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News Links | September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Sound master

Controlling knobs and switches from his swiveling chair, audio engineer Jimmy Hill works to find a band's perfectly balanced, tight, crisp and present sound. But it took 13 years to get here. ... Now thanks to the graduates of the quality two-year audio engineer program at Spokane Falls Community College, which Jimmy attended, there are many recording studio options in the area. Jimmy says this only helps to further the local music scene.
Inlander, Sept. 15, 2016

CBC pioneers campus living for community college students

For college students, living on or near campus is a rite typically associated with four-year colleges and universities. But as demand for college degrees grows, community colleges are getting in on the campus living act. Wednesday, Columbia Basin College and a team of Tri-City business leaders broke ground on the $7 million first phase of CBC’s first student residence hall, near 20th Avenue and Argent Road in Pasco. With the project, CBC joins a small but growing movement by U.S. community colleges to create on- or near-campus housing for students.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 14, 2016

Matt Driscoll: Tacoma Rescue Mission group topples addiction and the state’s highest peak

When Mike Johnson left the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle to become executive director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission in December 2014, he brought a few things with him. He brought his resolve. His compassion. And his climbing gear. Johnson, a former Army Ranger who was stationed at Fort Lewis once up on a time, has dedicated his post-military career to helping people climb out of homelessness and addiction. ... After graduating from the Rescue Mission’s addiction recovery program in April, [Angela] Buggert now works full time at a local chiropractic clinic. We speak on her lunch break, and she’s eager to discuss the impact the experience of being on the climb team has made in her life. Next week, she tells me, she’s starting classes at Tacoma Community College.
The News Tribune, Sept. 14, 2016

Were you an ITT Tech student? Bellingham Technical College taking transfers for fall

Bellingham Technical College administrators are looking to lend a hand to students who have been misplaced amid ITT Technical Institute’s closure. ... The college’s Everett campus was the closest to Whatcom County, about 70 miles south of Bellingham. Still, BTC had heard from eight ITT students as of Tuesday afternoon who were interested in more information about transferring, said BTC spokeswoman Zoe Fraley.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 14, 2016

Local colleges reaching out to help former ITT Tech students

Local colleges are stepping in to catch hundreds of students left in the lurch after ITT Technical Institute closed campuses around the country, including one in Everett. ... Everett Community College is planning an information session for former ITT students from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The event is in Gray Wolf Hall, Room 166, on the campus at 2000 Tower St. ... Edmonds Community College has set up a webpage for ITT students at edcc.edu/itt. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges also has created a landing page online for former ITT students, reminding them that “the doors are open” at 34 community and technical colleges around the state.
Everett Herald, Sept. 14, 2016

South Seattle College welcomes incoming 13th Year scholars with Bridge Program

South Seattle College will welcome the incoming class of 13th Year Promise Scholarship recipients to campus from Sept. 13-15 for a three-day Bridge Program orientation that prepares recent high school graduates for a successful transition to college. Over 130 students are expected to attend the orientation and start their higher education at South with their first year of tuition paid for through the 13th Year Promise Scholarship program.
West Seattle Herald, Sept. 13, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Finding a ride

For many students at two-year institutions across the country, regardless of whether they're in a rural or more urban setting, transportation can be a significant barrier. Extending bus lines, buying shuttles and partnering with ride-sharing services are just some of the solutions community college leaders are looking at when it comes to getting their students on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2016

ITT Tech students launch debt strike

Former ITT Technical Institute students, who learned last week that their campuses would be closing, began a debt strike Wednesday and demanded that the U.S. Department of Education cancel their student loans and close all for-profit colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2016

Survey: Decline in public view of college as essential

Public Agenda regularly asks in surveys of the American public whether people believe a college education is necessary in today's work world — and new results show a decline in the percentage who say it is. Today, 42 percent of Americans say college is necessary for workforce success, a 13 percentage point drop from 2009. At the same time, when asked if college is a "good investment" or a "questionable investment," 52 percent pick the former and 46 percent the latter.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2016

Chicago professors fire back

More than 150 faculty members at the University of Chicago on Tuesday published an open letter to freshmen in which they take a strikingly different approach from the official communication sent by a Chicago dean. Safe spaces and trigger warnings, the letter said, are legitimate topics for discussion and reflect the real needs of many students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2016

Finalists named for Aspen Community College prize

The Aspen Institute announced the top 10 finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Tuesday. The award, which is given out every other year, recognizes two-year colleges that are high achieving and improving. Each college must demonstrate achievement in student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings for graduates, and access and success for minority and low-income students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2016

After closing campuses, ITT says it will cease operations entirely

ITT Educational Services Inc., which last week announced it would close all of its campuses following a new wave of federal scrutiny, will now cease operations. The company said in a federal filing on Wednesday that it would close, effective on Friday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 14, 2016

On not reading

I refuse to read books. Coming from a critic, this confession sounds both imperious and ignorant, but, truth be told, all of us, especially scholars of literature, refuse to read books every day. I remember someone telling me at a party in graduate school that my adviser — a famous Americanist — had never read Moby-Dick. Was it true? I did not dare ask him. Did the very idea amplify his bad-boy critical aura? Of course. (Recently, I did ask him. "For a while it was true," he said; "and then, forever after, it wasn’t.")
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 14, 2016

College is still the promised land for high-school students

The vast majority of high-school students still dream of pursuing higher education, but once inside the pearly gates of college, the view from above is far from idyllic. According to the 2016 State of Our Nation’s Youth report, an annual survey conducted among high-schoolers and young adults ages 14 through 23, 90 percent of high-school students aspire to complete a college degree or certificate program — down slightly from 97 percent in 2012.
The Atlantic, Sept. 13, 2016

Learning through play

Google the definition of play and the first thing that pops up is this: “[To] engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” Jack Shonkoff, the director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, finds that language supremely frustrating. “It’s not taking a break from learning when we talk about play,” he told me, rattling off a litany of cognitive, physical, mental, and social-emotional benefits. “Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn.”
The Atlantic, Sept. 13, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Muted GOP defense of for-profits

When ITT Tech announced last week that it was closing its doors, blaming aggressive regulations by the federal government, it was more evidence to many in the for-profit college sector that the Obama administration aims to regulate their sector out of existence. Even if that claim is debatable, many observers with views across the ideological spectrum see the administration taking a harder line on for-profit colleges. But the GOP — which attacked the Obama as antibusiness for executive actions on issues like EPA regulations and has in the past been a public champion of the for-profit sector — has been fairly muted in its response.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 15, 2016

Smarter state spending

During the last 25 years, states have been paying an ever-shrinking portion of the costs of educating students at public colleges. That trend will be hard to reverse, as spending on Medicaid and other competing needs is likely to increase in most states. To cope with the bleak budget outlook, two new papers by prominent higher education researchers seek to make states’ higher education dollars go farther and to improve degree completion rates with a set of proposals that some in higher education may find controversial.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2016

Lawmakers eye endowment tax status

The House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee hearing Tuesday was nominally about the tax-exempt status of college endowments. But much of the discussion focused on college affordability — a broader issue clearly on the minds of both Republicans and Democrats on the panel.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2016

Congresswoman proposes Ed Department offer loan assistance to sexual assault victims

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Tuesday, Representative Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, urged OCR to work with the Office of Federal Student Aid to help victims of campus sexual assault with their student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2016

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