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October 24, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Fugitive Curtis Cameron in custody after manhunt

A man who has been running from law enforcement for several weeks was arrested Monday evening in a wooded area near Swan Road and Nookachamps Creek. Curtis Cameron, 26, was taken into custody after an hourslong manhunt, which early on caused two area schools to be placed on lockdown by Mount Vernon police. Cameron — who had twice evaded law enforcement last week after two multihour searches in the area of Prairie Road, Parkridge Place and Park Ridge Lane — was wanted by local law enforcement on several felony warrants, including for explosives, assaults and burglaries. ... What followed was a manhunt, with nearby Skagit Valley College and Centennial Elementary School placed on lockdown at the request of Mount Vernon police and an alert sent out by police warning residents in the area to stay inside.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 23, 2017

Edmonds CC launches search for the college’s next president

With the announcement earlier this year that current president Dr. Jean Hernandez is retiring, the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees has begun the search for the college’s next president. The college is accepting applications and nominations.
My Edmonds News, Oct. 23, 2017

Former Mariners star helps out with auction

When Skagit Valley College baseball player Haruki Kiyohara wanted a scouting report on Ichiro Suzuki on Saturday afternoon, he had a good source to ask: former Seattle Mariners star Dan Wilson. Wilson didn’t disappoint. “He was pretty good,” Wilson said during an appearance at Skagit Valley College, right before talking about the legendary power his former teammate showed in batting practice. Wilson, a former All-Star and member of some of the Mariners’ most memorable teams, was the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Skagit Valley College Cardinals sports auction.
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 23, 2017

Sister city exchange still going, after almost 40 years

As sister city relationships go, the tie between Moses Lake and Yonezawa, Japan, has been pretty long-lasting. Yonezawa’s mayor and other city and business officials were in Moses Lake last week, the latest visit in a relationship that stretches back almost 40 years. ... The student exchange program was (and is) part of the extensive business and educational relationship between Japanese companies and Moses Lake. Big Bend Community College hosts the Japanese Agricultural Training Program, more than half a century old. Moses Lake was a base for Japan Air Lines, which helped sponsor the student exchange.
Columbia Basin Herald, Oct. 23, 2017

Spores and more featured at annual mushroom show

Late autumn rains sent Puget Sound Mycological Society mushroom hunters scrambling to fill the trays for the 54th annual Wild Mushroom Show, held at Bellevue College this weekend. “We worry every year,” said Danny Miller, identification coordinator, librarian and education chair for the Puget Sound Mycological Society, or PSMS. More than 100 mushroom hunters gathered trays full of all different types of fungi, from colorful amanitas to liquefying inky caps for the show.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 22, 2017

On night watch at Clark College

“Hi there, how are you doing?” asks Clark College campus security officer Eben Ayers as he strides toward two men leaning against traveling backpacks, the fabric of the packs worn and the men’s faces weary. They were resting between the fencing of the soccer field and bushes that line the purple parking lot on a recent Friday about 9 p.m. The men say are were from Eugene, Ore., and are trekking toward Port Angeles, where they had heard of a job harvesting dahlias. They planned to earn enough to buy a school bus and amass a group of people to travel, while planting and growing food. ... After minutes of chatting and roaring laughter, Ayers tells the two that though the campus closed at 6 p.m., they were free to rest in an open place where he could ensure their safety.
The Columbian, Oct. 22, 2017

Gov. Inslee talks climate change at Bellevue College

Gov. Jay Inslee looked up at about 300 Bellevue College students Thursday. He was inspired by the turnout that filled the college’s Carlson Theater. The students, along with environmental activists were there to hear Inslee talk about climate change. Bellevue College was one of several town halls Inslee scheduled to emphasize the importance of climate action and policies to promote clean energy and technology, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency.
Bellevue Reporter, Oct. 20, 2017

Findings: Green River College failed to follow federal guidelines for reporting on campus security

