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January 29, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Critics boo as College of DuPage board reaffirms president's buyout (Chicago Tribune)
The College of DuPage board of trustees voted Wednesday night to reaffirm a lucrative but controversial buyout package for its president, as scores of critics packed the meeting to voice concerns about the deal.

Could lawmakers punish COD for Breuder severance? (Daily Herald)
Some suburban lawmakers want to punish College of DuPage for President Robert Breuder's $762,868 severance package.

National Initiative Aims to Improve Future of Minority Men at Community Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In an effort to improve the outcomes for underrepresented men of color at community colleges, a new national consortium is being launched with the intended purpose of strategizing over how best to serve this growing demographic.

U.S. Energy Department Powers New HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A consortium of 13 historically Black colleges and universities in partnership with two U.S. Energy Department national laboratories and a South Carolina school district has launched an ambitious pipeline initiative aimed at recruiting and training cybersecurity professionals and researchers.

Finley Excels in STEM Career (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
It has been just a decade since Dr. Stacey Finley graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering.

Lawmaker Wants to Increase State Funding for Tribal Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A Montana lawmaker proposed Monday that tribal colleges receive the same per-student funding that community colleges receive.

Students of Color, Women Still Harassment Targets on Campuses (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The recent racial profiling of Yale University student Tahj Blow by campus police this past weekend has re-ignited debates and renewed considerable attention to targeting of minority students on predominantly White campuses.

Gov. Rauner at Richland Community College (Herald & Review)
Bruce Rauner visits Richland Community College to talk about the challenges the state of Illinois faces.http://herald-review.com/news/local/gov-rauner-at-richland-community-college/youtube_949f77d4-a6bb-11e4-8f9f-8ba5120a7eb1.html

Sticking With Credit Hour (Inside Higher Ed)
he credit hour is an inadequate unit for measuring student learning. Yet no better replacement for higher education’s gold standard has emerged, and getting rid of it right now would be risky.

College of DuPage Board Affirms Presidential Buyout (Inside Higher Ed)
he board of the College of DuPage on Wednesday voted for the second time in a week to approve a $763,000 severance package for President Robert Breuder, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Politics of the 529 Plan (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama’s backpedaling this week on a provision in his tax plan that would have gutted benefits for college-savings plans highlights the challenges facing advocates for low-income students who want to overhaul higher education tax breaks.

Community college presidents: Funding needed to meet Iowa workforce needs (Quad-City Times)
Community college presidents presented a generally upbeat picture of Iowa's two-year college system role in meeting current and future workforce needs.

The Case for Year-Round Pell Grants | Commentary (Roll Call)
As Congress takes up reauthorization of the Higher Education Act this year, it will have to address several policy concerns, including the rising cost of college and the need to increase degree attainment rates in the U.S.

The Science of Beer: SIU professor pushing for fermentation degree program (The Southern Illinoisan)
Giovanni Ravenna and Nick Galindo kept watch as the temperature crept toward 150 degrees.

Morthland College acquires land for athletic field (The Southern Illinoisan)
With donations in hand, Morthland College continued its expansion this week after closing on a 10.3-acre field

January 28, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Read more at: http://www.lightafire.com/
Eleanor Roosevelt

Opinion: Casting a spell over College of DuPage board members (Chicago Sun-Times)
As the controversy surrounding the record-breaking $750,000 buyout of College of DuPage President Robert Breuder has emerged, readers must wonder about the spell Breuder has managed to cast over all but one of the members of his school board.

College of DuPage revote on president's buyout follows years of secrecy (Chicago Tribune)
When College of DuPage trustees meet Wednesday to vote again on President Robert Breuder's controversial buyout package, years of secrecy surrounding Breuder's contract will come to a head..

Rep. Crespo helps expand college readiness efforts through ECC’s Alliance partnership (Chicago Tribune)
llinois State Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates), helped secure a $100,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DECO) to help fund Elgin Community College's regional college and career readiness program. .

