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News Links | October 8, 2020

October 08, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

SPSCC gallery’s new show celebrates the work of local Black artists

South Puget Sound Community College’s Leonor R. Fuller Gallery has re-opened with Futures Rising, a wide-ranging show celebrating the work of Olympia’s Black artists. The show, which can be seen both online and in person by appointment, features work by a dozen artists — but there’s a 13th artist involved: Theresa “Mama Tee” Yost.
The Olympian, Oct. 8, 2020

Centralia College offering free online lectures

Centralia College is offering free online lectures, open to the public, starting on Oct. 14. The series of lectures has been made possible through a partnership between the Centralia College Foundation, Centralia College East and Humanities Washington. The lectures are open to anyone who registers at foundation.centralia.edu/. Those who register will be sent a Zoom link prior to the start of the lecture. 
The Daily Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2020

LCC's fall quarter courses starts smoothly, hybrid likely to continue for winter

While the first week of Lower Columbia College’s fall quarter was atypical, with most students online, the increased course load of hybrid classes started without problems, college officials said. That’s good news, Vice President of Instruction Kristen Finnel said, because its likely winter quarter will look similar to the fall quarter as COVID-19 cases fluctuate in the county.
The Daily News, Oct. 4, 2020

Community colleges fighting decrease in students using tutoring services

According to staff members at Columbia Basin College, schools statewide are seeing a big drop in the number of students using tutors. Columbia Basin College is launching a virtual tutoring program to provide support to students while they’re learning from home. The virtual tutoring sessions are free. Any student can get help over Zoom reviewing for class or preparing for a test.
KEPR, Oct. 4, 2020

WVC winter quarter to remain online

Wenatchee Valley College announced Friday that it will continue to offer the majority of it’s classes online for winter quarter due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. According to the college, all lecture classes will be online, with the exception of a small number of approved, hands-on classes.
560 KPQ, Oct. 4, 2020

New island-wide leadership program seeks applicants

A community leadership program that has been forming for the past two years is now looking for its inaugural class. Skagit Valley College is partnering with the Economic Development Council for Island County, Sno-Isle Libraries, the Whidbey Institute and community members to offer Leadership Whidbey, a comprehensive program for people living or working on the island who have an interest in being a leader.
Whidbey News-Times, Oct. 2, 2020

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre wants your participation in virtual fall production

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Theatre isn’t letting a pandemic stand in the way of their fall production and, in fact, have used our current limitations on gatherings as an opportunity to get creative. Their latest production, “Streets: The Musical” will feature original music, singing, dancing and dialogue, all produced and recorded virtually, using green screens.
The Suburban Times, Oct. 2, 2020

Consultant recommends outsourcing dozens of Clark College jobs

... “We believe the recommendation on outsourcing will require extensive further study and analysis that can best be done once these critical positions in human resources have been filled,” wrote Bob Williamson, [Clark College's] vice president of administrative services, in an email to the college Wednesday.
The Columbian, Oct. 1, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

Dual enrollment continues to grow

... Among the information presented: Data suggest that fewer than half of former dually enrolled students subsequently begin a postsecondary education at a community college. Students in Hawaii, Washington and Wyoming were more likely to enroll in community college (more than 60%), while students in Louisiana, Maine and Pennsylvania were less likely to enroll in public two-year schools (fewer than 30%).
Community College Daily, Oct. 7, 2020

Report: How to improve equity in dual enrollment

A new report from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University and the Aspen Institute identifies five principles to improve equity in dual-enrollment programs. In dual-enrollment programs, high school students take college courses for credit before they graduate.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 5, 2020

Ithaka S+R releases report on stranded credits

Ithaka S+R released a report today describing and analyzing the issue of stranded credits, which occur when colleges and universities withhold transcripts from students who have transferred to another institution or have left higher education in order to collect unpaid balances. A similar situation can also occur if an institution shuts its doors without giving students access to their transcripts.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 5, 2020

Mass layoffs typically boost enrollment at community colleges

... "In sum, we find evidence that workers respond to mass layoffs by seeking short-duration degrees and certificates that are generally in fields with higher labor market returns. This is consistent with the idea that displaced workers seek to make new investments in specific human capital and that there are high opportunity costs for their time," wrote the paper's co-authors, Andrew Foote, a senior economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, and Michel Grosz, an economist at the Federal Trade Commission.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 5, 2020

CDC issues new testing guidance for colleges

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 testing guidance for colleges Wednesday. The new guidance includes fresh detailed information on how to prioritize testing for students, faculty members and staff members in the event of an outbreak. But it disappointed some experts who think the CDC's guidance on testing asymptomatic individuals for disease monitoring and surveillance purposes falls short of what's needed.
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 2, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Washington Watch: Updated guidance on CARES Act funds

The U.S. Education Department (ED) has issued a third set of guidance (again in the form of Q&As) on implementing the CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Although the new information is not quite as substantial as previous regulatory actions, it outlines important items for institutions. 
Community College Daily, Oct. 7, 2020

Report examines Biden's tuition-free public college plan

A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) measures the costs of free-college models, including the plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Increasing access to higher education has long been a political talking point, says Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, lead author of the CEW report issued Tuesday titled, “The Dollars and Sense of Free College.” 
Diverse Education, Oct. 6, 2020

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