Clark College nursing professors, AHE Act of Solidarity April 5, 2019.
HB 2158 passes; landmark legislation for ctc's
Here are the SBCTC's 2019-21 Biennial Budget Legislative Notes for April 28, 2019
The 2019 Legislative Session ended with an historic investment in public higher education and an expansion of financial aid for low- and middle-income students. With E2SHB 2158, Workforce Education, the Legislature dedicated a new stream of revenue to increase faculty compensation, improve student success and shore up operational funding for public colleges and universities. Most of the new investments described below were included in this landmark legislation, sponsored by Representative Drew Hansen.
Guided Pathways Funding: $32.1 million ($2m for FY20; $30.1 million for FY21) to implement Guided Pathways at all CTCs.
Career Launch Enrollments: $3 million- $1m for FY20; $2m for FY21.
Student Assistance Grants: $1.5 million ($750,000 each year) for emergency assistance grants for students experiencing unforeseen emergences or situations that affect ability to attend classes (2SHB 1893).
Homeless College Students: $548,000 ($200,000 for FY20; $348,000 for FY21) is provided for a pilot program that assists students experiencing homelessness or who were in the foster care system (2SSB 5800).
Washington College Grant: $190 million for financial aid. The State Need Grant is replaced by the Washington College Grant (WCG). These new investments will:
Increase awards with tuition to hold students harmless from tuition and fee increases.
Reduce the waitlist by one-third in 2019-20 and eliminate the waitlist in 2020-21.
Expand eligibility from 70% to 100% of median family income in 2020-21.
AHE Officer Election Results
President: Suzanne Southerland
Professor of Communication Studies
Vice President: April Mixon
Professor of Chemistry
Our new AHE slogan is Higher Ed Workers Unite
We hope our new slogan can be used to represent both AHE and WPEA (our staff union) as we're working on more collaboration between the two. A close runner-up was "AHE - Keeping Administration Honest Since 2019."
Thank you for your ideas and creativity. Look for an AHE poster under your door or in your workroom soon!
Clark College Adjunct Faculty Survey
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Parity Pay: Think About It #10 - “But what if the college is really broke?”
Fair enough. If the college is really broke, it should not have to pay faculty market wages because increasing our wages is an extra expense.
- By the same reasoning, if your heating bill goes up, just tell the gas or electric company that you are broke and you should not have to pay the new rate.
- When groceries go up – and climate change is going to drive up food prices – just tell the supermarket that you are broke. The market will be glad to let you pay the old prices.
- When gasoline prices go up – don’t think they will stay this low forever – just tell the gas station attendants that you are broke. Undoubtedly they will be happy to take $2 a gallon from you, or whatever you think you should pay.
- Are your medical bills going up? Well, how silly. Just tell your providers you are broke and that you want the same services you have always had – no, actually, even more services – for the old rate.
- And if you want to buy a house in a market where the prices keep going up, no problem. Just tell the agent and sellers that you are broke and would like that house at the 1999 price.
Folks, if the college is broke, we didn’t break it. Who is minding the Clark cash register? Not you or me. If I mismanage my budget, I am the one responsible. Meanwhile the bills still need to get paid.
Who is responsible if Clark has no money? Who didn’t do their job? That’s question #1. Question #2 is why whoever that was thinks that we should bear the cost/be punished for it.
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