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November24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return."
Marie Edgeworth

Chaos adds realism to IWU nursing program (Bloomington Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — The “hospital room” was full of Illinois Wesleyan University nursing students attempting to deal with a teenager who had overdosed on pills and liquor, his upset ex-girlfriend and his angry mother. The chaos was intentional. The students, all juniors in the simulation lab for the first time, are in a psychiatric and mental health course.

After aid papers are forged, city colleges repay $4 million (Chicago Sun-Times)
The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they’ve also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Dr. Donald F. Steiner’s work improved the lives of diabetes patients around the globe. He was so esteemed in Japan, a scientist there is planning to take a portion of his ashes to Kyoto for burial in a temple, said Dr. Steiner’s cousin, Steve Roess.

To Change a Campus, Talk to the Dean (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Kathryn J. Boor became a dean at Cornell University, change was at the center of her agenda from the very beginning. She began leading the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2010, when the Ivy League institution—like colleges everywhere at the time—was in the midst of streamlining operations and cutting costs.

Gates Goes Open (Inside Higher Ed)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require grant recipients to make their research publicly available online -- a multibillion-dollar boost to the open access movement. The sweeping open access policy, which signals the foundation’s full-throated approval for the public availability of research, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and cover all new projects made possible with funding from the foundation.

Complexity of Student Vets (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- "Did you kill anybody while you were in the military?" It’s a provocative title for an education-related research paper, admits Lesley McBain, its author. But it’s not an embellishment.

Universities get dire warning about state budget (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's higher education czar issued a dire budget warning to the presidents of Illinois' public universities Friday, telling them to be prepared for cuts in state funding of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months.

Universities warned of severe budget cuts (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.

Why two states have poured money into public higher education (The Hechinger Report)
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — Construction cranes sprout like stalks of wheat from the windswept, tabletop-flat campus of the University of North Dakota.

Comparing College Costs the Easy Way (The New York Times)
If you’re a shoestring start-up trying to get noticed in an enormous industry, there’s nothing that helps more than having big players try to ban you. But from financial services to airlines, the pattern repeats itself again and again, as the lumbering giants seek to destroy rather than cooperate.

November 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come.”
Victor Hugo

Program prepares graduates to deal with increasingly complex higher ed world (Chicago Tribune)
Lisle, Illinois ~ A college president. A nationally-recognized community college innovator. An award-winning researcher.. The students and graduates of the Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change (Ed.D.) program at Benedictine University are leaving their mark in higher education.

At Age 10, Excelencia Still Fighting for Latino Educational Growth (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
WASHINGTON ? Leaders from Excelencia in Education and Congress, as well as the business and foundation world, discussed the crucial role that Hispanic and Latinos will play in shaping the nations’ future at a roundtable discussion Thursday.

Corinthian's Nonprofit Buyer (Inside Higher Ed)
The ECMC Group, a nonprofit organization that runs one of the largest student-loan guaranty agencies, announced Thursday that it will purchase 56 campuses from Corinthian Colleges, a crumbling, controversial for-profit chain.

Harkin’s Last Act? (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- With just weeks left before he retires from Congress, Senator Tom Harkin has finalized his proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act.

Editorial: Our View: Rock Valley College flying high (Rockford Register Star)
Here’s what success looks like: It’s 300 people crowded into a building at Chicago Rockford International Airport to hear about how to prepare for careers in aviation maintenance. That’s what happened Nov. 13 at an open house hosted by Rock Valley College. RVC, you’ll recall, is building a $5.1 million classroom facility at the airport to house its aviation maintenance program, which is expanding to provide more workers for the region’s aerospace industry and a soon-to-open jet repair hub.

November 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Space scientist gets U. of I. keys (Chicago Tribune)
For more than a decade, space scientist Timothy Killeen has tracked one of his satellite instruments as it circled the planet and passed over Illinois to collect data on wind in Earth's upper atmosphere..

80 semiretired Oakton college teachers could lose jobs (Chicago Tribune)
Oakton Community College will stop hiring semiretired instructors to teach classes part time, a move that could affect as many as 80 teachers and prompted an overflow crowd to show up at a college board meeting in protest Tuesday night..

Corinthian Colleges to sell 56 campuses to nonprofit for $24 million (Chicago Tribune)
Orange County-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. said Thursday that it has agreed to sell off 56 campuses for $24 million to a nonprofit entity that collects student loan debt on behalf of the federal government..

NIU primatologist named 2014 Illinois professor of the year (Chicago Tribune)
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Elgin resident and Northern Illinois Professor Dan Gebo as the 2014 Illinois Professor of the Year.

On College Accountability, Will Education Dept. Blink Again? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With President Obama promising to release his controversial college-rating plan this fall, college leaders are on high alert.

Colleges’ Prestige Doesn’t Guarantee a Top-Flight Learning Experience (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Fayetteville State University rarely crops up in the national conversation about educational quality.

3 Key Moments in the History of Student Loans (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Given the chance to start from scratch, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would design the student-loan system we have today.

Open Education’s Publicity Problem (Chronicle of Higher Education)
David Wiley calls the annual Open Education Conference, now in its 11th year, a “family reunion.”

Harper, CLC both going 100% smoke-free Jan. 1 (Daily Herald)
Smoking is social, says Harper College student Ian Craig, a way to meet friends in between classes. The Hoffman Estates native is confined to certain slivers of the Palatine campus where he can light up a cigarette and chat with classmates. Starting Jan. 1, that radius will close altogether. On Wednesday, the community college adopted a sweeping ban on smoking.

U. of Illinois bee scientists to be honored (Daily Herald)
CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois says a professor renowned for her study of bees and their decline will receive the National Medal of Science. The university says in a release that May Berenbaum will be honored Thursday in a ceremony at the White House.

U. of California Showdown (Inside Higher Ed)
University of California administrators are prepared to raise tuition 27 percent by the end of the decade, despite the objections of students and the state’s popular governor.

