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News Links | March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A different track

Unlike many of his peers, Wyatt Harris has never been too interested in pursuing a four-year degree at a university. Harris, wearing a camouflage New York Giants hat during his manufacturing class, says his path is simpler. He plans to graduate, spend a year or two learning his trade at the local community college, and then become a welder. ... Some local companies are having trouble filling positions, says Cal Christen, technical training and development specialist for Wagstaff, a Spokane Valley-based manufacturer of aluminum casting equipment. ... Christen, who is also a machining instructor at Spokane Community College, says that Wagstaff has run into the issue of needing more skilled workers. He says the company hired two students as interns straight out of a welding class at NEWTECH Skill Center, a school in Spokane focused on technical skills.
Inlander, March 16, 2017

CBC students prepare to go back to cyber security competition

Against all odds they came out on top last year and now Columbia Basin College students are at it again this year. They are working toward an important goal, to keep information, corporate or personal, safe from hacking hands. "It's definitely very tedious," said CBC freshman Mason Hageman. "The most difficult part will be staying motivated and being able to live on three hours of sleep." "It's working in a stressful environment without losing your cool," said Matt Boehnke, director of the Cyber Security Division at CBC.
KVEW TV, March 15, 2017

Dashboards for success

Tom Broxson taught an online section of introduction to geography at Pierce College, a community college in Washington, for 10 years before seeing much data about his students. When Broxson became one of the first users of the college’s new data dashboard two years ago, he was surprised by the information he found about his students. ... Chancellor Michele Johnson said the dashboard was met with “such resistance even though we tried to frame it as being committed to student success.” But, she added, “We had to be patient enough to let some people mess around in the data.”
Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2017

Spotlight on EdCC: Salsa band visits Cuba

Edmonds Community College’s jazz and salsa band under the direction of music faculty John Sanders returned this week from a trip to Cuba. The instructor provided this report: Our trip to Cuba is the continuation of developing the Salsa music program at Edmonds Community College. I was very fortunate to have been granted a sabbatical in 2014 during which I lived for four months in Puerto Rico studying Salsa piano and composition.
My Edmonds News, March 15, 2017

Students take a break from "ruff" finals with therapy dogs

In Lower Columbia College’s library Learning Commons Tuesday, a buzz of excitement punctuated by “Awwws” and laughter filled the air. That’s uncommon for finals week, where students are usually quiet or murmuring with one another as they swap information. But this was a special occasion with two unusual visitors: Ella and Cody, two certified therapy dogs from Columbia River Pet Partners, were the center of attention.
Longview Daily News, March 15, 2017

Columbia Basin College starts search for new president

Columbia Basin College officials have begun seeking applications for President Rich Cummins’ replacement. Cummins announced in February that he was leaving to take a position as chancellor for Western Governors University’s Washington branch. ... The board is accepting applications at columbiabasin.edu/jobs. Deadline is April 25. The college is casting a nationwide net for applicants.
Tri-City Herald, March 14, 2017

‘We’re retired but not tired of music’

On March 25 the Clark County choir group “Reprise” will debut under the instruction of Janet Reiter and April Duvic, both longtime pillars of Clark County’s music scene. Reprise is a product of a group Reiter and Duvic started when they were teachers at Clark College. Clark College Chorale, which ran from 2007-2013, was made up of both students and community members. The idea to involve the community was born of experiences they both had with parents of students continually asking about, and wishing for, a choir group they themselves could join.
The Reflector, March 14, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Why one university is sharing the risk on student debt

Most student financial aid for higher education comes in two forms: loans and grants. As tuition costs have grown, however, both options have had a hard time keeping up — grants are oversubscribed and loans have left college dropouts struggling to pay off debts without any of the financial benefits of holding a degree. Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University and the former governor of Indiana, has been watching this storm brew for years. ... Now, Purdue is experimenting with an alternative form of financial aid called an “income-share agreement” (ISA). ISAs provide students money to cover college costs, and in exchange, students agree to pay back a percentage of their future income for a set period of time — interest-free and capped.
The Atlantic, March 15, 2017

Hungry and unable to complete

Community colleges that want students to graduate increasingly focus not just on academic needs, but on transportation, housing and food issues. A report released today by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees reveals that many community college students are dealing with a lack of basic needs.
Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2017

$137B in federal student loans in defaults in 2016

An analysis of new student loan data finds the number of federal loans in default at the end of 2016 increased 14 percent from 2015. Cumulative defaults — defined in federal law as nine months past due — stand at $137.4 billion, according to the analysis by the Consumer Federation of America. The group examined new data posted by the Office of Federal Student Aid last week. The analysis also found that 1.1 million federal direct loan borrowers defaulted in 2016.
Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2017

