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News Links | May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Middle school students experiment with temperature at SVC lab

From behind goggles, LaVenture Middle School and Skagit Valley College students marveled as crystals turned to gas and liquids reached temperatures below freezing. “Pretty! It’s really cool!” sixth-grader Cathleen Menger said as a faint purple hue began to fill a beaker. In a chemistry lab Friday at the college, the students experimented with turning iodine crystals to gas and with cooling a liquid chemical to temperatures below freezing, called supercooling. LaVenture Middle School teacher Erin Duez and Skagit Valley College chemistry instructor Roxanne “Roxi” Smith partnered to bring the students together for the experiments. The college students — pursuing degrees in fields such as chemistry, biology, earth science and premedicine — are learning about the solid, liquid and gas phases of matter in their chemistry class.
Skagit Valley Herald, May 15, 2017

Edmonds students learn by doing as they carve tribal canoe

Students are helping carve new life into a 300- to 400-year-old Alaskan cedar at Edmonds Community College. “It is powerful to take that life of the tree that is so old and have the responsibility to honor it and ask it to have a new life as a canoe,” said tribal canoe carver John Zinser. Zinser, who is leading the project, has carved dozens of Native-American canoes used by tribes in the Northwest.
KOMO News, May 15, 2017

CPTC hosts Congressman Heck for Leadership Luncheon

Nearly 100 Clover Park Technical College students, staff and faculty gathered Wednesday in the McGavick Conference Center to hear from and ask questions of Congressman Denny Heck at the latest CPTC Leadership Luncheon. The CPTC Campus Activities Boards hosts several Leadership Luncheons each quarter, providing lunch to student attendees to go with a brief guest presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. With a visit from a Congressional representative, many students came prepared to ask questions and participate in the political process.
The Suburban Times, May 14, 2017

LCC whiz kid found academics easy; finances a challenge

School hasn’t always been a breeze for Aiden Hunter, a 16-year-old Lower Columbia College student who will graduate with his associate’s degree next month at the same time his teenage peers are only halfway through high school. The Onalaska whiz kid has sprinted past his peers scholastically, but his accelerated journey has also come with its own set of roadblocks. For starters, Aiden was diagnosed with dysgraphia — a form of dyslexia that makes it difficult to write letters and numbers — by the time he would have reached fifth grade. By that age he’d already been homeschooled three years and had advanced far ahead of his peers.
Longview Daily News, May 13, 2017

GHC names foundation director

Grays Harbor native Lisa J. Smith has been named the new Executive Director of the Grays Harbor College Foundation, as well as GHC’s Director of College Development. She assumes the dual jobs left vacant by Jan Jorgenson, who recently took a new position in Yakima.
The Daily World, May 13, 2017

Citizen, firefighter and police officer of the year honored Thursday

The spirit of community service was on display Thursday evening when The Daily World staged its annual Citizen of the Year banquet, this year hosted by the Hoquiam Elks Lodge. ... Dr. Eugene Schermer was a longtime teacher and administrator at Grays Harbor College. He has been active most of his life within the community and is a strong advocate for the homeless. He is a longtime member of the Lions Club, serves on the board of the local Salvation Army, is on the scholarship committee at the college and currently is working with area churches to provide safe places to stay for the county’s homeless.
The Daily World, May 12, 2017

Jan Yoshiwara chosen to head Washington state community colleges board

Jan Yoshiwara, a longtime educator with the state’s community colleges, has been chosen to be the next executive director of the State Board for Community [and Technical] Colleges. She replaces Marty Brown, who is retiring. Yoshiwara, currently the board’s deputy executive director, has been with the agency since 1984.
The Seattle Times, May 11, 2017

Opinion: Community colleges poised to fill job gaps

In the next five years, there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington and more than half will require a college certificate or degree. These are good-paying, career-length jobs that need a mid-level of education — more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor's degree. Now consider this: The 34 institutions in this state that are best equipped to prepare our local workforce to fill these jobs are operating at 2007 funding levels and are once again poised to suffer cuts at the hands of the legislature. Our community and technical colleges serve about 381,000 students and contribute $20.5 billion to the economy each year. About 20,000 of these students enroll at South Puget Sound Community College.
The Olympian, May 11, 2017

