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News Links | November 21, 2019

November 21, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Let's all be civil

Politics can be a tough subject to talk about, regardless of where one falls on the political scale. As tough as it can be, politically-focused discussion is necessary, and an important part of our society. Jim Peitersen, a History and Politics college instructor for 23 years, who currently teaches at Walla Walla Community College, spoke to a crowd of roughly 30 people at the Dayton Memorial Library on Thursday at the Big Ideas talk, and left listeners with some great tips on how to discuss touchy topics. The talk was hosted by the Dayton Memorial Library, in partnership with the Port of Columbia.
The Waitsburg Times, Nov. 21, 2019

Pierce College alum inspires next generation of LGBTQ youth

In his role as Interim Executive Director for the Oasis Youth Center, Matthew Wilson is making it his life’s work to support Tacoma’s LGBTQ youth. Wilson was a member of Oasis as a teenager, and is all too familiar with the struggles many LGBTQ youth face. His sexual orientation was the target of bullies throughout his high school years, before he was even open about his identity with his friends and family. His grades suffered as a result, and he made the decision to move on and take his General Education Development (GED) exam at Pierce College.
The Suburban Times, Nov. 20, 2019

Invista’s Supervisory Academy was a success

Invista Performance Solutions hosted their Supervisory Academy on Nov. 14 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. More than 68 people attended from 27 organizations throughout the South Sound to sharpen their leadership and other business skills, including two editors from South Sound and South Sound Business. ... Invista is a collaboration between both Pierce College campuses, Tacoma Community College, and Clover Park Technical College. Its purpose it to train people in the workforce with various courses including leadership, communication, team building, process improvement, workplace sensitivity, and more. They offer customized training, coaching, and consulting to area businesses and people looking to sharpen their skills.
South Sound Magazine, Nov. 20, 2019

The US economy is losing billions of dollars because foreign students aren't enrolling

Fewer international students are coming to the United States. That's hurting American universities and the economy. ... Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, has seen a 25% drop in international student enrollment over the last two years, and the school had to cut 13 positions and suspend programs due to a $800,000 deficit that was due mostly to shrinking enrollment. "From our perspective, it's a troubling trend on a lot of different levels that we would like to see turn around," said Peninsula College President Luke Robins. "While the budget is concerning, a bigger thing for us is that we really value what international students bring to our college culture and organization."
CNN, Nov. 19, 2019

CBC and 2nd Harvest open college food pantry to fight student hunger

Many Tri-Cities college students work more than one job and support a family bu they may be going hungry many days. On Monday, Columbia Basin College joined the fight against student hunger by creating a food pantry in partnership with 2nd Harvest. “(T)hanks to 2nd Harvest and other community partners, the CBC Student Food Pantry can provide our students with relief from hunger so they can focus on their education and be successful both in and out of the classroom,” said CBC President Rebekah Woods.
Tri-City Herald, Nov. 19, 2019

Edmonds CC Foundation honors Diana Clay with lifetime achievement award

The Edmonds Community College Foundation honored Diana Clay with its Cornerstone Lifetime Achievement Award during the Oct. 24 Foundation Scholarship Reception, where more than 200 scholarship recipients and donors recognized Clay’s service. Clay recently retired from her many volunteer roles at the college and will be greatly missed, the foundation said. “For over two decades Diana Clay has dedicated herself to transforming lives through her work with the Edmonds Community College Foundation,” said Douglas Fair, Foundation board member and Snohomish County District Court judge. “As chair of critical committees such as finance and special events, she provided steady guidance that allowed the Foundation to flourish.”
My Edmonds News, Nov. 19, 2019

Adjunct faculty seek stability, outnumber full-time instructors at Clark College

It was shortly after noon Wednesday, and Karina Bjork was ruffling through files before she climbed into her office — a silver 2014 Honda Accord. Every minute counts when you’re an adjunct college professor. Bjork was wrapping up a training at Clark College and had just a bit more than an hour to make it to the second college she teaches at — the Harmony campus of Clackamas Community College in Milwaukie, Ore.
The Columbian, Nov. 18, 2019

