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News Links | January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Educational equity lecture receives ‘overwhelming’ response

Olympic College wants to initiate a community-wide conversation around issues of equity in Kitsap. Who better, perhaps, to jumpstart that conversation than Dr. Angela Davis — a human rights activist at home and abroad since the 1960s, a retired feminist-studies professor, and two-time candidate for vice president of the United States? Davis spoke on equity in education Jan. 11 in the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center, the first in a series of Presidential Equity and Excellence lectures planned by OC.
Kitsap Daily Sun, Jan. 16, 2017

Kennewick fire chief honored with MLK Spirit Award

Vincent Beasley was delivering mail to a Hanford area fire station when a chance conversation changed the course of his life. The assistant Hanford fire chief at the time asked if Beasley had thought about becoming a firefighter. It wasn’t long before Beasley did just that. ... Through the years, he rose in rank from lieutenant to captain to battalion chief and, finally, fire chief. ... The chief’s commitment to pursuing his dream is one reason that he was chosen as the 2017 winner of Columbia Basin College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 16, 2017

Dialogue key to keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ alive

Local leaders, before a crowd of about 2,500, called for more dialogue and more action to help keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against injustice alive. ... A group of students from the Spokane Falls Community College Black Student Union walked together. For nearly all of them, it was their first time attending the march.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 16, 2017

Tacoma residents honor Martin Luther King Jr. at march

More than 50 people marched in Tacoma Monday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you walked down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tacoma Monday morning, you would hear the chant, “MLK keep the dream alive." That was the passion that started on the street in front of Bates Technical College and headed to the Tacoma Convention Center. There's hope that the message of King Jr. will be carried forward with each footstep.
KING 5, Jan. 16, 2017

Trades provide Spokane family hope, fill needed labor shortage

The recent turn of events left Shandrea Martin struggling for words. “This is like, honestly, this is something we would never …” She starts again. “We kind of figured we’d made the mistakes we’d made in our life and we would have to live a very humble, scraping-by life. It gave us a serious sense of hope.” David Cook, Martin’s partner, graduated from Spokane Community Colleges’ pre-apprenticeship program in December. On Jan. 2, he packed his bags and headed to Othello, Washington, to work construction on a hospital project.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 15, 2017

New effort in Spokane County aims to help workers finish higher education

Across Spokane County, about 86,000 working adults have some college credits but no degree or professional certificate. ... Education also makes a clear difference in workers’ earnings potential. The wage gap between workers with a high school education and a college degree is widening, with college grads earning 56 percent more in 2015, according to national research. Workers with college degrees also are more likely to own a house, be married and save for retirement than those without degrees. “A high school education doesn’t let people have the kind of life they want,” said Christine Johnson, chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane. “We’re allowing people in our community who don’t have postsecondary training to live lives that are very difficult.”
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 13, 2017

Tri-Cities Airport entrance could become Pasco’s welcome mat

As the Tri-Cities Airport prepares to debut its newly expanded terminal this month, the city of Pasco is getting serious about using a sliver of nearby land to create a welcoming gateway at the airport’s entrance. The 5.5-acre strip along North 20th Avenue sits across from Columbia Basin College and backs up to the college’s fast-rising student housing project to the east.
Tri-City Herald, Jan. 13, 2017

Women climbing the ladder as firefighters

Women are making a lot of gains in the job market in many areas, but one where they are still lacking is firefighting. ... Arlington Fire Chief Bruce Stedman said it has been a challenge for fire service leaders over the past 25 years to recruit qualified, physically able women to firefighter positions. ... Stedman said firefighters typically will invite the individual to come in and ride along to get some exposure to the job. Once they show interest, firefighters help connect them with the Everett Community College Fire Tech programs and other local training opportunities.
The Arlington Times, Jan. 13, 2017

Highline College master plan approved by Des Moines City Council

The Des Moines City Council approved a new master plan for Highline College’s proposed redevelopment, without objection from the public, at the Thursday night (Jan. 12) meeting. The project includes a “phased redevelopment of the campus” that includes redevelopment and renovation of buildings and replacement of others.
Waterland Blog, Jan. 13, 2017

Two Centralia College professors win ‘Teacher Excellence Awards’

Two Centralia College professors have received The Evergreen State College 2016 Teacher Excellence Awards, according to a press release from the college. Professors Pat Pringle and Susanne Weil both received the award, which recognizes teachers who have “had significant impact on the lives of students.”
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 12, 2017

Uso correcto del español abre puertas al éxito [Correct use of Spanish opens doors to success]

Para Alejandro Guerrero, volver a laborar en oficios de esfuerzo físico como el campo o las fábricas — donde trabajaba — se convirtió en todo un desafío luego de lesionarse la espalda en 2012. El inmigrante mexicano, de 38 años de edad, decidió entonces estudiar una carrera corta. Guerrero aspira graduarse en junio del curso de asistente administrativo bilingüe, que ofrece Yakima Valley College (YVC), pero antes debe perfeccionar su español para comunicarse en el mundo profesional.