SCC takes it up a degree with first four-year program

Demand for respiratory therapists is growing alongside that discipline’s increased educational requirements, soon to be packaged into Spokane Community College’s first four-year degree program. Starting next fall, SCC will offer its new bachelor of applied science in respiratory care. The program builds on and will replace a two-year SCC associate degree program that typically attracts 20 students per admission class. Educators say employers such as hospitals are increasing their requirements for educational levels and competencies for new respiratory therapists.
Spokane Journal of Business, May 11, 2017

JBLM culinary team wins annual competition

Olympic College hosted the 25th annual Armed Forces Culinary Arts Competition at the college’s Bremer Student Center in Bremerton Saturday. A team from Joint Base Lewis-McChord won the competition with a score of 950 points. Each year, service members from JBLM, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Station Everett, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and other commands throughout the Pacific Northwest come together to compete in a battle of culinary ability for the title of “Iron Chef.”
Northwest Guardian, May 11, 2017

Ceremony remembers fallen protectors

The Tacoma Scots Pipe Band played a bright but mournful rendition of “Amazing Grace,” effectively echoing the tone for the Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Student and Conference Center May 3. At the Lakewood event, a wreath was placed and honor given to a table set for one — symbolizing the one who was “gone but not forgotten.” A bell rang out as names were read for each of the 60 Pierce County fallen law enforcement officers. Those who died in duty as special agents, police officers, state troopers, service members, park rangers and department of corrections workers, as far back as the early 1900s to 2016, were honored at the event.
Northwest Guardian, May 11, 2017

From loathing to learning: Here are your stories about teachers who changed your minds

This week and last, we’ve been collecting teacher tales to share during Teacher Appreciation Week. First, we asked our co-workers. Then, we asked you to submit your answers to this question: What teacher have you changed your mind about? Here’s what you had to say. (Responses have been lightly edited.) ... In 1975 I entered Seattle Central Community College with a desire to earn an AA and then move on to the University of Washington. Much to my horror I discovered that I was required to take a college-level math class. ... All I do know is that he sat with me after class day after day and if he couldn’t, he had an advanced student sit with me. They all tried their hardest to stuff that darn math into my head.
The Seattle Times, May 11, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Colleges dodge massive cyberattack

College information security officers returned to work on Monday with their fingers crossed. Universities in the U.S. dodged the initial wave of a massive cyberattack that, among other disruptions, paralyzed hospitals in Britain, shut down telecommunications services in Spain and brought a temporary halt to Renault’s production line in France. But as Monday dawned across Asia, new incidents sprang up across the continent — including at prestigious universities in China — leading some in the U.S. to fear what awaited them in the coming workweek. However, by the close of business Monday, some cybersecurity experts breathed at least a temporary sigh of relief.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2017

The next frontier

Establishing affiliated elementary and secondary schools is not a new practice for universities, but in a twist on that model — and a sign of growing budget pressures and international recruiting imperatives — a handful of institutions have moved to host international high schools on their campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2017

How a university helped save a failing high school

Before the University of Rochester stepped in, East High School was destined to close. In one year there were more than 3,000 suspensions, and a quarter of the students had gotten into fights. “What I saw was more of a police state,” says East High School’s superintendent, Shaun Nelms.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2017

The successes (and failures) of an experimental college’s new approaches to teaching

Theories like “design thinking” and “intrinsic motivation” are more than buzzwords, says Rick Miller, president of the 18-year-old Olin College of Engineering. Once students are immersed in those ideas, he says, “you can’t stop them from learning.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2017

The future of the college presidency

The number of college presidents announcing their retirements has only picked up steam in recent years as the average age of institutional leaders continues to increase. And many of these presidents are concerned about the future of their positions. So the Aspen Institute, along with a task force of 35 college and university leaders it assembled, is releasing a report today that details the challenges college presidents face and what will be required for the next generation of leaders to succeed.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2017

What should a college president do in year one?

