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News Links | June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Melissa Klein’s artwork focuses on local, small businesses

For those who believe that art and business can’t mix, freelance artist Melissa Klein is defying the norm with her entrepreneurship combining her artistic skills and focus on small businesses. Klein has been teaching art for the last 18 years and pursuing her own art projects on the side. It wasn’t until about a year-and-a-half ago that Klein’s freelance art took off in Sequim and now provides her with the income to support herself. ... Klein works in a variety of mediums and much of her work includes digital design. She is currently working with a new distillery business in town called Evil Roy’s Distillery. She continues to teach art at the Port Townsend School of Arts and Peninsula College.
Sequim Gazette, June 13, 2018

Olympic College professor who challenged students, changed lives retires

Professor Phil Schaeffer has never graded on the curve. "I say right in my syllabus that I don't care about your self-esteem. I do care that you do well and I will help you achieve your success in college," Schaeffer said Monday, the day he taught his last class at Olympic College after 50 years at the podium. Schaeffer, who'll be feted at a retirement party Thursday at the college, is known among colleagues and students for his wide-ranging and ever-expanding grasp of history. A history buff since he was a kid, Schaeffer still can't believe he gets paid — far from lavishly, he notes — to read voraciously about the subject he loves and to impart his knowledge to others.
Kitsap Sun, June 12, 2018

The Clipper staff take home journalism awards

Everett Community College student journalists won 16 awards from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators for their work with the college’s student media organization, The Clipper. Every editor earned at least one award.
Everett Herald, June 12, 2018

Big Bend CC trustees approve 2018-19 budget

Big Bend Community College will operate with a $18,675,188 budget in 2018-19. College trustees approved the budget at the regular meeting June 7. The college will receive an estimated $10,978,022 in state education support, and about $4 million in tuition. The Running Start program is projected to generate an estimated $3,697,266. Running Start allows qualifying high school students to attend college classes, and get credit for them, while they’re still in high school. The state allocation accounts for about 59 percent of BBCC’s 2018-19 budget. Tuition accounts for about 21 percent and Running Start and associated programs for about 20 percent.
Columbia Basin Herald, June 12, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

States struggle to close degree-attainment gaps

Most states have set goals for the proportion of their residents that should have a college degree or certificate in the next few years. But many of those states will not reach those goals if they don't close gaps between black and white and Latino and white adult students, according to a set of reports released today by the Education Trust. Nationally, 30.8 percent of black adults and 22.6 percent of Latino adults have earned an associate degree or more, compared to 47.1 percent of white adults between the ages 25 and 64, according to the reports.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2018

Report says Washington state needs to help more students earn postsecondary degrees

It’s graduation season, and that means high school seniors have reached a significant milestone. But a new report says not enough of them in Washington state are going on to postsecondary education. The Washington Roundtable, an organization of employers in the state, including Boeing, Paccar and Alaska Airlines, has just published a new report tracking the state’s progress in increasing the number of high school students who go on to earn some sort of post high school degree or credential.
KNKX, June 13, 2018

UW program helps disadvantaged students thrive in tough engineering college

Five years after it began, a program to help more low-income, women and minority students become engineers at the University of Washington is showing strong results, with 75 percent of its students either continuing in engineering or graduating. The program is the State Academic Red Shirt program, or STARS, and it steals the redshirt idea from college athletics, where promising students get an extra year of training before they start their eligibility. STARS students get an additional year of intensive prerequisites to prepare them for an engineering degree, so most will graduate in five years.
The Seattle Times, June 13, 2018

Google adds federal data to college searches

Search for a four-year college on Google, and you’ll now be presented with data on admission rates, graduation rates and tuition costs, in addition to the usual link to Wikipedia. Google said the addition of more information to college search results would make it easier for prospective students to choose the right institution for them.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2018

What do online students want? 3 findings from a new survey offer some clues

What do online students want? According to a new survey, they want to conduct more of their course activities on their mobile phones or tablets, and they’d like better career-planning services. Their biggest regrets? They all relate to not having done enough research about the college and what it would cost before they enrolled. The survey, produced by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, is based on responses from 1,500 past, current, and prospective online students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13, 2018

Opinion: Colleges re-bound?

