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News Links | February 7, 2019

February 07, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

... At the same time, fewer young people are entering the trades. “For a generation or two they’ve been selling that a four-year education is absolutely the way to go,” Lee said. Many high school woodshops were phased out in favor of computer labs, and other resources geared toward sending students to a university. Lee is working on changing that. Last year, the BIAWC partnered with Bellingham Technical College to offer a course certifying students on entry-level construction and tradeskills. 
The Bellingham Business Journal, Feb. 6, 2019

State Board set to approve 100th applied bachelor's degree

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is set to approve the college system’s 100th applied bachelor’s degree at its meeting Feb. 7. The board, scheduled to meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will give final consideration to four applied bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity at Clark College, Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design at Clover Park Technical College, Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Design at Highline College, and Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Management at Pierce College. The board has approved 98 applied bachelor’s degree programs at 29 colleges, and 13 degree proposals are in the approval process. In the 2017-2018 school year, colleges enrolled 3,960 students in applied bachelor’s programs.
The Suburban Times, Feb. 5, 2019

Fighting food insecurity on college campuses

... Ben McClean, a 58-year-old waiter turned business student at Tacoma Community College in Washington state, took a job as campus food pantry coordinator because he grew up poor and regular meals weren't a given, a struggle that continued into adulthood. ... A recent federal Government Accountability Office report indicates the problem is widespread: Researchers reviewed 29 studies based on campus surveys and found that estimates of food insecurity among college students ranged from 9 percent to over 50 percent. More than 650 food pantries had opened up or were in development on campuses nationwide, offering a snapshot of an emerging issue and evidence of the changing face of higher education in America.
US News & World Report, Feb. 4, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Higher education needs to innovate. But how?

... The challenges facing American higher education are not a secret. Higher education needs to: Control costs, not an easy task as new fields of knowledge emerge, standards of student services continually rise, and new technologies appear; Increase completion rates, especially at the less selective institutions where 40 percent or more of students fail to graduate; Address inequities in institutional resources, instructional spending and student support, and student outcomes; Better serve the new student majority, non-traditional students: students who work full-time, who care for family members, who transfer, who speak English as a second language; Better assist unevenly or poorly prepared students to succeed in their chosen major; Better document student learning and better demonstrate the value of a degree; and Better prepare students for successful post-graduation outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 6, 2019

More AP success; Racial gaps remain

Just under 750,000 high school students who graduated last year earned a score of 3 or above on at least one Advanced Placement test (with 3 translating into college credit at many institutions), a 5.4 percent increase, according to data being released today by the College Board. The data suggest that even if some educators are questioning the value of the AP courses, and some high schools are planning to drop out of the program, it remains popular. 
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

States increase higher education funding by 3.7%

The 50 states appropriated a total of $91.5 billion to support their public universities and financial aid programs in Fiscal Year 2018-19. That’s a 3.7% increase over 2017-18 and an 18.2% increase over Fiscal Year 2013-14, according to Grapevine, the annual report of state higher education spending published by Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy in cooperation with the State Higher Education Executive Officers. This year’s increase continues a five-year trend of annual increases and is more than twice as large as last year’s uptick of 1.6%. While in general, the figures come as good news, reflecting the continuing recovery of state revenues, they mask considerable variation in support for higher education across the states.
Forbes, Feb. 5, 2019

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