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News Links | May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Service members honored during Puyallup memorial ceremony

The wreaths were placed there during the Memorial Day remembrance at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, hosted by the Puyallup Valley post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. About 500 people attended the event, said the VFW’s Jack Taylor, a retired Air Force colonel who flew in the Vietnam War. ... The Rogers High School Army JROTC color guard presented the U.S. and Washington flags for the event, and the Pierce College Chamber Choir performed, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and other songs during the event.
The News Tribune, May 29, 2016

Olympia’s Community Court aims to combat ‘revolving door’ of criminal justice system

Olympia’s municipal court officials are armed with a new Community Court program, designed to combat recidivism by helping defendants fill their basic needs — such as housing, employment and health care. ... Educational needs are addressed by South Puget Sound Community College, and Sea Mar helps people get health insurance, mental health and medical services.
The Olympian, May 28, 2016

Area students of color encouraged to persevere in education

Computer information systems. Music composition. Aeronautical engineering. Teacher. These are only a few of the desired majors for high school students who participated in Olympic College’s Men of Color Summit Friday, May 20, which was held to help encourage them to continue their education after high school and to persevere in college even when it might present challenges.
Bremerton Patriot, May 27, 2016

Students open time capsule to mark Green River College's 50th anniversary

As a part of Green River College's 50th anniversary celebration, the campus community gathered Thursday to look back on the college's past.
Kent Reporter, May 27, 2016

Opinion: College isn’t always the answer

During this particularly rancorous election season, at least one bipartisan consensus persists: More Americans, we are told, need to earn undergraduate degrees. ... John Deere runs a similar program at Walla Walla Community College in Washington state. Students are trained to fix million-dollar farm equipment, which allows them to use their hands and advanced math and mechanical skills.
Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2016

CBC honors fallen heroes at campus ceremony

Columbia Basin College (CBC) took time Thursday to remember those who have fallen and show respect before Memorial Day on Monday.
KEPR TV, May 26, 2016

Rep. Rick Larsen visits with EdCC MESA students

Washington state Rep. Rick Larsen met with Edmonds Community College MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) students on May 6 on the college's campus. Students shared stories about how the MESA and RISE (Relations in Science Education) programs have created motivation and inspiration in their educational journey at EdCC. Others told Larsen that their morale and confidence has increased as a result of participating in the programs.
Edmonds Beacon, May 26, 2016

Pierce College expands student-housing options for global scholars

Pierce College is excited to announce the development of its first-ever residence hall to help meet student housing needs. Known as the Center for Global Scholars, the dormitory is located on Steilacoom Boulevard a short distance from Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. The 63-bed facility is intended primarily for international students, but will be open to local students seeking an international experience as well.
The Suburban Times, May 26, 2016

Fast-track teacher certification program filling instructional gaps

When John Thornton retired from a career as a Navy corpsman, he fancied becoming a professional soccer coach. ... Today, instead of drawing blood from sailors in subs, Thornton is introducing high school students at West Sound Technical Skills Center to biomedical research and global health through a class he helped design. Thornton, 42, was able to apply his real world knowledge and experience in medicine toward a new career through Olympic College's Career and Technical Education Certification Program, which includes both traditional and nontraditional routes to certification.
Kitsap Sun, May 23, 2016

These are the most hate-filled colleges in America, according to Twitter

College is often thought of as a bastion for progressive thought, a place where young people become more aware of issues pertaining to social justice. But like any other communities, higher learning institutions can sometimes be cesspools of bigotry and hatred. To this point, the CollegeStats.org has compiled a list of the most hate-filled campuses in the U.S. based on tweets. ... 10 colleges with the most politically correct language on our near campus per 1,000 words, including Highline College.
Complex, May 18, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Plan to define and test what students should know

New book unveils faculty-led effort to chart concepts and competencies students should learn in six academic disciplines, with plan to create standardized tests. Will faculty members warm to this version of "learning outcomes"?
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2016

'Times Higher' will start rankings of colleges in U.S.

Times Higher Education, which is well known for its global rankings of universities, announced Monday that it is starting a ranking of American colleges and universities. Many American universities are already part of (and do quite well in) Times Higher's World University rankings, but the methodology for that ranking (with points based, among other things, on research reputation, citations, and tech transfer) would not work for the majority of American colleges that are not research universities.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2016

This professor enrolled as an undercover student

After six years of teaching chemistry at Northern Essex Community College, in Massachusetts, Mike Cross wanted to get a better feel for how his students juggle classwork, kids, and jobs. He did that by going under cover, spending nearly a year of late nights doing homework alongside his three kids to earn an associate degree in liberal arts this month. The degree, which he pursued while teaching full time, may be an unexpected complement to his Ph.D. in organic chemistry, but earning it made him a better, more empathetic professor, he says.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 30, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New federal education law: ‘It’s important that people pay attention’

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act — signed into law in December with bipartisan support — has been hailed as a welcome change. This is especially true in Washington, which had to follow the full requirements of No Child Left Behind longer than most states. The new law returns power to states to determine how to use state testing in evaluating schools, rather than using one federal system. Now, education officials are deciding what accountability systems they’ll use.
The Seattle Times, May 31, 2016

College majors and voting

On college campuses, voter turnout is low. But voting behavior varies widely across disciplines and regions, a new study finds.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2016

Not so gainfully employed

Students who enroll in certificate, associate and bachelor's programs at for-profit colleges and universities generally see a decline in earnings (and typically greater debt) five or six years after attendance, compared to their earnings before enrollment, according to a study released Monday.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton's focus on students who are single parents

As a model for a federal initiative, she points to a program she helped start in Arkansas.
Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2016

The dirty little secret of free community college no one's talking about

The College Promise has been billed as “free community college for anyone willing to work for it” — but everyone knows there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Surprisingly, the seemingly innocuous-sounding “college-level placement requirement” is likely to derail many Philadelphia students’ plans to attending community college tuition-free. Students who don’t meet basic requirements in English and mathematics must enroll in remedial coursework, in which students must pay tuition for courses that don’t earn credit towards a degree or graduation — essentially paying to re-learn what they should have mastered in high school.
News Works, May 25, 2016

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