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News Links | October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Parents get taste of homework in Washougal class

Bibiana Picho-Garcia has a new person to commiserate with this school year while doing homework: her mother. “She always asks me if this is what I go through at school,” said Picho-Garcia, 16, a Washougal High School junior. “I’m like, ‘Yes, you finally understand me.’ ” Picho-Garcia also helps her mother, Esmeralda Garcia-Marquez, with homework on occasion, specifically on some translation issues. Garcia-Marquez is one of the students in an English class offered at Hathaway Elementary School twice a week. The three-hour class is a partnership between the Washougal School District and Clark College.
The Columbian, Oct. 26, 2017

This veterans hub started with $10,000 three years ago. Now it’s going to get $310,000

The city of Lacey and Thurston County will spend $310,000 over the next two years on the Lacey Veterans Services Hub, a destination that has helped more than 3,000 veterans since it first opened in October 2014. The hub occupies 4,500 square feet at 4232 Sixth Ave. SE, which is part of the Lacey campus of South Puget Sound Community College. More than 30 organizations have ties to the center, such as the housing nonprofit Sidewalk, Thurston County Food Bank, WorkSource Thurston County, Saint Martin’s University and SPSCC.
The Olympian, Oct. 25, 2017

Opinion: How ‘affordable’ housing is disappearing in Seattle

It’s difficult to write about affordable housing in metro Seattle at a time when we all know that there really is no such thing. That said, our industry needs to continue to explore how we can offer “less” expensive housing — housing that is at least “more” affordable. There is no one solution, but through many small improvements, the collective can make considerable progress. ... Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for higher paying jobs, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, businesses and industries, all of which makes housing more affordable. 
Daily Journal of Commerce, Oct. 26, 2017

Auburn making a concentrated push to get healthy

City leaders, partnering agencies and a volunteer force are taking the first steps to make Auburn healthier and more active. Alarmed by a King County report that showed Auburn as having the highest percentages of health and other quality-of-life problems, Mayor Nancy Backus wanted immediate action. ... The committee – 48 members strong – is strengthened by a clinical partnership agreement with the MultiCare Health System and major stakeholder agreements with: the Auburn School District; Muckleshoot Tribal Nation; Green River College; Valley Cities Behavioral Health; the Auburn Valley YMCA; HealthPoint; and Seattle-King County Public Health – Auburn.
Auburn Reporter, Oct. 25, 2017

Team of veterans work on eco-friendly projects across county

Chris Rodriguez was used to working on a team, in all kinds of weather. Rodriguez, 38, of Everett, served six years with the U.S. Marine Corps. His time in the military left him with health challenges that limited his career options. Then he joined a crew on the Washington Conservation Corps, which partners with the publicly funded Snohomish Conservation District. ... Assistant crew lead Taylor Pesce, 33, of Lake Stevens, also served in the Marines. On Oct. 11, the team helped install rain barrels at Experience Momentum, a physical therapy business in Lynnwood. ... Since leaving the military, Pesce earned an associate’s degree in environmental science at Everett Community College. He has been considering a career in education. 
Everett Herald, Oct. 24, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

Public higher ed skews wealthy

A majority of the country’s top public universities have grown less accessible for the most financially strapped students since 1999 — and at the same time, they have grown more accessible for wealthy students. More than half of selective public institutions, 54 percent, have reduced the share of students they enroll from families with incomes in the lowest 40 percent of earners, while also increasing the share of students they enroll from families that are among the country’s top 20 percent of earners. Put differently, 217 out of 381 top public institutions enrolled a larger share of wealthy students even as they reduced their percentages of low-income students.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2017

Public colleges backslide on access, report says

There’s been a lot of talk lately about higher education’s importance as an engine of equality — and how it sometimes serves as an engine of inequality, due to imbalances in access and success for students from lower-income backgrounds. The latter argument gathers more force through a new report that finds nearly two-thirds of selective public colleges and universities enroll fewer lower-income students than they did two decades ago. The report also finds that many of the same institutions are enrolling more students from the top income brackets.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 26, 2017

A highways project for college completion

Research has shown that creating a more educated work force by increasing college completion can both improve the economy and help more people enter the middle class. But a substantial increase in national completion rates will likely be expensive. A new paper from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences seeks to determine when the economic benefits to individuals and the national economy of such a completion boost would begin to outweigh investment costs.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2017

Net price keeps creeping up

In what has become a familiar pattern in the last several years, published tuition and fee prices increased at a relatively low, steady rate this year — but financial aid again failed to keep up, resulting in students paying more to attend college. Tuition and fees increased by less than 2 percent between 2016-17 and 2017-18 after adjusting for inflation, according to new College Board reports released Wednesday. The reports, “Trends in Student Aid” and “Trends in College Pricing,” are released annually, showing both short-term changes and trends over longer periods of time.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2017

Majority of white Americans say they believe whites face discrimination

A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. ... More than half of whites — 55 percent — surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America today. Hershman's view is similar to what was heard on the campaign trail at Trump rally after Trump rally. Donald Trump catered to white grievance during the 2016 presidential campaign and has done so as president as well.
NPR, Oct. 24, 2017

After a year of tumult, Evergreen State revises a policy on the use of campus space

As public colleges become the staging grounds of a national battle over speech and security, campus leaders have searched for ways to keep their institutions out of the fray. One popular strategy: taking a long, hard look at the policies that dictate who can use their facilities. After a tumultuous year of protest, Evergreen State College, the small, public liberal-arts college in Olympia, Wash., has joined the ranks of institutions to do so. And in doing so, it has made a point not to provide space to "organizations which do not assure the college that they do not discriminate."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 24, 2017

WSU president announces sweeping budget cuts to reduce $30 million deficit

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz announced sweeping budget cuts in an online statement Monday evening, fulfilling a promise he made when starting the job to curb the university’s spending habits. Each department at all five of WSU’s campuses has been instructed to reduce spending by 2.5 percent in fiscal 2018, Schulz said in the statement. The goal, he said, is to shave $10 million from an estimated $30 million in annual deficit spending.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 23, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

U.S. considers partial relief for defrauded student borrowers

Student borrowers have filed tens of thousands of additional applications for discharge of student debt since the Trump administration last updated Congress over the summer. But the Department of Education has yet to issue any new resolutions of those claims, known as borrower-defense applications. And while borrowers wait for a ruling on their claims, there is an ongoing debate within the department over whether it could grant partial relief to some applicants — and on what basis it would determine the proper amount of relief for those borrowers.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2017

Education Dept. borrower-defense negotiators

The Department of Education Wednesday released the names of 17 panelists and alternates who will be charged with overhauling an Obama administration regulation for protection of student borrowers through a process known as negotiated rule making. The list of negotiators includes a broad mix of student and consumer advocates, veterans' representatives, accreditors, financial aid administrators, business officers, and representatives from multiple types of higher ed institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 26, 2017

Justice Dept. backs another suit on free speech

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a statement of interest backing a lawsuit against Pierce College [Los Angeles] over its "free speech zone," which the suit says in fact limits free speech on campus. The Justice Department brief says that this zone represents only 616 square feet and that limiting student expressive activities to that zone, with additional rules as well, effectively squelches expression protected by the First Amendment.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2017

Opinion: Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

It’s time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas. As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state’s capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed. Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision.
The Seattle Times, Oct. 24, 2017

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