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News Links | September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Pierce College chancellor recognized for exceptional leadership

This year, as Pierce College District 11 prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the accomplishments of its leader are also being recognized. Michele Johnson, Pierce College’s CEO and chancellor, won the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2016 Pacific Region CEO Award for exceptional leadership this summer.
The Puyallup Herald, Sept. 12, 2016

Grays Harbor College ready to launch second bachelor’s degree program

Grays Harbor College will soon launch a second four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree, this one in Forest Resource Management (BASFRM), and offered in partnership with Green River College. Qualifying students interested in the Forestry BAS can apply for admissions in January and students will be starting course work in the fall of 2017.
KBKW, Sept. 12, 2016

LCC honors TDN for Students in Need fund drive

Lower Columbia College Saturday awarded The Daily News with its first-ever Community Partner of the Year Award for the newspaper's "Students in Need" campaign to help students stay in school. Students In Need raised just short of $38,400 for the college's Student Success Fund, which is used to help students pay personal expenses and other costs that otherwise could cause them to drop out.
Longview Daily News, Sept. 12, 2016

Closure leaves ITT Tech students in limbo

When Allyson Barton finished last quarter’s classes at ITT Technical Institute’s nursing school in Portland, everything seemed set for her to return this month. ... Then came the email at 4 a.m. Tuesday. That day, Barton and thousands of other students enrolled at ITT Technical Institute campuses across the country learned the colleges were closing in response to sanctions, which banned the schools from enrolling new students who used federal financial aid. ... Clark College spokesman Chato Hazelbaker said the college is working with interested students to evaluate next steps. ... Steve Bews, 40, was set to complete his ninth and final quarter of school this month after moving from Yakima to Vancouver to attend the Breckinridge campus. He’d have stayed in Central Washington, he said, but the waitlist for the nursing school at Yakima Valley College was hundreds of students long. Other local colleges have similarly long wait lists, he said. Now, the father of four worries he’ll have to start his degree over.
The Columbian, Sept. 12, 2016

Ceremony in Edmonds marks 15-year anniversary of 9/11 attack

Many came to honor, some to learn more about the meaning of day that for generations will be known simply as 9/11. About 100 people, joined by members of the city’s police and fire departments, turned out for a commemorative ceremony Sunday morning — the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people. ... Chris Szarek, of Lynnwood, a veteran who spent 20-years in the Navy, now directs the Veterans Resource Center at Edmonds Community College. “The enormity of the loss takes years to soak in,” he said. “It’s important to never forget.”
Everett Herald, Sept. 12, 2016

Opinion: Columbia Basin College a good investment for students, taxpayers

By Dr. Jason Engle, dean for organizational learning at Columbia Basin College. Increasingly, the rare opportunities that may have existed in decades gone by — opportunities to make a sustained livable wage with a high school diploma — are becoming more rare. Indeed, more than two-thirds of new jobs require greater than a high school diploma. To understand the value of higher education in our region, Columbia Basin College recently commissioned an independent study from EMSI, a firm specializing in regional economic impact modeling. Among the highlights, the report shows that CBC has an annual positive impact of $467 million on the regional economy, or 4.1 percent of local economic activity, nearly 12 times CBC’s annual budget.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 11, 2016

VA nursing facility project offers home and work

If your resume includes mopping a floor and taking a blood pressure, you might be a likely candidate for a new kind of job soon to come to Walla Walla. Washington state’s Department of Veterans Affairs is ready to begin hiring for its skilled nursing facility, set to open on the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in about six months or so. ... The state VA has partnered with Walla Walla Community College for training of the new-style employees.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Sept. 11, 2016

Mount Vernon event provides free health and social services

About 300 volunteers gathered Friday at Skagit Valley College to provide free health and social services during the seventh annual Project Homeless Connect held in Skagit County. Booths scattered throughout the campus were busy with guests who received lunches, got haircuts and took advantage of the many other free services offered. The event, which was hosted by the Skagit Coalition to End Homelessness, brings together nonprofits and health and government groups to serve those who are homeless or without stable housing and in need of basic services.
Skagit Valley Herald, Sept. 10, 2016

Bellingham Technical College is helping ITT Tech students

Bellingham Technical College is stepping up to help ITT Technical Institute students. The for profit school closed suddenly amidst several investigations and lawsuits, leaving students in the lurch. BTC received its first application from an ITT student this week.
KGMI, Sept. 9, 2016

