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June 04, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Peninsula College hires new vice president of finance and administration

Peninsula College has announced that Sonja Sibert has been hired as the school’s vice president of finance and administration. Sibert is currently the vice president for business affairs at Great Basin College in Elko, Nev. She will start at Peninsula College in August.
Peninsula Daily News, June 2, 2019

‘Gigantic expansion’ of Washington’s State Need Grant means free college for poorest students

Paris Hines always rushes to fill out financial aid applications so she can cover tuition at Spokane Community College. “I always try to apply as fast as I can,” she said, “because if you wait for it, you might miss out.” The 25-year-old single mother works odd jobs and visits the campus food bank to support herself as she works toward an associate degree and a paralegal certificate. Ultimately, she plans to become a lawyer. But that endeavor would be impossible, she said, if it weren’t for financial aid programs like Washington’s State Need Grant.
The Spokesman-Review, May 31, 2019

Clark College trustee Royce Pollard resigns

Former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard is stepping down from the Clark College Board of Trustees. The announcement comes after several contentious months between the college and its faculty union, the Clark College Association of Higher Education. The college and union are in the midst of collective bargaining over salaries, and Pollard has gained a reputation for colorful outbursts at trustee meetings targeting union members. “It’s unfortunate,” said Pollard. “Their demands are outrageous.” Still, Pollard said his decision to step down has nothing to with the ongoing bargaining. “I’ve been on the board for nine years, and I’m tired,” said Pollard. “Hell, I just turned 80 years old. I need to pay attention to my family.”
The Columbian, May 31, 2019

WWCC kicks off rec center construction with ceremony

Groundbreaking on a $7.5 million Recreation Center at Walla Walla Community College takes place in a noon ceremony Tuesday. Construction on the 18,800-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in August with an opening planned for summer 2020 at the space that will provide recreational, meeting and gathering areas for Walla Walla Community College students. Funding for the project is provided by the students, who voted in favor of assessing an additional $5 per credit hour per quarter over a 20-year period.
Union-Bulletin, May 31, 2019

Grays Harbor College evaluation results mostly positive; Shows financial concerns

After a full review of the Grays Harbor College operation and financials, the local college received mostly positive remarks while some financial concerns were highlighted. GHC was under review by an evaluation committee April 16-18 to conduct a “Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability evaluation” to look at the  institution’s progress and plans related to enrollment, graduation, and loan default rates. This evaluation was requested by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
KXRO, May 30, 2019

Opinion: A legislative session that invested in Olympic College

Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee signed historic legislation that will significantly increase access to higher education for residents of Kitsap County and the state of Washington. Starting in fall 2020, the Workforce Education Investment Act guarantees free tuition for families earning $50,000 or less per year, and provides partial assistance for families making up to the state’s median income for a family of four, which will be about $92,000. Olympic College wishes to thank local legislators who supported this and other investments in higher education during this session, including bill sponsors Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge and Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo; Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton; and Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge.
Kitsap Sun, May 30, 2019

Walla Walla Community College to adopt 4-day class schedule in September

Many Walla Walla Community College students will move to a four-day class schedule later this year. School officials have announced the change will start in September. The new schedule will mean no class on Wednesdays for most arts and sciences, some workforce and some transitional studies programs. Evening and summer classes will not be affected by the change. Other exceptions to the four-day schedule include certain workforce programs such as nursing, cosmetology and trade programs such as diesel, welding, and automotive.
Union-Bulletin, May 30, 2019

Award-winning faculty lead this year's Chuckanut Writers Conference

Award-winning poets, novelists, and memoirists will teach and present their work at the Chuckanut Writers Conference Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at Whatcom Community College. This year’s faculty includes Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, who received a 2019 fellowship and $100K grant from the Academy of American Poets Laureate for her project “One River, A Thousand Names,” as well as novelist Nancy Pearl, who received the Women’s National Book Association Award in 2004 and was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal in 2011.
Watcom Talk, May 30, 2019

Shoreline CC Automotive student headed for national skills competition

Shoreline Community College's automotive department recently qualified a student for the state level SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization that promotes students in the trades at high school and postsecondary level to compete and showcase their skills. The school competed for the first time in April at the competition in Pasco, Washington. Shoreline Community College student Caleb Bagwell placed first and is going to nationals against the best automotive student from each state.
Shoreline Area News, May 25, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Washington was one of the last states to require high school-exit exams. Now seniors can apply for a waiver to graduate on time.

