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News Links | August 8, 2019

August 08, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Editorial: Remembering Alan Thompson, champion of open government and political courtesy

... Alan Thompson exhibited devotion to public service as a highly respected longtime legislator and as a publisher of weekly newspapers in Cowlitz, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties. ... He died at 92 in his home in Olympia July 28, leaving a legacy that reverberates beyond the Lower Columbia College library that bears his name, and the capitol colleagues who warmly remember Thompson’s courtesy and his signature bow ties. Thompson worked extensively to build Washington’s community-college system, which is now among the finest in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of students each year benefit from the work Thompson and many others have put to provide a robust and accessible education at these 34 colleges.
The Seattle Times, Aug. 7, 2019

Northwest wine: Rhône Valley grapes thrive in our vineyards

One of the biggest revelations to come out of the Pacific Northwest in the past decade is just how well it grows grape varieties native to the Rhône Valley, a region of southern France that is the source of some of the world’s top wines. ... Red varieties of the Rhône get most of the ink, but the winemaking program of Walla Walla Community College makes a convincing case to pay more attention to the whites that call Rhône home.
Tri-City Herald, Aug. 7, 2019

Earn your associate degree online and in the evenings at WCC

Students who need to balance work and life obligations with school now have a more flexible option to earn their degree at Whatcom Community College. Evening and online classes at WCC provide students and working adults the opportunity to attend college part-time and work toward an associate in arts and sciences degree.
Whatcom Talk, Aug. 7, 2019

Edmonds CC Foundation awards more than $345K in scholarships

The Edmonds Community College Foundation has awarded $345,800 in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. “Through the generous support of our donors, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships to students who would not be able to continue their studies without having critical financial needs met,” said Edmonds CC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “I’d like to thank our donors for their belief in the transformational power of education and continued support of student success.”
MLT News, Aug. 7, 2019

SLAM magazine showcases student creativity

Glossy college literary magazines are increasingly becoming a rarity, as printing costs rise and content is placed solely on the Internet. But not at Pierce College, where the time-honored student literary and arts magazine, SLAM, is going strong after 20 years — in both print and online forms. “The fact that Pierce College still invests in this high-quality print product so that students and the community have an artifact of their work and time here is really admirable,” said Sam Snoek-Brown, assistant professor of English and faculty coordinator for SLAM.
The Suburban Times, Aug. 7, 2019

Big Bend Ag Program receives grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services

Big Bend Community College’s Agricultural Program has received a grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services (NWFCS) to help outfit the program’s new home in the Workforce Education Center set to open this fall. The Agricultural Department was awarded a $2,000 grant as part of the NWFCS Rural Community Grant Program. The college plans to use the funds to outfit its Plant and Soil Science Lab.
iFiber One, Aug. 6, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

A potential Title IX Supreme Court case?

A federal appeals court on Tuesday found that a former University of Massachusetts at Amherst student accused of assaulting and harassing his girlfriend was deprived of due process rights when university administrators suspended him without first holding an official hearing. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit also represents a split from a significant opinion last year by the Sixth Circuit's appeals court on the due process rights of students accused of sexual misconduct.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 8, 2019

The global evidence against free college

Democratic politicians -- many of them vying for their party's 2020 presidential nomination -- propose free college programs or other major investments in higher education that reflect systems in countries like Finland and Sweden. But an American Enterprise Institute report released Thursday argues that when developed nations dedicate more public resources to postsecondary education, they tend to produce fewer graduates.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 8, 2019

Report says more data needed on nondegree credentials

As lawmakers debate expanding Pell Grant eligibility to short-term programs, a new report from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations released Thursday urges more efforts to collect data on the outcomes of current short-term programs. The report finds that no states collect comprehensive data on nondegree credentials. Most of the work done to assess the quality of short-term credentials so far has focused on for-credit credentials at public institutions.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 8, 2019

Mapping the open-source publishing landscape

More than 50 open-source publishing tools have been cataloged in a new landscape analysis funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation secured by MIT Press. The “Mind the Gap” report, published Wednesday, describes the wide range of open-source publishing tools available for academic books and journals. Open-source online publishing platforms have  proliferated in the last decade, but many of these initiatives are small and face sustainability challenges.
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 8, 2019

APA Style Guide endorses 1-space rule

Gather round, style hounds: the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual, due out in October, includes some (pretty) significant changes. One that’s generated serious buzz -- good and bad -- is using only one space after punctuation to start a new sentence, instead of two. Reactions to the ever-controversial spacing issue on social media range from elation to “fresh hell.”
Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 8, 2019

Preparing more substance abuse counselors

The opioid crisis grabs news headlines, but less attention is given to the people helping on the front lines: substance abuse counselors, who are experiencing a crisis of their own – a staffing shortage. “Traditionally, substance abuse counseling has been a difficult field to hold onto people for long periods of time,” says Mary Hendrickson, director of behavioral and social sciences/business at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) in Maryland.
Community College Daily, Aug. 7, 2019

Does requiring seniors to fill out FAFSA forms increase college attendance?

In an effort to connect students with college financial aid, some states are requiring graduating seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. In the 2021-22 school year, Texas will become the second to require students to fill out the FAFSA, or its state version called TAFSA, in order to graduate. It follows Louisiana, which just completed its second year of the requirement.
Education Dive, Aug. 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Opinion: Education Dept tactics on California online college students are contemptible

The latest chapter in the decades-old deregulation saga unfolded over the last few weeks, as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unsuccessfully played the “sky is falling” card in a desperate attempt to derail yet another common-sense regulation that a federal court recently mandated be implemented immediately.
New America, Aug. 8, 2019

Opinion: Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid

The First Step Act signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 21, 2018, left out a very important component of criminal justice reform. The act authorized $250 million over five years for the development and expansion of skill-building and vocational education classes to help prisoners become better prepared to enter the workforce after release. However, First Step contains nothing to help current and former inmates access the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan and Pell Grant programs to help them obtain college degrees.
The Hill, Aug. 6, 2019

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