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News Links | September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Centralia College to offer bachelor's degree in teacher education in fall 2017

Starting in fall 2017, Centralia College will offer a new bachelor’s degree program. The college received its official notice on Tuesday from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities that approved the addition of a bachelor of applied science in teacher education, according to a press release from the college. Course offerings will be shared between Grays Harbor College via live video connection.
Centralia College, Sept. 21, 2016

Big Bend brings emerging technology to Medical Simulation Lab

Big Bend Community College’s Medical Simulation Lab has been hard at work since opening up in April, but it’s in need of students interested in the emerging technology. The lab offers opportunities to learn a wide range of medical treatment needs on realistic robots that can breathe, bleed, cry and even die in any given scenario.
iFiber One News, Sept. 21, 2016

A chat with Dr. Jim Minkler: Grays Harbor College welcomes a new president

Since its inaugural year in 1930, Grays Harbor College has had several deans and four presidents. This week, I sat down with the fifth. Last Fall, the Board of Trustees began their search for a new president, responding to the announcement from President Ed Brewster that he would be retiring in June 2016. After considering several dozen candidates, a final four were chosen for full-day campus visits, and from this group, Dr. James Minkler was selected.
KXRO, Sept. 21, 2016

Edmonds CC faculty member elected to cybersecurity curriculum standards panel

An Edmonds Community College faculty member was recently elected to serve on a national panel on cybersecurity curriculum standards. Edmonds CC Computer Information Systems instructor Steve Hailey will serve on the National CyberWatch Center’s Curriculum Standards Panel and will be contributing to the nation’s first curriculum model standard for cybersecurity education.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 21, 2016

Pierce College student lends a hand overseas

When Pierce College Fort Steilacoom student Skyler Hampton heard about the Raiders Serve service trip to Nicaragua, she knew she needed to be a part of it. The trip was organized through the Office of Student Life in conjunction with Panorama Service Expeditions, and allows a select group of students to travel to Nicaragua and spend time assisting community members of a village of coffee farmers called Santa Julia.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 21, 2016

Back to the books Big Bend students dive into fall quarter

It was less than two hours into the fall quarter at Big Bend Community College, and second-year student Francisco Marmolejo was already hitting the books. Classes started Monday, and by 9:30 a.m. Marmolejo was in the college library, economics book open. “I’ve got to read, might as well do it now, while I have time before my next class,” he said.
Columbia Basin Herald, Sept. 20, 2016

172 youths completed Tacoma’s youth summer jobs program

The city of Tacoma capped off its fourth year of its Summer Jobs 253 program, with 172 students completing the youth summer internships at 67 area employers. Along with on-the-job employment experience and a wage, the incoming junior and senior high school students had the opportunity to earn up to two high school credits. In a partnership with Tacoma Community College and the Microsoft Institute Training program, some also were able to earn college credits.
The News Tribune, Sept. 20, 2016

Julie McDonald commentary: Leave a legacy through books, art and stories

When prolific mystery writer Mary Daheim told me last week that ill health prevented her from teaching at Saturday’s Southwest Washington Writers Conference, I felt momentary panic. But all things do work together for a purpose, as I discovered by day’s end. ... After her presentation [Kathy] Campbell, who lives in Littlerock, spoke to Scott White, president of Historic Fox Theatre Restorations, beneficiary of this year’s conference. It turns out they both graduated from Centralia College in 1989, although they didn’t know each other then.
Centralia Chronicle, Sept. 20, 2016

Krissy Kim recognized with Anna Sue McNeil Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has named Pierce College Director of Education Programs Krissy Kim as a winner of the prestigious Anna Sue McNeil Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award. ... Kim has played an integral role in the development of Pierce College’s upcoming Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching degree program, and boasts more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 20, 2016

Write in the Harbor 2016 conference offers something for writers at all levels

The annual Write in the Harbor conference hosted by Tacoma Community College (TCC) is set to return Nov. 4 and 5 with two days of workshops and speakers designed off the feedback received from last year’s conference attendees. The goal of the conference is to meet the needs of writers at all levels and provide an experience where attendees can leave with some practical applications to their work, conference coordinator Maria Hays said.
The Peninsula Gateway, Sept. 1, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

The state of undergraduate education

The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education releases its first report, using data to lay out a broad picture of students at today's two- and four-year colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2016

Pressure to build the class: 2016 survey of admissions directors

The pressure on college admissions offices to produce a new class is getting more intense, according to the 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors. And the percentage of colleges that met their goals by May 1, the traditional date by which colleges aim to have created their class, is down.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2016

HBCU students trust the media less than other college students, survey finds

Seventy-three percent of students at historically black colleges and universities do not trust the news media to accurately report the news, according to the results of a survey released on Thursday. The survey also found that 56 percent of HBCU students believe that student protesters should be able to prevent reporters from covering campus demonstrations. Nationally, only 28 percent of college students said the same.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 22, 2016

Zero correlation between evaluations and learning

A number of studies suggest that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable due to various kinds of biases against instructors. (Here’s one addressing gender.) Yet conventional wisdom remains that students learn best from highly rated instructors; tenure cases have even hinged on it. What if the data backing up conventional wisdom were off? A new study suggests that past analyses linking student achievement to high student teaching evaluation ratings are flawed, a mere “artifact of small sample sized studies and publication bias.”
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2016

Don't blame the teachers

Why has the topic of teacher quality suddenly reached such a crescendo? Education reform has been on the national agenda since 1983, the year of A Nation at Risk, but only in the last few years has the teacher-quality issue risen to the top. I think it may be reform fatigue, possibly desperation. The teacher is becoming a convenient scapegoat for America’s education reformers, who, after decades of ideas that have not panned out, cling to the belief that the flaw is not in the reform ideas themselves but in their implementation.
The Atlantic, Sept. 21, 2016

Tougher scrutiny for colleges with low graduation rates

Members of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions will ask four-year institutions with graduation rates at or below 25 percent over six years and two-year institutions at or below 15 percent over four years — half the national average for first-year, full-time students — to account for how they are working to improve those numbers. In the coming days, the regional accreditors will contact colleges and universities they oversee who meet those criteria, notifying them that they will be under additional review.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2016

Fear of a college-educated barista

Since the Great Recession, a powerful and occasionally terrifying narrative about the state of recent college graduates has emerged: Many young, educated 20-somethings are languishing in the purgatory of unpaid internships. Those who have managed to find jobs earn wages whose meagerness stands in stark contrast to their student debt. Even now, seven years after the Great Recession, about half of young college graduates between the ages of 22 and 27 are said to be “underemployed”—working in a job that hasn’t historically required a college degree—including, most prototypically, that infamous caricature, the College-Educated Barista.
The Atlantic, Sept. 20, 2016

DeafSpace by design

Gallaudet University architects and researchers are establishing design guidelines that may be useful to other communities with sensory and accessibility concerns.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 18, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Senate proposal: Enroll more low-income students or pay fine

Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed legislation that would give selective colleges that enroll relatively few low-income students (the bottom 5 percent of all institutions) four years to boost their enrollment numbers from this group or face paying a fee to continue being eligible for federal financial aid. The bill also would use money from the fees to grant up to $8 million to colleges with mostly open admissions and low graduation rates (also bottom 5 percent) to improve their student outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2016

How to protect workers from job-stealing robots

President Obama’s chief economist argues that, with the right policies, artificial intelligence can be boon to the labor market, not a threat.
The Atlantic, Sept. 21, 2016

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