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April 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
“What you are comes to you”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Across all races, teacher education losing students (Catalyst Chicago)
Black enrollment in teaching programs showed no clear trend between 2003 and 2010, but, as with white students, declined significantly in 2011 and 2012.

College Board Unveils Sample SAT Items (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Wednesday the College Board released a slew of information about its plans for redesigning the SAT, including several sample items that show how the test is changing.

They’re Colleges, Not the Minor Leagues (Chronicle of Higher Education)
If colleges follow Bill Bowen’s advice and “untie the knot” between athletics and big-time commercial entertainment, they will also be untying, or at least loosening, the knot that binds colleges to the NFL, the NBA, and the WNBA.

UIC to officially open new baseball stadium (Daily Herald)
Officials from the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to officially unveil the school's new baseball stadium this week.

Community Colleges Increasingly Adding Bachelor’s Degrees (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins.

Colleges Seek to Improve Remedial Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

Priority on Sports an Issue Even at Smaller Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
You come to this website to read blogs such as this one, of course. But the gold is generally in the sidebar of openings available in higher ed.

Stand Up and Be Counted (Inside Higher Ed)
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/16/armed-federal-data-maryland-goes-after-out-state-distance-education-providers#ixzz2z3h8XaFY Inside Higher Ed

Tennessee House approves 2 years of free college (Inside Higher Ed)
The Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday, following a similar vote in the Senate, approved a plan by Governor Bill Haslam to offer free community college tuition to all graduates of high schools in the state

UI budget review shows financial house in order (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Hundreds of millions of dollars brought in by the University of Illinois last year could go toward paying for a supplemental retirement plan, building renovations and helping boost professors' pay, according to an analysis of the university's budget.

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free (NPR)
Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt.

House bill urges schools to make digital emergency plans (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A bill encouraging school districts to use new software to make digital emergency response plans available to first responders cleared its latest hurdle in the General Assembly last week. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140415/News/140419567#ixzz2z4A8i376

State among the worst in awarding degrees to Hispanics may surprise you (The Hechinger Report)
With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study.

Op-ed: Measuring the 'Value' of Higher Education (The Huffington Post)
In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education.

Lawmakers approve Tennessee Promise (The Tennessean)
Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to provide free community college received the overwhelming endorsement of state lawmakers Tuesday night, passing the House of Representatives on an 87-8 vote.

College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions (The Washington Post)
Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like “obsequious,” “propinquity,” “enervation” or “lachrymose.”

New research on Latino college completion in each state shows surprises (University Business Magazine)
To continue informing national and state-level action on Latino college completion, Excelencia in Education today released 53 separate fact sheets updating the current status of college completion among Latinos nationally, in each state, and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

April 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals. Aequanimitas!"
Sir William Osler

James A. Tidwell, 1948-2014 (Chicago Tribune)
James A. Tidwell could lead a barbershop chorus and a detailed, in-depth discussion on the First Amendment. A voracious reader, he was licensed to practice law in two states, bowled competitively and played a shrewd version of fantasy football.

Paying for College: Experts Gather in Search of New Models (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Lumina Foundation has made college attainment its primary focus. One major impediment to its "big goal" of increasing "the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025" is the cost of college.

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Institutions need to better prepare graduate students to teach, several educators gathered here for a conference said last week.

ECC moves forward on new Burlington campus (Courier News)
ELGIN — Elgin Community College officials last week got a peek at what the buildings on ECC’s planned new Burlington campus will look like, and they talked about a timetable for developing it.

ACT debate: State weighs no longer funding test, but students, colleges still value it (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
The most important test Dylan Moore can imagine is about two weeks away

Global Scholars Say Universities Need to Get Back to Basics (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Universities don’t have to solve the social and practical problems of the day, but should rather focus on equipping students with the critical and analytical thinking skills that will enable them to do these things themselves.

Rethinking the Role of College Career Centers for Humanities Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Numerous studies indicate that the skills produced by a quality liberal arts education correspond precisely to what employers seek beyond technical training.

House Budget Plan Would Hit Higher Ed Hard (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A 2015 budget plan narrowly approved by the House of Representatives late last week would impose major cuts on higher education, including a 10-year freeze on Pell grants and reduced funds for student loans.

Tenn. Senate Approves Haslam’s Free Tuition Plan (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor’s desk.

Colleges Seek to Improve Remedial Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

Proactive on Prior Learning (Inside Higher Ed)
Florida’s public institutions are anxiously watching this spring’s legislative session, which rounded the halfway point last week. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/15/accept-moocs-credit-florida-international-u-may-set-prior-learning-assessment#ixzz2yxybXKRD Inside Higher Ed

Automatic Income-Based Repayment? (Inside Higher Ed)
There is relatively broad consensus among policy makers and advocates in Washington that income-based repayment is, in most cases, a useful tool for helping borrowers manage their monthly student loan payments. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/15/researchers-debate-changes-federal-income-based-repayment-programs#ixzz2yxwlC6wi Inside Higher Ed

Lake Land board votes on tuition increase (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to increase tuition by $5 per credit hour and fees by $2.50 per credit hour starting this summer.

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans (NPR)
Loans allow many students to attend college, but they also leave graduates with big debt. The Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explains how skipping a loan payment could be more trouble than it's worth.

Illinois debates continuing free ACT test (Peoria Journal Star)
Thousands of high school junior students are preparing for this year's ACT as Illinois lawmakers consider whether to continue paying for them to take the college readiness exam. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140414/News/140419543#ixzz2yyLyoVMW

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

April 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
Aristotle

Are College Degrees Inherited? (Atlantic Monthly)
Parents’ experiences with education strongly influence what their children do after high school.

Finding a new home for extra college savings (Chicago Tribune)
You've been setting aside college money in a 529 savings plan since your kids started losing their baby teeth. In fact, you've overachieved -- all the tuition bills have now been paid, and there's money left over. Wouldn't it be nice to shift the remaining bucks to your Roth IRA retirement plan without being penalized by Uncle Sam?

