Quote of the day:
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Madigan says universities, community colleges willing to share pension costs (Chicago Tribune)
House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday announced that he has struck a preliminary deal with the state's universities and community colleges that will require them to slowly pick up the cost of teacher pensions over several years even as tuition rates continue to rise.
Chicago State board stands behind embattled president (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago State University board of trustees said this morning it supports President Wayne Watson, who earlier this year was on the verge of taking a yearlong sabbatical as the board started making plans for replacing him.
House Panel Approves Market Approach to Student-Loan Interest Rates (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With interest rates on some federal student loans set to double in just over six weeks, and members of Congress and President Obama scrambling to avert the increase, a key Congressional panel on Thursday approved legislation that it said would solve the problem for the long term.
Report Explores Diversity Gap Between College Graduates and Student Body (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The pool of college graduates who earned degrees in the 2007-8 academic year was considerably less diverse than the overall student body, and that finding presents challenges for colleges because more and more individuals seeking a higher education do not fit the prototype of a traditional student, concludes a broad analysis of student outcomes released on Thursday by the American Council on Education.
College Enrollment Fell by 2.3 Percent This Spring, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College enrollment in the spring-2013 term dropped by 2.3 percent compared with the same term a year ago, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
DuPage adjunct professors get contract extension, raises (Daily Herald)
Adjunct professors at the College of DuPage are set to receive salary increases as part of a two-year contract extension approved Thursday by the college's board of trustees.
Universities support Madigan's pension cost shift plan (Herald & Review)
University and community college officials expressed support Thursday for a plan that would shift the cost of employee pensions their way.
Enrollment Decline Picks Up Speed (Inside Higher Ed)
The decline in college enrollments appears to be accelerating, with 2.3 percent fewer students enrolled on campuses this spring than there were in spring 2012, according to data published Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse.
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So Much for Consensus (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce approved legislation Thursday that would create a variable interest rate for student loans.
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DACC program helps combine GED with career instruction (News-Gazette)
DANVILLE — When the economy turned sour and her work as a photographer slowed, Mary Berver-Zimmerman began thinking about a new career.
State university heads agree to take on pension costs in time (Quad-City Times)
SPRINGFIELD — University and community college officials expressed support Thursday for a plan that would shift the cost of employee pensions their way.
Republicans advance bill to tie U.S. student loan rates to markets (Reuters)
Republicans in control of the House Education and the Workforce Committee voted on Thursday to advance legislation tying student loan interest rates to the financial markets, a plan they said would give borrowers a better sense of how much they must repay.
Lt. Gov. Simon promotes college scorecard measure (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants to see all colleges and universities in Illinois feature a link to the federal College Scorecard on their websites.
Illinois universities agree to slowly pick up pensions (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
State universities and community colleges have agreed to gradually pick up their own retirement costs under a preliminary deal that emerged at a public hearing.
OPINION - College Enrollment Is Falling Faster Than We Thought (Good News!) (The Atlantic)
College enrollments ticked higher during the Great Recession and its ugly aftermath, but since 2012, what's gone up has come down. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, Spring 2013 enrollments fell 2.3 percent from last year. The drop-off has sped up since the Fall.
College Is Going Online, Whether We Like It Or Not (The Atlantic)
The United States has a problem: rapidly rising student debt. It also has a solution: online education. The primary reason for spiraling student debt is the soaring costs of a college education at a physical college. Online education strips away all of those expenses except for the cost of the professor's time and experience. It sounds perfect, an alignment of technology, social need and limited resources. So why do so many people believe that it is a deeply flawed solution?
Why Private Schools Are Dying Out (The Atlantic)
A few elite institutions at both the grade-school and college levels are doing better than ever. But their health conceals the collapse of private-sector options in the U.S.
College Is Pricey and Irrelevant. Really? (The Huffington Post)
Now that the Class of 2013 has secured their college plans, it's time for the next rite of spring -- a slew of articles popping up in May that question the cost, value, and necessity of college. This year's crop is particularly hardy, including one from a Nobel Prize winning economist, but the themes are universal.
Steve Jobs’s Widow Debuts on Philanthropic Stage (The New York Times)
Marlene Castro knew the tall blonde woman only as Laurene, her mentor.
'Eco Camp' nature camps bring summer fun, education (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Hands-on learning will take on a whole new meaning in June as children immerse themselves in nature at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
College enrollment slides as more return to work (USA TODAY)
As economy improves, more Americans return to the workforce instead of enrolling in college.
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