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News Links | September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Michigan provost to lead Columbia Basin College

A 20-year college administrator was chosen Monday morning to head Columbia Basin College in the Tri-Cities. The board of trustees picked Rebekah Woods as the sixth president of the college, and the first woman to assume the role in its 62-year history. She will take over for interim President Lee Thornton in November. Her annual salary will be $220,000.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 11, 2017

Insider Insight: Christine Johnson

As Chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane since 2010, Christine Johnson oversees a system of thousands of students and employees between Spokane Falls and Spokane community colleges. Johnson was a high school teacher, principal and then executive director of K-12 education for a school district in Colorado. She has earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Colorado Boulder, and has experience as president of the Community College of Denver. According to Johnson, here are three elements impacting the community college system in Spokane.
Inlander, Sept. 10, 2017

Western Governors University looks to expand local footprint

With Washington facing a historic teacher shortage crisis, there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to certifying much-needed educators. Created by the state Legislature in 2011, Western Governors University of Washington has become an increasingly popular alternative for prospective teachers looking to earn a teaching certificate on their own time and at a fraction of the regular cost. ... That footprint could grow even larger now that WGU Chancellor Rich Cummins and Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey are engaged in discussions that could lead to a physical presence for the school in Longview.
Longview Daily News, Sept. 10, 2017

Lifelong learning

Whether you’re a career professional looking to climb the ladder of success or a retired person eager to learn something new, local colleges and universities offer a wide spectrum of courses and certificate programs designed to meet you where you are and help you achieve your goals. With several colleges and satellite university campuses right in our backyard, there is an abundance of continuing education opportunities on the Eastside available to meet the needs of local learners. Bellevue College, for example, serves approximately 15,000 students annually through its continuing education programs, according to Al Lewis, vice president of Economic and Workforce Development. 
425 Magazine, Sept. 10, 2017

DACA phase out: 'I am from here,' Bremerton Dreamer says

Karina Reyes vividly recalls the feeling, about five years ago, when she gained the right to work in the United States. "It was such a relief," said Reyes, a Bremerton High School graduate. "I couldn't get a job otherwise." The 24-year-old paraeducator and aspiring teacher, whose parents brought her to America from Mexico in her early teens, has since paid $500 every two years to be part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, often called the Dreamers. ... Olympic College, for its part, on Tuesday joined the state’s other community colleges and four-year institutions in blasting the Trump administration’s DACA decision.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 9, 2017

Teachers learn 3D printing at Edmonds CC

Community college faculty from across Washington state and several local high school teachers learned how to build and use 3D printers July 25-26 at Edmonds Community College. Fifteen community and technical college instructors, from as close as Green River College to as far as Spokane Community College, and four high school teachers attended a workshop at the college’s materials science lab.
Everett Herald, Sept. 9, 2017

McAuliffe inducted to the Northshore School District Wall of Honor

Rosemary McAuliffe was inducted to the Northshore School District Wall of Honor last month in recognition of her lifelong dedication to K-12 and advanced education in Washington. According to a press release, her commitment to higher education brought Cascadia College and the University of Washington Bothell campus to town in 1990s and helped transform the Lake Washington Institute of Technology from a technical college to an institute of technology.
Bothell Reporter, Sept. 8, 2017

Columbia Basin College nearing decision on new president

The Columbia Basin College Board of Trustees has selected a finalist for the post of president but it isn’t saying who just yet. The board meets in executive session at 9 a.m. Monday in the Beers Board Room to evaluate the qualifications of a “presidential candidate” to succeed Rich Cummins as head of the Pasco community college. ... The candidates visited the campus in August. They are Barbara Hanson of Louisiana Delta Community Colleges, Rebecca Williamson of Green River College near Seattle, and Rebekah Woods, provost at Jackson College in Michigan.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 8, 2017

Spokane Community College opens Pullman campus

Washington State University hosted the grand opening of the Spokane Falls Community College in Pullman on Thursday. The event began with refreshments served in every room and attendees mingling. Darren Pitcher, acting president of SFCC, said he hoped the Pullman branch would give students of all ages opportunities to grow.
The Daily Evergreen, Sept. 8, 2017

In the hands of homeless teens and refugees, cameras offer a different view of Spokane in Terrain’s ‘Snapshot’ exhibit

