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News Links | September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SCC welcomes students back with peaceful ceremony led by Tibetan Buddhist monks

Spokane Community College will begin the school year by bringing focus to world peace with the help of Tibetan Buddhist monks. Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will gather at noon Tuesday for SCC’s Welcome Week opening ceremony to consecrate the Lair Student Center before beginning the precise creation of a mandala sand painting.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 13, 2017

Microsoft backs Seattle-Vancouver high-speed rail study as Cascadia conference aims to deepen ties between regions

Pacific Northwest business and political leaders on both sides of the Canadian border announced today a series of agreements to strengthen relationships between Seattle, Portland, Vancouver B.C. and the surrounding areas. The new partnerships, made ahead of the second Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference in Seattle this week, focus on technology, economic development, education and transportation. ... Lake Washington Institute of Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Oregon Institute of Technology will come together to build common curriculums and expand professional opportunities for students in the STEM fields throughout the corridor.
Geekwire, Sept. 12, 2017

Bellevue students protected as federal government seeks end of DACA

Dreamers are welcome at Bellevue schools, officials said last week. Following the Sept. 5 Department of Homeland Security announcement that the federal government will begin to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Bellevue College and Bellevue School District leaders were quick to reassure students, who were illegally brought to the country as children, they are protected. Bellevue College President Dr. Jerry Weber called the action “deeply troubling” and “a step backward for our nation.” “Bellevue College continues to stand with and advocate for our Dreamers,” he wrote in a message to the Bellevue College community.
Bellevue Reporter, Sept. 12, 2017

OC program ‘opens the door’ to students who can’t attend class during work day

Olympic College is keeping its doors open late on Tuesdays this coming semester for students who may not be able to come to class during the day, who still want to complete their associate’s degree in just two years. Beginning in the fall 2017 quarter — which officially stars Sept. 25 — three classes will kick off a new hybrid in class-and-online program designed to help students earn their transferrable degrees efficiently.
Kitsap Daily News, Sept. 12, 2017

Local services battle high college dropout rates

 A local organization is doing its part to combat high college dropout rates. Next Generation Zone in Spokane has free services that help students transition from high school to college and stay in college. The services target the many problems college students face their first few years of school. One of the biggest problems is finding a balance between life, school, relationships and work. Next Generation Zone employee, Calvin Posnett said he experienced the struggle first hand during his first year at Spokane Falls Community College.
KREM 2, Sept. 12, 2017

Foundation strives to help homeless students attend college, get career training

Going to college is a daunting challenge, but for many people in Snohomish County, the stress of academics is compounded by homelessness. The Jean Kim Foundation for Homeless Education, a 501(c) founded by Rev. Dr. Jean Kim, is dedicated to empowering the local homeless population by helping them achieve their academic and career training goals. ... The foundation also runs Shepherd’s Village, which provides temporary housing for homeless students on land donated by Lynnwood’s Good Shepherd Baptist Church. The village is a convenient 10-minute walk from Edmonds Community College, which is fortunate for social services student and Village resident Donna Connor.
My Edmonds News, Sept. 12, 2017

Olympic College, tribe team up to offer night classes in Suquamish

Adult students wishing to start, continue or return to their higher education now have the option of taking Olympic College classes at Chief Kitsap Academy. The college and the Suquamish Tribe have been working for three years on a plan to provide convenient access to college classes to tribal members and others in the Suquamish community.
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 11, 2017

Trends | Horizons | Education

The Bermuda Triangle of credit transfer

More than a third of all college students move from one college to another at least once in their academic careers, and more institutions — public and private alike — count on transfer students to fill their classes. Which makes it all the more perplexing, and problematic for colleges and students alike, that the path students must follow to move from one institution to another is riddled with potholes and roadblocks that stop many of them in their tracks.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

New data on nondegree credentials

More than one-quarter of Americans hold a nondegree credential, such as a certificate or an occupational license or certification, according to new data from the federal government. And 21 percent have completed a work experience program such as an internship, residency or apprenticeship. The new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics is based on responses from 47,744 adults to a 2016 survey. Its goal, the department said, was to learn more about the prevalence of these credentials as well as to gauge perceptions about their value in the job market. The new numbers arrive amid growing doubts from a broad swath of Americans about the value of a college degree.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

