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News Links | November 2, 2017

November 02, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Achieving the Dream’s new ‘leader’ colleges

Eight community colleges in the Achieving the Dream network received the group's Leader College designation Wednesday. The status is awarded to institutions that have shown three years of steady improvement in student success outcomes like graduation and remedial education completion. ... Big Bend Community College, in Washington ... Edmonds Community College, in Washington.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2017

Neil McClure appointed to YVC Board of Trustees

Local business owner Neil McClure has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to sit on the Board of Trustees at Yakima Valley College. His five-year term started Monday and ends Sept. 30, 2022. ... McClure owns Firman Pollen Co., a business his family has operated in Yakima for 84 years.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 1, 2017

College Cellars freshens up its visual identity

A winery that integrates the highest level of new techniques and technology needs a label that reflects its cutting-edge approach. That’s the goal behind the new logo for College Cellars of Walla Walla, revealed during a Wine Industry Roundtable gathering Monday. The previous label design has been replaced with graphics that incorporate letters representing both Walla Walla Community College and College Cellars.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 31, 2017

Election 2017: Expected low turnout favors conservatives

With no national candidates or compelling state initiatives, voter turnout in Washington state is expected to push into historic lows for the November 2017 election. Election officials in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties expect fewer than 45 percent of registered voters will return their ballots by next Tuesday. The state elections office, fearful that forecasting a low-voter turnout will repress numbers even more, declined to predict statewide outcomes. But the lack of a compelling national candidate or state issue is only partly to blame, said Benjamin Gonzalez, a Highline College professor of political science. Current political toxicity likely also is playing a role.
KIRO 7, Oct. 31, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

When it comes to critical-thinking skills, Washington students need help, new analysis suggests

The argument: Self-driving cars shouldn’t be allowed on city streets. The evidence: A commercial says most car accidents happen on busy streets. Is this a strong argument? About half of Washington’s students in grades 6-12 thought it was. But it’s not, because the evidence isn’t from a credible source. Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Those numbers come from NoRedInk, a San Francisco-based company, started by a former high-school English teacher interested in boosting students’ critical thinking and writing skills.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 2, 2017

Racial gaps in belief that college is necessary

A new poll of Californians by the Public Policy Institute of California reveals significant racial gaps in how people in the state view the importance of higher education. Two-thirds (67 percent) of Latinos said that college today is necessary. A little more than half of Asian-Americans (54 percent) and African-Americans (51 percent) agreed. Among white people, the figure was only 35 percent.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2017

DeVry parent company makes pledges to students

Adtalem Global Education this week announced the results of an independent review of progress on 21 commitments the company made to students on issues of recruitment, enrollment, student outcomes and informed student choice. The company owns DeVry University, Carrington College, Chamberlain University, American University of the Caribbean, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2017

Hacked from the inside

A former wrestler at the University of Iowa was arrested last week for his role in a high-tech cheating scheme. The student, Trevor Graves, secretly installed devices called keyloggers onto campus computers and used them to record his professors’ keystrokes. Armed with his instructors’ institutional log-in details, Graves reportedly boosted his grades over 90 times in a 21-month period, in addition to intercepting exam and test questions.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 1, 2017

A farmer arrived at WSU with $6,000 to his name. Now he’s won $100,000 to help feed the world.

Six years ago, Adewale moved to Pullman with $6,000 in his pocket — money he’d earned from the vegetable harvest at his farm in southwest Nigeria. It was just enough to pay for the first semester of classes in organic agriculture at Washington State University. Six years later, Adewale is a Ph.D. candidate at WSU and a member of the board of directors of Washington’s Tilth Alliance. On Monday, he will accept the Seattle Bullitt Foundation’s annual environmental prize — a $100,000 award for graduate students pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 28, 2017

Opinion: Spending cuts at WSU difficult, but necessary

Is Washington State University President Kirk Schulz making wise decisions as he and other college administrators work to reduce spending by $10 million as part of a three-year plan to eliminate deficit spending? Your answer, of course, depends on your priorities for WSU and its students.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Oct. 26, 2017

Opinion: What my struggling students wanted me to understand

What do you really, really wish your professors understood?" I’ve been posing that question to students in my remedial-writing courses over the past few semesters. At two-year colleges, we’ve collected plenty of statistics on the challenges facing underprepared students. But we haven’t spent much time seeking their perspectives on teaching and learning. When given license to "talk back" — in any terms they wished — what did my developmental-writing students want to say to those of us at the front of the classroom? Their responses were thoughtful, insightful, and, to my mind, laser-focused on exactly the needs that make teaching those students such a distinctive, textured, and, in the end, rewarding experience.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 22, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Free community college picks up steam

Free public high school for everyone didn’t happen overnight. It began gradually with communities and states changing expectations about high school until, eventually, every state offered it for free. Advocates of tuition-free college like to make this point that a single state or city won’t be able to change the way people think about how we pay for college and who should attend it. Cities like Long Beach, Calif., and Detroit, and states like Tennessee and Rhode Island have created tuition-free community college programs. But this year, two of the most populous states in the country — California and New York — signed off on free college plans, and their presence in the conversation could have a big impact on efforts to increase access and alter the college-going culture.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 1, 2017

In new profile, DeVos blames staff for rocky confirmation hearing

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos felt “undercoached” by transition-team staff members for her contentious confirmation hearing in January, according to a lengthy profile of the enigmatic cabinet official in Politico Magazine. “The transition group was very circumspect about how much information they gave me about then-current policy,” she said, and “it was in their view a balance between being prepared for a confirmation hearing and not having well-formed opinions on what should or shouldn’t change, so as not to get caught in a confirmation hearing making commitments that then I wouldn’t want to or be able to keep.” “And in hindsight,” she said, “I wish I had a whole lot more information.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 1, 2017

Opinion: Practice of holding legislation hostage needs to end

In today’s highly partisan political climate, it’s rare for legislators on both sides of the aisle to agree on anything. That was the case with the state operating budget that nearly didn’t pass this summer and with the state capital budget that didn’t pass because Republican legislators tied its passage to that of a bill dealing with rural wells and oversight around them.
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, Oct. 31, 2017

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