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January 30, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Getting Credit for What You Know (Atlantic Monthly)
College wasn’t right for Daniel Gamez when he first tried it as a recent high school graduate nearly two decades ago.

SIUE to increase dental services for needy children (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine has announced that starting immediately, the school will increase dental services offered to children with special needs. Read more here: (Bloomington Pantagraph)

Editorial: College of DuPage fails Good Government 101 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Now the board of the College of DuPage has trumped Metra in this game of indefensible giveaways, approving $763,000 in severance for its president.

U. of I. student from Chicago reported missing since Sunday (Chicago Sun-Times)
Police are searching for a 20-year-old University of Illinois student from Chicago who disappeared from the college campus on Sunday.

Editorial: College of DuPage trustees, it's time to go (Chicago Tribune)
ix members of the College of DuPage board of trustees have failed the students, parents and taxpayers who relied on them and their — is this word too generous? — judgment..

The Anatomy of an Academic Program Cut (Chronicle of Higher Education)
You’re the leader of a public university that has been slammed with state budget cuts, and you’ve decided the only way forward is to eliminate some academic offerings. Now comes a difficult question: Which programs stay and which go?

Colleges Raised a Record $1.26-Billion for Sports in 2014 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Wealthy donors are fueling a boom in gifts to major-college sports programs, with the biggest athletics departments reporting a total of more than $1-billion in donations last year, according to a survey released this week by the Council for Aid to Education.

On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It took President Obama just a week to ditch his proposal to roll back tax breaks for 529 college-savings plans.

Should COD building be named for Breuder or Medal of Honor recipient? (Daily Herald)
A decision to name the College of DuPage's Homeland Security Education Center after college President Robert Breuder is drawing criticism from some area veterans and others who say it would be more appropriate to name it in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, a Medal of Honor recipient from Wheaton.

American Colleges Expanding Campuses to Africa (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In fall 2012, Carnegie Mellon University established a new campus that offers a graduate degree in information technology and a joint degree in computer science and electrical engineering in Kigali, Rwanda. ­

National Initiative Aims to Lift Minority Men (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In an effort to improve the outcomes for underrepresented men of color at community colleges, a new national consortium is being launched with the intended purpose of strategizing over how best to serve this growing demographic.

A Fool-proof Guide to Accreditation (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Over the last decade I’ve helped hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States prepare for accreditation reviews.

Appeals Court: Case Western Can Deny Student’s Medical Degree (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A federal appeals court has ruled that a university in Cleveland can deny a medical degree to a student if the school decides the student lacks professionalism.

Students of Color, Women Still Harassment Targets on Campuses (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The recent racial profiling of Yale University student Tahj Blow by campus police this past weekend has re-ignited debates and renewed considerable attention to targeting of minority students on predominantly White campuses.

Annual concert features best of Millikin students (Herald & Review)
After months of prep, from tryouts to rehearsals, three Millikin students are ready to take the spotlight.

Gov. Rauner at Richland Community College (Herald & Review)
Bruce Rauner visits Richland Community College to talk about the challenges the state of Illinois faces.

Going After the Donors (Inside Higher Ed)
o one following the Steven Salaita case was surprised Thursday when the displaced scholar announced he’s suing top administrators of the University of Illinois System and its Urbana-Champaign campus

Time and Money (Inside Higher Ed)
It may make sense to move beyond the Carnegie unit, but where should we go?

Counting Students Equally? (Inside Higher Ed)
core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.

Completing Your Ph.D. Remotely (Inside Higher Ed)
Completing a dissertation is a challenging process that requires meticulous planning and sustained effort for an extended period of time, and the rewards are not always apparent or tangible.

U. of Wisconsin Leader Defends Faculty from Governor (Inside Higher Ed)
he head of the University of Wisconsin System defended faculty from state Governor Scott Walker's suggestion that professors should teach more classes to save money as part of a Walker-backed $300 million budget cut.

Counting Students Equally? (Inside Higher Ed)
A core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.

Going After the Donors (Inside Higher Ed)
No one following the Steven Salaita case was surprised Thursday when the displaced scholar announced he’s suing top administrators of the University of Illinois System and its Urbana-Champaign campus.

U of I chancellor backs plan to improve Willard Airport (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she supports an advisory group's recommendations for improving Willard Airport.

Rauner pledges UI support (News-Gazette)
After laying out a host of problems in the state of Illinois high property taxes, poor schools, conflicts of interest, unaffordable pensions, being economically uncompetitive with nearby states Gov. Bruce Rauner had some encouraging news Thursday for the University of Illinois and Champaign County crowd at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Study values Community Colleges (NPR)
A Northern Illinois University study proves community college graduates’ value to the economy.

Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to generate more money to spend on higher education, he told a crowd at the University of Illinois' flagship campus Thursday, but he wants school administrators to take the first step toward managing their own finances. Read more:

Long-unused flagpole at U of I being restored (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois officials are restoring a flagpole that has been at the school since the 1920s and long unused. Read more:

Professor who lost University of Illinois job offer sues (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane anti-Israel Twitter messages sued several university officials Thursday, saying they denied his right to free speech and that the school should rehire him.

2015 UIS film series features mythology, love and Snowden (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Since 2003, the University of Illinois at Springfield has been playing host to its Foreign and Independent Film Series. This spring’s event kicks off Friday with “Black Orpheus” (“Orfeu Negro”) (1959), an Academy Award-winning (best foreign-language film) 20th century portrayal of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read more: & Life/150129565#ixzz3QJa5oUYH

Voice of The Southern: Politics, academics play into SIU athletic director job (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University is expected to name a new athletic director this spring.

Daily Egyptian printing press retired after nearly 50 years (The Southern Illinoisan)
The 99-year-old Daily Egyptian will no longer be printed on campus.

Op-ed: Obama’s free college plan is no panacea; just ask California (The Washington Post)
President Obama’s proposal to make community colleges free is a valiant effort to address the rising demand for skilled workers throughout the nation and to improve college access for low-income students.

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