The list: Enrollment jumps at Washington's largest community college

This week's Puget Sound Business Journal ranks the state's 25 largest community and technical colleges by 2015 fall full-time enrollment. Founded 50 years ago, Bellevue College is the largest community college in the state. Washington's community and technical colleges are the backbone to the state's higher-education system. Of all graduates from the state's four-year public universities, 40 percent transferred from a community college.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Sept. 9, 2016

Nucor Steel donates 65,000 pounds of steel to welding program at South Seattle College

West Seattle-based Nucor Steel has been a longtime supporter of South Seattle College and the West Seattle community. This summer, Nucor donated approximately 65,000 pounds of steel to the college’s Welding Fabrication Technology program, which will help students hone their skills and prepare for welding careers for several quarters to come.
West Seattle Herald, Sept. 8, 2016

Our views: Passing of Carolyn Shaw the end of an era

An end of an era occurred Monday, Aug. 29, when Carolyn Shaw died. She was very much an inseparable partner with her husband, Gail, who died in 2014. ... The Shaw family donated $1.9 million to help fund the purchase of property for the Chehalis School District after Gail’s passing. It was a longtime wish of the Shaws. They donated to help lift the Centralia College bachelor’s program to life.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 8, 2016

Briefs: EvCC dean wins grant to develop online faculty feedback

Everett Community College Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Peg Balachowski has received a grant from the IDEA Foundation to test a way to provide faculty with weekly feedback. She was awarded $8,734 to pilot test an online model that would anonymously collect information from students about their instructor’s teaching and progress toward achieving the expected learning outcomes for the class.
Everett Herald, Sept. 8, 2016

SFCC, SCC helping former ITT Tech students transfer

The Community Colleges of Spokane are opening their doors and wallets to former ITT Technical Institute students following the for-profit college’s announcement Tuesday of its closure. Both Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College have designated staff liaisons to help former ITT Tech students transfer. Additionally, the CCS Foundation has set aside $10,000 to help transferring students.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 7, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Students on the spectrum

Only 30 percent of high school graduates with autism ever attend a two- or four-year college, but the institutions, not the students, are the problem, Elizabeth and Margaret Finnegan argue.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2016

Owner of Ashford U. is ordered to forgive $23.5 million in student debt

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Bridgepoint Education Inc., owner of the for-profit Ashford University, to forgive all outstanding private student loans and to refund any payments already made on those loans. According to a statement from the agency, Bridgepoint deceived its students by charging them higher-than-advertised monthly loan payments and now must refund or forgive more than $23.5 million in money paid or still owed. The bureau has also ordered the company to pay an $8-million civil penalty.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 13, 2016

3 Washington universities make U.S. News list of top 220

The University of Washington is ranked 54th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of the best national universities and 16th among public national universities, according to figures released Tuesday. UW, Washington State University and Seattle Pacific University are the three Washington schools to make the national list of 220 schools.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 12, 2016

Ask an economist: How can today’s college students future-proof their careers?

It is by now close to certain that there are millions of people currently in high school and college who are fine-tuning their skills for steady-looking careers that will, following technological breakthroughs, dissipate by the time they retire. ... I surveyed experts from a variety of backgrounds — including one of the authors of that ubiquitous Oxford study — asking them which skills they’d focus on if they were about to start their first year of college this fall.
The Atlantic, Sept. 12, 2016

Somebody else's problem

Report finds initiative fatigue and a lack of accountability, among other obstacles, are preventing colleges from improving student outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 12, 2016

Defending BARTs

Amid growing concerns that they compromise academic freedom and free speech, college administrators offer defense of Bias Assessment and Response Teams.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 12, 2016

Promising ‘academic redshirt’ program for future engineers to expand

A program to help more low-income and minority students major in engineering has been so successful that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is expanding it. The federal agency has awarded $5 million to six universities, including the University of Washington and Washington State University, to expand or create “academic redshirt” programs. These programs enroll promising engineering students from low-income households — many of them women and minorities — and give them an additional year of math and science courses before they enter the engineering major. Redshirting is an idea borrowed from college athletics, in which student-athletes get an extra year to mature.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 9, 2016

Digital education, the 'mainstream orthodoxy'

Keeping up with the latest twists and turns in the educational technology market can be exhausting. Neil Selwyn’s Is Technology Good for Education? takes a step back. The book is, in Selwyn’s words, “intended to make you think otherwise about technology and education.” Anyone looking for a definitive answer need not look any farther than the very first sentence. Spoiler alert: for Selwyn, professor of education at Monash University in Australia, the answer is simultaneously yes, no and “all points in between.”
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2016

ITT Tech facing lawsuits from employees

ITT Technical Institutes is now facing multiple lawsuits from employees who allege they were not warned before the institution announced its closure Tuesday, according to The Indianapolis Star. The lawsuits allege that the for-profit chain, which employed about 8,000 people, violated the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 9, 2016

