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News Links | July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New law allows DNR and community colleges to swap land

A bill to help community and technical colleges expand was signed into law this week. The law allows community colleges and technical schools to exchange land within the community and technical college forest reserve for land of equal value with the state Department of Natural Resources. The bill was introduced by Rep. Joe Fain, R-Auburn. ... Highline, Green River, South Seattle and Grays Harbor community colleges utilize land leased from DNR.
Centralia Chronicle, July 13, 2017

WWCC teaching restaurant opens for summer

Walla Walla Community College’s temporary fine-dining — and teaching — restaurant is open this summer through Aug. 23. Capstone Kitchen, which operates several weeks twice a year, will serve diners 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through Aug. 23. The restaurant provides training for students in the college’s two-year culinary arts program.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, July 12, 2017

Olympia gridlock keeps projects on hold

Summer is supposed to be construction season, but not this year at South Puget Sound Community College. “I think frustrating is a great word for it,” said college spokesperson Kelly Green. Green said the school had to halt the renovation of a library because of a lack of state funding. College maintenance and renovation projects are paid for with funds from the state’s capital budget, and for the first time in state history, lawmakers have not passed one for the current two-year budget cycle.
KING 5, July 11, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

New report examines year-round Pell effects on 2-year students

Student enrollment and completion at community colleges increases when students are able to use their Pell Grants in the summer, according to a new paper from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University. The study found that for each $1,000 of year-round Pell Grant funding given to a student, the likelihood of summer enrollment among Pell-eligible students increases by 27 percentage points and the likelihood of associate degree completion increases by 2.2 percentage points. The report examines data from 2009-11 — the last year summer Pell funding was available to students.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2017

Career planning in college ‘should not feel like going to the DMV’

Roadtrip Nation is known for its bright-green RVs that take students on career journeys. Mike Marriner, a founder of the organization, describes how it continues to expand its scope, its plans for “College Confidential,” and ways to enliven how people prepare for their post-school lives.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 12, 2017

The internship, brought to you by summer

According to Edwin Koc, research director at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 42 percent of interns are unpaid this summer, down from 49 percent in 2011, when the organization started surveying employers about whether they pay interns. ... The current system of training and acclimating young people to the work world has its antecedents in the Middle Ages, explained Andrew Wender Cohen, a labor historian at Syracuse University. Starting around the age of ten, he said, children in cities and towns could be apprenticed to Guild masters — a weaver, parchment-maker, baker, or blacksmith, for example. The apprentice's family would typically pay the master, who would be expected to provide room and board. In some cases, apprentices were paid or provided with a set of tools at the completion of their training.
WVTF, July 12, 2017

Money matters

Students are more likely to graduate from colleges that are more expensive and have larger budgets, a new study out of Oregon State University shows. Researchers examined the demographic and graduation data of more than 400 four-year colleges and universities from both the 2007-08 and 2014-15 academic years, relying on the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The focus was on institutions that generally accepted a large majority of their applicants — 80 percent — known as broadly accessible institutions. These colleges tend to enroll a higher number of Latino students in particular, some of whom come from impoverished and inadequate educational backgrounds. Thus, it is unsurprising that their graduation rates would already be lower, the study states. The average six-year graduation rate at these institutions hovers around 40 percent, compared to 56 percent at more selective colleges.
Inside Higher Ed, July 12, 2017

On public distrust, colleges could learn from journalism’s mistakes

Higher education faces a growing shortage of trust among Republicans, according to a recent Pew Research Center study that found 58 percent of them believe colleges have a negative effect on the country. But if colleges are just now feeling some heat from a lack of public confidence, the journalism industry has long been engulfed in flames.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 12, 2017

US job openings slipped in May, but hiring increased

U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in May. But hiring picked up and more people are quitting their jobs — both positive signs for the economy. Job openings fell 5 percent in May to 5.7 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The setback occurred after advertised job postings nearly reached 6 million in April, a figure that has been revised downward from the initial report. Meanwhile, hiring climbed 8.5 per cent to just under 5.5 million. The data is a sign the economy at 4.4 percent unemployment is nearing "full employment," when nearly all those who want a job have one and the unemployment rate mostly reflects the normal churn of people who are temporarily out of work. Typically, when unemployment falls that low, companies are forced to offer more pay, but that hasn't yet happened.
US News and World Report, July 11, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

APNewsBreak: House deal would boost college aid for veterans

A bipartisan congressional agreement on the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade would remove a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and increase money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve. The House deal expected to be announced later Thursday is an effort to fill coverage gaps in the post-9/11 GI Bill amid a rapidly changing job market. The plan builds on legislation from 2008 that guaranteed a full-ride scholarship to any in-state public university, or the cash amount for private college students similar to the value of a scholarship at a state college. The new plan would give veterans added flexibility to enroll in college later in life, and veterans would get additional payments if they completed science, technology and engineering courses, according to details obtained by The Associated Press before the bill’s public release.
The Seattle Times, July 13, 2017

Why do republicans suddenly hate college so much?