We need high-quality educational and training options for people who truly don’t want degrees, but such options cannot replace degrees and should not be an excuse to ignore social and economic inequities, argues Chris W. Gallagher.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2018

'Food insecurity' is a growing obstacle for college students

Expanding access to higher education is a core part of the mission at the University of Washington Tacoma, which had its commencement Monday. Many of the campus' students commute from nearby communities, 58 percent have parents without college degrees, and 73 percent receive financial aid. "We have a lot of first-generation students," said Christine Stevens, a professor who teaches nursing and healthcare leadership. "It’s their first time on campus. We have a lot of immigrant and refugee students." But that means many of the people trying to become the first person in their family to finish college are also grappling with a growing issue at U.S. campuses: "food insecurity."
KNKX, June 12, 2018

Jobs require more than high school education

In the past, many jobs in the agriculture-dependent Yakima Valley have not required an education past high school, and access to further education for many students has been difficult. But that history is changing in the present — especially in the skills needed for jobs — and is likely to accelerate in the future. Students and the schools that educate them will need to change with these times.
Yakima Herald, June 11, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Seeking votes on PROSPER, GOP appears to come up short

House leaders were mum on plans for the PROSPER Act after reportedly taking the temperature on members’ support for the bill earlier this week. College groups, student organizations and veterans' representatives meanwhile renewed pressure on lawmakers to withhold support for the GOP plan to overhaul the Higher Education Act. No observers were ready to officially declare the bill dead without details from Republican leaders on support within the caucus. But as Congress enters the summer months without any sign of a floor vote, the chances of the legislation moving forward this year appear increasingly unlikely.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2018

Ivanka Trump to press Senate on career-training bill

The White House said Wednesday that Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, plans to meet with Senate lawmakers this week to push for a reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The House passed a Perkins reauthorization bill last year, but negotiations over Senate legislation have been stalled for months over philosophical differences between Republican and Democratic negotiators. The Trump administration has identified work-force training as a major priority, and Ivanka Trump will press senators on the urgency of reauthorizing the Perkins law, said Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley in a statement.
Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2018

Under DeVos, a smaller Department of Education

In an interview last month with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the TV personality John Stossel described the Education Department headquarters as huge — the size of seven football fields — but noted as he walked the halls with DeVos that many desks sat empty. That wasn’t happenstance. “If you’re going to make a case to hire more people, you better have a really good reason,” DeVos told Stossel. A little more than a year into the secretary’s tenure at the department, that stringent approach to new hires looks to have had an impact on staffing levels. DeVos now oversees a significantly smaller agency than the one she took over last year. Between the start of the Trump administration and April of this year, the department has shed more than 550 workers and reduced its overall size by 13 percent, an Inside Higher Ed analysis of recent employee data found.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2018

Democrats oppose state authorization rule delay

Two congressional Democrats have written to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to oppose the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed two-year delay for implementing state authorization rules. Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, and Representative Robert C. Scott, a Democrat from Virginia, wrote that the proposed delay will have “significant, negative implications” for students, state actors and taxpayers. The Democrats argued the rules would offer more rigorous oversight of potentially predatory colleges and universities that may be “seeking to evade states’ consumer protections.”
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2018

Debt-relief scam to pay $2.3 million in FTC settlement

The operators of a debt-relief scam have agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle Federal Trade Commission claims that they bilked student loan borrowers out of millions of dollars by pretending to be affiliated with the U.S. Education Department. In an announcement Monday, the FTC said a settlement order approved by a federal judge included an $11.7 million monetary judgment against the Los Angeles-based Student Debt Relief Group, most of which the defendants do not have the funds to pay.
Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2018

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