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News Links | April 2, 2020

April 02, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Tacos El Rey Taqueria donates food to Big Bend students during coronavirus pandemic

A handful of hungry Big Bend Community College students were fed for free this week thanks to the generosity of one local restaurant. On Monday, Tacos El Rey Taqueria of Moses Lake donated meals to 15 students who are sheltering-in-place at the BBCC dorms on campus. Tacos El Rey Taqueria Owner Jose Baez says each student received a meal consisting of burrito, rice, and beans. Baez says students were grateful upon getting the food.
iFiber One, April 1, 2020

WWCC readies for online learning

Spring quarter classes begin on Monday at Walla Walla Community College and due to the novel coronavirus, students will notice a significant change. “All of our instruction is being provided online until the governor’s order is lifted or we have further information,” Acting President Chad Hickox said.  “We all want to do our part to maintain this distancing to keep this COVID-19 from spreading.”
My Columbia Basin, April 1, 2020

Can hands-on career education go online during school shutdowns?

In fields like history, literature and French, transitioning to online learning — as many colleges have done to fight the spread of the coronavirus — might sound challenging but doable. In some career and technical programs, it’s a different story. At Peninsula College in Washington state, Eoin Doherty, who coordinates the school’s welding program, is scrambling to devise a plan for offering classes amid new restrictions resulting from the virus.
PBS News Hour, March 31, 2020

Winners announced for 2020 Tidepools publication

The staff of Tidepools 2020, Peninsula College’s art, music and literary magazine, has announced the winners of the 2020 contest. The magazine features fine art, photography, poetry, short prose and music by Olympic Peninsula residents and is produced by students at Peninsula College with support from the Peninsula Daily News.
Peninsula Daily News, March 31, 2020

Clark County continues coronavirus rise: 20 more cases confirmed

Clark County Public Health confirmed 20 more COVID-19 cases Monday morning. ... Clark College alerted its students and staff that one of those cases confirmed Friday was a college student who was likely exposed to the virus on March 20. The student hadn’t visited campus since March 12, eight days before the suspected exposure.
The Columbian, March 30, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Suspension of financial responsibility scores?

This week has been busy on the higher education regulatory front. A coalition of college associations is pushing for the suspension of a federal measure of colleges’ financial standing, and the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released new proposed rules on distance education. Meanwhile, a prominent online program management company’s CEO pushed back at scrutiny of his sector, which appears to have contributed to Congress placing restrictions on reimbursements for colleges' spending on OPMs in the $2.2 trillion stimulus measure it passed last week.
Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2020

Global connections: The future of international ed at community colleges

... Notably, the largest percentage of international students seeking an undergraduate education in the U.S. are enrolled at community colleges. (Nearly 19 percent are from China, where the virus was first reported. More than 45 percent come from the southeast Asia region.) At the same time, some international students were encountering difficulties entering the U.S. to begin or return to their studies at community colleges. Many were concerned about violating their student visa status as community colleges made the decision to transition to remote learning from in-person classes in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 
Community College Daily, April 2, 2020

How the coronavirus is prompting higher-ed grantmakers to change course

... Each had a slightly different take, which I share below, but these are three of the biggest priorities for giving across the board: Efforts to get more emergency aid directly into the hands of students in financial need right now; Organizations that can help facilitate quality online learning as well as access to it; Academic services for populations of students who were already at a disadvantage in getting to and through college, and will now be even more affected by the economic turmoil. 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 1, 2020

Commentary: Adapting to online in a pinch

Whenever a situation occurs that keeps students from their physical classrooms, online learning gets more attention. In this case, the emergency is COVID-19, but it may as easily be a natural disaster or even a snow day. And though more college students are enrolling in online than ever before, online offerings are still the minority at most community colleges, which means the majority of teachers are unprepared to teach online. This leaves a large swathe of students vulnerable in an emergency. Every community college should have a strategy for academic emergencies that is widely shared with faculty, staff and students.
Community College Daily, April 1, 2020

Is canceling student debt the right approach?

