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News Links | June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opening new doors

In Donetsk, Ukraine, Tanya Koval built a life for herself. During her early 20s, she went to school, visited museums, frequented the theater and hung out in local parks. That was until war overtook her hometown. Koval is now a 25-year-old refugee trying to build another life in Spokane. ... For many of these refugees, learning the language of their new home is critical not only to being able to communicate socially with other people, but also in finding jobs and providing for their family. Most refugees in Spokane take English as a Second Language courses at Spokane Community College.
Inlander, June 23, 2016

Great Northwest Wine: Dunham Cellars tops fourth Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

A winery that has overcome incredible challenges during the past four years won best of show at the fourth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. Dunham Cellars topped the judging with its 2013 Syrah and also won best white wine for its 2014 Riesling. ... Drink Washington State’s Sparkling Riesling was the top bubbly at the fourth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. It is made by a recent graduate of the Walla Walla Community College winemaking program.
Tri-City Herald, June 22, 2016

'Secret garden' a classroom for OC

Long intrigued by an overgrown estate tucked behind Olympic College, Professor Susan Digby decided one day to poke around there following graduation four years ago. Little did she know the land was owned by the campus and, "I was in fact allowed on the property," she said. What she found was an "astonishing, eclectic" mix of native plants and trees overlooking the Port Washington Narrows and introduced species from around the world. Almost instantly, she saw an outdoor classroom in the making.
Kitsap Sun, June 22, 2016

19-year-old Walla Walla man becomes global citizen

Tackling three jobs and saving for a gap year has paid off in career dividends for Walla Wallan Paul Pike-Betts, now 19 and living in Melbourne, Australia. ... Inspired by courses in Southeast Asian philosophy and four perspectives taught by Jesse Burgess at Walla Walla Community College, Paul chose to start his gap year in Southeast Asia.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, June 22, 2016

Clover Park Technical College selects interim leader

Trustees at Clover Park Technical College have chosen Joyce Loveday to be the Lakewood school’s interim president, the college announced Tuesday. Loveday, most recently the vice president for student learning, has worked at the college since 2002. She replaces Lonnie Howard, who left this spring to become president at Lamar Institute of Technology in Texas.
The News Tribune, June 22, 2016

Community Colleges of Spokane cuts budget, but chancellor is optimistic

In response to an $8 million budget deficit, Community Colleges of Spokane has been forced to cut some faculty and staff positions and slice its reserve fund in half. But CCS Chancellor Christine Johnson said Wednesday that the 2016-17 budget reductions, which were decided on during a Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, are not as devastating as they could have been.
Inlander, June 22, 2016

Clark College President Knight is 2016 First Citizen

Bob Knight’s decision to stay in Vancouver wasn’t the best career move for a U.S. Army officer. It actually meant the end of his military career, Knight said. ... With a long list of community contributions over the past 16 years, the Clark College president has been named 2016 First Citizen.
The Columbian, June 21, 2016

How this two-year college is tackling the tech industry’s talent shortage

Washington state’s tech sector is adding roughly 3,500 new jobs each year that require a computer science degree — but the state only graduates 500 students annually with those skills and education, according to the Washington Technology Industry Association. This month, North Seattle College is taking a small step toward helping meet that demand with its first graduating class to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development. ... Other state-run colleges in the Seattle region that offer their own Bachelor of Applied Science programs in computer technology-related fields include Bellevue, Green River, Highline, Olympic, Renton and Seattle Central.
Geek Wire, June 21, 2016

Inmates at Larch Corrections better themselves through educational programs

Even though 42-year-old Roland Camps doesn’t particularly like drinking coffee, one of his dreams has always been to one day own a coffee shop. ... Roland is one of more than 100 inmates who graduated during a June 17 commencement ceremony from one of the many educational programs offered at the corrections center through Clark College.
The Reflector, June 21, 2016

Grays Harbor College evacuated

The Grays Harbor College has been fully evacuated. According to college President Dr. Ed Brewster, a threat that they deemed credible was made this afternoon. Police were called and text alerts were sent out as well as emails to those on the GHC mailing lists. Classes have ended at the school, but finals were underway for a limited amount of students.
KXRO, June 21, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Mainstreaming remedial math

Statistical courses, rather than algebra remediation, do a better job at helping first-year students succeed when they test into developmental education, a new report finds.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2016

Learning to adapt

Major study of adaptive learning finds inconclusive results about its ability to improve outcomes and lower costs, but use at two-year colleges and in remedial courses shows potential.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2016

Opinion: Reassessing a redesign of community colleges

A prominent book championing the pathways approach to student completion at community colleges understates the deep resistance and possible unintended consequences such a restructuring could trigger, writes Mike Rose.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2016

Scaling up OER

New initiatives at university systems show the maturation of efforts to increase the use of open educational resources.
Inside Higher Ed, June 22, 2016

Early behavioral issues, gender and college attainment

A new study finds that behavioral problems in early childhood have more of a negative eventual impact on the high school completion and college attainment of boys than of girls.
Inside Higher Ed, June 22, 2016

Keys to great teaching, shared by UW’s College of Education

In a series of five-minute talks, professors from the University of Washington’s College of Education share insights on some key elements of great teaching.
The Seattle Times, June 22, 2016

ACT plans center to help underserved students succeed in college and work force

These days, everyone’s talking about “equity,” and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 22, 2016

Opinion: No cookie cutting in my classroom

All courses should not look alike. Not even all sections of a course should look alike. This flies in the face of the current obsessions with standardization, I know. Especially at community colleges, there is a concerted effort to "standardize": texts, assignments, lessons and pedagogies and syllabi. Every student, the logic goes, should have the same experience, no matter the professor, the campus, the time of day, or the current mood. Otherwise, I suppose one student might point to another and raise the plaintive plea: "His professor didn’t make him read this. Why do I have to?"
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21, 2016

More testing, less play: Study finds higher expectations for kindergartners

If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of young children, you've likely heard the refrain — that something's changed in the early grades. Schools seem to be expecting more of their youngest students academically, while giving them less time to spend in self-directed and creative play.
KPLU, June 21, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Supreme Court upholds consideration of race

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. The ruling came in a case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, about admissions practices at UT, but will likely affect admissions and financial aid policies in most of American higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2016

Fact-checking Trump assertion on Clinton for-profit ties

As Donald Trump and his supporters have sought to change the subject from Trump University, they have seized on reporting from Inside Higher Ed and other news outlets about Bill Clinton's ties to Laureate Education, which paid him $16.5 million in the honorary role of chancellor of Laureate International Universities from 2010 to 2014. But the Republican presidential candidate's backers have also suggested -- incorrectly, it seems -- that Hillary Clinton directed tens of millions of dollars in State Department funds to the for-profit higher education company.
Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2016

Papers on new approaches to higher ed financing

The University of Virginia's Miller Center and the National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education this week released four new white papers that describe higher education's fiscal challenges and provide initial solutions.
Inside Higher Ed, June 22, 2016

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