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News Links | July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Program helps women earn college degrees behind bars

It’s the first of its kind in Washington state — a prison program that helps women earn college degrees while behind bars. The program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women is privately funded, but recently our legislature agreed to allow some public dollars to pay for more programs like it. ... The Obama Administration announced the Second Chance Pell Grant pilot program. Two schools here will offer degree programs: Tacoma Community College and Seattle Central College.
KING 5, July 20, 2016

Skagit Valley College holds reception night, awards students with scholarships

South Whidbey students received scholarships and awards at a June 3 Skagit Valley College, Whidbey Island Campus honors reception.
South Whidbey Record, July 20, 2016

RTC among top 10 community colleges in the nation

Renton Technical College (RTC) is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation, according to SmartAsset. The assessment took into factor student-faculty ratio, graduation and transfer rates, cost of in-state tuition and fees, and the ratio of graduates’ median starting salaries to the full cost of attendance. RTC ranked 10th in the list. They have 72 percent transfer-out rate, 14-to-1 student-faculty ratio, $4,735 tuition rate and graduates earn a salary that's 0.73 times the cost of earning a degree.
Renton Reporter, July 19, 2016

Green River College cuts four programs, seven spared

The administration of Green River College has eliminated four programs while sparing seven others that had been on the chopping block, college officials announced last week. In May, the college notified faculty in 11 programs of the potential cuts to help close a budget gap. Faculty had 30 days to come up with ways to save money or increase enrollment in their programs.
Kent Reporter, July 18, 2016

College Cellars: The academics of wine

Heading east out of the city of Walla Walla you will find yourself at a crossroads. Go north and you are at the airport, where former aircraft hangers have morphed into a cluster of highly respected tasting rooms. Continue east, towards the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and the road leads through charming towns and old orchards. Armed with a few instructions, take a right at this junction and within minutes you will be deep among trellised vineyards and the subtle signage of wineries that make aficionados start to purr. But the best choice might be to stop right here — that lovely building up on the hillock to your right is College Cellars, the teaching winery at the Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology and Viticulture.
Washington Tasting Room, Summer 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Foundations and political influence

Author of new book on foundations describes how Gates has used venture philanthropy, measurable goals and a close relationship with the Obama administration to influence policy, and says Gates's approach may be shifting in promising ways.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2016

The kindness of a small town in Georgia

Last week police officers in Barnesville, Georgia, found 19-year-old Fred Barley living in a tent on the small campus of Gordon State College. Barley was technically trespassing, so they asked him to come out with his hands raised. The officers learned that Barley had planned to camp there until the school semester started in three weeks. He had two bags, a box of cereal, and a bicycle. He would soon have $184,000.
The Atlantic, July 19, 2016

The scariest student loan number

But the student-debt crisis is subtler than the sum of $100,000-debt stories. In fact, the crisis is most acute among students whose debt burdens are much smaller—more like $5,000 or even zero, meaning they never enrolled in college in the first place. The media often pays closest attention to the biggest student debt numbers; it should pay closer attention to the small ones.
The Atlantic, July 19, 2016

After terror in France and unrest in Turkey, schools grapple with whether to send students abroad

Study-abroad programs are designed to expose students to ideas and cultures different from their own. They are a soft-diplomacy tool, a chance for young people to share positive exchanges with students in parts of the world that aren’t always fond of the United States, places with different philosophies for governing and doing business. Studying abroad is not supposed to be easy or comfortable. But it’s also not supposed to be fatal.
The Atlantic, July 19, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

New guidelines on loan servicing

U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. on Wednesday announced new guidelines that aim to provide more transparent information for borrowers and more accountability for the companies that manage repayment of federal student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, July 21, 2016

'Unprecedented' purge in Turkey

Turkey’s Higher Education Council reportedly demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans on Tuesday as the widespread purges of state institutions begun after last week’s failed coup extended into the education sector. In addition, more than 15,000 education ministry officials were suspended and 21,000 schoolteachers had their licenses revoked.
Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2016

State schools chief Randy Dorn sues 7 school districts over use of local levy money

State Superintendent Randy Dorn has filed a complaint in King County Superior Court against seven school districts, alleging that they illegally rely on local levies to fund basic education. The seven school districts, which the lawsuit says are named as examples, are Seattle, Everett, Bellevue, Spokane, Tacoma, Evergreen and Puyallup. Dorn said last week that he doesn’t fault the school districts but believes they don’t have the authority to use levy dollars for supplemental funds.
The Seattle Times, July 19, 2016

Editorial: Kudos to Randy Dorn for suing over school-funding reform

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn has stoked the fire under lawmakers and the governor by filing a lawsuit Tuesday against some of the state’s largest school districts over the way they use local tax dollars to pay teacher salaries. It’s too bad that such a move is necessary. But after the state Supreme Court disappointingly put off its next round of sanctions against the state, asking instead for more information, a lawsuit from the state’s chief advocate for the state’s more than 1 million school children is a welcome escalation. Citizens should also pressure their lawmakers or would-be lawmakers on the campaign trail.
The Seattle Times, July 19, 2016

Opinion: Superintendent of Public Instruction may not hold off for much longer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don’t get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries. He is also convinced it is illegal for them to do this. So the outgoing chief of Washington’s public school system said he intends to sue a few districts to find out.
Bainbridge Island Review, July 19, 2016

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