In the first year on the job, a college president may feel pressure to put out a glossy five-year-plan or begin an ambitious capital campaign. But a new report by the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on the Future of the College Presidency lays out a model for what a productive first year should look like — and it doesn’t mention either of those big-ticket items. Instead the report, released Monday after an 18-month study conducted by a panel of 35 college and university presidents, recommends spending meal times in the dining hall and planning a vacation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2017

Discounting keeps climbing

Tuition discounting at private colleges and universities is up again. Tuition revenue is straining to keep up. And enrollment is weak. Those are the top takeaways from the 2016 Tuition Discounting Study from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. The latest version of the annual study, which was released today, provides a look at how much colleges and universities are awarding students in scholarships and grants — and how much they are effectively undercutting their own tuition and fee sticker prices. It also offers a glimpse at how such tuition discounts affect other key measures of college and university financial health.
Inside Higher Ed, May 15, 2017

Challenge to B-school rankings

Twenty-one scholars at a range of business schools are about to publish a joint call to change the way business schools are ranked. They argue that traditional methods — which reduce business schools to ordinal rankings — are deceptive and biased toward certain kinds of M.B.A. and other business school programs.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2017

Linking evaluations to equity contributions

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire policy will require all faculty and staff members to work toward equity, diversity and inclusion, for consideration in their evaluations. It's controversial, but proponents say it's an efficient way to put values into action.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2017

We crashed UW’s class on calling BS. Here’s what we learned about sleuthing ‘big data.’

A University of Washington seminar, “Calling BS in the Age of Big Data,” promises to help students develop a BS detector — and it’s become a global phenomenon, with universities as far away as Australia planning to teach a version of it this fall.
The Seattle Times, May 11, 2017

Keith Moo-Young leaving WSU Tri-Cities’ top job

WSU Tri-Cities’ Chancellor Keith Moo-Young is stepping down. The chancellor, who took the top job four years ago, announced plans to leave the spot after a successor is picked, likely early in 2018. The initial statement from the university about the change did not state why Moo-Young made the decision to leave.
The Spokesman-Review, May 11, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

House Democrats' higher education campaign

Democratic members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Monday announced a campaign of higher education proposals — called Aim Higher — that will address access, affordability and completion.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2017

Push for 'unit records' revived

A bipartisan group of senators Monday introduced legislation to overturn a ban on a federal data system that would track employment and graduation outcomes of college students. The ban written into the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act has meant that while colleges report data at the institutional level, efforts to evaluate outcomes at a more targeted level have been stymied. While the bill has support from some Democrats and Republicans alike, its passage remains in doubt because opposition to a federal data system remains on the right and the left, based on privacy concerns and philosophical differences over the role of the federal government in higher ed.
Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2017

Federal lawmakers begin new push for student-outcomes data

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is starting a push to repeal the federal ban on tracking the educational and employment outcomes of college students, Politico reports. The prohibition was enacted as part of the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Four senators — Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah; Elizabeth A. Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts; Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana; and Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island — are spearheading the effort.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2017

The states where campus free-speech bills are being born: A rundown

A wave of proposed legislation on campus free speech is making its way through statehouses across the nation. ... The new crop of bills is broadly based on a model designed by the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank. The American Association of University Professors said in a statement on Thursday that it opposes any legislation “that interferes with the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities by undermining the role of faculty, administration, and governing board in institutional decision-making and the role of students in the formulation and application of institutional policies affecting student affairs.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2017

McCleary roundup: Useful discussions, but no substantial progress, says governor

Teachers singing about McCleary on the Capitol steps. Children marching with papier-mâché dandelions. And an elementary school student howling like a wolf for Gov. Jay Inslee. As the Washington Legislature marked the halfway point of this year’s first special session, those were some of the scenes in Olympia this week. ... Most of the gang of 147 were nowhere in sight at the Capitol. And there’s no sign they will reach a compromise on the 2017-19 state budget — which must include a way to fully fund K-12 schools — without having to enter another overtime session.
The Seattle Times, May 12, 2017

State pension costs lead to public college cuts

Ballooning state spending on pension funds is contributing to disinvestment in public colleges, according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute. "Over the past several years, total state expenditures have increased, on average, across the U.S., and pension expenditures (and liabilities) have increased the most — by an average of 61 percent between 2008 and 2015," the report said. "But states decreased per-student higher education spending by an average of 22.4 percent over the same period. State funding for higher education is nearly $10 billion (adjusted for inflation) below what it was in 2008."
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2017

Flip-flop on Florida colleges

Florida’s Legislature looks to shake up the state’s two-year college system once again by cutting funds for developmental education, capping bachelor's degree programs and creating a new oversight board.
Inside Higher Ed, May 12, 2017

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