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July 23, 2014

Quote of the day:
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."
John Steinbeck

Schools: IMSA student takes gold in Mathematics Olympiad (Beacon News)
Math star James Tao again applied his winning formula to math competitions. Tao, a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, won his second gold medal competing for Team USA at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) July 23 through 24. After rigorous preparation, Tao competed against 600 of the best math students from more than 100 countries.

Fire knocks ISU solar car out of national competition (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A fire severely damaged the Illinois State University solar car participating in the Formula Sun Grand Prix track competition in Austin, Texas, preventing the ISU solar car team from competing in the American Solar Challenge road race that began Monday.

ACT edged out as state brings in new high school exams (Chicago Tribune)
The popular ACT college entrance exam has been bumped from the roster of required state tests in 2015, part of a wave of changes reshaping how and when Illinois students are tested, which drew criticism from educators across the Chicago region.

New Role for College Business Officers: Selling Change (Chronicle of Higher Education)
At 4:15 a.m. on a crisp summer morning, a vice president for finance made small talk outside the downtown Sheraton while awaiting an airport shuttle on the final day of the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce a plan on Tuesday to change how the federal government allocates millions of job-training dollars to colleges and other organizations.

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Higher education cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as states and secondary schools devise common standards that seek to define who’s ready for college, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation.

Fafsa Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overreported their income this year, costing many of the applicants their Pell Grants, the department has announced.

When Flexibility Is a Flaw (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Intransigence has been getting a bad name recently.

Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In an effort to graduate more nontraditional students faster, the U.S. Education Department will test the idea of awarding student aid based on something other than credit hours, the department said on Tuesday.

ISU ranks high in college economic value list (Google News)
Illinois State University was among the top 2 percent of schools with high economic value in a recent list compiled by the Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index.

Operation Calculus bringing a higher level of understanding (Herald & Review)
Maressa Brown made up her mind in her junior year at Eisenhower High School that she did not want to sign up for Advanced Placement calculus.

Corruption hits taxpayers hard (Herald & Review)
Taxpayers in Illinois pay an additional $1,038 per person in taxes because of the state's corruption, according to a recent study by two university professors.

Renewed Push on Job Training (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama took steps to overhaul federal job training programs on Tuesday, announcing new executive actions and signing new workforce investment legislation.

Low-income Kids Really Want to Go to College. Here's Why It's Not Happening (Inside Higher Ed)
A new study confirms that low-income students understand that education is a path out of poverty, and most aspire to go to college—at an even higher rate than most students overall.

Experimenting With Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Affordable Options (Inside Higher Ed)
Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to a new research paper, but many high schools lack the sort of resources the paper discusses. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

UI trustees to vote on $4.5 million more for State Farm Center (News-Gazette)
The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.

Letter: New UI professor bashes Israel (News-Gazette)
As if the Bill Ayers and James Kilgore hiring debacles haven't caused enough public relations grief for the University of Illinois, those charged with acquiring academics for classroom teaching positions appear to have done it again.

Letter: Act will improve job training (News-Gazette)
While job growth has remained lackluster during our economic recovery, the construction industry is facing a shortage of qualified workers that threatens the future of the industry — up to 1.6 million workers by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

UI medical-school plan gets major overhaul (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Plans to operate a new University of Illinois medical school under a public-private partnership model have been set aside, and a new governance structure for the engineering-focused college is now being considered.

Community college breaks ground on simulated mine (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Southeastern Illinois College has broken ground on the state's second simulated mine facility that will be used to train rescue teams. Read more:

SEC stands behind further exploration of Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine (The Daily Illini)
At its Monday meeting, the Senate Executive Committee offered its support to the chancellor and provost to further explore the establishment of a separately accredited College of Medicine on the University’s Urbana campus.

Durbin: Kenny Gray helped Southern Illinois (The Southern Illinoisan)
The first time I ever saw him, I was a college kid standing in a crowd around a football field in southeastern Illinois.

Historically black colleges face uncertain future (The Washington Post)
Three days before Payton Wilkins returned home to Detroit last May with a bachelor’s degree, his cousin was arrested for selling heroin and crack cocaine.

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