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News Links | April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WVC receives $2.4 million coronavirus grant

Wenatchee Valley College expects to receive $2.4 million this week in COVID-19 relief funding. Half the funding, $1.2 million, will be used for student emergency aid in the form of emergency cash grants to students; the remainder will go to the college, the college said Wednesday in a news release. Funds may only be used on coronavirus-related expenses, including lost revenue.
Wenatchee World, April 15, 2020

$35,000 donation will aid Spokane community college students impacted by COVID-19

A $35,000 donation will provide emergency assistance to community college students in Spokane who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A business owner who prefers to remain anonymous donated the money to the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, the foundation announced Tuesday. ... The fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to students at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College who have lost jobs or economic stability due to the pandemic.
The Spokesman-Review, April 14, 2020

Options for international students denied U.S. college admission

... "At Green River College, our recommended application deadlines are one month before the quarter start dates. This gives students sufficient time to apply for their visa. The recommended application deadline for summer is May 15 and August 15 for fall quarter," says Wendy Stewart, vice president of international programs and extended learning at Green River College in Washington.
U.S. News & World Report, April 14, 2020

Edmonds College is the new name as school drops ‘Community’

Edmonds Community College dropped a word from its name Monday, becoming Edmonds College. The change reflects a trend seen around the region. The new name was approved by the Lynnwood-based institution’s Board of Trustees during a Monday meeting, with Edmonds College in place immediately. ... Everett Community College isn’t planning to change its name. “I have no intent to move in that direction,” EvCC President Daria Willis said Tuesday. “Community is our middle name,” said Willis, who took the helm of the Everett college in 2019 following the long tenure of David Beyer. ... In 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District became the Seattle Colleges District, and its schools — all formerly called community colleges — became Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and South Seattle College. Adjacent to the UW Bothell campus, Cascadia College also dropped “community” in 2014. ... Bellevue Community College changed its name to Bellevue College in 2009. Skagit Valley College dropped community from its name decades ago. Wenatchee Valley College and Peninsula College are among traditionally two-year schools that never used community in their names. Nearby, Shoreline Community College is like EvCC in keeping its middle name. 
Everett Daily Herald, April 14, 2020

TCC's fully online Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management earns accreditation

The Health Information Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree program (HIM BAS) offered by Tacoma Community College has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). “This is an exciting milestone,” said Corinne Jarvis, M.Ed., RHIA, CHDA, manager of TCC’s HIM program. “Not only does accreditation assure our program’s quality, it means our graduates qualify to take the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.”
The Suburban Times, April 14, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

College credit in the time of coronavirus

Six major higher education groups issued a set of principles Thursday for accepting academic credit during this tumultuous time. The statement, drafted by the American Council on Education and signed by the leaders of groups representing public, private nonprofit and community colleges, highlights eight practices institutions should follow to best help students navigate the transfer of credit process -- which is difficult to negotiate in the best of times -- during the coronavirus pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed, April 16, 2020

New tool for financial aid appeals

A foundation and a coalition of colleges and advocacy and higher education groups have created a tool to help students appeal their financial aid packages. SwiftStudent was organized by the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation, with help from organizations like Achieving the Dream, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and New America, among others.
Inside Higher Ed, April 16, 2020

Opinion: How Phase Four should address the needs of higher education

... As the unemployment rate skyrockets and, eventually, we’re able to ease social distancing measures, many people will likely seek retraining to (re)connect with good-paying, high-quality jobs. That likely means an influx in enrollment at community colleges and—without increased investment—a strain on their resources and capacity. Historically, there have been few direct federal resources available to build the capacity of community colleges to carry out this critical aspect of their mission. 
New America, April 15, 2020

College presidents' cabinets still far from gender parity

While the number of women and minority administrators is climbing, they still face significant pay and seniority disparities, especially within executive leadership roles, a new report shows. The report, based on a survey of 1,160 institutions conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, takes a look at the hiring pipelines for three key administrative positions: presidents and CEOs, provosts and chief academic officers, and chief human resources officers.
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2020

Commentary: Counting on employer-paid tuition is hardly a safe strategy anymore. What now?

... The number of people newly unemployed in the United States in the past three weeks is 17 million — and still climbing. That’s raising important questions about colleges’ and society’s reliance on employer-paid tuition programs as a way of serving working adults now that millions of them are suddenly cut off from their jobs. Losing an income and health-insurance benefits is certainly their more immediate worry, but the loss of a tuition benefit could derail many students’ educational plans.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2020

New recruitment requires a human connection

As community college recruiting tools – such as open houses, campus tours and college fairs – have gone digital during the coronavirus crisis, enrollment professionals say it’s more important than ever to forge personal connections with students.
Community College Daily, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic has impacted college students' mental health

The changes in the higher education sector due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as campus-wide closures and the transition to online learning, have forced many college students to juggle their physical well being with possible food insecurity, financial stress, housing concerns and lack of resources to complete their academic work.
Diverse Education, April 14, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

The Higher Education Act and the pandemic

It feels like a long time ago. But before the pandemic created a public health crisis, shuttered businesses and raised questions about how and when Congress will be able to meet again, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate’s education committee were “dang close” to reaching an agreement to update the nation’s main higher education law after years of failure, according to a top Republican aide to the committee. ... An aide to Murray had said around the time that Alexander and Murray spoke to the community college officials that the top Democrat on the committee continued to opposed the rule “and has made clear from the start of negotiations that any reauthorization of our country’s higher education laws must address the four key challenges of affordability, accountability, accessibility and campus safety.”
Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2020


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