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April 17, 2014

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How Well Does College Pay? It Depends on Who You Ask (Brookings Institution)
We are at the beginning of a revolution in the quantity of information available to prospective college students and their families about their postsecondary options.

4 Decades After Its Founding, Men’s Studies Struggles to Define Itself (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A dozen or so men—and one woman—bemoaned the state of men’s studies on an appropriately gray, damp day here.

Obama and Biden Promote $550-Million in New Job-Training Funds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The president and vice president made a rare joint appearance on Wednesday to tout new federal funds for community colleges and apprenticeship programs.

Excelencia in Education Report Reveals Latino College Completion Strides and Struggles (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Despite California having the largest Latino population in the U.S., there are no California higher education institutions in the top five at the associate’s or bachelor’s level, according to a report delivered Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Putting Community Colleges to Work (Inside Higher Ed)
The White House on Wednesday rolled out two job-training grant programs that focus on the community college sector. Both push for closer ties between colleges and employers. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/17/federal-job-training-programs-encourage-collaboration-employers#ixzz2z9urkToe Inside Higher Ed

Udacity to Stop Issuing Free Certificates of Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
Beginning next month, the massive open online course provider Udacity will cut the first O from the acronym and only offer MOCs. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/17/udacity-stop-issuing-free-certificates-completion#ixzz2z9vaANfC Inside Higher Ed

U. Illinois at Chicago, Faculty Union Reach Contract Deal (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Illinois at Chicago has agreed to a tentative contract with the United Faculty Union, whose members went on a two-day strike in February seeking what they called a living wage for full-time, non-tenure-track professors and better pay for tenure-line faculty, among other goals. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/17/u-illinois-chicago-faculty-union-reach-contract-deal#ixzz2z9w68qrJ Inside Higher Ed

New Report on Latino College Completion Rates (Inside Higher Ed)
Excelencia in Education has released a new report with state-by-state data on Latino college completion rates. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/17/new-report-latino-college-completion-rates#ixzz2z9wZLmwn Inside Higher Ed

How Much Regulation Is Just Right? (Inside Higher Ed)
I approach the topic of the appropriate reach of government regulation into higher education in very much of two minds. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/04/17/how-much-federal-regulation-appropriate-essay#ixzz2z9wvI3Uk Inside Higher Ed

Outrunning the Bear (Inside Higher Ed)
There’s an old joke about two campers who run across an angry bear. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/outrunning-bear#ixzz2z9xcW8Cz Inside Higher Ed

Mama PhD (Inside Higher Ed)
Excuses, Qualifiers and the Invisibility of Motherhood

Report: Big cuts to state aid forschools if income tax increase expires (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois school districts would see their general state aid cut by more than $451 million if the temporary state income tax hike is allowed to expire next year, according to figures released Wednesday by Senate Democrats. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140416/News/140419497#ixzz2z9Tax8FN

Jonestown survivor offers a cautionary tale during appearance at LLCC (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Deborah Layton, once a highly trusted member of Peoples Temple, still feels ashamed for being involved in the cult led by Jim Jones. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140416/News/140419488#ixzz2z9VYR0p4

Refurbished Lincoln College museum offers two interpretations of 16th president (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The new Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College is two museums in one, blending traditional artifact-centered displays with the trend toward high-tech “immersive” museum experiences. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140416/Entertainment & Life/140419637#ixzz2z9Wsg4Nf

Poshard stepping down as president May 1 (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU President Glenn Poshard is leaving the university earlier than expected. Poshard's final day in the position will be May 1, at which time Randy Dunn will take over.

SIU possibly facing deeper budget, job cuts (The Southern Illinoisan)
Deeper budget cuts and job reductions are on the horizon for SIU if the temporary tax increase is not extended by the state legislature.

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