Corinthian's Nonprofit Buyer (Inside Higher Ed)
The ECMC Group, a nonprofit organization that runs one of the largest student-loan guaranty agencies, announced today that it will purchase 56 campuses from Corinthian Colleges, a crumbling, controversial for-profit chain.

The Use of Fair Use (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Publishers are seeking “corrective authoritative guidance” from the federal government to stop the trend of court rulings they say are expanding copyright exemptions beyond their legal intent, but higher education associations argue interfering could upset the balance between copyright holders and consumers.

A brand new bag: EIU’s Kilgore puts creativity on the menu (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
In grade school, there’s a certain “cool” factor to be gained by having the newest lunchbox. Walk into any school and it’s likely you’ll see "Iron Man" or “Frozen”’s Anna and Elsa adorning multiple boxes.

EIU trio earns all-Ohio Valley Conference honors (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
For the third consecutive season at least three Eastern Illinois volleyball players have earned all-Ohio Valley Conference acolades.

Applications now accepted for EIU institute (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Eastern Illinois Writing Project is now accepting applications for its summer institute, set for June 15-July 9 on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Panel meets for presidential candidate overview (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Candidate discussion commenced as committee members took another step Wednesday morning toward finding Eastern Illinois University's next president.

November 19, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa

Incoming U of I president says he's humbled (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The incoming president of the University of Illinois system says he's dedicating his presidency to the students.

Online bookstore eyed to lower Heartland textbook costs (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A Heartland Community College task force reviewing textbook costs suggested Tuesday night that the school look at moving away from a traditional bookstore.

Hearing officer, UIC clear CSU official of plagiarism (Chicago Sun-Times)
The University of Illinois at Chicago has approved a dissertation by a Chicago State University official, who is suing UIC for publicly discussing her student work. An independent hearing officer retained by UIC rejected its handling of a plagiarism accusation, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

U. of I. names Timothy Killeen new president (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois has tapped Timothy Killeen, who has a strong research background and experience cleaning up corruption, as its next president, the Tribune has learned..

Tangled in Red Tape (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Norwich University hired Nick Cooper, a lawyer, three years ago to help its distance-learning program navigate a complex, ever-changing landscape of state regulation.

Riskier Majors May Become More Attractive if People Know Upside (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students’ choice of academic major can be influenced heavily by how information about their potential earnings is framed, suggests a new study scheduled to be discussed here at this week’s annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Colleges Saw a Flood of Students at Recession’s Peak—and Discouraging Results (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six years after a flood of students entered college, many seeking shelter from a sinking economy and a leg up in an uncertain job market, their progress report is in, and it isn’t encouraging.

Universities Can Put Their Economic Clout to Good Use (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In every major movement for greater democracy and the protection of human rights, university students have played a central role.

Student Senate meets for last time before break (Daily Eastern News)
An emergency bill will be looked at for Student Senate’s final meeting before Thanksgiving break, along with legislation dealing with finals week.

Colleges Charging More, Keeping Less (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports.

Both sides marshal forces at school funding hearing (Herald & Review)
A controversial plan to change how the state doles out tax dollars to school districts drew hundreds of supporters and opponents to the state Capitol on Tuesday.

Richland celebrates Native American heritage (Herald & Review)
Riding along the wave of American Indian music and examining artifacts dating back centuries, 12-year-old Kyah Perry looked to establish a stronger connection with her culture Tuesday.

A Competitive Disadvantage (Inside Higher Ed)
Speaking to the University of Michigan faculty senate last week, Mark Schlissel, the university’s president, was candid in his assessment of the admissions process for athletes.

Gaming the System (Inside Higher Ed)
Performance-based funding is increasingly popular among both state and federal policy makers, who want public institutions to graduate more students, more efficiently.

Productivity Cliff (Inside Higher Ed)
Top Ph.D. students from the highest-ranked economics departments tend to be extremely productive researchers six years out of their programs.

Moody's: Tuition Revenue Growing Slower Than Inflation (Inside Higher Ed)
Enrollment declines and the inability to increase actual tuition charges are putting pressure on colleges’ bottom lines, a new report by Moody’s Investors Service makes clear.

Rafter Introduces Textbooks-in-Tuition Service (Inside Higher Ed)
Rafter, the course content provider that spawned from the textbook rental company BookRenter, on Wednesday announced a new service that ties textbook costs to tuition and automatically delivers course materials upon registration.

Next UI president: Timothy Killeen (News-Gazette)
URBANA — A leading Welsh researcher in geophysics and space science has been named the 20th president of the University of Illinois.

New York research VP named new U of I president (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president, overseeing the school's three campuses and multibillion-dollar operating budget, the university announced Wednesday. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141119/News/141119466#ixzz3JWh6XI00

SURS hires search firm to help find new director (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The State Universities Retirement System has hired a search firm to help it find a new director. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141119/News/141119469#ixzz3JWhmNLxF

Panel: School funding bill must be tweaked (Springfield State Journal-Register)
There was general agreement Tuesday that the system for funding K-12 education in Illinois needs to be fixed. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141118/News/141119498#ixzz3JWihj2iU

Faculty union effort underway at UIS (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Some faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield are moving forward with plans to unionize. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141118/News/141119490#ixzz3JWjCTzZh

Graduation rates are down, not up, since economic downturn (The Hechinger Report)
University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people with degrees.

President Dunn to assume chancellor duties (The Southern Illinoisan)
Until a search for a permanent chancellor can be completed, SIU President Randy Dunn will be assuming the school's chancellor duties.

November 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."-
John Maxwell

Dr. Michael Koller, popular teacher at Loyola medical school, dies at 53 (Chicago Sun-Times)
A personal physician to 300 Roman Catholic priests, Dr. Michael Koller urged them to take better care of themselves, saying that they put others first even more often than compassionate doctors do.

Report card: Illinois schools in the hole as spending rises (Chicago Tribune)
llinois school districts ended up nearly $1 billion in the hole in 2013, dipping into reserves or borrowing to pay the bills, according to the latest finance data, painting a grim picture of the state's public school system..

