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June 06, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds CC student journalists take first place

Three members of Edmonds Community College’s student newspaper reporting staff have been honored for excellence in journalism by the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators. Zachary Bigelow, Liza Efimovskaya and Tara Pegasus received 2017 PNAJE student journalism contest awards for their reporting work featured in The Triton Review, the college’s student-run newspaper. The contest draws entries from two-year colleges in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Edmonds Beacon, June 4, 2017

Walla Walla was best known for big prison but is transformed by wine industry

Walla Walla used to be best known for sweet onions and as home of the state penitentiary, where death row inmates once were hanged. But the remote town along the Washington-Oregon border has reinvented itself in the past two decades into a center of premium wines and wine tourism. ... “If the wine wasn’t as high quality, you wouldn’t have this,” said Nick Velluzzi, a Walla Walla Community College professor who studies the wine industry. “The linchpin is high quality wine. You can have great restaurants, but if you have flawed wine, it doesn’t matter.”
Savannah Morning News, June 3, 2017

International Festival rocks Lower Columbia College

The whole world was present at Lower Columbia College for one afternoon. The Ethnic Support Council hosted its 27th annual International Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. yesterday at Lower Columbia College. Performers, vendors, and booths representing different countries and ethnicities were all accounted for. Cindy Lopez-Werth, the board president of the Ethnic Support Council, said the festival perfectly captured Cowlitz County’s shifting demographics.
Longview Daily News, June 3, 2017

Centralia College instructors develop app to help students succeed

Two Centralia College instructors have created a cellphone app that gives students a visual representation of their skills, allows them to see exactly how they’re doing in a class and informs them what they need to work on to improve their grades. Alisha Williams, an English instructor, and Gordon Gul, a computer science instructor, recently won the 2017 Connie Broughton Leadership and Innovation in eLearning Award from the Washington State eLearning Council for their app, according to a press release from the college.
Centralia Chronicle, June 2, 2017

Olympic College students build a sub-BQ

The next submarine in Kitsap's fleet won't be patrolling the Puget Sound, but it will cook you a hamburger. A submarine-shaped grill — dubbed the USS Olympic — built by welding students at Olympic College is the first in a fleet of high-powered barbecue machines that will help feed veterans in Kitsap. The project was spearheaded by Louis Robledo, a Navy veteran and welding student who wanted to raise more money for the local Student Veterans of America chapter.
KING 5, June 2, 2017

$1.3 million grant to extend Upward Bound program at Centralia College

Centralia College will receive nearly $1.3 million over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Education to support the TRIO Upward Bound program for high school students in Lewis and South Thurston counties. Upward Bound currently serves 50 high school students in Centralia, Rochester and Toledo. The students are all low-income or have parents with no bachelor’s degrees, according to a press release from the college.
Centralia Chronicle, June 2, 2017 

Othello’s Garza accomplishes rare feat

Othello principal Alejandro Vergara couldn’t believe it. Perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade? No way. But after some research, Vergara found it to be true. Othello senior Julissa Garza finished the entirety of her schooling without missing a single day. Not only has Garza not been absent, she hasn’t been tardy to any classes. That’s 2,340 straight school days in 13 years. ... In addition to graduating from Othello High School today, Julissa Garza participated in running start and will graduate from Columbia Basin College on June 16.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 2, 2017

Their parents wanted a better life, now two Pasco students get that chance

When the parents of Maria Vargas and Cynthia Castillo came to the U.S. from Mexico, they wanted a better life for their children. The parents of the Pasco High School seniors did not achieve more than a grade-school education. But they understood the importance of a college degree. Now the women are receiving help from the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. The five-year program provides low- and middle-income students up to $22,500 to pursue high-demand degrees. ... Both of the women are looking to contribute to society with their degrees. After Castillo receives her associate degree from Columbia Basin College in mid-June, she plans on earning a civil engineering degree from WSU Tri-Cities.
Tri-City Herald, June 1, 2017

Edmonds School District students make tiny house for homeless through carpentry class

Carpentry students from Edmonds School District’s Career and Technical Education program combined their craft with community service to lend a helping hand to Seattle’s homeless  this spring. For several months, the students put their strengths together to create a tiny house for the 2017 CTE Showcase of Skills. ... “When we were down there doing the tiny house project, they had some homeless people speak at the event, like during lunch and I think they made it much more real,” carpentry instructor Randy Sibley said. Sibley, who works at Edmonds Community College, was contacted by CTE program director Mark Madison to take the opportunity to show students how their skills can affect people’s lives.
My Edmonds News, June 1, 2017

Can Washington's solar boom survive the legislative stalemate?

