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July 14, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

'Cruel, abrupt and unlawful': States sue Trump administration over college student visa rule

... "It makes absolutely no sense and actually takes away from the vibrancy and the energy of our colleges and universities, because our international students bring a unique perspective to the classroom and really enrich the educational experience for everyone," said Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington State who is now interim president of Bellevue College
USA Today, July 13, 2020

Spokane Falls Community College expands food pantry benefits for students

Putting food on the dinner table during this pandemic can be difficult for some. People have been furloughed or completely lost their jobs. Students at Spokane Falls Community College, who may be in this situation, are getting some help thanks to staff members. [Video]
KXLY, July 12, 2020

In a word, new Clark College president ‘committed’

Clark College’s new president, Karin Edwards, knows the power of education’s role as “the great equalizer.” When Edwards was in eighth grade, she received a scholarship to attend the historic Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan — a private school a subway ride away from her family’s home in the Bronx. She rode the No. 2 train every day to school, an experience she said split her life into “two different worlds.”
The Columbian, July 11, 2020

LCC planning more hybrid courses for fall quarter, careful reopening

By late July, Lower Columbia College plans to release a list of “hybrid” classes — those offered as a combination of in-person and online instruction — along with a plan that will allow international students to remain on campus despite a federal ruling Monday. However, most classes will remain online only for now, officials said, to reduce the COVID-19 transmission risk and put student and faculty health first.
The Daily News, July 10, 2020

Peninsula College resurrects summer community education classes

Peninsula College is bringing back community education classes this summer, offering flexible opportunities for online learning.  ... “This summer’s community education line-up is really about being responsive to the community’s request to bring community education back as soon as possible,” Chief Strategy Officer June Whitaker said in a press release.
Peninsula Daily News, July 10, 2020

Peninsula College reels from new rule aimed at international students

About 60 international students enrolled at Peninsula College for the fall quarter may find their student status turned upside down after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a new rule. The ICE policy threatens to revoke educational visas for international students if they are not taking in-person classes during the fall instructional period. 
Peninsula Daily News, July 10, 2020

Colleges protest policy change to international student visas

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students will not be allowed to stay in the U.S. if they attend institutions that are holding online only courses this Fall. Bellevue College Interim President, and former Governor Gary Locke spoke on the KOMO Morning News with Manda Factor and Gregg Hersholt. [Audio]
KOMO, July 9, 2020

New Trump administration rule has Washington's international students on edge

International students across the U.S. are facing upheaval after a recent change in visa rules. Under a new policy from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, students would need to attend classes in-person, even during the pandemic.  ... I talked to the interim president of Bellevue College, Gary Locke. Here's what he shared: “All the community technical colleges, including the four-year schools, are conferring with our state Attorney General and the state is contemplating legal action joining the lawsuit.”
KUOW, July 9, 2020

Students resume in-person classes at BTC for first time since COVID-19 closure in March

For the first time since the campus closed in mid-March because of the threat of COVID-19, students have returned to Bellingham Technical College to take classes in person. Those classes resumed with a limited number of faculty and students starting Wednesday, July 8, the first day of summer quarter, under guidelines from Gov. Jay Inslee, according to a statement from Bellingham Technical College.
Bellingham Herald, July 9, 2020

Job Corps plans for post-COVID-19 re-opening

Like other education institutions around the country, Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy in Sedro-Woolley is trying to figure out how to best serve students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ... Because of its partnership with Skagit Valley College, half of its students are enrolled in college courses, giving them experience with online learning management tools like Canvas, he said.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 9, 2020

ICE order for international students raises alarm at Clark College

International students whose colleges are holding classes online-only this fall must either leave the country or face deportation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday. The move could affect thousands of students across the United States, and dozens who attend Clark College.
The Columbian, July 8, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Community college baccalaureate holders out earn university graduates

Graduates of baccalaureate programs at community colleges in Washington state had higher earnings, especially in the first year, than graduates of regional public four-year universities in the state who earned degrees in the same fields, a new study finds. Community college baccalaureate (CCB) graduates are also more likely to attain a job in their field, the University of Washington report says.
Community College Daily, July 12, 2020

Grappling with professional licensure disclosures

As of July 1, all higher education institutions in receipt of federal financial aid are required to inform prospective students whether a degree program will qualify them to work in the state where they are located. The new rule is intended to prevent students from studying for years to enter professions such as nursing or teaching, only to realize upon graduation that they do not meet state-level requirements for employment.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2020

Four-year college students benefit from taking some community college courses

Earning a few community college credits can benefit four-year college students’ academic, STEM and employment outcomes without increasing their student loan debt, according to a new report from the Community College Research Center (CCRC). 
Community College Daily, July 14, 2020

Legal challenges on many fronts

The Aug. 14 deadline for colleges and universities to implement new federal requirements for responding to reports of sexual misconduct is just one month away. Although the regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education completely overhaul current policies and procedures for handling sexual misconduct complaints, the significance of those changes has been largely overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic as college leaders determine how to bring students back to campuses in the fall.
Inside Higher Ed, July 13, 2020

U.S. workers need a long-term solution, not a short-term fix. Congress should invest in community college capacity

The coronavirus pandemic has sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, as businesses have been forced to shutter and unemployment has skyrocketed. With COVID regaining its spread in hotspots around the country, more than a million workers per week are still filing new claims. The effects on the economy will linger for years to come.
New America, July 13, 2020

$40M for college-led efforts to expand training

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award a total of $40 million to community college-led partnerships to expand their training capacity through a new program. Individual community colleges may apply for Strengthening Community College Training Grants (SCCTG) up to $2 million, while state or regional consortia of community colleges may receive grants up to $5 million.
Community College Daily, July 12, 2020

The early impacts of COVID-19 on the community college student experience

... To help community college leaders understand what their students were experiencing, the Center for Community College Student Engagement offered a free online survey focused on how students were managing all the changes that came with the pandemic. 
Diverse Education, July 10, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Inslee pauses reopening of Washington counties through July 28 as COVID-19 cases spike

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced he would temporarily pause counties further relaxing restrictions as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus climb around the state. The pause would prevent counties from advancing to any new phase in the governor’s four-part plan through at least July 28.
The Seattle Times, July 14, 2020

Government backs down on international student policy

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rescinded a July 6 policy directive that would have required international students to take at least some in-person college coursework in order to remain in the U.S. The government agreed to rescind the guidance to resolve a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Inside Higher Ed, July 14, 2020

Washington state AG Bob Ferguson files for restraining order to halt plan to revoke international student visas

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a federal judge to put a halt to a plan by the Trump administration to make international students return to their home countries if their colleges go to all-online instruction. The administration’s rule, which has been condemned by university leaders across the country, is set to take effect Wednesday.
The Seattle Times, July 13, 2020

Education Department announces it won't punish colleges for reconsidering student aid

The U.S. Department of Education moved this week to make it easier for colleges to reconsider and potentially increase financial aid for students who have lost jobs or family income in the economic crisis. The move comes after NPR reported in June that the department had shelved guidance meant to encourage college aid administrators to exercise what's known as "professional judgment" and reconsider aid for students whose finances have changed.
NPR, July 10, 2020

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