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News Links | March 7, 2019

March 07, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

LCC 'hunger banquet' simulates food insecurity, income disparities

With a spoonful of rice in a small paper cup, about a dozen Lower Columbia College students, staff and faculty gathered cross-legged on the floor of the student center conference room Wednesday for lunch. Some members of the group stole envious glances across the room, where waiters served a full-course meal to those sitting at a table adorned with a fabric cloth. Putting it frankly, one participant said, “This sucks.” The lunch-goers had signed up for a free meal at a “hunger awareness banquet,” unknowing that the luncheon they were attending was intended to simulate the American class system and poverty.
The Daily News, March 7, 2019

Meet Phuoc Truong: SPSCC’s 2019 All-Washington Scholar

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that Phuoc Truong, an international student focusing on computer science, will represent SPSCC on the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team. Truong along with top students from each of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges will be recognized and awarded a scholarship at the All-Washington Academic Team ceremony on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
Thurston Talk, March 5, 2019

Second annual 'BlazerCon' welcomes Hub City nerds to Centralia College

... The second annual BlazerCon hosted by the Centralia College art club will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the TransAlta Commons and other nearby spaces. Admission is free for the event, which includes a cosplay contest, dozens of artist booths and numerous interactive features for patrons of all ages. ... For an entrance fee of $5, competitors will square off for a 32-inch television similar to the ones used by the Centralia College eSports teams. The college recently hired Jacob Beach to help grow its eSports — high-level competitive video gaming — offering into a full-scale program that recruits from the high school level like an athletic team. Beach hopes that over the next year Centralia College can help other community colleges in the region enter the eSports scene so they can have intercollegiate competitions and stream them online.
The Chronicle, March 5, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

‘I was scammed:’ Art Institute of Seattle will close abruptly Friday, two weeks before end of quarter

The Art Institute of Seattle will close abruptly on Friday, leaving about 650 students in the lurch — without classes, professors, or possibly diplomas. The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), a state regulation agency, announced the end of the school’s 73-year tenure on Wednesday, just over two weeks before the winter quarter was supposed to end.
The Seattle Times, March 6, 2019

The stigma of choosing trade school over college

... Negative attitudes and misconceptions persist even in the face of the positive statistical outlook for the job market for these middle-skill careers. “It is considered a second choice, second-class. We really need to change how people see vocational and technical education,” Patricia Hsieh, president of a community college in the San Diego area, said in a speech at the 2017 conference for the American Association of Community Colleges. 
The Atlantic, March 6, 2019

Even more white supremacist fliers

Even as college administrators denounce (and in some cases ban) white supremacists who come to campus to anonymously distribute their literature, these outsiders are still doing it with greater frequency, a new analysis shows. The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism tracked and verified 319 incidents of white nationalist propaganda at more than 200 college and university campuses in 2018.
Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2019

Opinion: The other side of free tuition

As longtime readers know, I’m a fan of the idea of community colleges being tuition-free. It strikes me as the best hope we have of bringing excluded people into the advanced economy, of building an informed citizenry, and of generating the kind of workforce that can sustain long-term prosperity. Opening up higher education to anybody who wants to try it is exactly the sort of thing that a prosperous society that believes in the dignity of everybody should do. From where I sit, though, there’s a minor issue that people keep forgetting. If a state wants truly free community colleges, there’s a key step it has to take. It has to support significantly increased operating aid to those colleges year in and year out.  
Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2010

One reason rural students don't go to college: Colleges don't go to them

... This anemic outreach is among the reasons comparatively low numbers of high school graduates from rural areas end up in college the following fall — 59 percent, compared to 62 percent of urban and 67 percent of suburban high school grads, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks this. ... "Providing greater postsecondary opportunities for rural residents isn't simply a matter of equity or moral obligation — it's a matter of continued national prosperity," says Appalachian State's Andrew Koricich. He points out that our economy relies heavily on rural communities and workers.
NPR, March 6, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Broader executive action

The White House is gearing up to introduce a promised executive order on free speech, perhaps timed to coincide with its proposed budget release next week. And the administration may tackle other higher education issues with its planned executive actions. Several well-placed observers said the White House has for months been working to jointly release executive orders on risk sharing (requiring a financial stake for colleges based on students’ ability to repay loans) as well as on its plan for releasing program-level student outcomes data on a publicly available web tool like the College Scorecard.
Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2019

Senator pushes 'debt-free' as solution for college costs

Senator Brian Schatz and top progressive Democrats are looking to frame “debt-free” college as the solution to the growing cost of higher education. Schatz on Wednesday announced he would reintroduce legislation first filed last year that aims to cover all costs associated with attending a public college without forcing students to take out loans. His bill, dubbed the Debt-Free College Act, and identical House legislation have support from 40 Democrats, including 2020 presidential contenders Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Inside Higher Ed, March 7, 2019

On red alert

Chinese hackers are ramping up their efforts to steal military research secrets from U.S. universities, new cybersecurity intelligence suggests. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Hawaii, Pennsylvania State University, Duke University and the University of Washington are among 27 institutions in the U.S., Canada and Southeast Asia to be targeted by Chinese hackers, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Chinese hackers targeted institutions and researchers with expertise in undersea technology as part of a coordinated cybercampaign that began in April 2017. Some of the institutions mentioned above may have been compromised in the attacks, though none have confirmed this publicly.
Inside Higer Ed, March 6, 2019

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