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News Links | January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Spokane Community College student Aaron Miller – a former convict – hopes to ease transition from incarceration to education

On his third robbery, Aaron Miller struck out. After reading the note he slipped her, the woman behind the pharmacy counter sprayed him with bear mace. He fled, but the police caught up with him as he drove erratically, trying to clear his stinging eyes. “There was a sense of relief the moment handcuffs were put on,” he said. His story isn’t unique: It started with a dysfunctional upbringing, leading to addiction, then robbery, and finally, prison. What is different: Miller is now a second-year student at Spokane Community College, with plans to become a mechanical engineer.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 24, 2017

Campus makeover registrar, counseling offices remodeled at Big Bend

Big Bend Community College students now have a remodeled – and more welcoming – space when they have questions about financial aid, registration and counseling. The remodeled and revamped financial aid, registrar and counseling offices opened to employees during the winter break, and were ready when students returned for winter quarter.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 24, 2017

Our View: Improving the investment in Olympic College

It would be nearly impossible to transform our state's K-12 public education system to include the first two years of college, given the current challenge in providing the state's paramount duty through high school. Yet the fact is that Olympic College and other community or technical colleges in the state are an extension of high school. ... Our local community college is a shining example of how to successfully serve a region.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 23, 2017

WCC receives $650,000 NSF grant to award STEM scholarships to 36 talented low-income students

Whatcom Community College will use a five-year, $650,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to provide scholarships and academic support for 36 low-income, academically talented students pursuing associate degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics and physics. Leaders of the “STEM Excellence through Engagement in Collaboration, Research, and Scholarship” (SEECRS) grant will employ strategies that help students to successfully complete STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) associate degrees and promote transfer and completion at four-year institutions.
Whatcom Talk, Jan. 23, 2017

Support and concerns for Seattle's sanctioned homeless encampments

Neighbors and business owners plan to voice both support and displeasure for the man known as Seattle's "Homeless Czar" at a meeting in South Seattle Monday night. The meeting at South Seattle College focused on three new homeless encampments around the city, that Mayor Ed Murray hopes the city will sanction.
KOMO News, Jan. 23, 2017

Japanese American recalls internment amid fears of modern parallels

Lilly Kodama, who was one of the first Japanese Americans forced into an internment camp 75 years ago, fears the United States didn’t learn from its mistake. ... She sat in the audience at Peninsula College’s Studium Generale last week as Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, talked about the internment camps.
Peninsula Daily News, Jan. 23, 2017

Officers give blood in honor of fellow officer

After taking part in a training Friday morning, members of the Mount Vernon Police Department’s Police Tactical Operations team headed over to Skagit Valley College for snacks and refreshments — and to donate blood. Dressed in their tactical gear, about 10 officers participated in a blood drive held in honor of fellow officer Mike “Mick” McClaughry, who suffered life-threatening injuries Dec. 15 after being shot in the head while responding to a report of an earlier shooting.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 21, 2017

Youth Unity Rally calls out Trump

Cisco Tamayo lined up to speak at a podium before the steps of the Capitol to share his grief over and distaste for President Donald John Trump. It was Inauguration Day for the nation’s 45th president and not all was quiet on this western front. Similar shouts of opposition from hundreds of Washingtonians, many of them students, reverberated through the Washington State Capitol on Friday during a Youth Unity Rally following Trump’s inauguration. “Not my president!” shouted Tamayo, a South Puget Sound Community College student. He expressed feelings of shock and anger, he said, after President Trump won the election.
Kent Reporter, Jan. 21, 2017

CPTC: ASG helps students reach campus with bus pass program

Clover Park Technical College’s Associated Student Government is always looking for ways to help students overcome challenges to education, and this month ASG launched its latest push to ensure students have a reliable way to get to campus. Beginning with January, ASG is offering subsidized monthly bus passes for Pierce Transit. While the monthly passes typically cost $72, students can now purchase them for only $35.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 21, 2017

Nays and hoorays: Seattle responds to Trump's inauguration

The day started with an inauguration viewing event at Town Hall. And Friday night, Seattle was wrapping up with a big protest at Westlake Park and another at the University of Washington. ... Tonia Arehart offered some encouragement to the high school students and others joining a protest at Seattle Central College on Friday.
KUOW, Jan. 20, 2017

Donor Wall honors aid to student veteran program

The Edmonds Community College Foundation honored donors to its veterans campaign Nov. 29 with the unveiling of the Boots to Books and Beyond Veterans Donor Wall in Lynnwood Hall. ... The campaign raised $1 million to provide on-campus support services for student veterans, including a centralized Veterans Resource Center, counseling and disability services, career advisers, veteran family support, and emergency and scholarship funding to ensure student veterans are not forced to drop out of school due to a lack of benefits or unexpected expenses.
Everett Herald, Jan. 20, 2017

Happy to hit the books, dozens of immigrant parents find a new voice as school leaders

Parents who never understood the workings of public education and state government are getting schooled in a free class that is transforming their own lives while turning them into advocates for all kids. ... All were sitting in a classroom at Everett Community College last Saturday, learning about Washington’s Basic Education Act, the difference in meaning between “equal” and “equitable,” and the ways those principles inform current discussions around the McCleary school-funding lawsuit now weighing on legislators in Olympia.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 20, 2017

Brittany Voie commentary: Who benefits when law enforcement vehicles are less noticeable?

