News Links | April 21, 2020
System News | Opinion
Wenatchee Valley College is offering students facing food insecurities an opportunity to receive prepackaged
food and hygiene items while maintaining social distancing. The college’s food pantry,
Knights Kupboard, is offering curbside pick up. “We’re going to offer that twice a
week,” said Libby Siebens, community relations executive director.
560 KPQ, April 18, 2020
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has received $2.6 million in federal funding in response to COVID-19. The funding
comes from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES
Act, which was passed by Congress on March 27. Nearly $1.5 million of the funding
awarded to SPSCC will be used for student emergency aid, such as technology, tuition
support, food, housing, health care, child care, and other basic needs.
Thurston Talk, April 17, 2020
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.”
Tacoma Weekly News, April 17, 2020
... During this time, “for the sole purpose of trying to look good in court,” Annis
started working to earn his GED, taking several classes at Spokane Falls Community College. His English classes, more than any, would prove unexpectedly instrumental to his
recovery. “When I walked into that classroom, I believed I was stupid,” Annis said.
“I thought I would never be able to succeed in an academic setting.” But, with the
assistance of an understanding teacher, his abject self-image began to change dramatically.
The Spokesman-Review, April 18, 2020
Walla Walla Community College has always been dedicated to making education affordable to students, whether they’re
seeking workforce training or credits to transfer to a university. That dedication
is even more critical today, with students and their families facing the many financial
challenges brought on by COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders that have cost many their
Union-Bulletin, April 16, 2020
South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College will celebrate spring commencement virtually this
June. Nearly 1,500 SPSCC graduates will be honored at its virtual event at 10 a.m.
June 20, as well as on a special new graduation website. “This was not an easy decision
to make,” said SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes said in a statement. “We know this
isn’t the ceremony we all expected, but we’re extremely proud of our graduates for
completing their degree during this challenging time. They deserve tremendous recognition.”
The Olympian, April 16, 2020
... Avi Schiffmann: In December 2019, even before the virus had escaped China, the
17-year-old Mercer Island High School/Bellevue College student created a live-time database (ncov2019.live) — which has more than 100 million
visitors — of worldwide coronavirus cases. Schiffmann’s been programming since he
was 7 years old. Past projects include a Mars weather website and one compiling protest
The Seattle Times, April 16, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
Colleges have been waiting for guidance on how they can send stimulus money to students. Here it is.
Over the past few weeks, college administrators have been grappling with how to distribute
coronavirus stimulus money to their students. On Tuesday, they got some clarity —
as well as some new complications. In newly released guidance, the U.S. Department
of Education informed administrators that they are only allowed to issue funds to
students who are eligible for Title IV financial aid. That cuts out international
students and undocumented immigrants — including those receiving Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections — from receiving any of the roughly $6 billion
that the Cares Act allocates directly to emergency student aid.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2020
A panel of appeals court judges amended a previous opinion on the liability of colleges
and universities for “pre-assault claims,” or the argument that inadequate Title IX
policies created a “heightened risk” of sexual misconduct. The judges changed the
language in their ruling to be more specific and in line with past United States Supreme
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2020
Advocates have long argued against requirements college students must meet to be eligible
for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Dozens of states
pleaded the same case as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the country. The
federal assistance program requires students who attend college at least half-time
to work 20 hours per week to qualify. As the pandemic causes a recession and unemployment
skyrockets, state officials said students are being left in the lurch.
Inside Higher Ed, April 21, 2020
... Meanwhile, Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib called on the state’s colleges and
universities to adopt “generous and consistent grading policies” to help students
maintain their GPAs, meet financial-aid award requirements and make progress toward
earning a degree at a time when many students’ academic lives have been severely disrupted
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2020
The number of Hispanic-serving institutions has increased by 93 percent over the past
decade, but the majority of Latinx enrollment is concentrated in less than 20 percent
of colleges and universities. A new analysis from Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit
focused on Latinx student success, serves as a primer on where Latinx and Hispanic
students are enrolling for higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, April 17, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Tuesday released the institutional share of
the formula grants that the CARES Act provides to colleges, along with guidance about
how those funds can be used. ED also released more details about the emergency student
grants that it announced earlier this month.
Community College Daily, April 21, 2020
... Decisions about higher education funding and public policies are being made all
the time, and they are always important. But the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new
sense of urgency around better understanding the differences among colleges and their
students, before some critical decisions that are about to be made in the weeks and
months ahead. Please know that all “higher education” is not the same.
Community College Daily, April 20, 2020