Commentary: The high cost of dormitory living (Chicago Tribune)
With colleges spending billions on lavish housing developments, it's easy to think that all students are living large. The sad reality? Student homelessness in higher education is a larger issue than most realize, with tens of thousands across the country homeless..

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers (Christian Science Monitor)
American students are reading more nonfiction, but not as much as Common Core standards recommend, and their reading tends to be far less challenging than it should be to prepare them for college or careers.

Tangled in Red Tape (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Norwich University hired Nick Cooper, a lawyer, three years ago to help its distance-learning program navigate a complex, ever-changing landscape of state regulation. To the Vermont institution, he is essential—the only person standing between it and a regulatory misstep that could shut down a degree program in Massachusetts, cost the university thousands in Wisconsin, even get the president slapped with a misdemeanor in Alabama.

Colleges Saw a Flood of Students at Recession’s Peak—and Discouraging Results (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six years after a flood of students entered college, many seeking shelter from a sinking economy and a leg up in an uncertain job market, their progress report is in, and it isn’t encouraging.

ECC expects small tax increase, eyes out-state tuitions (Courier News)
ELGIN — Taking a long-range look at its financial picture in a time of sagging enrollment, Elgin Community College board members have begun discussing whether they should try to attract more students from out of state and out of the country by lowering the already-much-higher tuition they charge to such students.

For-Profit Colleges Under Fire (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
After serving in Iraq from 2001 to 2005, Marine veteran Bryan Babcock returned stateside with the intention of studying to become a police of­ficer. A commercial on TV inspired him to contact ITT Technical Institute, a for-pro­fit school, about its bachelor’s degree criminal justice program.

Open Doors Data Details the Influx of Students From Other Countries (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
International Education Week kicked off with the announcement of the preliminary Open Doors data for 2013-14. The data catalog the number of U.S. and international students leaving their home countries to pursue higher education. In the past academic year, nearly 900,000 international students studied in the U.S., compared to the 300,000 U.S. students who went abroad.

Recession and Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
More first-time students enrolled in college in 2008, as the recession was beginning, than in previous years. But a smaller percentage of this group made it to graduation, according to new data the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today.

Debt-Averse Teens (Inside Higher Ed)
Students born in the mid-1990s or later are overwhelmingly in favor of going to college, but they’re not too keen on taking out loans to pay for it, a new poll found.

2 New Challenges to Affirmative Action (Inside Higher Ed)
Two lawsuits filed Monday ask federal courts to block Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from considering race in admissions as the suit charges they are.

Salaita sues UI over access to documents (News-Gazette)
The controversial professor, rejected by university trustees earlier this fall, filed Freedom of Information Act requests for copies of communications from high-ranking university officials and influential alumni regarding his case. A search turned up thousands of emails, but the university has refused to turn them over to Salaita, saying it was "unduly burdensome" to produce them.

November 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis

When it comes to college, many B-N students prefer to learn local (Bloomington Pantagraph)
For Lexie Greeneberg, attending Illinois State University this fall already has paid off.

Higher education paying off for Chicago area (Chicago Sun-Times)
Colleges and universities in Chicago’s Loop contributed $3.2 billion to the region’s economy despite suffering enrollment and hiring declines during the Great Recession, a report released Monday shows.

U. of I. still top public school for international students (Chicago Tribune)
ore international students are attending U.S. colleges and universities than ever before, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign maintaining its spot as the top public school destination in the country..

The Forever Professors (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I cried only once. In April, right after I left a departmental personnel meeting about the search for the new hire who would replace me.

Colleges Encourage Graduates to Seek Second Bachelor's Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Matt Staten graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in anthropology and archaeology.

Is This the End of the Line for Perkins Loans? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Federal Perkins Student Loan Program is in peril.

Why Go to Grad School? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The past few years have seen a flood of articles informing readers of the dire prospects for doctoral students in such increasingly unemployable fields as the humanities.

Economic impact of Loop colleges declines: study (Crain's Chicago Business)
Hurt by declining enrollment, colleges in the Loop funneled 30 percent less money into the local economy than they did five years ago, a new study found. on higher education institutions....

arolina Postdoctoral Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Hailed as one of the nation’s most successful initiatives in helping recent minority Ph.D.s gain tenure-track teaching jobs, The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Panel Discusses Job-Readiness of College Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Can postsecondary education keep pace with changes in the economic landscape in the years ahead?

HBCU of Phoenix (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Phoenix’s attempt to partner with historically black colleges is prompting a good deal of skepticism.

Grab Your Partner: STEM Connections Outside Academia (Inside Higher Ed)
For many grad students, it’s very easy to get stuck in the academic bubble, since everyone knows the formula and it’s comfortable.

Study: Many College Students Abuse Prescription Drugs (Inside Higher Ed)
A new survey has found that about 20 percent of colleges students report that they have at least once abused prescription stimulants, with Adderall and Ritalin the top two drugs.

College Prices and Student Aid / Internships for All (Inside Higher Ed)
On the latest edition of "This Week," Inside Higher Ed's free weekly news podcast, the Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explored the signals sent by the College Board's annual report on college tuition and student financial aid.

Welding program coming to Macomb next year (McDonough County, The Voice)
A welding program will arrive on Spoon River College's Macomb campus next year, according to Randy Greenwell, the college's vice president of instruction and student services. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141113/News/141119703#ixzz3JLPY4CxQ

UI third most open campus to international students (News-Gazette)
A report due out Monday says the University Illinois had the third-most international students of any campus in 2013-14.

JWCC's Job Link aids both job seekers and employers (Quincy Herald-Whig)
John Wood Community College's Job Link is proving beneficial on two fronts.

