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News Links | February 9, 2017

February 09, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Cascadia College in Bothell hosts Border Doors exhibit and reception

Cascadia College hosted a reception to kick off an art exhibit titled “Border Doors” on Feb. 7 in Mobius Hall. Students, artists, families, and social justice organizations used full-size doors as their canvas to tell their personal immigration stories. The installation consists of 30 doors, 12 of which were created by local individuals or community groups, and are making their debut at Cascadia.
Bothell Reporter, Feb. 9, 2017

Yemeni student in Tacoma holds no hard feelings after travel ban

Faisal Alhaddad idolized the United States as he grew up in Saudi Arabia. “When I was young it was my dream to come to the U.S.” he said. At 19, he’s living that dream as a sophomore at Pierce College in Lakewood. But Alhaddad’s American education would come to a halt if he left the country for any reason in the next three months. Alhaddad is a citizen of Yemen — one of seven countries President Donald Trump banned entry from on Jan. 27.
The News Tribune, Feb. 8, 2017

Foreign students at Pierce College monitoring travel ban

Pierce College has about 400 foreign students. Only one, 19-year-old Faisal Alhaddad from Yemen, is affected by President Donald Trump’s executive orders banning travelers from seven countries. The executive order directly affects the status of students from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. The ban on immigrants and visitors is to last 90 days. The University of Washington, Washington State University and the state’s community colleges estimate more than 400 students from the seven countries are studying in Washington, according to The Seattle Times.
The News Tribune, Feb. 8, 2017

Puyallup barber shop owner passes away, leaves behind 40-year business legacy

When 55-year-old Brenda McElroy visited Mirror Barber Shop in downtown Puyallup last month, it was to sort through her father’s belongings. Ray Colburn, owner of the shop, passed away on Jan. 13. Among what McElroy found in the shop were thank-you notes from Colburn’s customers, some of which he’d known for around 50 years, after he opened the shop in the 1970s. ... Colburn was also involved with the Barber Program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, where he was a member on the advisory board. “He was always there to help with the students,” said Jeff Olson, instructor at Bates College. “At the end of every quarter we have an exam, and the students have to demonstrate knowledge of all the things we do in the industry. Ray would help administer that exam.”
The News Tribune, Feb. 8, 2017

SCC Library remodel expands space by 8,500 square feet

More than 8,500 square feet of additional space was made available for Shoreline Community College students during a recent remodel of the Ray W. Howard Library and Learning Centers (Building 4000). The campus community gathered for a grand reopening celebration on January 18, 2017, where they enjoyed tours of the new academic learning space.
Shoreline Area News, Feb. 8, 2017

Opinion: I teach college courses on death — and love it!

My father surprised everyone by coming out of a month-long coma, learning to walk again and living another 28 years. The following year I was given a grant at Seattle Central College to create a new course and I chose the title Death & Dying. Later, with the urging of students who said, “This course is really about life,” I changed it to Death & Life. As a part-time psychology instructor back then, I continued to teach the course at six different colleges. I was hired full-time at Highline College in 1988 and have been teaching it ever since.
Federal Way Mirror, Feb. 8, 2017

Great Northwest Wine: Fascination grows for Walla Walla wines

In the past decade, the Walla Walla Valley has developed into a winemaking and wine-touring destination, thanks to the large number of wineries starting up in the region and the high quality of winemaking that has been taking place since Leonetti Cellar began in 1977. ... College Cellars 2014 Cockburn Ranch Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $26: Walla Walla Community College instructors and students work with growers on this project, which opens with attractive aromas of black currant, blackberry and dark chocolate leading to a round and rich drink of Marionberry, boysenberry and Devil’s Food Cake. ... Tricycle Cellars 2013 Winesap Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $49: Chuck Hundley, Class of ’13 in Walla Walla Community College’s viticulture and enology program, created this expressive Cabernet Sauvignon as the debut release for his young brand.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 8, 2017

Recipients of the 2017 Iris Awards announced

The recipients of the 2017 Iris Awards have just been announced by Clark College. The award, which honors the lasting and far-reaching contributions of women in Southwest Washington and beyond, will be presented to Jody Campbell, director of community partnerships for The Columbian; Temple Lentz, director of content and communications for High Five Media; and Deena Pierott, president of Mosaic Blueprint.
Vancouver Business Journal, Feb. 8, 2017

2 UW students join ACLU suit as Washington state colleges fight travel ban

Washington colleges and universities are playing a key role in the state’s lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to overturn the executive order temporarily barring U.S. entry by people from seven nations and all refugees. ... In the lawsuit filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week, the University of Washington, Washington State University and the state’s community colleges all submitted declarations describing how they could be harmed by the order.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 7, 2017

YVC board OKs plan to buy land to expand campus

Yakima Valley College wants to expand. The college is considering purchasing a 3.91-acre property near the Yakima campus, president Linda Kaminski said in a phone interview Tuesday. The college’s board of trustees authorized Kaminski to pursue the purchase during its meeting last week. Kaminski declined to reveal additional details, including the location of the property or what it would be used for, until the school has secured approval from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The proposed purchase is up for discussion during a meeting next month.
Yakima Valley Herald, Feb. 7, 2017

Richland health science center gets a lift

Construction workers position themselves at varying levels in boom lifts Tuesday at Columbia Basin College's Wortman Medical Center on Northgate Drive in Richland. The college's second health science center will house training facilitates for CBC healthcare professions in the new four-story, 72,600-square-foot building.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 7, 2017

Julie McDonald commentary: Professionals mentor students during TRiO/Rotary job shadow