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Institutions need to better prepare graduate students to teach, several educators gathered here for a conference said last week.

Sen. Warren Proposes Allowing Student-Loan Borrowers to Refinance Debt (Chronicle of Higher Education)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on Saturday that she will introduce legislation that would allow existing student-loan borrowers to refinance their debt at interest rates offered to new borrowers in the federal student-loan program.

In the Courts, an Imperfect Solution to Segregation’s Long Shadow (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana have paid more than $1.5-billion to resolve decades-long cases challenging the existence of segregative policies in their systems of public higher education.

Learning From Others (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Every fall I teach "Introduction to Social Psychology." It is a great joy to know that 300 more young adults will learn something about themselves and those around them.

Smudging the Color Line (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Late in life, Anita Reynolds, the wife of a hotelier living in St. Croix, worked on her memoirs.

One ECC trustee opposes outsourcing, based on personal experience (Courier News)
ELGIN — At least one Elgin Community College trustee has come out against the idea of outsourcing the college’s custodial services. Trustee Robert Getz says that was tried when he supervised the University of Illinois at Chicago’s custodial staff and the experience was “a total disaster.”

Professor says Univeristy of Illinois banned him because he’s Iranian (Daily Herald)
A former professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield has claimed in a federal lawsuit that the school banned him from campus and denied him emeritus status because of his race and Iranian origin.

New AFT Campaign on "promise of higher education" (Inside Higher Ed)
The American Federation of Teachers on Friday announced a new campaign, "The Promise of Higher Education," to focus attention on policies that the union said are hurting students and faculty members. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/14/new-aft-campaign-promise-higher-education#ixzz2yrunPohz Inside Higher Ed

Jones: Students should apply for Black Caucus scholarships (Northwest Indiana Times)
State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, said he wants area college students to consider applying for a scholarship program maintained by the General Assembly’s Black Caucus.

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy (NPR)
Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt.

Susan Koch: UIS’ library is lively, digitally sophisticated (Springfield State Journal-Register)
One of my favorite locations on the University of Illinois Springfield campus is the Norris L. Brookens Library. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140412/News/140419830#ixzz2ysFBe0a6

Casey Clemmons and Sarah Rens: Invest in Illinois, boost MAP grant funding (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois is in a stronger position than it was five years ago, as Gov. Pat Quinn noted in his March 26 budget address.

Undocumented immigrant students face hike in college bill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Talented Pattonville High School students often file into Julie Kampschroeder’s office seeking advice about college. As a college counselor, it’s her job to help them.

States Crack Down on For-Profit Colleges, Student Loan Industry (Stateline.org)
When Murray Hastie returned to New York in January 2006 after two tours of duty in Iraq, he hoped to use the GI Bill to complete his college education.

Elizabeth Warren decries US college loan profits (The Boston Globe)
US Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted government profits on student loans in a speech at Suffolk University’s Law School on Saturday, firing up a crowd of law students, education researchers, and financial specialists.

Students from rural areas less likely to go to four-year colleges, top universities (The Hechinger Report)
Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report.

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees (The Hechinger Report)
In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins.

Editorial: The College Faculty Crisis (The New York Times)
The public colleges and universities that educate more than 70 percent of this country’s students were burdened by rising costs and dwindling state revenues long before the recession.

Community college-university pipeline eases higher-ed route (The Washington Post)
Almost a graduate of George Mason University, Aida Arias Reyes has faced so many barriers on the way to donning her cap and gown that she practically defines what it means to be a disadvantaged student.

Start saving now: Day care costs more than college in 31 states (The Washington Post)
College costs loom large in the parental mind. According to a 2013 report by Sallie Mae, half of parents are putting away money for their kids' education.

Apriil 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”
Theodore Roosevelt

House calls for student loans to be forgiven in bankruptcy (Chicago Sun-Times)
After a debate over where the lines of personal responsibility are drawn, the House went on record Wednesday urging Congress to allow student loans to be forgiven through bankruptcy.

4-Year Colleges' Views of Transfer Credits May Hinder Graduation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With college completion and rising costs in the national spotlight, federal and state policy makers are looking to community colleges to feed ever more students to four-year institutions.

Union Efforts on Behalf of Adjuncts Meet Resistance Within Faculties’ Ranks (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As part-time instructors at colleges seek to improve their working conditions through unionization, they often find that the people standing in the way of their efforts are not administrators but fellow faculty members, several union organizers and labor experts observed at a conference held here this week.

There Is a Gender Pay Gap in Academe, but It May Not Be the Gap That Matters (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The gender-based wage gap has been in the spotlight lately, as the Obama administration used a pair of executive orders this week to remind the country that women make 77 cents for every dollar men make, according to oft-quoted (and sometimes criticized) data from the Census Bureau.

At Site of Revolution, International Leaders Ponder Higher Ed’s Future (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Hôtel de Ville here is well known as a place where revolutionary thoughts ferment.

The ‘Heartbleed’ Bug and How Internet Users Can Protect Themselves (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Security professionals working in higher education are updating servers, reissuing certificates used to guarantee secure Internet transactions, and encouraging students and faculty and staff members to take a break from the commercial Internet following the discovery of a programming flaw in a widely used Internet tool.

Common Application Might Need ‘More Focused Mission’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The plan for rolling out the Common Application’s new platform last summer was “not realistic in scope or timing,” leaving too little time for sufficient testing, according to a recent independent review of the organization.

Northwestern University gets $4 million to honor alum Newton Minow (Crain's Chicago Business)
Northwestern University has received $4 million to honor alumnus Newton Minow, senior counsel at law firm Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. The funds will create an endowed professorship at Northwestern's School of Law and a biennial Newton N. Minow Debates program. The money came from Mr. Minow's friends and Sidley Austin colleagues and other Northwestern alumni.

