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News Links | May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

New Lower Columbia College Foundation scholarship honors Applied Industries, Inc.

In honor of Applied Industries, Inc. Board of Directors and its founder Nadine Williams, the Lower Columbia College Foundation has announced the establishment of a $335,000 endowment by the Applied Industries, Inc. Board of Directors in support of LCC students.
Wahkiakum County Eagle, May 25, 2017

Bellevue College breaks ground on first on-campus housing facility

Bellevue College broke ground on it’s first on-campus student housing facility Wednesday. The 133,000 square-foot complex will feature 147 units, including studios, 2-bedroom studios, and 4-bedroom apartments and will house 350 beds. Slated to open in fall 2018, the complex will also have a café, multi-purpose meeting space, and study lounges.
KING 5, May 24, 2017

Walla Walla Community College lays out future challenges

In the face of a $1.44 million budget gap and declining enrollment, Walla Walla Community College will position itself as a “destination college rather than a default college,” its president said Tuesday. In a presentation at the Port of Walla Walla’s Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting, WWCC President Derek Brandes said the school’s unique programming should be positioned as an advantage in recruitment.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin, May 24, 2017

Kennewick wine project praised by Gov. Jay Inslee

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee honored the partners behind Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village, under construction on Columbia Drive. The $6 million Columbia Gardens project was singled out for the partnership awards. The Port of Kennewick with support from the city of Kennewick, Benton County and Columbia Basin College, is developing Columbia Gardens to spark redevelopment along Columbia Drive between the blue and cable bridges.
Tri-City Herald, May 24, 2017

Peninsula College opens doors of new health, childhood education facility

Hospital and community health center CEOs lauded Peninsula College for its commitment to health care during the grand opening of its Allied Health and Early Childhood Education Building on Monday. Eric Lewis, CEO of Olympic Medical Center, called the new $25.6 million building “huge progress,” adding that he hopes many of the nurses and medical assistants the hospital needs will be trained at the college.
Peninsula Daily News, May 23, 2017

College Spark grant supports new English courses at RTC

Renton Technical College (RTC) has been awarded a $49,994 grant to develop English courses tailored to make them more relevant and useful for students. The grant was awarded by College Spark Washington’s annual Community Grants Program, a $1.3 million effort that supports projects to help low-income students prepare for college. Besides RTC, nine other college and K-12 programs received funds this year.
Renton Reporter, May 23, 2017

Two faculty members awarded tenure

The Clover Park Technical College May Board of Trustees meeting ended with a special announcement for faculty members Robert Carver and Ken Meerdink, as the Board awarded tenure to each of the two instructors.
The Suburban Times, May 23, 2017

Sun shines on Coupeville’s canoe races and water festival

An estimated 2,000 people came out for the annual celebration of Native culture and canoe racing, which is about one-third less than previous years, said Vicky Reyes, president of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association. ... Of Seneca-Mohawk heritage, LaBombard is an anthropology professor at Skagit Valley College, cultural advisor to the water festival foundation and an “international teller of Native American oral traditions.” His tales taken from various indigenous cultures highlighted storytelling sessions Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Whidbey News-Times, May 23, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Barnes & Noble Ed pushing beyond books

Barnes & Noble Education took another step beyond college bookstores and textbooks Wednesday, announcing a deal to bring predictive analytics services to universities in the digital education consortium Unizin.
Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2017

Thousands of Washington students get an alternative education. Is that a good thing?

Traditionally, schools are judged by graduation rates, test scores and overall student achievement. But a recent report suggests that some 500,000 kids nationwide are enrolled in publicly funded alternative programs that escape this kind of scrutiny. At their best, alternative schools offer smaller classes, flexible schedules, extra counseling and intensive tutoring. But the report, published by ProPublica, suggests that high numbers of students in alternative education may be a red flag. And in that calculation, Washington stands out.
The Seattle Times, May 25, 2017

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston. Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they’ve elicited both laughter and tears and, in some cases, jeers.
The Seattle Times, May 25, 2017

Why colleges already face race-related challenges in serving future students

Today, more Americans graduate high school and go on to college than ever before. But as the country becomes more diverse — the Census Bureau expects that by 2020 more than half of the nation's children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group — are colleges and universities ready to serve them?
KNKX, May 24, 2017