During my time at Centralia College in the criminal justice program, we talked a lot about the concept of “community policing” as a law enforcement philosophy. One of the foundations of the philosophy taught us that a visible police presence is statistically a deterrent to crime, known as “general deterrence” (as opposed to actually getting pulled over, which is known as “specific deterrence”). ... So, I was a little concerned when I saw the first dark gray Ford F-150 purchased by the Sheriff’s Office. It seemed like an interesting choice to put flat black vinyl graphics on a dark gray vehicle.
Centralia Chronicle, Jan. 20, 2017

Nicer in 2017 | Moment's notice

The Edmonds Kind of Day Facebook page lists an endless menu of ways to make your life a little brighter here at home. Edmonds Community College students were named “world’s nicest students” by a volunteer professor this summer. Edmonds Center for the Arts hosts school kids throughout the year to experience music and dance, opening their eyes to things they might not have thought existed or possible.
Edmonds Beacon, Jan. 19, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Up front for retention

On the campus of Houston Baptist University, many students are the first in their families to go to college. It’s a distinction that makes the private university want to ensure that their students completely understand what is expected of them before the first day of classes. Those expectations extend beyond academics, from knowing the exact cost of attending to university to making certain every form and application is signed and delivered. Houston Baptist calls the initiative Project Day One, and they’re hopeful that it’ll lead to increases in retention.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2017

Your data or your money

Hackers are locking colleges’ data away and demanding payment to return it. But paying the ransom raises new issues, experts say.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2017

Lenient grades, unreliable grades

Study finds variation in the way students are evaluated  and tougher grades appear to be closer to what they should be. But not necessary due to grade inflation alone.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2017

Education Lab IQ: How much do Washington schools spend testing students?

Last school year, Washington state spent more than $16.8 million on federally required reading and math tests, but that only scratches the surface of the full cost of testing students.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 23, 2017

Man shot at UW no racist, friends insist, despite shooter’s claim

Police say the man who fired the gun Friday night at the University of Washington claimed he had been assaulted by the man he shot, and that he believed he was a white supremacist. Friends of the critically injured man, say he is no racist.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 2017

Oral history no longer subject to IRB approval

Life will soon be a little easier for oral historians and a number of other kinds of scholars who have had to gain approval from institutional review boards. Revised federal guidance for such boards, to take effect in 2018, says the following activities are “deemed not to be research: (1) Scholarly and journalistic activities (e.g., oral history, journalism, biography, literary criticism, legal research and historical scholarship), including the collection and use of information that focus directly on the specific individuals about whom the information is collected.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Student government leaders call on Trump to continue DACA

More than 50 student government presidents have signed a letter to President Trump asking him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, many of them now college students, have obtained the right to work and temporary protection from deportation. Trump has said he would end the program, created under President Obama's executive authority, although the White House chief of staff told Fox News Sunday this weekend that the president wants to work with legislators “to get a long-term solution on that issue.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2017

Priebus noncommittal on DACA plans

Asked on Fox News Sunday whether President Trump plans to sign an executive order undoing President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program this week, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, refused to make any commitments either way but said the president would be working with legislative leaders “to get a long-term solution on that issue.”
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2017

Getting with the program

College Republicans split over Trump, but many are now coming around and pledging to support the new president.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2017

Beginning of a movement

Hundreds of thousands of people converged on the nation’s capital Saturday to show solidarity and support for those who feel their rights may be threatened by the new administration, which began just the day before when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. Among the sea of pink knit hats and colorful signs were tens of thousands of college students, faculty and administrators who feel that their rights, too, are under attack.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2017

Vote on DeVos nomination pushed back a week

The Senate education committee has pushed back a vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary to give senators time to review a letter of agreement from the Office of Government Ethics. The vote by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will now take place Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. — a week later than originally planned. The letter from OGE outlines steps DeVos has agreed to take to avoid conflicts of interest. That agreement, released Friday, lists 102 potential conflicts of interest with financial assets DeVos will divest from.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2017

President Trump

Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated today as the 45th president of the United States. Here is a backgrounder on the new president and higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2017

Paper questions effectiveness of free tuition

A new Brookings Institution paper by Judith Scott-Clayton questions whether free tuition is the most effective use of additional funds for higher education. The paper comes on the heels of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to make public college tuition-free for most students in the state. The Excelsior Scholarship would ensure free tuition at New York's public two- and four-year institutions to families that make up to $125,000 a year. The program would cost the state about $163 million annually once it's fully implemented.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2017

NEH on the chopping block?

Reports circulated Thursday, the day before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, that his first budget would propose the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 20, 2017

Education Dept. clarifies rule governing online courses

The Education Department on Thursday clarified a key piece of a new distance-education regulation, making it clearer that the reciprocity agreement known as SARA, under which more than 1,300 colleges have already been approved to offer online courses across state lines, would satisfy the new regulation. The clarification removes the question mark over the legality of those colleges’ programs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 19, 2017

Washington AG files suit against student loan giant Navient

Washington state is suing the nation's largest student loan company, joining the federal government and the state of Illinois in alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection. Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Navient Corp., which was spun off from lending giant Sallie Mae, made subprime, predatory loans to students who were attending for-profit colleges with low graduation rates and scant prospects of ever being able to pay them back.
KNKX, Jan. 18, 2017

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