‘Huge Explosion of Wealth’ Drives Record $37.5-Billion in Gifts to Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Charitable giving to American colleges and universities has reached a historic high for the second straight year, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education.

Bid to Hold Teacher Colleges Accountable Stirs a Debate Over Race (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As Congress debates whether to scale back testing at the nation’s elementary and secondary schools, a quieter fight is playing out behind the scenes over efforts to extend test-based accountability to the country’s teacher colleges.

Understanding Career Pathways (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There may be new opportunities for using data – both quantitative and qualitative – to improve graduate education.

Amid Political Pressure, Obama Drops Plan to Curb College-Savings Plans (Chronicle of Higher Education)
President Obama has backed away from his proposal to roll back tax breaks for 529 college-savings plans amid mounting political pressure, The New York Times reports.

7 Hazards of the Campus Interview (Chronicle of Higher Education)
So you got invited on campus for a job interview.

COD president Breuder chose against guaranteed pension (Daily Herald)
Departing College of DuPage President Robert Breuder's decision to self-manage his retirement benefits cost him thousands of guaranteed dollars even though taxpayers have contributed at least $418,000 on his behalf.

Deep-Pocket Donors (Inside Higher Ed)
Charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of nearly $38 billion last year, according to an annual survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education.

The (Out-of-)State University (Inside Higher Ed)
t's well documented that state appropriations for public colleges and universities have flattened or fallen since the early 2000s, especially when viewed against significant increases in enrollments at the institutions over that time. It is similarly understood that enrollments of out-of-state students have burgeoned over that time period. But are the two trends related?

UI ready to put Willard plan into effect (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she is "fully behind" an airport advisory group's report and the university is ready to implement a plan.

College trustees to vote again on president's buyout package (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Trustees of the College of DuPage are expected to take another vote on a $762,000 buyout package for the school's president. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150128/News/150129484#ixzz3Q7bnuReY

Low-income, minority students face achievement gap in Illinois (The Daily Illini)
State legislators and educators are working to improve the quality of education among low-income students by closing the achievement gap.

Dunn appoints committee to find new chancellor (The Southern Illinoisan)
The search for SIU’s new chancellor is set to begin.

January 27, 2015

Quote of the day:
“What really matters is what you do with what you have.”
H. G. Wells

IMSA working to raise $650K to build innovation hub named for YouTube co-founder (Beacon News)
Over the last year, Britta McKenna and students at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy have done a lot of research to help shape the design of a new innovation hub slated to open for the start of the 2016-17 school year.

U of I chancellor: Budget is top priority (Bloomington Pantagraph)
With warnings from the new governor that money from the state will be cut, the budget is the top priority ahead for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

University of Illinois chancellor: Budget is top priority (Chicago Sun-Times)
CHAMPAIGN — With warnings from the new governor that money from the state will be cut, the budget is the top priority ahead for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

Migrant college students face more stress than their peers, study says (Chicago Sun-Times)
Recent federal policies to limit deportations and state programs to expand financial aid have benefited college students who entered the country illegally, but those young people still face emotional, educational and money problems, according to a new national study by UCLA researchers.

Illinois universities spur innovation through technology transfer and entrepreneurship (Chicago Tribune)
As the startup community continues to grow in Chicago and across Illinois, universities are active in encouraging new company formation and shepherding research through the commercialization process through technology transfer offices (TTOs) and entrepreneurship programming..

College of DuPage board to redo approval of leader's controversial buyout (Chicago Tribune)
After approving a controversial severance package last week for College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, the school's board of trustees announced Monday that it would meet Wednesday to deal with the contract once more, suggesting that there was a problem with how officials handled it initially..

The Day the Purpose of College Changed (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts.

Undergraduates in the U.S. Illegally Face a Wide Array of Challenges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Undergraduates who are in the United States illegally face numerous challenges in their pursuit of a higher education, including anxieties about paying for college, fears of deportation, and worries about being accepted on campuses, according to a report released on Monday by the University of California at Los Angeles.

