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August 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”
Pablo Picasso

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students (Belleville News-Democrat)
BUFFALO, N.Y. — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate their campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Read more here:

Study shows retention of U. of I. international students (Chicago Tribune)
While the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has more international students than any other public campus in the country, the majority of them leave the area after graduation, a new report has found..

Editorial: A Chicago success: More diplomas, fewer dropouts (Chicago Tribune)
So much of the debate on education in Chicago focuses on conflicts between teachers and district officials over test scores and educator evaluations. Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. Or on other concerns of ... other adults..

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids."

Business Is a Big Draw for International Students in the U.S. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Previous research has shown that international students at American colleges and universities tend to be concentrated in specific areas, such as business and engineering.

U of I among colleges screening some students for Ebola (Daily Herald)
Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, said the roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening.

U of I plans to boost cell reception at stadium (Daily Herald)
University of Illinois officials plan to make it easier for sports fans to use cellphones at Memorial Stadium.

Report Finds Student Loan Education Effort Lacking in Kansas (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A new report finds that most universities aren’t offering students enough help in understanding the financial burden posed by student loans.

More MAP grants coming for nontraditional students (Herald & Review)
The number of dislocated workers receiving Monetary Award Program grants to help further their education could double by next academic year.

Illinois Philosophy Dept. Votes No Confidence in Chancellor (Inside Higher Ed)
The philosophy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has voted no confidence in Chancellor Phyllis Wise and other university leaders, The News-Gazette reported.

Op-ed: Attacking the Opportunity Gap (Inside Higher Ed)
As affirmative action continues to backslide, support for economic equality is growing. Could these narratives be combined to fuel new ideas that take advantage of this common ground?

Officials offer ‘good neighbortips’ to student residents (McDonough County, The Voice)
As local law enforcement and other officials trekked door to door in the city's northwest quadrant Thursday afternoon, a few Western Illinois University student residents may have been surprised by the entourage with small stacks of pamphlets in tow. Read more:

Splash and Bash (McDonough County, The Voice)
Spoon River takes ALS challenge, welcomes back students in Macomb Read more:

What it actually takes for schools to ‘go digital’ (The Hechinger Report)
As a hazy morning sun rises over the rural farm community surrounding North Iredell Middle School, the students take their seats and lift their MacBooks to start the school day.

How Duncan’s teacher reprieve aids students, Common Core, tests (The Hechinger Report)
Test: It’s just a four-letter word for measuring skill, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitude.

Op-ed: Education Is the Avenue to Prosperity in America (The Huffington Post)
From the Carnegies to the Kennedys to the Clampetts -- Americans have always had a fascination with the super wealthy.

Freshmen enjoy the experience at Salukis' opener (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- It was still about 45 minutes before kickoff, but Javen Cobb was getting into Saluki football.

Commentary: Challenge college students about degrees that underpay (The Washington Post)
Whenever I meet a college student, I ask two questions: What’s your major? And how will you make money with that degree?

College class of 2018 defined by hashtags and 9/11 (USA TODAY)
Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The list for the Class of 2018

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