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News Links | October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

CPTC welcomes potential students for fall open house

More than 200 current and potential students made their way around the Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Campus Wednesday afternoon to learn about CPTC’s 43 different programs during the college’s Fall Evening Open House.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 17, 2016

Opinion: WWCC applied bachelor's degrees in business and ag on the radar

By Derek Brandes, president of Walla Walla Community College. Walla Walla Community College aspires to offer our first applied bachelor’s degrees by the fall of 2018. We are in the process of conducting a needs assessment to determine what potential workforce programs might benefit our students and regional employers if they were expanded to four-year programs. ... The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges envisions that applied bachelor’s degree programs will increase educational pathways for professional-technical associate graduates who have in the past been limited in their ability to apply credits toward a bachelor’s degree.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 16, 2016

Spotlight on EdCC: Volcanoes and rain garden research

Undergraduate research is a hallmark of distinguished universities, such as Stanford and University of Washington. But at Edmonds Community College, Professor Robin Datta, along with a team of faculty, administrators, and staff, intend to establish undergraduate research as a cornerstone of the two-year institution. Recently, Professor Datta, with students Robert Kingen and Sahayra Barojas, presented their undergraduate research findings to EdCC’s Foundation. Kingen’s project focuses on energy storage.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 16, 2016

This shoe salesman lived an unassuming life. Then he died, and his hometown got quite the surprise

Ken Millen was born in 1930 and grew up here on North C Street, a neighborhood of treeless blocks along the Wishkah River, which occasionally swallows a chunk of a deteriorating house and carries it away. ... The story starts and ends down the road at Grays Harbor College. ... Jan Jorgenson, executive director of the Grays Harbor College Foundation, received an email several weeks ago from Millen’s attorney, alerting her a donation was coming. She read the email, then read it again, and again. The college, it said, was getting a check from the shoe salesman’s estate in the amount of $981,564.22.
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14, 2016

Opinion: Intersectionality: What’s really in the word?

By Joshua Magallanes, committee chair for the LGBTQIA Task Force at Highline College. When we silence our own voice and we do not share out our story and authentic word, we are not only selling our family and coworkers short, but ultimately we are selling our own selves short. ... So, as a faculty member at Highline College, I begin to wonder how I can transform my classroom into a living space of transformational leaders.
Federal Way Mirror, Oct. 14, 2016

Former Centralia College presidents honored with emeritus status

The Centralia College Board of Trustees honored two former leaders for their loyalty and years of service on Thursday, giving them each the title of president emeritus. Former college presidents Hank Kirk and Jim Walton both received the title, along with a certificate for their contributions to Centralia College.
Centralia Chronicle, Oct. 14, 2016

CPTC esthetics program named school of the year

While Lira Clinical representative Aimee Fuentes often visits Clover Park Technical College to educate esthetic students and clients about Lira products, her visit early this week served a more congratulatory purpose. Fuentes presented the CPTC Esthetic Sciences program with the first annual Lira Clinical School of the Year award. Instructor Melissa Siedlicki accepted the award on behalf of the program.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 14, 2016

SPSCC generates $316.1 million to regional economy, study says

A study released Thursday morning stated that South Puget Sound Community College had a $316.1 million impact on Thurston County during fiscal year 2014-15. The study was completed by Economic Modeling Specialists International. It looked at the college’s operations spending, student spending and the impact of its alumni who stay in the area and purchase goods and services between July 2014 and June 2015, according to college spokeswoman Kelly Green.
The Olympian, Oct. 13, 2016

Edmonds Diversity Commission forum shines light on lives of immigrants, refugees

“They took big guns and shot at my boat. Without any warning shots!” Van Dinh-Kuno remembers her family’s terrifying escape from Saigon as the city was falling. Her father, an artillery commander in the South Vietnamese army, would have been killed if he didn’t escape the approaching North Vietnamese. Van Dinh-Kuno related her experiences as a refugee and immigrant, as the featured speaker at an Immigrant and Refugee Forum hosted by the Edmonds Diversity Commission Wednesday night. Dinh-Kuno is the long-time executive director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest — an organization based at Everett Community College that, among many other things, helps immigrants and refugees in five local counties learn English, find jobs and become citizens.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 13, 2016

Lewis to step away from Green River College board

Gov. Jay Inslee last week appointed a new trustee to the five-member Green River College Board of Trustees. Jackie Boschok, of Kent, replaces Pete Lewis, whose five-year term expired in September. Lewis, who was appointed to the board in 2011 and served as board chair for two years, decided not to seek reappointment to a second term.
Auburn Reporter, Oct. 13, 2016

Urban farming course helps refugees in Washington

An urban farming program at Highline College is doing more than growing vegetables. It's growing identity. "I want to rush to try what I learned. I feel like I need to try it and do it right now. That's how I feel," laughed Floribert Mubalama. Mubalama fled war in the Congo a decade ago and lived as a refugee for eight years. He moved to Washington a year ago. He got a full scholarship to participate in Highline College's Urban Agriculture program.
KING 5, Oct. 12, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community colleges enrollments drop

It’s not a surprise to community college leaders across the country, but enrollments in the two-year sector are falling. Typically, two-year college leaders could point to the economy and say that enrollments are down because people are working, but many of them are saying something different is happening.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2016