Scholarship: Northern Illinois Antiques Dealer Association (Rockford Register Star)
The Northern Illinois Antiques Dealer Association would like to announce two scholarships for $1,000 for the 2015-2016 school year for students in history, art, design, historic preservation or related field. Criteria: Students m Read more: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20141116/News/141119565#ixzz3JLN3RMwl

After realizing ‘major oversight,’ Benedictine partially reverses course on program cuts (Springfield State Journal-Register)
What’s already been an uncertain few weeks for Benedictine University students got even more tumultuous when students were told this week that juniors and seniors would be allowed to earn their degrees at the Springfield campus, senior Jadlyn Harmony said. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141114/News/141119729#ixzz3JLAyn2FB

Lawmakers refocus on state school funding formula (Springfield State Journal-Register)
With the November election behind them and a new Republican governor stepping in, Illinois lawmakers are preparing once again to take up a proposed overhaul of school funding that would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban ones.

U of I president gets raise, bonus in final year (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees have voted to give President Robert Easter a raise and a $180,000 bonus as he works his last year before retirement. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141113/News/141119784#ixzz3J4uD0SyT

$71.8M project still on track forbuild next spring (The Hechinger Report)
The long-delayed Center for Performing Arts at Western Illinois University is still on track for construction to begin in spring 2015, according Ted Renner, project manager and deputy director of facilities management. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141113/News/141119705#ixzz3JLPpZE3E

Colleges and universities charge more, keep less, new report finds (The Hechinger Report)
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports.

Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets (The New York Times)
Six college applications once seemed like a lot.

How Can Community Colleges Get a Piece of the Billions That Donors Give to Higher Education? (The New York Times)
Last year at its annual gala, LaGuardia Community College, arguably the most ethnically diverse college in the country, honored Marilyn Skony Stamm, the chief executive of a global heating and air-conditioning business.

David Lynch named Lincoln student laureate (The Southern Illinoisan)
A political science student is this year’s Lincoln Academy of Illinois student laureate for SIU Carbondale.

Aviation program strong in flight (The Southern Illinoisan)
On the campus of the Southern Illinois Airport, SIU students have the opportunity to learn all about flying planes and everything that goes along with it in the university’s aviation program.

November 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi

State study: SWIC one of the best college bargains in Illinois (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College leaders say a state report shows the school is one of the best bargains among Illinois community colleges. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/13/3509436_state-study-swic-one-of-the-best.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Heartland hatches younger Hawk (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University isn't the only campus trying to appeal to youths.

Northwestern to memorialize slain journalist (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Northwestern University is planning a memorial service for U.S. journalist James Foley, who was slain by Islamic State militants.

Quinn says goodbye to U of I board; chair leaving when term ends (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Pat Quinn said a light-hearted good-bye to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting, but Quinn's re-election loss has serious implications for three board members whose terms expire on Jan. 19.

U. of I. clears way for convicted radical to teach again (Chicago Tribune)
n a change of direction, University of Illinois officials paved the way Thursday for convicted felon James Kilgore to again teach on campus, the latest controversial faculty decision at the state school. .

ECC named Military Friendly School for fourth consecutive year (Chicago Tribune)
Elgin Community College has been named a Military Friendly School® for 2015 by G.I. Jobs magazine, one of the premier publications for people transitioning from the military to civilian life.

Purdue president Mitch Daniels: More college students should have internships (Christian Science Monitor)
According to the Gallup-Purdue Index, 48 percent of graduates with related internships or work agree that college ‘prepared me well for life after college.’ Only 19 percent of those without such opportunities agreed.

Is This the End of the Line for Perkins Loans? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Federal Perkins Student Loan Program is in peril.

Professors’ Place in the Classroom Is Shifting to the Side (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Professors have long made assumptions about their place in the classroom.

Experts See Traditional Campus, Online Education Mix Becoming the Norm (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to making higher education more affordable in the future, the question of whether to go to school online or to a traditional campus won’t be an either-or proposition—it will be a question of how much of which.

In 2013, 69 Percent of Students Graduated in Debt (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Student debt continues to rise, according to a new report by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, released on Thursday. Average debt climbed to $28,400 in 2013, up from $27,850 the year before.

College Board: College Prices Continuing to Rise (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
WASHINGTON ? The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday. The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943

SWIC ranks high for service to veterans (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
Southwestern Illinois College has been ranked ninth in the nation by Military Times magazine in their annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 2-year schools poll.

The Shrinking Academic Workforce (Inside Higher Ed)
The academic workforce is shrinking. Not by much, mind you: the number of faculty members and administrators at colleges eligible to award federal financial aid declined by a mere 7,500 from 2012 to 2013, according to new Education Department statistics.

Standardized Tests for the Job Market (Inside Higher Ed)
Angst over the perceived “skills gap” and a dearth of trained workers is growing. Meanwhile, many complain that typical college transcripts say little about what someone knows and can do in the workplace.

Apparent Win for Adjunct With a Past (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees issued a statement late Thursday regarding James Kilgore, the adjunct professor of global studies and urban planning who was barred from teaching at its Urbana-Champaign campus last year after a local newspaper published reports detailing his criminal past as part of the Symbionese Liberation Army, in the 1970s.

Opinion: Community Colleges Make Four-Year Degrees Pay Off (Inside Higher Ed)
With college costs soaring and the job market for new grads sputtering, one trend is worth watching: more and more states are authorizing community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees. Already, more than 20 states — now including California, which enrolls one out of every four of the nation's community college students — have authorized community colleges to grant these degrees.

WIU shares in appreciation; VFW event honors individuals' service (McDonough County, The Voice)
Words like sacrifice, freedom and gratitude were among the many spoken in ceremonial addresses Tuesday to mark this year's Veterans Day. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141112/News/141119799#ixzz3J4GHG4JN

Trustees ask Easter to craft 'clear policy' on hiring of part-time staff (News-Gazette)
James Kilgore, an African studies scholar and former member of the 1970s-era Symbionese Liberation Army group, could soon teach again at the University of Illinois.

Spiraling graduate student debt raises alarms (The Hechinger Report)
An Army veteran, Anthony Manfre paid for his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees mostly with his GI Bill benefits, although he also took out $4,000 worth of student loans.