News flash: In the era of Trump, institutions—and especially those that are perceived as liberal—are unpopular, and opinions divide sharply along party lines, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. Alright, maybe that isn’t surprising. But there is one startling result in the survey: a sharp decline in conservative impressions of universities. Most of the results are about what one would expect. Churches and religious organizations are popular, though more popular with Republicans and Republican-leaning voters than their Democratic counterparts. Banks are somewhere in the middle. Neither group likes the national news media, though the Democrats are more favorable. (We get it, you don’t like us.) It used to be that colleges and universities were another one of those institutions that could generate at least theoretical goodwill on both sides of the aisle.
The Atlantic, July 13, 2017

Opinion: Republicans don’t hate higher education

Despite what you may have heard, Republicans don’t actually hate colleges and universities. A recent Pew Research Center poll does show that 58 percent of Republicans believe higher education institutions have a negative impact on the way things are going in the country, but that is no cause for alarm. In fact, Republicans love colleges and universities — just like they love their members of the U.S. Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2017

Opinion: Colleges are to blame for the contempt in which they’re held

The Chronicle’s story about the new Pew Research Center survey on American attitudes toward higher education displays a photo of Middlebury College students turning their backs on Charles Murray at the March 2 protest that culminated in assaults on Murray and Professor Allison Stanger. The photo deftly captures the essence of the Pew report. The survey of 2,504 adults found a dramatic shift in the percentage of Republicans who see colleges and universities having "a positive effect on the way things are going in the country." The finding has been widely reported: In just two years, Republicans have flipped from a majority (54 percent) saying higher education has a positive effect on the country, to a majority (58 percent) saying the opposite. I am heartened by the news.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 12, 2017

DHS head won’t commit to defending DACA

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told Democrats of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he could not commit to the Trump administration defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protection against deportation and two-year renewable work permits for certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, CNN reported. Kelly told lawmakers that while he personally supports the DACA program, legal experts have told him it’s unlikely to survive a court challenge.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2017

(Largely) shunning White House on higher ed spending

The Trump administration's first budget proposal was greeted coolly by Republican lawmakers (amid deep consternation from advocates for higher education) when it was released in May. Many members of Congress avoided direct criticism but suggested they would not go along with major cuts in popular programs, including a plan to slash the rates at which the government reimburses universities for their own spending on research overhead. Wednesday President Trump's party offered a more direct rebuke, as the appropriations panel in the House of Representatives released a 2018 spending bill that rejects most of the administration's proposed changes.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2017

Invitation and comment alarm advocates for assault victims

The Department of Education will host a closed-door summit on sexual assault today, giving sexual assault victims, due process advocates and campus leaders the chance to speak directly to Secretary Betsy DeVos. But the department and DeVos are coming under fire for the involvement of groups considered "men's rights" organizations that have been accused of victim blaming and promoting harassment of sexual assault survivors who have come forward. While there has been an ongoing debate for years about proper protections for due process in the context of stronger enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, some of those groups are deemed by critics to be "men's rights organizations," promoting a harmful narrative about false rape claims.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2017

Ed. Dept. official apologizes for ‘90%’ remark on campus rape. What’s the research?

Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education, made a bombshell comment to The New York Times stating that 90 percent of campus sexual-assault complaints "fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’" and involve a regretful female student. Campus investigations have not been fair to students who are accused of sexual misconduct, Ms. Jackson told the Times. She added that, in most cases, there’s "not even an accusation that these accused students overrode the will of a young woman." "Rather," she continued, "the accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’" It’s unclear whether her 90-percent figure was supposed to refer to all campus rape cases, or to open federal Title IX investigations against colleges for possibly mishandling sexual-violence cases. (There are 339 of those, by the way.) In any case, Ms. Jackson’s remarks quickly provoked outrage on social media.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 12, 2017

On education, the states ask: Now what?

The new federal education law is supposed to return to the states greater control over their public schools. But judging from the mood recently at the annual conference of the Education Commission of the States, the states are anything but optimistic about the future, or about the new law.
NPR, July 13, 2017

Schools wary of new state budget

A week-and-a-half after the state Legislature adopted a budget with the goal of fully funding education, there remains ambiguity about what the decision will mean for taxpayers. Initial analysis of the state budget indicates some districts — including all Clark County districts — could see property tax increases from current policy. But lawmakers say those numbers are inflated, and some taxpayers could even see a decrease.
The Columbian, July 11, 2017

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