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News Links | September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Dr. Wayland Keith De Witt

... He taught at the Medical School in Bogota, Columbia, worked as a psychologist, became Dean of Students at Walla Walla Community College, where he supported education and vocational training for the community and at WSP. He later became vice-president then president at Walla Walla Community College, where he spearheaded many innovative programs, and took a personal interest in each student and staff member.
Union-Bulletin, Sept. 20, 2020

Woman of the Year - Legacy: Jane Johnson left her mark on the Community Colleges of Spokane. Expo ‘74 and the MAC, too.

If you attended a community college in Spokane, you have, in part, Jane Johnson to thank. ... Johnson created the speech program and worked as a speech instructor before moving into administration in 1967 as head of the communications and development program. In 1972, she helped found the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, and after several years with the Community Colleges of Spokane, Expo ’74 came knocking.
The Spokesman-Review, Sept. 20, 2020

Opinion: Expanded education helps mitigate pandemic's insecurity

... Since then, working closely with local partners from Olympic College branches in Poulsbo and Bremerton and Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Western has expanded access to bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines ... Beginning this fall, the majority of students attending Western on the Peninsulas will see a 60 percent decrease in their tuition bill, with tuition for the 2020-21 year at WWU costing about $6,700 before accounting for students’ financial aid eligibility. 
Kitsap Sun, Sept. 20, 2020

CBC enrollment drops by hundreds. Other colleges are hurting more

Hundreds of Columbia Basin College students didn’t make the transition to online learning this spring. The college saw a 4 percent drop in its 7,000-plus student enrollment from the end of winter quarter to when classes started online in the spring. College leaders said it could have been worse. 
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 20, 2020

WWCC outlines its reopening plans

The Clarkston branch of Walla Walla Community College will welcome its students back Monday to a flexible learning model that will incorporate some in-person instruction for certain programs, as well as real-time and on-demand classes online. Systemwide, the college decided to offer its “Warrior Flex” learning model for the entire 2020-21 academic year.
Lewiston Tribune, Sept. 19, 2020

LCC passes $25.3 million balanced budget despite low enrollment, state funding cut

The Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously passed next year’s $25.3 million budget, which does not dip into the college’s reserves despite a $2.8 million revenue loss. The 2020-2021 budget is about $600,000 less than this year’s because the college is working to account for a 10% decline in state appropriation funding and a projected 14% drop in enrollment, college officials said at the meeting.
The Daily News, Sept. 18, 2020

CBC digs in on new $30 million student recreation center

Columbia Basin College board members Bill Gordon, Duke Mitchell and President Rebekah Woods join in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new 80,000-square-foot student recreation center Friday on the Pasco campus. The $30 million building will feature a gym, educational spaces, fitness center and eSports facilities for computer gaming when it opens next fall.
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 18, 2020

New certificate helps students prepare to improve the criminal justice system

The first of its kind in the nation, Shoreline Community College is launching a new Criminal Justice Advocacy Certificate (CJAC) this fall. The fully online 15-credit certificate is designed for people working or planning to work in or alongside the criminal justice system who want to advocate for vulnerable populations and find effective ways to work with different professions to improve the criminal justice system.
Shoreline Area News, Sept. 17, 2020

Walla Walla college mascot masks up for adventure in Pasco

Dub, the Walla Walla Community College mascot, visited the Tri-Cities and gave a message to mask up during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic while in Wade Park along the Columbia River in Pasco. [Video]
Tri-City Herald, Sept. 17, 2020

Federal grant allows extension of Centralia College TRIO program

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Centralia College more than $1.9 million over five years to support the TRIO Student Support Services program for Centralia College students. The three parts of the program include Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Talent Search. 
The Daily Chronicle, Sept. 16, 2020

Ian Bridges had cancer 3 times. He lived to see a breakthrough

... This fall, Bridges has been taking paleontology and anthropology classes at Green River College. In some ways, it feels like being a kid again—the more he learns, the less likely he is to dwell on his past, even if he still gets monthly blood tests. “If I’m going to do something with my life . . . I can’t let myself think about that,” he says. 
Men's Health, Sept. 16, 2020

Resources for WVC students affected by wildfires

Wenatchee Valley College has resources to offer students affected by recent wildfires. “We know that right now some of our students are facing very difficult situations due to wildfires across our service district,” said WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson. “We want to be flexible and offer as many resources as possible to help students access college this fall.”
560 KPQ, Sept. 15, 2020

Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic

Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have more than doubled in our state. That’s according to researchers at the University of Washington who have just compiled the results from their first round of a statewide survey.  It was done this summer in cooperation with Washington State University and Tacoma Community College, as well as partners in local, county and state governments.
KNKX, Sept. 15, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

The faculty role in transfer

For years, a widely held assumption about community college transfer students was that they were more likely to transfer successfully with strong academic advising and faculty engagement at the community college. Now a new study published in Educational Researcher suggests that the faculty role is equally strong at the institution to which students are transferring.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2020

Ginsburg was advocate for equity

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, was known for her strongly worded dissents. But she wrote several decisions that set precedents and policy for higher education. The decision for which Ginsburg is best known came in 1996, when the Supreme Court ruled that Virginia could not maintain the Virginia Military Institute for male students only.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2020

2020 survey of admission leaders: A mess of a year

The process of building a class to educate has never been easy. In recent years, community colleges and nonelite liberal arts colleges have had great difficulties. But this year, fear and anxiety spread throughout higher education, according to the 2020 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Officials, conducted by Gallup between Aug. 6 and 30.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 21, 2020

Has remote learning made colleges more cyber-vulnerable?

The shift from in-person learning at colleges to remote classes due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to a spike in cybersecurity needs, although not necessarily greater success on the part of hackers. The U.S. Education Department’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office this month issued an alert about ransomware campaigns targeting education institutions in which hackers hold sensitive data and systems hostage until a payment is made. 
Community College Daily, Sept. 21, 2020

Survey: Adults less confident about value of higher ed

Adults without degrees who want more education say the pandemic has made them more likely to enroll, but they have become less confident over the past year that it will be worth the cost or lead to a job, a new survey shows. New findings from the Strada Public Viewpoint survey show that adults ages 25 to 44 indicate the pandemic has made them more likely to enroll in education, 42 percent compared to 21 percent who said they were less likely to enroll due to COVID-19.
Community College Daily, Sept. 16, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Democrats in moderation

When they proposed last week that the next president knock $50,000 off all student loan borrowers’ debts, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Elizabeth Warren pitched the idea as a political winner for Democrats. 
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 22, 2020

With HEA reauthorization unlikely this year, Alexander focuses on FAFSA

It is unlikely Congress will reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year, but the departing chair of the Senate’s education committee hopes to at least complete by year’s end a long goal of his: to make it easier for college students to apply for federal student aid. 
Community College Daily, Sept. 17, 2020

The nuances of the free college debate

Campaigning at Florida Memorial University last week, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of going to college, including historically Black colleges and universities like the one where she was speaking. “It is the place where we nurture young people to see who they are and their role as part of leadership of our nation in whatever profession they choose,” she said.
Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 16, 2020

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