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September 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
Jacques Barzun

Op-ed: U. of I. did right, but maybe for wrong reasons (Chicago Sun-Times)
Despite all the debate over the University of Illinois’ refusal to let Professor Steven Salaita teach because many have found his tweets offensive, the real issue in the case has gone unaddressed.

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition.

In Quest for Success, Colleges Ask: What’s Working (Chronicle of Higher Education)
ith the pressure on for higher graduation rates, better retention, and more-engaged students, colleges are deploying a variety of tactics in their pursuit of student success. But whether they’re offering a first-year experience or a flipped classroom, how do they know if the programs are working?

New 11-University Alliance Plans Efforts to Help Graduate More Needy Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Eleven public research universities around the country that enroll some of the most economically and racially diverse student bodies in the nation have formed a collaboration aimed at increasing the numbers of low-income students who start and graduate from college.

4 Key Questions Experts Are Asking About Obama’s College-Ratings Plan (Chronicle of Higher Education)
President Obama’s proposed federal college-ratings system is set to be released in time for the 2015 academic year, but if the comments from administrators and researchers at a hearing on Friday are anything to go by, the plan appears to be far from complete.

Editorial: When does a professor cross the line? (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
A university should include faculty with a wide range of views, even controversial ones, and they shouldn’t be penalized for expressing them.

Editorial: Move pension issue on to `fast track' (Herald & Review)
It may be good for everyone if the state's pension overhaul were put on the so-called ``fast track.'' It appears the the pension reform approved by the General Assembly last spring is doomed for a defeat in court. If that's the case, the faster that decision is rendered, the better for taxpayers

Lake Land College plans Transfer Day (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
More than 25 colleges and universities from throughout Illinois will attend the event to discuss transfer options to four-year colleges or universities. Additionally, opportunities to discuss admission requirements, special major requirements, tuition costs and disability services will be available

Redesigning Remedial Math (National Journal)
Nationwide, remedial math is a major academic barrier to community-college students graduating. But a new partnership between the University of Texas (Austin) and the state's community colleges—called the New Mathways Project—aims to get more students up to speed, faster, by rethinking how math is taught.

Wise regrets polarization over Salaita (News-Gazette)
URBANA — In a meeting with a campus governance committee Monday, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she regrets the polarization that has occurred on campus as a result of the Steven Salaita case, and she should have consulted with more people, including those in American Indian Studies.

Chicago tops list of Obama library finalists (POLITICO)
The foundation tasked with planning Barack Obama’s presidential library has narrowed down the list of potential hosts to four finalists, with the University of Chicago widely seen as the most likely choice. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are the three other finalists that have been asked to respond Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/barack-obama-presidential-library-chicago-110970.html#ixzz3DUNY0GKy

Warren Student Loan Refinance Bill on Tap Before Mid-Term Election (Rockford Register Star)
Senator Warren, who seemed to acknowledge the bill’s controversial features, said, “I’m never going to get this politician thing right, but we want to pass a law that will cover everybody, a law that would enable people to re-finance Federal Parent PLUS loans and private loans, too,” including those made by Sallie Mae — now Navient — and those from bank and non-bank lenders that charge rates which can run into double digits.

Recruitment efforts paying off for Illinois colleges (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Recruitment efforts targeting freshmen and international students are paying off for some Illinois colleges and universities, while others credit improving retention rates with maintaining steady enrollment. Fall 2014 enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield, announced last week, grew by nearly 300 students to 5,431, making it the largest student body in UIS. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140915/News/140919676#ixzz3DUhLs4pO

International enrollment is up sharply at SIUC (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale saw its first enrollment increase in 10 years, thanks in large part to exploding international enrollment.

Tuition discount hopes to lure Hoosiers back to college (The Indianapolis Star)
When you're 30, the first day of school can feel a lot like every other day.

A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers (The New York Times)
Arianna Trickey was opening a piece of mail in her bedroom during junior year of high school when a pamphlet fell out of the envelope. The pamphlet seemed to offer the impossible: the prospect of a full scholarship to several of her dream colleges.

For Inspiration in Creating College Ratings, Look to Health Care (The New York Times)
The Obama administration is preparing a system of college ratings that it hopes will improve college quality and hold down tuition by arming consumers with better information.

Oregon's tuition-free Pay it Forward plan should take a back seat (The Oregonian)
Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission reiterated its position on Oregon's controversial tuition-free 'Pay It Forward' college finance proposal Thursday:

Free community college could cost Oregon taxpayers $250 million (The Oregonian)
A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded.

How much will college cost in 25 years? (USA TODAY)
Mounting college costs and student loan debts present a substantial dilemma for those planning to start families in the next few years: What will the cost, and value, of a college education look like 25 years down the line?

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