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October 30, 2014

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A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
James A. Garfield

When a Community College Transforms a City (Atlantic Monthly)
When David Harrison became president of Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in 2010, the central-Ohio region, though economically healthier than the rest of the state, was still reeling from the effects of the Great Recession.

Waubonsee STEM students tell success stories (Beacon News)
For Ruben Noceda, 53, of Montgomery, who lost his job in a corporate downsizing last year, the STEM Scholarship Program at Waubonsee Community College offers an opportunity to reboot his career.

Belleville resident named McKendree's Lincoln Laureate (Belleville News-Democrat)
Lindsay Hansard, an English and philosophy double major with a 4.0 grade point average, is McKendree University's 2014 Lincoln Laureate. Hansard, who is from Belleville, will receive the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion on Nov. 1 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, when the Lincoln Academy of Illinois recognizes outstanding college seniors for their excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Albert W. Isenman III, 1948-2014 (Chicago Tribune)
Albert W. Isenman III was an award-winning instructor at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and later the school's director of Custom Executive Programs.. In that role, he developed programs the university created for major companies and government agencies, said Stephen Burnett, professor of strategy at the school.

North Central College receives grant for downtown Naperville park (Chicago Tribune)
North Central College has received a state grant to help fund the park it is creating in downtown Naperville.. The $1.1 million in state funds will go toward environmental restoration and construction of the park at 430 S. Washington Street.

Grand Canyon U. Contemplates a Nonprofit Future (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The for-profit Grand Canyon University is considering reverting back to nonprofit status, a move its president said could spare it from the “stigma” surrounding the for-profit higher-education industry and allow it to tap into the rich vein of philanthropy that would support its Christian-focused mission.

Is this the cheapest price yet for college textbooks? (Crain's Chicago Business)
You don't need to be a math major to know that spending $5 for a college textbook is less than spending $45 and way less than spending $187. In this story problem, the prices are real. A new edition of “Professional Feature Writing” by Bruce Garrison goes for $187 on, while the cheapest used copy is listed at $45.

Harper College fire science instructor stepping down after 42 years (Daily Herald)
For 42 years Keyworth has navigated the highly technical world of building codes and inspections as an instructor in Harper College's Fire Science program. He is stepping down from the position Nov. 1, though he still plans to keep lecturing and writing for trade publications.

Work to begin on UI Labs headquarters (Daily Herald)
The developers of a public-private research lab involving the University of Illinois are expected to break ground on its headquarters in Chicago.

U of I fraternity to meet with school officials about sign (Daily Herald)
Members of a University of Illinois fraternity are expected to meet with the administration soon to discuss a sign they posted during homecoming weekend.

Akron Tops in College Completion Contest (Inside Higher Ed)
Akron beat out 56 other cities in a contest to increase college-degree production during a four-year period that concluded in 2013.

Gainful Employment Arrives (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education today will release what is likely the Obama administration’s last chance to set regulations to clamp down on for-profit colleges.

White House issues rules to regulate colleges with career-training programs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules to be issued Thursday by the Obama administration....

What makes a good Common Core math question? (The Hechinger Report)
Both the math and English Common Core standards have their share of critics but it’s math that gets special condemnation, as the new problem worksheets land on kitchen tables across the country.

Civil rights groups urge college crackdown (The Hill)
A coalition of civil rights organizations is pressing the Obama administration to take a bold approach on looming for-profit college regulations that the industry warns would adversely affect minority students.

New Gainful Employment Rule Is Weak, but Predatory For-profit Colleges Remain on the Ropes (The Huffington Post)
The rule is far too weak to address the grave misconduct of predatory for-profit colleges.

Military, Non-Traditional Student Services to be merged (The Northern Star)
The merger of Military Student Services and Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services will happen despite concerns voiced in the departments, said Katrina Caldwell, assistant vice president for Student Affairs.

SIU retention numbers up from last year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU’s retention rate for freshmen returning for their sophomore year was up to 68.4 percent, an 8.3 percentage point increase from the 60.1 percent retention rate in 2013.

Alumni: SIU is great; downtown is ho-hum (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU alumni generally think that the school is great, that Southern Illinois is beautiful but that downtown Carbondale is just ho-hum.

Obama administration issues rules to regulate colleges with career-training programs (The Washington Post)
For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules issued Thursday by the Obama administration.

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