No to highlighters, yes to flash cards: new book explores science of learning

By the time he was in fourth grade, Ulrich Boser had been labeled a slow learner. He’d already repeated kindergarten, and a psychologist sent to observe him in a classroom described him as a frustrated, inattentive and distracted 11-year-old. In hindsight, Boser now knows that he had not yet been taught something essential: He didn’t know how to learn.
The Seattle Times, May 24, 2017

Enrollments continue to slide at for-profits and community colleges

National college enrollments have continued their multiyear decline, with most of the dip occurring among older undergraduates at for-profit institutions and community colleges. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks 97 percent of students at federal aid-eligible institutions, found an overall national decline of 1.5 percent for this spring semester compared to a year ago. (Last year's decline was 1.3 percent.)
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2017

Washington’s K-12 chief pitches vision of ‘very different’ school system

As part of a six-year plan to overhaul K-12 schools in Washington, the state’s new superintendent of public instruction wants all students to learn a second language before they get to high school, and all high-school students to earn some college credit before they graduate.
The Seattle Times, May 24, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

DeVos: U.S. will make good on loan forgiveness

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told lawmakers Wednesday that her department will follow through on promises to provide loan forgiveness to borrowers who attended for-profit colleges found to have defrauded students.
Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2017

Congressional hearing on student data

The Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing Wednesday about data on student outcomes and the performance of colleges and academic programs. The hearing was related to recently introduced bipartisan bills that would eliminate a federal ban on student-level data collection.
Inside Higher Ed, May 25, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding

Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again. Dog bites man. Sun rises and sets. Salmon swim upstream and return to the ocean. And lawmakers fail their chief test: agreeing on a budget to amply fund schools. The first legislative special session drew to a close Tuesday, with no budget agreement. And so another 30-day extra session begins, with an added looming hammer: the possibility of a government shutdown if the fiscal year ends without a budget.
The Spokesman-Review, May 24, 2017

Education Dept. will reconsider grant applications rejected for formatting problems

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, said on Wednesday that her department would reconsider 77 Upward Bound grant applications that the agency had previously rejected because of minor formatting problems. Ms. DeVos, testifying before a committee at the U.S. House of Representatives, said that the decision to reject the applications had been made “under the purview of the previous administration.” Under the existing rules, she said, the department had no legal remedy to reconsider the applications, despite pleas over the past several weeks from members of both parties in both chambers of Congress.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2017

Angst over middle-class aid

Several states are taking a hard look at high-profile student financial aid programs as they debate their budget priorities, searching for savings and reconsidering how they spend money on scholarship and grant programs. In several cases, the issue centers on funds that help middle-class families, aid that some see as essential and others criticize as diverting public resources away from poor students who need them most.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2017

Top federal student-aid official resigns over congressional testimony

A top official at the U.S. Education Department resigned on Tuesday following a dispute over his scheduled testimony this week before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to a department official.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 24, 2017

Trump budget would slash student aid and research

The Trump administration released a 2018 budget proposal Tuesday that delivered on expectations for drastic cuts to student aid programs and university-based research while substantially reshaping federal student loan programs. Higher education groups as well as many policy analysts said those cuts would make college less affordable and impede the production of new scientists and innovations in health and technology. Cutting deeply into most federal nondefense discretionary spending, the documents call for a 13.6 percent reduction in the Department of Education's current funding levels and 22 percent for the National Institutes of Health, the largest federal supporter of biomedical research.
Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2017

Sen. Rivers: Lawmakers ‘very close’ to education deal

Gov. Jay Inslee called state legislators back for a second overtime session on Tuesday with the hopes lawmakers can strike a deal on a two-year operating budget that adequately funds the state’s public education system. The governor said lawmakers have made progress in recent days, with offers being exchanged, but they have yet to resolve their budget differences. When the Legislature fails to finish on time, it thrusts the entire state, from students to state employees, in a position of uncertainty, Inslee said.
The Columbian, May 23, 2017

What Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would mean for higher ed

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year. All told, the budget would cut federal education programs by more than $10 billion. The Department of Education’s total operating budget would be slashed by $9 billion, and spending on secondary-education programs would be redirected to school-choice initiatives — the chief policy goal of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2017

No agreement yet: Washington Legislature goes into second special session

Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a second special session to continue work on court-mandated K-12 education funding and a new state budget. In a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Inslee also showed signs of compromise with Senate Republicans in the effort to resolve the expensive and politically complicated task of funding Washington’s school system.
The Seattle Times, May 23, 2017

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