Sarvela remembered in celebration of life service (The Southern Illinoisan)
Father Joseph Brown, professor with Africana studies, provided words of reflection Thursday to several hundred who attended a Celebration of Life service Thursday for Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

November 13, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Margaret Thatcher

College tuition hikes slowing, report says (Chicago Tribune)
Families remain justifiably concerned about paying for college, but there may be cause for some relief, according to a new national report.

U. of I. trustees to vote on $180,000 bonus for president (Chicago Tribune)
University of Illinois trustees will vote Thursday on whether outgoing president Robert Easter should get a $180,000 bonus this year.

Quinn urges U. of I. trustees to keep pressing for education funding (Chicago Tribune)
Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn thanked University of Illinois trustees Thursday morning for their service during his years as governor, and urged them to advocate for student scholarships and higher education funding.

Finally, a glimmer of good news about college debt (Christian Science Monitor)
College prices are still rising – but not as fast as they used to be. And the amount students are borrowing has taken a dramatic dip.

Professors’ Place in the Classroom Is Shifting to the Side (Chronicle of Higher Education)
They have seen themselves as the experts whose job is to transmit a body of knowledge, typically through a lecture. Students are there to absorb content. If they fail, it’s their fault.

Tuition and Fees, 1998-99 Through 2014-15 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This table shows the "sticker prices"—published tuition and required fees—at more than 3,100 colleges and universities for the 2014-15 academic year. Click the institutions' names to see historical data back to 1998. Related Article: "Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses?"

Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Rising tuition will be in the news this week with the College Board’s release on Thursday of its two signature reports.

Should community colleges offer 4-year degrees? (Courier News)
ELGIN — Set up decades ago to offer two-year associate degrees and feed graduates into regular four-year colleges and universities, some community colleges in other states also are beginning to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. And as two statewide groups study the possibility of doing that in Illinois, Elgin Community College will be represented among both study groups.

$1.2M donation to fund Art Institute scholarships (Daily Herald)
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has received a $1.2 million donation to fund need-based scholarships for Chicago high school graduates.

Errors That Lead to Chronic Career Disorder (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Look deep into the ranks of the unemployed and the underemployed in the nation and you’ll find many who have earned a college degree. Education and degree attainment were supposed to be the gateway to opportunity, the key to career success and satisfaction. Unfortunately, for many, it hasn’t worked out that way.

Pipeline Programs Hope to Bring More Physicians to Underserved Communities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At the University of New Mexico (UNM), an innovative program takes students from rural and urban, largely Hispanic communities and guides them from 12th grade through graduation from medical school.

Benedictine to provide completion program for Springfield branch campus students (Google News)
Juniors and seniors will be able to earn their degrees from Benedictine by August 2016

Student Debt Rises Again (Inside Higher Ed)
Students in the class of 2013 who took out loans to attend public and private nonprofit colleges graduated with an average of debt of $28,400, a 2 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Institute for College Access and Success.

Community Partners in the Classroom (Inside Higher Ed)
Old joke: a cop pulls Heisenberg over. Cop: “Sir, did you know you were doing 90?” Heisenberg: “Great, now I”m lost.”

LIVE from UI trustees: Proposed bonus for Easter: $180,000 (News-Gazette)
Gov. Pat Quinn briefly visited today's trustees' meeting - his last as governor - to thank his appointees, particularly Chairman Chris Kennedy, for their service over the past six years.

College prices continue to creep up (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday.

November 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

U. of C.'s Booth falls out of top spot in Bloomberg Businessweek MBA rankings (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business has fallen out of the top spot on the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings of MBA programs, the publication said Tuesday..

Northwestern College Names William R. “Bill” Bell Vice President of Academic Success (Chicago Tribune)
Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced the appointment of William R. "Bill" Bell as Northwestern College's new Vice President of Academic Success. Bell comes to Northwestern College with a twenty (20) year background in higher education, with sixteen (16) of those years leading academic teams for a variety of higher education institutions.

Talk, Not Tear Gas: Colleges Soften Their Approach to Student Protests (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When students staged a sit-in at Colgate University’s admissions office in September to protest racial intolerance on campus, perhaps the biggest news was what didn’t happen.

A Look at Ed Tech’s Biggest Money Magnets (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Investment in higher-education technology is booming. Venture-capital funding for individual companies trying to break into the market has climbed well past the million-dollar mark, and the growth shows no sign of slowing.

Do Education Programs Dole Out Too Many Easy A’s? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Are teacher-training programs rigorous enough?

Harvard Researchers Used Secret Cameras to Study Attendance. Was That Unethical? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A high-tech effort to study classroom attendance at Harvard University that used secret photo surveillance is raising questions about research ethics among the institution’s faculty members.

How to Study the Brain (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The human brain contains roughly 86 billion neurons and trillions, perhaps hundreds of trillions, of intricate interconnections among those neurons.

NCTQ Report: High Marks Don’t Mean Teachers Ready for Classroom (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Too many teacher candidates are graduating with high marks that don’t truly reflect their readiness to teach because too often their programs lack the kind of rigor that will prepare them for what they will encounter in an actual classroom.

Universities Opening Centers to Attract Veterans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Last semester, Sam Alix made the dean’s list for the first time in his college career. The 47-year-old disabled Air Force veteran attributes his success to the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at San Jacinto College, where he’s pursuing an associate degree in mental health counseling.

Shifts in Foreign Grad Population (Inside Higher Ed)
The enrollment of new graduate students from outside the United States is up 8 percent this year at American graduate programs, according to data being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. That's down slightly from a 10 percent gain a year ago, but the same increase of the prior two years before that.

‘The Ideal and the Real’ (Inside Higher Ed)
A new report from the American Council on Education highlights the challenges involved when U.S. universities establish dual and joint degree programs with institutions abroad.