Diversity officers under Trump: Rattled but voicing resolve

The task of making college students feel welcome on campus has been greatly complicated by both the election of President Trump and the political currents that helped put him in office, said campus diversity officers who gathered here on Tuesday. As the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education convened its annual conference, participants and guest speakers described themselves as shell-shocked by his victory and alarmed by the impact that the nation’s growing political polarization has had on their institutions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 15, 2017

'Walking on water'

College and university presidents need an ever-widening skill set to succeed amid quickly mounting pressures and fast-changing demands, experts said Tuesday, the final day of the American Council on Education’s annual meeting. Presidents have to find ways to prepare students for the fast-changing world of work. They need to please or placate a broad range of constituencies, from students to donors to legislators. They must practice financial discipline in often-tight fiscal environments, and presidents face the ever-looming threat of unexpected issues spinning out of control on social media — sometimes before they even know those issues exist.
Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2017

Lake Washington Schools Foundation agrees to subsidize test fees for low-income students

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to subsidize Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) fees for low-income students in the Lake Washington School District. The emergency funding was provided to fill a budget gap left by a change to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that ended a federal subsidy for the exam fees. That change left students on free and reduced lunch faced with paying up to $96 for each exam this year rather than $12 per exam as in past years.
Kirkland Reporter, March 14, 2017

Opinion: Supercharged economy leaves too many students behind

By George Bridges, president of The Evergreen State College, and Sabah Randhawa, president of Western Washington University. For these students and others, access to a little extra support — academic advising, assistance navigating unfamiliar college systems, social support from staff and student mentors, and financial aid opportunities — can make all the difference. The Seattle Times editorial board recently observed that Washington lawmakers have an opportunity to foster a world-class education in our state — preschool through college. As presidents of two of our state’s public four-year higher education institutions, we support this goal. By 2020, 70 percent of the jobs in the state will require some postsecondary education; 33 percent will require a bachelor’s degree or more.
The Seattle Times, March 12, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

2 federal judges find new Trump travel ban discriminatory

Rejecting arguments from the government that President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was substantially different from the first one, judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the executive order from taking effect as scheduled on Thursday, using the president’s own words as evidence that the order discriminates against Muslims. The rulings in Hawaii late Wednesday and in Maryland early Thursday were victories for civil liberties groups and advocates for immigrants and refugees, who argued that a temporary ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries violated the First Amendment. The Trump administration argued that the ban was intended to protect the United States from terrorism.
The Seattle Times, March 16, 2017

Trump seeks deep cuts in education and science

The Trump administration today unveiled its "America First" budget — a plan that would make deep cuts to some student aid programs and science agencies on which colleges, their students and their researchers depend. In the U.S. Department of Education, the budget pledges level funding for Pell Grants, the primary federal program to support low-income students. Funding for historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions would remain at current levels under the budget. The Trump administration has pledged to provide help for historically black colleges, and some leaders of HBCUs have been hoping for increases.
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2017

Trump proposes eliminating the arts and humanities endowments

A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The New York Times, March 15, 2017

Seeking help for those hurt by IRS blunder

The Department of Education should give a break to financial aid applicants after an automated IRS data tool was shut down more than a week ago, say the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and several other college access groups. In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Jim Runcie Tuesday, NASFAA President and CEO Justin Draeger wrote that the administrative burden from the shutdown of the data retrieval tool "could lead to delays and backlogs for students."
Inside Higher Ed, March 15, 2017

Opinion: Tax the rich to fund Washington schools? Trump might help

Proposals for a capital-gains tax to cover Washington’s school funding shortfall should get a fresh look, in light of federal tax changes proposed by President Trump and Republicans in Congress.
The Seattle Times, March 15, 2017

Senate Democrats seek answers on delayed enforcement of gainful employment

A dozen Democrats in the U.S. Senate are seeking answers from the Department of Education over its decision last week to delay the effective date of the gainful-employment rule until July 1. In a letter, the senators, led by Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Patty Murray of Washington, and Elizabeth A. Warren of Massachusetts, called on Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, to explain the decision. Several senators also asked the department’s inspector general, Kathleen Tighe, to investigate the choice.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2017

Homeless students: 40,000 attending public schools in state

Nearly every student experiences struggles at school, but almost 40,000 students in Washington face even stiffer challenges when the school day ends. These students are homeless. ... Through a state housing grant, Hill was able to move into a new home with his daughter and granddaughter. This session, the Legislature determines if funding for these grants will continue. That commitment awaits passage of the 2017-19 biennial budget.
Kitsap Daily News, March 10, 2017

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