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September 30, 2014

Quote of the day:
"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."
Mark Twain

Commentary: Steven Salaita: U. of I. destroyed my career (Chicago Tribune)
eing recruited for a tenured faculty position at a major university is no small feat, nor should it be; tenure represents the pinnacle of an academic career. In my case, it involved numerous interviews with faculty in the American Indian studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an intensive review of my scholarship, pedagogy and professional service..

U. of I. pitches new medical school (Chicago Tribune)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign officials are lobbying to establish a new and independent college of medicine, an idea that has rankled counterparts at its sister campus in Chicago who currently oversee the university system's medical education..

4 Years and $2-Billion in Community-College Training Grants, State by State (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The White House on Monday unveiled the winners of the fourth and final round of Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants.

The Upside of Selling Your Soul (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Hey, you, riding the subway.

What You Need to Know About Companies That Run Online Programs for Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Publish or perish" is an old saw that, like so many things in higher education, has been updated to reflect modern wisdom.

Can’t Get Into Berkeley? You Might Like (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A contract between 2U and the University of California at Berkeley sheds light on how applicant data might be used for marketing purposes when a university outsources its recruiting to an online "enabler," a company that helps traditional institutions move their programs to the web.

For Bill on Disabled Access to Online Teaching Materials, the Devil’s in the Details (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As smart classrooms become the norm on more campuses and online courses proliferate, some observers worry that the digital revolution will leave students with disabilities behind.

Talladega College President Knows From Experience Potential Pitfalls of Labeling (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Dr. Billy C. Hawkins knows firsthand the dangers of being inaccurately diagnosed with a learning disability.

Biden Announces $450 Million Worth of Grants for Higher Ed (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Vice President Joe Biden announced the recipients of $450 million in grants designed to help community colleges and other institutions of higher education provide better job training for students.

One powerful 'umbrella' (Herald & Review)
Hoping to shine more light on the benefits of renewable energy, the Student Sustainability Committee at Illinois State University has approved a solar-powered table that can recharge up to five electronic devices at a time.

White House Announces Job-Training Grants (Inside Higher Ed)
Vice President Joe Biden and Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, on Monday announced the final installment of $2 billion in competitive grants under the so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT).

The college completion crisis (News-Gazette)
Over 17 million students are now seeking two- or four-year degrees at American colleges and universities, but many will never complete their studies.

Op-ed: Pension cost shift would lead to higher taxes (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Serious efforts are underway in the Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation to shift billions of dollars in education pension obligations from the state to local schools.

Blog: Do We Still Care About Fairness? (The Friday Memo)
“Everyone deserves a fair shot.” That phrase captures a fundamental value that is characteristically American. Whether or not we have historically lived that value through our policies and practices is more than an open question, but most Americans have and still do embrace the idea of fairness.

Is the new AP U.S. History really anti-American? (The Hechinger Report)
Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, James Madison and Rosa Parks.

How college ed programs try, fail to recruit teachers of color (The Hechinger Report)
Nationally, black males account for 2 percent of the teacher population. Blacks in total represent 8 percent of all teachers; Latinos, 7 percent; and Asians, 2 percent.

Facing money and enrollment squeeze, more women’s colleges go coed (The Hechinger Report)
Twenty-five years ago, when dwindling enrollment at Wilson College in Pennsylvania threatened to close its doors, a swell of opposition by staff and students stopped it.

Homeless students increase by 58 percent in past six years (The Hechinger Report)
Despite signs of a national economic recovery, homelessness in U.S. public schools steadily increased 8 percent, to 1.26 million students, in the 2012-13 school year from the previous year.

How we can use the spotlight of Vergara to raise teaching standards (The Hechinger Report)
I was in my second year of teaching when an English teacher at my school told me that Maria could copy her reading summaries right out of the book since “at least she tried to do her homework.”

Organizing to Defend a Professor's Freedom of Speech (The New York Times)
On a Friday night in early August, Prof. Corey Robin put out a call on his blog. There had been plenty of grumbling over the University of Illinois’s decision to revoke a job offer to Prof. Steven G. Salaita, who gained notoriety for incendiary tweets about Israel.

Want proof college is worth it? Look at this list of the highest-paying majors (The Washington Post)
Is a four-year college degree worth it? Generally yes, but the results vary quite a bit across majors — and can even vary widely within majors.

The $10,000 Community College B.A (USA TODAY)
As employers are increasingly looking for college-educated workers to fill lower level jobs, community colleges are stepping up to the plate to meet those workforce demands.

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