Rigorous or Rigor-less? (Inside Higher Ed)
Education departments systematically award higher grades than do other academic departments at their universities, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, which links those high grades with a certain type of low-caliber assignment commonly found on the syllabuses of education courses.

Two presidential actions on agenda for UI trustees (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois trustees this week will consider giving President Bob Easter a raise before he retires next year.

This Is Your Brain on Drugs (The New York Times)
The gray matter of the nucleus accumbens, the walnut-shaped pleasure center of the brain, was glowing like a flame, showing a notable increase in density.

Coal Research Center may broaden its scope (The Southern Illinoisan)
Coal has been heralded as king in Southern Illinois, but with alternative fuels no longer merely the idea of science fiction coal is increasingly competing with other fuel sources.

November 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
Abraham Lincoln

Investigating diversity & higher education (CBS News)
Colleges and universities in the state preach the importance of diversity in and out of the classroom, but schools rank low, especially for faculty. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs looks into those numbers in this investigation.

Another College-Access Issue: Financial-Aid Jargon (Chronicle of Higher Education)
From his office window, Eric Johnson can see the groundskeeping staff clearing off the sidewalk with leaf blowers. Colleges like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he works, pull out all the stops to make their campuses inviting.

Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A college education has become a widespread expectation. Three in four high-school students say they will go to college, where they’ll mark the familiar milestones: declaring a major, joining a club or two, then hoping their degree pays off in a job.

Career-Focused Majors Can Strengthen, Not Threaten, Liberal-Arts Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Professional and vocational majors strengthen rather than subvert the mission of liberal-arts colleges, and students can get the same broad, liberal-arts education at those institutions whether they major in engineering or English, according to a report being released on Tuesday by researchers at the University of Iowa.

Leave Me Alone (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Why don’t you keep your computer in your office?" "Because," I reply, "I work at home so I can concentrate."

The Big Book (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"At Last!" Etta James does not usually come to mind when you’re reviewing a scholarly book.

La Salle University Program Hones In on SAT Underperformers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Usually when you hear about colleges wanting to know about a student’s SAT scores, it’s because they want students with scores that are relatively good.

Future of HBCUs May Rest on Adopting a Growth Mindset (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As the U.S. population continues to become more diverse, so too are the college options available to students.

Education Think Tank Head Quits After Flawed Study (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A Tulane University institute that studies changes in public education in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina announced the resignation of its executive director Monday, weeks after retracting a study on the city’s public high schools.

Scholars Agree to Make Concerted Effort to Reform Urban Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
By the end of the two-day International Conference on Urban Education, business cards were being swapped from hand to hand, and firm commitments were being made to reach across international borders to find ways to conduct new research and collaborate on future projects.

Wall is focal point of veterans ceremony at Richland Print Email (Herald & Review)
It didn't take long to cover a wall with the names of those who have fought to protect the nation.

Veterans at Elite Colleges, 2014 (Inside Higher Ed)
A nation at war?

'Doing It My Way' (Inside Higher Ed)
Are you interested in forging a career path that may be off the so-called beaten path?

Innovation vs. Gatekeeping (Inside Higher Ed)
The tension between promoting innovation and new approaches on the one hand and protecting academic quality and federal financial aid funds on the other is at the core of many major issues in higher education -- not the least of which is the accreditation system.

Lake Land board to weigh economic program (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is set tonight to consider participating in a new economic development effort in Edgar County. The agenda for the meeting at 6 p.m. in Webb Hall on the main campus includes a resolution for Lake Land to participate in a new Edgar County Enterprise Zone property tax abatement program.

Updated: Campus panel: Reinstate Kilgore (News-Gazette)
A "successful employee" who has contributed to the scholarly and educational missions of the University of Illinois, James Kilgore should not be barred from working at the university, concluded a campus committee looking into his case.

Sarvela remembered for his love of SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU community remains in shock after the sudden death of Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

SIU rolling out new system website by end of year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU is revamping its system website.

November 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
A little common sense, goodwill, and a tiny dose of unselfishness could make this goodly earth into an earthly paradise.
Richard Aldington

Math wizards: Greenville College students tutor East St. Louis children (Belleville News-Democrat)
Greenville College student Nate Wieland didn’t waste any time getting to work helping third-graders Antwan Strong and Demorion Bush with their math worksheet in Barbara Outten’s class at Officer Elementary School in East St. Louis. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/09/3502927/math-wizards-greenville-college.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

ISU assessing damage from water pipe burst at Watterson (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University officials were still assessing damage Monday morning from a hot water pipe burst that sent water cascading down stairs and into four floors of the 28-story Watterson Towers residence hall, displacing residents of those floors for hours on Sunday.

Pratt foundation names music scholars (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Pratt Music Foundation has named 30 winners of its annual scholarships to attend Illinois Wesleyan University music preparatory school and receive weekly individual instruction.

State already warning parents against opting kids out of new PARCC test (Chicago Sun-Times)
As Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education continue to tussle over whether CPS students will take a new Common Core-aligned standardized test this spring, ISBE is telling parents that federal law prohibits them from opting their children out of the controversial test.

The Sitdown: Natacha DePaola, IIT dean of engineering (Chicago Sun-Times)
Chicago’s lone female engineering dean — one of only 29 in the nation — challenges girls to claim a highly prized engineering career as a responsibility and manages to make Sheryl Sandberg of “Lean In” fame look like a slacker.

Interim chancellor at SIU dies (Chicago Tribune)
After nearly three decades with Southern Illinois University, Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela died suddenly Sunday evening, according to university officials.

Are We Forgiving Too Much Student-Loan Debt? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Back in 2007, Congress made a simple promise to student-loan borrowers: Stick with a public-service career for 10 years, making monthly payments along the way, and we’ll forgive the rest of your debt.

Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A college education has become a widespread expectation. Three in four high-school students say they will go to college, where they’ll mark the familiar milestones: declaring a major, joining a club or two, then hoping their degree pays off in a job. But many of them have little idea of why they’re really there.

