centralia College] leads his class of geology students toward the Mima Mounds. ... Interactive field trips are one of the many tactics that Pringle uses to help students effectively learn. It’s also one of the reasons why he is receiving the 2016 Washington State Association of College Trustees Faculty Member Award.
Centralia Chronicle, April 29, 2016

Centralia College to accept applications for new bachelor’s degree starting Monday

Students interested in applying for Centralia College’s new bachelor’s degree in information technology will soon have the opportunity to apply. The college will begin accepting applications on Monday, May 2.
The Centralia Chronicle, April 29, 2016

Email scam may have disclosed private information of hundreds of Renton college employees

The private information of nearly 800 Renton Technical College employees may have been exposed to an email phishing scam, and Renton police are investigating.
The Seattle Times, April 29, 2016

Centralia College to renovate clock tower

Centralia College’s iconic clock tower will get a dramatic facelift this summer. After graduation ceremonies conclude, the wood beams in the 25-year-old clock tower will be replaced with a taller steel structure and a new clock face, according to a press release from the college. The tower will be about 10 feet taller at just over 40 feet.
Centralia Chronicle, April 29, 2016

Volunteers clear hundreds of pounds of debris from Redondo Beach area

More than 75 volunteers collected 571.1 pounds of trash and recycling from the roadways and water near Redondo Beach for Earth Day Pier Clear, held on April 23, 2016. Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center has held the cleanup event for the past three years.
Waterland Blog, April 29, 2016

$8 million deficit to trigger Community Colleges of Spokane cutbacks

Community Colleges of Spokane will eliminate some staff and faculty positions starting in the fall in response to an $8 million deficit, which Chancellor Christine Johnson blamed partially on major glitches caused by the flawed rollout of a new software system. ... Although the details haven’t been worked out, some faculty and staff positions will be eliminated at Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College and the CCS district office.
The Spokesman-Review, April 27, 2016

Words of advice from the Eastside’s brightest

Go to community college. Community and technical colleges are having a moment. Long considered educational castoffs, two-year schools are getting a second look from many students thanks to the skyrocketing price of a four-year education and added political emphasis from the Obama administration. Kevin McCarthy is the president of Renton Technical College, which was a finalist for the Aspen Institute’s prize for community college excellence.
425 Business, April 25, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Washington vs. Massachusetts: How college affordability compares

College in Washington is more affordable than it is in Massachusetts because most of our students go to two-year colleges and because the state offers generous financial aid packages, a new report says.
The Seattle Times, May 3, 2016

Ranking the states: K-12 spending per student

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, StartClass has ranked each state based on K-12 spending per student. Data was reported in January 2016 and reflects the 2012-13 school year. The values reported are adjusted for the cost of living in each state, and spending data from the previous two years has been included and adjusted for inflation.
The Bellingham Herald, May 2, 2016

Opinion: Want to help your college? Give back and make a difference

The issue of adequately funding K-12 education has led to a protracted battle, still without resolution, involving the Legislature and state Supreme Court. For years during the Great Recession, the Legislature deeply cut funding to Washington’s superb public universities, resulting in skyrocketing tuition for students to make up the wide funding gaps. To its great credit, the Legislature lately has partially reversed that trend by cutting resident undergraduate tuition to public universities.
The Seattle Times, May 2, 2016

Your future starts here. Or here. Or here.

To sell themselves, colleges try to stand out. But often, their marketing efforts look practically identical.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

Report on journalists who cover education

The Education Writers Association on Sunday released "State of the Education Beat 2016," an examination of trends in journalistic coverage of all levels of education.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

How Britain is encouraging more men to go to college

Like the U.S., the U.K. is facing a growing imbalance in the number of men going to college — but is doing more to target its main minority group of poor white males.
The Atlantic, May 2, 2016

Sharing the failures

Princeton professor publishes CV of programs that rejected him, journals that said no and grant applications that were nixed.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

Boston starts free community college program

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Friday announced that the city will provide free community college tuition to graduates of the city's public high schools who meet certain conditions.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

The most career-minded generation

Compared to 30 years ago, young people today are much more likely to say they’re going to college to secure a good job and steady pay.
The Atlantic, April 28, 2016

How mentorship is helping more Latino men earn college degrees

As Hispanic students make up a growing portion of the nation’s students, colleges and advocacy organizations are looking for ways to reduce that disparity, and in the process, grappling with how to serve a student body with needs that look nothing like those of a generation ago. It’s a crucial task, as the Latino-focused nonprofit Excelencia in Education pointed out during a recent webinar, because their ability to succeed in college will be crucial for the United States’ future economic success.
The Atlantic, April 26, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Federal default rate adjustment list published

The Wall Street Journal on Friday published an article revealing the 21 colleges that benefited from an adjustment the U.S. Department of Education made to the institutions' student loan default rates. The department had not disclosed which colleges received the controversial default-rate tweaks, even when members of the U.S. Congress asked.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

Education Dept. grants researchers more data access

The U.S. Department of Education will offer researchers new access to federal data for studies that "can inform and advance policies and practices that support students’ postsecondary success and strengthen repayment outcomes for borrowers," the White House announced last week.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

Education Dept. releases Title IX exemptions, requests

The Education Department is now making public a list of all the colleges and universities that have received religious exemptions to parts of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The department is also making public a list of those currently requesting the exemptions.
Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2016

Payoff plan for college loans comes in several forms

There’s yet another way to pay back student loans without going broke. It’s called REPAYE. In December, the Department of Education launched its eighth college-loan repayment program, dubbed the Revised Pay As You Earn Plan.
Everett Herald Business Journal, May 1, 2016

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