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News Links | March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Opinion: Invest in Seattle Colleges for a path to higher education equity

... We all pine for peace. But this time, it may elude us unless we first — and at last — deliver more justice. This is the catalyst behind Equity Can’t Wait, a new campaign on behalf of the 41,000 students at the Seattle Colleges: South, Seattle Central and North.
The Seattle Times, March 24, 2021

Community Colleges of Spokane to host virtual commencement ceremonies

Spring graduation ceremonies for Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College will be virtual due to COVID-19 concerns, college administrators said Wednesday. SCC and SFCC will each host a live-stream ceremony June 18.
The Spokesman-Review, March 24, 2021

Program helping homeless students on Washington college campuses seeks to expand during pandemic

... In December, with the help of a state program, Cooper enrolled at Yakima Valley College and landed in a dorm where she had her own bed, a shower and a door that locked. “My health, mentally and physically, drastically improved,” Cooper said. ... Two four-year colleges and four technical and community colleges offer the program, which is administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Students now participate on six public campuses, including Eastern Washington University, Edmonds College, South Puget Sound Community College, Walla Walla Community College, Western Washington University and Yakima Valley College.
Imprint News, March 23, 2021

U.S. needs coordinated, multi-lateral approach to China: Locke

Gary Locke, former U.S. ambassador to China and interim president at Bellevue College, discusses U.S.-China relations under the Biden administration, tariffs on Chinese goods and tech competition between the two countries. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: China Open." [Video]
Bloomberg, March 23, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Freshmen and learning loss

For high school students, this year has been anything but normal. Many have taken their classes remotely or in hybrid configurations -- modalities that are new to many in K-12 education. Potential learning loss from this past year has been at the center of debates around school reopening across the country. But for higher education, the question is more narrow: Will students enter college less academically prepared than previous semesters? And if so, what can institutions do to help?
Inside Higher Ed, March 25, 2021

Correction on high school students attending college this fall

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center has updated data on new high school graduates entering college last fall following a data processing error that projected a far larger enrollment drop among those students. The decrease among 2020 high school graduates attending community college in the fall was -13.2%, according to a new report from the center. 
Community College Daily, March 25, 2021

New college students struggled last fall

A new report by the Center for Community College Student Engagement sheds more details about the impact of the pandemic on first-time students at community colleges, which have seen staggering drops in enrollments across the board, but especially among students of color and first-time college students.
Community College Daily, March 25, 2021

COVID-era college: Are students satisfied?

... Community college students are less likely to report online learning challenges; 10 percent say they haven’t experienced any at all, compared to 2 percent of four-year students. Perhaps two-year students are “less prone to complain about things, more willing to dig in and get the work done,” says Generals. “Our students are incredibly resilient. This is not the only trauma in their lives.”
Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2021

Moody's raises higher ed outlook to stable

Moody’s Investors Service raised its outlook for the U.S. higher education sector from negative to stable Monday, pointing to improved revenue potential for colleges and universities over the next year to year and a half. The improvement is fueled in part by tuition and auxiliary revenue standing to gain should prospects for a widespread return to on-campus and in-person learning come to pass in the fall of 2021, according to the ratings agency. 
Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Republican leaders call for keeping Trump Title IX regs

Two ranking Republican members of congressional education committees wrote to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Tuesday, advocating for the U.S. Department of Education to maintain Trump administration regulations that changed how colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct on campus.
Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2021

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