Anti-refugee posters popped up around Monroe Street and Riverside Avenue earlier this year, and the Spokane City Council recently approved piling sharp rocks under bridges to deter people seeking a place to lie down. When organizers of Terrain’s latest exhibit “Snapshot: A Look at Spokane Right Now,” conceived of the project, they didn’t know it would be so timely, as the city grapples with ways to serve two communities: the homeless and refugees. ... Artist, photographer, and Spokane Falls Community College art professor Carl Richardson, who serves on Terrain’s advisory committee, volunteered to teach a crash course to a dozen budding photographers. He also developed the resulting photos and helped curate the show.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 8, 2017

How housing authorities can shape school outcomes

A year and a half ago, Tanisha Barden of Tacoma, Washington, found herself going through a divorce and without a place to live. She and her three young children moved in with her mother, but it wasn’t a good situation. “Other family members were living there, too,” she says. “There were 13 people in a three-bedroom house.” Barden had heard about a Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) initiative, the McCarver Elementary School Housing Assistance Program, that provides rental assistance to homeless families with children enrolled in kindergarten, first, or second grade at the school. Barden’s daughters were in kindergarten and second grade, so she signed up. (Her son was an infant at the time.) ... The McCarver program is one of several that fall under the Tacoma Housing Authority’s “Education Project,” in which THA teams up with Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Community College with the goal of improving school outcomes for low-income and homeless young people, as well as helping their parents succeed as wage earners.
City Lab, Sept. 7, 2017

Walla Walla Vintners a Washington pioneer

It all began in 1981 when Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson began making homemade wine. Venneri is a second-generation Walla Walla, Wash., native whose roots go back to the small Italian village of Serra Pedace. “After a trip to Italy, I got the wine ‘bug’ and enjoyed having table wine with meals,” he said. It was a life-changing visit to meet his Italian relatives. When he got home, he looked for wine grapes so he could make a barrel of wine for home use. He and Myles Anderson, a fellow teacher at Walla Walla Community College, started making wine for fun.
Capital Press, Sept. 7, 2017

Columbia Basin College is offering student housing this fall

Columbia Basin College held a ribbon cutting to officially open student resident life. The three story apartment facility is across the street from the college and will house 126 students. Officials say Sunhawk hall was built to promote student success. The facility offers a variety of furnished bedrooms and access to outdoor activity space.
KEPR TV, Sept. 7, 2017

Five viticulture programs offered in Washington

In Washington state, five college or technical school programs are available to launch students into careers in the wine industry. Once prepared, students can enjoy many careers in the industry. ... South Seattle College, through its Northwest Wine Academy, features Puget Ridge Winery, the only complete operating winery at a college in Western Washington. ... Yakima Valley College offers degrees in Agribusiness, Food Technology, Vineyard Technology, and Winery Technology. ... Walla Walla Community College’s Institute for Enology and Viticulture includes a state-of-the-art winery at College Cellars and 5 acres of teaching vineyards.
Capital Press, Sept. 7, 2017

Bates Technical College’s apprenticeship navigator receives accolades for re-entry work

Finding a meaningful career after incarceration is tough. That’s where Bates Technical College’s Apprenticeship Navigator Karen Dhaliwal steps in. Her role in helping those individuals find long-term jobs in the apprenticeship field was recently recognized at the annual Community Partnership for Transition Services (CPTS) Summer Institute.
The Suburban Times, Sept. 7, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

The next Yik Yak?

Islands app gains traction as it expands base of colleges. Its founder says he learned from the controversial (and defunct) Yik Yak, but the new app gives users ability to post anonymously — a trait many believe was at the root of why Yik Yak caused so many problems on campuses.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 12, 2017

Expect more hate leaflets

A swastika was carved into an elevator wall at Georgetown University Tuesday. The next day, two swastikas were painted in an elevator. About 800 miles away, the same day as the first swastika was found at Georgetown, fliers for a white supremacist organization were found at Webster University, just outside St. Louis. Such events could be commonplace this academic year. Although the incidents haven’t been connected, the Anti-Defamation League says the white supremacist group Identity Evropa, whose fliers were found in 65 incidents on college campuses last year, is ramping up its “Project Siege” campaign, “targeting campuses just as students arrive for the fall term.” The group’s fliers have already appeared on a dozen college campuses in the first few weeks the 2017-18 academic year.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 11, 2017

Report on underrepresented STEM students

A new 68-page report from the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California hopes to address underrepresented students in STEM. The report, part of a collaborative effort from eight California State University campuses, emphasizes collaboration between existing academic affairs and student affairs programs — which are often separated — as well as specific interventions for struggling students.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 11, 2017

