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News Links | November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Yakima Valley College students make the grade with judges at professional wine competitions

During the Tri-Cities Wine Festival, attendees crowded around the booth of Yakima Valley Vintners. The teaching winery at Yakima Valley College’s Grandview campus had submitted several wines — including the 2014 Red Backpack, a Bordeaux-style red wine blend, which turned out to be the most popular. “We had a feeling that was the best one of the bottles we had,” said Emilse Osorio, 25. Osorio, who will complete YVC’s winery technology program this spring, was right — judges not only awarded the 2014 Red Backpack with a gold medal but also named it  “Best in Class,” deeming it the best among more than 90 wines awarded a gold medal. Yakima Valley Vintners received medals for nearly all the wines it submitted for the festival.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 28, 2016

TCC trustees examine faculty complaints against school president

Tacoma Community College’s trustees met for more than an hour Monday to discuss faculty complaints against college President Sheila Ruhland, but took no official action. The board meeting followed a Nov. 9 group letter from faculty members asking that the board replace Ruhland because of her alleged handling of the school’s accreditation status and of perceived racial insensitivity.
The News Tribune, Nov. 28, 2016

WSU Tri-Cities developing cybersecurity program

Mid-Columbia students looking to learn about cybersecurity are going to have a new option. WSU Tri-Cities’ School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has a goal of developing undergraduate and graduate programs in the fast-growing field. ... Iannelli and Ray said the university’s program is different than the bachelor’s degree in applied science offered by Columbia Basin College. ... University officials plan to work with community college programs in the state to give students a chance to pursue graduate degrees in cybersecurity.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 27, 2016

Complaint against Spokane Community College alleging sexism, racism leads to program review

Following allegations of sexism and racism earlier this year, Spokane Community College has created training materials and clarified the complaint process for students, faculty and staff. Additionally, the criminal justice program and one of the instructors named in the complaint will be reviewed by outside experts, SCC President Ryan Carstens said.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 27, 2016

Front and Center: Donald Sewell has turned a landscape photography hobby into a business

People who see Donald Sewell’s photographic calendars and notecards occasionally inquire whether he also shoots weddings. ... Sewell: I thought I might go into something like the national parks, so I attended Spokane Falls Community College and studied outdoor science.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 27, 2016

Opinion: Holidays a time of giving

In 2016, TDN started the Students in Need program. The program came out of meetings between TDN and Lower Columbia College. The team at LCC shocked us when they talked about how many students dropped out of college because they were short a few hundred dollars or more for tuition or books. As we sat having lunch together, TDN and the LCC team developed Students in Need. The inaugural campaign held earlier this year raised $38,500 in reader contributions to help local LCC students stay in college and graduate. Overall, year one of Students in Need was just amazing.
Longview Daily News, Nov. 27, 2016

Zonta Club of Everett works to protect women from violence

After retiring, [Lyn Kent] joined Zonta, an international organization with a mission to support women and protect them from violence. With help from the United Nations, Zonta has implemented advocacy projects worldwide. ... In past years, Zonta Club of Everett has participated in clothing drives, asking for business clothes that women can wear to job interviews. Members cook a meal once a month at Cocoon House, a nonprofit that assists young people in finding a safe place to live. They also hosted a forum for students at Edmonds Community College about human trafficking.
Everett Herald, Nov. 26, 2016

Everett CC Math Teacher Blasts Traditional Algebra Instruction

Got an interesting press release in this week from Everett Community College. Remember wondering “When am I ever going to use this?” in your algebra class? As it turns out, the answer to that question is just as important as knowing how to solve for x. Solving algebra problems without real-world context does not prepare students to succeed in college-level math classes, according to a recent study co-authored by Everett Community College math instructor Christopher Quarles.
My Everett News, Nov. 26, 2016

Volunteers bring Thanksgiving to families in need

Twenty-seven Skagit County families received a knock on their door Thursday morning and were greeted by volunteers with hands full of cooked turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and everything else needed for a full Thanksgiving meal. For the 21st year, Skagit Valley College students in the Culinary Hospitality Education Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, as well as other volunteers, prepared Thanksgiving meals and delivered them to more than 150 people.
Skagit Valley Herald, Nov. 25, 2016

Green River College awarded EPA environmental education grant

Green River College was recently awarded an $85,773 grant from the Environmental Protective Agency to train students and create environmental outreach materials about the Soos Creek watershed. Training will be conducted through partnerships with the Green River Coalition, Institute for Community Leadership, city of Kent, and Earth Corps.
Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Nov. 24, 2016

Edmonds CC trustee attends White House Community College assembly

Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees member Emily Yim attended the White House Community College Convening on Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. Yim has served as an Edmonds CC trustee since 2007. She is also the chair-elect for the national Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board, a nonprofit representing 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the U.S. and beyond.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 23, 2016