Isn’t Seattle a little cloudy for solar power? That’s a question Reeves Clippard hears often as the CEO and cofounder of A&R Solar, a Seattle-based solar installation company for residential and commercial clients. “It’s a common misconception,” he says, “but there’s no technical reason for solar not to be adopted here.” He points to Germany, which receives a similar amount of sunlight as the Pacific Northwest and is a global leader in solar generation. ... Louise Petruzzella, director of the Clean Energy Technology & Entrepreneurship program at Shoreline Community College, says her program started in 2008 and focuses on teaching students to design solar array systems, primarily for residential rooftops.
Seattle Magazine, May 2017

Famed Vietnam War correspondent returns to collect and share more veterans’ stories

Nationally recognized war correspondent Joe Galloway, who has dedicated his life to sharing the sacrifices of the those who fought in the Vietnam War, has come back to the Pacific Northwest, [speaking on panels like this one at Shoreline Community College]. Galloway risked his life to cover the war and he saw the worst of it, but he’ll be the first to tell you, he also saw the best in our American service members. He says they deserve to have their stories shared with future generations, in their own words.
Q13 Fox, May 24, 2017

James Riggall awarded a Fulbright scholarship

One northern Tasmanian man will join the ranks of presidents, Nobel prize laureates, Pulitzer prize winners and prime ministers. James Riggall has been selected for a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, which will see him travel to the United States for seven months for an exchange of knowledge and ideas. ... He will travel to the United States in September where he will work with Bellevue College to help them develop collaborative spaces, similar to those he has created in Launceston, and to establish a collaborative education project connecting students from Bellevue and Launceston.
The Examiner (Australia), May 21, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Opinion: Our college students are changing. Why aren’t our higher education policies?

As the profile of college students continues to evolve, many institutions are adjusting and must continue to do so. Federal and state higher education policy must also change to meet these students’ unique needs and help them succeed. Unfortunately, the conventional wisdom about so-called traditional college students has proven stubbornly persistent.
The Washington Post, June 6, 2017

The Silicon Valley billionaires remaking America’s schools

In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning.
The New York Times, June 6, 2017

Stalkers’ strategies

Methods of stalking have trended toward digital in the age of social media. Offenders can now use any number of platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat — to send unwanted messages and more easily ferret out their victims’ locations at any time — sometimes because those victims have voluntarily shared them online. What remains consistent: those stalked most often fall into the traditional college age range — 18 to 24 — often forcing administrators to work with law enforcement and remain vigilant of tactics, said Kurkowski, who works in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on its domestic violence and abuse response team. He investigates stalking regularly.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2017

Seattle parent’s campaign to wipe out student-lunch debt is $80,000 and growing

When Seattle parent Jeff Lew decided to try to wipe out $20,531.79 in lunch debt accrued by students in Seattle’s 99 public schools, he wasn’t sure he would reach the target. Less than a month later, he’s raised more than double that for Seattle, and started similar GoFundMe campaigns for three other school districts, two of which have met their goals as well.
The Seattle Times, June 6, 2017

Opinion: The Evergreen State College: No safety, no learning, no future

The next few days are critical for the future of The Evergreen State College. The public state college near Olympia has become a national caricature of intolerant campus liberalism in both The New York Times and Fox News. At least one professor has been harangued and classes disrupted by shouting mobs of students accusing the famously progressive campus of “systemic racism.” ... But Evergreen faces a deeper, and more long-term threat. It is the only state four-year higher education institution to see enrollment drop steeply since 2011 despite wide-open admission standards. At about 4,080 students, it is about 300 students short of the Legislature’s funded enrollment target.
The Seattle Times, June 5, 2017

Opinion: Campus inquisitions like the one at The Evergreen State College must stop

Like plenty of adults across the political spectrum, students use slurs in lieu of arguments, looking for catharsis rather than constructive engagement. They undermine their goals by pushing away allies and handing ammunition to the very people who itch to dismiss them.
The Seattle Times, June 5, 2017

At different paces

Many people don't notice if a restroom is labeled gender neutral. To a transgender student, though, that sign could make the difference about whether they deliberately dehydrate to avoid using the bathroom. A campus doctor asking transgender students their preferred pronoun could reassure them enough to return if they suffer a medical emergency. Academe nationwide has started identifying small ways to create campuses more welcoming for transgender students as they emerge as a more visible presence and voice their expectations. But colleges and universities do not all keep to the same pace, depending on support from administrators and the size and will of staff to move on some of these issues.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2017

