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News Links | March 9, 2017

March 09, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Q&A: Richard Cummins, incoming WGU-Washington president, on how to get an affordable college degree

Six years ago, Washington began partnering with a nonprofit, online university, creating a new player in the state’s higher-education landscape: Western Governors University-Washington. Jean Floten, formerly the president of Bellevue College, has steered WGU-Washington since its inception. This year, she is retiring, and WGU-Washington has picked Columbia Basin College President Richard Cummins to be her successor.
The Seattle Times, March 9, 2017

OC recognized for apprentice program at PSNS

Olympic College is a finalist for a national award in recognition of its partnership with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, the college announced Wednesday. The American Association of Community Colleges singled out OC for its longstanding collaboration with PSNS on apprenticeship and helper training programs.
Kitsap Sun, March 8, 2017

From France with love: Sister-city exchange brings letters and teacher to Tacoma

The connection comes courtesy of the Tacoma-Biot Sister City Committee, which pays for air tickets and hosts the visiting teacher in each town. ... The exchange, begun in 2013 by Tacoma committee chairwoman Catherine Sarnat and her Biot counterpart Pascale Nicol, is just part of a robust series spearheaded by Tacoma’s Sister City committees over the years. That includes a current visit by students from Gunsan, South Korea, and to Tacoma Community College by students from Kitakyushu, Japan.
The News Tribune, March 8, 2017

Milestone: Bottlers donate to college

Peninsula Bottling Co. representatives Jim Gossard and Harrison Hinds present Peninsula College a check for $5,000 as part of a $7,000 sponsorship package that enabled the college to purchase a new screen for its gym, as well as banners for the field, and support of Pirate Casino Night, a scholarship fundraiser for the athletic program.
Sequim Gazette, March 8, 2017

Centralia College shares message of inclusion in response to national events

The president of Centralia College shared a statement last week, asking for the community and college to do their part to ensure the educational institution’s doors “remain open to all.” The statement reaffirmed the college’s mission and values. It came in response to discussions being held about the state of the union on a national level, president Bob Mohrbacher said.
Centralia Chronicle, March 7, 2017

Opinion: Best kept secret in the Sky Valley

Since taking the post of Sno-Isle Libraries Monroe branch managing librarian nearly three years ago, Phil Spirito’s mission has been to change that situation. ... Phil is especially pleased to announce that the library is partnering with Everett Community College to provide ESL classes on Saturday mornings.
Monroe Monitor, March 7, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Teacher retirement plans shortchange a majority of educators, new report says

The Urban Institute has a new, alarming report that reveals big problems with teacher retirement plans.  Almost every state is in trouble, including Washington. The report shows that 43 percent of new teachers here will not break even on their pensions. But that’s much better than in other states and U.S. territories. Puerto Rico, an extreme example, is forecast to run out of money next year. The New York Times reports that no current teachers there will get any of their pension money back.
The Seattle Times, March 9, 2017

3 years cost less than 4

NYU’s push to help students graduate in under four years leaves questions about who it helps and how much of a difference it can make at one of the country’s most expensive universities.
Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2017

Personalized scam emails on the rise

Hackers are taking the time to get to know smaller colleges. IT departments at smaller institutions are reporting that they are spending increasing amounts of time protecting against the kind of sophisticated, personalized attacks that once plagued mostly large research universities.
Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2017

After months of job gains, Seattle and Washington state employment levels off

After months of employment gains, the job picture in Seattle and across Washington state has leveled off to remain at its best rate in nine years. Washington state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent in January, the same as the newly revised rate from the month before, the state Employment Security Department reported Wednesday. The current figure is still better than the year-ago rate of 5.6 percent, and matches the lowest statewide unemployment number since May 2008.
The Seattle Times, March 8, 2017

UW creating next-gen mannequins with warm skin, wet mouths to train battlefield medics

University of Washington researchers aim to create the next generation of mannequins, with warm “flesh,” moist “tongues” and other human touches for training battlefield medics.
The Seattle Times, March 8, 2017

The violent fight for higher education

In South Africa, student anger over tuition costs and access has bubbled over — and some observers say the tumult is a harbinger of worldwide unrest.
The Atlantic, March 8, 2017

FWPS reports 99 percent of eligible eighth graders sign up for College Bound Scholarship

Federal Way Public Schools is proud to report that 955 — or 99 percent — of last year’s eligible eighth graders, signed up for the College Bound Scholarship program by the June 30 deadline. This is in direct support of the district’s Strategic Plan Goal Five: Persistence to Graduation. Statewide, over 30,000 — 71 percent — of eligible students signed up for the program.
Federal Way Mirror, March 7, 2017