UIC faculty authorizes second strike (Daily Herald)
The faculty union at the University of Illinois-Chicago says its members have voted to go ahead with a second strike if negotiations with the university fail to yield an agreement.

Access to Higher Ed for Diverse Populations a Global Challenge (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Diversity in higher education should be viewed by the long-term benefits it affords individuals, society and academe and not just by the short-term issues that arise from efforts to bring more members of historically disenfranchised groups to campus.

Registering Toward Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
Cleveland State University’s new strategy to get students to degree completion faster is a pretty simple idea that’s surprisingly uncommon: students are allowed (and encouraged) to register for an entire year’s worth of courses before the fall semester. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/11/cleveland-state-aims-boost-completion-through-multiterm-registration#ixzz2yaP1nh2d Inside Higher Ed

College selects Grunloh as executive assistant to the president (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Lake Land College has chosen Jean Anne Grunloh, Effingham, as the executive assistant to the president, according to a press release from the college. In this position, Grunloh will represent the Office of the President, provide leadership in legislative relations and strategic planning, serve as a liaison to the board of trustees and manage special projects.

UI group looking at pension supplement (News-Gazette)
The University of Illinois is moving toward a supplemental pension program that would contribute money to a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for thousands of employees stung by the state's recent pension reform.

School funding formula overhaul clears committee (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A measure to reform the state’s education funding system passed a Senate committee Thursday and is headed to the Senate floor, where it’s expected to stay pending further discussion. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140410/News/140419937#ixzz2ybCf0l2k

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees (The Hechinger Report)
In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins.

April 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
Worry is a misuse of imagination.
Dan Zadra

Northwestern files appeal blasting NLRB union decision (Crain's Chicago Business)
The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board wrote a biased opinion and took only quarterback Kain Colter's testimony into consideration in writing his opinion that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university, the school argued in an appeal filed today.

Alma Mater returns home to the University of Illinois campus (Crain's Chicago Business)
HalloweenHJB via Wikimedia Commons (AP) — The University of Illinois' Alma Mater sculpture is back on campus after a year and a half of restoration work. Click here for the U of I's reinstallation webcam. The 85-year-old sculpture returned Wednesday morning and crews used a crane to hoist it back on its pedestal on the corner of Wright and Green streets.

Diverse Conversations: What K-12 Systems Can Learn from Best Education College Rankings (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Student success stems from teacher capability. The educators who oversee today’s classrooms directly determine how much their students learn. U.S. News & World Report recently released its top education graduate programs in the country. Of 356 schools surveyed with doctoral programs, 245 provided the right data to be calculated in the rankings. The list was determined based on 10 criteria, including GRE scores, acceptance rates, student-to-faculty ratios, research expenditures and other factors.

Eisenhower to offer college credit African-American history class (Herald & Review)
DECATUR – Students at Eisenhower High School will be able to earn three college credits in the fall through Richland Community College with the city's first dual credit African-American history class.

Getting Their Act(ion)s Together (Inside Higher Ed)
An almost countless number of ideas for revamping accreditation have pinballed around Washington in recent years, as higher education's system of peer-reviewed institutional accountability has been bashed on the one hand for lax oversight of poor-performing institutions and on the other for overregulation and quashing innovation.

Lake Land's Fuller plans retirement (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College's Lana Fuller has the days counted down to her retirement after working with five college presidents and 25 trustee members over her nearly 28-year career. Fuller, the executive assistant to the president, will serve her final day April 30, and she says she expects to be busier during retirement than she's been while at the office.

UI explores more autonomous medical education in Urbana (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois is exploring the possibility of establishing a more autonomous College of Medicine here and aligning itself with Carle as its clinical partner.

State Sen. Frerichs introduces a bill to explore paying for college without upfront tuition (The Daily Illini)
State Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-52, introduced a bill to the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14 which could eventually revolutionize the way that students pay for college.

February 9, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas."
Benjamin Franklin

Republican Rubio to offer bill on new education financing vehicles (Chicago Tribune)
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a possible 2016 White House contender, will unveil legislation on Wednesday to broaden the use of financial vehicles known as "income share agreements" that students can use to fund their higher education costs.

Group Seeks to Align Curricula With Skills Needed in High-Demand Fields (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For years, employers have complained of a shortage of applicants with the specialized skills they need.

Public Colleges Struggle for Ways to Evolve Amid Competing Demands (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Nearly five years after the official end of the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression, plenty of colleges are still suffering, and not just the tuition-dependent private ones.

Amid National-Title Celebration, Academic Questions Take Center Stage (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It was only a basketball game. But when Shabazz Napier spoke into a CBS microphone late Monday night after his team had just won a national championship, he used the moment to broadcast a message that had little to do with sports.

Affirmative-Action Foe Plans Campaigns Against 3 Universities (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Project on Fair Representation, a nonprofit legal organization, is seeking plaintiffs for potential lawsuits challenging the race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The organization announced the effort on Monday.

Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As the pressure on community colleges to accelerate or even eliminate remedial-education requirements intensifies, vexing questions are being asked about the impact such a shift could have on low-income and minority students.

AACC honors visionary work of six community colleges (Community College Journal)
Six community colleges were honored Monday night for their exceptional work toward advancing the student success agenda.

Americans' Trust in Online Higher Ed Rising (Gallup.com)
Americans' trust in the quality of online colleges and universities is steadily rising. More U.S. adults, 37%, now agree or strongly agree that these institutions offer high-quality education than did so in 2011 (30%) when Gallup first asked this question. Roughly one in four (27%) disagree or strongly disagree.

