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News Links | January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SFCC student receives state Transforming Lives Award

Tracy Fejeran lost her sense of sight in 2006, spent five years on dialysis and received a kidney transplant in 2014. She had a heart attack in 2015, her first year as a student at Spokane Falls Community College. And in 2016, she underwent a double bypass surgery and later caught pneumonia because the kidney transplant had weakened her immune system. Fejeran’s myriad health problems have interrupted her school work many times – but never for long. The 47-year-old is now a junior at Eastern Washington University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in disability studies. ... That perseverance recently earned Fejeran the Transforming Lives Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees, which celebrates “current or former students whose lives have been transformed by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college."
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 24, 2018

Community and technical college students selected for Transforming Lives award

The Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) will honor 34 community and technical college students as 2018 Transforming Lives award winners at a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 22 in Olympia. The annual award recognizes current students and alumni who overcame barriers to their academic goals. From the winners, five students were selected to be keynote speakers and to receive $500 each.
The Suburban Times, Jan. 24, 2018

Mayor Franklin delivers first “State Of Everett” speech

This morning Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin delivered her first State of Everett speech at an event hosted by Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Later today the City of Everett is expected to have a link to the video of the speech online. For those interested now, here is a copy of the speech provided this morning by the city. ... Our world-class higher education partners are constantly evolving to respond to the needs and opportunities presented by Everett industries. Everett Community College is the first college in the state to offer an advanced avionics program, equipping students to maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft electronic systems.
My Everett News, Jan. 24, 2018

Shopping for a cause: ECA Thrift Shop gives back to local nonprofits

The Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop may seem like a typical thrift shop, but its local ties go back 36 years during which the nonprofit has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the Eastside community. The shop donated $150,082 back into more than 80 local organizations with a focus on human services and homelessness in 2017. The organization is entirely run by volunteers, so any money that doesn’t go to rent or operational costs is donated. ... Additionally, the shop gives back to local students through six scholarships at Cascadia College in Bothell and Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland. Each college receives three $2,000 scholarships — two for human services students and one for an engineering student.
Kirkland Reporter, Jan. 23, 2018

Hero’s Cafe in Lynnwood celebrates first anniversary of veteran camaraderie and support

Lynnwood’s Hero’s Cafe celebrated its first anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The cafe, which is held inside the Verdant Wellness Center on the fourth Tuesday of every month, gives local veterans a chance to get together and share in the camaraderie of being veterans. Fresh coffee and cookies are also provided. Though the cafe is one of Lynnwood’s several veteran-centered initiatives, many nearby associations —  including multiple Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and Edmonds Community College — actively participate and support the cafe.
My Edmonds News, Jan 23, 2018

Area projects to proceed with passage of state budget

After a nearly seven-month delay, the passage of the state’s capital budget last week will allow hundreds of construction and conservation projects to proceed, including many in Skagit County. ... About $3.1 million in capital budget funds are earmarked for the Anacortes School District as it continues its high school construction project, and about $2.8 million will go to Skagit Valley College for maintenance and repair.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 23, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

A.A. degrees and the labor market

While 670,000 students earn two-year degrees from community colleges each year, just 32,000 job postings in 2016 specifically asked for an associate of arts degree, according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute. The report's co-authors are Mark Schneider, a visiting scholar in education policy studies at AEI and vice president at the American Institutes for Research, whom the Trump administration in November tapped to lead the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, and Matthew Sigelman, the CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a job market research firm.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2018

New GAO report on accreditation system

The U.S. Government Accountability Office this week released a study on the U.S. accreditation system. After conducting interviews with experts and a literature review, the GAO said the accreditation system has some key strengths, including reviews that are specifically tailored to various types of colleges and programs. And the peer-review approach, which features oversight by faculty members and administrators from other colleges, "offers the relevant expertise to assess academic quality and provide schools with feedback for improvement," according to the study. However, the study found downsides to the accreditation system, including the widely held view that accreditors are hesitant to terminate a college's accreditation — even when serious problems are found — because of worries about what will happen if the college loses its access to federal financial aid as a result. The GAO also identified challenges with how accreditors can effectively define and measure academic quality as well as concerns about whether the agencies provide useful information to students about academic quality.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2018

The pressure on provosts

Provosts are generally confident of free speech rights at their own colleges and universities, but many are worried about the situation more broadly in higher education, according to the 2018 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers, conducted by Gallup and answered by 516 provosts or chief academic officers.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2018

