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News Links | November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WHS FFA classes have busy month

October was a busy month for the Wahkiakum High School FFA, with field trips to Vancouver and Satsop and some projects much closer to home. Students helped plant 150 dogwood trees, 150 willow trees, and 150 Douglas spirea trees as part of a wetland mitigation project in Vancouver and listened to a presentation from a forest engineer about the project and his background in education, according to FFA Reporter Jake Leitz. They traveled to Satsop to take part in a forestry competition organized by Grays Harbor College. They were asked to identify tree species, tools, and map locations, and show that they could determine the distance between two points on a plot of land as well as the heights of various trees in a clear cut.
Wahkiakum County Eagle, Nov. 16, 2017

Edmonds CC names interim college president during search

As Edmonds Community College continues the search for its next president, the college’s Board of Trustees announced Nov. 14 that Christina Castorena, vice president for student services, will serve as its interim president. ... Castorena will serve as interim president until the Board of Trustees concludes its presidential search and appoints the college’s next president. It is anticipated that the next president will begin duties no later than July 1.
My Edmonds News, Nov. 15, 2017

The high stakes of the 'regulatory reset'

Amy Kennedy-Palma was a single mother working as the office manager for an ATM installation company in 2012 when she decided to go back to school. "There wasn't a whole lot of room for advancement, and of course wanting to look out for the future of my son, I wanted to go back to school," she said. Kennedy-Palma researched programs at the local community college in Battle Ground, Washington, located just 35 minutes north of Portland, as well as programs at Washington State University. ... From there, the situation worsened. When she tried to transfer her credits to Clark College, a local community college, she found that Everest hadn't been accredited and therefore none of her credits would be accepted.
US News and World Report, Nov. 15, 2017

Second floor of TransAlta Commons to be renamed to honor Alice White Forth

The second floor of the TransAlta Commons building at Centralia College will be renamed to honor Alice White Forth, the first Margaret Corbet scholar of the college, who died in 2012, according to a press release from the college. Forth graduated from Centralia College in 1951. She later received a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University. She completed further graduate studies at Cambridge College in England, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin, according to the release. Forth returned to Centralia College as a business instructor once she completed her studies. In 1989, she was named dean of students. Forth retired from the college in 1991 and died in 2012.
Centralia Chronicle, Nov. 15, 2017

SPSCC professor Norm Chapman named Instructor of the Year

Norm Chapman, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Professor of Automotive Technology, has received this year’s Byrl Shoemaker Industry Education Alliance Instructor of the Year award. Chapman was selected from a pool of candidates from around the country based on his exceptional performance on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test, where he earned the highest score overall. Each year, the award honors someone who has made extraordinary contributions to excellence in automotive education.
Thurston Talk, Nov. 15, 2017

Who is graduating from community college? More students than you might think

Nearly half of all students who enter Washington’s community colleges earn a degree or certificate in eight years, or transfer to another school before getting a degree from their community college, new federal data shows. And a few Seattle-area technical colleges — Renton Tech and Lake Washington Tech — do especially well at getting their students to the finish line, with rates of 74 percent and 55 percent, respectively. For community college students in Yakima, the numbers are just as good. In fact, 51 percent of Yakima Valley College students either graduate within eight years or transfer to another school.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 14, 2017

‘I’m honored to sit among them’

Extra splashes of red, white and blue could be spotted in Battle Ground and elsewhere in North Clark County late last week and into the weekend as residents made small and grand gestures to show their appreciation for local veterans. ... “It feels great,” said Army veteran Norman Linn of having his residence honor him and his other service members. Linn, a graduate of both Battle Ground High School and Clark College, told The Reflector after the ceremony that he learned what “heat was all about” from being stationed in Kansas early in his service. Overall, though, he was honored to have served and grateful to the small Battle Ground community at the time for helping him along. He said the experience matured him.
The Reflector, Nov. 14, 2017

New superintendents in Aberdeen, Hoquiam bring high hopes for area schools

Both Aberdeen and Hoquiam school districts appointed new superintendents last spring. They are now, in the midst of their first semester, starting to settle into the community and beginning to employ a number of changes to improve local schools. ... The Daily World spoke with both Alicia Henderson and Mike Villarreal from Aberdeen and Hoquiam school districts, respectively, to discuss their backgrounds and what they hope to accomplish. ... For both Villarreal and Henderson, taking into account of the needs of Latino students is another big focus. Villarreal, whose parents are Mexican-American and Peruvian, said he’s making a concerted effort to connect with the area’s Latino community and ensure they are aware of the resources available for anyone interested in college and loftier goals after high school. “I sat on a panel at Grays Harbor College about getting closer to Latino students, a growing number in here and Aberdeen. Dreams are real, how do you get them? Going to college is a real thing if you want to go, and there are resources out there,” he said. “Some of our Latino students, especially with the political climate, there’s stress and worries about their immigration status. It’s a very real thing, and it’s those things that allow me to go out and advocate for students.”
The Daily World, Nov. 13, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Bringing their perspectives to class

College students report that their classes emphasize them sharing their own ideas and perspectives, and that they’re not always learning about other cultures, according to findings by the National Survey of Student Engagement released Thursday. About three out of five students surveyed indicated that their courses would highlight their thoughts on certain subjects — about half said their classes focused on discussing equity and privilege and learning about other cultures.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2017