Duncan Defends Ratings System to Congress (Inside Higher Ed)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday defended the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings system to several Republican lawmakers, who criticized the plan. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/09/duncan-defends-ratings-system-congress#ixzz2yP0gtVyy Inside Higher Ed

So Much to Do, So Little Time (Inside Higher Ed)
Professors work long days, on weekends, on and off campus, and largely alone. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/09/research-shows-professors-work-long-hours-and-spend-much-day-meetings#ixzz2yP7GxbeD Inside Higher Ed

Commencement Speakers Announced (Inside Higher Ed)
The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2014: Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/09/colleges-announce-commencement-speakers#ixzz2yP7hA2Iq Inside Higher Ed

The Lost Art of Doing One Thing at a Time (Inside Higher Ed)
Today I submitted my very first grant application to the NIH. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/lost-art-doing-one-thing-time#ixzz2yP85RVN0 Inside Higher Ed

The Right Model for Live Online Classes (Inside Higher Ed)
In 2012, we started teaching our Introductory Psychology course as a live online course. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/right-model-live-online-classes#ixzz2yP8VIt00 Inside Higher Ed

A Call for President Obama (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama has said that even with a divided Congress, he has access to the phone and the pen. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/04/08/essay-calls-president-obama-take-us-news-rankings#ixzz2yP90aMhq Inside Higher Ed

Box Scores and College Ratings (Inside Higher Ed)
Letter: Dear Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

School funding overhaul advances in state Senate (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A proposed overhaul of the state’s complex school-funding formula got the green light Tuesday to come before a full Senate committee.

U of I's Alma Mater heads back to campus (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois' Alma Mater sculpture is set to return to campus after a year and a half away.

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% (The New York Times)
Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, a new low among the most prestigious schools, with the odds nearly as bad at its elite rivals.

April 8, 2014

Quote of the day:
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
Harriet Beecher Stowe

ISU business school in top 100 (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University's College of Business placed in the top 100 nationally in the latest ranking of best undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Chronicle Wins 12 Awards for News Coverage, Commentary, and Design (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Chronicle has won 12 awards from three national organizations in recognition of news coverage, opinion pieces, data presentation, photography, and design published in 2013.

How ‘Undermatching’ Shapes Students’ College Experience (Chronicle of Higher Education)
“Undermatching,” the phenomenon in which students enroll at less-selective colleges than their academic qualifications suggest they could have attended, is a hot topic in higher-education research. Among the topics studies have examined so far: how common undermatching is, its effect on graduation rates, and a low-cost way to change where high-achieving, low-income students apply to and enroll in college.

Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As the pressure on community colleges to accelerate or even eliminate remedial-education requirements intensifies, vexing questions are being asked about the impact such a shift could have on low-income and minority students.

2013-14 AAUP Faculty Salary Survey (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On average, faculty salaries rose faster than inflation for the first time in five years. Still, at some institutions, associate professors have seen their salaries stagnate over the past decade relative to those in higher and lower faculty ranks. Read more.

College Is Still for Creating Citizens (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The fierce debate about the future of higher education in America has clarified some issues even as it has polarized national thinking on the question.

NIU law student’s business is fit to be tied (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
When Northern Illinois University law student Weston Sedgwick isn’t studying for his classes, he’s concentrating on managing his bow tie business.

Biden Announces New Apprenticeship Initiative for Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Vice President Joe Biden praised educators and said “they’re the best kept secret in America” as he announced a new plan by the Obama administration to improve graduate rates by providing student credit for job-training apprenticeships.

Small Liberal Arts Colleges and the STEM Pipeline (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Recently, The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) released a report on the contribution of small and mid-sized private, nonprofit colleges to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pipeline.

The NCAA Madness Continues: Are You Ready for Higher Ed’s Civil War? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Is the NCAA running anything but a legal sweat shop?

Apprenticeship as Degree Pathway (Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration on Monday formally launched a new consortium of colleges, employers and unions that is aimed at making it easier for students to turn their apprenticeship experience into academic credit. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/08/biden-announces-new-consoritum-promote-apprenticeships-pathway-college-degree#ixzz2yInicu3q Inside Higher Ed

A Call for President Obama (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama has said that even with a divided Congress, he has access to the phone and the pen. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/04/08/essay-calls-president-obama-take-us-news-rankings#ixzz2yIrEd1nJ Inside Higher Ed

Dual Enrollment Offers a Bridge to College (National Journal)
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., made a distressing-but-true statement last week about high school graduates who enter college unprepared for the coursework—they are destined to fail. "Remediation isn't just hard to do. It's almost a killer," he said at a hearing.

Bill would tie probation time to further education (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Legislation that would decrease a criminal's time on probation if they pursued further education is moving through the Illinois Legislature. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140408/News/140409471#ixzz2yJ151thv

Adjunct professors see selves as colleges’ ‘temp workers’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
In many ways, Anne Winkler-Morey loves being a professor. It’s the job she always wanted, teaching history at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.

Getting Workers Back Into the Workforce (Stateline.org)
When manufacturers of cardboard boxes, wire bagel baskets and other products said they needed workers with technological expertise and strong social skills, Maryland officials agreed to set up manufacturing boot camps for recruits.

SURS seriously underfunded, says Sandretto (The Daily Illini)
The University of Illinois’ financial condition is about average, relative to its peer institutions, according to a budget update presentation given at the Senate Executive Committee’s meeting by senate budget committee chair Michael Sandretto.

April 7, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Illinois higher ed sees slowing grad rates, widening racial gap (Chicago Sun-Times)
Now that parents, pundits and politicians track stats on colleges’ performance as closely as they do team sports, here is the latest on how Illinois is doing five years into a 10-year project called the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success.

Common Core for college (Chicago Sun-Times)
College students throughout the Chicago area will soon face their own version of Common Core — a higher-education program that requires they meet 16 criteria that show they can think critically, work hard and become valuable citizens of the world.

Medical students help homeless outreach program (Chicago Tribune)
Warren McGee stepped into a basement closet at Fourth Presbyterian Church on a recent Friday, shouldered a duffel bag packed with snacks and toiletries, donned a thin blue vest and stepped out onto a sunlit North Michigan Avenue.

