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February 23, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Donation expands capacity of Viking food pantry

The Big Bend Community College Foundation and its partners recently expanded the capacity of the on-campus food bank with the addition of two brand-new freezers. Other groups who contributed to the project included the BBCC Veterans Club, the college ASB and faculty members.
The Columbian, Feb. 23, 2017

Clark College Foundation to give $1 million in scholarships

For the first time in its 43-year history, the Clark College Foundation will distribute more than $1 million in scholarship awards during the 2016-17 academic year. ... Clark College Foundation’s endowment portfolio has grown 13 percent in the past decade from $51 million to $58 million. This increase allows the foundation to distribute more funds for scholarships.
Camas Post-Record, Feb. 23, 2017

Programming classes for nontechnical workers, now at Seattle Central College

Seattle Central College is expanding its computer offerings with a new class that aims to introduce people in the workforce to programming languages. The class is being taught by the private coding boot camp Coding Dojo and will offer web fundamentals in classes taught in the evening and on weekends. The course is being offered through the college’s continuing-education program. ... Last year, Bellevue College partnered with Coding Dojo to offer part-time classes for people in the workforce. College officials there said they partnered with the company because coding skills are changing so rapidly that it’s been hard for community colleges to keep up to date.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 22, 2017

Local wine legend Myles Anderson retires

How do you bid farewell to one of the pioneers of the Walla Walla wine industry? With a toast to the craftsmanship straight from his own bottles. This weekend, Walla Walla Vintners hosts a special tasting event in honor of Myles Anderson, the retiring Walla Walla Vintners co-founder and creator of the Walla Walla Community College Enology & Viticulture program.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 22, 2017

Meet TCC’s All-Washington Scholars

Catarina Ratajczak and Grace Sullivan, Tacoma Community College’s All-Washington Scholars for 2017, will represent the college at the March 23 All Washington Academic Team Recognition event at South Puget Sound Community College.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 22, 2017

Trip to DC inspires CPTC student leaders

Last week, Clover Park Technical College Associated Student Government President Annie Mafi and Legislative Officer Michael Clarke had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit. The two students traveled with CPTC President Dr. Joyce Loveday, Vice President of Strategic Development Tawny Dotson and CPTC trustee Wayne Withrow and his wife.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 22, 2017

Low-income students would benefit from 'Promise' of tuition-free college

Despite so much attention on K-12 funding for schools this legislative session, one bill would give certain students a tuition-free 13th year. The Washington Promise program would initially pay for a free year of credits for low-income students who attend community or technical colleges. Eventually, the program would pay for two years of schooling for low and middle-income students. The proposal is based on the 13th Year Promise Scholarship at South Seattle College.
KING 5, Feb. 21, 2017

Yakima's Spider Woman: YVC biology instructor to give insight into arachnid behavior

A few years ago, Meghan Fitzgerald visited a Wisconsin humane shelter looking for a cat. She adopted a tarantula instead. Granted, the Yakima Valley College biology instructor is a spider woman from way back. She studied arachnid behavioral ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her doctorate in zoology. Her dissertation explored and explained why some Golden Orb Weavers are cannibals.
Yakima Herald, Feb. 21, 2017

South Seattle College 13th year promise scholarship expanding to include West Seattle High School

South Seattle College’s 13th Year Promise Scholarship, currently offering one year of tuition-free college to graduating seniors from three high schools, is set to expand to additional colleges and high schools thanks to support from Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle’s City Council. ... The City of Seattle will invest $750,000 for 2017 and again in 2018 from the city’s general fund to help with operational costs to expand the existing program at South Seattle College, and replicate the program at Seattle Central College and North Seattle College.
West Seattle Herald, Feb. 21, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Large-scale assessment without standardized tests

First data, based on analysis of work at 92 colleges, finds much success in writing, some success in critical thinking and more limited success in quantitative skills.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2017

College Board tightens security on SAT

The College Board on Wednesday announced that it is taking a number of steps to tighten security on the SAT, following security challenges, especially as the test is given outside the United States. The College Board said it would reduce the reuse of test questions, and added new detection techniques to identify cheating.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2017

