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News Links | October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Colleges partner with housing authorities to combat student homelessness

Officials at Tacoma Community College knew they had a problem when they surveyed students four years ago and learned that nearly 100 of them reported being homeless or near homeless. The survey underscored what, at the time, was becoming a crisis for the region. The IT boom in Seattle had driven demand for housing to accommodate new workers moving to the area. Rental housing costs and home sale prices shot up.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2018

Whatcom Community College receives $260K in grant awards

Whatcom Community College has received four grants to support student success and career preparation, totaling more than $260,000. “Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare” addresses barriers to healthcare training in the region. The program is led by Edmonds Community College and provides healthcare education and training to low-income individuals in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and Island counties. The nearly $200,000 grant to WCC includes almost $90,000 in direct student supports costs.
The Bellingham Business Journal, Oct. 15, 2018

SPSCC President Stokes named public relations Pacesetter of the Year

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes was awarded the 2018 Pacesetter of the Year award by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), District 7.  He was recognized at an awards ceremony at the NCMPR District 7 conference in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. The NCMPR Pacesetter of the Year award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in college communications and marketing. It is awarded annually in each of NCMPR’s seven districts.
Thurston Talk, Oct. 15, 2018

Nursing students call attention to patient-driven workplace violence

Walla Walla Community College students and faculty united on campus on Oct. 8 to build awareness about nurse safety in response to an assault of a nurse in September at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and other violent attacks in the last 30 days. WWCC nursing students wore blue and organized other local events to promote innovative pathways to address nurse safety at the bedside of patients.
Union-Bulletin, Oct. 14, 2018

PUD spokeswoman appointed to LCC board of trustees

Alice Dietz, perhaps best known for her work with Cowlitz PUD, returned to Lower Columbia College this October as the newest member of the college’s board of trustees. Dietz, an LCC alumna and Longview resident, was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to fill an open position on the board, following the end of former trustee Heidi Heywood’s term. The governor’s office appoints all community and technical college board positions through an open application process. “It is wonderful to see an alumna of LCC coming back to serve the college,” said LCC President Chris Bailey in a prepared statement Thursday. “Alice has been a leader in the community for all of her adult life. I am looking forward to the additional leadership and vision she will bring to the LCC Board of Trustees.”
The Daily News, Oct. 12, 2018

Manufacturing Day provides hands-on opportunities for students

As one of Clover Park Technical College’s seven schools, Advanced Manufacturing is a key component of the college’s offerings. The college had the opportunity to showcase those programs at its annual Manufacturing Day event on Friday, Oct. 5, with 500 local high school students in attendance to learn about the possibilities of a career in manufacturing. Twenty different schools sent students to the event, plus the REACH Center and CPTC’s own Transitional Studies program. Most of the participants were high school juniors and seniors taking classes in manufacturing, information technology, architecture and construction, and engineering. 
The Suburban Times, Oct. 11, 2018

These three higher education leaders visited an unexpected spot in Richland

... Columbia Basin College President Rebekah Woods, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes and Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan got a look at the plant’s innovation and technology centers, along with Diahann Howard of the Port of Benton and other education leaders. ... With technology playing a large role in agriculture, Howard said it’s even more important to bring the higher education leaders together to consider how they can work with local industry. “You bring these higher education groups together, that’s what’s going to drive our business,” Schuster said. “Ag manufacturing is going to get more and more technical as the years go by.”
Tri-City Herald, Oct. 10, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

VA dealing with backlog of GI Bill benefits

GI Bill recipients are waiting longer than three weeks on average to receive housing benefits this fall. There were 158,922 pending claims as of Monday at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to an agency spokesman -- a 51 percent increase over the same time last year. The backlog has decreased in recent days, the spokesman said, but the VA expects a higher than normal backlog through the rest of the year.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2018

Advocates: OER saves students $1 billion

Free open educational resources have saved students at least $1 billion in textbook costs over the last five years, open education advocacy group SPARC reports. “Now that we have hit $1bn in savings, it’s time to think bigger for our next challenge,” Nicole Allen, director of open education at SPARC, wrote in a blog post announcing the achievement last week.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2018

Early morning ‘zero hour’ classes give ambitious teens a boost, but is it costing them sleep?