Report: Average student loan debt ticked up for 2015 graduates

College students who graduated in 2015 left with an average of $30,100 in student loan debt — an increase of 4 percent over the 2014 average, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the Institute for College Access and Success. About one-fifth of that loan debt came from nonfederal loans, which provide fewer consumer protections. Nearly a third of graduating seniors left college with no student loan debt.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2016

Efficiency, at scale

With up to 600 colleges working to create competency-based education programs, a new report examines the business model for this emerging approach to higher education, finding significant savings possibilities for colleges and students alike. According to the report, four institutions that were early adopters spent an average of 50 percent less per student on education-related activities in competency-based degree tracks compared to their traditional programs.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 18, 2016

Record-high graduation rates

U.S. high-school graduation rates for the 2014 to 2015 school year rose to a new record-high of more than 83 percent, according to the White House. This is the highest graduation rate recorded since the Obama administration implemented a uniform reporting method in 2010.
The Atlantic, Oct. 17, 2016

One-third of low-income student borrowers who rehabbed loans could default again

One in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have “cured” a loan in default in the past year are likely to default again, according to a report released on Monday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The federal agency’s student-loan ombudsman’s latest annual report highlights complaints the bureau has received from the “most economically distressed” borrowers about the transition from default to an income-driven repayment plan.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 17, 2016

Lumina revises plan for completion push

The Lumina Foundation on Monday released a revised strategic plan for achieving its goal of 60 percent of Americans holding a college degree, certificate or other high-quality credential by 2025. The foundation has released a new plan every four years since first proposing the goal in 2008. The latest iteration provides a more detailed breakdown of the 16.4 million Americans who will need to earn a credential to meet the goal.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2016

How the internet wrecked college admissions

On the one hand, the internet has been good news for college access. Officials at the Common App, for example, say 31 percent of the college applicants who used the portal in 2015–16 were first-generation students. Students and their families are also now smarter consumers of what’s likely to be among the biggest ticket items they will ever buy: a college education. The internet has also been great news for college marketing departments, which can now reach many more students — and more cheaply — than they could via old-fashioned snail mail. But the growing piles of applications are also causing problems — both for colleges and for students.
The Atlantic, Oct. 17, 2016

Exclusive: University of Washington to announce a capital campaign in excess of $4 billion

The Puget Sound Business Journal has learned that the University of Washington will announce a more than $4 billion capital fundraising campaign on Oct. 21. The campaign will be donor driven and will not replace any of the operating funds UW receives from the state of Washington. Most of the money will be non-discretionary and cannot be used for things other than what the donor directs. Inside sources close to the announcement say that the campaign will wrap up by 2020 and is already about halfway to its goal.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Oct. 14, 2016

A new generation of all-girls schools

The “maker space” room for the Girls Academic Leadership Academy in Los Angeles isn’t completed yet. But if the strands of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows — remnants of a tower-building exercise — strewn about are any indication, it’s already been put to use. The leadership academy, or GALA, is one of two all-girls schools that opened in the area this school year and Los Angeles Unified School District’s first public all-girls school. In California, it’s the first non-charter, single-sex school California has seen in 20 years—and certainly the first one to focus on STEM in the state’s history.
The Atlantic, Oct. 14, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

A closer look at income-based repayment, the centerpiece of Donald Trump's unexpected higher-ed speech

On Thursday Donald J. Trump broke his near-silence on the higher-education policies he’d pursue if elected president, laying out a variety of ideas at a rally in Columbus, Ohio. If the speech itself was a surprise, more surprising still was the issue Mr. Trump discussed in the greatest detail: income-based repayment plans for student-loan borrowers. Those plans have broad bipartisan support and have been embraced by the Republican nominee's Democratic foils. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has said she would "simplify, expand, and develop options for automatic enrollment" in income-based programs, and President Barack Obama has made them more generous. Mr. Trump’s plan appears to be more generous still. Under his proposal, borrowers’ loan payments would be capped at 12.5 percent of their income, and any remaining student-loan balances would be forgiven after 15 years. Mr. Trump also said he would "simplify this confusing maze" of various repayment options "into a single income-based repayment program."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 15, 2016

Donald Trump actually talked about higher education on Thursday. Here's what he said.

Donald J. Trump did something shocking on Thursday, something he hasn’t done in the entirety of his unusual campaign for president: He talked with some substance about his plans for higher education.  At a rally in Columbus, Ohio, the Republican nominee ventured into what was for him uncharted territory, proposing the simplification of income-based repayment plans, decrying burdensome government regulations and their effect on college costs, and ripping what he described as the culture of political correctness on campuses.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 14, 2016

DeVry, U.S. settle job placement claims

After a year of investigations, the U.S. Department of Education reached a settlement agreement with DeVry University over a charge that the for-profit institution used unsubstantiated job placement claims in recruitment and advertising materials. The settlement is related to an investigation into DeVry's claim that since 1975, 90 percent of its graduates were employed in their field of study within six months of graduation. However, the Federal Student Aid office determined that DeVry could not provide sufficient evidence to support that claim for certain times during that period.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 14, 2016

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