Inside the meme thread, a growing forum for college students nationwide

Harvard University’s reported decision to rescind the admissions offers of at least 10 people for posting offensive memes sheds light on a lesser-known student forum: the meme thread. In the past year, Facebook groups featuring college-specific jokes and memes, have gained popularity at universities like Cornell University, Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 5, 2017

Big news in tiny Onalaska, Washington: All 43 grads were accepted to college

Statewide, less than a third of public high-school graduates finish a two- or four-year degree, a college certificate or apprenticeship within six years, according to the Seattle-based business group Washington Roundtable. ... And while college-going is more robust in urban areas like Seattle and Bellevue, there’s a major falloff outside the cities. In Lewis County, only about 24 percent of the high-school graduating class of 2007 had finished a bachelor’s degree or community-college transfer degree six years after graduation. But at Onalaska last year, all but four of the 42 seniors got an acceptance letter from a two- or four-year college. This year, all 43 seniors were accepted, and 38 plan to go.
The Seattle Times, June 5, 2017

Humanities majors drop

The number of bachelor's degrees in the humanities conferred in 2015 — 212,512 — was down 5 percent from the year before and nearly 10 percent from 2012, the high point for such degrees. Those figures are from an analysis being published today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as part of the organization's Humanities Indicators project. The trend is likely to alarm humanities professors and many others in academe. Many humanities departments have found themselves struggling to maintain tenure-track faculty lines and, in some cases, to continue departments.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2017

Opinion: Let me speak to the manager!

A recent article in a higher education publication reissued a growing refrain that front-line workers in higher education should “serve their customers like those in other industries.” By doing exactly that over the past two decades, many universities have adopted a retail industry approach. Across many campuses name tags grace the lapels of not only financial aid personnel but also deans and vice presidents. A signature higher education innovation includes customer service desks in administration buildings to facilitate “one-stop shopping.” Name tags coupled with service desks have led students to think of a university as one large department store.
Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2017

‘New external threat’ cancels classes again Monday at The Evergreen State College

A new threat received by The Evergreen State College in Olympia over the weekend will cancel classes on the campus yet again on Monday, the college announced in a statement late Sunday. Police are investigating “new external threat information received over the weekend,” the statement said.
The Seattle Times, June 4, 2017

Opinion: Linking graduation to high-stakes testing was a mistake

Standardized assessments are required by the federal government to measure the performance of the education system as a whole. They were never meant to be used to prove a student had earned a diploma.
The Seattle Times, June 4, 2017

Just 20% of kids got 4-year degrees, so Chehalis schools changed everything

In Washington state, only about a third of students ever earn a bachelor’s degree. In rural counties, it’s even lower. But in Chehalis, a Lewis County town in the southwest part of the state, educators are trying to build college fever.
The Seattle Times, June 2, 2017

First-gen faculty

Rebecca Covarrubias, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, didn’t plan on being a professor. She wasn’t even sure she’d attend college. Her Phoenix-area family was tight-knit and supportive, but no one at home had attended college before her, and Covarrubias was mostly focused on making money after high school. Yet she applied to the University of Arizona because her friends were doing it, got a full scholarship based on her academic record and decided to take the opportunity. Once Covarrubias got to campus, she wasn’t sure how to “do” college, either. She didn’t attend office hours or attempt to connect with professors because she didn’t know that was important. She learned, of course. But years later, Covarrubias is trying to help make college a little easier for first-generation students as the Santa Cruz campus faculty lead on the University of California’s systemwide First-Gen Faculty campaign.
Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2017

Opinion: College isn’t the only path after graduation

But in an ironic sense of timing — as we applaud the valedictorians and salutatorians of every graduating class — both Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal have recently suggested that pushing all teens toward college is a mistake, and that we need to re-think our definition of educational success.
Tri-City Herald, June 2, 2017

Evergreen State College closes after ‘direct threat to campus safety’

Evergreen State College has closed for the day because of a “direct threat to campus safety.” Everyone was asked to leave the Olympia campus or return to residence halls for instructions, the college announced shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Evergreen officials had few details about the threat, which came from someone who called local law enforcement.
The Seattle Times, June 1, 2017

California community colleges try to boost graduation rates

Under pressure from students and lawmakers to change that, the whole California system — all 113 community colleges — is moving to an approach known as “guided pathways." With $150 million from the state, as well as philanthropic funding, more than 20 colleges should be up and running within three years. The idea is to help students choose a course of study earlier, then give them a clear road map to get to their goal.
WOSU, June 1, 2017

