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News Links | May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild donates money to medical community

The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild donated $27,000 to medical and health organizations at its annual fundraiser luncheon. ... During the luncheon, the guild presented $9,000 checks to the Dungeness Valley Health &Wellness Clinic, Olympic Medical Center and the Peninsula College Foundation. ... Peninsula College Foundation staff said the donation it received will be used for nursing and medical education. The training these students receive “mimic any professional medical facility they might end up in,” staff said during the check presentation.
Peninsula Daily News, May 18, 2017

Students told to reach for the stars

“Why do we have to study math?” It was a question likely on the minds of many of the ninth-graders yesterday who were gathered in the terminal of the Grant County International Airport Tuesday morning as rain crept east over the airfield. It was even asked out loud by one student. “Math and science teach you how to think, how to solve problems, and a lot of life is about solving problems,” retired astronaut Wendy Lawrence responded. Lawrence was one of several special guests who spoke to Moses Lake High School ninth-graders about what they do and why they love math, engineering, and science at “Reach for the Stars with STEM” sponsored by Mitsubishi Aircraft and hosted by the Port of Moses Lake and Big Bend Community College.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 17, 2017

Opinion: UW regents must make public transparency a priority

Ana Mari Cauce has been an impressive University of Washington president thus far. She is a natural evangelist for one of the region’s most important public institutions, and adroitly navigated the protests and counter-protests wrought by public troll Milo Yiannopoulos. Regardless of her performance, however, the process by which Cauce was selected as president was a bad one. One UW president after another has been selected without finalists’ names being disclosed. This time, the UW Board of Regents operated in such secrecy that the public only now — 19 months after Cauce was selected — learns this critical fact: she effectively was the only finalist for the job. ... The UW argues it won’t get the best candidates if finalists’ names are disclosed, and the job is too important not to get the best. Nevermind the other important jobs — from the Bellevue College president to the Seattle police chief — that were filled with a more transparent process.
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2017

Notable: Oak Harbor resident makes All-Academic team

Skagit Valley College student Mayuko Jordan of Oak Harbor was named to this year’s All-Washington Academic Team. She and others were honored at the 22nd annual ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College on March 23. Originally from Japan, Jordan, 34, is the mother of two boys. She is working toward her degree at Skagit Valley College’s Whidbey Island Campus.
Whidbey News-Times, May 16, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Closing the skills gap for technical jobs

The U.S. is not adequately developing and sustaining a skilled technical work force, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report includes recommendations for colleges on how they can improve education and training for this segment of workers, who include medical laboratory technicians, computer support specialists and installation and repair technicians. Gaps are particularly evident in health care and manufacturing, according to the report.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2017

‘Glacial progress’ on digital accessibility

Much of the debate about accessibility issues in higher education in recent years has focused on audio and video — take, for example, the high-profile lawsuits against prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. But new data from Blackboard show that the most common types of course content that students use on a daily basis — images, PDFs, presentations and other documents — continue to be riddled with accessibility issues. And while colleges have made some slight improvements over the last five years, the issues are widespread.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2017

FAFSA applications by high school seniors are up

More high school seniors had applied for federal student aid by this month than the previous year's seniors had by June 30 last year, the National College Access Network said Wednesday. Data released this month by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid showed that 1.98 million high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 5, 2017. That was about 5,000 more than during the entire 2016 aid cycle.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2017

Survey finds race, gender gaps on college staff

Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented among higher education staff members and are on the losing end of a pay gap, according to a new survey from an association of higher education human resources professionals that covers staff age, gender, race, ethnicity, pay and tenure.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2017

UW Madison Twitter temporarily hacked

Perhaps echoing the thoughts of many students downcast after a rough spring semester, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Twitter account on Wednesday asked, "lol why go to university when u can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff." An unknown user had taken control of the account, the university said after regaining control and deleting the tweets.
Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2017

School stats: The number of emergency teachers in Washington classrooms has doubled

When they have no other option, school districts can hire people without teaching certificates — or even a college degree — to fill temporary teacher vacancies. Two years ago, districts reported 527 such individuals teaching in their classrooms. This school year, the number has more than doubled to 1,229. Of the state’s 295 school districts, 168 employed at least one “emergency” teacher this school year, according to data collected by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The districts with highest percentages of emergency teachers tend to be small, with many students from low-income families.
The Seattle Times, May 17, 2017

Report: Washington’s dropout rate is high for students with learning disabilities

More than 45,000 Washington students have learning disabilities, and a new report says 35 percent of them are dropping out of high school. A national researcher says it doesn’t have to be this way.
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The Washington Post, May 17, 2017

Bipartisan push on career education

Bipartisan support for career and technical education is building, with Virginia Foxx and the Center for American Progress finding rare agreement Tuesday by calling for more of a policy focus on job training that doesn’t require a four-year degree. U.S. Representative Foxx, a North Carolina Republican who leads the House education committee, was speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on the eve of her committee’s planned markup of a bill that would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the primary federal law that oversees career education programs.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2017

Democrats introduce bill to bolster Pell Grants

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced new legislation Tuesday that would permanently index the value of the grant to inflation, while making funding for the program mandatory and expanding or reinstating access for a number of student groups. Senators Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii and Patty Murray of Washington and Representatives Susan Davis of California and Bobby Scott of Virginia introduced the bill, the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act. Murray and Scott are the ranking Democrats on their chambers' respective education committees.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2017

Bonneville Co. votes in favor of community college

After months of debate and years of hope, eastern Idaho will soon have its own community college. More than 71 percent of the 14,299 Bonneville County residents who participated in the election, 10,213 in total, voted Tuesday to create a community college taxing district, while 4,086 voters, or 28.6 percent, were opposed. The initiative required a two-thirds supermajority to pass, and drew heavy voter turnout for a small ballot election in an odd year. The College of Eastern Idaho will retain the low tuition costs and technical programs of Eastern Idaho Technical College while adding general education courses and two-year associate degrees transferable to four-year universities.
Post-Register, May 17, 2017

CFPB: Highest-risk borrowers not enrolled in income-driven repayment

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that more than 90 percent of defaulted student loan borrowers aren't enrolled in income-driven repayment plans within nine months of rehabilitating their debt. And half of those high-risk borrowers end up defaulting again within three years if not enrolled in income-driven repayment, the report finds.
Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2017

Opinion: As legislative special session winds down, progress elusive

It’s now been more than three weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee called a special 30-day session of the state Legislature to approve a two-year budget and fully fund basic education as mandated by the state constitution. Given that the overtime session ends on May 23, just one week from today, one would think that lawmakers would be wrapping things up. One would be wrong — very wrong.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 16, 2017

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