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News Links | March 2, 2017

March 02, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Students in Clark College ecology class get real-world lesson

There’s a lot of talk around academia about providing students an education with a real-world application. Anyone looking for an example would have found one on Tuesday when about 25 students from a Clark College environmental science class helped revegetate a community park with native plants they grew themselves. The work took place at St. Cloud Park near Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbian, March 2, 2017

Event highlights female brewers

Shannon Vincent loves beer, and it shows every day in the work she does. Vincent has been working at Anacortes Brewery since September. “I’m making beer,” she said. “Everybody likes beer! My job is really fun. The days just fly by.” Vincent and other regional women brewers will be celebrated at Big Boots Brew Day on March 8 at Anacortes Brewery. The event is one of several happening that day around the country, put on by the Pink Boots Society. The day is scheduled to correspond with International Women’s Day. Vincent will be joined by a female brewer from North Sound Brewing Co. and some female students from the Skagit Valley College Craft Brew Academy. They will spend the day brewing together.
Skagit Valley Herald, March 1, 2017

Bellevue College announces presidential search finalists

Bellevue College officials announced Feb. 28 that they have narrowed down the search for the college’s next president to three candidates — one from Texas and two from Illinois. Dr. Karén Lynn Clos, chief advancement officer/external director for advancement and alumni services at Texas A&M University – Central Texas; Angelia N. Millender, president of Olive-Harvey College, City Colleges of Chicago and Dr. Jerry W. Weber, president of the College of Lake County were selected from around 20 applicants.
Bellevue Reporter, Feb. 28, 2017

Editorial: A pathway to careers for community college students

State lawmakers are considering expansion of a successful scholarship program that could help connect more students with good-paying jobs in STEM and health care fields in the state. Since the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship’s launch in 2011, the program’s goals have reached beyond simply increasing the number of state high school students in four-year degree programs in STEM and health care fields. ... But a segment of the student population has been ineligible for the program: students who are studying for professional and technical certificates and degrees typically offered at the state’s two-year community and technical colleges. House Bill 1452 would create a companion to the Opportunity Scholarship, run by the same nonprofit, called the Pathways Scholarship, that would offer scholarships to those students. ... The program would have the added benefit of opening up more financial assistance for students studying STEM and health care programs at Everett and Edmonds community colleges.
Everett Herald, Feb. 28, 2017

Centralia College Foundation approves $10,000 in funding for student research projects

The Centralia College Foundation has unanimously approved $10,000 to fund student research projects in 2017. The funds can be used across all disciplines to complete capstone projects, according to a press release from the college. Up to $500 may be available for an individual or $2,500 for a group. This is the third year the foundation has offered financial support to complete the high-profile projects, and the fifth year of the capstone projects at the college.
Centralia Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2017

Environmental remediation course making an impact

For nearly 15 years, Clover Park Technical College has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency, City of Tacoma and Goodwill to provide grant-funded environmental remediation training courses. Friday, the program received some extra attention. CPTC hosted a media event to spread awareness of the program Friday afternoon, offering a glimpse into the program and featuring comments from some of the partners in the education process.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 28, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Failing to keep up

Look only at the trend line showing the slowly climbing percentage of higher education administrative positions held by minority leaders, and it appears colleges and universities are inching toward a day when their leaders reflect the diversity of their student bodies. But add a few other pieces of data, and a very different picture takes shape. Look at the much faster growth in the proportion of minority college graduates and the growth in the U.S. minority population. It becomes clear that a substantial representation gap exists between the percentage of minority administrators and the makeup of the country. Further, the ethnic and racial makeup of administrators isn’t changing fast enough to keep up with broader demographic shifts — the line showing the percentage of minority higher education leaders is not growing closer to lines that show the country's minority population or the percentage of minority college graduates.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2017

'College in Prison'

If given the opportunity to pursue a demanding college education, anyone — even society’s most isolated, stigmatized individuals — can rise to the occasion. That’s the idea behind College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration (Rutgers University Press), a new book by Daniel Karpowitz about the ways that a liberal arts education can transform the lives of people living behind bars. In the book, Karpowitz, professor of law and the humanities at Bard College and a director of the Bard Prison Initiative, reflects on his 15-year history with the Bard prison program and reveals many of the intricacies, challenges and rewards that have come with it.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2017

Remedial-education reform may fall short without more focus on nonacademic support

The nation is unlikely to meet its ambitious college-completion goals unless remedial-education reformers spend more time examining the nonacademic factors that hold students back, according to a report being released on Wednesday by the National Center for Developmental Education.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 1, 2017

Closing the gap

Black students graduate, on average, at a rate 22 percentage points lower than white students. Closing that gap will require individual institutions to improve completion rates and highly selective colleges to enroll more black students, a new report says.
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2017

More international students uneasy about studying in the U.S.

More than a million international students go to college in the United States, according to government data, but recruiters say they expect numbers to drop as an increasing number of international students tell them that violent incidents and a racially charged climate make them feel unsafe.
WBUR, Feb. 28, 2017

University of Washington slips to second place in Peace Corps volunteers

Three Washington universities sent more students to work in the Peace Corps last year than almost any other universities in their respective size categories in the nation. The University of Washington — which often tops the list for the most undergraduate students who join the Peace Corps — came in second this year among large colleges and universities, bested this time by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the UW, 73 students joined the Peace Corps after they graduated. The UW-Madison signed up 87 of its undergrads.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 28, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Replicating the Tennessee Promise

While many states and cities are still working through the details and funding behind their attempts to create a free community college program, Tennessee has been busy expanding its scholarship. The state was the first to create a free community college program. Now in its second year, the Tennessee Promise has led to student retention gains even as the number of participating students increases.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2017

Call for more federal oversight

The U.S. Department of Education should do more to monitor colleges with shaky finances in order to protect students and taxpayers from closures like the 2014 collapse of Corinthian Colleges. That’s the central finding of a newly released audit from the department’s Office of Inspector General, an independent entity that answers to both the secretary of education and the U.S. Congress. (The audit was commissioned and conducted during the Obama administration.)
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2017

Paul Ryan expresses support for year-round Pell

In a meeting with presidents from historically black colleges and universities Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his support for a return to year-round Pell Grants. "I like year-round Pell," he said. "That makes a lot of sense."
Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2017

Opinion: Legislature must give the public a chance to weigh in on K-12 funding

As they develop a historic education-funding solution, Washington lawmakers should be providing more opportunity, not less, for public input.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 27, 2017

Opinion: State STEM investments worth expanding

Advocates of science, technology, engineering and math skills have one foot in the door of public schools. These backers of what’s also known as “STEM education” are taking another step this year. They deserve legislative help to provide STEM-educational opportunities to more of Washington’s public school students.
The Olympian, Feb. 25, 2017

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