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News Links | April 6, 2017

April 06, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Outstanding Whatcom Community College students selected for All-Washington Academic Team

Whatcom Community College students Christiana van den Heuvel of Deming, Washington and Emerson Powers of Acme, Washington have been selected for the All-Washington Academic Team, which honors students who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and service in their communities. The 2017 team consists of 63 elite students representing the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Whatcom Talk, April 6, 2017

Wine industry celebrates Latino students

The graduation of nearly 50 students, half of them women, from the 2016-2017 class of the Latino Ag Education Program was celebrated at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center on March 24. The students graduated from Level Two Viticulture Production Systems and Management and a higher level Vineyard Management and Integrated Pest Management course. LAEP is sponsored by Washington Winegrowers, Yakima Valley College and Wenatchee Valley College. The program is designed to equip Latino employees in viticulture with technical expertise. The program has graduated nearly 350 people since beginning in 2007.
Capital Press, April 5, 2017

Work starts on new $18 million gym at Spokane Falls Community College

Ground was broken Wednesday on a new gymnasium that could raise the profile of Spokane Falls Community College. And not just in intercollegiate sports. “We do pretty well in basketball, anyway,” joked Ken Burrus, athletic director for the Community Colleges of Spokane. “But I think this is for the entire college and the community and is going to be a focal point for activities and student engagement.” Once the $18 million building is completed in June 2018, SFCC students will find themselves engaged with a fitness center, weight room, lounges and a two-story climbing wall.
The Spokesman-Review, April 5, 2017

Centralia College gets $189,000 grant for solar energy system

Centralia College has received a $189,000 grant from the Centralia Coal Transition Energy Technology Board to help fund the construction of a 56-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Kirk Library. The low-maintenance, roof-mounted system will produce more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of energy in its 30-plus year life, according to a press release.
Centralia Chronicle, April 4, 2017

Declining enrollment causes Lower Columbia College to become "entrepreneurial"

Enrollment declines at Lower Columbia College have likely “bottomed out” at this point, according to President Chris Bailey. But the college is still dealing with how to fill a potential $500,000 deficit in next year’s operating budget and protect itself against dramatic changes in the economy.
Longview Daily News, April 4, 2017

Clark College child and family studies: helping families succeed

Clark College has steadily grown over the years and has built a reputation for excellence in many circles. Their Child and Family Studies Program (CFS) is no exception. Founded decades ago with roots that date back to the kindergartens that sprang up around the Kaiser shipyards in World War II, the program operates with a three-fold mission. One: offer affordable, top-quality child care for Clark College students and staff, as well as the Clark County community. Two: offer support and education for parents. And three: provide a learning lab for students enrolled in the Early Childhood program at Clark.
Vancouver Family Magazine, March 31, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Feeling like impostors

Minority college students often face discrimination and report higher rates of depression and anxiety than their white peers — and there’s another factor that could exacerbate those feelings. A new study out of the University of Texas at Austin and published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology suggests that the impostor phenomenon in some cases can degrade the mental health of minority students who already perceive prejudices against them.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2017

Kansas student newspaper's fact check results in new principal's resignation

In Kansas, a student newspaper is being praised for its hard work in reporting that Pittsburg High School's newly hired principal had seemingly overstated her credentials. The principal, Amy Robertson, has now resigned, after the paper found she claimed advanced degrees from Corllins University, an entity whose legitimacy has been questioned.
NPR, April 5, 2017

Public confidence in higher ed varies by social context

From concerns about student debt to legislative attacks on tenure, some have suggested there’s a crisis of public confidence in U.S. colleges and universities. A new paper in The Journal of Higher Education examines how that confidence varies across social contexts, from political ideology to religion to parental career encouragement.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2017

More data on international applications

Preliminary results of a survey of nearly 300 American universities released earlier this month showed that nearly four in 10 universities were seeing application declines and that many universities were reporting concerns on the part of international students about a perceived unwelcoming climate in the U.S. and about visa policies. A more detailed breakdown of survey results released Tuesday provides further insight into how those concerns break down according to geographic region and the magnitude of the overall application declines.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2017

Opinion: Postsecondary success starts in high school

I wish Woody Allen’s aphorism that 80 percent of success is showing up applied to the persistent problem of college remediation. More than half of incoming community-college students, and approximately 20 percent of incoming students at four-year institutions, are academically unprepared when they arrive on campus. ... So why wait until college to catch students up academically? We need to add a new chapter in our student-success playbook, and it should happen in high school. By waiting until college to remediate, we are doing a disservice to the students who need the most support. This is an issue of equity and economics — we must do better.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Year-round Pell's likely return

Many more college students soon may be able to use Pell Grants to pay for summer courses, with the likely return of so-called year-round Pell. Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress and the Trump White House back the reinstatement of year-round Pell eligibility, according to a wide range of sources. However, increased spending on the grants, which experts have estimated at $2 billion per year, likely would be offset by a cut of at least $1.2 billion to Pell’s current surplus of $10.6 billion.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2017

Bipartisan Congressional task force to address campus sexual assault

Lawmakers Wednesday announced the formation of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, which will focus on issues including campus safety, data collection and law enforcement training. The leaders of the task force are New Hampshire Democrat Ann Kuster, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan, Ohio Republican David Joyce and California Democrat Jackie Speier.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2017

Groups urge Congress to protect student aid

Congress should maintain the federal student loan program and strengthen Pell Grants, a coalition of 576 universities, education groups and other advocacy organizations told lawmakers in a letter Wednesday.
Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2017

Loan forgiveness uncertainty

Student loan borrowers who entered into lower-paying public service careers with the expectation that their debt would eventually be wiped out by the federal government shouldn't bank on assurances from government contractors that they qualify for loan forgiveness. That was how several observers read a new court filing by the U.S. Education Department in a lawsuit over the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Inside Higher Ed, April 5, 2017

Washington legislative leaders won't release records related to education funding fix

Washington lawmakers are working this year to craft a solution to the state’s school funding crisis. Much of their work is happening behind the scenes and in closed door meetings. So who’s in those meetings and who’s trying to influence the outcome? The top four leaders of the legislature denied a public records request to see their emails and calendars.
KUOW, April 2, 2017

Opinion: Solving McCleary with sustainable funding

It is time to look beyond the “D” and the “R” and consider the accountability, transparency, and sustainability of these plans to more equitably and sustainably fund education. The Senate plan is not only more precise and transparent, by ensuring that the new taxes go to K-12 education, but it gives back the responsibility of managing resources to the school districts and the schools to meet the needs of their particular communities and students.
Kitsap Sun, April 2, 2017

Opinion: K-12 budget needs help for struggling students

Budget writers in the state House and Senate are digging in for a long fight over full funding of Washington’s public schools. How long legislators lob message bombs at each other before really negotiating is always a question. The regular legislative session ends April 23, and it’s certain that the Democrat-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate will carry on a slow-motion battle well beyond that date. Eventually one party or the other, or both, must surrender their prized policies to end the state’s 40-year failure on school funding. The state Supreme Court has said the state must fully fund basic education in K-12 schools by 2018.
The Olympian, April 1, 2017

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