Washington’s graduation rate inches closer to 80 percent

As on-time graduation rates remained flat in several Seattle-area school districts from 2014-15 to 2015-16, Washington’s overall rate inched closer to 80 percent for all students. About 79 percent of all students in the class of 2016 graduated within four years, compared with 78 percent the year before and 76 percent in 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the state superintendent’s office.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 22, 2017

New report: 80 percent of Washington’s novice teachers still in class after five years

It’s often said that beginning teachers leave their profession in droves within their first five years. Even if that’s true elsewhere, it’s not the case in Washington state, according to a new study from the University of Washington. Here, only about a fifth of new teachers leave before they’ve been in the classroom for five years. And the poverty level of the teacher’s school didn’t affect the likelihood of whether he or she would leave.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 22, 2017

AP participation is up

As access to Advanced Placement courses continues to grow, student success rates are also improving, according to the 2016 AP Program results for the class of 2016.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2017

Survey on medical withdrawals, refund rules

Forty-five percent of colleges in a recent survey report seeing an increase in the number of medical withdrawals by students, according to a report by GradGuard, which provides insurance for such situations. The survey notes the varying policies about tuition refunds (mostly pro-rated in the early parts of the semester) and efforts (which vary widely) to inform students about policies on tuition refunds.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2017

Opinion: The education gap between left and right

“I love the poorly educated!” – Donald Trump “Think! It ain’t illegal yet.” – Funkadelic It’s time we talked about the most consequential political divide in this country. That divide is not between liberals and conservatives. Rather, it is between the ignorant and the informed, between those who have information and can extrapolate from it and those who do not and cannot. There is an education gap between left and right, and it poses a grave threat to our national future.
The Olympian, Feb. 21, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Incomplete information on income tax breaks

The federal government gives up more revenue for higher education-based income tax deductions, credits, exclusions and exemptions than it spends on Pell Grants — and states extend many similar tax breaks to students. Yet many state lawmakers are effectively flying blind when it comes to the amount of money they’re putting into higher education-related income tax breaks, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. While state spending on line items like operating support for public colleges or grants paid to support students is typically quantified and debated by legislatures regularly, tax code changes are put in place and then largely ignored in subsequent years of budgeting. Pew could not even obtain estimates from a majority of states for the amount of revenue they forgo because of higher education tax benefits for students and families.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2017

Transgender protections withdrawn

The Trump administration Wednesday evening withdrew guidelines issued by the Obama administration last year to protect transgender students — in schools and colleges — from discrimination and to ensure they had access to the bathrooms and other facilities of their choice. In a statement accompanying new guidelines from the administration, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos insisted her department remained committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment of the most vulnerable students. But she said the previous guidelines had given rise to legal questions and that the issue was best resolved at the state level.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2017

New rules on deportations don't affect DACA

The Trump administration released new rules on Tuesday expanding the pool of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation and increasing the number of people removed through an expedited process, The New York Times reported. Whereas the Obama administration prioritized deporting immigrants convicted of serious criminal offenses, immigration authorities have now been directed to remove anyone in the country illegally.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2017

The conservative approach to student loans

Right-leaning policy thinkers push agenda to simplify loan system, inject bigger role for private lenders. But proposals to eliminate PLUS loans likely to draw opposition from advocacy groups.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2017

Editorial: Scale back credit requirement for high school diploma

For most high school students and their parents, Washington state’s graduation requirements for standardized tests and class credits can seem like a moving target. ... But lawmakers and others throughout the educational community wonder if they haven’t set the bar too high.
Everett Herald, Feb. 22, 2017

Feds to issue new guidance on trans students

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the Trump administration will issue new guidance on Title IX protections for transgender students. He also said President Trump viewed protections for transgender students as a states' rights issue.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2017

Eye on Olympia: With cutoff past, lawmakers look to talks, votes on school funding

The cutoff date for policy bills and initiatives in both houses of the state Legislature is now past, and lawmakers from the 24th Legislative District are looking forward to discussion and votes on public education funding this week. The cutoff last Friday was the end for any bill that had not been passed by a Senate or House committee.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 20, 2017

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