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News Links | May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SPSCC alum Todd Caffey reminds us of the power of positive thinking

If you have ever walked the halls of Tumwater High School, you may have encountered a man of distinctive personality. Perhaps a ‘Caffey Loves Me’ sticker has found its way into your hand. You may have even caught yourself thinking a time or two, “There is a guy just being himself. I want more of that!” Caffey brightens the halls of Tumwater High School with his positive thinking that anyone can change their path. South Puget Sound Community College Alumni and Tumwater High School Counselor, Todd Caffey, is that guy. He is the unlikely hero in a storyline all too familiar to many – a story they struggle to find the end to.
Thurston Talk, May 30, 2017

Centralia College employee named professional staff member of the year

Centralia College’s executive assistant to the president and board of trustees has been given the 2017 Professional Staff Member Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees. Janet Reaume received her award on Thursday at the ACT Awards Dinner at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, according to a press release from the college.
Centralia Chronicle, May 26, 2017

Four-year college not for you? There are many pathways to career success

While college remains a goal for many, advocates are pushing other options that provide youth, such as Soria, experience and credentials for high-demand jobs. They include everything from short-term certificate programs to structured apprenticeships from institutions, such as the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Yakima Valley College and Perry Technical Institute.
Yakima Herald, May 25, 2017

Pathways 2020 report highlight's county's good and bad

Cowlitz County has the state’s highest percentage of adults in the state prison system, and no other county comes close, according to an annual “Pathways 2020” report released Thursday. ... The report cites Lower Columbia College as “another bright spot in our community,” noting that the college now offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs and three master’s degrees.
Longview Daily News, May 25, 2017

Solar cars take to the track

The jar was full of colored water, hot water, with a couple of holes in the lid. It was dunked in a jar of cold water, and the fifth-graders watched what happened – the colored water drifted out through the holes, rising in the jar. The fifth-graders were asked if they understood why it happened. “No idea,” one said. The principle of heat transference was one of the many energy topics discussed and demonstrated at the annual Solar Car Races and Energy Fair. The racetracks and exhibits filled the lawn outside the ATEC building on the Big Bend Community College campus Wednesday.
Columbia Basin Herald, May 25, 2017

Hundreds of paid internships offered to Tacoma teens

Businesses across the city of Tacoma are rallying to provide hundreds of summer internships for kids. It’s all part of the ‘Summer Jobs 253’ program, a program that has now set a goal to offer 253 paid internships to high school students across the city. It is available to incoming juniors and seniors. ... The program is a partnership between the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools, the REACH Center, WorkForce Central, and Tacoma Community College.
KING 5, May 25, 2017

Pierce College CIO receives education award from Puyallup South Hill Rotary

During a special ceremony in May, Pierce College Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Michael Stocke was recognized by the Puyallup South Hill Rotary with an award for excellence in education. The organization presented its annual 2017 Community Vocational Awards during a special luncheon at Pierce College Puyallup, honoring Stocke and several other award recipients.
The Suburban Times, May 25, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Who defines what is racist?

In the heated debates of campus politics these days, it is not unusual for some groups (on or off campus) to demand the firing of a faculty member. But the rancor at Evergreen State College over the last week stands out. There, a professor whom some students want fired was told by the campus police chief that, out of concern for his safety, he should stay off campus for a few days. He did, teaching a class nearby in Olympia, Wash., and is not sure when he can return to campus.
Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2017

Study on students and 'authenticity' in classroom

“Authentic” professors are preferred by students, many of whom learn more from them as a result, according to a new study in Communication Education, the journal of the National Communication Association. The authors questioned some 300 college students on their perceptions of professors’ authentic and inauthentic behavior and communication, and found that authentic instructors were perceived as approachable, passionate, attentive, capable and knowledgeable.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2017

Opinion: Evergreen State College, Memorial Day

A self-proclaimed “progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Wash., in the beautiful Pacific Northwest” is not where I expected to find a wonderful story about educating undergraduate veterans, even as liberal and progressive as I am.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2017

Perceptions of pathway programs

The main reason universities partner with outside companies to offer pathway programs for international students is to increase recruitment and enrollment of international undergraduates, while their main reasons for not partnering are concerns about academic standards and loss of control over the admissions process, according to a new report commissioned by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2017

Superintendent of schools unveils six-year plan for schools

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has urged lawmakers to expedite their work on satisfying a court mandate on putting more money toward basic education in Washington state, but he said Wednesday that he also wants them to start thinking about how to reshape the system in the coming years once that immediate work is done.
The Spokesman-Review, May 25, 2017

Students allege racism, protest administrators at The Evergreen State College

Chanting “Hey-hey, ho-ho, these racist teachers have got to go,” hundreds of students filled the third floor of The Evergreen State College’s Library building Wednesday and surrounded president George Bridges’ office. Students said they were protesting institutional racism at the Olympia liberal arts college.
The Olympian, May 24, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Moving student loans to treasury gets little traction

The Trump administration has held internal discussions about relocating some functions of the Department of Education to other federal agencies, including moving its $1.4 trillion student loan portfolio to the Treasury Department, according to media reports. But that idea, which has periodically resurfaced for years, hasn't found serious interest among members of Congress. And key Democrats indicated serious opposition to the idea after those reports last week.
Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2017

In fight over Washington’s school funding, some want big change in who gets how much — but is it too late?

As negotiations in Olympia crawl into a second session, it’s unclear whether Washington state lawmakers will have the political will to include wholesale reform in a McCleary fix — or if they’ll just try to get home as soon as possible.
The Seattle Times, May 28, 2017

Student aid skirmish

GOP lawmakers said Thursday they had planned to subpoena the former chief of federal student aid, Jim Runcie, to testify before a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee and may still do so. Runcie resigned from the Department of Education effective Wednesday rather than testify at a hearing on improper payments by the department. In a resignation memo and other correspondence leaked to the media, he also cited broader disagreements with the direction of the department under Secretary Betsy DeVos as reasons for his departure.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2017

For-profits' suit challenges borrower-defense rules

A group of California for-profit colleges filed a lawsuit in federal court this week seeking to block the implementation of borrower-defense rules finalized last fall. The regulations, which would go into effect July 1, expand on and clarify existing federal statute to spell out how borrowers who were the victims of fraud or misrepresentation by their institution can have their student loans discharged.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2017

Appeals court rejects Trump travel ban

A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to lift an injunction on President Trump’s ban on travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim nations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in a 10-to-3 ruling, found that the Trump policies amounted to religious discrimination, in violation of the Constitution. Further, the appeals court found that while the president of the United States has broad powers related to entry to the country, those powers are not absolute.
Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2017

Appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

President Trump’s travel ban took another hit on Thursday as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused to reinstate the revised ban, which had sought to limit travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries. In its 10-to-3 decision, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said Mr. Trump’s executive order establishing the travel ban, now in its second form, discriminated on the basis of religion.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2017

Here’s how a student ‘unit record’ system could change higher ed

Advocates have long argued that students and families need more and better data to make informed decisions about college, including information about the employment outcomes of students. Proposals to repeal the federal ban on such information being published have been bounced around for years, but have not yet seen success. However, a new bipartisan push, announced last week, to overturn the prohibition has breathed new life into the effort and reinvigorated its supporters.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2017

Here's what Betsy DeVos said Wednesday on Capitol Hill

There were few fireworks Wednesday as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before a House appropriations subcommittee on the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal. DeVos deflected much of the skepticism she received and continued to push the administration's support of school choice.
KNKX, May 24, 2017

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