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November 12, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Edmonds CC launches Idea Lab incubator, new strategic planning process; public comment invited

Edmonds Community College announced that it has launched the Idea Lab — a permanent innovation incubator — to respond to the rapid transformations taking place in higher education. With a focus on innovation, the college is also embarking on a new approach to its strategic planning process. “Edmonds CC is leaning into the future,” said Danielle Carnes, vice president for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. “Under our president’s leadership, we launched the Idea Lab as a think tank to capture ideas that will move our college from good to great.”
My Edmonds News, Nov. 10, 2019

Aspen Institute names Pierce College as a Top 150 U.S. Community College eligible for 2021 Aspen Prize

The prestigious Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named both Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup as Aspen Prize Top 150 Community Colleges. Pierce College is now eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Pierce College is joined by only three other Washington community and technical colleges in the Top 150 community colleges in the nation. The others are Bellingham Technical College, Renton Technical College, and South Puget Sound Community College.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 8, 2019

KSU Poly signs agreement with Washington college

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has signed a transfer agreement with Green River College in Auburn, Washington. The agreement offers transfer credit hours to Green River students who apply and qualify for admission to Kansas State Polytechnic. Recruitment efforts will focus on international students pursuing aviation and technology degrees. “We were looking to partner with an institution that had a reputation for a caliber program in aviation and the related student drivers,” said Christopher Smith, executive director of enrollment management, marketing and financial aid at Kansas State Polytechnic.
KSAL, Nov. 8, 2019

Pacific Brass leads off Peninsula College series

Peninsula College and the PC Foundation will kick off the eighth season of the Maier Hall Concert Series with a 3 p.m. Sunday performance of Pacific Brass. ... Pacific Brass will perform a wide array of classical music, pops, seasonal fare, show tunes and other genres. ... Another new voice in the Concert Series is the Pacific Coast Trio. A pairing of winds and piano, this threesome performs a generous selection of music from Mozart and Salieri to Bach, and even a 19th-century Fantasy on Themes from Rossini’s “William Tell.” The trio also performs a wide variety of 20th century works and new commissions with oboe, flute and piano.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 8, 2019

Seattle repeat offenders on a thin line between public safety and patient privacy

When does patient privacy outweigh public safety? It’s a difficult balance especially for front line hospital workers and police officers. But are privacy rules inadvertently preventing police from knowing when potentially troublesome suspects are leaving hospitals when they shouldn’t. A past social worker with the Department of Veteran Affairs who has dealt with mentally ill suspects thinks so. ... Shah is an instructor with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and teaches in the Criminal Justice Department at Shoreline Community College.
KOMO News, Nov. 7, 2019 

Gardening: After fall garden chores are wrapped up, check out the SCC poinsettia sale Nov. 14-15

... Thanksgiving is late this year but that doesn’t mean that Spokane Community College’s Greenhouse Program’s annual poinsettia open house and sale is. On Nov. 14 and 15, the sale will offer 22 different varieties including old favorites and some new introductions. The poinsettias are grown and managed by students in the greenhouse program as part of their coursework. The money generated from the poinsettia sale goes back into the program to buy more plants and upgrade equipment. 
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 7, 2019

Seating limited for comedy classic at GHC

Grays Harbor College’s fall production, “You Can’t Take It With You,” is opening Friday at the Bishop Center, and director Andrew Gaines promises laughs at every turn. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman premiered on Broadway in 1936 and was adapted into a Frank Capra film in 1938. It has been one of the 10 most often produced plays every year since 1939 — and with good reason, according to Gaines. “It is a delightfully enter­taining piece of theater,” said Gaines. 
The Daily World, Nov. 7, 2019

Michelle Liberty appointed to WWCC Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee recently announced the appointment of Michelle Liberty of Walla Walla to the Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees, replacing Darcey Fugman-Small whose term ended after eight years of dedicated service. A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Liberty grew up in northeastern Oregon, attended Reed College, Linfield College, and Portland State University, before spending six years in Paris and London.
My Columbia Basin, Nov. 7, 2019

Columbia Basin College student-veterans honoring fellow service members

Columbia Basin College (CBC) hosted a Veteran's Day ceremony honoring all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces at the campus veterans monument. Veteran speakers told the crowd what being a veteran means to them on Thursday. Kristin Fox with the school's veterans office estimates around 500 of CBC's students are veterans. She's a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and says the ceremony is especially meaningful. "We like to honor our veterans and let them know they're not alone and that we're all here to support each other," Fox says. 
KEPR, Nov. 7, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Tuition revenue growth expected to slow

