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News Links | June 7, 2016

June 07, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds CC offering free textbooks to local high school grads

Edmonds Community College announced Monday that it will be offering free textbooks to qualifying students for the upcoming fall quarter. Any graduating high school senior from the Edmonds School District with a 2.5 GPA or higher, that registers at Edmonds CC for at least 15 credits this fall, will receive a scholarship covering the cost of their first quarter textbooks (up to $500).
My Edmonds News, June 6, 2016

WWCC's VanAusdle feted at retirement party

The electric sign at the entrance of Walla Walla Community College said it all in capital letters late Friday afternoon. “THANK YOU DR. VANAUSDLE.” On campus, behind the administration building on a large patio and lawn along Titus Creek, several hundred people gathered to celebrate the retirement of WWCC President Steven VanAusdle.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 5, 2016

LCC textbook program saves students a bundle

Had she purchased all the math and science textbooks she needed for the last academic year, Allie Soyars would have spent about $900. Instead, the Lower Columbia College student spent only $13, thanks to a program that collectively saved LCC students $335,000 in book costs over the past year. That’s an average savings of $75 per student. The college’s Alternative Educational Resources program allows students to dodge commercially produced, copyrighted textbooks, which can cost more than $200 each.
Longview Daily News, June 4, 2016

Small homes, big dreams: Green River student building possibilities with tiny houses

When Ryder Patton completes the carpentry program at Green River College in June, he plans to drive the house he's built to Minnesota and live there. Using skills acquired in the program, Patton is building a tiny house on an 8-by-20-foot trailer, which he will then be able to transport across the country. But before he leaves, Patton wants to educate people about the tiny house movement. That's why he has put together a Tiny House Showcase.
Kent Reporter, June 2, 2016

Pasco company launches online course for active shooter response training

A Pasco company is determined to stop gun violence in public places across the nation. And after yesterday's UCLA shooting, KEPR found out what college campuses in our area are doing to keep students and faculty safe. ... "CBC has had an ongoing safety and security plan for many years. Many staff members have taken the FEMA Disaster Preparedness Training, and have hosted classes on campus. While no one can prepare for every possible contingency, CBC feels we have a great awareness on campus about campus safety, including shooting incidents," said Columbia Basin College officials in a statement.
KEPR TV, June 2, 2016

See the wild world of artistic variety at TCC student art show

There is still a little time left to get to the Art Gallery at Tacoma Community College and view the “2016 Student Art Exhibition.” The show is a big, tasty sampler of the wide variety of artwork that was produced by students that have circulated through TCC’s visual arts courses during the past year. The school’s art department offers classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture and ceramics.
Tacoma Weekly, June 2, 2016

CPTC: Rep. Kilmer: This is a school that’s got your six

In an intimate room with a small group of veterans, family and friends there was a celebration in order at Clover Park Technical College, June 1, 2016. Veterans were receiving their honor cords during the 3rd Annual CPTC Veteran Honor Cord Ceremony.
The Suburban Times, June 1, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: How to fix higher education

If we are to keep pace with a changing world, we need to take quick and drastic actions to make our universities more nimble. How can we be more efficient? What is inhibiting us? And where do we have opportunities to make the educational experience more relevant and practical?
The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2016

Opinion: Come home to Tacoma, college grads

These questions concerned a Tacoma-based nonprofit called Degrees of Change (DoC). Its leaders recognized that many diverse, lower-income, but well-educated students are hitting walls when it comes to career liftoff. These students have the smarts, focus and determination to succeed, but they lack networking opportunities.
The News Tribune, June 6, 2016

From 4-year to 2-year

Community colleges and universities continue to work toward improving their relationship when it comes to moving students from a two-year campus to a four-year one as they pursue bachelor's degrees. But a sizable population of students is also moving the other direction. They're transferring out of four-year universities and into community colleges for a number of reasons. A report from the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University finds that this reverse transfer benefits struggling students.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2016

Learning behind bars

In spite of some signs of improvement, fundamental disparities persist in youth incarceration. ... Similar inequities carry over to the learning that happens behind bars. Though confined young people are entitled to an education by law, the quality of the education they receive can vary greatly. The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued guidance to states in December 2014 to improve school programs in youth detention. But overall, the education of incarcerated youth is mostly ignored and poorly understood.
The Atlantic, June 6, 2016

Scared and unprepared, UCLA students improvised a lockdown response

Each of several UCLA students interviewed by The Chronicle said they had received no training from the university about what to do during a campus shooting. So they relied on improvisation and, remarkably, personal experience. And many college students nationwide could find themselves in similar circumstances if the ever-present, if unlikely, threat of a shooting became a reality on their campus.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 3, 2016

Doubts about career readiness from college seniors

Only 40 percent of college seniors say their experience in college has been very helpful in preparing them for a career, according to the results of a survey by McGraw-Hill Education. Students majoring in arts and humanities are more than three times as likely as other students to say they feel “not at all prepared” for their careers (18 percent compared to less than 6 percent of all other students), according to the survey.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2016

New data from state superintendent’s office on college enrollment and remediation

Three out of five Washington state students who graduated in 2014 went on to college within one year, and of that group, about a third needed at least one remedial math or English course, according to data released Thursday by the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The state’s post-secondary enrollment numbers have remained steady since 2011. Those numbers include high-school graduates who attend two- or four-year colleges and universities, as well as apprenticeship or certificate programs, within one year of graduation.
The Seattle Times, June 3, 2016

Counseling anytime, anyplace

Driven by greater student demand, colleges expand access to mental health services by embedding counselors in residence halls and creating 24-hour hotlines.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2016

Hidden side of the college dream: Mediocre graduation rates

To rise in society, “go to college” is such a proven prescription that Michelle Obama made a rap video of it. But while, on average, college graduates have lower unemployment rates, earn higher wages and even have longer-lasting marriages, there’s less discussion of the many students lost between enrollment and graduation.
The New York Times, June 1, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

ITT Tech told to increase letter of credit

The U.S. Department of Education wants ITT Technical Institutes to increase its letter of credit from 10 percent to 20 percent after the institution's accreditor questioned its integrity, according to a department letter sent Monday to the for-profit institution.
Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2016

Politics in real life: The struggle to pay for college

College affordability and student loan debt have been big issues on the campaign trail this year, especially in the Democratic presidential primaries. Bernie Sanders has called for free public college. Hillary Clinton proposes debt-free college. But the challenge is much deeper than simply covering tuition.
KPLU, June 3, 2016

Clinton endorses limits on out-of-state enrollments

Hillary Clinton on Thursday endorsed legislation in California that would limit the share of non-Californians enrolled at University of California campuses to 10 percent, CNN reported.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2016

Weighing for-profits' access to military bases

Legislators, veterans groups and for-profit colleges wrangle over details of an amendment that would expand for-profit colleges' access to students on military bases.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2016

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