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News Links | April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Local programs to help gain GED

Hollyn Taylor, 21, dropped out of high school and then completed her GED with help from Pierce County’s adult basic education providers. Taylor got her diploma through Tacoma Community College and is now training to be an EMT at TCC. [Video]
The News Tribune, April 17, 2019

Photo: Peninsula College staff members protest underfunding

Members of the faculty and staff of Peninsula College hold signs Tuesday at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles to raise awareness of state underfunding of the state’s community and technical colleges. The informational picket was set up to urge state legislators to increase the budget for the college system and its employees.
Peninsula Daily News, April 17, 2019

Edmonds CC Gala raises $355,000 for scholarships; spotlights alumni and students

More than 350 guests gathered at the Grand Hyatt Seattle Hotel on April 13 for the Edmonds Community College Foundation Gala in celebration of alumni and students and the transformational power of education. ... The highlight of the gala’s program was the Student Spotlight. Edmonds CC student Mustapha Samateh shared his story of overcoming adversity when he came to the U.S. as a student seeking political asylum from The Gambia. Samateh is a member of the Associated Students of Edmonds CC (ASEdCC) and serves as Executive Officer for Administrative Liaison, which has provided him with a voice to represent students to faculty, staff, administrators, and legislators. 
MLT News, April 17, 2019

Washington’s ‘forgotten’ community colleges call for more funding from the state

After years of feeling ignored by lawmakers, faculty and students at Washington’s community and technical colleges walked out of classes Tuesday, urging the Legislature to invest in their schools. The walkouts are part of a week of action organized by American Federation of Teachers union chapters in the Puget Sound region. Organizers estimated that around 1,000 people participated in Tuesday’s events at the three Seattle College campuses, Shoreline Community College and Port Angeles’ Peninsula College. ... The last time the state gave faculty raises beyond regular cost-of-living increases was in 2008, according to Laura McDowell, director of communications for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. As a result, she said, many schools are struggling to retain faculty.
The Seattle Times, April 16, 2019

They want to lead EvCC and will be here soon to tell you why

Three people vying to be the next leader of Everett Community College are coming to town for interviews plus forums with students, staff, faculty and residents. Karin Edwards, Warren Brown and Daria Willis are the finalists named last month by the college’s Board of Trustees. Edwards, president of the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, will be on campus Wednesday. Brown, president of North Seattle College and a Seattle Colleges District vice chancellor, will visit Thursday. Willis, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled for Monday. 
Everett Herald, April 16, 2019

Green River College partners with United Way of King County to expand student emergency fund

Green River College and United Way of King County have partnered to expand the available assistance for students facing unforeseen financial emergencies or catastrophic events. According to a 2018 study by Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 42 percent of community college students experience food insecurities while 46 percent face housing insecurities. In an effort to address these, and many other hardships facing students, Green River created its first student emergency fund-now called Gator Pledge-in 2009.
Kent Reporter, April 15, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Feds recommend colleges clarify financial aid offers

The Education Department this week issued recommendations for colleges to improve the transparency of financial aid offered to students. ... Lawmakers have also been paying closer attention to the transparency of college aid offers. Bipartisan legislation introduced last month by Iowa Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Senator Tina Smith, a Minnesota Democrat, would require that colleges use a standardized financial aid offer for admitted students.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2019

Harsh take on assessment... from assessment pros

Ask the many assessment haters in higher education who is most to blame for what they perceive as the fixation on trying to measure student learning outcomes, and they are likely to put accreditors at the top of the list. Which is why it was so unexpected last week to hear a group of experts on student learning tell attendees at a regional accreditor's conference here that most assessment activity to date has been a "hot mess" and that efforts to "measure" how much students learn should be used help individual students and improve the quality of instruction, not to judge the performance of colleges and universities.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2019

Debt phobia

... The “student loan crisis” mostly isn’t a student loan crisis. It’s mostly a dropout crisis. If you want to avoid having student loan debt hanging over you for years, the single most crucial thing you can do is...graduate. We know that the longer it takes to finish a degree, the likelier that is that life will get in the way.  But that’s only part of it. The opportunity cost of the extra time is likely worth significantly more than the balance of typical student loans.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2019

Four-year degrees at the community college haven't scaled. Why?

Last month, Wyoming became the 25th state to allow predominantly two-year colleges to grant four-year degrees. That means that half of states now allow community colleges to confer a bachelor’s degree. But a recent survey found that—even with this widespread state authorization—a small portion of two-year colleges actually offer these degrees. Only 10 percent of community college leaders reported that they offered four-year degrees at all, and one percent reported that they offered a wide range of bachelor’s degree programs.
New America, April 17, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Legislature passes bill to help struggling community, technical college students

Community and technical college students struggling with food insecurity or unforeseen financial emergencies may soon have help, because of newly-passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent. Under House Bill 1893, recently passed by both the House and Senate, a grant program is established for community and technical colleges (CTCs) to provide monetary assistance to students experiencing unforeseen emergencies, according to a Washington House Democrats news release. While many four-year institutions already have similar programs for short-term loans or grants, this law gives CTCs the same flexibility to assist students. Also included in the law is a focus on food insecurity for CTC students.
Kent Reporter, April 17, 2019

Bill to help homeless college students heads to Inslee's desk

A bill to direct more aid to homeless college students in Washington state has passed both houses. Following Senate approval in early March, the House on Friday approved the proposal. The original version of the bill was sponsored by Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton. Randall, elected in 2018, is vice chair of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. Randall said Olympic College, a community college in her district, has been a leader in addressing the problem of student homelessness. The bill would create a pilot program to show how the state's colleges could better assist students who are struggling with homelessness and students who were in the foster care system when they graduated high school. ... Two four-year colleges and four community and technical colleges will be chosen for the pilot by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Washington Student Achievement Council. The pilot schools will have an even number of colleges on both sides of the Cascades.
Kitsap Sun, April 16, 2019

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