Improv Helps Ph.D.'s Explain Their Work—and Loosen Up (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The question surprised Lyl Tomlinson.

What Harvard Researchers Found Out When They Secretly Photographed Classrooms (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The methodology of the Harvard research that used secret cameras to study class attendance has concerned some faculty members.

CNN Films: IVORY TOWER Asks - Is College Worth the Cost? (CNN)
IVORY TOWER, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was exhibited in theaters throughout the country, will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. The film is directed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times, 2011) and Kate Novack.

Alert issued after 4 robberies near University of Chicago (Daily Herald)
Police are warning students at the University of Chicago and nearby residents to be cautious after four recent robberies near the campus.

Scholars Agree to Make Concerted Effort to Reform Urban Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA ? By the end of the two-day International Conference on Urban Education, business cards were being swapped from hand to hand, and firm commitments were being made to reach across international borders to find ways to conduct new research and collaborate on future projects.

Short-Term Certificates Might Not Be the Best Bet (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Degrees and certificates earned at community colleges can positively impact students’ future earnings and employability, according to a new report published in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

5 Proud Alternatives To Going To College (Forbes)
College isn’t for everyone, plain and simple. There are a myriad of reasons for not going to college, but American culture still pushes every high school graduate down that path.

American Indian student helps Millikin celebrate Native American month (Herald & Review)
Waylan Stevens, a sophomore from Fort Defiance, Ariz., in the Navajo Nation reservation, is believed to be the only student at Millikin University who's a full-blooded American Indian.

Task force looks at University of Illinois airport (Herald & Review)
A community task force is considering ways to revitalize the University of Illinois' airport outside Champaign.

Task force looks at University of Illinois airport (Herald & Review)
A community task force is considering ways to revitalize the University of Illinois' airport outside Champaign.

A Second Chance? (Inside Higher Ed)
In the aftermath of the Steven Salaita case at its Urbana-Champaign campus, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees is set to consider another controversial faculty decision this week: that of James Kilgore. The adjunct professor of global studies and urban planning received word last year that although he was scheduled to teach classes this semester, his service was no longer needed at the university, ever.

Assessment Done Well and Badly (Inside Higher Ed)
If you haven’t yet seen Jeffrey Alan Johnson’s essay on faculty/administration conflicts over assessment, check it out.

"Marriage Markets" and the Value Of a College Degree (Inside Higher Ed)
This is the sort of book that reminds me why I became a sociologist (now lapsed).

Lake Land board to weigh economic program (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is set tonight to consider participating in a new economic development effort in Edgar County.

Data must drive education decisions (News-Gazette)
One of the phrases I often hear regarding the Common Core Standards — and the PARCC Tests aligned to these standards that are being rolled out throughout Illinois this year — is that this will lead to an "over-reliance on testing" in our public schools.

Illinois worse off than we think (News-Gazette)
Illinois' fiscal situation is brutal. A large and growing gap between spending and sustainable revenue is made worse by huge claims on future revenues from past IOUs.

MCC tries new programs to help developmental education students (Northwest Herald)
CRYSTAL LAKE – The test was definitely a challenge for Mallory Wlasiuk. The McHenry West High School grad hadn’t taken a math class her senior year – most of the year was taken up by a work study program, in which she built a bright pink truck with her dad – and so the placement test at McHenry County College was something of a shock.

When a Community College Transforms a City (The Atlantic)
When David Harrison became president of Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in 2010, the central-Ohio region, though economically healthier than the rest of the state, was still reeling from the effects of the Great Recession.

Chicago college students struggle to pay tuition in absence of higher minimum wage (The DePaulia)
For Chicago college students like Venice Adams, raising the minimum wage in Illinois is the only way to continue pursuing a college degree.

Living by a different law (The Economist)
SO MANY religious-freedom arguments are about the entitlement of sub-cultures, often mildly idiosyncratic ones, to exist. In a way, every religious group is a sub-culture—a community of people who agree to impose on themselves certain rules of behaviour, whether in respect of diet, sex, grooming, attitudes to the body, or how to spend time and money. But how far do the rights of those sub-cultures go?

OPINION - A challenge to college students: Be a full-time student (The Fayette Tribune)
Full-time employment across the developed world is generally defined as 40 to 44 hours per week. The expectations are lower in some countries, such as France, where full-time employment is set at 35 hours per week. The typical college student in America, however, seems to follow a lighter schedule.

OPINION - Higher Education: The Ivy League Mystique (The Huffington Post)
Years ago I was privileged to attend Harvard University for a few weeks in a special training program, not enough to claim to be an alumnus, but enough to get a flavor of the place. It was a memorable and positive experience. Harvard is an excellent institution that offers a great opportunity to students to learn from top flight professors and study in a progressive environment.

COMMENTARY - Community Colleges Continue to Step Up Their Game (The Huffington Post)
PBS NewsHour recently posted an article from the Hechinger Report called "Why Even Top Tier Students Should Consider Community Colleges."

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F (The New York Times)
Florida embraced the school accountability movement early and enthusiastically, but that was hard to remember at a parent meeting in a high school auditorium here not long ago.

SIU rolling out new system website by end of year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU is revamping its system website.

When a college freshman wants out (The Washington Post)
It’s wasn’t right away that my friend got that call from her college freshman. It was closer to the holidays when her daughter dissolved into tears on the phone and declared: “I hate it here.”

Students encouraged to apply to college, while in class (The Washington Post)
On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her D.C. classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.”

Community College Returns High for Most Programs (U.S. News & World Report)
Completing a degree or certificate program can increase wages by more than 30 percent in some fields.

November 7, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The voters have chosen to have a divided government, not so we can fight, not so we can bicker, not so we can get angry with each other, but to find solutions, bipartisan solutions to solve the problems of Illinois.” Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141106/Opinion/141109658#ixzz3IOaeUkJ9
Bruce Rauner

Chinese Gaining Momentum as Language Option Among HBCUs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In past decades, the pendulum of funding has swung away from language learning at HBCUs.