Opinion: UWT is right: Not just one way to write

The Writing Center at the University of Washington Tacoma recently issued a seemingly shocking statement: “There is no inherent standard of English.” The statement is printed on a large, permanent banner and hangs in the UWT Teaching and Learning Center. ... Institutions of education should respect every person who enters the classroom. This means if a person grew up with a parent, grandparent or a friend group whose syntax didn’t quite match the criteria outlined by William Strunk and E.B. White’s “Elements of Style”, the school will not pressure them, or shame them, or reduce them by telling them their use of language is somehow wrong or less-than.
The News Tribune, March 6, 2017

The Washington Youth Academy: Transforming dropouts into graduates

For some high school students, a party habit can lead to failed classes and even a trip to urgent care. But when they do decide they need to graduate, it may already be too late for them. But there is an option some families in Washington state have turned to. A free program called the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe is held on the campus of the Washington Youth Academy in Bremerton. Teens can recover up to eight high school credits, or a little over a year’s worth of classes through their state’s chapter.
KUOW, March 6, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Lost insurance for adjuncts and students

The Republican replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act will have negative consequences for both adjuncts and other employees at many colleges, as well as for low-income students and academic medical centers, say observers of health care policy in higher education. The elimination of the employer mandate means that some institutions may choose not to continue offering health insurance to adjunct instructors who aren’t full-time employees. The weakening of subsidies for Obamacare exchanges and — eventually — federal support for state Medicaid expansion will hurt the ability of many students to obtain insurance coverage, experts said.
Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2017

WSU, UW look to strengthen their Spokane medical schools

Washington’s two major universities are once again asking lawmakers for more money for medical education, but the fighting over who is best equipped to teach doctors seems to be a thing of the past.
The Seattle Times, March 8, 2017

177 private colleges fail Education Dept.’s financial-responsibility test

According to a Chronicle analysis of data released on Tuesday, 177 private colleges that grant degrees failed a U.S. Education Department test for financial responsibility in the 2014-15 academic year. That’s 18 more than the previous year. Of the institutions that failed, 112 are nonprofit, and the remaining 65 are for-profit. In the previous year, 93 of the 159 failing institutions were nonprofit.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 8, 2017

Senate does away with Obama teacher-prep regulations

Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs. The legislation, passed on Wednesday by the Senate on a 59-to-40 vote, is expected to be signed by President Trump. The House of Representatives approved the bill last month. The accountability system that would be affected by the legislation was put into effect in October by the Department of Education. It requires states to report on the success rate of teacher-training programs, partly on the basis of graduates’ employment and evaluations of their work. Approved programs are authorized to award up to $4,000 in federal Teach Grants to prospective teachers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 8, 2017

Democrats seek hearings on education appointees

Democrats on the Senate education committee have requested that chairman Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, hold additional hearings on subcabinet-level appointees at the Department of Education. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has selectively held hearings for such posts in the past, the Democrats wrote in a letter to Alexander. And they say there is a "uniquely strong case" for hearings now because Education Secretary Betsy DeVos indicated in her confirmation process that she would rely to a large degree on department staff in shaping higher education policy.
Inside Higher Ed, March 8, 2017

Fate of ‘Dreamers’ could hinge on which court hears case in Seattle

Detained ‘Dreamer’ Daniel Ramirez Medina wants U.S. District Court to hear his case. The government wants it heard in immigration court. At stake is a possible precedent that could set limits on the government’s ability to arrest and detain hundreds of thousands of people.
The Seattle Times, March 7, 2017

Why American universities need immigrants

For decades, the United States has welcomed and benefited from international scholars — but President Trump's travel ban puts that legacy at risk.
The Atlantic, March 7, 2017

Bill to improve students' mental health moves on in Washington Legislature

Last year, gun violence shook communities in Marysville and on Whidbey Island, Washington. Some lawmakers in Olympia said it was the result of inadequate mental health resources. After a debate Tuesday, the Washington state House passed a bill to address and improve students’ access to those resources.
KNKX, March 7, 2017

Opinion: Lawmakers posture as school funding gets serious

The political antics in Olympia could get ugly in the next few weeks as Republicans and Democrats work through the legislative process.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 6, 2017

Opinion: College tuition should be going down, not up

Yet, the University of Oregon is raising tuition more than 10 percent next year. Oregon should take note of the tuition decreases in Washington state.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 6, 2017

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