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News Links | April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Okanagan speaker shares ancestral ecological perspective for Earth Day

The Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak presents “haʔntíxʷ iʔ‿tmxʷúlaʔxʷ uł niʕ̓íp txt̓ntsis — Respect the Earth and She will Always Take Care of You” — with Dr. Jeannette Armstrong as part of the Earth Day celebration on Tuesday, April 20. ... She will discuss the ethical concepts that underpin the traditional ecological knowledge practiced from her Syilx Okanagan perspective — how people interact with the lands they occupy is intertwined with how they interact with each other.
Wenatchee World, April 12, 2021

Learn more about how plastics pollute

The Student Government of Olympic College is sponsoring Earth Week 2021 from April 17th through the 23rd. Earth Week is designed to provide opportunities to learn about sustainability and to volunteer in support of a more sustainable future. ... During the webinar, Dr. Heather Trim, Zero-Waste Washington, will discuss a big-picture overview of plastic issues in our country and state.
Kitsap Sun, April 12, 2021

Clark College, Vigor partner on welding program

Behind a partnership with Vigor Industrial’s Vancouver shipyard, Clark College’s welding facility will launch a six-credit marine and pipe welding course starting in the summer 2021 term. The college announced last week instruction will be delivered in a hybrid format featuring both online lectures and in-person labs for 10 Vigor employees for one term.
The Columbian, April 11, 2021

Editorial: Capital budget a bipartisan boost for communities

... One of those differences regards funding for construction of a new Learning Resource Center at Everett Community College, replacing the Library Media Center, built in 1988, following the 1987 arson that destroyed the college library and cost the life of an Everett firefighter. The current library serves a student body that has tripled in size since it was built.
The Everett Herald, April 9, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Transfer rates drop, continue to mirror enrollment declines

Far fewer college students transferred to other institutions over the past year mainly a result of declining college enrollments prompted by the pandemic, and community college students again saw the biggest drops, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center.
Community College Daily, April 12, 2021

Navigating grief and memorials

The past year, for many people, has been one of pain and loss. Over half a million Americans have died of COVID-19. Countless others have died of other causes, but because of safety restrictions, their loved ones haven’t been able to gather to celebrate their lives. In a year like this, college leaders -- from faculty chairs to supervisors to presidents -- have important roles to play.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2021

Coursera IPO 'Seized on the right moment'

... Coursera has three different business streams. It has an online program management segment that works with universities to provide fully online bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and an enterprise segment that covers training for business and government employees. But the largest chunk of Coursera’s revenue is generated directly from consumers -- students who make payments directly to Coursera for various certificates and credentials.
Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

A big budget from Biden

On Friday, President Biden released his request to the Senate for fiscal year 2022 discretionary funding, also known as the “skinny budget,” because details will follow. The document requests several funding increases for higher education.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2021

Prospective students are open to vaccine requirements

Some Republican governors have been busy blocking colleges from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order barring the requirements at any college that receives state funds (as many private colleges do). In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order making it illegal for businesses to impose such requirements; it is unclear if colleges are covered by the law.
Inside Higher Ed, April 12, 2021

Washington Legislature approves Juneteenth as state holiday

The Washington Legislature has passed a measure that makes Juneteenth a legal state holiday. The measure making June 19 a paid day off for state workers passed the Democratic-led Senate on a bipartisan 47-1 vote and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The House passed the measure in February on an 89 -9 vote.
The Seattle Times, April 9, 2021

Faculty ideological diversity bill passes in Florida

... The bill, which still needs to be signed into law by Republican governor Ron DeSantis, would require the State Board of Education to ask professors annually about their political beliefs to "assess the status of intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity." A similar bill was introduced in Florida in 2019 and met with faculty opposition. The same kind of bill was introduced in Iowa earlier this year, as well.
Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2021

Commentary: Washington watch: ED seeks applications for additional HEER funds

The U.S. Education Department (ED) has not released all the higher education emergency relief funds (HEERF) at once. The first category — and the one that drew most of the attention — was the $20.2 billion combined formula-based institutional and student funds. 
Community College Daily, April 8, 2021

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