For overwhelmed single mom: Here’s a road map to get your kids to college

The road to college has many pitfalls, from failure to take the right courses in high school to fixating on unaffordable universities. Education Lab tapped the expertise of two very different sources to help point the way.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 11, 2017

In U.S. News rankings, Washington colleges stay steady, but critics raise more questions about list’s criteria

Washington colleges and universities were ranked about the same as last year in the much-watched annual U.S. News college rating. Meanwhile, a national political website took the ranking to task this year, saying its rankings promote inequality.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 11, 2017

How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus

America’s universities are getting two report cards this year. The first, from the Equality of Opportunity Project, brought the shocking revelation that many top universities, including Princeton and Yale, admit more students from the top 1 percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined. The second, from U.S. News and World Report, is due on Tuesday — with Princeton and Yale among the contenders for the top spot in the annual rankings. The two are related: A POLITICO review shows that the criteria used in the U.S. News rankings — a measure so closely followed in the academic world that some colleges have built them into strategic plans — create incentives for schools to favor wealthier students over less wealthy applicants.
Politico, Sept. 10, 2017

In the age of screen time, is paper dead?

Paper ... or glass? Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper? It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow the slate chalkboard and the ditto machine into the Smithsonian, or a flat, white invitation to creativity, just waiting for some learning magic to happen. And when it comes to learning and retention, is there any difference between reading and writing on an electronic "tablet" or a paper one?
NPR, Sept. 10, 2017

Report: Part-time students overlooked

A new report from the Center for American Progress reveals that part-time students are often overlooked by colleges, policy makers and researchers who are looking to increase national college attainment. The report revealed that about one-quarter of exclusively part-time students graduate and slightly more than half of the students who attend part-time during their college career earn a degree. However, 80 percent of exclusively full-time students attain a degree. More than 60 percent of part-time students attend community colleges, where they are the majority of the campus population.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2017

Opinion: Stop looking at rankings. Use academe’s own measures instead.

As the higher-education community begins the new academic year, we also prepare for the latest round of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report. We can expect coverage on which colleges have risen and which have fallen, followed by the usual laments from institutions’ presidents about how meaningless these rankings really are. My own perspective as a former university president differs, as I believe the rankings play a useful, though imperfect, role in providing information. But the larger concern is why, after all these years of criticism from authoritative voices and significant progress on the part of academe in responding to external demands for more transparency, the U.S. News rankings continue to play such a powerful role in shaping public perceptions of institutional quality.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 8, 2017

Opinion: Protecting due process in sexual-assault cases on campus

I used to wonder what was worse: Republican politicians ignoring women’s issues or Republican politicians talking about them. The recent speech by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a welcome exception: Her address on the need to reform campus sexual-assault procedures was empathetic and judicious. She offered a way forward that should appeal to fair-minded people across political and cultural divides.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2017

People are putting less faith in four-year college degrees, poll finds

Americans are increasingly doubting the value of a four-year college degree, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday. The poll still tilts in favor of the bachelor's degree, but by the slimmest of margins: Only 49 percent of the 1,200 adults surveyed think that a four-year degree is worth the cost because it will lead to good jobs and higher lifetime earnings. Forty-seven percent doubt it will. Skepticism about college degrees is particularly high among men, young adults, and people who live in rural parts of the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. Majorities of those groups doubt that a bachelor's degree is worth the cost.
Education Week, Sept. 7, 2017

Washington state students hold steady on state tests, making ‘little progress’

Washington students’ performance on Smarter Balanced tests — which cover English/language arts and math — held steady this year, but education leaders say the results show the state has a long way to go. Across the state, the only improvement from 2016 came in seventh-grade reading, and sixth- and seventh-grade math, according to results released Thursday from the state superintendent’s office. The largest gain was in seventh-grade reading, where the passage rates were 60.1 percent, up 1.6 percentage points from 2016. (The rate for high-school juniors in math also increased by 4 percentage points, but those numbers are skewed because so many students opted out the exam in 2016, earning zeros.)
The Seattle Times, Sept. 7, 2017

The conversation about campus rape is so much bigger than Title IX

America just entered a new era in the campus rape debate. In a speech at George Mason University on Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she is rolling back Obama administration rules on investigating campus sexual assaults, which she said created a "failed system" that was unfair to students.
USA Today, Sept. 7, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

What DeVos can't change

Betsy DeVos last week blasted guidance from the Obama administration on investigation of campus sexual assault for creating a failed system. What she didn't note was that many of the provisions covered in the 2011 guidelines — which she has vowed to rescind and replace with new regulation — have since been enshrined in law. While DeVos has the power to repeal current guidelines, that won't change many of the responsibilities for institutions already in place.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 11, 2017