A student who wants to be an author? How exciting! Of course, in my heart, I figured few students aspire to write nonfiction books like I do, but rather yearn to create fictional worlds where characters birthed in their imaginations live, breathe, fight and flourish. So when Kathleen Vodjansky-Ward, assistant director of the TRiO program at Centralia College, invited me to participate as a mentor in the annual job shadowing program, I invited a writing critique colleague who writes fiction to join us.
Centralia Chronicle, Feb. 7, 2017

Race for Warmth nets more than $50,000 for Operation Warm Heart

The third annual Race for Warmth held Jan. 29 managed to raise more than $50,000 for a donor-funded heating assistance program with the number of racers approaching quadruple digits, according to Clark Public Utilities. ... A free kids run kicked off the events with more than 50 youth following the Clark College mascot, Oswald the Penguin.
The Reflector, Feb. 7, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Even before the travel ban, signs of weakening interest from students abroad

New data suggest the flow of foreign students was already ebbing even before the Trump administration imposed a travel ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, sparking concern that anti-global attitudes could depress international recruitment. A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools shows that the number of students from overseas enrolling in American graduate programs in the fall of 2016 grew by 5 percent, the same rate as in the previous year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 9, 2017

The number of hungry and homeless students rises along with college costs

There's no way to avoid it. As the cost of college grows, research shows that so does the number of hungry and homeless students at colleges and universities across the country. Still, many say the problem is invisible to the public.
NPR, Feb. 8, 2017

Incubation's unintended consequences

Business incubators are booming among universities lately, with many top research institutions establishing incubators and bragging about their ability to help move innovation out of the ivory tower and into the marketplace. But new research published in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal shows that university-affiliated incubators aren’t all they’re cracked up to be when it comes to at least one key metric of innovation — patents. Incubators’ establishment is actually associated with a decrease in average patent quality and licensing revenue across the country’s top research institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2017

Credit cards a costly option

It’s becoming more and more common for colleges to accept credit cards as a form of tuition payment, but college and university finance officials say there’s a cost to that convenience for students and families — and it’s not worth it. About 85 percent of public and private colleges accept credit cards for tuition, according to a 2016 survey by Of those, more than half — 57 percent — charge a service fee.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 8, 2017

Opinion: Let parents be parents

Colleges expect too much of parents, first-generation and otherwise. Educational institutions’ instincts are to educate, to engage, to command interest and attention. And while this is wonderful in the classroom or the research lab, it is unhelpful when applied to the mechanics of college life. Especially at the public institutions charged with serving a large percentage of low-­income and first-generation students, the enrollment experience is littered with dense instructions on how to pay bills; long presentations on how to register for parking; downloadable guides with step-by-step instructions for logging into the clunky portal for Residence Life!™ (which is, of course, different from the clunky portal for class registration). First-generation parents don’t need more instruction on the college process. Colleges need to require less of it.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 5, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

House moves to block teacher-prep rules

The House this week approved a resolution to block new teacher-prep rules finalized by the Obama administration last year. The resolution, introduced by Kentucky Republican Brett Guthrie, would eliminate the rule through the little-used Congressional Review Act. GOP leaders have said they plan to use the CRA to roll back a number of regulations crafted by the previous administration, including the teacher-prep and borrower-defense rules.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 9, 2017

The DeVos agenda

After winning confirmation with the vice president's tie-breaking vote, new education secretary is expected to shift away from Obama policies on for-profit higher education, regulation and dealing with sexual assault on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 8, 2017

Betsy DeVos survived a historic confirmation fight. What’s next for higher ed?

Just hours after Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education, Republicans in the other chamber of Congress took the first step toward dismantling her predecessors’ higher-education legacy. In the House of Representatives, Republicans voted to scrap a rule, finalized in October, which aimed to raise the bar on teacher-preparation programs, holding them more directly accountable for student outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 8, 2017

Jay Inslee: No magic funding fairy exists for McCleary decision

After years of major financial impasses, the fight over how to fund basic education and fulfill the requirements of the McCleary decision can finally come down to ideology, according to Gov. Jay Inslee. And whether it’s a multi-billion dollar carbon tax or a property tax increase, Inslee told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson that there will be no magical fix., Feb. 8, 2017

Opinion: Don’t let DeVos distract us from the work ahead in Washington state

It’s a shame Congress has hired someone unqualified to be the new U.S. education secretary. But Washington parents can still influence public schools in the state.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 7, 2017

After court arguments, S.F.-based judges say they’ll rule soon on Trump’s immigration ban

A top Justice Department lawyer argued strongly Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting travel temporarily from seven foreign nations was “plainly constitutional” and in the country’s national security interest, but an attorney for the state of Washington urged a panel of federal judges to view the order as a violation of the establishment clause, which prevents favoring one religion over another, and is plainly aimed at limiting Muslims from entering the United States.
The News Tribune, Feb. 7, 2017

Could proposed schools fix help kill state’s 1% property tax cap? Counties hope so

County and city governments say they’ve struggled for years under a state law that restricts their property tax collections from growing more than 1 percent annually. Now, they think might have a shot at lifting that property tax cap — largely because state lawmakers might need to do so for themselves. To comply with a court order to fix how the state pays for schools, Republicans who lead the state Senate have proposed a new statewide property tax, which would replace property tax levies imposed by local school districts.
The News Tribune, Feb. 7, 2017

Bill would require confirmation for college presidents

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require Senate confirmation of presidents of the state's four-year public colleges. The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner, has a public hearing Tuesday before the Senate Higher Education Committee.
My, Feb. 6, 2017

Opinion: A dozen ideas to better fund K-12 education, improve student outcomes

Political bickering in Olympia is obscuring progress toward Washington state’s No. 1 goal: Ensuring all public-school children have access to a high-quality education. Stop bickering, lawmakers. Keep your promises of education reform and meet the demands of the Supreme Court, which is growing increasingly frustrated that its 2012 McCleary ruling that the state must fully fund basic education has not been heeded.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 3, 2017

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