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July 30, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.”
Regina Brett

For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Reports Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Eight big for-profit-college companies received nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13, says a report released on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin and the Senate education committee's Democratic majority.

Adjuncts Welcome Congress's New Interest in Their Working Conditions (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Advocates for adjuncts who have long sought more data about their working conditions on campuses have gotten the attention of Congress.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Stress, and Sales? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Welcome to the admissions profession, the career you just fall into. Please make eye contact with each prospective student when describing this great campus, but remember, this isn’t marketing, OK?

NCAA’s $5-Million for Concussion Research Is but a Fraction of Need (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s tentative settlement on Tuesday of a class-action lawsuit over its handling of athletes’ head injuries includes $5-million for research into concussion-related health problems.

U of C sells Harper Court for $112 million (Crain's Chicago Business)
One of Israel's largest financial institutions paid $112 million for Harper Court, a centerpiece in the effort to revitalize Hyde Park's commercial district.

Damon Williams Hired to Lead Emory University’s Recruitment, Diversity Efforts (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
After serving for five years as director of the McNair Scholars Program and the University Summer programs at Xavier University, Damon L. Williams Jr. will begin a new job this week as director of diversity, community and recruitment for The Laney Graduate School at Emory University.

Department of Defense to Oversee Plagiarism Probe (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college’s provost said Tuesday.

U.S.-Cuban Relations on Higher Ed Level Continue to Grow (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Something historic happened last January at Miami-Dade College.

For-Profits Increase Veteran Enrollment, GI Bill Revenue (Inside Higher Ed)
For-profit institutions have increased their share of the overall enrollment of student veterans, as well as an increasing portion of revenue from Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Education Those with ‘some college, no degree’ could hold key to U.S. education goals (PBS NewsHour)
By 2020, President Barack Obama wants the United States to regain its position as the country with the most educated residents. But in the last 20 years, nearly one in every 10 Americans started a college career that they never finished.

Nursing instructor bequeaths $1.5 million to St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria Journal Star)
A longtime instructor and alumnus of St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing has left the college $1.5 million, the largest gift in its history. Read more:

Harkin: States’ investment in college affordability eroding (Quad-City Times)
Sen. Tom Harkin called for public colleges and universities to “get back in the game” of making higher education affordable, especially for low-income and first-generation students.

Op-Ed: Perception of public higher ed does not match facts (The Denver Post)
One trillion dollars. We've heard the statistic and the conventional wisdom: Student loan debt, driven by recklessly out-of-control tuition, will stifle our economic future.

31 million Americans have college credits, but no degree (The Hechinger Report)
Helping these students finish could boost education rates, experts say

Colleges Push Back On Surveys That Could Shed New Light On Sexual Assault (The Huffington Post)
A key proposal pushed by the White House and members of Congress to address college sexual assault has plenty of support among survivors, their advocates and experts in the field. What it doesn't have is an endorsement from a major higher education group.

Veterans under G.I. Bill at for-profit colleges (The Huffington Post)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Governor Walker shows support for predatory for-profit college (The Journal-Standard)
Governor Scott Walker expressed his support for a for-profit college under investigation in multiple states and by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming their track record has been positive.

When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3 (The New York Times)
The frenzy over getting children into elite New York preschools is well documented.

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? (The New York Times)
For a long time, U.S. News & World Report had a monopoly on the college rankings game.

Indiana higher education chief kicks off '15 to Finish' college credit load campaign (The Republic)
Indiana's higher education commissioner wants college students to get the message that they should take at least 15 credit hours each semester if they expect to graduate on time.

SIU provost reassigned (The Southern Illinoisan)
A high ranking official at SIU has been given different responsibilities within the university, according to a letter sent Tuesday by Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement (
About two years ago, the University of Illinois Springfield had decided to make a new mandate for student housing. The rule entailed that both honor and traditional students must live on campus for their 1st and 2nd year of schooling. Even though the rule was made two years ago, the regulation was not implemented on campus, until now.

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