Quote of the day:
“Lead from the back -- and let others believe they are in front.”
UIC faculty authorizes strike; talks go on (Chicago Sun-Times)
The unionized faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago has voted overwhelmingly to strike, even while negotiations with a federal mediator continue, union officials said late Thursday.
Classes canceled at SIU Carbondale due to snowstorm (Chicago Tribune)
Officials canceled classes Southern Illinois University Carbondale this morning due to a snow storm that is expected to continue into tonight.
Northwestern to start program for CPS students (Chicago Tribune)
Five years ago, Northwestern University's freshman class included just 28 graduates from Chicago Public Schools.
Many New Ph.D.'s Emerge Deeper in Debt Than in the Past, Survey Shows (Chronicle of Higher Education)
More than 51,000 students earned Ph.D.'s in 2012, a 4.3-percent increase over the 48,908 in the previous year, according to data released on Friday by the National Science Foundation. And as graduates continue to face a challenging academic job market, those new Ph.D.'s who graduate with debt are shouldering heavier burdens than ever before, the data show.
Ahead of Summit, White House Asks Colleges to Commit to Needy Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The White House is asking participants in next week's higher-education summit to commit to taking concrete steps to help more low-income students enroll in and complete college.
Just the Stats: Majority of College-Bound Students Select Wrong Majors (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Selecting a major is a difficult decision for most students as it outlines their academic trajectory, defines their early career paths, and can even lock them into a particular field.
Innovation -- Doomed to Fail? (Inside Higher Ed)
Innovation is the catchword of the day. You’ve heard the speeches and read the op-eds.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/12/06/higher-ed-disruptions-doomed-fail-without-addressing-state-faculty-essay#ixzz2mijwwAKl
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White House Meeting With Homework (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama has once again invited a group of college leaders to a meeting at the White House. But to participate in the confab next week attendees must make a new commitment aimed at helping lower-income students – and they have to submit those goals in writing.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/12/06/obama-administration-asks-colleges-set-goals-lower-income-student-success#ixzz2mikANOd3
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Confirming the MOOC Myth (Inside Higher Ed)
The story so far: Massive open online courses have yet to live up to their potential. But unlocking that potential could already be a pilot at a community college, state university or private institution.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/12/06/mooc-research-conference-confirms-commonly-held-beliefs-about-medium#ixzz2mikRx99K
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Student Loan Bill of Rights: A Call to Arms? (Springfield State Journal-Register)
? In an attempt to tackle the private student loan crisis, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights at a press conference in Chicago on December 3, that would provide basic protections for students flirting with default on their loans. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Professors in Deal to Design Online Lessons for A.P. Classes (The New York Times)
To ease the way for students grappling with certain key concepts, professors at Davidson College in North Carolina will design online lessons for high school students in Advanced Placement courses in calculus, physics and macroeconomics and make them widely available through the College Board and edX, a nonprofit online education venture.
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