COD to vote again on Breuder $762,000 severance package (Daily Herald)
College of DuPage trustees are expected to take another vote Wednesday on a controversial $762,000 buyout package for the school's president, which has prompted a government watchdog group to urge officials to reject the severance deal this time around.

Wise to meet with Willard task force (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the campus remains committed long term to being involved in Willard Airport.

Easter: UI sorting through Rauner travel, finance restrictions (News-Gazette)
URBANA —University of Illinois officials are trying to sort out how employees will be affected by Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive orders that call for travel restrictions and require additional financial disclosures.

Opinion: Jim Dey: College chief gets golden parachute after Andrzejewski findings (News-Gazette)
If you're ever looking for a skunk to crash a garden party, Adam Andrzejewski is your man.

Opinion: 2-year, 4-year colleges both play vital roles (News-Gazette)
Not surprisingly, public college and university presidents look at the new year with pangs of trepidation, realizing the possibility of increased tax support is remote, at best, knowing that further recessions in budgets are possible and that a heavy load of greater fundraising will land on their collective backs.

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise (NPR)
Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

Amtrak considers linking college towns with route (Peoria Journal Star)
Amtrak is considering adding a route that cuts across Illinois and connects several major universities. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150126/News/150129389#ixzz3Q2KqOZ7o

Blended Learning (The Hechinger Report)
More classrooms have high-tech devices.

A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt (The New York Times)
Has the student loan crisis already been solved?

Voice of The Southern: Free tuition writes check we can't cash (The Southern Illinoisan)
During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed a plan to provide free community college tuition to any student who maintains a 2.5 GPA and graduates in a timely manner.

SIU President Dunn appoints 11-person committee to select next AD (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU President Randy Dunn has appointed an 11-person committee to select the school's next athletic director, according to a news release earlier today, and hopes to fill the position this spring.

Editorial: Tax-free college savings plans should be means tested (The Washington Post)
PRESIDENT OBAMA has caused a furor with his plan to tax withdrawals from so-called 529 plans, a tax-advantaged savings account through which families save for children’s college tuition.

January 26, 2015

Quote of the day:
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Billy Graham

Fake Schools Draw Scrutiny of Federal Investigators (ABC News)
From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree.

Editorial: College of DuPage: 'Taxpayers do not count. Insiders do.' (Chicago Tribune)
Trustees at the College of DuPage moved last week to catapult President Robert Breuder a few years before his contract expires. But don't feel bad for him. He will float pleasantly to Earth with a golden parachute worth more than $750,000 in severance..

Where Free-Community-College Plans May Prosper: In the States (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Sixty-billion dollars for free community-college tuition will undoubtedly be a tough sell to a Republican-controlled Congress.

What It Feels Like to Be a Black Professor (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A young child scribbling on a blackboard perched atop an easel in the hallway of a two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment.

The Financial-Aid Shell Game (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s often a cold rain falling when I drive out to financial-aid nights in rural North Carolina.

How One College Is Getting Strategic in the Face of Challenges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
C olumbia College Chicago lost 24 percent of its enrollment in the five years before Kwang-Wu Kim took over as president, in 2013.

AAC&U Panel: Having a Diversity Officer Doesn’t Mean Mission Accomplished (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Even for those colleges and universities that value diversity to the extent that they have a dedicated officer or dean of diversity, problems of inclusion and support for faculty and students of color may still be an institutional challenge.

Undergraduates in the U.S. Illegally Face a Wide Array of Challenges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Undergraduates who are in the United States illegally face numerous challenges in their pursuit of a higher education, including anxieties about paying for college, fears of deportation, and worries about being accepted on campuses, according to a report released on Monday by the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Day the Purpose of College Changed (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due Is Tougher Than It Seems (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Imagine you’re a transfer student grinding away on a tough physics assignment, and an email pops up informing you that, between your community-college and university courses, you’ve earned enough credits to be awarded an associate degree.

