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News Links | June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Spokane Falls Community College math instructor retiring after 50 years

Kialynn Glubrecht isn’t particularly excited to leave Spokane Falls Community College, where she has taught math since the school was built five decades ago. She’ll miss her students, and her small office on the second floor of Building 18, where potted plants hang from the ceiling and trinkets rest on a tall gray filing cabinet. And she’ll especially miss her friends in the math department, whom she thinks of as family. ... At 74, she has grudgingly decided it’s time to retire. This quarter will be her last at SFCC.
The Spokesman-Review, June 14, 2017

Community colleges’ computer system costs mount, schedule delayed

Bankruptcy by the contractor and a lawsuit against the state have added to the delays of getting a much-troubled $100 million computer system operating properly for Washington community colleges, a special Senate hearing was told Tuesday. Problems with the new system, ctcLink, could keep the Community Colleges of Spokane from completing the necessary year-end accounting the federal government requires for schools that receive financial aid, almost two years after those schools began using the system, members of three Senate committees were told in an unusual joint meeting. ... Since the system went online in August 2015 in Spokane and Tacoma [Community College], the pilot colleges for the rest of the state, those schools have experienced problems with student schedules, financial aid, payroll, scheduling and bookkeeping. Starting up the system at the “pilot” colleges at that time was the wrong decision, Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, told senators.
The Spokesman-Review, June 14, 2017

Edmonds Community College to showcase training center at Paris Air Show

A record number of Washington aerospace suppliers are heading to the Paris Air Show, and Edmonds Community College is joining them to showcase their training center. Sixty-three Washington aerospace suppliers are planning to attend the show, which starts Sunday. Edmonds operates the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center at Everett’s Paine Field. Established under the administration of Governor Christine Gregoire in 2009, the WATR Center is one of two centers designed to supply the state’s growing aerospace industry with trained workers.
KING 5, June 13, 2017

Long journey for Clark College grad-to-be from Syria

On a recent Friday, students crowded around two arenas just inside the entrance to Clark College’s STEM Building. Others observed from the second floor. A semester’s worth of engineering classes came down to this: A battle between student-built robots for the most gum balls, in a more nuanced, nerdier version of the board game Hungry Hungry Hippos. Kinan Badr, president of Clark’s engineering club and contest referee, helped come up with the challenge, as he does every semester. The rules? No intentional bashing. Everyone gets a 30-second and 10-second warning. Make sure the robot returns to its side before time’s up.
The Columbian, June 13, 2017

Centralia College president reflects on first year at helm

When Bob Mohrbacher heard Centralia College would soon be looking for a president, it was the only one of 34 colleges in Washington he had never visited. ... As commencement nears at Centralia College this week, Mohrbacher is nearing his first anniversary at the helm of the college. After taking over in July 2016, he has watched the campus grow in his first year and still has plans for more growth, both academically and structurally. But Mohrbacher said despite plans for the campus, he already loves his new home. ... A career in education was not in his mind with his college studies, but he started teaching part time at Pierce College and Tacoma Community College after graduation to make ends meet. ... Mohrbacher came to Centralia College from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, where he had served as vice president of investment and student services.
Centralia Chronicle, June 13, 2017

$630,000 grant to help CBC students focus their goals

Figuring out what you want to do with your life isn’t always easy. But Columbia Basin College is trying something new to help students see the possibilities. The Pasco-based college was inducted into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Frontier Set, an initiative aimed at rewarding colleges and universities committed to increasing student success. As a member, the college received a four-year $630,000 grant. The money will pay for salaries and training to develop the college’s “Guided Pathways” initiative. The grant is managed through The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.
Tri-City Herald, June 13, 2017

Parents fight to keep special needs daughter in general education classes

A Shoreline couple is challenging some of the basic assumptions about special education as they fight the Shoreline School District to place their disabled daughter into regular kindergarten. ... Her parents moved her out into an inclusive preschool at Shoreline Community College, where they say she is thriving, is communicating better both verbally and through sign language, and is now keeping up physically with other kids. 
KING 5, June 12, 2017

Clark College food pantry plan advances

What if you had to choose between eating and buying your textbooks? Some students do. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 12.7 percent of American households in 2015 experienced food insecurity — where access to nutritious food is limited by money or other factors — at some point in the year. That number skyrockets among college students who face rising costs and are sometimes still learning to manage their money out on their own. Last year, The Atlantic reported that 52 percent of college students nationwide were facing some form of food insecurity. Clark College isn’t an exception. ... To help address food insecurity, Belden assembled a committee two years ago to begin creating a campus food bank, called the Penguin Pantry.
The Columbian, June 10, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Tracking transfer in Connecticut

A pending Connecticut law will now mandate that the University of Connecticut and the state’s four other public universities publicly release data on which transfer student credits they accept and which they reject. Supporters say the bill, which the Legislature passed last week, would make transfer between the state’s community colleges and universities more transparent and clear for students, researchers and the state’s legislators.
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2017

