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News Links | October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Tacoma Community College wins regional award for website

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 7 recently awarded Tacoma Community College gold for best website. ... “This award is special because this was reviewed and recognized by our own peers in NCMPR,” said Tamyra Howser, TCC Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. “These are people who know our industry and do this kind of work every day. It is an honor to be recognized by our dedicated members.”
The Suburban Times, Oct. 30, 2019

WVC hosts groundbreaking ceremony in anticipation of $37 million building

Wenatchee Valley College celebrated the future Wells Hall with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday evening. There were a handful of well known figures in attendance such as Senator Brad Hawkins and Representative Keith Goehner. “The Wells Hall project is a $37 million project and it’ll actually replace four of the five wings,” said Libby Siebens, community relations executive director.
KPQ, Oct. 30, 2019

November business briefs: OC communications team honored

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations awarded two Olympic College Foundation employees in its recent District 7 Medallion Awards. Creative & Brand Manager Gretchen Ritter-Lopatowski and Communications Specialist Terri Gleich both earned gold medals for entries that included SUMMIT magazine Vol. 7, The Lookout e-newsletter, and the OC Foundation website. The article "OC Kitchen Confidential" was also recognized for excellence in writing, and SUMMIT Vol. 8 earned a silver medal. 
Kitsap Sun, Oct. 29, 2019

Effects of technology the focus of Studium Generale in Port Angeles

The next Studium Generale at Peninsula College will be an overview of the digital age and the revolutionary effects of such technologies as Blockchain, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, cloud computing, and biotechnology on humanity’s social, medical, economic and political existence.
Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 29, 2019

Clark College expands discrimination decision

Clark College ruled on four discrimination complaints against it on Tuesday, saying a former employee violated college policy in every occasion. The decision revises and expands a Sept. 3 decision by the Board of Trustees in which only one of four allegations of violations of the college’s discrimination and harassment policy was deemed as founded. Details remained thin on the nature of the four complaints, including who filed them and against whom they were filed. But after the Sept. 3 decision, three of the people who filed the complaints appealed the college’s lack of action, and the board on Tuesday unanimously acknowledged a “preponderance of evidence” that discrimination had occurred in all cases.
The Columbian, Oct. 29, 2019

Trends | Horizons | Education

Some college, no degree, but back in school

Community colleges are the most common destination for adults who years ago left college without earning a credential but now are coming back, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Public two-year colleges also are the largest single sector awarding credentials to these students. A local community college was the first or second most common institutional choice for returning adult learners who didn’t have a college credential, regardless of the type of institution at which they last enrolled, the report said.
Community College Daily, Oct. 31, 2019

Head Start for campus childcare

Improving funding so that federal Head Start programs can partner with colleges could be the answer to the childcare needs of student parents, who numbered 3.8 million in the 2015-16 academic year, according to a study released Wednesday from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Head Start programs provide early childhood education as well as parental support in the form of assistance in reaching self-sufficiency goals. Nearly half of college student parents with children under 6 meet the income requirements to be eligible for Head Start, according to the study.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 31, 2019

2019 state of college admissions

The top factor in a student being admitted to a college was the student's high school record, according to the "2019 State of College Admission" report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. But the report also found that students lack equal access to college advising in high school. The average student-to-counselor ratio at public schools in the U.S. is 455 to one, nearly double the recommended ratio.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 31, 2019

Gauging campus climates

... Most community college administrators know their institution’s completion rates and student demographics, as well as faculty and staff demographics. So why conduct a campus climate survey? Because it can help colleges understand if they are aligned with their mission and values, to see where gaps occur and, more importantly, to “find the ‘why’ for the gaps,” said facilitator Kimberly Baker-Flowers. She currently is the university diversity officer at California State University, East Bay, and previously served as the chief diversity officer at Portland Community College (Oregon).
Community College Daily, Oct. 31, 2019

Professors' slow, steady acceptance of online learning: A survey

... Lest anyone think that that trend means professors have fully embraced the value and benefits of online education, though, think again. While three-quarters of instructors who have taught online believe it made them better teachers in several key ways, professors remain deeply divided about whether online learning can produce student learning outcomes equivalent to face-to-face instruction.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 30, 2019

Interview practices for Title IX investigators

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition says that certain recommended interviewing skills for investigators in sexual harassment cases align with evidence-based practices but that other suggested techniques are at odds with the existing research. Additional interviewing practices related to memory and credibility are "critically absent" from commonly recommended practices, the paper says. 
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 30, 2019

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington watch: House committee passes its HEA bill

As expected, the House Education and Labor Committee on Thursday approved the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Republican members offered a series of amendments over a three-day markup that were mostly rejected. This was the same pattern reflected less than two years ago, when the Republican-controlled education committee approved its HEA reauthorization legislation, the PROSPER Act. Committee Chair Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) said he hopes the House will take up the legislation this year. If that occurs, it might pressure the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to advance its own reauthorization legislation. So far, that process has run aground.
Community College Daily, Oct. 31, 2019

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