Senate bill includes restoration of Pell for defrauded borrowers

A Senate appropriations package approved last week would restore Pell Grant eligibility for defrauded borrowers, among other boosts to financial aid and college-readiness programs. The appropriations committee voted last week to approve the bill, which most notably boosted the maximum value of the Pell Grant to $6,020. It also restores Pell eligibility to student borrowers who were defrauded or misled by their institution and were approved to have their student loans cleared through a borrower-defense claim.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 11, 2017

In our view: Fix for DACA benefits all

With the Trump administration planning to overturn protections for people brought to this country illegally as children, Congress should work quickly to recognize the value of those immigrants. Lawmakers must provide reassurance that such immigrants are safe from being deported by the only country they have ever really known. Such action has been a long time coming.
The Columbian, Sept. 10, 2017

Here's what 2 big college systems think of the end Of DACA

This week, President Trump finally made good on his campaign promise to end DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This 2012 administrative program implemented by President Obama, has allowed about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country. They're known as "DREAMers," after a proposed law that never passed. At least a third of them are, or have been, enrolled in college. So when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the end of DACA at a news conference Tuesday, an avalanche of criticism from the higher education community began in news releases, in emails to reporters and on social media. From community colleges to some of the country's most selective institutions, higher ed leaders were defiant.
NPR, Sept. 9, 2017

From anger to action for Dreamers

Where do we go from here? Having exhausted the vocabulary of outrage in reaction to the contemptible decision of the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs, or DACA — albeit with a six-month window daring Congress to come up with legislation to save the day for Dreamers — we now must turn anger into action to ensure the right outcome for our students and undocumented persons throughout the United States.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2017

Senate panel backs increases for Pell Grants, NIH

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 2018 spending bill Thursday that would significantly increase discretionary funds for the Pell Grant program for needy students and biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and rejects proposed cuts in research overhead reimbursements, continuing to put Republican congressional leaders at odds with the Trump administration on programs important to higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2017

DeVos to replace Obama-era sexual assault guidelines

The U.S. Department of Education said Thursday it will replace Obama-era federal guidelines on campus sexual assault, with Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, describing the guidelines as a "failed system" that has done a disservice to all sides. DeVos, in a speech at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, announced plans to launch a public comment process that will precede the release of a new federal regulation.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2017

Pledges of continued vigilance

Following Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announcement that she will replace Obama administration guidance on how colleges should adjudicate campus rape cases, administrators across the country have begun assuring students and sexual assault victims that their rights will be protected, while awaiting the federal department’s new orders.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 8, 2017

Citing Obama-era failures, DeVos will replace landmark directive on sexual assault

The Education Department will begin the process of replacing a signature Obama-era piece of guidance that laid out expectations for colleges from the federal government on protecting students from sexual violence, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, announced on Thursday during a speech at George Mason University. ... It wasn’t immediately clear on Thursday whether it was possible that a 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter on complying with the gender-equity law known as Title IX would be left in place after the department put it through a process called notice-and-comment. But a department spokeswoman later clarified that the guidance would be replaced, and that, "in the interim, the department will make clear to schools how to fulfill their current obligations under Title IX."
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 7, 2017

Democrats begin legal assault on Trump’s move to end ‘Dreamer’ program

President Trump’s immigration policies faced a renewed legal onslaught on Wednesday, as a coalition of Democratic attorneys general, nonprofit groups and private companies announced they would oppose his rollback of Obama-era protections for people who entered the country illegally as children. In an echo of the campaign against Mr. Trump’s effort this year to ban travelers from parts of the Muslim world, a group of 16 attorneys general — all Democrats — filed suit in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, claiming that Mr. Trump had improperly upended the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2017

Rep. Hansen to press Legislature to protect DACA students

State Rep. Drew Hansen is reassuring students who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that he will fight to retain their financial aid for school. Hansen’s promise Tuesday followed the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also called DACA, which protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from immediate deportation.
Bainbridge Review, Sept. 6, 2017

Opinion: Congress has obligation to do right by Dreamers

Congress, not the president, establishes this nation’s immigration laws. So while former President Obama’s executive order — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation might be popular, it isn’t the law. Law is needed. President Trump made a good call on Tuesday when he ordered an end to DACA in six months while calling on Congress to replace it with legislation before it ends on March 5, 2018. This is an opportunity for Congress to make immigration law that serves the best interest of the nation and its immigrants.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Sept. 6, 2017

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