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News Links | September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Local teddy bear drive gets boost from correctional facility inmates

The teddy bear drive at Heritage University campus at Columbia Basin College (CBC) has already met its goal! School officials said they hoped to collect 200 bears and after KEPR Action News' coverage they have already met that goal. Many times when police officers respond to a call, children are involved. Heritage University at CBC partnered with associated students of Columbia Basin College to collect bears to donate to the Franklin County's Sheriff's Office.
KEPR, Sept. 28, 2016

New student advisors sworn in by Edmonds School Board

The Edmonds School Board took time out from its regular Tuesday evening business meeting to officially install this year’s crop of student advisors, and to celebrate with the district’s new superintendent as she received the Edmonds Community College Foundation’s Distinguished Alum Award.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 28, 2016

Bellingham Technical College classes will continue as contract talks approach resolution

Classes at Bellingham Technical College will continue as planned amid negotiations over a new contract between the college and its faculty union. The parties have reached a “conceptual agreement,” said Marni Mayer, a BTC spokeswoman, adding that the union had sent a letter to college administrators on Tuesday, Sept. 27, pledging not to strike on Wednesday, Sept. 28, as it had decided earlier this month.
The Bellingham Herald, Sept. 27, 2016

Washington community college software system ctcLink now two years behind schedule, $10 million over budget

One of the largest IT projects in Washington state government, perhaps in all of higher education, is now years behind schedule and $10 million over budget, although officials say the program is headed in the right direction. Called ctcLink, the software is designed to connect most financial, student-scheduling and employee functions in the state’s 34 community colleges and replaces a 30-year-old system. Statewide the system has still only been rolled out in three test colleges: Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College and Tacoma Community College. Some $70 million of the estimated $100 million total cost of the project already has been spent, a figure that doesn’t include costs incurred at the local level.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 27, 2016

The crazy price of college textbooks is pushing more US universities to adopt an “open-source” solution

Seven Rhode Island universities, including Brown and Rhode Island College, will move to open-license textbooks in a bid to save students $5 million over the next five years, the governor announced Tuesday (Sept. 27). The initiative is meant to put a dent in the exorbitant cost of college and, more specifically, college textbooks. Mark Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan Flint, and a writer at the American Enterprise Institute, estimated last year that college textbook prices rose 945% between 1978 and 2014, compared to an overall inflation rate of 262% and a 604% rise in the cost of medical care. ... Rhode Island is following other universities which have experimented with open textbooks. ... The University of Minnesota, Tacoma Community College, Kansas State University, and the University of Maryland ran similar programs, all of which generated savings for students and allowed for content which could be modified and adapted.
Quartz, Sept. 27, 2016

Briefs: $314,000 grant to develop retail management program at EvCC

Workforce Snohomish has received a $314,000 grant to allow it to partner with Everett Community College to develop a career pathway and Retail Management Certificate program that culminates in an industry recognized credential. The grant also funds a Retail Employment Navigator position at Workforce Snohomish. The grant was made possible through a $10.9 million overall grant from the Walmart Foundation.
Everett Herald, Sept. 27, 2016

Success-tech triumphs in higher ed

Involve students in product development. While students are certainly the focus in the deployment of any success technology, they are often on the periphery, participating only once the system is up and running. Whatcom Community College in Washington flipped the process, allowing students to help design the system and serve as campus advocates for its usage, says Tawny Townsend, director of student success and retention.
University Business, Sept. 26, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Study: Remedial education costs students $1.3B

A new report from Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress finds remedial education can cost students approximately $1.3 billion annually. The report details that students enrolled in these courses typically don't receive college credit and are less likely to graduate. In 30 states, the remediation rate for English, math or both is between 40 percent and 60 percent for first-year college students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 29, 2016

Survey: Barriers to improving student success

Reduced state funding is preventing colleges from improving student outcomes, but so are institutional challenges such as a lack of collaboration between departments and resistance from faculty members, a survey of college leaders found.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 29, 2016

Shared governance, not shared power

When it comes to shared governance, is OK good enough? That’s the question behind — and the title of — a new report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. It’s based in part on input from a focus group of faculty members, conducted earlier this year in conjunction with the American Association of University Professors. Three hundred presidents and several thousand board members weighed in via surveys; their feedback makes up the bulk of the report.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 29, 2016

Scaling up high-impact instruction

Love or hate the lecture, more and more professors are abandoning it for higher-impact teaching practices. Yet at most institutions, innovative instruction comes only from individual professors, at certain times, in certain courses. That is, the “magic” has yet to be bottled and broadly adopted across general-education programs or other key course offerings. A new grant initiative affiliated with the popular Reacting to the Past curricula — in which students participate in rigorous role-playing games to learn about historical events and debate ideas across disciplines — is trying to change that.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2016

Parents more optimistic about paying for college

More parents are saving money for college, according to the latest installment of a national survey conducted by Sallie Mae, the student lender. They're also saving more money and are more confident about their ability to pay for college, the survey found.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2016

Understanding the many crises of student loans

“There’s a lot of talk about the student-debt crisis, and I’m going to tell you that I don’t think there really is a student-debt crisis,” said Debbie Cochrane, the vice president at The Institute for College Access and Success. “What there are are multiple student-debt crises.” And though the federal government and the private sector are in various stages of implementing debt-relief programs meant to ease these crises and the strain felt by many people making monthly payments, not all borrowers are created equally, reporters learned at a recent higher-education conference hosted by the Education Writers Association.
The Atlantic, Sept. 27, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Student loan cohort default rate drops

The rate at which student loan borrowers defaulted on debt taken out to attend college dropped for the second consecutive year, although the Department of Education says significant work remains on the issue.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 29, 2016

Clinton, Sanders push tuition-free college plan

The Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, joined with her primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire Wednesday to promote a tuition-free college plan they said would open access to higher education and free young people to pursue their goals without burdensome student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 29, 2016

Small agency, big impact

In the latter half of the 2000s, it became commonplace for regulators and policy analysts to refer to the “Wild West” landscape of student lending, especially private student loans. A decade later, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced itself as the new sheriff in town to the student loan industry and the for-profit colleges that fueled it.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 28, 2016

Opinion: Bank new state revenue to help fund education

The latest Washington state revenue (tax collection) forecast was made public Wednesday. State government is now expected to have an additional $336 million to spend in the current two-year budget cycle. Here’s a suggestion: Don’t spend a penny of it. That cash, along with any other unspent cash, will put the state’s reserve fund at more than $1.8 billion.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Sept. 23, 2016

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