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December 19, 2014

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"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
Arnold H. Glasgow

New survey: High school grads feel unprepared. Are their schools at fault or are they? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A new survey released today found recent high school grads feel unprepared for college and career and wish they’d been better informed about what they needed and encouraged to meet higher expectations.

How colleges and universities embrace technology (BetaNews)
Digital technologies have changed the way that college students and prospective students do everything from applying to school and enrolling in courses, to participating in class and taking exams.

Parents can help anxious college students during break (Bloomington Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — An autumn of anxiety for college students doesn't have to turn into a winter break of discontent.

South Carolina provost to be next UIC chancellor (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois at Chicago announced Thursday that a longtime university administrator from South Carolina will take over as chancellor of the city's largest public campus..

Commentary: What's epidemic on college campuses? Shallow thinking (Chicago Tribune)
Remember in 1986, when Newsweek supposedly showed that a 40-year-old single woman was "more likely to be killed by a terrorist" than to ever get married? It turned out to be false, the remark of a Newsweek correspondent, who'd meant it merely as a funny aside. And the studies on which it was presumably based? Flawed..

States tackle question of how to boost college completion rates for low-income students (Christian Science Monitor)
New report shows how states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida are creating 'structured pathways' to help community college students make it through a system where most fail to graduate.

Obama’s College-Ratings Plan Arrives, but Most Specifics Stay Behind (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The college-ratings plan that the Education Department is releasing on Friday can best be described as incremental.

Why Comparing Lots of Colleges Might Not Help as Many Students as You’d Think (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There has been a proliferation of consumer information meant to help prospective students choose a college. A number of those tools seem to take it for granted that prospects will embark on a broad, national search. They assume that prospective students are shopping around, just as they might for a car or some other big-ticket consumer item, and that they’re willing to pick up and move anywhere in the country.

Obama’s College-Ratings Plan Arrives, but Most Specifics Stay Behind (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The college-ratings plan that the Education Department is releasing on Friday can best be described as incremental.

Why Comparing Lots of Colleges Might Not Help as Many Students as You’d Think (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There has been a proliferation of consumer information meant to help prospective students choose a college. A number of those tools seem to take it for granted that prospects will embark on a broad, national search. They assume that prospective students are shopping around, just as they might for a car or some other big-ticket consumer item, and that they’re willing to pick up and move anywhere in the country.

COMMENTARY - Fiscal fitness: Higher ed must run like a business (Community College Daily)
While many colleges and other businesses take a hard look at fiscal fitness during budget season, keeping their numbers in shape must be a year-long effort. Every year. A budget based on controlled costs and strategic spending and preserving a solid nest egg opens opportunities in key areas such as research, development and business growth.

University of Illinois, Chicago Shriners Hospital link up (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — The Chicago Shriners Hospital and the University of Illinois health system have signed an affiliation agreement. The organizations announced the partnership Thursday.

High School Graduates Feel Unprepared For College and Work, Survey Finds (Education Week)
A recent survey of public high school graduates finds about half feel they are unprepared for life after high school and most would have worked harder if they had realized the expectations of college and the workplace.

Richland to offer construction skills training (Herald & Review)
DECATUR – There's a huge difference between a job and a career, and a state-funded program has arrived at Richland Community College to help provide the latter to minorities, women and the disadvantaged.

Kristi Waite set to retire as president of Rasmussen College (Herald News)
Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college and public benefit corporation that offers classes in the Will County area, announced Wednesday that Kristi Waite plans to retire as president after serving in the post for 17 years.

Ratings Plan Arrives, Details Scant (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- After nearly a year and a half of public debate over its proposed college ratings, the Obama administration on Friday provided the first glimpse into how it will structure such a system, including the criteria it will use to judge colleges.

Behind the Ratings (Inside Higher Ed)
Friday’s release of a college ratings “framework” was a relatively anticlimactic milestone that capped months of speculation, delays and sometimes-fierce criticism from higher education leaders.

The Administration's College Rating System: How It Looks On Campus (NPR)
It's late afternoon. Most classes at Randolph College are done for the day but students have begun gathering in the lobby of the elegant, century-old main hall.

GOP gives feds’ college rating plan an F (POLITICO)
The Obama administration will soon publish its plan to rate more than 6,000 colleges nationwide based on the value they provide to students and to society.

Shriners Hospital, U of I health system sign partnership (Springfield State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO — The Chicago Shriners Hospital and the University of Illinois health system have signed an affiliation agreement.

Editorial: Fighting over scraps for higher education in Missouri (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
It takes nerve for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri to question the state’s right to approve scholarships for students attending the public Western Governors University.

Rating Plan Would Put Colleges Into One of Three Categories (The New York Times)
In a report released Friday, the Obama administration offered its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it wanted to group schools into three broad categories — good, bad and somewhere between.

OPINION - Sizing Up the College Rating System (The New York Times)
Last year, President Obama announced that his administration would, by the beginning of the 2015 academic year, rate America’s colleges “on who’s offering the best value, so students and taxpayers get a bigger bang for their buck.”

Education Department releases framework for rating U.S. colleges and universities (The Washington Post)
By the start of next school year, the federal government plans to rate colleges on access, affordability and student outcomes — possibly relying on graduates’ employment and earnings data.

Private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids (The Washington Post)
Many parents whose kids have their eye on an exclusive, private college face a difficult question: Is it worth unloading your life's savings or having your child take on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans?

Here’s How the Government Thinks We Should Grade Colleges (TIME)
Access, affordability, and outcomes are the three most important factors. But how will the government measure them?

Obama Administration Seeks Input on College Ratings Draft (U.S. News & World Report)
Nearly a year and a half after President Barack Obama tasked his administration with developing a system to rate colleges based on access, affordability and quality, a draft of the proposal was unveiled Friday morning.

Op-ed: The State of Higher Education in the Middle East (U.S. News & World Report)
The Middle East represents a diverse geographic spread of 18 countries, each with their own economies, political frameworks and social needs. However, collectively, underlying trends in higher education across the whole region point to one clear reality: Thanks to a population heavily skewed towards youth and a growing middle-class affluence in many of the markets, the higher education sector in the Middle East is now a viable target for many international institutions’ global expansion plans.

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