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News Links | January 4, 2018

January 04, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Artist featured at EdCC gallery inspired by mess of life

Aramis O. Hamer calls it making a mess. It’s a big, beautiful, mesmerizing mess. She uses acrylics, mirrors and sometimes spray paint to create strong color contrasts, prisms and exaggerated subject matter to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. It’s as simple as it is complicated. Her first solo show, “O: Gemini Trying to Balance the Poles,” opened this week at Edmonds Community College and is up through March 16.
Everett Herald, Jan. 4, 2018

Skagit Valley College moves to LMS

Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center is on the move again. The local college recently relocated from South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus to the South Whidbey Community Center at Langley Middle School to accommodate the South Whidbey School District’s “changing space needs,” according to Laura Cailloux, vice president of the Whidbey Island campus.
South Whidbey Record, Jan. 3, 2018

Bitlink founder James Riggall steps into the world of virtual reality

While many people still see virtual reality as nothing more than a tool for video game immersion, Bitlink founder James Riggall sees the emerging technology as the future of many industries around the world. The Fulbright Scholar is completing his eight-month appointment at Seattle’s Bellevue College, where he is delving deep into the technology that drives virtual and mixed reality. Mr Riggall ran his first of 10 courses covering the basics of virtual reality on Wednesday in Seattle, with the stream broadcast 15,000 kilometres away in Tasmania.
Tasmania Examiner, Jan. 3, 2018

Emerging jazz stars of Bothell High School with Jim Sisko

From their perch in the suburbs just northeast of Seattle, the jazz program at Bothell High School is producing some powerhouse musicians. This all-star ensemble’s performance with mentor Jim Sisko was a bold statement that these teens can keep up with anybody. ... Jim Sisko, an experienced jazz educator at Bellevue College, was encouraging in his leadership. He plainly appreciates and respects the talents of these youngsters, and told us that this group has plenty of what a good young jazz musician needs — passion.
KNKX, Jan. 3, 2018

Olympic College opens new arts and health sciences building

Some of the key cards don't work. There are a few boxes still to be unpacked. Some seats in the theater are yet to be installed. Much like a home on move-in day, the College Instruction Center has a few loose ends. But on Tuesday, the first day of winter quarter at Olympic College, students and instructors were making themselves at home and relishing the new 70,000-square-foot arts and health occupations building.
Kitsap Sun, Jan. 2, 2018

Federal Way leaders make resolutions for 2018

The Mirror reached out to local community leaders to see how they plan to better themselves and their community in the new year. Some of the resolutions were personal, such as implementing healthy habits into their lifestyles or spending more time with family, while others were professional. ... Mayor Jim Ferrell: Making sure we start holding college classes in our city through the university initiative, a unique partnership with UW-Tacoma, Highline College, Federal Way Public Schools and the city of Federal Way.
Federal Way Mirror, Jan. 2, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

China’s ‘long arm’

In recent years the Chinese government has stepped up its crackdown on domestic dissent at the same time it continues to expand the country's global influence. A confluence of events has China studies scholars raising concerns about whether the Chinese Communist Party is exporting its censorship regime abroad, and what the implications are for free discussion and research at universities outside China.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 3, 2018

As flow of foreign students wanes, U.S. universities feel the sting

At Wright State University in Ohio, the French horn and tuba professors are out. So is the accomplished swimming team. At Kansas State, Italian classes are going the way of the Roman Empire. And at the University of Central Missouri, The Muleskinner, the biweekly campus newspaper, is publishing online-only this year, saving $35,000 in printing costs. Just as many universities believed that the financial wreckage left by the 2008 recession was behind them, campuses across the country have been forced to make new rounds of cuts, this time brought on, in large part, by a loss of international students.
The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2018

Most big public colleges don't track suicides, AP finds

Most of the largest U.S. public universities do not track suicides among their students, despite making investments in prevention at a time of surging demand for mental health services. Tabulating student suicides comes with its own set of challenges and problems. But without that data, prevention advocates say, schools have no way to measure their success and can overlook trends that could offer insight to help them save lives.
Associated Press, Jan. 2, 2018