Clark College Foundation podcast recognized

An episode of Clark College Foundation’s Penguin Chats podcast won a Spotlight Award from the Oregon chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The episode, “Farewell to Clark’s 13th President,” “exemplifies former Clark College President Bob Knight’s compassion for students by detailing the trajectory of one young man’s life who faced a dismal future until he met Knight,” according to a news release about the award. The award is a “benchmark for best practices in communications around the country,” according to the release.
The Columbian, Nov. 16, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

U.S. releases earnings data for thousands of college programs

The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released data on first-year earnings of college graduates, for the first time broken down by program level. The information, collected from federal tax data, is the most comprehensive and likely accurate information on different college programs currently available. Combined with the program-level debt information the department released in May, prospective students, researchers and administrators can now -- as some have already done -- slice and dice the information to identify what majors are “worth it” (in at least one simplistic way) and which college graduates earn the most.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2019

Young Americans’ view of education

On-the-job experience is best at preparing people for success, according to young Americans surveyed for the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Higher Education Study. The center conducted a nationwide poll from August to September, garnering responses from more than 1,300 Americans between the ages of 13 and 29. The survey asked young people about their views of the education system from a variety of angles, including how it prepares them for success, how it handles mental health issues and what role affordability plays.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2019

All hope is not lost on nudges: 4 keys to success

As institutions try to improve outcomes on a tight budget, many look to nudging as an efficient strategy to do so. Nudging is the behavioral science concept of providing suggestions to influence behavior and decision making, and often makes an appearance as messages to students in higher education. ... The answer to whether nudging works is: it depends. A distinct growing body of research on nudges has evolved to show us what does--and doesn't--work when it comes to messaging to students and creating behavior change.
New America, Nov. 21, 2019

College Scorecard adds program-level debt, earnings data

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Wednesday launched a revamped College Scorecard that includes data on potential debt and earnings based on fields of study — including for two-year and certificate programs — graduation rates and even apprenticeships. Students and families now have access to information on the median earnings and median debt of a school’s graduates, based on their chosen field of study.
Community College Daily, Nov. 20, 2019

Who's completing microcredentials?

A new report from two researchers at Teachers College of Columbia University offers some hints about who exactly is completing microcredential courses and what the benefits of doing so might be. Microcredentials -- badges or certificates that one can achieve by completing a set of courses from companies like edX and Coursera -- have been gaining ground in recent years.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 20, 2019

Grants focused on basic needs

A Los Angeles-based foundation is giving grants to address the basic needs of students to seven organizations and institutions across the country. The ECMC Foundation, an affiliate of the nonprofit ECMC Group in Minneapolis, is calling the project the Basic Needs Initiative, according to a news release. It will distribute $3.1 million to the institutions over three years to address issues like food and housing insecurity, childcare, mental health support, and transportation. ... [The programs that will receive funding include:] United Way of King County: Expand the Bridge to Finish program in Seattle, which connects students to basic needs supports and financial education.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 20, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Bipartisan movement in Washington

The powerful Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate’s education committee is backing a bipartisan bill aimed at for-profit colleges and their recruiting of students who are veterans of the U.S. military. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee this week told Bloomberg Government that he supports a bill that would count GI Bill and active-duty service-member tuition benefits as federal aid under the so-called 90-10 rule, which requires that for-profit colleges get no more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal sources. ... Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the education committee, instead has pushed for the passage of a bill to renew the minority-serving college funding stream for two years. She also has insisted on instead considering a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 20, 2019

Sen. Patty Murray urges DeVos to halt changes to a popular student loan repayment plan

With new findings questioning the risk of fraud, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is asking the Education Department to suspend an expanded initiative to ensure that borrowers qualify for popular student loan repayment plans. “Verification ensnares students in a jungle of red tape,” Murray, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee, wrote in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday. “The Education Department’s efforts to impose verification procedures on borrowers are based on unsupported assumptions.”
The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 20, 2019

Wrestling over IRAPs

About $1.1 million of federal funding appropriated for registered apprenticeships was used for a proposed apprenticeship model led by industry, even though congressional lawmakers specifically prohibited the department from doing so. John Pallasch, assistant secretary for employment and training at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), acknowledged during a House hearing on Wednesday that funding appropriated for DOL’s Training and Education Services (TES) was “misapplied” toward activities that directly supported so-called industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). 
Community College Daily, Nov. 20, 2019

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