State’s unemployment rate falls to a historic low

Washington’s unemployment rate edged down in May to the lowest level since modern record-keeping began four decades ago, the state Employment Security Department (ESD) said Wednesday. The statewide jobless rate dropped from 4.6 to 4.5 percent.
The Seattle Times, June 14, 2017

Washington state ranks high in effectively identifying homeless students

Washington state is doing well at effectively identifying homeless students within its school systems. That’s according to a new study by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, which ranked Washington as No. 7 out of all states and Washington, D.C. The institute is a nonprofit research organization that examines the impact of poverty and homelessness on students.
The Seattle Times, June 14, 2017

Opinion: The Evergreen State College president: In a divided country, our campus will remain united

Although activism on campus was only part of the story, it was distorted, amplified and endlessly repeated via social media and cable news. As we took steps to de-escalate conflict on campus, Twitter feeds blew up with misinformation.
The Seattle Times, June 14, 2017

Can scientists help end the teacher shortage?

Named a rookie-teacher-of-the-year in Los Angeles Unified last year, Haynes, 30, is among a growing number of science, technology, engineering, and math professionals in California who’ve forsaken the comforts of laboratories, office parks, and six-figure salaries to teach high school — often in schools with a majority of students living in poverty, learning English, or facing other challenges.
The Atlantic, June 14, 2017

A fast start?

Days after opening the application window for its free public college tuition program, New York received more than 21,000 applications. It looks like a quick clip for a state that had projected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature free tuition program would cover about 22,000 students in its first year. But it’s not yet clear how many applicants will actually receive awards. The number of applicants is also still small in comparison to the roughly one million New York students who apply for financial aid in a year.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2017

Colorado case puts focus on colleges’ handling of alleged domestic violence

During the weeks leading up to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s December appearance in the Alamo Bowl, athletics officials had more serious matters on their minds than winning games. Earlier that month, a woman had contacted the head football coach, Mike MacIntyre, to report that one of his assistant coaches, Joe Tumpkin, had physically and emotionally abused her over a two-year period. She didn’t want him fired, she said, but she did want him to get help and counseling. Based on that call, Mr. MacIntyre did what he said he had been trained to do: He told his boss. ... All three administrators received minor sanctions on Monday for failing to take their reporting responsibilities far enough. Meanwhile, questions are reverberating about how universities should respond when incidents of domestic violence or sexual misconduct happen off campus, and when administrators need to go beyond the chain of command to contact Title IX officials or the police.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13, 2017

Evergreen State College president ‘immensely disappointed' by protesters

Students involved in on-campus protests at The Evergreen State College could be punished, according to college president Dr. George Bridges. In May, dozens of protesters interrupted a class taught by Bret Weinstein, a biology teacher. The students called for Weinstein’s resignation after he criticized moves to change campus policies involving race. He also refused to participate in an April event where white students and faculty members were encouraged to leave campus. Following the protest, Weinstein held classes off-campus. Campus police told him they could not guarantee his safety at the college. Bridges said the school is investigating the students involved.
KING 5, June 12, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Reset of rules aimed at for-profits begins

The U.S. Department of Education is hitting pause on two of the Obama administration's primary rules aimed at reining in for-profit colleges. Department officials said they will block a rule, set to take effect next month, that clarifies how student borrowers can have their loans forgiven if they were defrauded or misled by their college.
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2017

New money and new players on apprenticeships

The kickoff of President Trump’s apprenticeship push is slated for today with a policy speech observers said will include a call for new money, a less balky federal approach to registered apprenticeships and more openness to noncollege providers handling the educational side of those programs. During a speech today at the U.S. Department of Labor, Trump is expected to announce a grant program of up to $200 million to expand apprenticeships, with an increased emphasis on growth industries like information technology and health care as well as manufacturing.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2017

What DeVos’s ‘reset’ on 2 major consumer rules means for colleges

Immediately after President Trump was elected, borrower advocates and lawmakers expressed concern about what would happen to the Obama-era regulations aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable. On Tuesday, their concerns were validated. The Education Department announced that it would delay and renegotiate two of the previous administration’s signature regulations: the borrower "defense to repayment" rule and the gainful-employment rule.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2017

Transparency with staying power

The Department of Education appears to be planning to keep around one of the most high-profile higher ed initiatives of the Obama administration. Department staff are taking steps to update the data feeding the College Scorecard, a tool that allows prospective students to look at measures like the debt burden of an institution's graduates, by September of this year, according to higher ed groups. That would be counted as a victory by proponents of more transparency in higher ed, even though the Scorecard wasn’t among the Obama efforts the Trump administration promised to eliminate.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2017

Jim Walsh introduces bill to protect free speech on college campuses

Local state Rep. Jim Walsh has introduced a bill that he says would protect free speech on public college campuses following protests and threats of violence that shut down The Evergreen State College in Olympia for three days recently. The legislation would require all state-funded colleges and universities to adopt a set of principles that support the free exchange of ideas. It would also prohibit schools from revoking invitations to controversial speakers or establishing “free speech zones,” which are areas set aside from shared public spaces for political expression.
Longview Daily News, June 13, 2017

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