Stuck in the Middle (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Associate professors, in theory, should be hitting a stride in their academic careers.

Affirmative-Action Foe Plans Campaigns Against 3 Universities (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Project on Fair Representation, a nonprofit legal organization, is seeking plaintiffs for potential lawsuits challenging the race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The organization plans to announce the effort on Monday.

How ‘Undermatching’ Shapes Students’ College Experience (Chronicle of Higher Education)
“Undermatching,” the phenomenon in which students enroll at less-selective colleges than their academic qualifications suggest they could have attended, is a hot topic in higher-education research. Among the topics studies have examined so far: how common undermatching is, its effect on graduation rates, and a low-cost way to change where high-achieving, low-income students apply to and enroll in college.

More Financial Aid + Less Need to Work = More STEM Graduates? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students who major in the sciences often spend more time in out-of-class work—in labs or field research—than other students do.

College Is Still for Creating Citizens (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The fierce debate about the future of higher education in America has clarified some issues even as it has polarized national thinking on the question.

Alumni Relations: a Horror Story (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Note to Alumni Relations: My name is Ted Gup—­T-E-D-G-U-P—and I am not a fan of yours. If I sound prickly, it’s because I believe I have due cause.

Muti to deliver graduation speech at Northwestern (Daily Herald)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti will deliver the address at Northwestern University's spring commencement. And the school plans to honor Stevie Wonder at the ceremony.

ISU closes farm tours after swine virus found (Daily Herald)
Illinois State University has stopped public tours of its farm in Lexington after the swine virus spreading across much of the country was detected.

Hazing statute challenged in 2012 fraternity drinking death (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Defense attorneys for the five former Pi Kappa Alpha members accused in the November 2012 death of a Northern Illinois University freshman are claiming that their felony hazing charges are unconstitutional.

Young Millennial Republicans Harbor Divergent Views from Their GOP Elders (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A few weeks ago much of the mainstream media was engrossed in the most recent study released by the Pew Research Center that examined Generation Y millennials (Americans born between 1980-1998).

Three HBCU Presidents Announce Retirements (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) community, which has been rocked by leadership turbulence for much of the past three years, was jolted again last week when two HBCU presidents surprised their respective institutions with announcements they plan to leave their posts in a matter of weeks.

The STEM Enrollment Boom (Inside Higher Ed)
Policy makers regularly talk about the need to encourage more undergraduates to pursue science and technology fields. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/07/study-finds-increased-stem-enrollment-recession#ixzz2yDPg9Kkl Inside Higher Ed

Low Expectations, High Stakes (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- More than half the nation’s most vulnerable college students are in courses taught by part-time, adjunct faculty members who lack the job security, credentials and experience of full-time professors – as well as the campus support their full-time peers receive. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/07/part-time-professors-teach-most-community-college-students-report-finds#ixzz2yDPMcFGU Inside Higher Ed

Student Debt Weighs Down Women More. Blame The Wage Gap (NPR)
When Kristine Leighton graduated from a private college five years ago with a degree in hospitality, she owed $75,000 on student loans. Each month, she paid the minimum amount of $450 and lived at home with her parents on Long Island, N.Y.

St. Ambrose to offer master of physician assistant program (Quad-City Times)
St. Ambrose University has cleared a major hurdle to admit its first group of students in its soon-to-be offered master of physician assistant degree program.

Local colleges increase efforts to recruit international students (Quad-City Times)
Vietnam-born Mai Anh “Daisy” Hoang wanted to have more freedom in her college course of study.

Gov. Pat Quinn supports increase in financial aid in University speech (The Daily Illini)
Students could see an increase in the amount of financial aid they receive, Gov. Pat Quinn said in a speech at the University on Thursday.

Common Core has students writing — on just about every subject (The Hechinger Report)
In the early elementary school grades, Zachary Davis and his classmates at Belle Chasse Primary School in suburban New Orleans wrote almost entirely from personal experience: describing their ideal vacation, trying to convince readers that a longer school year would be a good (or bad) idea, penning a letter about their adventures during summer break.

Many returning military vets bound for college (The Washington Post)
After five years in the Marines, including a tour in Afghanistan in which he saw buddies die in combat, Andrew Kispert found going back to college as a new veteran one of his biggest challenges yet. For starters, there was the strangeness of resuming civilian life.

April 4, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This Is Not Your Father's STEM Job (Atlantic Monthly)
Much has been written about the need to encourage women to embark on careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and fill the demand for future STEM employment

Quinn pushing funding hike for college grant program (Chicago Sun-Times)
Rae Kirby, a senior at DePaul University, credits the state’s need-based financial aid program known as MAP for helping her avoid a great deal of the student loan debt she would otherwise incur.

New teacher licensing system full of glitches, hitches (Chicago Tribune)
Just hours after the state launched a new, multimillion-dollar teacher licensing system last year, an educator logging in was shocked to find a serious security breach. "I discovered that by doing a public search using any educator's name, ALL of our personal information is available to everyone. This is alarming!" the educator emailed to a colleague.

Most Ph.D.’s in STEM Fields Work Outside of Academe, Analysis Finds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students pursuing Ph.D.’s in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics need broader training to prepare them for work outside academe since most pursue nonacademic careers, according to a report being released on Tuesday by the American Institutes for Research.

Baker touts internships for student career success (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Northern Illinois University student Timi Adeboje called his internship with Nestle USA’s pizza division a “life-changing, rewarding experience.”

Gender Comments by Conservative Scholar Draw Fire (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A visiting conservative scholar at the University of Colorado says educational institutions have gone overboard trying to protect people from discrimination.

Despite Changes over Years, HBCU Advocacy Remains the Priority (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Public funding is the life blood of higher education, specifically from financial aid, grants and contracts.