Bellingham Technical College wins some kudos

A recent national survey conducted by Niche ranks Bellingham Technical College fifth on a list of Best Community Colleges in America. On another college comparison site, the Dental Hygiene and Vet Tech programs were both identified as Best Choice ones, with high scores placing BTC among the top two- or four-year programs in the country in those areas.
Lynden Tribune, Nov. 23, 2016

South County mayors, police chiefs plan meeting to discuss immigration worries

With President-elect Donald Trump promising to be tougher on immigration and deport criminal immigrants, mayors and police chiefs from the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace will be meeting soon to discuss community concerns about how Trump’s stance could impact local police agencies’ approach immigration enforcement. The meeting is being organized by Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, and stemmed from a phone call that Lynnwood Communications and Public Affairs Manager Julie Moore received last week from a teacher at Alderwood Middle School. ... As a result of that call, Smith began talking with Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy and Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez about the issue.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 23, 2016

Highline College will protect students from possible deportation under Trump

Dr. Jack Bermingham, Highline College President, has joined more than 200 other college and university presidents in an effort to protect some students from possible deportation. Bermingham added his name to a letter urging President-elect Donald J. Trump and his incoming administration to continue and expand the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA). DACA is an immigration policy that provides temporary relief from deportation and a two-year work permit for undocumented young people who came to the United States as children.
Waterland Blog, Nov. 23, 2016

Community tours Arlington schools

Arlington School District officials took local parents and community members to local schools as part of their Know Your Schools event on Nov. 15. The tours are designed to give local parents and legislators a close-up look at what's going on in the district's schools. ... Weston High School has also been the site of Everett Community College's new Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center extension, where students can have advanced machinery training available after graduation.
North County Outlook, Nov. 23, 2016

Website names Centralia College among top 10 online options for classes or degrees in state

In a 2016 study, Centralia College ranked as the No. 10 college out of 56 institutions in Washington that offer online classes or degree programs. The analysis was conducted by, a website that provides information about top online colleges and degree programs by featuring school rankings, program guides and career outlooks, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 23, 2016

Opinion: Tackling enrollment challenges

By Cheryl Roberts, president of Shoreline Community College. Shoreline Community College opened 52 years ago on an 83-acre campus 10 miles north of Seattle. In 2015–2016, we served 10,003 students studying more than 100 transfer and professional degree programs and hosted international students from 45 countries. However, when I arrived as the ninth president of the college in 2014, it was clear we needed to “adjust our sails” as dark clouds gathered on the enrollment horizon.
Community College Daily, Nov. 22, 2016

OC program offers tasty lessons at a good price

Most locals know Olympic College has a top-notch culinary program, but what many don't know is that the students run a cozy campus lunch spot that's one of the best bargains on the peninsula. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, a classroom next to Olympic Café in the Bremer Student Center transforms into the Fireside Bistro, an inviting wood-paneled space that seats 40-50 customers at copper-topped tables and is open to the public.
Kitsap Sun, Nov. 22, 2016

‘We need a new president,’ say TCC faculty in stinging letter to board

Faculty at Tacoma Community College have drafted a four-page letter outlining frustrations with TCC President Sheila Ruhland and telling the college’s board of trustees it’s time to seek a new leader.
The News Tribune, Nov. 22, 2016

Olympic College reduces security force

Olympic College will reduce its campus security force in the wake of declining enrollment, a college spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Two campus safety guards and 15 part-time campus safety staff members received layoff notices Thursday, Olympic College Communications Director Shawn Devine said, as part of a "realignment" due to a decreased number of students in attendance. School officials are ironing out how security will be handled following the cuts.
Kitsap Sun, Nov. 22, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

How one college takes a ‘customer-centric’ approach to higher education

Scott Pulsipher left a career in Silicon Valley to become the new president of Western Governors University. During a recent visit to The Chronicle, he described how the competency-based education provider builds relationships with students and judges its success, like helping graduates earn five-figure increases in pay within two years.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 29, 2016

Stabbings terrify Ohio State

Eleven people were injured at Ohio State University Monday after a student drove into a group of pedestrians outside a classroom building, got out of his car and stabbed several people with a butcher knife. Police said an Ohio State officer shot and killed the student within two minutes of the car driving into the crowd.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 29, 2016

Separate and not equal

When it comes to gaining tenure, are minority professors held to higher — or even shifting — standards, compared to their white colleagues? That’s the question asked by numerous challenges to negative tenure decisions nationwide in recent years. It’s also the premise behind a new book that’s attracting attention for articulating what some see as a longstanding but heretofore unspoken rule of academe.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 29, 2016

Risky gimmick or risk sharing?

