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September 19, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Building on Competency-Based Education Campus Technology (Campus Technology)
Argosy University System is among the first institutions in a movement toward competency-based education, creating new models of direct assessment that promise to reduce time-to-degree and offer greater relevance for graduates in the job market.

Scholar Behind U. of Illinois Boycotts Is a Longtime Activist (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On a Friday night in early August, 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 Steven G. Salaita, who gained notoriety for incendiary tweets about Israel

What a Consumer Watchdog's Suit Against Corinthian Could Mean for Other Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s a pretty safe bet that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won’t see much of the half-billion-plus dollars it demanded from Corinthian Colleges Inc., in a lawsuit the bureau filed on Tuesday that accused the company of predatory lending and illegal collection tactics.

Northwestern Law sets record $150 million fundraising goal (Crain's Chicago Business)
Northwestern University's School of Law said today that it plans to raise $150 million in its largest-ever capital campaign and would earmark just over half — $80 million — for student financial aid.

Illinois Innocence Project awarded $250K grant (Daily Herald)
A project at the University of Illinois Springfield that is dedicated to investigating wrongful convictions has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Editorial: Time for COD trustees to see all spending, as other boards do (Daily Herald)
Whenever someone says, essentially, "That's the way we've always done it" when something is questioned, it's a red flag.

COD's Breuder gets faculty 'no confidence' vote (Daily Herald)
The union representing College of DuPage's 306 full-time faculty members announced Thursday a first-time "no confidence" vote in the leadership of President Robert Breuder, blaming him for helping create "an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear and intimidation."

DuPage Faculty Votes 'No Confidence' in President (Inside Higher Ed)
College of DuPage's full-time faculty union has voted "no confidence" in college President Robert L. Breuder, 189 to 53. Glenn Hansen, president of the National Education Association-affiliated union and a DuPage photography instructor, said Breuder has contributed to an atmosphere of "distrust" on campus.

Fight Over Digital Accessibility (Inside Higher Ed)
Advocates for students with disabilities and groups representing colleges and universities are sparring over federal legislation that would set new standards for accessible technology on campuses.

Wage Data Done Right (Inside Higher Ed)
Measuring the job-market returns of college credentials is complex work, according to researchers who gathered here this week for a meeting on higher education data. That makes it challenging, or even risky, for policy makers to use those metrics to hold colleges accountable.

Degree, contracts up for EIU trustee discussion (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- A new master's degree program could be one step closer to fruition after today's Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting. The M.S. in Health Promotion and Leadership will go before the board during the meeting. According to board documents, the program will aim to enroll 20 students each year and funding will be provided from an Academic Affairs division reallocation.

North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students (Naperville Sun)
North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students. Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago

Kennedy: Fix UIC med school before adding one in Urbana (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — A separate medical school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign could be a "game changer" for the campus, but the UI should fix problems with its existing medical center in Chicago first, Chris Kennedy said Thursday.

Kennedy: We did the right thing (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy insisted Thursday that the University of Illinois respects academic freedom and offered no apologies for the decision to deny a faculty job to controversial professor Steven Salaita.

Corinthian Colleges Debts Get Paid As Occupy Wall Street Shows Them the Money (Rockford Register Star)
While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has gone to court for what could be a protracted legal fight with for-profit Corinthian Colleges , Occupy Wall Street --OWS--has opened up its checkbook to pay off Corinthian student debt .

Illinois Innocence Project awarded $250K grant (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A project at the University of Illinois Springfield that is dedicated to investigating wrongful convictions has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more:

Obama to Announce Campaign to Prevent Campus Sexual Assaults (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON — President Obama has tried to use the power of his office to combat sexual assaults on college campuses. On Friday, he is getting some help.

Voice of The Southern: International students boosting SIU Carbondale (The Southern Illinoisan)
One of the bright spots in recent news about modest enrollment growth at SIU Carbondale was the impressive jump in the number of international students coming to Southern Illinois.

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