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News Links | December 1, 2016

December 01, 2016 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Youth Investment Center in Puyallup celebrates 10 years of service to at-risk teens

Gavin Massey is a 19-year-old on the verge of finishing his fourth quarter at Pierce College with his eye on the prize — graduating with an associate degree and transferring to Washington State University to pursue his dream of becoming a civil engineer. Massey doesn’t shy from giving thanks to those who helped him along the way and shaped him into the man he is today. One organization that Massey contributes his success to is the YMCA Youth Investment Center in downtown Puyallup, which in November celebrated 10 years of empowering at-risk youth in junior and senior high.
The News Tribune, Nov. 30, 2016

Lower Columbia School Gardens wants shared use of Northlake campus

Every Wednesday at Northlake Elementary school, students tend a one-acre garden at the west end of campus that contains 60 fruit trees, 40 grapevines, 60 blueberry bushes and raised beds. Students raise seedlings for other local school gardens. The garden is part of their studies. ...  [Ian] Thompson also said that the program had “gotten lucky” in years past because Lower Columbia College and Discovery High School both had greenhouses that they allowed the program to share.
Longview Daily News, Nov. 29, 2016

‘Nutcracker’ sweets: Visions of these treats will dance in your heads long after the show’s over

Classic marzipan, with just three ingredients, is particularly easy to prepare. It’s also one of the first sweets pastry chef and Spokane Community College culinary instructor Bob Lombardi learned to make in pastry school more than 30 years ago.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 29, 2016

JH Kelly named the LCC Foundation's 2016-17 Benefactor of the Year

Local industrial mechanical contracting company JH Kelly has been named the Lower Columbia College Foundation's "Benefactor of the Year." Benefactor honorees historically have provided charitable financial support to the foundation or significant volunteer service to the college. Past honorees include June Rose, the J & S Foundation, Steve Vincent and Don and Clara Lemmons.
Longview Daily News, Nov. 28, 2016

Auburn resident promoted to administrative role at Highline College

Ay Saechao, of Auburn, has been promoted to associate dean for Student Development, Retention and Conduct at Highline College. Since 2011, Saechao has made significant contributions to the success of Highline’s TRiO Student Support and Retention Services program, New Student Experience Seminar and the college.
Auburn Reporter, Nov. 28, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

FAFSA completion rates vary widely by city

The percentage of graduating high school seniors who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in 2015 varied widely by city, according to a new analysis from the National College Access Network. The group looked at numbers from 68 cities, finding that a high of 68 percent completed the FAFSA in Memphis, Tenn., compared to a low of 25 percent in North Las Vegas. The 68-city average was 48 percent, according to the group, which is close to the nationwide rate of 44 percent in 2014.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2016

Report projects impact of possible new recession on public institutions

If another recession hits, many public colleges and universities are likely to increase tuition to raise revenue as they are squeezed by drops in state and local funding, according to a new report from New America. The think tank released a paper Wednesday predicting how a theoretical future recession would affect higher education finances. It examined historical data on state appropriations, local appropriations, tuition revenue and enrollment levels from the past 15 years. New America then modeled each state’s likely outcomes in the event of recessions of differing severity.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2016

Student press under pressure

Student news organizations face threats of censorship and intimidation from university administrators, sometimes in the form of budget cuts in the wake of unflattering articles and sometimes with the firings of faculty advisers who encourage aggressive student journalism. These are the findings of a report released today called “Threats to the Independence of Student Media.”
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2016

Building a network to help first-generation students succeed

To help low-income and first-generation students succeed, build them a network, says Carl Strikwerda, president of Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania. Students from homes or high schools where few others have gone on to college don’t have peers they can turn to for advice when times get tough.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 1, 2016

Forgotten chairs

Being a department chair can feel like running a small business, yet most professors aren’t trained for that kind of work. Initial data from a new study of department chairs suggest that most don’t even receive training for their role. Moreover, when professors do receive training to be chairs, advice centers on hard skills that may or may not be relevant rather than on interpersonal and other soft skills that can make or break a departmental climate.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2016

Use of private student loans declines

After reaching a peak of 14 percent in 2008, the number of undergraduates nationwide who used private student loans declined by roughly half by 2012, to 6 percent, according to a new data report from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. During the same time period, the percentage of undergraduates borrowing from the federal government through the Stafford Loan program increased to 40 percent from 35 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 30, 2016

Tuition revenue growth projected for private colleges

Private colleges and universities are expected to post higher net tuition revenue growth than their public counterparts in the 2017 fiscal year, according to a new report released Tuesday by Moody’s Investors Service.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 30, 2016

If you had $45 billion, what would you do to improve education?

If ever there was a plum job in the world of education, Jim Shelton has landed it. Seven months ago, Shelton was hired by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to head up its education portfolio. CZI is the unusual new company created by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to "improve the world for the next generation."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

U.S. underestimates cost of loan programs

The Education Department drastically underestimated the cost of the government's income-driven repayment plans for student loans in its original estimates, the Government Accountability Office said in a highly critical report Wednesday. The GAO report finds that estimates of the cost to the government of income-driven repayment plans — which eventually discharge a student's remaining debt after 20 years or more of payments — has jumped from $28 billion to $53 billion for student loans issued from 2009 to 2016. And it found that nearly a third of student loan debt expected to be repaid via income-driven repayments ($108 billion) will be forgiven by the federal government through programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2016

Catholic college presidents defend undocumented students

About 80 member presidents of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities have signed a statement in support of students who have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have gained temporary protection from deportation and two-year renewable work permits. President-elect Donald J. Trump has said he would end the program, which was created by President Obama in what critics view as an overreach of his executive authority.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 1, 2016

When presidents talk politics

As student concerns and campus protests play out in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, college and university presidents grapple with the question of whether they should weigh in — and what they should say.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 30, 2016

State to delay submission of plan for Every Student Succeeds Act

State education officials, already under pressure from parents, teachers and the State Board of Education, will delay submission of their plan for how Washington state will deal with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Tuesday that it would offer the public at least two more months to weigh in on a 241-page draft, which outlines how the state proposes to set new academic goals for students, provide support for teachers, overhaul the state’s school-accountability system and much more.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 29, 2016

Opinion: State Need Grant deserves a boost

Washington’s universities, community colleges and technical colleges are joining forces on a few common budget goals in the next year. One important focus is on the State Need Grant program. This valuable piece of Washington’s investment in higher education provides tuition aid to nearly 70,000 low-income students. Institutions as large as from the University of Washington and as small as those in the community and technical college system are jointly seeking to expand the program to cover all 93,000 eligible students.
The Olympian, Nov. 29, 2016

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