International enrollments increase in Canada

International student enrollment increased by 10.7 percent at Canadian universities this fall compared to last fall, Universities Canada said. The biggest increase was in British Columbia, where international enrollments increased 15.6 percent. The surge in international students at Canadian institutions comes at a time when many American universities are struggling to maintain their international enrollments. A survey released earlier this week found that American universities reported on average a 7 percent decline in new international students. The figures, while not directly comparable, as one refers to all international students and the other just to new international students, nevertheless suggest a divergence in trends, with Canada's international enrollment increasing and the United States', at the very least, flattening.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2017

Education debt held by older Americans

Recently released federal data show that 17 percent of federal student debt holders are over the age of 50. This group of older borrowers collectively hold $247 billion in student debt, an amount that has roughly tripled since 2003. Likewise, a 2016 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office provoked alarm for showing that the federal government is withholding a portion of Social Security benefits from a growing number of older Americans to cover defaulted student loan debt. Amid this context, the Urban Institute on Thursday released an analysis of federal survey data on older student debt holders. The group found that 3.5 percent of Americans over 50 hold student debt for their own education, compared to roughly 8 percent with debt for their children or grandchildren.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 16, 2017

An IT accessibility watchdog?

Failure to provide accessible technologies for learners with disabilities can have serious consequences for universities. Many institutions have been sued in recent years for noncompliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, ratcheting up pressure around accessibility issues. As a result, some universities are thinking about how they might work together to test the technology they buy and make sure it is accessible to all. At Educause's annual meeting earlier this month, IT accessibility experts said products bought from commercial vendors frequently fail to meet their accessibility needs. As a result, some who work on accessibility have floated the idea of creating a product-testing group that could work together to prevent poor purchasing decisions and to use its collective buying power to encourage vendors to prioritize accessibility.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 15, 2017

Many trustees see faculty as barrier to change

College and university trustees widely agree that the public’s perception of higher education has been eroding and that higher education’s business model needs to change — but many see significant barriers to putting changes in place. More than half of trustees, 57 percent, agreed that the general public perception of higher education in the United States has declined in the last decade, according to a survey conducted for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and released today. Forty-one percent of respondents agreed with the statements. Another 16 percent agreed strongly.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 15, 2017

WSU nursing school preps students for mass shooting scenarios

When a young woman ran down the hallway, screaming for help, 40 of her peers jumped into action. “Please, help my friend!” she wailed. “Oh my god. He’s dying!” In the aftermath of a simulated mass shooting Monday evening at Washington State University’s College of Nursing in Spokane, bodies lay crumpled on the floor, riddled with gunshot wounds. The woman sobbed, shouted and begged the others to revive her friend, who had taken a bullet to the chest. She was acting – playing the part of a “distractor” to put her fellow students out of their element. They had just spent about an hour in a classroom, learning how to make tourniquets out of T-shirts and how to dress puncture wounds with candy wrappers. Now they were putting those skills to the test, trying to calmly assess the situation while victims and survivors panicked, covered in fake blood and grisly fake wounds.
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 13, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Opinion: Close, but state still not fully funding K-12 education

No big surprise in the latest McCleary ruling by the Washington Supreme Court: The Legislature has come up short in meeting requirements set forth by the court in its sweeping school-funding ruling. While ambitious, the legislative effort to pump billions more into public schools since the 2012 McCleary ruling is still about $1 billion shy of “ample funding” to meet a fall 2018 deadline. Because the Legislature’s work is not yet done, the court on Wednesday said it will retain jurisdiction, continue to impose a daily fine of $100,000 and reserve all “enforcement options.” It ordered the Legislature to report on its progress by April 2018. It’s now up to Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers to get the ball across the goal line, starting Jan. 8 when the Legislature returns to work. Failure is not an option, and anything short of success will be remembered by voters in November 2018.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2017

Lawmakers aren’t moving fast enough to boost education spending, Washington Supreme Court rules

Saying it can’t accept “part compliance for full compliance,” the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that state lawmakers must meet their long-standing September 2018 deadline for fully funding the K-12 school system. In the latest twist of the 2012 school-funding order known as the McCleary decision, the justices wrote that Washington legislators did, in their last session, come up with a plan to adequately boost state funding for K-12 schools. But even attorneys for the state acknowledged in an October hearing before the court that the funding plan wouldn’t be in place by the 2018 deadline. In their Wednesday, order, the justices took issue with that, noting that the Legislature had years to draft a funding plan — but delayed much of that work until earlier this year.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2017

Student-loan borrowers await debt relief on nearly 100,000 claims that they were defrauded

Student-loan borrowers are awaiting action on nearly 100,000 claims that because their colleges defrauded them, they should have their loans discharged, and a top Education Department official said on Tuesday that the agency would begin processing the backlog of claims “very soon.” During the second session of meetings to rewrite the regulations for the claims process, known as “borrower defense-to-repayment,” James Manning, the acting under secretary of education, told the rule-making panel that “nothing about borrower-defense is easy,” but that several decisions on claims are on the way. Approximately 95,000 applications for debt relief are pending, Mr. Manning said. A majority of those claims are from former students at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 14, 2017

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