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News Links | January 5, 2017

January 05, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Letter urges DACA continuation

Peninsula College President Luke Robins joined other Washington community and technical college leaders in sending President-elect Donald Trump a letter asking him to preserve an executive action that allows young undocumented adults to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation. The letter was signed in December by the nine members of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and presidents and chancellors of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 5, 2017

President of Olympic College will step down in 2017

Olympic College President Dr. David Mitchell announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of 2017, after 15 years at the helm. ... Mitchell first came on board as OC president in 2002, following stints at Big Bend Community College and in the Seattle Colleges District.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 4, 2017

Washington colleges left behind in education funding boost

Washington’s lawmakers have been attempting to fully fund K-12 education, as ordered by the state’s supreme court. But another educational branch is asking officials not to forget about Washington colleges. “We need to make sure that when they do fund the McCleary decision that students who graduate with improved capabilities have a place to go, whether that’s a four-year system or the community and technical college system,” said Marty Brown, outgoing executive director of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges., Jan. 4, 2017

Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless

The cost per tiny house is only $2,200 for wood and building materials. They can be constructed on site, or built elsewhere and brought in on a flatbed truck. The Tulalip Tribes’ TERO pre-apprenticeship program has built eight houses. The Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), YouthBuild, Walsh Construction, Seattle Vocational Institute, Renton Technical College, and many others are building them with enthusiastic participants who want to help people in need.
Crosscut, Jan. 4, 2017

Clearing the path for transfer students

Around the country, community colleges and universities are teaming up to improve the dismal rates of bachelor’s-degree completion for community-college students who aim to get BAs. They’re doing so by removing roadblocks and making the transfer steps easier so that fewer students stall out and abandon their goal. Bringing the university to the community college — through centers like the one at Everett Community College — is just one such strategy.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 1, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Unintended consequences

Months into the first year of an early FAFSA campaign, some campus financial aid offices are forced to sort out discrepancies arising from switch to prior-prior year income data.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2017

ITT students seek recognition in bankruptcy lawsuit

A group of five former ITT Technical Institute students have filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana seeking to be named creditors in the defunct for-profit chain's bankruptcy proceedings. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Eileen Connor of the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard University, alleges that ITT violated consumer protection laws, engaged in deceptive recruiting practices and enrolled unqualified students to generate revenue from federal and private student loans. It asks to have the case declared a class action and also asks the court to block the for-profit from collecting on private student loans taken out to attend its campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Is free college really free?

In reality there's no free college, just as there's no free lunch. The real policy discussion is about how to best distribute the burden of paying for it — between individual families and the public at large — and, secondly, how to hold down the cost of providing it. All while leveraging the power of "free" responsibly.
NPR, Jan. 5, 2017

In letter to college presidents, Biden urges continued fight against sexual assault

With just two weeks left in his tenure as vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday released a letter advising college leaders on how to combat sexual assault on their campuses. Mr. Biden, who has been an outspoken advocate of sexual-assault prevention throughout his career, also released a guide that lays out best practices for colleges on the issue.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 5, 2017

What happens if free tuition comes to campus?

Presidents of public institutions in New York say they welcome Governor Cuomo's plan and could find ways to enroll many more. But they still have questions.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2017

Democrats seek $1.6 billion to pay teachers, settle McCleary school-funding case

The Democrats on a state task force on school funding want to spend $1.6 billion during the next two years to provide competitive wages for teachers and settle the landmark McCleary case. Their proposal, released Wednesday, would increase teacher average pay to nearly $71,000 across the state, and aims to provide relief for school districts that rely on local property taxes to recruit and retain educators and other school workers.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2017

Concerns persist about use of DREAMers' data

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers that federal authorities should not use personal information provided by young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers for deportation-related purposes, Politico reported. President-elect Donald J. Trump has said he would end the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, under which hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have obtained temporary relief from the possibility of deportation — prompting widespread concerns that information they provided to the government for DACA-related purposes could potentially be used to aid in their deportation. Trump has not indicated he will use DACA recipients’ information in this way.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2017

Opinion: Going old school to solve McCleary

When the 2017 legislative session gets underway Monday, lawmakers will have little choice but to make school funding their focus. The Supreme Court has set a hard deadline for 2017 to be the year the state comes up with a plan to fix education funding; proving extra incentive, a temporary state law that allows local districts to tax residents at higher-than-usual rates will expire this year, meaning huge budget holes will appear in districts across the state if the Legislature doesn’t infuse them with lots of money.
Seattle Weekly, Jan. 4, 2017

The free-college dream didn't end with Trump's election

When Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, hope that the federal government might make the nation’s public colleges and universities free dwindled. The Democratic Party faithful, among others, were dejected. Until now. In a sign that tuition-free higher education could continue to expand in a more piecemeal fashion, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan on Tuesday to offer tuition-free degrees at the state’s public colleges and universities for residents from families earning less than $125,000 a year.
The Atlantic, Jan. 3, 2017

Opinion: Get in gear on McCleary

The Legislature has increased funding for schools in recent years, but it has remained far short of the destination established by the court. Inslee likes to use the metaphor of scaling a mountain, saying, “Now we’re in the final 3,000 feet of the climb,” while noting that is the most difficult part.
The Columbian, Dec. 22, 2016

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