Between 2009 and 2013, Green River College failed to meet its obligations both under a federal consumer protection law that mandates the reporting of campus crime statistics and dictates how college campuses report those statistics to the public, and under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Such is the conclusion of the Preliminary Program Review report recently completed by the Department of Education’s Clery Act Compliance Division of Federal Student Aid (CACD), based on data obtained from 2008 to 2014.
Auburn Reporter, Oct. 18, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Expectations, race and college success

Near the beginning of a new study on racial attitudes and college attainment, the authors note the story of Desiree Martinez, who attended a high school in a low-income part of Los Angeles and longed to enroll at the University of California, Los Angeles. She confided her ambitions to a teacher. The teacher frowned and said, “I don’t know why counselors push students into these schools they’re not ready for … Students only get their hearts broken when they don’t get into those schools, and the students that do get in come back as dropouts.” Martinez, crushed, told another teacher, who encouraged her, and said she should not let people like the first teacher “hold you back.” The discouraging teacher was white. The encouraging teacher was Latino. The new study suggests that what Martinez experienced is a reality for many students — and may in fact result in some minority students never meeting their potential to succeed in college.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2017

Healthy job market predicted for new college grads

Hiring of new college graduates is expected to increase by 19 percent this year — 15 percent for those with bachelor's degrees and 40 percent for those with associate degrees. Those figures are from Michigan State University's Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the United States. The data are from 3,370 employers from every major industrial sector in every state.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2017

Credentials besides the bachelor's that pay off

Many certificate and associate degree programs can be a path to the middle class, according to a new analysis from the American Enterprise Institute. The report uses state data from College Measures, which has partnered with eight states to track the earnings of graduates. The researchers found that students' choice of major has a big impact on earnings, regardless of the level of credential. Skills-oriented programs in health, engineering and other technical fields in particular tend to fare well with labor market returns.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 23, 2017

Whistle-blowers charge that TIAA misleads clients

Legal filings — including a lawsuit from a current employee and a whistle-blower case from former employees — allege serious mismanagement at TIAA. The association manages retirement plans and investments, and many of its clients are educators and researchers. The complaints, reported by The New York Times over the weekend, allege that the company pushed its clients into ill-suited plans that generated higher fees without delivering higher performance. Additionally, the Times interviewed 10 current employees who spoke of legally and ethically dubious sales practices. Chad Peterson, a TIAA spokesman, told the Times that the company focuses exclusively on meeting its clients’ long-term financial needs and operates in "a highly transparent and ethical way."
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 23, 2017

State-funded student aid holds steady

Levels of state-funded student financial aid changed remarkably little from 2014-15 to 2015-16, according to a new survey released today. State-funded student financial aid totaled about $12.5 billion across the country, according to an annual survey from the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs. Aid totals increased by less than 1 percent from $12.4 billion in 2014-15 on a nominal basis and were essentially even after adjusting for inflation. Growth in aid slowed from the previous year. From 2013-14 to 2014-15, NASSGAP measured year-over-year growth at 6 percent nominally and 5.8 percent after factoring in inflation.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 23, 2017

Crackdown on ‘pay to play’ for ‘military-friendly’ colleges

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced a proposed settlement with a website whose "military-friendly" rankings of colleges and universities allegedly promoted institutions that paid to be included. Victory Media runs a number of magazines and websites targeting service members and their families and operates a tool and rankings to help prospective students find the right postsecondary program. But the FTC found that those publications basically functioned as paid advertisements for institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 20, 2017

‘Nudges’ are helping UW Tacoma students graduate on time

A Nobel Prize winner’s theory on behavioral economics is the inspiration for a program at the University of Washington Tacoma that aims to “nudge” students to keep them on track to graduate from college. The program taps into the work of behavioral economist Richard Thaler, who won a Nobel Prize this year for work that documented how human behavior is irrational when it comes to money — and in many other life choices.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 19, 2017

Opinion: Students need tech skills for more than just jobs — they need it to be good citizens

You’ve heard many times the complaint that Washington state is not preparing enough of its students for high-tech jobs. Job preparation is a good reason for making a high-quality math and science education more broadly available, but there is another increasingly important reason to move quickly to give young people a solid grounding in those areas of study. This country desperately needs a science-literate citizenry.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 19, 2017

