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February 27, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
Winston Churchill

Opinion: A true UIC class leader in every way but one (Chicago Sun-Times)
Mateo Uribe talked until his voice went hoarse on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago earlier this year as he gathered signatures from classmates to run for student trustee.

Opinion: Gov. Rauner balances budget on backs of college kids (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts are, on many arguments, necessary. The governor inherited a $1.618 billion deficit. Much of this deficit is the result of underfunding essential programs and additional borrowing to pay its bills. The state is bankrupt, having not adequately planned for pensions or otherwise managed the balance of revenue and expenditure.

The Ever-Growing World of College Rankings (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Another day, another college ranking. Or so it seems. Last year at least three new rankings emerged from national publications or major companies, joining a long line of magazines that have entered the rankings game since U.S. News & World Report started publishing its list annually, in 1985.

Harper College trustees increase tuition 2.8 percent (Daily Herald)
Starting this summer, Harper College full-time students will pay an extra $105 a year, or 2.8 percent, to attend the Palatine-based community college. The college's board of trustees in a 6-1 vote this week approved raising tuition $3.50 per credit hour from $110.25 to $113.75.

Critics: Fire Wise over diversity shortfall (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — Prompted by shrinking numbers of black students at the University of Illinois, some community activists are calling on trustees not to renew Chancellor Phyllis Wise's contract.

JWCC, WIU partnering for 'seamless' educational pipeline in supply chain management (Quincy Herald-Whig)
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- The idea is to build a seamless educational pipeline that could lead to a job in one of the growing areas of demand in industries across the region. Officials from John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University finalized a partnership Thursday that both feel will help strengthen the long-range economical picture of West-Central Illinois.

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Is Losing Its Stigma (The New York Times)
For years, it was information shared only in whispers. Undocumented students, bright and educated, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it.

Illinois Board of Higher Education recommends cutting NIU's state funding by less than 1 percent (The Northern Star)
The Illinois Board of Higher Education recommends NIU receive a .04 percent cut to its state allocation, which would drop that funding from $93,189.5 million to $93,155.1 million. The board's recommendation starkly contrasts a proposal from Gov. Bruce Rauner, who last week proposed NIU receive a state funding cut of $29.3 million to drop funding to about $64 million.

Lawmakers honor SIU's Flying Salukis (The Southern Illinoisan)
SPRINGFIELD — Southern Illinois University’s aviation team was honored Thursday at the Illinois State Capitol. The Flying Salukis are the national champions, again, as they won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition in May and were recognized with a resolution by the House of Representatives

Update: Rauner names three to SIU Board of Trustees (The Southern Illinoisan)
A senior U.S. district judge, a lawyer and a Carbondale business owner have been named to the SIU Board of Trustees. Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to announce the appointments of U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert, Edwardsville litigator Amy Sholar and Joel Sambursky early Friday morning.

Plan would end SIU employee tuition waivers (The Southern Illinoisan)
A proposal to eliminate half-price tuition for the children of state university employees is drawing ire from SIU union representatives and university officials. State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, is sponsoring House Bill 403, which would eliminate employee tuition waivers at all state schools

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