... Chingos, in a blog post last week, argued that those who’d get more money, either through cancellation or the six-month, interest-free suspension of most borrowers having to make payments in the stimulus bill Congress ultimately passed last week, are those well-off enough to have signed up to make the highest payments each month. Only two-thirds of those with student loan debt in 2016, according to the most recent data available, were making payments on their loans and would have extra cash during a pause, the analysis said Thursday. Ninety percent of the highest-income households were paying down their loans, while only 30 percent of the lowest-income households were making payments and would have extra money by not having to make loan payments.
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2020

New resource on women in STEM

The National Academies Press has published "Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine." The publication "reviews and synthesizes existing research on policies, practices, programs, and other interventions for improving the recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement into leadership roles of women in these disciplines.
Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2020

Colleges go test-optional after SAT, ACT are called off

In mid-March, as schools across the country began to close, aspiring college students got big news: Spring ACT and SAT tests were being called off amid concerns about the spreading coronavirus. Now, a growing list of colleges have announced they're going test-optional for the class of 2021, meaning the SAT or ACT will not be required for admission. ... It's unclear if these new admissions practices will stick, but some schools — including the University of Oregon and Oregon State University — have already committed to making their new test-optional policies permanent. 
NPR, April 1, 2020

Coping with a pandemic

As college students and faculty members face an onslaught of stressors related to the disruptions in their lives caused by the coronavirus pandemic, they are relying on each other for connection and coping strategies to help ease the weight of the public health crisis on their mental health. While administrators and other employees are undoubtedly also affected by the dramatic departure of people from college and university campuses across the country, the upheaval has been most felt by students and faculty members who interacted more frequently and consistently -- and had more symbiotic relationships -- than others on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2020

How the pandemic is disrupting admissions for students and colleges

... A new survey has found that one in six high school seniors are rethinking their plan to attend four-year colleges this fall and already some students are making the choice to stay closer to home, said Elizabeth Heaton, who works with families trying to navigate college admissions as a college admissions consultant at Bright Horizons. “There's something about this whole pandemic that is making people feel like they want to be close to home and with their loved ones,” she said.
WGBH, March 31, 2020

New funding for research experiences at two-year colleges

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced that it is offering new funding for novel undergraduate resource experiences at two-year colleges. The “Dear Colleague Letter” from NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources invites current principal investigators of Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers to submit requests for supplemental funding to support undergraduate research experiences (UREs) that promote workforce preparation for students at two-year institutions. Most ATE principal investigators are two-year college faculty. 
Community College Daily, March 30, 2020

The rise of student emergency funds

Car repairs, childcare and even groceries can force many community college students to put their education on hold for financial reasons. The coronavirus has exacerbated those concerns, which is prompting a growing number of community colleges to start emergency funds to help students with unexpected financial hurdles.
Community College Daily, March 30, 2020

Careers in a changing era: How higher ed can fight the skills gap and prepare students for a dynamic world of work

Inside Higher Ed today is releasing our newest special report, "Careers in a Changing Era: How Higher Ed Can Fight the Skills Gap and Prepare Students for a Dynamic World of Work." As tuition prices continue to rise, students consider college an investment more than ever, and they want that investment to pay dividends in the form of a job. Thankfully, the gap between what employers want and what colleges teach their students isn't insurmountable.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2020

Study abroad provider cuts more than 600 jobs

The Council on International Educational Exchange, a nonprofit organization that operates study abroad and exchange programs, is eliminating more than 600 jobs, according to Maine Business News. The nonprofit organization is eliminating 248 jobs in Portland, Me., where it is headquartered, as well as 107 other U.S. jobs and about 300 jobs internationally. CIEE has 63 sites in 42 countries. In a press release about the layoffs, CIEE cited the “massive” negative financial impact of the coronavirus crisis and the widespread program cancellations it caused.
Inside Higher Ed, March 30, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Washington watch: A deeper look at the CARES Act

The just-enacted CARES Act (Coronvavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) provides substantial amounts of funding for community colleges and their students, even though it is clear that significantly more resources are needed. Since President Trump signed the legislation on Friday, community college leaders have had numerous questions about the implementation of the CARES Act, but at this point most of those questions remain unanswered. This is not surprising given the breadth and complexity of the legislation, but hopefully the U.S. Education Department (ED) soon will issue more concrete plans for implementing key provisions.
Community College Daily, March 31, 2020

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