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News Links | April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: Extra inning for session needed, but shouldn’t be

The Washington State Legislature’s 30-day special session kicked off Monday in Olympia after convening the 105-day regular session Sunday. Some of the major issues include the unapproved state operating and capital budgets, and public education funding in response to the McCleary decision. ... Locally, Big Bend Community College is awaiting news about funding in the capital budget for the school’s proposed Professional Technical Education Center. The $35 million project has huge short-term benefits and long-term workforce development implications for our area. Big Bend officials are also waiting to learn the fate of community and technical colleges. The state’s operating budget addresses funding for colleges in the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges System.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 27, 2017

Suzanne Johnson named next Green River president

Dr. Suzanne Johnson will be the next president of Green River College. The Green River Board of Trustees announced the decision during its board meeting Tuesday. Johnson, vice president of academic affairs at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, N.Y., will start effective July 1. She will succeed Interim President Scott Morgan, who was appointed by the Board of Trustees on July 28, 2016.
Auburn Reporter, April 26, 2017

Video game expo takes off in Bellevue

Jesse Mauk's parents don't really understand what she's learning about in college. After all, she's majoring in "video games" at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. "Originally, I got a degree in social work," said Mauk, 26, who is demonstrating one of her school projects at this year's Power to Play video game expo in Bellevue. "I'm people-oriented. I always played games growing up. I thought it would be a good way to marry my two hobbies." Mauk is poised to join one of the largest communities of video game developers and programmers in the world, based right in the Puget Sound region.
KING 5, April 27, 2017

Marysville students explore options at Opportunity Expo

Marysville students met with numerous colleges, businesses, apprenticeship programs and other organizations during this year's Opportunity Expo on April 18. Marysville School District juniors came to Everett Community College during the day to get tours of the campus and meet numerous representatives about their potential futures. This is the sixth year of the event.
North County Outlook, April 26, 2017

Governor signs measure expanding prison education programs

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would expand education programs for inmates. Senate Bill 5069 authorizes the state Department of Corrections to partner with community and technical colleges to provide associate degree programs. The measure signed Tuesday by Inslee would expand existing programs at the state’s prisons that provide basic education and job training.
Q13, April 25, 2017

EvCC’s pre-college math program gets boost from grant

Everett Community College has received a grant to help students progress more quickly through pre-college and college math courses. The $122,858 grant comes from College Spark Washington, a foundation that funds programs designed to help low-income students prepare for college and earn degrees.
Everett Herald, April 25, 2017

The small but mighty CloverBots of Battle Ground

More than 400 teams from across the world met in Houston last week for FIRST Robotics Competition championship. Among them were the CloverBots of Battle Ground. The CloverBots finished as a division semi-finalist, but the real accomplishment was making it there, given the unique nature of their team makeup compared with the hundreds of other teams who joined them and the thousands of others that didn’t make it. ... Lauren Choquer, a junior at CAM Academy and Running Start student at Clark College, describes the competitions as a game of strategy, as opposed to the battling bots one might see on TV.
The Reflector, April 25, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Fannie Mae allows home owners to swap student loan debt for mortgage debt

Fannie Mae, the largest backer of mortgage credit in the country, has issued new guidelines allowing home owners to refinance their mortgages to pay off their student loan debt. The option to essentially swap student loan debt for mortgage debt is an expansion of a program launched last year with personal finance company SoFi.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2017

Opinion: How an elite college reaches out beyond the 1 percent

The University of Southern California’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, or NAI, prepares underprivileged kids who live near its South Los Angeles campus to achieve a goal too few of them can envision.
The Seattle Times, April 26, 2017

Graduation rates and race

College completion rates vary widely along racial and ethnic lines, with black and Hispanic students earning credentials at a much lower rate than white and Asian students do, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2017

Teacher-shortage crisis? UW researcher says it’s not that simple, and offers some fixes

A new report from the Brookings Institution encourages states and school districts to use more targeted solutions to address persistent teacher shortages in high-needs subjects and hard-to-staff schools.
The Seattle Times, April 26, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

DeVos urged to restore loan servicing protections

More than 130 Democratic lawmakers called on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Wednesday to reinstate consumer protections for student borrowers in federal contracts with loan servicers. DeVos earlier this month rescinded guidance issued last year by then Secretary John B. King Jr. directing the Office of Federal Student Aid to consider servicers' past performance in the awarding of contracts. In the same decision, she withdrew separate guidance issued by former Under Secretary Ted Mitchell laying out a comprehensive set of servicing standards based on guidelines developed in collaboration with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Treasury. The guidance from Mitchell also spelled out the requirements for an ambitious web portal the department had planned to build for all borrowers to use regardless of their servicers.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2017

Steady hand in an unpredictable time

Recent personnel choices at the Department of Education have received scrutiny for connections to private industry and personal ideologies at odds with the mission of their office. But the appointment of James Manning, a career public official, has drawn a different sort of reaction. Manning was named acting under secretary of education last week, one of nine hires officially announced by the department. The details of his role are not entirely clear, but former officials who have worked under Republican and Democratic administrations described Manning as an administrator with a broad skill set and a deep understanding of the workings of the student financial aid system.
Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2017

Judge cites Trump’s words in blocking ‘sanctuary city’ order

For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump’s own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.
The Seattle Times, April 26, 2017

Opposition grows to proposal on GI Bill

The House Veterans Affairs Committee this week postponed a planned hearing on potential updates to the GI Bill amid growing opposition to a proposal that would require new service members to pay into the GI Bill for future benefits. The proposal — reported last week in military and veterans' news outlets — was being crafted by the office of Tennessee Republican Phil Roe, the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. News of the proposal led to backlash from veterans' organizations even as one group backed the idea.
Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2017

Dozens of colleges’ Upward Bound applications are denied for failing to dot every I

For the want of double spacing in a small section of a 65-page grant application, 109 low-income high-school students will be cut off from a program at Wittenberg University that has been providing them with tutoring and counseling to prepare them for college. And they’re not alone. Over the past few weeks at least 40 colleges and organizations with similar Upward Bound programs have also had their grant applications summarily rejected by the U.S. Department of Education for running afoul of rules on mandatory double-spacing rules, use of the wrong font, or other minor technical glitches. The affected colleges, whose programs serve at least 2,400 low-income students, and the members of Congress who represent them are furious, especially because their appeals to the department for reconsideration have so far been met with little sympathy or indication of any sort of resolution.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2017

Attorneys general: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers

Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last year under President Barack Obama. The attorneys general said the guidance is designed to help borrowers get accurate information about their loans and repayment options — ensuring the consistency of service provided by student loan servicers and increasing accountability.
AP, April 24, 2017

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