State looks at college enrollment goals for high school students

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) met Aug. 23 to discuss legislative proposals to meet the state’s goals of getting 70% of Washington to have some form of post-secondary education.

The proposals are looking to address some of the barriers that inhibit Washingtonians from seeking higher education through a four-year, two-year or technical program. The legislation particularly targeted low-income students and students of color, who have been most heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An issue I hear over and over again is why Washington, with everything it has going for it, has a college going rate that is ten points below the national average,” said Michael Meotti, executive director of the WSAC. “Year after year, we see a decline in adults enrolling, particularly in community and technical colleges. This is trying to get at that issue.”

According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 53% of

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Missouri State University board raises president Clif Smart’s pay

At meetings this year, Missouri State’s Board of Governors has asked tough questions of the university’s president.

Members also repeatedly praised Clif Smart’s decision-making and handling of the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The board recently put that praise in writing with members giving Smart high marks on his annual review.

Members evaluated Smart’s strategic and educational leadership; organizational and financial management; fundraising; external, internal and board relations; and personal characteristics and values.

Board chair Amy Counts said, in a news release, that Smart continued to display “vision, judgement and agility” during the pandemic.

“In the spirit of innovation that is core to Missouri State, the university demonstrated leadership and creativity in providing a safe campus for our students and an interactive environment that few universities chose or were able to offer this past year,” Counts said.

Amy Counts

“This enabled our students to have a somewhat normal campus experience during a year filled

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Tencent’s Pony Ma Loses $3 Billion After State Media Calls Online Games ‘Spiritual Opium’

Chinese internet tycoon Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, lost $3.2 billion in one day after state media lambasted online games in an unusually harsh editorial, fueling fears that his gaming giant Tencent and others could come under heightened scrutiny.

Tencent’s Hong Kong-listed shares closed 6{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} lower on Tuesday, after plunging as much as 11{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} when the article first came out the same day. Published by a unit of the official Xinhua News Agency, it blamed online games for causing problems such as addiction and myopia, and likened them to “spiritual opium” and “electronic drugs.” The story was later taken down from the agency’s website, but it remains in the print version.

“Some students spent eight hours a day playing Tencent’s ‘Honor

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Ivey announces $23.5 million for state education projects

Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday announced disbursement of the remaining $23.5 million in Public School and College Authority bond issues to five educational entities statewide to pay for infrastructure projects and upgrades. 

“I’m pleased to announce the more than $23.5 million to worthy infrastructural projects and upgrades to our educational facilities,” Ivey said in a statement. “These remaining PSCA funds will make needed improvements to our public educational facilities, which will have a lasting impact on future generations of Alabamians. I am extremely grateful to Alabama’s retiring Finance Director Kelly Butler for his diligence on this project to ensure we are investing wisely in meaningful education and workforce efforts.”

“There is no question these dollars will provide a positive return on investment to the citizens of Alabama,” Butler said in a statement. “Despite the challenges of the last year, Governor Ivey and the members of the Alabama Legislature displayed great

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