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News Links | August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bellevue College’s interim chancellor is Jill Wakefield, formerly of Seattle Colleges

Jill Wakefield, the chancellor of Seattle Colleges who retired this summer, didn’t stay retired for long: She’s agreed to become the interim president of Bellevue College for the next year.
The Seattle Times, August 25, 2016

College fish lab releases its first run of Coho salmon

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the fish lab at Grays Harbor College has been resurrected from an abandoned building to a working fish hatchery. This June it released its first bumper crop of 4,700 Coho salmon into Alder Creek.
The Daily World, August 25, 2016

60 reasons to be optimistic about the Northwest’s future

Measuring and comparing courage is a difficult task. We’re reminded of this each time you — our readers — send us nominations for the Crosscut Courage Awards. Which is why we in turn hand the job of selecting the honorees over to a council of civic, business, and cultural leaders in our community. ... Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange: “Dr. Lange is a great example of character, leadership and selfless compassion.  While directing an incredibly diverse campus as president at Seattle Central College, Dr. Lange never loses sight of the students’ needs.  Students always come first.  She recognizes that Seattle Central is an economic driver for our city and a pathway out of poverty for many.”
Crosscut, August 24, 2016

Centralia College announces promotion of new nursing director

Centralia College has announced the promotion of Ellen Hinderlie from nursing professor to director of nursing. Hinderlie will replace longtime director Nola Ormrod, who will continue on as a nursing professor in the program, according to a press release from the college.
Centralia Chronicle, August 23, 2016

Sharing the love of art: The Larson Gallery

A nonprofit receives its tax exempt status because it provides a service the government does not, according to David Lynx, Director of the Larson Gallery. I had never really given it much thought, but after my conversation with him, I realized he was on to something. ... The Larson Gallery, which originated as a museum as well as a gallery in 1949, was a gift to the community from Rose Larson. She was the wife of A. E. Larson, the local entrepreneur who built the Larson Building. Her $100,000 bequest was to the Yakima Valley College administration for a “room” to house the work donated for a museum, and create a place to foster the works of future artists.
Yakima Herald, August 19, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Fewer bachelor's holders at two-year institutions

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that fewer students are enrolling in two-year institutions after earning bachelor's degrees. Of students who earned a bachelor's degree in 2013, 5.8 percent enrolled in a two-year institution — the lowest point in 14 years. Students who are over age 30 when they earned a bachelor's degree are least likely to seek further education at a two-year institution, according to the report.
Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2016

University of Chicago: ‘We do not support so-called trigger warnings’

In their acceptance letter, the incoming class at the University of Chicago were given a strong mandate by the institution they have elected to join: “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.” One way to ensure this, writes Dean of Students Jay Ellison in the letter obtained by Intellectual Takeout, is to eliminate “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” two topics of frequent discussion in recent years.
Time, August 25, 2016

Study: Paying tuition with credit cards is costly

Many colleges allow students or families to pay tuition bills with credit cards, but the fees associated with those payments may be costly enough that any rewards from the credit card company are wiped out. That is the bottom line of a new survey from, a division of the finance research site Bankrate.
Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2016

Decision time

The key to graduating in four years (at least in the minds of many parents) is picking a major early and sticking with it. But a new report suggests students who change their major as late as senior year are more likely to graduate from college than students who settle on one the second they set foot on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, August 24, 2016

ACT scores drop as more take test

Average ACT scores are down this year. ACT officials attribute the drop to the increasing percentage of high school seniors who have taken the test. The average composite score for those who graduated from high school this year was 20.8, down 0.2 points from last year and representing a five-year low.
Inside Higher Ed, August 24, 2016

Americans like their schools just fine — but not yours

As a new school year gets underway, the Common Core remains a partisan flashpoint, while Americans overall have serious concerns about the direction of our public education system. That's according to two new polls. Education Next, a policy journal, released its 10th annual large national poll of public opinion on education today. And Gallup, the polling organization, has recently released new figures as well.
KPLU, August 23, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

GOP annoyed Gov. Inslee is taking credit for college-tuition cuts

As he stumps for re-election, Gov. Jay Inslee is taking credit for a popular legislative act that has slashed tuition for public-college students. That annoys Republicans, who proposed the idea.
The Seattle Times, August 25, 2016

Student debt crisis 'skeptics' question conventional wisdom

Is there really a student debt crisis? The nation’s $1.3 trillion in student loan debt has become a hot-button issue during the 2016 presidential campaign. But some education policy experts argue that the conventional wisdom is wrong on this issue, and America’s so-called “student loan crisis” doesn’t actually exist.
Politico, August 25, 2016

Parsing the 'free' in free community college

Sandy Baum, a longtime expert on the issue, and David Baime of the American Association of Community Colleges, have just released a report from the Urban Institute focusing on community colleges. "Community colleges differ dramatically from place to place," Baum observes. When proposing changes, "We have to take into consideration their different starting points and different purposes and values." If you want a free lunch, someone has to pick up the check. In order to make community college free to students, someone, whether the state or the federal government, needs to cover tuition.
NPR, August 25, 2016

Federal lawsuit seeks to establish a constitutional right to education

An advocacy group best known for using the courts to challenge California’s teacher tenure laws has now taken its legal strategy to Connecticut, where it has sued state officials over “anti-opportunity” laws that restrict the growth of magnet and charter schools and that limit inner-city students’ ability to transfer to more affluent suburban school districts.
The Washington Post, August 24, 2016

Hillary blasts for-profit colleges, but Bill took millions from one

Since launching her bid for president, Hillary Clinton has been a vocal critic of for-profit schools, pledging in speeches across the country to "crack down on predatory schools" and help students drowning in student loan debt. ... Over five years, former president Bill Clinton earned $17.6 million from the world's largest for-profit education company, Laureate Education, Inc. In his role as "honorary chancellor," Clinton has traveled the world on Laureate's behalf, extolling the virtues of the school.
NBC News, August 23, 2016

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