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News Links | April 9, 2019

April 09, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Positive mind-set tied to engagement, GPA

... Instructors at Seattle Central College, a two-year institution in Washington State, began offering workshops to their colleagues and other staff members in 2013 to help them learn how to improve students’ beliefs about learning, belonging and relevance of course subjects. The workshops help faculty revise the way they talk to students about their abilities.
Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2019

KBCS: 46 years of promoting unrepresented voices

... The Bellevue College radio station was born during a politically tumultuous time in 1973, when America was entangled in the Vietnam War. And the station was formed after students held a sit-in, in front of the college president’s office. “(Students) wanted to play music. They wanted to have a voice on campus and a voice in the area,” Hughes said. “Of course at the time, radio was the most significant way to get a viewpoint and young and underrepresented voices heard in the community.”
Bellevue Reporter, April 8, 2019

Opinion: How 93,000 more Washington students can thrive after high school

Students in a truck training program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Ronald Foster, Clayton Foster, Vicki Arnold, and Skipper Kuzior, learn about fuel injectors during a lecture on diesel engines. [Image] ... The College Promise Coalition – of which Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, and University of Washington Tacoma are members – is working collaboratively across sectors and across the state to implement strategies supporting students who face barriers to entering and completing postsecondary education.
The News Tribune, April 6, 2019

Quincy council donates $10,000 to BBCC

The City of Quincy is giving $10,000 to Big Bend Community College for its Workforce Education Center. “We felt it was beneficial to the city and the Quincy community,” said City Administrator Tim Snead. The gift was unanimously approved by the Quincy City Council at a regular meeting on Tuesday. The $35 million facility, which is currently under construction, is slated to open the beginning of 2020 and will replace a number of older buildings housing technical education programs, from auto repair to aviation maintenance, that BBCC inherited from the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1960s.
Columbia Basin Herald, April 5, 2019

Leadership Eastside hosts panel discussing the American Dream

Leadership Eastside (LE) recently held its State of the Eastside and the American Dream panel at Cascadia College in Bothell. The panel consisted of Dr. Amy Morrison, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Anne Morisseau, planning commissioner for the city of Bellevue, residential real estate agent, LE board of directors, and Anne-Marie Diouf, VP human resources for Symetra. ... On the subject of education, Morrison said one thing she wants to see change is the negative stereotype of people earning degrees from technical colleges. “There’s this stigma around professional technical education, and people feel shame,” she said. “People need to know it’s a perfectly viable option for those who don’t want to go to a four-year college or university… We need people in technical fields.”
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, April 5, 2019

Born to be an artist: Meghan Flynn

... She taught in Iowa and Wisconsin before becoming an adjunct art professor at Yakima Valley College. The Midwesterner, who has been in Yakima for three years, teaches drawing as well as two- and three-dimensional design. "My classes are technique-heavy," Flynn said. "For example, in 3-D Design, students learn the basic elements and principals of design - composition, light, color, and texture. Then we make something." That "something" often incorporates used materials in the art, especially with 3-D sculptures. All of Flynn's classes are hands-on. They do not use computer-aided design.
Yakima Herald, April 5, 2019

College prez worries about future funding

Capital improvement projects at Walla Walla Community College are moving forward, but President Derek Brandes said he’s concerned about the future of funding for higher education from the Washington Legislature. Brandes said there are four capital improvements in the works. One is classroom renovation which Brandes explained is using a small amount of money given to WWCC through the state’s capital budget. WWCC is also asking the legislature this session for bonding capacity on two student-voted projects.
My Columbia Basin, April 5, 2019

Exhibit features the best artwork from 50 EdCC students

Something just clicked when Young-Mi Cho saw Roy Lichtenstein’s artwork. ...  Cho, an international student at Edmonds Community College, immediately fell in love with his style because it reminded her of a Japanese anime series called “Candy Candy” she watched as a kid in South Korea. Cho put her own spin on Lichtenstein’s technique with her painting, “Don’t Cry,” which will be featured in an annual Student Art Exhibit on display in EdCC’s art gallery through mid-June.
The Everett Herald, April 4, 2019

