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News Links | December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Seriously, Myles Kennedy is the biggest music star to come out of Spokane since Bing Crosby

... Year of the Tiger 1974 offers a catharsis for Kennedy as a person, and an outlet for him as a musician to explore blues, country and folk sounds never heard in his other projects. For the listener, it's an ideal introduction to a talented multi-instrumentalist with a four-octave range who learned his skills in local public schools (he's a Mead High grad), at Spokane Falls Community College and on Spokane club stages. 
The Inlander, Dec. 13, 2018

Workforce education building coming along

The new workforce education building on the Big Bend Community College campus should be open for classes by winter and spring quarter 2020. Construction has progressed to the point where a building is starting to emerge. “We’ve actually got walls,” said Matt Killebrew, BBCC’s director of communications. The 70,000-square-foot facility will house the college’s technical education programs, with the exception of aviation maintenance. Aviation maintenance will remain in its current location next to the runway at the Grant County International Airport.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 13, 2018

Local community colleges receive $100,000 grant from Metallica

Metallica’s foundation will offer North Idaho Community College and Spokane Community College students a $100,000 grant to fund traditional trade education. NIC and SCC are two of ten community colleges nationwide chosen through a competitive proposal process to receive $100,000 to support students training to enter the American workforce. The Metallica Scholars Initiative grant is funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.
KREM 2, Dec. 12, 2018

Students donate about 4,200 items to Friendship House

Just in time for the holidays, about 4,200 items were donated Monday to Friendship House.
As their last project for the semester, students in Skagit Valley College’s Nurse Club collected the items, then bagged them up for donation. Among the donated items were clothing, shoes, toys and blankets, said Friendship House Executive Director Tina Tate. “This time of year, it’s really important to us to have warm items,” Tate said. “It’s really important that people have access to clean, dry clothing.”
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 11, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Encouraging more women to pursue skilled trades

... “My goal was to target females and minorities and bring them over to the program so they could have the same opportunity I got,” she said, noting that women are currently only 9 percent of the industry. ... When women are employed in these male-dominated professions, the pay gaps are smaller and are similar to gender pay gaps across all occupations, Mary Alice McCarthy, director of the Center on Education and Skills in the education policy program at New America, said in an email. “That’s likely due to the effect of union contracts, which provide some wage equality and protection for women,” McCarthy said.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2018

Report on funding free college programs

A new report from the Century Foundation addresses how states can measure the impact increases in enrollment may have on free college programs and how to deal with increased costs for those programs without restricting admissions. The report authors found that free college programs increase enrollment by up to 25 percent. Federal and state policy makers could create more sustainable programs by projecting future enrollment demands and comparing the effects of other free college programs, according to the report.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2018

The ruinous return of for-profit colleges

... The documentary is at its most powerful when it shows the human damage unscrupulous for-profit colleges have wrought. These schools have destroyed lives by leaving the low-income and working-class students they target worse off than before they enrolled, heavily in debt but without the training they need to get jobs in their fields. Many end up in default, chased down by collection agencies, and with their credit ruined.
New America, Dec. 13, 2018

Accreditor on defining student success

... In particular, HLC said the focus on completion too often ignores individual students' intent or educational goals. And currently used completion metrics and approaches tend to privilege certain types of learners, by failing to directly address barriers nontraditional students in particular tend to face, or their priorities. This approach also undervalues certain types of institutions and programs. For example, HLC said community and technical colleges typically do not fare as well as four-year institutions on completion metrics because most of their students are working adults and not first-time, full-time ones.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 12, 2018

The 'wild west' of assessment-based hiring

A large and growing share of job candidates are assessed directly by potential employers on job-related competencies, experts from Ithaka S+R write in a new report. This practice allows employers to supplement or even skip traditional hiring criteria, including the focus on college credentials. The report attempts to document and evaluate a "wave of rapid innovation" in pre-employment assessment. It found that, because of the perceived gap between job candidates' competencies and employers' needs, some employers are beginning to distrust traditional "signaling credentials" such as college degrees, industry association endorsements and state licensures.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 12, 2018

Shifting focus of publishers signals tough times for textbook authors

Few academics make their fortunes writing textbooks, and if current trends in academic publishing continue, it's possible that even fewer will become star authors in the future. Large academic publishers such as Pearson and Cengage are working with fewer and fewer textbook authors as the companies shift their focus and investments from traditional textbooks to digital courseware. Paul Corey, managing director of global higher education at Pearson, said large investments of time and expertise into digital courseware mean the publisher’s capacity to sign new textbook authors is “not as great as it once was.” Best-selling digital courseware still has “all the elements of a traditional textbook,” said Corey. But the publishers are also developing costly additional features such as adaptive assessment, data analytics and user-friendly interfaces with videos and animations.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 12, 2018

Scrutinizing banks' deals with colleges for student accounts

A newly public Consumer Financial Protection Bureau analysis of campus-sponsored debit cards found that students at colleges paid to promote the cards were charged on average three times more in account fees than student account holders elsewhere. The Education Department received the analysis nearly a year ago, but it was only released last week in response to Freedom of Information Act requests for the documents. The findings raise questions about conflicts of interest arising from financial relationships between banking entities and the colleges that promote their student accounts, the agency said in its report.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 12, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

A direct contradiction

... Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released draft regulations around the federal gender antidiscrimination law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, in a drastic shift from the approach that Obama championed. States with their own sex assault laws on the books now have to figure out whether they conflict with the proposed federal regulations, which, once approved, would carry the force of law. In part, because the regulations were just published to the Federal Register for the required 60-day comment collection period, institutions in such states are in a holding pattern while the state systems vet the regulations. They’ve been instructed to do nothing, change nothing. But the laws will almost certainly clash with the Education Department’s proposal if it remains as is.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 13, 2018

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