Translation by Google Translate: For Alejandro Guerrero, will return to work in offices of physical effort as the field or factories — where he worked — became a challenge after injuring his back in 2012. The Mexican immigrant, 38 years of age, then decided to study a short career. Guerrero aspires to graduate in June from the bilingual administrative assistant course offered by Yakima Valley College (YVC), but first he must improve his Spanish to communicate in the professional world.
El Sol de Yakima, Jan. 12, 2017

Opinion: Big Bend’s stem grant boosts options

A $4.8 million STEM grant Big Bend Community College was awarded helps secure students’ futures. STEM, short for science, technology, engineering and math, is a field that offers higher wages to workers, according to a 2016 salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 12, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

The fine art of sniffing out crappy science

Facts and figures are like cow pastures. Unless you squint, you can’t always tell how full of bullshit they are. Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West, a pair of scientists at the University of Washington, think it’s time to arm students with boots and shovels. They have published the outline of a course, titled "Calling Bullshit," which would try to teach how to spot bad data and misleading graphs at a time when bending statistics has become a popular art form.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 16, 2017

Commentary: We need to better prepare students for STEM jobs

By Chris Gregoire, Washington state governor from 2005 to 2013, and current the CEO of Challenge Seattle, a private sector initiative focusing on education, infrastructure and employment. Two generations ago a graduate could take their high school diploma and find good, high-paying work at local companies. But throughout America, and particularly in Washington state, the economy is changing dramatically. More than ever, entry level employees today need college degrees and workforce training in advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, robotics and other skills to be competitive in the marketplace.
Everett Herald, Jan. 15, 2017

Editorial: Focus on struggling students could resolve other issues

Figuring out how to pay for major funding reforms for the state’s K-12 education system might not be the toughest task facing the Legislature this session. The state is nearing a 2018 deadline to meet a state Supreme Court mandate, also referred to as the McCleary decision, which held in 2012 that the state wasn’t meeting its paramount duty under the state constitution to amply fund education. Allocating more money, alone, won’t resolve the problems or satisfy the court’s justices, who have fined the state $100,000 a day since a 2014 finding of contempt, a fine that now totals more than $51 million.
Everett Herald, Jan. 15, 2017

Want poor kids to thrive in school? That could cost double what we pay now

While everyone from lawmakers to classroom teachers has acknowledged that it costs more to educate children to high standards when they start school with the disadvantages that come from growing up poor, few have been willing to put a price tag on this concept. In other words, exactly how much more does it take? Number-crunchers at the nonprofit Road Map Project, who focus on outcomes in King County’s highest-need schools, cite research showing that catching kids up costs at least 40 percent more — and possibly double the amount — of educating students from middle-class or affluent families. Yet Washington’s school-funding plan operates as if all kids are essentially the same.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 13, 2017

Balancing response and treatment

National and campus awareness campaigns about mental health have led to increasing numbers of students who seek help at college counseling centers, according to a new report released by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. That increase in demand, however, may be leading counseling centers to redirect their limited funding away from ongoing treatment in order to more rapidly address the needs of a growing number of at-risk students. Over the last six years, counseling centers have provided 28 percent more “rapid-access” service hours per student, the center found, and devoted 7.6 percent fewer hours to routine services like ongoing counseling.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2017

Teaching in the eye of the beholder

Many professors laugh off their reviews at RateMyProfessors — after all, “hotness,” one of the site’s metrics (connoted by a chili pepper), doesn’t really translate to tenure or promotion. Yet some research suggests that, like it or not, the site’s ratings correlate with ratings professors earn on their institutions’ student evaluations of teaching. Other research suggests those more formal student evaluations of teaching are unreliable, as well. Yet colleges and universities still use them, often to inform high-stakes personnel decisions. So a new study of 7.9 million ratings on RateMyProfessors claiming to provide “further insight into student perceptions of academic instruction and possible variables in student evaluations” is at least interesting.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2017

Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you. With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles. The analysis being released Friday gives concrete details about a troubling generational divide that helps to explain much of the anxiety that defined the 2016 election. Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their home ownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher.
Everett Herald, Jan. 13, 2017

Why universities are resisting the term 'sanctuary campus'

Since Donald Trump’s election, a sanctuary movement has popped up at college campuses across the United States. Petitions are circulating at nearly 200 schools, by one count, including University of Washington, Washington State University and several others in the state. The petitions aim to protect undocumented students and staff from immigration enforcement. ... The term “sanctuary” is also a lightning rod issue. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to block funds to cities with sanctuary policies, and some lawmakers are seeking similar action for sanctuary campus.
KUOW, Jan. 12, 2017

Lawsuit faults Bureau of Indian Education schools

A small, remote American Indian village in the scenic base of one of the most visited places on earth is at the center of a lawsuit that seeks to dramatically reform the conditions of U.S. Bureau of Indian Education schools. The bureau failed to protect students on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon by ignoring complaints about an understaffed school, a lack of special education and a deficient curriculum, according to a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 12, 2017

For young entrepreneurs, college debts can snuff out start-up hopes

Saddled with $40,000 in college loans, Catherine Berendsohn, 29, struggled to get a web design business off the ground after graduating from Florida State University in 2010. Ms. Berendsohn, an artist-entrepreneur, wanted to rent a storefront and start a roving studio in Monterey, Calif. Her student loans, however, prevented her from getting the money she needed. ... Because of the corrosive impact of student debt on start-ups, millennials seem to be the new lost generation of entrepreneurs. Although it is difficult to pin down a direct relationship between college loans and entrepreneurial activity, the weight of student debt appears to be deterring some would-be business owners.
The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Dear Betsy

The record of Betsy DeVos as an activist and advocate on K-12 education has been picked over for more than a month. But relatively little is known about her position on a range of issues that vex higher education policy makers. Tuesday’s confirmation hearing at the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will be the first time President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. secretary of education has had to answer questions publicly about her thinking on student loan debt, the role of for-profit colleges and accountability in higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 17, 2017

With Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, what are possible impacts here?