The college-town achievement gap

Politically progressive university towns with racially integrated schools like Berkeley, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Ann Arbor, Michigan, might seem natural environments for black students to thrive. Each is home to a prestigious university with an activist, social justice-oriented school of education. Each school district has been a part of a network to promote equity for students of color. Each has a large community of well-educated African Americans. Yet in a comprehensive analysis of the standardized-test scores in hundreds of districts nationwide, Berkeley and Chapel Hill have the widest and third-widest achievement gaps between black and white students.
The Atlantic, June 1, 2017

‘I won’t give up’: How first-generation students see college

Getting into college and making it through can be hard no matter what your circumstances. But for first-generation students — the first in their families to attend college — the challenges are even greater because they must tackle them largely on their own. Students whose parents have gone to college can draw on that experience, perhaps talking to them about filling out applications or picking a major. Many college-educated parents also help their children financially, or provide a cushion if things go awry. But, said Dr. Michael V. Drake, president of Ohio State University, a lot of first-generation students have feelings of doubts of whether they really belong.
The New York Times, May 30, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

State AGs want action on student loan discharge

Nineteen state attorneys general and the head of Hawaii's Office of Consumer Protections wrote Monday that the Department of Education should consider abandoning individual review of loan discharge applications from former Corinthian College students. Instead, the department should grant automatic group discharge to student borrowers in cohorts where it has already determined fraud took place, they said in a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2017

Civil rights slow walk?

When students file a complaint that their institution mishandled or ignored claims of sexual assault or harassment, they can often expect to wait years for a resolution from the Department of Education. Those delays frustrate not only those bringing the complaints but colleges that remain under prolonged investigation as well. Advocates say that problem would be exacerbated by cuts to staffing at the department's Office for Civil Rights included in last month's White House budget proposal.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2017

DeVos appoints First Amendment advocate to key position

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has appointed Adam Kissel, formerly of the Koch Foundation and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs, the department confirmed Monday. Politico first reported the hiring.
Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2017

Legislators look at compromise ideas to raise more revenue

As Washington state lawmakers grapple with K-12 school funding, the big tax proposals are likely out of the picture. With capital gains, carbon pricing and a large shift in property taxes out, lawmakers may wind up with a series of smaller ideas to raise money.
The Seattle Times, June 4, 2017

Colleges’ message on upholding Paris Climate Accord: ‘We are still in’

At most of the nearly 120 colleges and universities whose presidents had signed a pledge Friday to meet the goals laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement, the signatures won’t lead to a sea change. These are institutions, by and large, that have already committed to reduce their carbon footprint. But in joining a coalition of business leaders, mayors, and governors set on helping the United States meet international targets for greenhouse-gas emissions, the institutions are attempting to send a clear message: Now that President Trump has pulled the United States out of the climate accord, we’ll fill a leadership void on a global issue.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 3, 2017

Indirect costs back in the crosshairs

Advocates for university-based research are working hard to make sure Congress doesn't buy into what they say is a specious argument made by the Trump administration: that the federal government can cut reimbursement payments to research institutions without undermining the quality of the studies themselves.
Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2017

How education-funding formulas target poor kids

Districts serving many low-income children in New Jersey receive nearly $5,000 more per pupil from the state government than districts with a fewer poor students. If that same district was located in Montana, it would only receive an extra $18 per student from the state. Despite the fact that the majority of states have education funding formulas meant to target low-income students, the effectiveness of this targeting varies widely around the country.
The Atlantic, June 1, 2017

Think state budget cuts explain tuition hikes? Not so fast, says one researcher

Ask an expert why college prices keep rising, and you’ll probably hear that a major factor is states’ disinvestment from public universities. When states cut their support, the argument goes, colleges must charge more tuition to make up for it. But in a report released on Thursday, Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, argues that the research supporting this assertion is not nearly as robust as one might expect.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2017

In wake of race protests at Evergreen, one lawmaker proposes to make it private

A Republican state lawmaker from Eastern Washington on Wednesday blasted recent protests alleging racism at The Evergreen State College and said he wants the Legislature to privatize the school. He’s also calling for an investigation to see if civil rights laws have been broken by college actions. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, introduced a bill Thursday that would ratchet down state funding for Evergreen over five years.
The News Tribune, May 31, 2017

Editorial: U.S. education budget would move nation in wrong direction

The proposed federal-education budget for the next fiscal year flouts the values of our nation and also appears to threaten Washington state’s education budget. Just the numbers tell a surprising story: Program cuts totaling $9 billion from the Education Department’s $68 billion budget and $1.4 billion for school choice, including new money for states that embrace vouchers. Families could use the vouchers to offset tuition at private schools.
The Seattle Times, May 31, 2017

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