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News Links | July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SVC manufacturing program seeks to address skilled worker shortage

Manufacturing companies in Washington — including Skagit County — are hard pressed to find skilled workers, according to a report released in June by the Washington Research Council. The key to overcoming this shortage in skilled workers, according to the report, is close partnerships between community colleges and manufacturing companies. Skagit Valley College has built its manufacturing department around this concept, and faculty say their graduates are in high demand.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 31, 2018

Hiring begins for Hanford radioactive waste lab, with training at CBC

Columbia Basin College is helping Hanford officials take the next step toward getting the $17 billion vitrification plant ready to treat waste by 2023. The massive plant is being built to glassify some of the nation’s most dangerous radioactive and hazardous waste. Vit plant employees who could eventually be operating the Analytical Laboratory at the Hanford nuclear reservation’s vit plant are coming up with the processes and procedures at the college’s Pasco campus that will be used at the plant’s lab.
Tri-City Herald, July 30, 2018

Singh named new president of Edmonds Community College

The Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees voted to offer Dr. Amit Singh the role of president. Singh accepted and began work on June 25. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Singh previously served as the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.
Northwest Asian Weekly, July 30, 2018

New personal care pantry provides essentials to students

The Clover Park Technical College Office of Student Life is always looking to ensure students have their basic needs fulfilled, and one of the new ways the office is providing for students is with a Personal Care Pantry. Located in the Student Leadership and Service Center in Building 23, the Personal Care Pantry is a self-serve cabinet where students can find various toiletries to assist with their personal hygiene. 
The Suburban Times, July 29, 2018

Bellingham ranks among top college towns in US

Bellingham is one of the top college towns in the U.S. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked college towns based on a variety of factors such as demographics, quality of life, and economic conditions. Home to Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, Bellingham is ranked at number 20 on the list and scores points for its diversity and arts and entertainment scene.
KING 5, July 27, 2018

Green River and Seattle Colleges say visas for international students are more unpredictable

The number of visas issued to international students who want to study in the United States has dropped for two straight years. That’s hurt colleges that have helped mitigate declines in domestic student enrollment by recruiting abroad, including some community colleges in the Puget Sound region. Green River College in Auburn, for example, has become one of the top community colleges for international students in the country. According to the Institute of International Education, Green River ranks eighth in the country among community colleges for the number of international students it enrolls. ... The three campuses of Seattle Colleges have also experienced a decline. Right now is crunch time for the colleges to figure out how many students will attend in the coming school year. Students in other countries have been admitted but are now waiting to see if they’ll get their visas to study here in the fall.
KNKX, July 27, 2018

How you can help students with special needs find a place in college

Here’s a surprising statistic: In 2016, only about 22 percent of students who received special education services when they graduated from Washington’s high schools enrolled in college one year later. Yet most special-needs students have an average or above-average IQ. ... Bellevue College offers four programs: Autism Spectrum Navigators, Occupational & Life Skills, Basic and Transitional Studies and a disability resource center. ... Highline College offers a program called ACHIEVE, a comprehensive postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities. 
The Seattle Times, July 27, 2018

Lynnwood ponders tiny houses for homeless college students

The tents on the grounds of Good Shepherd Baptist Church were no match for the rain and heavy snow that came last winter — collapsing under the weight. To keep the homes upright and residents sheltered, site manager Tony Thompson spent all Christmas night removing snow from the tents. “I’m surprised it didn’t all come down,” said Thompson, 58, of Lynnwood. Shepherd’s Village provides a home for Edmonds Community College students experiencing homelessness. After the rough winter, the Jean Kim Foundation, which sponsors the village, wanted to offer more to residents — a solid, weatherproof roof and a door. Rev. Kim Jean is pushing for changes to Lynnwood city codes to allow the group to use tiny homes.
The Everett Daily Herald, July 27, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

For many college students, hunger 'makes it hard to focus'

As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried about it. This food insecurity is most prevalent at community colleges, but it's common at public and private four-year schools as well. Student activists and advocates in the education community have drawn attention to the problem in recent years, and the food pantries that have sprung up at hundreds of schools are perhaps the most visible sign. 
NPR, July 31, 2018

Moodle severs ties with Blackboard

Moodle, the open-source learning management system provider, is ending its partnership with Blackboard, according to a Moodle announcement Friday morning. Blackboard on Friday afternoon offered a slightly different version of events, announcing in a press release that it "strategically decided to end its partnership with Moodle." After September, Blackboard will no longer be permitted to use the Moodlerooms name or other Moodle trademarks it had been licensed to use for advertising Moodle-related services. Blackboard, which some say has been narrowly overtaken in U.S. market share by Canvas, will transition out of Moodle's Certified Partner Program over the next few months, according to Moodle's release. Blackboard will invest money from the partnership into further development of its Moodle-based open-source products, which continue to serve more than 1,000 clients worldwide.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018

College credit for IB program: Students caught in middle of confusion over new Washington law

When Sadie Kim took the most demanding courses at her high school and earned a prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma this spring, she expected to receive enough college credit to give her sophomore standing at the University of Washington. In fact, she believed that a new state law championed by students at her school, Edmonds-Woodway High, would guarantee it. 
But Kim and other students say some college advisers have told them they won’t get credit for all the college-level courses they took — even when they quote the law back to their advisers. The law has generated so much confusion that five state legislators sent a letter last week to the state’s colleges and universities, spelling out how they should interpret the new International Baccalaureate (IB) law. It is based on a year-old law that determines how college credit should be granted for passing scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
The Seattle Times, July 30, 2018

