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October 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
"You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.”
Milton Berle

Seeking Hip Worker Environs, Universities Remake Research Parks (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Research Triangle Park, the king of university-affiliated business development, is 11 square miles of North Carolina pine forest laced with blue-chip tenants that include IBM, Monsanto, Cisco Systems, and Dupont.

Universities Curtail Health Experts’ Efforts to Work on Ebola in West Africa (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Tough new restrictions on travel to Ebola-ravaged countries, including a flurry of bans announced in the past several days, by the State University of New York and other groups, have some infectious-disease experts, on campuses and off, worried.

Public-College Leaders Rail Against Education Dept.’s ‘Regulatory Culture’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education, began his speech to a roomful of higher-education leaders on Monday with a conciliatory tone, stressing that the U.S. Department of Education shared a goal with them of serving the public good.

‘Reverse Transfer’ Project Aims to Ease the Way to Associate Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A new project from the National Student Clearinghouse will aim to provide an automated way for students who transfer from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to receive associate degrees.

Teaching and the University of Tomorrow (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last week, I attended the De Lange Conference held at Rice University every other year, this time on “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow.” - See more at:

Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Because each course in General Studies has been approved to meet specific learning outcomes associated with the General Studies curriculum, the course student learning outcomes listed on the syllabus must include learning outcomes that align with the identified General Studies learning outcomes and include assignments that will serve as embedded assessments for these learning outcomes.

Measuring Humanities Degrees Misses Much of Their Value (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Plenty of people know how much they paid for their college degree. Fewer can tell you what it’s actually worth.

Northwestern, U of C among four hospitals that would treat Ebola patients (Crain's Chicago Business)
Four prominent Chicago hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital downtown and the University of Chicago Medical Center on the South Side, have agreed to take on patients stricken with Ebola.

State Lottery Funds May Not Help Those Who Need it Most (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to using state lottery funds to finance scholarships for college, the idea that gambling proceeds are helping the poor pay for their education makes the state-sanctioned games of chance more acceptable than they might otherwise be.

Going to the Extreme With College Dropouts (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Richard Vedder, who teaches at Ohio University and is an adjunct scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, thinks adjuncts are the dalit—the modern Indian term for “untouchables.”

Student Loans and Political Ads (Inside Higher Ed)
As Democrats look to keep control of the U.S. Senate and hold on to House seats, they are continuing to raise student loans as an issue in this fall's election.

Caution urged after string of on-campus U of I attacks (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Champaign and University of Illinois police are urging people to travel in pairs following a string of attacks on campus. Read more:

Illinois' top educator: Funding problems to remain (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The Illinois state superintendent of schools says the outcome of the governor's race won't make a difference for the state's education funding problems.

OpEd: Higher Education and the Public Good (The Huffington Post)
The benefits that higher education bestows on individuals are well-known. In some circles, these personal benefits are as easily recited as the Pledge of Allegiance: College graduates are more likely to be employed and will earn more money over their lifetimes than those who do not have college education;

The Compelling Need to Improve the Higher Education Value Equation (The Huffington Post)
In the middle 90's, "value" was the hot new word and every business was trying to improve its value equation -- which we operationally define as "outcomes divided by cost."

In New York, Vocational Skills Could Count Toward Diploma (The New York Times)
The New York State Board of Regents gave initial approval to a major change to high school graduation requirements on Monday, allowing students to earn their diplomas with one fewer test if they pass another assessment in a range of subjects like languages, the arts, hospitality management and carpentry.

A College Financial Aid Guide for Families Who Have Saved Nothing (The New York Times)
A mother of five children in Bath, Me., admitted on the New York Times’s Motherlode blog earlier this year that she and her husband had no college savings.

SIU investigating reported sexual assault (The Southern Illinoisan)
Another report of sexual assault is under investigation on the campus of SIU, and three male students have been placed on interim separation from the university

Why poor kids don’t stay in college (The Washington Post)
It is a Tuesday in October and Terrell Kellam is running late. He usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to catch the first of two buses that will take him from southwest Baltimore to Morgan State University, just north of the city

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