For-Profit Colleges Target Regulations in Lawsuit (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The for-profit college sector filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to halt new regulations of its industry.

Western Illinois University hosts Lane Evans Collection (Herald & Review)
The Lane Evans Collection at Western Illinois University contains many materials documenting Congressman Evans' governmental career.

'Class Not Dismissed' (Inside Higher Ed)
Anthony Aveni has made a career of science in academe, but in his most recent book, he paints himself first as a teacher.

Talk MOOC to Me (Inside Higher Ed)
Four ladies, 45 minutes. Can it be done? We’ll find out. The Penn State Design team looked at MOOCs, specifically the Epidemics MOOC at Penn State.

On Assessing Student Learning, Faculty Are Not the Enemy (Inside Higher Ed)
“Why do we have such trouble telling faculty what they are going to do?” said the self-identified administrator, hastening to add that he “still thinks of himself as part of the faculty.”

Editorial: Quinn's $95 million Q-C gift (Quad-Cities Online)
Thank goodness defeated governors can’t cancel state checks. Just 13 days ago, Pat Quinn confirmed the final funding for the last phase of Western Illinois University’s Moline riverfront campus.

November 6, 2014

Quote of the day:
"I don't aspire to have high approval ratings. I aspire, in light of my two predecessors, to be the most honest governor I can be. I'd rather focus on honesty than popularity."
Pat Quinn

Internationally renowned musicians to appear at Lindenwood (Belleville News-Democrat)
Musicians Eli Keszler and Rashad Becker will be featured in the next edition of Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Speaker Series. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/05/3495352/internationally-renowned-musicians.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

Tuition sticker shock (Belleville News-Democrat)
As a rising senior in high school, I, like many others, have recently discovered the insanely high cost of attendance at Illinois public universities. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/05/3496279/tuition-sticker-shock.html?sp=/99/174/#storylink=cpy

Grades and attendance — not test scores — matter for middle schoolers: U. of C. researchers (Chicago Sun-Times)
Schools that want to prepare their students for college had better focus on getting their middle schoolers to class every day and on helping children raise their grades instead of their standardized test scores.

When a Student Confides a Rape, Should a Professor Have to Report It? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
While a faculty member’s primary roles may be teaching and research, it isn’t unusual for students to use professors as a sounding board for personal problems, even serious ones like rape.

Decision 2014: The Higher-Ed Outlook (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The broad story of this year's elections was the Republican wave that tipped control of the Senate.

In One Election Cycle, Congress Loses a Number of Higher-Ed Stalwarts (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With the defeat on Tuesday of two members of Congress’s education committees, and the looming retirement and departure of several other education stalwarts, Congress is losing a lot of expertise on higher-education policy, and students and colleges are losing some of their strongest advocates.

Short-Term Certificates Boom, but Study Finds They Don’t Help Students Get Jobs (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Short-term community-college certificates, which have been growing rapidly in popularity as a way to get students quickly and cheaply into jobs, do not, in fact, help most recipients land employment or earn more money, according to a study being released on Thursday.

Experts: Fight Isn’t Over Regarding New Regulation Aimed at For-profit Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A gainful employment regulation announced by the Department of Education last week as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 will have specific ramifications for some for-profit colleges. The regulation is an attempt to ensure that educational programs will lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations.

Kellogg Initiative Seeks to Extend Diversity Beyond the Campus (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has long been recognized for its support of innovative health care programs.

On Their Watch (Inside Higher Ed)
Inattentive college and university governing boards are putting American higher education at risk, according to a new set of guidelines for trustees issued today by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

What's the Academic's Role? (Inside Higher Ed)
Is it appropriate for academics to cross the boundary between conducting research and engaging in advocacy on the basis of their empirical findings?

JWCC seeking literacy tutors (Quincy Herald-Whig)
John Wood Community College Literacy Services Office is seeking volunteers to serve as literacy tutors for adults who want to improve their basic reading skills.

University considering changes forStone Center (The Southern Illinoisan)
Changes may be on the horizon for the SIU president's offices.

SIU linebacker faces drug charges (The Southern Illinoisan)
Two SIU football players told the Carbondale Police Department they were blackmailed to sell marijuana shortly after an alleged home invasion Saturday, according to police records.

November 5, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The real answer to our challenges is to grow, not to raise taxes"
Bruce Rauner

NextTier helps students, parents get through college applications (Chicago Sun-Times)
Two men with big-cred technology backgrounds have developed a free app and website to help high-schoolers and their parents complete today’s complicated college application process online and earn rewards at the same time.

Decision 2014: The Higher-Ed Outlook (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The broad story of this year's elections was the Republican wave that tipped control of the Senate.

Vassar College's President: 'Locating Low-Income Students Is Not the Hurdle' (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Catharine Bond Hill, president of Vassar College, argues that the main constraint colleges face in diversifying their enrollment is not finding needy students; it's allocating the money for adequate financial aid.

Tough Times for Colleges Mean Boom Times for Higher-Ed’s Hired Guns (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s nothing like a hobbled business model to keep the higher-education consulting business hopping.

Breakaway Group Seeks ‘Retro Common App’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When a bandwagon becomes crowded, passengers get antsy. “The more the merrier” might sound good at first, but as popularity grows, the load has a way of weighing down the wheels. Sooner or later, a new bandwagon comes along.

Kellogg Initiative Seeks to Extend Diversity Beyond the Campus (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has long been recognized for its support of innovative health care programs.

What a GOP-Led Congress Means for Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
With victories in several key Senate races last night, Republicans will take control of both chambers of Congress heading into the final two years of the Obama presidency -- a balance of power that sets up a much-changed dynamic for federal higher education policy-making in the coming months.

Governors and Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
While higher education was talked about by gubernatorial candidates in many races this year, it is hard to see a clear pattern (at least on that issue) in the election outcomes.

No Payments for 90 Days! (Inside Higher Ed)
Sometimes I wonder if colleges could learn from appliance stores.

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