Udacity and some boot camps offer money-back guarantees despite state bans on job-placement promises in higher education. But some say the offers are a form of risk sharing worth considering.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 29, 2016

America's richest colleges and universities brace for budget hits as endowments stumble

It wasn't the Great Recession, but the early investment returns coming in from America's most prestigious and deep-pocketed colleges indicate that fiscal 2016 will go down as one of the worst performance periods for endowments in recent memory. An American City Business Journals analysis of endowment returns at 25 private, nonprofit schools with some of the largest investment portfolios in the country found that all but one — Boston University — saw a year-over-year decline in value. Cumulatively, those 25 endowments shed 4 percent, or $5.3 billion, of their value during the most-recent reporting period.
Puget Sound Business Journal, Nov. 28, 2016

Some U of Phoenix programs fail gainful employment standard

Academic programs enrolling roughly 16 percent of the University of Phoenix's student population do not pass the federal government's new gainful employment rule, according to a financial filing from the Apollo Education Group, the university's owner. Those programs failed the regulation's two student debt-to-earnings standards. The department recently released its first round of draft data for affected programs, with a scheduled January release for the final data sets.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2016

Matt Driscoll: After election, UPS is asked to shield immigrant students

On Monday, a letter and petition — which gathered more than 1,000 signatures in just over three days — was delivered to UPS President Isiaah Crawford and academic vice president Kris Bartanen. It demanded that UPS declare itself a “sanctuary campus” for immigrant students, staff and community members.
The News Tribune, Nov. 26, 2016

Opinion: Too many Washington kids are not college- or job-ready

A survey of Washington Roundtable member companies shows a universal preference to hire Washington kids for Washington jobs. But why are too few of our children ready for the workplace?
The Seattle Times, Nov. 25, 2016

An admissions experiment succeeds

It’s been a year since the state of Idaho embarked on an ambitious experiment: directly admitting graduating high school seniors into Idaho’s public colleges and universities without requiring them to fill out an application. For many institutions in the Idaho system, it worked.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 23, 2016

Parents can leave tuition money in GET for now; new 529 college savings plan delayed

A state committee that manages a prepaid tuition savings plan for college-bound students says it expects to give its customers a new investment option by this summer — but in the meantime, account-holders have until at least Sept. 1 of next year to pull out their money without incurring state penalties.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 25, 2016

A ‘moon shot’ for libraries

Massachusetts Institute of Technology issues an invitation to publishers, researchers and universities to collaborate on a vision for the future of libraries.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 23, 2016

College’s computer-science diversity a lesson for tech firms

As a former member of the Microsoft board, Maria Klawe knows the deep challenge tech companies face in diversifying their workforce. As president of Harvey Mudd College, she’s helped the science and engineering school attract an enrollment that’s majority women.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 21, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

College courses in high school

Community colleges across Texas are finding tens of thousands of high school students who are eager to take free dual-credit courses, an approach favored by the state's mostly Republican lawmakers.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 29, 2016

Joint federal guidance on low-income students

Federal agencies must do more to coordinate public benefits so that low-income students can access and complete college, the secretaries of education, agriculture, housing, labor and Treasury said in a joint letter released this month. The letter collected previously released guidance from those agencies concerning benefits such as food stamps, Section 8 housing and student financial aid.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2016

Trump's choice for education secretary

President-elect Donald Trump's pick of the Michigan school choice activist Betsy DeVos as his education secretary drew praise from many conservatives and criticism from liberal groups and teachers' unions, who said the selection signaled intentions to privatize education. DeVos, who served as chair of the Michigan Republican party from 1996-2000, has a track record of promoting charter schools and school vouchers. It's expected that she will bring a focus on those issues to the federal Department of Education. Less clear is what that vision says about her potential priorities for the higher education sector.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2016

Erin Jones concedes schools chief race to Chris Reykdal

State Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, will be Washington state’s next schools chief. Erin Jones, a former Tacoma Public Schools administrator, conceded the race to Reykdal on Tuesday in a post on Facebook. Jones, a Lacey resident, posted a video congratulating Reykdal on his win and wishing him good luck as the state’s next superintendent of public instruction. The race between the two former teachers ended up being the closest of nine contests for statewide elected offices in Washington this year. Reykdal led Jones by about one percentage point as the final votes were being counted this week.
The News Tribune, Nov. 23, 2016

What does Betsy DeVos have in mind for higher ed?

By selecting Betsy DeVos to become the next secretary of education, President-elect Donald J. Trump has signaled his commitment to an ambitious plan to reform elementary and secondary education. But after a campaign during which Mr. Trump offered few details on higher education, the pick does little to clarify his vision for that sector.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 23, 2016

Efforts to defend undocumented students

An open letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump from higher education professionals -- faculty, staff and administrators — calls for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have obtained temporary protection from deportation and two-year renewable work permits. Trump pledged to end the DACA program during the campaign, prompting anxiety and fears among students who benefited from the program and among higher educational professionals concerned for their students' futures.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 23, 2016

Federal judge blocks overtime regulations

A federal district judge in Texas blocked a Department of Labor overtime rule Tuesday night in a major setback for the Obama administration. The rule, which would have affected 4.2 million workers, was highly controversial among many employers, including higher education institutions. It would have raised to $47,476 from $23,660 the threshold under which salaried employees would be eligible for overtime pay. The final version of the rule released by the administration included a teaching exemption but, in theory, would have applied to postdoctoral fellows as well as many who work in student affairs, admissions and other parts of colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 23, 2016

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