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News Links | February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Rethinking writing assessments to foster equity

To bridge racial equity gaps, the Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecology (AWAE) Grant is working to restructure grading. Funded by College Spark Washington, the grant supports writing-assessment changes at various participating institutions like Bellevue College, Pierce College, and Shoreline Community College.  
425 Business, Feb. 17, 2021

WA budget cuts threaten Tri-Cities college students most affected by COVID pandemic

... The costs of the COVID-19 pandemic could end up spilling over into the classes available and how much they pay in tuition. The leaders at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College are worried the governor’s proposed budget that would require furloughs, salary freezes and other reductions.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 15, 2021

Opinion: Supporting students is key to an equitable economic recovery

... Western Washington University and its two-year Community College partners, Olympic College and Peninsula College, serve students throughout Washington with various postsecondary credentials. The demographics of students in the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula regions are different from students attending Western’s main campus in Bellingham or other residential colleges in the state. 
Kitsap Sun, Feb. 14, 2021

Why are local high school grads struggling in college? Listen and they’ll tell you

... Bay-Meyer and her team hoped to help fill that void by interviewing more than 50 Pierce County high school graduates who attended Tacoma Community College or the University of Washington Tacoma and left despite being in good academic standing. “The intent of the project was to share quotes publicly to help really spearhead efforts in the community to help students in the future,” Bay-Meyer said.
News Tribune, Feb. 12, 2021

Editorial: COVID has derailed too many dreams. Lawmakers must not derail our economic future

... The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board met recently with Columbia Basin College President Rebekah Woods, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes and Andrew Sund, president of Heritage University, based in Toppenish. They are deeply concerned about students who have dropped out of college classes because of the pandemic.
Tri-City Herald, Feb. 12, 2021

Opinion: Christine Johnson: Competition, other factors drive innovation in education

... The Inland Northwest is fortunate to have such a wide array of high performing institutions with different missions and strong collaborations to serve the many needs of our state, the region, and indeed the country.  All our local higher education institutions—Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and Washington State University—have been closely tracking and implementing changes in our industry that are indispensable to prepare for the future.  
Journal of Business, Feb. 11, 2021

South Seattle College’s Yilin Sun gets State Dept. award

Dr. Yilin Sun, who has spent the majority of her 30-plus year career teaching English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and Seattle Central College, has been recognized as a top-30 contributor to the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program. The specialist program is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021.
Northwest Asian Weekly, Feb. 11, 2021

SFCC theater production finds unlikely success despite COVID challenges

There are countless moving parts that go into producing a musical, so much so that in normal circumstances it seems like a herculean task. Adding in a pandemic, strict health regulations and unreliable internet makes that task a hundred times harder. That still wasn't enough to stop the theater department at Spokane Falls Community College from putting on their fall show Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.
Inlander, Feb. 11, 2021

Sexy werewolves and social media saviors: Spokane author Åsa Maria Bradley preps the release of her latest paranormal romance

... Bradley has worked consistently through the pandemic, primarily staying at home and working both on her writing and in her day job teaching physics at Spokane Falls Community College. In her role as a professor, she's had to get used to communicating with students online and filming videos of her labs or lectures.
Inlander, Feb. 11, 2011

Trends | Horizons | Education

Washington state’s for-profit online schools are expanding enrollment during the pandemic

As Washington school districts wrangle with massive enrollment drops during the pandemic, new statewide data shows that nearly 6,000 children transferred to a type of school that has faced criticism for closed financial books and poor academic performance: virtual schools paid for by taxpayer dollars and run by for-profit companies.  
The Seattle Times, Feb. 17, 2021

Indigenous and LGBTQ students' mental health most hurt by pandemic

Indigenous students reported the highest rates of negative mental health related to the pandemic compared to students in all other racial and ethnic groups who visited their college counseling centers last year, according to new data released by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Black, Hispanic or Latino, and Indigenous students also reported the highest rates of grief and loss, a blog post about the data said.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 17, 2021

The skinny on teaching evals and bias

Many studies criticize student evaluations of teaching as biased or a poor measure of teaching effectiveness, or both. But none of these papers are as expansive as a new metastudy of more than 100 articles on these student evaluations, or SETs. The new study’s breadth means its authors can cut through the sometimes contradictory research on SETs.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 17, 2021

Zoombombing often an 'inside job'

The Zoombombing trend, where digital disruptors join online meetings and spew hateful comments, play loud music and share lewd content, thankfully seems to have died down in recent months. As staff, students and faculty at some colleges approach nearly a year of working and studying remotely, perhaps the novelty of ruining someone’s day by inviting strangers to commandeer their conference call has worn off.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 17, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Biden rejects $50,000 loan forgiveness

Top Senate Democrats and progressive groups continued to press President Biden on Wednesday to use his executive powers to wipe away up to $50,000 from the debts of all student borrowers -- after Biden said for the first time he has no intention of doing so. Biden addressed the debate over canceling student loans in the strongest terms yet during a town hall meeting sponsored by CNN Tuesday night.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 18, 2021

Biden takes aim at IRAPs

The Biden administration this week took a step to curb a fledgling federal apprenticeship program started under the Trump administration that was designed to ease some bureaucratic restrictions in order to make apprenticeships appealing to more businesses. President Joe Biden on Wednesday rescinded an executive order signed by former President Donald Trump that created the industry-recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP).
Community College Daily, Feb. 18, 2021

Cardona takes step toward confirmation

Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, took a major step Thursday toward his likely confirmation by the Senate. Six Republicans joined 11 Democrats in supporting Cardona, as the Senate education committee voted to back the nomination, 17 to 5.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2021

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