Former U.S. Attorney General Gonzales Named Dean of Belmont U. College of Law (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been named dean of Belmont University’s College of Law.

Pop musical 'Legally Blonde' part prepatory for students (Herald & Review)
For years, most of the big main stage musicals produced by Millikin University have been classics of the musical theater repertoire, the kinds of shows instrumental to a well-rounded college education.

Grants vs. Loans (Inside Higher Ed)
Much of the debate about encouraging college completion has focused on academic requirements, advising or the curriculum. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/04/study-shows-positive-imapcts-government-aid-graduation-rates#ixzz2xvSD7dNK Inside Higher Ed

Football Union Lobbying (Inside Higher Ed)
Former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter and Ramogi Huma, who helped him found the College Athletes Players Association, came to the nation's capital Thursday "to play a little defense." Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/04/northwestern-union-organizers-mobilize-hill#ixzz2xvRp6jM8 Inside Higher Ed

University presidents go before lawmakers (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SPRINGFIELD -- Facing the prospect of having to slash spending on higher education by 12.4 percent, Illinois lawmakers put two university presidents in the hot seat Thursday. Glenn Poshard, the soon-to-retire leader of Southern Illinois University, made an impassioned plea for funding, arguing further cuts to his university would result in layoffs, higher tuition and, consequently, fewer students coming to an institution located in an area of high unemployment.

WIU Union renovation on track for July completion (McDonough County, The Voice)
A multi-phase renovation project at the Western Illinois University Union is underway and on track for a summer completion, according to Project Manager Carina Kapraun. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20140403/News/140409598#ixzz2xvzUAYoN

Quinn pushes budget, tuition help in visit to UI (News-Gazette)
Gov. Pat Quinn says failing to adopt his budget plan — which relies on extending a temporary income tax increase — will mean a $50 million cut in the state program that helps pay tuition costs for low-income college students.

Quinn Brings MAP Proposal To NIU (NPR)
Governor Pat Quinn visited Northern Illinois University Thursday. He was there to promote his plan to boost funding for the state's Monetary Award Program, which provides scholarships to low-income college students.

College-bound students face financial aid maze (PBS NewsHour)
This week college-bound students learned which schools were offering them admission.

University presidents on the hot seat in Illinois (Quad-City Times)
Facing the prospect of having to slash spending on higher education by 12.4 percent, Illinois lawmakers put two university presidents on the hot seat Thursday.

Schools consider new ACT fee amid budget worries (Springfield State Journal-Register)
As they juggle school-reform demands with budget cuts, state education officials are considering retaining a traditional college-readiness test for high school juniors but passing the cost along to school districts and possibly the students' families. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140403/News/140409704#ixzz2xvRpGWyw

Smoking ban at Illinois colleges passes in House (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Legislation prohibiting smoking on the campuses of Illinois public universities has passed the House..

Making college cost less (The Economist)
YOU cannot place a value on education

Community Colleges: Four-Year Degrees in Illinois and Beyond (The Huffington Post)
Timing is everything and it is now time to bring to the forefront again the issue of community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees.

In Sugar Land, a Bitter Pill for a Regional University (The New York Times)
Just off Highway 59 in fast-growing Fort Bend County, Texas, two academic buildings make up a multi-institutional teaching center known as the University of Houston Sugar Land.

Quinn makes push for MAP grants in statewide tour (The Southern Illinoisan)
Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting his plan to increase the number of need-based scholarships over the next five years.

College admission rates for Class of 2018: (The Washington Post)
Of all college statistics, the admission rate might be the most misleading.

Sure, college is costly, but grads earn double vs. non-grads (USA TODAY)
The cost of college is getting super expensive, but data show that college grads earn nearly 2 times more than what high school grads earn.

April 3, 2014

Quote of the day:
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville

Triton College President announces retirement after 30-year career at the institution (Chicago Tribune)
Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados recently announced that she will retire from her position at the end of the year, after leading the institution for the past 13 years.

Strategies Can Help High-Achieving Minority Students Stay on Track (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Nationally, many minority and low-income students start high school performing in the top quarter of their classes in reading and mathematics.

Community Colleges Facing Challenge of Amended Policies and Mission (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
From the founding of the nation’s first public community college, Joliet Junior College, in Illinois in 1901, the American community college has always stayed true to its roots — to serve local students and provide a gateway to higher education.

Young Millennial Republicans Harbor Divergent Views from Their GOP Elders (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A few weeks ago much of the mainstream media was engrossed in the most recent study released by the Pew Research Center that examined Generation Y millennials (Americans born between 1980-1998).

SIUE Arts & Issues Carville-Gonzales debate postponed (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
Tonight's Arts and Issues debate between James Carville and Alberto Gonzales has been postponed. The event was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

School of Engineering claims second research award (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
A student-faculty civil engineering research team within Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Engineering has won the Illinois Center for Transportation and the Illinois Dept. of Transportation’s 2014 High Impact Project Award.

SIUE rooftop garden seeks crowdfunding (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
People around the world have the opportunity to contribute to a vegetable rooftop garden project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Default Data on Parent PLUS Loans (Inside Higher Ed)
The national default rate for Parent PLUS loans has nearly tripled in recent years, but it remains well below the default rates for other federal student loans, according to data released for the first time last week by the U.S. Department of Education. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/03/education-department-releases-default-data-controversial-parent-plus-loans#ixzz2xpoVBPAq Inside Higher Ed

The MBA for Billionaires (Inside Higher Ed)
Academics in Britain may be fighting a fifth year of below-inflation pay rises, but some business schools seem to inhabit a different financial universe. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/03/one-mba-program-makes-no-apologies-its-high-costs#ixzz2xpola6tY Inside Higher Ed

New Federal Oversight Proposed for For-Profit Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)
Three Congressional lawmakers are pushing for a new federal committee that would coordinate the government’s oversight of for-profit colleges. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/03/new-federal-oversight-proposed-profit-colleges#ixzz2xpp12jX0 Inside Higher Ed

Scrutiny of 4-Year Programs at Former 2-Year Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)
Florida was a pioneer in having community colleges offer four-year degree programs (and having them drop "community" from their names). Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/03/scrutiny-4-year-programs-former-2-year-colleges#ixzz2xppFI3bq Inside Higher Ed

Confessions of a Community College Dean (Inside Higher Ed)
In which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean#ixzz2xppv8KVo Inside Higher Ed

College campus smoking ban approved in House (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House endorsed a proposal Wednesday to snuff out smoking on public college campuses. The measure, approved on a 67-44 vote, is designed to make it tougher for students to smoke, as well as reduce other students' exposure to secondhand smoke.