Since when did sleep become an elective for high school students? Every school day at 7 a.m., Sue Rieger sits in the library at Lewis and Clark High School, her eyes fixed on a computer screen and her fingers typing furiously, thanks in part to the Red Bull-infused concoction on her desk. She wasn’t alone. Displaying various states of coherence, Rieger’s classmates filled the seats in Natasha Carpenter’s speech and debate class. Welcome to zero hour, a fixture in American schools for more than two decades. And with the school day bracketed by bus timetables and after-school activities, it’s probably here to stay. For the ambitious and the passionate, zero hour is a reward in itself. “I love debate,” Rieger said. Better yet, down the road, that extra class might just tip the scales toward admission to a better college. The price is a good night’s sleep. Combined with an overstuffed schedule, that can lead to what LC principal Marybeth Smith calls “crackling,” or the warning signs of a full-blown crackup.
The Spokesman-Review, Oct. 14, 2018

UW students create website outing accused sexual assaulters

In the midst of the #MeToo era, a controversial website created by University of Washington students is garnering international attention. 'Make Them Scared' allows people to anonymously accuse men of sexual assault, naming the accused without due process. ... Victor Balta, a spokesperson for the University of Washington, said the contents of the website are very concerning and they do not know who is behind it. The school encourages all victims of sexual harassment or assault to report it to administration or police.
K5 News, Oct. 12, 2018

Income verification for federal aid hinders low-income students

Many scholarships, grants and other financial assistance given to low-income college students are usually offered on the premise that those students are already receiving federal aid to help pay tuition. But a growing number of colleges are finding more low-income students are being flagged by the Department of Education during the bureaucratic process of verifying income eligibility for federal aid, and that those students are not completing the application process as a result. College administrators are concerned that much-needed aid is being left on the table by frustrated and discouraged students who've given up on the cumbersome process of applying for financial aid. 
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

Bill would address evaluation, transparency of experimental sites

Senator Todd Young, an Indiana Republican, announced legislation Monday that would lay out requirements for the Education Department to collect data and regularly publish results of experimental initiatives. The Higher Education Act gives the department authority to temporarily waive requirements for Title IV federal student aid programs to run initiatives known as experimental sites. The idea is that the experimental sites will allow the department and lawmakers to assess new policy ideas. Current initiatives include the Second Chance Pell program, which allows incarcerated students to access Pell Grants in more than 60 correctional institutions across the country. But experts have said recently launched experimental sites are not being rigorously evaluated.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2018

What to know about affirmative action as the Harvard trial begins

Does Harvard University discriminate against Asian-Americans in its admissions process? That's the question on trial in a Boston federal courtroom this week. At issue is whether Harvard unfairly discriminated against an Asian-American applicant who says the Ivy League school held him to higher standards than applicants of other races. This trial will also dissect a contentious political issue in higher education: affirmative action. But what exactly is affirmative action, and how did it become such a controversial issue?
NPR, Oct. 16, 2018

DeVos won't seek another delay of Obama borrower defense rule

The Education Department said Friday it won't seek another delay of the 2016 Obama borrower defense rule, which spells out loan forgiveness options for defrauded student borrowers and bars colleges from enforcing arbitration agreements. A federal district court judge ruled in September that the department's delay of that rule -- issued before Education Secretary Betsy DeVos crafted another, more restrictive regulation -- was unlawful. It's now up to the court to determine what parts of the 2016 rule, such as the ban on arbitration agreements, will go into effect. 
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 13, 2018

Education Department honors tech initiatives

The U.S. Department of Education at a convening here yesterday awarded recognition to 10 educational technology projects aiming to expand access to education and pipelines to the work force. The #edu2030 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge from the department’s Office of Educational Technology offered no funds to winning projects but aimed to shine a spotlight for investors and other observers on ambitious initiatives.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 12, 2018

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