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News Links | May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Port Townsend sisters headed to reptile symposium

Sisters Lauren and Grace Taracka are heading to New Mexico from Port Townsend to attend the International Herpetological Symposium after winning the junior herpetologist contest for their work to educate others about reptiles and amphibians. Lauren, 17, and Grace, 13, won free admission to the event after submitting an application that included an in-depth research project. ... Over two years ago, Lauren, who is currently a junior at Port Townsend High School and in Running Start at Peninsula College, started Lizardopolis, an educational program that provides students with hands-on experiences with reptiles and amphibians.
Peninsula Daily News, May 11, 2017

Institution Profile: Walla Walla Community College

Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc. Rosé. Cabernet Sauvignon. These are some of the popular wines — enjoyed by many around the world — that are studied, created, and sold by college students at Walla Walla Community College in Washington state. Tim Donahue, director of winemaking at the Institute for Enology and Viticulture, says that 20 or so community college students at a time are pursuing an associate in applied arts and sciences (AAAS) degree in enology and viticulture. The institute was founded in 2001, when the community came together to spur economic development in a region that had suffered high unemployment when one of its local industries — canning locally-produced vegetables — went out of business.
New America, May 11, 2017

New agreement smooths path to graduate school for community college students

An agreement between the state’s community colleges and the nonprofit Western Governors University Washington will help make it easier for students who earned a bachelor’s degree at a two-year school to get a graduate degree at the online university. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has signed an agreement with Western Governors University Washington, a not-for-profit university that offers competency-based courses for a flat fee. ... Richard Cummins, who this spring became chancellor of Western Governors University Washington, saw the problem firsthand when he previously served aspresident of Columbia Basin College in Richland. ... Marie Brown of Seattle earned an applied baccalaureate in hospitality at South Seattle College, and wanted to get a master’s in business administration so she could start her own business.
The Seattle Times, March 10, 2017

EvCC panel discussions get real over fake news

We get our news primarily from social media. That assertion, by an Everett Community College journalism instructor, was aimed at students, not my demographic. Even so, it’s a jarring thought. It’s also good reason for a frank talk about fake news. In two sessions Tuesday, EvCC hosted panel discussions on finding truth in an era when even facts are called into question. Fake news and bias, filter bubbles and the quest for real information were key topics at gatherings that filled the Wilderness Room at the Henry M. Jackson Center on campus.
Everett Herald, May 10, 2017

Bellevue College breaks ground on student housing

Today the Bellevue College community and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the new student housing facility. Slated for occupancy in the fall of 2018, the project—designed to be highly sustainable — accommodates 350 beds in a mixture of units. ... Bellevue College’s enrollment is expected to grow at a rate of 1.8 percent annually. With limited housing available nearby, and an increase in full-time and international students, the college was quick to move on the plan.
Bellevue Reporter, May 10, 2017

Spokane family donates 1926 Star sedan to Spokane Community College automotive program

In the winter of 1880, an adventurous 26-year-old named Samuel Leonard Brown left his family’s homestead in rural Iowa and set his sights on Washington Territory. Decades before the advent of consumer automobiles, the journey involved a train to San Francisco followed by an ocean steamer to Portland, Oregon. From there, Brown traveled by boat along the Columbia and Snake rivers before settling in Almota, Washington. One of the earliest homesteaders on the Palouse, Brown eventually bought a car – a black and blue 1926 Star sedan with four doors and a six-cylinder engine. Envisioned to compete with the Ford Model T, the Star lineup was produced by Durant Motors from 1922 until 1928. The car stayed in the family for nine decades, the last five collecting dust in a barn north of Spokane. His grandson, Ken Brown, vowed to have it restored and recently gave it to the automotive program at Spokane Community College.
The Spokesman-Review, May 10, 2017

Inslee appoints Greg Dietzel to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Greg Dietzel to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees. The six-member board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets. Dietzel spent 12 years as vice president and senior state executive for IBM until his recent retirement, where he was responsible for all operations and employees in the State of Washington. Prior to that, he held a variety of other roles at IBM.
Bellevue Reporter, May 10, 2017

What to do in case of an emergency situation

Yesterday's incident at Hanford certainly shined a light on public safety. We told you about some of the procedures our counties have in place for this kind of emergency. One of them includes activating the sirens in and around Benton and Franklin Counties. Reporter Jaclyn Selesky found out where you should go and what you should do if these sirens go off. Columbia Basin College is just one of the emergency shelters in the Tri-Cities, along with Southridge High School.
NBC Right Now, May 10, 2017

Puyallup teen with passion for rockets delights in Alaska Airlines’ Aviation Day

As an aspiring aviation engineer, 16-year-old Brooklyn Cross dreams big. “The ultimate goal is NASA,” Cross said. “I want to do rocket engineering for them.” Thanks to some local connections, the Puyallup teen is well on her way to that goal. Brooklyn was selected to be a student reporter at Alaska Airlines Aviation Day in Seattle on Saturday. ... At 15, Brooklyn entered the Running Start program at Pierce College. Soon after, she joined TeenFlight, an aviation program at Thun Field on South Hill that teaches students to build an aircraft — and then how to fly it.
Puyallup Herald, May 10, 2017

Kennewick wine center given $2.2M in rural development money

The city of Kennewick and the Port of Kennewick have allocated a collective $2.2 million in rural economic development money held by Benton County to building a downtown wine village. The city and port each formally dedicated $1.1 million from sales tax receipts to Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village and a culinary education center for Columbia Basin College at a ceremonial event Tuesday afternoon.
Tri-City Herald, May 9, 2017