Growth in net tuition revenue is expected to slow in the 2020 fiscal year for both public and private universities, Moody’s Investors Service reported Monday. Public institutions’ median annual net tuition revenue growth is projected at 1 percent, down from 1.8 percent last year. Private institutions’ median net tuition revenue growth is expected to be 2.3 percent, a decline from 2.8 percent. The projections come from surveys of institutions for which Moody’s provides bond ratings.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 12, 2019

States ramp up aid programs

... Over all, undergraduate need-based grants increased from $8.4 billion in 2016-17 to $8.9 billion in 2017-18, with the majority coming from California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and Washington, the report states. Georgia and New Hampshire continue to have no need-based aid programs. The increased investment in all financial aid programs represents states' recognition of how unaffordable higher education has become, NASSGAP president Elizabeth McDuffie said in a statement. Of all the state aid provided during 2017-18, 75 percent was classified as need-based and 25 percent was not, which is about the same as 2016-17, NASSGAP reported.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 12, 2019

On increasing gender diversity in STEM

Twenty-three scientists who met last year in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., to discuss a major report on sexual harassment in their fields have published a paper on their findings and recommendations in Science. The new paper says that women experience "substantial, gender-specific barriers that can impede their advancement in research careers," including unconscious biases that negatively influence the perception of women's abilities, and social and cultural factors such as the unequal distribution of domestic labor.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 12, 2019

Endowments: They’re not just for elite universities anymore

No. 196. That’s where the first community college appears on an annual ranking of the nation’s top college and university endowments. The $486 million in the Miami Dade College Foundation’s endowment is far, far below the $38 billion top-ranked Harvard University reported in its endowment in fiscal year (FY) 2018. And though it’s unlikely that any community colleges will approach $1 billion anytime soon, two-year institutions are steadily growing their endowments to help fund everything from scholarships for low- to moderate-income students, to fledgling-but-promising programming.
Community College Daily, Nov. 11, 2019

AP-NORC poll: Many youths say high school diploma is enough

Although most young Americans believe in the value of higher education, many still consider a high school diploma alone to be enough for success, according to a survey of teens and young adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The findings alarm some experts who say young Americans don’t seem to be getting the message that college pays off. Federal labor data shows a wide earnings gap between Americans who do and do not have a college degree, and unemployment rates are far lower for those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 11, 2019

Editorial: Washington opens wider the door to higher education with new College Grant program

Working-class families in Washington should know that doors are opening wider to their children at state colleges and universities. Tuition should not limit their opportunity to attend, under groundbreaking legislation taking effect in 2020. Every Washington student from a family earning less than median income, currently $92,000 for a family of four, is guaranteed to receive free or reduced tuition at public or private colleges. That’s provided by the new Washington College Grant program, an expanded version of what used to be known as the State Need Grant. Grants are the centerpiece of a state financial aid program that’s approaching $450 million per year.
The Seattle Times, Nov. 8, 2019

'First-Gen' proud: Campuses are celebrating an overlooked group. But is that enough?

... But now, the push to identify and support first-generation students, often defined as those whose parents never earned a bachelor's degree, has spread to campuses across the country. In fact, there's even a national day that celebrates these "first-gen" students — Nov. 8. At small, liberal arts schools, big state schools and regional community colleges there are posters on campus with phrases like "First-Gen Proud," there are orientation programs. On several campuses, you can live with other first-gen students if you want. There are first-gen clubs, T-shirts, pins, even graduation caps, cords and stoles.
NPR, Nov. 8, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Buttigieg's $500 billion free tuition plan

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, last week released a $500 billion plan to make college more affordable for working- and middle-class families. The proposal would make public colleges tuition-free for the 80 percent of students who have annual family incomes of $100,000 or less. The next 10 percent of students, from families earning $100,000 to $150,000 per year, would receive public college tuition subsidies on a sliding scale, under the plan.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2019

Feds cancel loans for 1,500 former Dream Center students

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday said it was canceling 4,000 student loans taken out by roughly 1,500 students who last year attended the Art Institute of Colorado or the Illinois Institute of Art. The two former for-profit institutions were part of the messy unwinding of Dream Center Education Holdings, a nonprofit owned by a religious missionary organization that in 2017 purchased those and other institutions from Education Management Corporation. Dream Center shut down earlier this year.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2019

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