The tribe has spoken: College 'Survivor' a hit

A knockoff version of Survivor filmed by students at the University of Maryland, College Park, contains all of the elements that made the original CBS series a powerhouse pioneer in reality TV. Deceit and psychological warfare. Surprise twists. Even a devoted and occasionally rabid online following, despite only being a YouTube phenomenon, not one broadcast on major network television. ... While it's generally established that colleges and universities don't have a legal duty to protect their students in the same way as in a K-12 setting, their role as a caretaker is shifting. The California Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that colleges must protect their students from potential violence in "school-sponsored activities."
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018

The myth of multitasking

Yes, cellphones and laptops do affect students' grades, and no, students can't multitask as well as they say they can. Arnold Glass, a psychology professor at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, and Mengxue Kang, a graduate student, recently published a study in Educational Psychology that they say reveals a causal link between cellphone and laptop use during class and poorer exam scores.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2018

Opinion: Disrupt the cycle of recidivism. Training prisoners keeps many from returning to prison.

... About 95 percent of prisoners will be released to their communities at some point. In 2015 alone, more than 640,000 people across the nation headed home, according to the National Reentry Resource Center. Unfortunately, many people return to prison because they are so unprepared for life on the outside. Nearly 70 percent are arrested again within three years of release, according to data compiled by the Department of Justice. That cycle — from prison to street to prison is costly for them and for us. But prison education programs can disrupt the cycle and put at least some prisoners on a path to employment, research shows.
USA Today, July 27, 2018

Poll: Most Americans see higher ed headed in wrong direction

A new survey of the U.S. public suggests continued problems regarding the image of higher education -- and negative perceptions are not limited to Republicans. A solid majority of all adults (61 percent) believe that higher education is headed in the wrong direction, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But that view is much more likely to be held by Republicans or those who lean Republican than by Democrats or those who lean Democrat. While both Republicans and Democrats express skepticism about higher education, they do so for different reasons -- Democrats are more concerned about tuition rates, and Republicans are more concerned about their perceptions of campus politics.
Inside Higher Ed, July 27, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Wash. schools may get a boost in federal funding for career and technical education

Washington schools may get a boost in funding for career and technical education classes. That’s because Congress has voted to reauthorize the Perkins Act, which spells out gradual increases in federal dollars for vocational education through the year 2024. Washington has been getting about $20 million annually in Perkins Act funding. That money goes to the state Workforce Board, which then distributes it to public schools and community and technical colleges.
KNKX, July 31, 2018

DeVos to announce new push for deregulation, innovation

The Trump administration says it wants more innovation in higher education. And it believes rewriting the rules for college accrediting agencies is the best way to encourage innovation. In an exclusive interview with Inside Higher Ed, the administration's top higher education official described the philosophy behind the latest proposed regulatory overhaul, which the U.S. Department of Education unveiled Monday by introducing a wide-reaching rule-making session. The changes the department is mulling give the clearest sign so far of an affirmative higher education agenda from the Trump administration, which in its first 18 months has focused on blocking or watering down key Obama administration initiatives. The proposals could have far-reaching effects on the educational models colleges pursue, as well as for noncollege education providers.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018

Report: Foreign espionage and higher education

An article in Politico Magazine about foreign espionage activities on the West Coast of the U.S. reports on several cases relevant to higher education. The article cites former intelligence officials who say that during the Olympic torch run in San Francisco in 2008, “Chinese officials bussed in 6,000-8,000 J-Visa holding students -- threatening them with the loss of Chinese government funding -- from across California to disrupt Falun Gong, Tibetan, Uighur and pro-democracy protesters” who lined the torch run route. Chinese intelligence officials allegedly directed the students’ movements in order to overwhelm the anti-Beijing protesters.
Inside Higher Ed, July 30, 2018

Sen. Murray slams proposed rule from Education Secretary DeVos on student loan debt relief

Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has come out strongly against a proposed rule from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that addresses debt relief for students defrauded by colleges. Murray said it tilts too far in favor of schools, especially for-profit colleges, and would leave students in financial jeopardy.
KNKX, July 30, 2018

Emails from Trump education official reveal ties to for-profit colleges

This week, advocates for student-loan borrowers have seen some of their worst fears come true. More than a year after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that the U.S. Department of Education would begin to unwind two Obama-era regulations aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable, the department has started to make good on that promise. ... When the Education Department announced, in June 2017, that it would begin the process of rewriting the rules, borrower advocates saw it as evidence of a coziness with the for-profit sector. Several staffers who had relationships with for-profits were forced to recuse themselves from working on regulations such as these. But now it has come to light that in the early days of Donald Trump’s education department at least one official was communicating with his contacts in the for-profit industry while also eagerly seeking to discuss the two rules now being rolled back.
The Atlantic, June 27, 2018

DeVos plans to ax gainful-employment rule, which targeted for-profit colleges

The Education Department plans to repeal the gainful-employment rule, which sought to punish higher-education programs whose graduates bear a high level of student-loan debt, according to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Experts had predicted that the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, aimed to weaken the rule, not scrap it. The rule would have punished programs whose graduates had student-debt payments that amounted to more than a certain percentage of their incomes. Analyses of the rule’s predicted impact showed that for-profit colleges would have been disproportionately affected.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2018

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