Creating data faculty can use

Many colleges don't lack for data on student performance. Administrators and faculty often find there is a measurement for nearly everything they and their students do as they strive to increase college completion rates. Despite this wealth of information, colleges still struggle to use data in the best way possible so they can help their students succeed. A new book from Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz, Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges: A New Model for Educators, seeks to find the best way educators can use data.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

State’s unemployment rate rises for first time since recession, as job seekers increase

For the first time since the recession, Washington state’s unemployment rate is going up — with the Seattle area taking the biggest hit. The statewide jobless rate stood at 4.6 percent in August, up from 4.5 percent a month prior, the state Employment Development Department reported Wednesday. The total number of people in Washington with jobs actually ticked up slightly last month, at least on a seasonally-adjusted basis, but they were outpaced by the rising number of people looking for work. The rising jobless rate reverses an eight-year trend. The last time Washington’s jobless rate grew was November 2009, when unemployment peaked at 10.4 percent.
The Seattle Times, Sept. 13, 2017

Top rating for U.S. on skills training

Conventional wisdom holds that higher education deserves a hearty share of blame for this country’s supposed skills gap, by failing to adequately prepare students for the work force. But a new study from the World Economic Forum gives the United States top marks for the development of human capital, a ranking due in part to the nation’s high college enrollment and degree attainment rates.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2017

New guidance for trustees on free speech issues

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges has issued a new white paper with guidelines to help leaders with the difficult issues of free speech and expression. With protests and other free speech issues expected to take center stage on many campuses this fall, AGB brought together 25 experts, including higher education leaders and legal scholars, this summer, creating the paper. It intends the paper as a way to help universities protect free speech rights and academic freedom while still weighing safety issues.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2017

How to help students who struggle with ‘executive function’ skills? Education Lab IQ has answers.

Students need more than academic skills to succeed in school. Before their day starts, they need to be able to get ready on time. In the classroom, they need to maintain self-control. After their school day ends, they need to finish their homework. Some students have a more difficult time with such tasks than others, which is the crux of the Education Lab IQ question sent in by reader Lisa Anderson: “What services and support are available for students who need help with executive function (and are not part of an IEP)?”
The Seattle Times, Sept. 13, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Trump denies he made DACA deal with top Democrats in Congress

President Donald Trump denied Thursday an assertion by Congress’ top two Democrats that they reached an agreement with him that would preserve protections for young immigrants in the U.S. illegally while providing border security enhancements, but not the Southern wall he has coveted.
PBS NewsHour, Sept. 14, 2017

Completion goals unlikely to be met, ETS says

Ambitious college-completion goals set by the Obama administration and the Lumina Foundation are unlikely to be met, according to a new analysis from Educational Testing Service, the standardized-assessment organization. The federal goal, set in 2009, was for 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds to have earned an associate or bachelor's degree by 2020. Lumina's goal is for 60 percent of working-age adults to earn a "high-quality" certificate, associate or bachelor's degree by 2025.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

Long wait for loan forgiveness

Dawn Thompson got an email in January with welcome news from the Department of Education. The federal government would clear $70,000 in federal graduate student loans she took out to attend an Everest University online M.B.A. program — just a chunk of her total student loan debt, but a relief nonetheless. Eight months later, however, Thompson’s still waiting. ... For students who attended programs operated by for-profit institutions like Corinthian Colleges — which operated Everest  and ITT, the wait to have their claims for student loan forgiveness reviewed and processed has been a protracted ordeal. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

Senate bill addresses access for homeless students

Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, and Senator Ron Portman, an Ohio Republican, announced a bill Tuesday that aims to better connect homeless students and foster youth with the financial support they need to attend college. The bill would streamline the verification process to determine that a student is independent and remove requirements that they must have that status redetermined every year they are in school. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 13, 2017

What the end of DACA means for college financial aid in Washington state

The federal government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields certain young immigrants from deportation, could cost some immigrant students money for college — even in left-leaning Washington. State officials said President Donald Trump’s plans to phase out the program would be less of a financial problem for DACA recipients already enrolled in college or university. But future students who otherwise could have qualified for state financial aid and in-state tuition after becoming DACA recipients? They might be out of luck.
The News Tribune, Sept. 9, 2017

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