At Tacoma Community College in Washington, acting co-Presidents Mary Chikwinya and Bill Ryberg will serve as interim co-presidents until the college’s next permanent president is hired by July 2018. They have served as acting presidents since mid-December. ... Heather Beebe-Stevens has been named executive director of the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, effective June 12. She currently serves as executive director for the Spokane Parks Foundation. Previously, Beebe-Stevens was development director for the Spokane Symphony.
Community College Daily, May 5, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Public has positive opinion of community colleges

Americans appear to have a strong positive view of community colleges in regards to their importance to the workforce, value and ability to prepare students for success, according to a new survey that New America will release today. The inaugural higher education survey by the think tank — which polled 1,600 Americans ages 18 and older — gauged views on higher education and economic mobility, and even broke data down by race, generation and social economics, among other segments.
Community College Daily, May 11, 2017

Mixed views on higher ed

Americans see the value in getting a college degree, but they’re not particularly happy with our nation’s higher education system. ... Fully three-quarters of respondents said it’s easier to be successful with a degree than without one, in a finding that generally transcended the race of respondents. Yet 51 percent believe that plenty of well-paying jobs do not require going to college, despite solid evidence to the contrary. Of concern for colleges and universities, just one in four of the survey’s respondents feel higher education is functioning fine the way it is. The results also include sector-specific findings, with a range of results across the sectors on some questions.
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2017

The rate for undergraduate student loans is about to climb to 4.45%

College and grad students borrowing for the upcoming academic year will pay higher interest rates on federal loans than they did this year, a difference that could amount to hundreds of dollars in extra interest over the life of a loan, following a Treasury auction Wednesday. The interest rate for undergraduate students is 4.45% for the 2017-18 school year, up from 3.76% for the current year. Graduate students can borrow at a rate of 6%, up from 5.31%.
Time, May 10, 2017

Common Application says new transfer app will better serve nontraditional students

The Common Application has long been used primarily by teenagers planning to enroll in college full time right after high school. But soon the online platform will evolve, its leaders say, to better serve the majority of undergraduates who take different paths. On Tuesday the Common Application announced plans for a new transfer application, scheduled to debut next year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2017

Opinion: What policies for improving graduation rates actually work?

Since January, some people have wondered what implications the selection of Betsy DeVos as the U.S. secretary of education may have for higher education. This discussion leads to an important practical question: In what ways can the government successfully increase college graduation rates? This issue is especially salient, as many college students are preparing to receive their degrees in the next few weeks. In our recent extensive review of over 1,800 research studies on college students, we found that some of the most common approaches for promoting student success simply aren’t effective.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2017

A plan to kill high school transcripts … and transform college admissions

More than 100 elite private high schools aim to replace traditional transcripts with competency-based, nonstandardized documents — with no grades. They plan to expand to public high schools, with goal of completely changing how students are evaluated.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2017

Culturally responsive developmental education

Historically black colleges have had some success merging developmental education reforms with culturally sensitive teaching practices, which a new report said should cause community colleges and four-year universities to take note. The report from the Southern Education Foundation examined barriers that low-income black students face when they enter developmental or remedial courses. Researchers at the foundation examined experimental developmental education courses at two HBCUs — Claflin University in South Carolina and Morgan State University in Maryland — which are “already engaging in culturally relevant teaching” to improve black student achievement.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2017

What are students rating when they rate instructors?

Student evaluations of teaching, or SET, aren’t short on critics. Many professors and other experts say they’re unreliable — they may hurt female and minority professors, for example. One recent metastudy also suggested that past analyses linking student achievement to strong evaluation scores are flawed, a mere “artifact of small-sample-sized studies and publication bias.” Now one of the authors of that metastudy is back for more, with a new analysis suggesting that SET ratings vary by course subject, with professors of math-related fields bearing the brunt of the effect.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2017

Sallie Mae to offer online tutoring with Chegg

Sallie Mae, the student loan company, will offer free online tutoring to borrowers through a partnership with Chegg, an online textbook publisher that recently has moved into student support services, including test preparation and tutoring. Borrowers will get 120 minutes of free access to tutors, Sallie Mae said. They can work with vetted university tutors in 175 subject areas via chat room or Skype, with a goal of helping students improve their grades and chances of graduating. Sallie Mae customers also will get four months of free access to Chegg's online study guide service. Or they can do a combination of the two, meaning 60 minutes with tutors and two months with the study guide.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2017

Washington's first tech apprenticeship connects employers to workers

Apprenticeships are common in sectors like building and manufacturing, but now Washington state is trying to apply the model to the tech industry. The first cohort of 41 apprentices were pinned by Governor Jay Inslee in a ceremony Friday honoring the state's only registered tech apprenticeship program called Apprenti.
KNKX, May 9, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trickle-down antagonism

National right-wing organizations often view academe with disdain, seeing it as a place where right-wing values are squelched. Their interests lie more with Republican student groups, which they support with splashy signs and money to help espouse a particular brand of conservatism.
Inside Higher Ed, May 10, 2017

Tennessee law is hailed as offering unprecedented protection of campus speech

A new Tennessee law prohibits public colleges from disinviting speakers based on their controversial viewpoints or from charging student groups higher security fees to host speakers expected to trigger unrest. Among its other provisions, the measure, signed on Tuesday by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, requires colleges to adopt broad protections of free expression consistent with a landmark statement adopted in 2015 by the University of Chicago. It also bars public colleges from limiting students’ speech to specific sections of a campus, denying funds to student groups based on their viewpoints, or punishing faculty members for classroom speech germane to the subjects they teach.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2017

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