Quote of the day:
“Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.”
U. of C. says it's deferring to Obamas on library (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Chicago has been working behind the scenes to get competing factions to collaborate on a unified bid to build the Obama presidential library in Chicago, but U. of C. officials said Thursday that they won't select a neighborhood for the library — the president and first lady will.
U of I trustees OK insurance plan to cover gender reassignment surgery for Urbana-Champaign campus (Chicago Tribune)
University of Illinois trustees today approved a student health insurance plan for the Urbana-Champaign campus that will for the first time cover gender reassignment surgery, a benefit they approved for the Chicago campus last year.
Northwestern alumna gives $8.6 million to school library (Crain's Chicago Business)
Northwestern University has received an $8.6 million gift from the estate of Marie Quinlan to bolster the preservation department of its library.
The gift, announced today, will be used to hire staff, purchase equipment and renovate and expand Northwestern University library's conservation lab.
Harper adds program to help low-income students (Daily Herald)
The first two times Ashley Porter tried college, it didn’t stick. The McHenry native didn’t feel connected to her school.
But when Porter became a mother, she knew she had to go back.
U of Illinois to create presidential search panel (Herald & Review)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois hopes to have a new president selected by January, well ahead of the retirement of current President Robert Easter.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that (http://bit.ly/1g5rsVI ) a 19-member search committee will be appointed in May to recruit and review candidates to replace Easter, who's retiring in June 2015 when his contract expires.
Federal Accountability and Financial Pressure: A Survey of Presidents (Inside Higher Ed)
College presidents generally agree that their institutions should be reporting much more information about the career and other outcomes of their graduates -- they just don't necessarily want the federal government doing it, Inside Higher Ed's new survey of college presidents reveals.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/federal-accountability-and-financial-pressure-survey-presidents#ixzz2vIm3ZRR9
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Progressive Push on Debt (Inside Higher Ed)
A coalition of progressive groups on Thursday formally began a new campaign aimed at curbing rising student debt and reducing the price of college.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/03/07/progressive-groups-launch-new-campaign-tackle-student-debt-college-affordability#ixzz2vImTVbDS
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Recession Hit 2008 Grads Hard (Inside Higher Ed)
Americans who received bachelor's degrees in 2008 were roughly twice as likely to be unemployed after a year than were their peers who graduated in 1993 and 2000, the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics said in a report Thursday. Mostly to blame, the researchers said: the recession.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/03/07/us-data-show-2008-graduates-hit-hard-recession#ixzz2vIpmG6dQ
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UI told to prepare for 12.5 percent cut in state funds (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois has been told to prepare for a 12.5 percent cut in its state funding next year if legislators don't act to extend a state income tax increase that expires in January.
UI panel issues 47 recommendations in revised administration report (News-Gazette)
Top University of Illinois administrators have turned down a recommendation to dismantle the university-level office that oversees campus research parks and the new UI Labs initiative in Chicago.
Survey: Cost a growing factor in college decisions (Peoria Journal Star)
SAN FRANCISCO — A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.
Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140306/News/140309389#ixzz2vIsbb0x0
JWCC recognized for meeting demands of local workforce (Quincy Herald-Whig)
John Wood Community College has been recognized for its ability to meet the needs of regional manufacturers.
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council recently released its semiannual report listing certified production training certificates issued by community colleges and organizations throughout the state.
Study highlights Rockford University’s $118 million economic impact (Rockford Register Star)
ROCKFORD — Rockford University students paid a combined $17.7 million on tuition, fees, books and supplies in 2012-13. In return, they’ll earn $131.4 million in higher wages over their working lives.
That translates to a return of $3.40 in higher future income for every dollar spent on their education.
State universities warn of perils if budget cut (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois' public universities are warning of serious perils if the state's temporary income tax increase is allowed to expire as scheduled in January.
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