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April 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The palest ink is better than the best memory.”
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A Key to College Success: Involved Dads (Atlantic Monthly)
This month, millions of high school seniors across America are making important decisions about which college they will attend for the next four years of their life

Prestigious academy adds U. of Illinois professors (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Panel Is Split on Distance-Education Rule (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Debate over the Education Department’s proposed "state authorization" rule officially ended on Wednesday, with negotiators divided over how far the federal government should go in its effort to compel state scrutiny of online programs.

OPINION - Why Common Core tests are bad (CNN)
(CNN) -- In a few weeks, the New York State Education Department will begin the second round of Common Core tests. Earlier this spring, thousands of students refused to take the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) exams. In New York, as in states across the country, parents are telling administrators that their children will not sit for exams that pressure teachers to teach to the test and drain school budgets.

Pressure builds as Northwestern football team union vote nears (CNN)
(CNN) -- No matter what the ballots say, Friday will be historic for college sports.

Momentum Continues to Build for Posse Foundation’s STEM Program (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At a White House summit on January 16, President Obama called for higher education leaders to commit to the administration’s goal of leading the world in college graduation rates by 2020. In response to the president’s request, more than 100 college presidents and 40 nonprofits, foundations and other organizations announced new commitments in various areas to expand college opportunity.

California Bill Re-ignites Affirmative Action Fight (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ? Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives.

Troubling Trend: Fewer High School Grads Are Choosing College (Entrepreneur)
College enrollment surged during the recession, but as the job market continues to recover, albeit slowly and shakily, fewer new high school graduates are continuing on with their education.

What Do the People Want? (Inside Higher Ed)
Americans might take a more nuanced view of higher education than the agendas advanced by the politicians they elect, according to a report released today based on 115 forums conducted across the country. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/24/americans-may-take-nuanced-view-higher-ed-reforms#ixzz2zoXY9Mo8 Inside Higher Ed

A 'remarkable day for cultural life' (McDonough County, The Voice)
An appearance from Gov. Pat Quinn in Macomb Wednesday afternoon helped Western Illinois University take a large step in its years-long pursuit to establish a Center for Performing Arts. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20140423/News/140429600#ixzz2zopJEVXH

Editorial: Just correct the mistake (News-Gazette)
Nobody ever said that addressing Illinois' public pension woes would be easy. But state legislators have made it even more difficult than they thought — maybe even impossible — by including a provision that will reduce university retirees' benefits if they work past June 30.

When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions (NPR)
At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges.

Quinn touts MAP grant expansion (Peoria Journal Star)
Gov. Pat Quinn thinks a grant program for college students in Illinois is so important, he not only preserved the program in his proposed budget, he expanded it. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140423/News/140429484#ixzz2zomiqaHs

Quinn: $60 million for Center for Performing Arts an investment in WIU's future (Quincy Herald-Whig)
A concept decades in the making started to become reality on Wednesday afternoon.

Brandishing Budget Power, State Lawmakers Pressure Public Universities (Stateline.org)
State lawmakers around the country are brandishing their budget pens to penalize public colleges and universities for what they teach, what their professors say and which organizations the schools work with.

U.S. Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action (The New York Times)
In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.

Obama Thinks He Can Rate Colleges. Can You Do Better? (TIME)
See how colleges stack up based on what you think is most important in a school

Survey: More employers plan to hire new college grads (USA TODAY)
Congratulations, college graduates. You're in luck: Employers are considering hiring you, a new survey reveals.

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