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News Links | February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

House Democrats propose expanding higher ed in Kitsap

House Democrats on Tuesday released a budget proposal that includes more money for higher education on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. The plan would fund $700,000 a year to add a four-year early childhood education degree program through Western Washington University in collaboration with Olympic College.
Kitsap Sun, Feb. 21, 2018

She was kidnapped, shot and paralyzed. Now, this Pierce College Puyallup student is embracing life — and educations

On a summer night 15 years ago, a group of people broke into Erica Myron’s house in Mesa, Arizona. Her life would never be the same. Nineteen years old at the time, Myron had enrolled in a local community college and was supposed to start in a couple of weeks. She lived with her 9-month-old son, Fabian Smith. She also let her cousin, who Myron said was involved with drugs, stay with her. “She brought some people into my house that shouldn’t have been there,” Myron recounted in the Office of Student Life at Pierce College Puyallup. “My family told me not to let her stay with me but I’m the type of person who thinks that people just need another chance — if you give them a chance, they’ll prove people wrong.” ... In January, she was one of 34 students honored as a 2018 Transforming Lives award winner. The Transforming Lives award was created by the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) and “recognizes current students and alumni who overcame barriers to their academic goals.” Erica represented Pierce College Puyallup at an awards ceremony and dinner on Jan. 22.
The News Tribune, Feb. 21, 2018

McMorris Rodgers' day in Spokane

On loan from DC, Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a full day engaging with Spokane constituents Wednesday. She began the day at Spokane Community College where she led a roundtable discussion with veterans of all ages.  McMorris Rodgers was able to hear the concerns of our vets, and find out what programs are working for them.  She was also able to share her thoughts and ideas for the future.
KXLY, Feb. 21, 2018

New trustees appointed to Whatcom Community College Board

Gov. Jay Inslee had made two new appointments to Whatcom Community College’s Board of Trustees. Wendy Bohlke and Rebecca Johnson began their terms in November. Bohlke, now retired, worked in the state attorney general’s office as the senior counsel and assistant attorney general for 34 years. She also served as legal counsel to WCC and Western Washington University for several decades. Johnson is a healthcare and management consultant with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is owner and president of Health Center Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm for community health clinics.
Bellingham Business Journal, Feb. 21, 2018

Quest for knowledge: Spokane grandma defies odds to get an education

As our Olympians continue their quest for the gold, a Spokane grandmother is continuing her quest for knowledge, proving you can do anything you set your mind to. It's been a long journey for Tracy Ann Fejeran. She went blind later in life, suffered kidney failure and needed a transplant, and during her first year in college she had a massive heart attack. But none of that stopped her from her dream of getting an education. ... She was determined to use that second chance to pursue her education. She did, but unfortunately tragedy struck again. During her first year at Spokane Falls Community College, Tracy Ann suffered a massive heart attack and needed bypass surgery to once again save her life.
KHQ, Feb. 20, 2018

Moses Lake's Lane pens letter following Florida shooting

The recent mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has left many with heavy hearts, including Jon Lane of Moses Lake [and trustee at Big Bend Community College]. In 1996, Lane was a math teacher and wrestling coach at Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake when Barry Loukaitis killed a teacher and two students. Lane was credited with subduing Loukaitis and saving the lives of many other students and staff members at Frontier. The news of the shooting in Florida spurred Lane to write down his thoughts on school violence, and how we can move forward as a community, in this letter he sent to KXLY 4's Derek Deis.
KXLY, Feb. 19, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

Focus on student success increases well-being

Most community colleges don't view graduation rates alone as a measure of success. For many of them, transfer and job placement are equally viewed as successes. But a new survey from Gallup shows that there are other ways, particularly after graduation, to measure the success of two-year colleges. The report, "Measuring What Matters," surveyed more than 5,700 community college graduates from 15 Achieving the Dream colleges from five states and found those ATD institutions were outpacing other two-year colleges when it came to the reviews of alumni on how the institutions helped them get better jobs and have better financial, social and community well-being. Gallup also surveyed more than 2,500 associate-degree holders from non-ATD institutions to compare. The report was released during Achieving the Dream's annual conference.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2018

Evergreen calls off ‘Day of Absence’

The annual Day of Absence at Evergreen State College took place for years without much notice outside the campus. That changed last year, when controversy over the event led to protests, counterprotests, threats and national debate. And that may be the last such day at Evergreen State. A spokesman for the college confirmed that the institution will not hold the event this year.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2018

Valuing learning, wherever it occurs

Major employers will be invited to have their internal training programs evaluated for academic creditworthiness under a new digital credentialing system led by the American Council on Education. The initiative, launched today, will see ACE team up with the digital credential provider Credly to help people put a value on skills they have learned outside college courses. Through a $1.5 million grant from the Lumina Foundation, ACE will work with employers to assess which skills and competencies employees can derive from work-based training programs, and how much college credit these are worth.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2018

Some wealthy Washington schools get more money than needier ones in new budget. Here’s why.

The Lake Washington and Tacoma school districts have a lot in common. Both enroll roughly the same number of students — 29,800 in Lake Washington and 29,100 in Tacoma. Both are trying to help about 10 percent of those students learn English. And both serve similar numbers of students with special needs — 3,300 in Lake Washington, 4,200 in Tacoma. But while just 11 percent of Lake Washington students come from low-income households, a staggering 58 percent of Tacoma students qualify for free- and reduced-price meals, a common barometer for poverty. So which district will get more money under the state’s new K-12 budget, which lawmakers last year hailed as a way to level the playing field between low- and high-family-income students? Lake Washington, actually.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 21, 2018

Confidence crisis in online accessibility

Confidence in the accessibility of online courses at community colleges has fallen dramatically in the last decade, a survey from the Instructional Technology Council reveals. The annual survey on the impact of online learning at community colleges, published earlier this month, shows what the report calls a “remarkable decline” in certainty among institutions that the online courses they offer are fully accessible to students with disabilities.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2018

Record numbers take Advanced Placement courses

The College Board reported today that a record 1.17 million students in the high school Class of 2017 took at least one Advanced Placement course. That's up from 1.14 million in one year and far more dramatically over a decade. Of the Class of 2007, 23.9 percent took at least one AP course, but the share is 37.7 percent for the most recent class. Many more minority students are also taking AP exams and scoring at least a 3 on them (typically the minimum score needed for college credit). But large gaps remain among racial and ethnic groups. For instance, Asian students make up 6 percent of the most recent high school class, but 11.7 percent of the share of that class scoring at least a 3 on an AP exam. Black students make up 14.4 percent of the class and 4.3 percent of those scoring 3 or above.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Bankruptcy standards get new scrutiny

The Department of Education signaled Monday that it is interested in tweaking the standards used for determining whether student loan debt can be discharged in bankruptcy. That could point to an opening for potential bipartisan cooperation between the department and Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who have long sought to loosen bankruptcy law so student borrowers can discharge their debt. However, what steps the department might take in that regard, including issuing new guidance or working with Congress to change the law, are unclear.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 21, 2018

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