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August 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Richard Feynman

SWIC board to discuss budget, renovations (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider the school system's 2015 fiscal year tentative budget. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/08/20/3358240/swic-leaders-to-discuss-budget.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

Journalist with Chicago ties purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants (Chicago Tribune)
he mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

US education: How we got where we are today (Christian Science Monitor)
The standardized state of US schools today grew from the Reagan blueprint, ‘A Nation at Risk.’ Why that legacy matters now.

What Ails Elite Education? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Even before it was published this week, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press) was stirring controversy.

When Students Transfer, Credits May Not Follow (Chronicle of Higher Education)
About a third of first-time, first-year undergraduates will enroll in at least one other college over the next six years, and nearly four out of 10 will do so without transferring any credits if trends seen in a new study by the National Center for Education Statistics hold true.

Roosevelt University to shrink Schaumburg operation (Crain's Chicago Business)
Roosevelt University, confronting red ink, declining enrollment and a restive faculty, plans to dramatically shrink its Schaumburg curriculum and convert the campus to a branch, leaving it with just one college — pharmacy — instead of five or six.

Howard University, AKA Sorority Win Suit Brought by Rejected Legacy Pledges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For now, a long-running legal imbroglio involving Howard University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., has reached a resolution.

NCAA’s Strongest Argument Might Be Cap Limit (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The NCAA’s best argument against the Ed O’Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.

Congress Making Headway on Higher Education Act (Education Week)
With a lame-duck session looming—typically a time when Congress accomplishes very little—lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are priming higher education for the spotlight.

Flock of freshmen (Herald & Review)
Resident Assistant Tyler McLean wasn't surprised to see a few first-year students bringing more possessions than any dorm room could hold.

Scholarships continue to grow at Richland (Herald & Review)
Newly established scholarships have added more than $180,000 in funds available to Richland Community College students since last year.

Great Expectations, Bleaker Results (Inside Higher Ed)
Higher education consultants tend to project savings beyond what colleges can achieve, sometimes don’t understand the complexities of the institutions they advise, and fail to appreciate the politics around the changes they propose, according to a new study by the Education Advisory Board.

Best Path for Transfer Credit (Inside Higher Ed)
Students are most likely to be successful in transferring academic credits when they have higher grade-point averages and move between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a new federal study released Wednesday.

Still a Losing Game (Inside Higher Ed)
More students than ever are taking the ACT, says the ACT’s annual score report, released today.

Why I Bought "Dear Committee Members" (Inside Higher Ed)
"Could be a good novel. But there are lots of good novels about academe. How come this page-long advertisement in IHE?”

Best Path for Transfer Credit (Inside Higher Ed)
Students are most likely to be successful in transferring academic credits when they have higher grade-point averages and move between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a new federal study released Wednesday.

Freshmen finding way around campus, C-U (News-Gazette)
Wide-eyed freshmen can be found all over the University of Illinois campus this week, exploring their new home, meeting new friends and desperately seeking directions to the nearest Wal-Mart.

Manar, others tout school funding reform bill (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Sen. Andy Manar said Tuesday he hopes legislators will enact a school funding reform law before another school year begins, but acknowledged his plan will need changes before the House is likely to accept it. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140819/News/140819427#ixzz3AwSCWRG4

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life (The Atlantic)
William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression.

Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom (The Hechinger Report)
One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year.

Trained, jobless and in debt (The Hechinger Report)
Millions of laid-off Americans have used federal aid to train for new jobs, reports the New York Times.

Federal study finds nearly 40 percent of transfer students got no credit (The Hechinger Report)
The significant proportion of students who transfer from one college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they have already completed, according to a new federal study.

Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not ‘one-night stands’ (The Hechinger Report)
Teacher preparation programs should see themselves as matchmakers.

The Challenges of ‘Higher-Education Emergencies’ (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON — One narrative that has driven widespread interest in free online courses known as MOOCs is that they can help educate the world. But critics say that the courses mostly draw students who already hold traditional degrees.

Back to class or back to chaos? (The Southern Illinoisan)
After almost 30 years of college teaching, I still can’t help getting excited about back-to-school time.

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