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December 17, 2014

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
Amelia Earhart

35 percent of all security breaches take place in higher education (BetaNews)
A new infographic from enterprise security and backup specialist SysCloud looks at the risks higher education bodies face and how they can improve their levels of protection.

Green named president of Lincoln Christian (Bloomington Pantagraph)
LINCOLN — A longtime Lincoln Christian University administrator was named Wednesday as the school's seventh president. Don Green has been the transitional president since June 1, when Keith Ray retired. The Board of Trustees announced his unanimous selection Wednesday following a nationwide search.

Why the Admissions Office May Be Part of the Problem of College Access (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Access to college is a hot issue these days, with policy makers and colleges looking for ways to enroll more low-income, first-generation, and minority students. Many people see the admissions office as a key part of the solution.

Richland board approves sign language program (Herald & Review)
DECATUR – A new program at Richland Community College will come in handy for those looking to pursue a degree in sign language. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Richland Board of Trustees approved the American Sign Language and Interpreting Associate in Applied Science degree as well as the five academic certificates offered through the program.

Getting Accreditation Right (Inside Higher Ed)
Linda Suskie knows the accreditation process. She has seen it from both sides during her four-decade career in higher education, which has included stints as a university administrator and as a vice president at a regional accrediting agency.

Spoon River College trustees to consider tax levy (McDonough County, The Voice)
MACOMB — The Spoon River College Board of Trustees will take final action over adopting a resolution directing a 2015-16 tax levy today during its regular monthly meeting — this time being held in Macomb. The resolution, as well as the certificate of complaints with the Truth and Taxation Act, must be filed on or before the last Tuesday this month. Read more:

Strobel won't seek reappointment to UI board (News-Gazette)
A trustee who led the University of Illinois through two presidential searches during her term is stepping down when her appointment ends in January.

Our View: College degrees are vital, but the cost is stifling (Portland Press Herald)
The increasing reliance on tuition to fund public higher education will shut the middle class out.

U of Illinois trustee Pam Strobel resigns (Quad-City Times)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A member of the University of Illinois board of trustees who led the school through two presidential searches says she is resigning. Pam Strobel tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette ( ) in a Wednesday story that she has informed University of Illinois President Bob Easter of her decision.

College costs rise fastest for the poorest (The Hechinger Report)
The American RadioWorks looks at how universities and colleges that promised at a White House summit to make higher education more affordable for low-income students have been raising their prices faster for the poorest students than for their wealthier classmates.

Dreith: JALC faced with 'perfect financial storm' (The Southern Illinoisan)
Even if John A. Logan College were not grappling with being stripped of $1.7 million in tuition reimbursements, the college would still be faced with nearly a $2 million budget shortfall projected for the fiscal year that begins July 1, college President Mike Dreith said Tuesday.

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