RLS Productions continues to donate scholarships with an eye on the future

RLS Productions presented Wenatchee Valley College staff and students with two large checks Wednesday, each representing a $1,500 scholarship. WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson said he’s impressed with all the donated proceeds Robert Sandidge, owner of RLS, has been able to generate. “I always tell Robert I didn’t believe he could do what he’s done.” Richardson said, “I told him right up front, I said, ‘Ok, I love the idea but I don’t think you can do this.’ He has obviously shown me that he can do that and they have really put together quite an event. It’s a great thing for the community but also for the college as it goes forward.”
KPQ, April 3, 2019

Sexual assault advocates gather for second year of ‘Start by Believing’ campaign

... Spokane Police investigators and Lutheran Community Services’ advocates were joined by Spokane Community College’s Rho Beta Psi to promote ‘Start by Believing’. Rho Beta Psi is SCC’s chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. The students aspire to be involved in the criminal justice system whether it is law enforcement, crime scene investigation or litigation. They were on campus offering support and resources to victims of sexual violence. “We all know someone who has gone through some sort of issues and it always hits close to home, so it's something that we really want to be able to help out in the community with,” Rho Beta Psi Member Joshua Templeton said.
KREM, April 3, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Lawmakers consider taxing businesses to create a higher education fund

Washington lawmakers are considering a sweeping bill that would raise taxes on businesses to create a dedicated fund for higher education. The bill, the Workforce Education Investment Act (HB 2158), would raise supplemental education money for a wide range of purposes: a big boost in college financial aid, salary raises for community college faculty who teach high-demand classes, a state-sponsored student loan program for middle-class students and money to overhaul community college course pathways, to name a few.
The Seattle Times, April 8, 2019

What high school students want

Remember how at one point it was kind of cool when a guide on a college tour walked backward? That day is gone, said four counselors last week at a session at the annual meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. ... While students are over being impressed by guides walking backward, they pay a lot of attention to the guides themselves, and college officials were urged to pay close attention to the quality of tours. Several counselors said that when they are being debriefed by students about their college trips, students will reference the name of the guide before the name of the college -- and connecting with that person seems to be something high school students expect. This may be unfair to colleges, but institutions need to know that they are being judged by their tour guides, the counselors said. 
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2019

Legal battle over captioning continues

Two high-profile civil rights lawsuits filed by the National Association of the Deaf against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are set to continue after requests to dismiss the cases were recently denied for the second time. The two universities were accused by the NAD in 2015 of failing to make their massive open online courses, guest lectures and other video content accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Some of the videos, many of which were hosted on the universities' YouTube channels, did have captions -- but the NAD complained that these captions were sometimes so bad that the content was still inaccessible.
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2019

Digital distraction is a problem far beyond the classroom. But professors can still help.

... A student who checks her phone in class, Newport said in an interview, isn't much different from a parent who checks his phone while spending time with his kids, or a couple who each check their phones during a date. In each case, he said, someone feels a "compulsion" to do so, despite the recognition that "this is taking time away from things I really want to be doing." While the problem is not college-specific, Newport thinks higher ed can contribute to the solution. "The university," he has written, "should be a citadel of concentration." Professors, he said, can help students see the life of the mind as a key component of the good life, something worth protecting from the constant intrusion of social media.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2019

Even when college is free, it can be hard for adults to stay in school

Jim Bare didn't used to spend his Friday evenings watching math videos. But then again, he didn't used to be a college student. Bare is one of 13,000 adults who enrolled last fall in Tennessee Reconnect, a state-led program that gives free community college tuition to almost anyone over age 25 who doesn't yet have a college degree. ... With no tuition, taking the plunge seemed remarkably easy — and not just for the Bares. The number of adults who applied for Reconnect last year exceeded state officials' expectations. But, as college administrators and current students know well, tuition is just one of many barriers that adult students face. For the Bares, they've been able to overcome the biggest challenge so far: fitting homework into their already long days.
NPR, April 4, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Senators to consumer watchdog: Prove you're protecting student borrowers

Six Democratic senators, including two presidential candidates, sent a letter to the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday demanding that the agency prove it is policing the companies, known as servicers, that the government pays to manage its trillion-dollar, federal student loan portfolio. "We are concerned," the letter reads, "that CFPB leadership has abandoned its supervision and enforcement activities related to federal student loan servicers. This suggests a shocking disregard for the financial well-being of our nation's public servants, including teachers, first responders, and members of the military."
NPR, April 5, 2019

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