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News Links | July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Community colleges win grant to change how they advise students

Heather Bennett calls it the “death by choice overload” problem: Community college students are often so overwhelmed by all the different possible directions their studies could take that they don’t choose courses wisely. But Bennett, the executive director of institutional effectiveness and resource development for Everett Community College, says the state’s community colleges are working on a fix. This month, five Washington community colleges — including Everett — won $2.5 million in grant money to change the way they advise college students. (The other winners were South Seattle College, Pierce College, Peninsula College in Port Angeles and South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.) The money comes from the nonprofit College Spark Washington.
The Seattle Times, July 27, 2016

Kids learn about reptiles at Skagit Valley College

Walking into Skagit Valley College’s Phillip Tarro Theatre, one expects to find college students studying drama. But on Monday morning, the theatre had some unusual guests. And they weren’t all human. Snakes, lizards and even an alligator were the stars of the show, along with a group of kids in preschool through the second grade.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 27, 2016

CPTC: Interior design alumni share experiences

The Clover Park Technical College interior design program received a special visit Friday morning. Four recent alumni returned to campus to share their career experiences since graduation and answer questions from current students.
The Suburban Times, July 27, 2016

Edmonds Community College Foundation celebrates successes

Behind the scenes at the local college is a workhorse in the form of the Edmonds Community College Foundation. The foundation is composed of community leaders who meet monthly to fulfill their mission to support access, success, and excellence for students, faculty and staff at the college.
My Edmonds News, July 26, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Are community colleges an antidote to the high cost of higher ed

That’s the community college selling point. A study by College Board found that in 2014, 42 percent of all undergraduate students, and 25 percent of full time undergraduate students attended community college. Nearly half of students who had completed a degree at a four-year college in 2013-14 had attended a community college in the past 10 years.
Forbes, July 28, 2016

Are public university subsidies a handout for the wealthy?

A report being released today pushes back against the idea that state subsidies lowering tuition at public four-year universities disproportionately benefit students from wealthy families.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2016

A platform to monitor learning

Philadelphia-based start-up Yellowdig is betting it can help students connect with their peers — and faculty members understand what captures students' attention.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2016

Survey on spread of competency-based education

Competency-based education can expand opportunities and enhance learning for nontraditional students while also being a boon for workforce development, said a majority of leaders at 251 colleges that are active or interested in the emerging form of higher education delivery. But the pace of adoption of competency-based courses and programs remains gradual, said most respondents to the survey conducted by Ellucian, Eduventures and the American Council on Education.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Politics of free

Free. Vouchers. Scholarships. Promise. Opportunity — they're the buzzwords behind a campaign to significantly lower the cost of attending college and help more students leave those institutions debt-free. Many of the campaigns focus on making community college free, or at least free of tuition.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2016

Pushing for free

While tuition-free and debt-free public college plans were debated vociferously in the Democratic primary, an older proposal for affordable higher ed receded into the background. But advocates for free community college at the Democratic National Convention don’t believe the idea has suffered from the shifting spotlight. Instead, they say the wider discussion about college affordability will aid the push for free tuition at two-year programs.
Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2016

Higher ed at the DNC

Speech after speech discusses student debt — and praises the Clinton plan (based in part on Sanders plan) for college affordability.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2016

Opinion: Worthy goal, wrong tactic

We already knew state Superintendent Randy Dorn had a flair for the dramatic. ... If Dorn wants to be the great protector of kids and students, he needs to keep the pressure where it belongs, on politicians. They are ultimately responsible for the systemic inequities, not the schools.
The News Tribune, July 26, 2016

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