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, will have her confirmation hearing Tuesday after the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions delayed it for a week. Sen. Patty Murray, the committee’s ranking member, already has raised concerns about DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist who has been a longtime advocate of charter schools and a voucher system.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 16, 2017

College scorecard screwup

The U.S. Department of Education has fixed a mistake in the data for its College Scorecard that substantially inflated loan repayment rates for most colleges. On the last Friday afternoon of the Obama administration, the department issued a statement describing the "coding error" that led to the undercounting of borrowers who failed to pay down any of their undergraduate student loan balance. The erroneous repayment rates appeared in the College Scorecard — a consumer tool the feds released in 2015 in lieu of a failed effort to create a college ratings system — and in a data attachment to the Financial Aid Shopping sheet.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2017

Two tuition-free years

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo plans today to propose that the state offer two tuition-free years for full-time students in public higher education. Students at the Community College of Rhode Island would pay no tuition while earning an associate degree. For state residents who start at Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island, their junior and senior years would be tuition-free. There is no income limit, although the public system in Rhode Island serves many more low-income students than wealthy students.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2017

Educator: Inslee’s education budget is ‘dead on arrival’

Washington state lawmakers will attempt to fully fund K-12 education this session. It’s a daunting task that has been ordered by the state’s supreme court. Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a budget to get the job done. But Inslee’s efforts will be in vain, if you ask one education veteran. “That’s dead on arrival,” Erin Jones told KIRO Radio’s Seattle Morning News. “There’s no way the Republicans are going to support that.”
MyNorthwest.com, Jan. 16, 2017

New loan discharges

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced thousands of new loan discharges for students who attended several closed for-profit colleges. The discharges are part of a major push to provide loan relief to students that began with the closure of Corinthian Colleges two years ago. Friday's announcement affects students who attended Corinthian, as well as ITT Technical Institute and American Career Institute (ACI).
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2017

Analysis: Borrowers would pay more in Trump plan

An analysis released by NerdWallet this week found that student loan borrowers would pay more each month under an income-driven repayment proposed by President-elect Donald Trump, compared with the most widely available existing income-driven plan. But NerdWallet also found that, including interest, borrowers earning low salaries would pay less over the lifetime of the plan because of a shorter debt forgiveness timeline. Borrowers with higher salaries would also pay more in federal debt because they would take longer and incur more interest to pay off their loans.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2017

Poll: Bipartisan support for free college in states

A poll conducted after the presidential election on behalf of the Campaign for Free College Tuition found that 88 percent of Clinton voters and 54 percent of Trump voters support state initiatives to make college tuition free. In states Donald Trump won, the poll found support for state-level tuition-free programs was at 69 percent. It was 78 percent in states that went for Hillary Clinton. Support for free tuition at public institutions for anyone who is academically qualified was 73 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2017

GOP senators call for CFPB director's ouster

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump this week, two GOP senators called for the removal of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Referring to Cordray as "King Richard," Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said, "Underneath the CFPB's Orwellian acronym is an attack on the American idea that the people who write our laws are accountable to the American people. President-elect Trump has the authority to remove Mr. Cordray and that's exactly what the American people deserve." Sasse and Utah Senator Mike Lee, who co-signed the letter, wrote that Cordray has "pursued costly regulatory policies that are radically opposed to the Trump administration’s pro-growth agenda."
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2017

Under secretary gives farewell address

In a farewell address at Northeastern University Thursday, Ted Mitchell, the under secretary of education, said that a "yawning wealth divide" between minority students and white peers makes expanding access to higher education more important than ever. He also called on higher education institutions to recognize and address the different circumstances and concerns of the changing college-going population.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 13, 2017

Washington lawmakers have sights set on collegiate athletic budgets

Some lawmakers in Olympia want public university athletic departments to face closer scrutiny when they overspend. A bill was introduced Thursday that would make universities accountable to the legislature for deficits in those budgets. Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane co-sponsored the bill. He said he just wants what’s best for the universities across the state.
NWPR, Jan. 12, 2017

Region’s school districts ask legislators to fix $228M ‘levy cliff’

Leaders from the Puget Sound region’s 35 school districts gathered on Thursday to try to persuade state lawmakers to quickly come up with a solution to the “levy cliff,” which could cause a $228 million shortfall in those districts starting next year. The cliff refers to the fact that school districts may not be able to collect as much money as they have in the past through local levies.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 12, 2017

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