News Links | November 19, 2020
System News | Opinion
Centralia College announced this week that starting Dec. 1 it will eliminate fees to apply for graduation
and to take college placement tests. The change is intended to be permanent and aimed
at reducing barriers to students either starting or finishing a degree or job training
program, according to the college. Currently, the college charges a $15 graduation
fee and $10 reading test fee.
The Daily Chronicle, Nov. 18, 2020
The rate of Kelso High School graduates enrolled at Lower Columbia College is holding steady, even as the pandemic has caused drops in enrollment from other
local districts. LCC staff said it’s not simple luck that 21% of KHS graduates are
again enrolling at the local college. The enrollment, they say, is the work of a new
“college navigator” position.
The Daily News, Nov. 17, 2020
... Matthew was only weeks away from graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School when
a guidance counselor called him into the office and pinned him down about his future
plans. Matthew was undecided. The counselor whipped out an A-Z list of careers. When
Matthew reached pilot on the list, the guidance counselor said, “You can go to [Clover Park Technical College].”
South Sound Talk, Nov. 17, 2020
Verdant Health Commission has extended its food assistance through the end of fall
quarter for Edmonds College students experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are incredibly
grateful to the Verdant Health Commission for supporting our students during this
challenging time,” said EC President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “The commission’s great generosity
comes at a time of great need.”
My Edmonds News, Nov. 16, 2020
Peninsula College’s Studium Generale series will host Miriame Cherbib, teacher of French and Francophone
cultures, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday via Zoom as she presents “The Five Habits of Speaking
Justice.” ... Cherbib is an anti-racist educator who founded Speaking Justice to help
organizations and people of all ages and backgrounds to build skills to use their
voices for justice in everyday life.
Peninsula Daily News, Nov. 16, 2020
... In the past, communities often thought of adult education as just GED and English
Language Acquisition. While those are still essential pathways for our community’s
workforce, Yakima Valley College has launched additional opportunities for adult learners to boost their skills. Individuals
looking to earn their GED or high school diploma can now simultaneously earn college
credits in a career pathway they choose through I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education
& Skills Training) classes.
Yakima Herald, Nov. 15, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
Community college enrollments are suffering. Badly. Nationally, they are down 9.5 percent,
according to the latest report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
Community college freshman enrollment is down by 19 percent. Enrollment of underrepresented
minorities has taken an especially hard hit -- it's down by nearly 30 percent. Some
colleges are doing worse than others -- and some are doing well.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 19, 2020
The American Council on Education recently published a six-chapter supplement to its
original February 2019 report on race and ethnicity in higher education, which provides
additional analysis of federal data to examine how the education system in the United
States is serving and failing students of color.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2020
The total number of international students in the U.S. declined by about 21 percent
between January and September of this year, according to new student visa data from
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The visa data include students at all educational
levels, including international students attending K-12 schools.
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 18, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
... DeVos made a more lasting impact on how schools must respond to incidents of sexual
assault and harassment by writing new regulations around Title IX "aimed at beefing
up protections for accused college students," as NPR's Tovia Smith wrote earlier this
NPR, Nov. 19, 2020
A bill to reauthorize the nation’s main apprenticeship law, which hasn’t been revamped
in 80 years, passed the House Rules Committee on Tuesday. A House floor debate is
expected later this week. The committee passed H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship
Act, along party lines.
Community College Daily, Nov. 17, 2020