Spoon River sees spike in students’ completion rate (McDonough County, The Voice)
The annual enrollment report by the Illinois Community College Board revealed that the completion rate for students — the number of those graduating with a degree or certificate — at Spoon River College has increased almost 27 percent since the previous year. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20140402/News/140409752#ixzz2xpxRYtYY

JIm Dey: UI still quiet on Kilgore (News-Gazette)
When The News-Gazette published a lengthy story in February about a 1970s political terrorist and longtime fugitive now teaching and working at the UI, the school's highest-ranking officials were notably silent on the issue....

UI nursing group sponsoring 5K Sunday (News-Gazette)
When Lynne Stonebock's dad was diagnosed with the fatal neurological disease ALS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association came to the rescue for him and her family, she said.

Cadaver lab opening for Ill. high school students (Quad-City Times)
A group of doctors in central Illinois is opening a cadaver lab where high school students interested in careers in medicine can take part in dissections.

Manar introduces bill changing school funding (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Senate Democrats Wednesday unveiled legislation to overhaul what they call Illinois' regressive education funding system. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140402/News/140409817#ixzz2xpg85cht

Complete college smoking ban passes Illinois House (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Smoking would be completely prohibited on state-supported college and university property under legislation approved by the House Wednesday. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140402/News/140409791#ixzz2xpgZlutf

Quinn's running mate stresses education funding (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The question of which candidate for Illinois governor has a better approach for funding schools took center stage Wednesday as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate called for making permanent a temporary income tax increase to avoid what he called "devastating" budget cuts to education.

Letter: Not sure college degree is worth it (Springfield State Journal-Register)
I have spent the last week pondering the March 14 article in regards to Benedictine’s student loan reimbursement program. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140402/Opinion/140409892#ixzz2xphcdZpR

Voice of The Southern: Don't rush judgment for Thompson Woods (The Southern Illinoisan)
Natural habitat or manicured park? That’s the ultimate question facing the SIU Carbondale community for the future of Thompson Woods, a wooded place of beauty on the campus.

April 2, 2014

Quote of the day:
Learning to live what you're born with is the process, the involvement, the making of a life.
Diane Wakoski

How to Escape the Community-College Trap (Atlantic Monthly)
When Daquan McGee got accepted to the Borough of Manhattan Community College in the spring of 2010, he was 19 and still finding his footing after a two-year prison sentence for attempted robbery.

$22M grant offers some of Illinois’ worst schools chance to improve (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois schools consistently at the bottom of the barrel are in line to receive millions of dollars to help them improve. The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that Illinois will receive $22 million from the department’s School Improvement Grants to “continue efforts to turn around … persistently lowest-achieving schools.”

R&D expenditures by Illinois universities hold steady (Chicago Tribune)
A state’s academic institutions play a critical role in attracting the funds and talent to support research and innovation. This quarterly report examines recent trends in a key indicator — academic R&D expenditures — with a focus on leading Illinois metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

House Republicans Propose Freezing Pell Grants, Ending Support for Endowments (Chronicle of Higher Education)
House Republicans offered their alternative to President Obama’s fiscal-2015 budget on Tuesday, proposing deep cuts in nondefense programs, including many of interest to higher education.

Op-ed:; Kids these days: Bipartisanship blossoms on one college campus (Crain's Chicago Business)
A chance meeting by two young women in Springfield has blossomed into a direct challenge to the ugly partisanship that is polarizing America.

Union question looms as Northwestern practices (Daily Herald)
When members of Northwestern’s football team had the chance to sign union cards back in January, some players signed their names, others did not.

Collateral Damage (Inside Higher Ed)
Students at a community college in rural Texas may lose access to federal aid because of a student-loan default measure Congress expanded mostly to keep an eye on for-profit institutions. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/02/new-default-rates-trip-community-college#ixzz2xk3H193o Inside Higher Ed

Giving College a Welcoming Front Door (Inside Higher Ed)
The sequence of steps that an incoming student must complete in order to enroll in courses at Harper College is known as our “new-student flow.”

Dropping the Ball on Disabilities (Inside Higher Ed)
INDIANAPOLIS -- New college students with disabilities are often insecure. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/02/students-disabilities-frustrated-ignorance-and-lack-services#ixzz2xjo501om Inside Higher Ed

My View: Northern Illinois University, state better with immigration reform (Rockford Register Star)
When I think about challenges that face Northern Illinois University, I invariably go back to the university’s mission for answers.

Community leaders offer wish list for next Rock Valley College president (Rockford Register Star)
ROCKFORD — Community leaders are known for their ideas, and they have plenty when it comes to the type of president they’d prefer to have lead Rock Valley College.

Astronaut back from space station to speak at U of Illinois commencement (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Michael Hopkins will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater's spring graduation next month.

April 1, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.”
Anne Lamott

Most Ph.D.’s in STEM Fields Work Outside of Academe, Analysis Finds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students pursuing Ph.D.’s in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics need broader training to prepare them for work outside academe since most pursue nonacademic careers, according to a report being released on Tuesday by the American Institutes for Research.

Getting Personal on Twitter Pays Off for a College Leader (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Santa J. Ono, president of the University of Cincinnati, talked with The Chronicle about why there are so few Asian-American college presidents in the United States.