Opinion: Rethinking remediation

A significant number of students who begin college with two to four semesters of required, noncredit remedial courses never make it to the first for-credit gateway course, according to Complete College America, but instead drop out. The situation is particularly discouraging for students who test on the cusp of moving into introductory for-credit courses. Many colleges are studying better ways to serve these students. At Governors State University, we are focusing on corequisite remediation, infusing additional support into the first-year experience, rather than requiring that students take noncredit classes before enrolling in real courses. Much of what we do in developmental education is based on common sense and experience. Faculty members are committed to meeting students where they are.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2018

Opinion: Collaborating to find solutions out of remediation

The problems surrounding remedial college requirements have been receiving a lot of attention lately. The conversation often focuses on the rising costs students pay for these classes and the high attrition rates. The fact is that many students who enter community colleges need remediation. A 2016 study by the Center for Community College Engagement found 68 percent of students enter with at least one developmental class requirement. A report by Education Reform Now diagnoses the main problem as a deficient high school education that underprepares students to enter college-level courses. But community colleges play a significant role in locking students into these courses by outdated approaches to placement testing and by failing to alert and inform students about the college entrance exam.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2018

Who has the most student debt? The wealthiest, a new analysis finds

The student-debt horror story has become ubiquitous in the national media and elsewhere: recent graduates, tens of thousands of dollars in debt, moving back in with their parents. Higher-ed researchers have long pushed back against that easy narrative, arguing, for one thing, that a bigger problem is college students’ amassing even small amounts of debt and then dropping out with no credential. Now the Urban Institute has unearthed a data point in favor of the more nuanced approach. In an analysis, two researchers used the results of a recently released federal survey to conclude that households in the top quartile of income distribution in 2016 — those making more than $81,140 a year — held roughly half of the outstanding student debt. And the top 10 percent of households by income held almost a quarter of that debt.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 23, 2018

Outlook for higher ed in 2018 is bleak, ratings agency says

Higher education will face many of the same challenges in 2018 that it has in previous years, but additional state and federal pressures suggest a bleak outlook for the sector this year, according to the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s. “S&P Global Ratings believes institutions with limited flexibility, whether that be in programming, financial operations, enrollment, resources, or student draw, could face credit pressure in the upcoming year,” analysts for the ratings agency wrote in a report issued on Tuesday.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 23, 2018

Boeing CEO lays out Seattle job outlook, talks about next new jet, stands by work with Trump

In an exclusive interview at Boeing’s Chicago headquarters, Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg talked of heady growth plans, a company transformation around the next all-new jet, his push to acquire Embraer, his wooing of President Trump and the future of the Puget Sound region.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 22, 2018

Tyler Hilinski’s death sparks conversation about suicide on college campuses

Nearly a week after Tyler Hilinski took his own life, the former WSU quarterback’s death has started a conversation on many college campuses. Campus being a key word, according to Swedish Medical Psychiatrist Dr. Sasha Waring. “There’s a couple large population studies that show for college-age students–that’s something like 18-22-year-olds–suicide is the second leading cause of death, after accidental death,” said Waring. Waring says nearly three college students every day commit suicide in the U.S.
Q13, Jan. 22, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Questions about student aid debit card

The Office of Federal Student Aid’s plans for a prepaid student aid card would position the office — and the contractor it selects — for a long-term, even lifelong, relationship with student borrowers, according to documents released this week. The prepaid card is one of several new initiatives pushed by A. Wayne Johnson, who became FSA's chief last fall. Johnson has promised that the card, which is essentially a debit card for student aid funds, would allow the Education Department to add better customer service and help students understand the implications of their spending and how it affects their student loan debt. Combined with a new mobile app the department is developing, students would get proactive reminders about spending and account balances. But some consumer advocates say Federal Student Aid’s ambitions to occupy functions of a traditional bank go beyond its mandate. They also are troubled by the potential for student data to be marketed to private entities or for FSA to restrict where students spend their federal aid money.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 25, 2018

State lawmakers explore making it easier for community college students to get child care subsidies

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is exploring ways to make it easier for parents who are going to community college to get care for their kids at reduced rates. About a quarter of students at community and technical colleges in the state are parents. But to get subsidized child care, they have to work an average of at least 20 hours a week in addition to going to school. A bill under consideration in the state House would drop that work requirement for full-time students.
KNKX, Jan. 24, 2018

Trump open to expanding Dreamer protection to 1.2 million despite campaign vow

The White House has tentatively agreed to provide legal status to as many as 1.2 million so-called Dreamers — far more than the 690,000 currently protected under an expiring Obama-era program — as part of a broader immigration deal, according to three people familiar with the negotiations. The agreement is likely to anger those who voted for President Donald Trump because he pledged to crack down on illegal immigration and end the program granting temporary, renewable work permits to young immigrants.
The News Tribune, Jan. 22, 2018

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