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September 2, 2014

Quote of the day:
“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

U.S. Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The federal government should require all colleges to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missing assignments, or spotty attendance.

SIU hoping enrollment doesn't fall again this year (Daily Herald)
Officials at Southern Illinois University say they're "guardedly optimistic" new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments.

Roosevelt move part of 'tectonic shift' in education (Daily Herald)
The market forces prompting Roosevelt University to significantly scale back its Schaumburg operation are the result of a "tectonic shift" in higher education in Illinois that is being felt by colleges throughout the state, experts say.

'Aspiring Adults Adrift' (Inside Higher Ed)
In their 2011 book Academically Adrift, authors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, argued that colleges are failing to educate students.

Higher Ed Groups Respond to Harkin’s Draft Proposal (Inside Higher Ed)
Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

U. of Illinois Willing to Settle With Salaita (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is willing to make a financial settlement with Steven Salaita, the controversial scholar whose hiring was blocked last month by Chancellor Phyllis Wise amid debate over Salaita's anti-Israel comments.

Cutting Costs and Quality? (Inside Higher Ed)
An institution’s decision to drop print books for ebooks may rankle traditionalists, but at the University Colorado at Boulder, it’s the open-to-innovation crowd that is speaking out.

Salaita backlash putting UI in bad light (News-Gazette)
Wanted: world-class scholar for state flagship university: home to Nobel Prize winners, patent-generating professors, an international student body and a fiery contretemps that has included academic boycotts and votes of no confidence in university leaders.

Salaita prompted donors' fury (News-Gazette)
As news spread in late July about a new University of Illinois faculty hire and media outlets began publishing some of his profanity-laden tweets, a number of wealthy donors threatened to stop giving money to the university, recently released documents show.

As student bodies get more diverse, colleges rethink services (PBS NewsHour)
This year, for the first time, white students make up less than half the student body in the country’s public K-12 schools, down from 63 percent in 1997. That same change is coming to college campuses fast.

Can universities be embarrassed into raising graduation rates? (PBS NewsHour)
It was the last day of student government elections at Purdue University, and junior Bobby Hadrix, running for class president, was doing some 11th-hour stumping on the campus oval alongside fervent supporters in bright red matching T-shirts.

SXU installs high-tech video wall (Southtown Star)
St. Xavier University’s Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology recently completed its video wall, a high-tech electronic display for showcasing student artwork

LLCC schedules health career information sessions (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Lincoln Land Community College will hold a series of information sessions on health-care careers starting in November and continuing into May 2015.

No smoking ban applies to Illini tailgaters too (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium parking lots.

Op-ed: Value of college degree is still strong (The Indianapolis Star)
There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree. While this viewpoint has its critics, the reality is the value of a degree has never been greater.

Picking Up an Elusive College Dream (The New York Times)
At the corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, Tenille Warren waited impatiently for the light to change.

SIU hopeful retention plan is working (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- SIU officials are anxiously awaiting 10-day enrollment figures and are “guardedly optimistic” the numbers will show the school has ended its nine-year trend of dropping enrollments.

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