Google Blocks U. of Illinois at Chicago From Emailing Its Own Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The University of Illinois at Chicago recently found itself living a modern nightmare: Google’s automated cybersecurity regime mistook the university as the culprit in a spam attack on the university’s students and began blocking university email accounts from sending messages to Gmail users.

Don’t Rob the Social Sciences of Peer Review and Public Dollars (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Legislation making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives would significantly reduce National Science Foundation funds for the social sciences and interfere with the agency’s peer-­review process.

Alma Mater statue returns to U of I next week (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — The University of Illinois' Alma Mater sculpture will return to campus next week after a year and a half away. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the 85-year-old sculpture will begin its trip home from Chicago early on the morning of April 9 and be back in place on the corner of Wright and Green streets later that day.

Editorial: A useful debate that can’t be renewed (Daily Herald)
The lead story coming out of Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget message last week centered on his proposal to make permanent the 2011 temporary income tax increase, a troubling — if not unexpected — development that spurred criticism on matters of both finances and public trust. But in the wake of his speech, the governor is reviving a related topic that once dominated talk in Springfield — the notion of basing education funding on income taxes rather than on property taxes.

Simply Put, Dorothy Yancy Has a History of Leading the Way (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
By promoting civil integration and exhibiting keen leadership, Dr. Dorothy Yancy has modeled a life of distinction by shaping the way African-Americans excel in higher academia.

Students’ Jobs Pay Off Tuition at 7 Work Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt.

New Trinity College President’s Goal: ‘Spread Education Outside of Its Walls’ (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, an accomplished neuroscientist and the current dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, has been tapped as the next president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Here’s Some Underpublicized March Madness (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled in favor of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) in determining that the scholarship football players at private Northwestern University had the right to form a union.

If Student Athletes Are Allowed to Unionize, Will It Change How Colleges View All Their Students? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With the NCAA making a profit of more than one billion dollars a year, I’ve got nothing against the unionization of student-athletes.

Lifelong Learning programs offered by SIUE (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
China’s Foreign Policy with Min Liu, Associate Professor, Speech Communication: “China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the “peaceful” nature of its meteoric rise.

N.Y. student accepted at all 8 Ivy League schools (Google News)
A 17-year-old Long Island student has applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League schools.

3 Cheers for Associate Degrees (Inside Higher Ed)
The story has Biblical overtones.

Stopping a Shortcut to In-State Tuition (Inside Higher Ed)
n a tit-for-tat with two companies that helped out-of-state students pay much lower in-state rates, the University of Colorado system changed its tuition policy. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/01/u-colorado-flummoxes-companies-promising-state-tuition-out-state-students#ixzz2xeEcR9mI Inside Higher Ed

'Managing the Unthinkable' (Inside Higher Ed)
A devastating tornado touches down, claiming the lives of six university students and affecting more than 1,200 without homes. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/01/book-offers-campus-leaders-advice-crisis-preparation-and-response#ixzz2xeEuPIlp Inside Higher Ed

Presidents in Denial (Inside Higher Ed)
On February 24, 2014, The New York Times ran a story titled “Colorblind Notion Aside: Colleges Grapple with Racial Tension,” detailing myriad racial incidents on college campuses. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/03/31/essay-college-presidents-are-denial-about-state-race-relations#ixzz2xeFNlsam Inside Higher Ed

Lake Land students to lobby for MAP Grant legislation (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Members of the Lake Land College Student Government Association are heading to Springfield on April 2 for Student Advocacy Day in support of expanding financial aid opportunities to community college students, according to a press release from the college.

Pros, cons of utilizing adjuncts 'a trade-off' at Spoon River (McDonough County, The Voice)
For Chris Strong, taking a part-time English instructor position at Spoon River College accomplished two things.

Alma's getting ready to come home (News-Gazette)
She plans to live-tweet her progress back to campus next week as she returns from a Chicago conservation studio after more than a year of rehab.

No fooling, April is busy (News-Gazette)
It's April 1, spring break is over and the polar vortex is back up north where it belongs.

CLC board approves two-year increase in tuition, fees (News-Sun)
Students at College of Lake County will have to dig a little deeper to pay for tuition over the next two years. The college’s trustees approved a $6 per-credit-hour increase for in-district students for the 2014-15 academic year and another $8 per-credit-hour hike for the following year.

St. Ambrose drums up support for stadium project (Quad-City Times)
A week before St. Ambrose University files a zoning request for a sports complex at the former St. Vincent's property, frustration is starting to show on both sides of the issue.

Quincy University recognized for teacher preparation program (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Quincy University has been recognized by the National Council on Teacher Quality for its undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program. QU's undergraduate elementary program was among 107 out of 2,420 elementary and secondary programs in the nation that made the 2013 council honor roll.

US students rank better internationally on new problem solving test than they do on (The Hechinger Report)
Here’s a modest test result to bolster the argument of those who say the American educational system isn’t so terrible.

Ten ways to make college more friendly to veterans (The Hechinger Report)
As we reflect on the diversity of students enrolling in America’s colleges and universities, our attention must turn to our veterans, especially those who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change (The New York Times)
University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals.

Nurse Education Level Affects Death Rates, Study Says (The New York Times)
In a small sunlit classroom at the Radboud University teaching hospital here, a group of nurses carefully examined computer-generated cardiographs one day this month, practicing their diagnostic skills.

How Businesses Use Your SATs (The New York Times)
THE news about the SAT has been confusing lately.

Our Crazy College Crossroads (The New York Times)
Over recent days the notices have gone out, an annual ritual of dashed hopes.

Poshard: State can't cut education funding (The Southern Illinoisan)
In 2002, Southern Illinois University received $248 million in state appropriations. This year, Fiscal Year 2014, we received $205 million. That's a $43 million decline from 12 years earlier.

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