Few universities in Northwest keep track of student suicides

The Associated Press is reporting today that of the 100 largest public universities in the country, more than half don’t keep track of student suicides. That includes the University of Oregon, which the AP says either does not keep or does not consistently collect the data. Oregon State University and the University of Washington Seattle campus are the only large public institutions in the Northwest that shared annual statistics.
KNKX, Jan. 2, 2018

Why education matters to your health

Across America, people are falling ill and dying young. These men and women have something in common. In fact, they stand out because of something they don’t have: a college degree. A recent report, by the Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, made the stakes clear: Men and women who haven’t been to college live shorter, less healthy lives, and are losing ground compared with college graduates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 29, 2017

A dying town

Here in a corner of Missouri and across America, the lack of a college education has become a public-health crisis. ... It’s a place, one of many in America, where disadvantages pile up. Researchers are uncovering links between education — or lack of it — and health, and they don’t like what they see. It’s not clear whether a college degree leads directly to better health, or, if so, how. But the findings are alarming: Educational disparities and economic malaise and lack of opportunity are making people like those in the Bootheel sick. And maybe even killing them.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 29, 2017

Politics | Local, State, National

Poll: Schools and taxes top Washington voter concerns for 2018 Legislature

More Washington voters are concerned about taxes as the Legislature gets ready to convene next week, according to a new statewide poll. The survey by independent Seattle pollster Stuart Elway found that, for the fourth straight year, education was the top concern listed by voters, with 32 percent ranking it as the “most important” issue for state lawmakers to deal with. That was down from 45 percent last year – perhaps a recognition that lawmakers have pumped billions of additional dollars into public schools in recent years.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2018

Missouri expands performance funding for public colleges

Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education this week voted to expand a performance-funding formula for public institutions, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The state had performance funding in place during previous budget cycles, but the formula only applied to new money. The just-approved version would tie 10 percent of state funding to performance measures such as degree completion, job-placement rates and how colleges spend money, according to the newspaper.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 4, 2018

Proposal would raise the bar for borrowers seeking loan relief

The Department of Education will propose next week that borrowers be required to demonstrate their institution intended to mislead them before they can have their loans discharged. Student advocates say that would effectively mean no borrowers are able to get relief on their student loan debt through a provision of federal statute known as borrower defense to repayment. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education are in the midst of an overhaul of borrower-defense regulations through a negotiated rule-making process launched after DeVos blocked a 2016 Obama administration rule from taking effect. Department officials will make the proposal at the second round of meetings between negotiators from a wide range of interest groups.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 3, 2018

Ex-homeland security officials urge faster action on DACA

Three former homeland security secretaries warned congressional leaders and officials of both parties on Wednesday that the window for legislative action to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children will close by the middle of January, months before a period outlined by the White House. The letter — signed by Jeh Johnson and Janet Napolitano, homeland security secretaries under President Barack Obama, and Michael Chertoff, a homeland security secretary under President George W. Bush — was sent as congressional leaders and aides to President Trump prepare for a meeting on Wednesday on Capitol Hill, where the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is expected to be discussed.
The New York Times, Jan. 3, 2018

Trump takes hard line on ‘dreamers,’ but remains interested in a deal

President Trump escalated tensions with Democratic leaders Tuesday over the fate of young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers,” claiming the lawmakers are “doing nothing” to protect them from deportation as a key deadline nears, even though last year he ended the Obama-era program that allowed those immigrants to stay in the country. But the Twitter salvo masked a murkier reality as lawmakers returned to Washington: Trump remains open to negotiations on a charged issue that has vexed him since his presidential campaign — and his brash partisanship was widely seen as a nod to his base rather than a sudden turn in the talks.
The Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2018

Opinion: State Supreme Court ignores K-12 equity issues

The state Supreme Court ruled Nov. 15 that the Washington Legislature is still out of compliance with constitutional “ample provisions” requirements litigated in the McCleary court case. Justices in effect are demanding $1 billion more be added to state education funding.
The Olympian, Dec. 29, 2017

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