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March 27, 2015

Quote of the day:
“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Students told respect a two-way street with police (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Respect from both sides — police and those they encounter — can go a long way toward keeping situations from going bad.

Emergency response test set Tuesday at ISU (Bloomington Pantagraph)
First responders will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Illinois State University’s decommissioned South Campus residence hall complex and ISU’s Student Health Services in the Student Services Building.

Renewed attention to campus sexual violence (Chicago Sun-Times)
On college campuses across the United States, there is renewed attention to sexual violence after two former Vanderbilt University football players were convicted of sexual assault. The two men are scheduled to be sentenced in April. (March 27) AP.

Illinois schools have biggest funding gap in nation (Chicago Tribune)
Illinois has the most unfair school funding system in the nation, according to a study released this week by The Education Trust.

A chance for change at College of DuPage (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Tribune has spilled considerable ink reporting on the expensive failings of the administration and trustees at the College of DuPage

College of DuPage gives foundation board member $630,000 in no-bid projects (Chicago Tribune)
Without receiving a single competitive bid, the College of DuPage has paid a member of its foundation board more than $630,000 to design and install signs for the school over the past four years — with much of the work made possible through a contract that references her experience as an architect.

How an Elite Women’s College Lost Its Base and Found Its Mission (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Almost 30 years ago, Trinity College, in Washington, D.C., faced a crisis familiar to many small institutions today: It lost the ability to attract the predominantly well-to-do women it had traditionally enrolled.

Many Teach Grants Turn Into Loans; Report Asks Department to Find Out Why (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A third of the more than 112,000 students who have received federal Teach Grants have had their grants changed to loans, according to a report released on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

Myths in the political roar over Common Core (Daily Herald)
In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.

National Urban League Delivers Word to Higher Ed (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Now in its 39th annual edition, The State of Black America has gone digital in a push to engage more people, particularly those involved in higher education.

SIUE School of Nursing honored (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing received the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s 2014 Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment at the St. Louis Hyatt Regency on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Professors Should Define Student Success (Inside Higher Ed)
umina Foundation recently released an updated version of its Degree Qualifications Profile (D.Q.P.), which helps define what students should know and what skills they should master to obtain higher education degrees.

Dropouts, Grads, and Terrible Counting (Inside Higher Ed)
Ashley Smith’s IHE story Thursday got few comments and drew little notice, but it should have made national headlines.

Report Faults Education Dept. Management of Grants for Teachers (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education needs to do a better job of managing the federal grant program for teachers, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

Western trustees to consider tuition increase (McDonough County, The Voice)
Western Illinois University trustees will consider a tuition increase during a meeting set for Friday on the Macomb campus.

Luring Working Executives to M.B.A. Programs (News-Gazette)
The Conshohocken Curve, a bend in Interstate 76 west of Philadelphia, is one of those traffic-report designations with a plethora of nightmare rush-hour delays. Through much of the winter, nearby St. Joseph’s University took advantage of the inevitable delays to place a billboard promoting its executive M.B.A. program along the curve.

Education makes community better (News-Gazette)
When Shelly Larson moved to Danville 16 years ago, she quickly grew to love the city.

One of the biggest threats to student privacy?? Failure to communicate? (The Hechinger Report)
Online programs bring new educational resources to classrooms and homes.

Managing Student Loan Debt as an Older Adult (The New York Times)
Continuing your education is a lofty pursuit, but it could become an albatross if you get too deep into student loan debt.

Illinois bill would bar public funds for graduation speakers (The Southern Illinoisan)
A proposal in the Illinois House would bar public universities from paying commencement speakers with public funds.

Push for Private Options in Education Gains Momentum (The Wall Street Journal)
A growing number of statehouses are considering measures that would allow school districts, parents and students increasingly to use taxpayer funds to explore alternatives to traditional state-backed public education.

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