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April 24, 2015

Quote of the day:
"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of a leader."
John Maxwell

The Making of a Higher-Ed Agitator (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, this is hallowed ground.

Low-Income Students at Elite Colleges Speak of Facing Pressures and Alienation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Jasmine Miller, who grew up in Tennessee and graduated from Harvard in 2013, has some illustrative anecdotes to explain how low-income students at elite colleges get subtle and not-so-subtle reminders that they aren’t like their classmates.

How Colleges Can Make Student Debt Feel ‘More Real’ to Borrowers Before They Graduate (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In 2012 all campuses in the Indiana University system began sending students — new and returning, undergraduate and graduate — a letter projecting how much debt they were on track to graduate with and what their monthly payments would be.

A Rare Look at What Makes Student Trustees Effective (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Most colleges’ boards of trustees reserve at least one seat for a student representative, but the young people who hold such positions vary widely in terms of how they weigh in on board decisions.

Peer Review Works, Says New Research on Citations and Patents (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The peer-review system is often described as the "gold standard" for determining scientific merit.

DOE Data Verify Damage Done to HBCUs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Department of Education recently acknowledged that the controversial 2011 changes to Parent Plus Loan qualification standards did, in fact, adversely affect historically Black colleges and universities.

Overall Retention, Persistence Rates Rise Slightly (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The persistence rate of college students has reached its highest point since 2010, when it began a four-year decline, according to a new “snapshot” report of persistence and retention rates released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Richland presents car-sized 'Reluctant Dragon' (Herald & Review)
While the self-titled star may have a timid personality, the sheer size of The Reluctant Dragon is anything but unassertive.

Millikin presents Kander and Ebb revue (Herald & Review)
Instead of having a full evening to develop a story, the cast members of Millikin University's “The World Goes 'Round” will be pressed to enact a narrative every three minutes.

Higher Ed Worries and “The Norm Chronicles” (Inside Higher Ed)
I’m a worrier. Mostly, I worry about higher education.

Change, but How Substantive? (Inside Higher Ed)
Arizona State University has yet to brief its accreditor about plans to award credit through massive open online courses to thousands of students at the same time. While the university is unconcerned, accreditation experts are unsure if federal or regional regulations could derail the initiative.

Lake Land, Eastern Illinois boards hold joint session (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- The boards of two of the biggest employers in East Central Illinois met together for the first time Thursday. Trustees and administrators from Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College gathered for a joint meeting of their boards in Lake Land's Webb Hall to discuss present and potential future partnerships between the two schools.

Hangin' with Biden: 'Cool is an understatement' (News-Gazette)
What's a visit to campus without an Alma Mater photo op?...

1968 Boston Marathon winner to give keynote address (News-Gazette)
Amby Burfoot spent Sunday afternoon resting in his Boston hotel room.

Ary appointed to fill vacant JWCC board seat (Quincy Herald-Whig)
The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Diane Ary of Quincy to fill the vacant board seat left open by the resignation of Dene Lambkin.

Services for homeless, rape victims among cuts disclosed by Rauner (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Services for domestic violence victims, homeless young people and rape victims are among those facing cuts as Gov. Bruce Rauner's office tries to close a $1.6 billion budget gap.

Opinion: Illinois taking a stand against campus sexual violence (Springfield State Journal-Register)
As colleges nationwide grapple with the reporting and investigation of sexual violence, members of the Illinois House on Wednesday took an important step toward helping rape survivors, the accused and the state's institutions of higher learning.

Hillary Clinton should acknowledge that tuition tax breaks don’t work (The Hechinger Report)
As Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign gets underway, let’s hope she does not make the mistake that other Democratic contenders have made in the past and propose to increase spending on student aid that is delivered through the tax code.

College for the Masses (The New York Times)
Growing up in Miami in the 1990s, Carlos Escanilla was a lot more interested in hanging out with friends and playing music than in school.

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