Amid heightened interest, transgender studies weighs newfound influence

Susan Stryker, an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona, has been asked about the significance of her "new" field of study for about 25 years. ... Now she will be presenting at the University of Arizona’s Trans*Studies Conference, which bills itself as the first such event to focus on transgender studies independent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues more broadly. It is hosted by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 9, 2016

Why new vocational education isn't reaching classrooms

At Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Principal Luke Bauer wanted to start a program in “interaction design”—a field that focuses on how users interact with products like computers and phones. But last year, when he looked into turning his vision into an official, certified career and technical education (CTE) program, he discovered that the idea didn’t fit into any of the typical categories approved by the state of New York.
The Atlantic, Sept. 8, 2016

'Dreamer' crowdfunds tuition after school rescinds $20k scholarship on first day of classes

[Eduardo] Lujan-Olivas, 23, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grantee, was told by Arizona State University’s financial aid office that his status now disqualified him from a scholarship he had expected would waive more than $20,000 from his tuition. The news shocked Lujan-Olivas, who had seen the tuition waiver approved on his student account for a month. ... Lujan-Olivas, in a GoFundMe post he wrote to help raise money, wrote that he had always struggled to fund his education. He moved from Mexico to the United States at age 8 with his aunt, according to the Arizona Daily Star, and described growing up in a low-income single-parent household, discouraged even by people who were meant to advise him.
The News Tribune, Sept. 8, 2016

State tests: fewer opt-outs, higher scores

The results from the second year of Smarter Balanced testing in English/language arts and math show that most island students performed exceedingly better than state averages. The number of students opting out also decreased from the first year. According to the state report card from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's (OSPI) website, the percentage of students in Vashon schools who met state standards exceeded the state average in every subject except third-grade math: 48 percent of Vashon's third-graders met math standards compared to 59 percent statewide.
Vashon Beachcomber, Sept. 7, 2016

Half of professors in NPR Ed survey have used 'trigger warnings'

NPR Ed sent out a survey last fall to faculty members at colleges and universities around the country. We focused specifically on the types of institutions most students attend — not the elite private universities most often linked to the "trigger warning" idea.
KUOW, Sept. 7, 2016

When homework is useless

We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. They went back to the drawing board—and the chalkboard—to build an educational Garden of Eden. ... Today’s assignment: The Homework. Will students have homework?
The Atlantic, August 31, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Clinton's college cost calculator

The Hillary Clinton campaign unveiled an online college cost calculator Monday to show voters how they or their college-age children would be affected under the candidate’s debt-free college plan. The interactive tool is the first effort by the campaign to promote Clinton’s higher ed proposals since she offered a plan in July that brought her position much closer to that of her Democratic primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2016

Opinion: What the education-funding lawsuit means to moms

The two moms whose names are on the McCleary school-funding lawsuit have been waiting a long time to be finished with their work representing the families of Washington state.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 12, 2016

Senator Tim Kaine: Everyone deserves affordable higher education

Kaine is the junior Senator for Virginia and the Democratic candidate for vice president of the United States. Opportunities to learn should not require becoming tens of thousands of dollars in debt. When I graduated from college in 1979, education costs were manageable for many working families. By the time my own kids started college in the 2000s, it was a very different story. So what happened? The cost of a higher education skyrocketed by every measure. American students and graduates hold more than $1.2 trillion in debt today—and each indebted graduate can expect to owe nearly $30,000.
Time, Sept. 12, 2016

Pence weighs in on ITT Tech's collapse

Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana and Donald Trump's running mate, on Friday called on the federal government to help veterans of the U.S. military who attended the now-closed ITT Tech, Politico reported. Pence wrote to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ask for the restoration of GI Bill benefits for ITT students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 12, 2016

Opinion: Access to higher education is a public good

By Sen. David Frockt, who represents the 46th District communities of North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore. He is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Higher Education Committee. The good news is that what occurred on college costs can be made even better in the coming legislative session if we put aside the partisanship and work together to extend as many higher-education opportunities as we can while reducing student debt. And it is not a complicated formula.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 8, 2016

A big McCleary question: How much does the market value teachers?

In advance of Wednesday’s hearing on school funding, Washington Supreme Court justices had posed many questions that state attorneys told them couldn’t be answered yet. Among them was what will it cost to pay “competitive market-rate” salaries to teachers, staff and administrators in every school district in the state. That’s so difficult that state lawmakers are seeking professional help to figure out.
Seattle Weekly, Sept. 8, 2016

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