Washington has remained one of just a dozen states that require students to pass high-stakes exams to earn a high-school diploma. That’s about to change: Starting with the class of 2020, high schoolers will no longer have to clear the standardized tests to graduate on time. They still must take the federally mandated tests at least once during high school, but a new state law may remove some of the anxiety that tied a student’s performance on those tests to their chances of ever getting a diploma. Instead, the state is offering different ways for students to show they’re ready to be done with high school and move on with their education or work.
The Seattle Times, June 3, 2019

Comparison ads

I had a conversation on Monday with someone on campus about reaching out to some of the populations that for-profit schools tend to target. I made the obligatory reference to Lower Ed, then noted how much lower our tuition is -- even for online courses -- than the major for-profits with whom we compete. My interlocutor, who shares my concerns, didn’t know that.  As she put it, she assumed the for-profit must be fairly cheap because so many people from her church go there. In fact, its tuition is more than double what ours is. Which is when it hit me. For all of the rhetoric about competition and following the marketplace, colleges don’t really act like competitors when it comes to advertising. 
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2019

Report on state of postsecondary education in prisons

A new report from Ithaka S+R attempts to survey the landscape for postsecondary education in prisons. As did another recently released paper, the report describes a "watershed moment" for prison-based college programs, noting many challenges and precautions amid bipartisan support for expanding such programs. Several members of the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration have said they support dropping a ban on incarcerated students receiving federal Pell Grants.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2019

The nudges that didn't work

... All of these tools were in theory designed to encourage students to apply to and enroll at more competitive colleges. The original study on undermatching noted that the most competitive colleges in the country -- public and private -- tend to have higher graduation rates and more resources to help students than do other colleges. So if talented, low-income students are not enrolling at these institutions, they are missing a chance to thrive at institutions that are for many stepping-stones to successful careers. But the study found "no changes in college enrollment patterns," with the exception of a very modest increase in the academic quality of colleges considered by some African American and Latinx students.
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2019

Speaking out in the classroom

Far more male college students than female students feel comfortable sharing their views in the classroom when they think they have a minority opinion, a new survey has found. The creators of the report, Gallup, said that the gender gap is indicative of how women “interact” in higher education, despite being a majority on most campuses. (Gallup conducts some surveys for Inside Higher Ed, but this publication was not involved in this study.) 
Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2019

UW is one of 50 schools nationwide that piloted the College Board’s new ‘adversity index’

This winter, the University of Washington was one of 50 schools nationwide to quietly pilot a new tool that helps admissions officers measure the degree of hardship an applicant faced along the way to college. It was the only university in Washington to use the new data, developed by the College Board. Last month, the College Board, the nonprofit business behind the SAT college-admissions test, unveiled the tool to the public. 
The Seattle Times, June 2, 2019

Intensive English enrollments decline again

Enrollments in intensive English programs in the U.S. fell for the third straight year, according to new data from the Institute of International Education presented Thursday at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference. The number of students enrolled in intensive English programs fell by 10 percent from 2017 to 2018, following on declines of 20 percent and 18.7 percent the previous two years. Intensive English programs are an entry point for many international students who plan to pursue undergraduate or graduate study in the U.S.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2019

Illinois Chicago offers in-state tuition to all Native Americans

The University of Illinois at Chicago has announced that it will offer in-state tuition to students from any of the 573 tribal nations recognized by the United States. The savings, compared to state universities in eligible students' home states, could be as much as $14,000 a year. Currently, only eight of the university's 20,000 undergraduates are Native Americans, although some with Native American heritage may be among the 600 students who report that they are from two or more races.
Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2019

Student journalists sue Western Washington University over redacted conduct records

Student journalists at Western Washington University in Bellingham have taken their own school to court. They allege the university violated the state Public Records Act. The journalists at the student-run newspaper, The Western Front, requested the names of students who were found responsible, through the university conduct system, for violent or sexual offenses. The university responded but redacted the names, saying public school students' personal information should not be disclosed.
KNKX, May 31, 2019

Solving the Tech Industry's ethics problem could start in the classroom

Ethics is something the world's largest tech companies are being forced to reckon with. Facebook has been criticized for failing to quickly remove toxic content, including the livestream of the New Zealand mosque shooting. YouTube had to disable comments on videos of minors after pedophiles flocked to its platform. Some companies have hired ethicists to help them spot some of these issues. But philosophy professor Abby Everett Jaques of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that's not enough. It's crucial for future engineers and computer scientists to understand the pitfalls of tech, she says.
NPR, May 31, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

ED expected to nix gainful employment reg soon

The U.S. Education Department (ED) is expected to publish in late June or early July a final regulation to eliminate the so-called “gainful employment” (GE) rule, which was promulgated during the Obama administration mainly to ensure that for-profit institutions were not burdening students with college loans that they could not repay. ED in April sent its final rule for review to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is the last required step before the rule is published.
Community College Daily, June 2, 2019


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