Social media is scholarship

"How do you find the time to use social media?" It’s a question I’m frequently asked as an academic — and one I’ve never been certain of how to answer. There are a lot of assumptions packed into that question: Social media is a challenge that has to be negotiated. Social media is a drain on your time. Social media is a distraction from "real work."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 17, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Live updates from Washington State Supreme Court hearing on $7.3 billion education budget

We will be providing live updates from the McCleary school-funding hearing in Olympia, where lawyers will argue whether Washington has met its duty, under the state constitution, to fully fund K-12 basic education.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 24, 2017

Tough options after Perkins

When a student encounters a serious financial emergency midsemester, such as a family medical emergency or sudden loss of income, Heather Boutell has often turned to the Perkins Loans. Boutell, director of financial aid at Bellarmine University, in Kentucky, said despite the additional debt, students are happy to find additional resources to keep them in college. “It makes a difference for them to be able to stay in school,” she said. Most other aid programs can't be tapped midsemester in the same way. But that flexibility — and the ability to fill gaps in aid at the beginning of the year — will likely vanish after this year, barring last-minute action by Congress.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 24, 2017

Opinion: Washington state Supreme Court must not settle for Legislature’s McCleary education ‘fix’

A decade ago, a coalition of parents, teachers, school districts and community groups sued the state over the way Washington pays for public schools. And despite the “mission accomplished” pronouncements from Olympia this summer, the lawsuit that led to the 2012 McCleary decision is not over yet.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 23, 2017

New delay on borrower-defense rule

The Department of Education on Friday issued a new delay of the Obama administration's borrower-defense rule that would block it from going into effect until the conclusion of a bureaucratic rewrite of the rule expected to conclude by 2019. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in June that she would block the rule, which was set to go into effect July 1. She also said she would appoint a negotiated rule-making committee to produce a new regulation that would reflect the concerns of many higher ed institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 23, 2017

Report: Risk sharing, ‘flexible’ Pell on White House wish list

A memorandum that reportedly represents a "wish list" of initiatives the White House plans to include in its 2019 budget calls for requiring colleges to bear a share of the risk in student lending and letting Pell Grant recipients use their federal aid for "short-term courses and programs that lead to an industry-recognized credential," Crooked Media reported. The political website linked to the memo, which it said had been leaked.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 23, 2017

Tuesday hearing may hold clues to whether Supreme Court thinks school-funding case closed

Minutes before midnight, on the last day of June, a throng of state lawmakers surrounded Gov. Jay Inslee as he signed an 11th-hour budget deal that everyone in the room hoped would finally get the Supreme Court off the Legislature’s back. The compromise budget, Inslee declared, would for the first time in decades fully and fairly fund public schools in Washington — a goal that has eluded the state’s political leaders for the last five years.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 23, 2017

Education agency blasted amid student loan scam crackdown

Federal and state agencies are cracking down nationally for the first time on scams that gouge student loan borrowers, but critics say the U.S. Department of Education isn't helping. Prosecutors at the Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia have filed 36 lawsuits and other legal actions against companies they say falsely promise debt relief, charging more than $95 million in illegal fees in recent years. Consumer advocates and members of Congress welcome the ongoing crackdown announced Oct. 13. But they say the Education Department and its contracted loan servicing companies fail to steer borrowers toward appropriate repayment plans, exposing them to fraud.
The News Tribune, Oct. 20, 2017

College leaders urge ‘legislative fix’ for Dreamers

Nearly 800 college and university presidents signed a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives calling on them to “pass a long-term legislative fix as soon as possible to protect Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 20, 2017

Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters. The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” to continue working in the United States, the documents said.
Reuters, Oct. 19, 2017

An unexpected ally for Betsy DeVos on campus sexual assault

The “Yes Means Yes” bill was a big deal when Jerry Brown, the governor of California, signed it into law in 2014. ... Now, it seems, Brown is not so certain about what has been wrought. This week, in an unexpected move, Brown vetoed a new bill that would have broadened the definitions and rules regarding alleged sexual misconduct for students attending California colleges and universities.
The Atlantic, Oct. 19, 2017

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