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News Links | March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Bellevue College picks its new president

An experienced college administrator from Illinois has been chosen as the new president of Bellevue College. Jerry Weber, president of College of Lake County in Northern Illinois for the past six years, will take over this summer pending the finalization of a contract, said Merisa Heu-Weller, Bellevue College trustee and co-chair of the presidential search committee.
The Seattle Times, March 29, 2017

Canoe House project bringing communities together to preserve history at Camp Bishop

A piece of history has come full circle at Camp Bishop, and the carpentry program at Grays Harbor College is doing its part to preserve it. It all started in 1947, when the American Red Cross commissioned a large canoe for use in water safety training and canoeing classes at the camp near Shelton, run by the YMCA of Grays Harbor.
The Daily World, March 29, 2017

GHC is LEED certified for the 2nd time

Grays Harbor College is LEED certified, again. The Eugene D. Schermer Instructional Building has become the 2nd building on the Grays Harbor College campus to receive LEED Certification.
KXRO, March 29, 2017

On the path to diplomas for all

Over the past three years, Eatonville High School has raised its graduation rate from 87 percent to 95 percent. And school officials say the dream of every senior graduating at Eatonville some day is within reach because of the support of teachers and counselors in an environment that’s focused on student success. ... A working relationship with outside programs that lead to industry certifications and college credit. The programs include Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College, Clover Park Technical College, and Pierce County Skills Center.
Eatonville Dispatch, March 28, 2017

Columbia Basin College Foundation appoints new chief

A new chief was appointed to head the Columbia Basin College Foundation. Alissa Watkins, previously the foundation’s director of philanthropy, is the new executive director of the nonprofit organization. The foundation’s fund-raising efforts pay for scholarships, equipment and other items at the college.
Tri-City Herald, March 28, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Road Map Project raises goal but extends deadline for getting more students through college

Seven years after setting the goal of doubling the number of students in South Seattle and South King County who finish college or earn a career credential, the Road Map Project is increasing the target to 70 percent — and extending the deadline from 2020 to 2030. Created in 2010, the Road Map Project is a regional partnership working to dramatically boost college-completion rates in seven school districts. In the seven years since, the initiative has yielded some success: This past school year, high-school graduation rates for the first time reached or surpassed 75 percent in all seven districts. More graduates than ever before filed applications for federal financial aid to attend college.
The Seattle Times, March 30, 2017

Handshake deal

College career centers are seeing big boosts in interactions between students and potential employers — a development they credit to Handshake, a talent-recruitment start-up. But many students who have profiles on the platform say they don’t remember listing their grades or even signing up, and some privacy experts are raising questions about the site's terms of service. Handshake was founded in 2014 by three engineering students at Michigan Technological University in an effort to give students access to a larger number of potential employers, no matter their location, head of business Jonathan Stull and co-founder Garrett Lord said in an interview.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2017

Data science disconnect

A shortage of job candidates with fluency in data science and analytics is among the nation’s most yawning of skills gaps, one requiring substantial changes by higher education institutions and employers alike. That’s the central finding of a new report from the Business-Higher Education Forum, a nonprofit membership group of Fortune 500 CEOs and college leaders, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, a large consulting and audit company.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2017

Anxiety on the rise

More than half of the college students who visited their campus counseling centers during the 2015-16 academic year reported symptoms of anxiety, according to a survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. This marks the seventh year in a row that anxiety has been the top complaint among students seeking mental health services.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2017

Degrees lead on wages

While some states and colleges are focused on boosting certificates as a way to increase work force development, associate degrees continue to increase graduates’ earnings more than shorter-term credentials.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2017

Low-income, minority and bilingual students graduating at high rates in Franklin Pierce

After a stinging wake-up call on its high school graduation rates, a high-poverty district near Tacoma focused attention on kids who long had struggled. Now their rates are better than the state average.
The Seattle Times, March 27, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Education Dept. defends gainful employment

The Trump administration defended the gainful-employment rule in federal court Wednesday, suggesting that it may not quickly roll back the regulation designed to crack down on programs graduating students unable to pay down high student loan debt loads.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2017

On freezing tuition, Democrats and Republicans swap positions in Olympia

For four years, it has been Republicans who have been holding the line on tuition in Olympia — first by freezing it, and then by pushing through a tuition cut. Now, it’s Democrats who want to halt tuition increases at the state’s colleges and universities, while Republicans are proposing modest increases of about 2 percent a year.
The News Tribune, March 29, 2017

Alumni power in statehouses

It pays to have friends in high places — and for public colleges and universities, it pays to have alumni in state legislatures. A new study from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business found a positive relationship between state funding levels for higher education and the share of legislators who attended the public colleges and universities in their states. In other words, legislatures where more lawmakers have ties to in-state colleges and universities provide more funding to those public institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2017

Here’s a map of ‘free college’ programs nationwide

Lawmakers and public-policy advocates are increasingly looking to raise attainment at public colleges and universities through high-profile “free college” efforts, such as one proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, that cover basic costs for students attending state institutions. The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate of School of Education has created an interactive map that highlights programs “designed to increase college attainment in particular places.” The researchers called them College Promise programs and included notable ones like the Tennessee Promise, which guarantees two years of free community college.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2017

White House calls for more cuts to Pell

The Trump administration has called on the U.S. Congress to cut $3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's budget as part of $18 billion in new proposed cuts to social programs for the current fiscal year, according to news reports. The White House previously called for a $9.2 billion (or 13.5 percent) cut to the department for next year. The new round of slashing would include a $1.3 billion reduction to the Pell Grant program's $10.6 billion surplus, according to Politico, which would be followed by a proposed cut of $3.9 billion next year.
Inside Higher Ed, March 29, 2017

Seattle-area Dreamer to be released from detention center, judge says

The arrest of Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, has been watched closely since he has no criminal record and has been in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay and work.
The Seattle Times, March 28, 2017

Students march on Olympia to push Legislature on school funding

Olympia High School senior Gracie Anderson says she organized the Students' March on Olympia because she felt something important was missing. "This was a platform for us, one, to advocate for the student right to education," Anderson said. "But also to point out specific student concerns." Their goal was to give voice to those who are affected most by the state Legislature's failure to fully fund public education.
KIRO 7, March 26, 2017

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