Undergraduates in the U.S. Illegally Face a Wide Array of Challenges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Undergraduates who are in the United States illegally face numerous challenges in their pursuit of a higher education, including anxieties about paying for college, fears of deportation, and worries about being accepted on campuses, according to a report released on Monday by the University of California at Los Angeles.

ECC has best science-teaching facilities in area, dean tells board (Courier News)
ELGIN — When it comes to the hot, trendy study of math, science and engineering, Elgin Community College has “the best facilities in our area. I’ve been to Roosevelt University and other (colleges and universities), and what they have doesn’t even come close,” ECC’s dean of MSE says.

Rauner: Educators need to think strategically 'cradle to career' (Daily Herald)
Gov. Bruce Rauner called Harper College on Friday a model for what Illinois' community colleges need more of: partnerships with employers and training for technical jobs.

Undocumented Undergrads Continue to Face Challenges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Despite strong academic achievement and ambition, many undocumented college undergraduates continue to grapple with unique educational and financial challenges and high stress levels, according to a new University of California, Los Angeles report.

Million Women Mentors Movement Guiding Females to STEM Careers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Kate Lindsey took over her late husband’s construction firm, one of the first things she did was ask the firm’s 22 women engineers to identify the biggest determent they faced going into the field of construction and engineering.

Diverse Analysis: Why President Obama’s New CommunityCollege Plan Matters (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With President Obama proposing tax increases to fund his new plan guaranteeing two years of tuition-free community college study for responsible U.S. students, tax-cutting congressional Republicans may find it easy to dismiss the ambitious proposal and the ideas behind it.

Q&A with Phyllis Wise (News-Gazette)
What would you like to ask the chancellor?

2-year, 4-year colleges both play vital roles (News-Gazette)
Not surprisingly, public college and university presidents look at the new year with pangs of trepidation, realizing the possibility of increased tax support is remote, at best, knowing that further recessions in budgets are possible and that a heavy load of greater fundraising will land on their collective backs.

QU students serve in honor of MLK (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Emily Lindemulder caught the community service bug on Saturday.

Obama administration should leave college rankings to private entities (Quincy Herald-Whig)
THE OBAMA administration should abandon its plans to create a college rating system and leave that work to non-governmental groups.

Studying abroad increasingly popular with college students (Springfield State Journal-Register)
This past fall, Kaitie Devlin learned what it was like to live and study in a foreign country. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150125/News/150129637#ixzz3PvvYoOOK

Faces of MAP: Granting opportunities to students in Illinois (The DePaulia)
Betzaira Herrera’s mother only received a sixth grade education in Mexico. In order to have a better life, she journeyed to the United States despite not speaking any English.

An Unblinking Look at Sexual Assaults on Campus (The New York Times)
“The Hunting Ground,” set for release in theaters and broadcast on CNN, was billed by the Sundance Film Festival as a “piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses.”

White House Proposals on 529 College Savings Plans Would Reduce Benefits (The New York Times)
President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families, which would require those who use them to rethink their approach to college savings.

A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt (The New York Times)
Has the student loan crisis already been solved?

College accepting scholarship applications (The Southern Illinoisan)
Little more than a month remains for prospective Rend Lake College students to submit an application for numerous RLC Foundation scholarships. The deadline is Feb. 27 for the 2015 fall semester.

Idea to tax college savings plans draws fire (The Southern Illinoisan)
Critics say President Barack Obama’s plan to use new tax dollars to help fund community college tuition for millions of students would penalize parents who have saved for their own children’s educations.

Learning Center recieves quality award (The Southern Illinoisan)
Heartland Kids Early Learning Center received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

Shawnee College to offer business workshop (The Southern Illinoisan)
Shawnee Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a QuickBooks Pro workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18 in the Business and Industry Training Center room J1024 in the main campus.

College to offer energy classes (The Southern Illinoisan)
John A. Logan College and Aur Beck of Advanced Energy Solutions is offering classes that provide training to prepare the people of Southern Illinois for the "Green Jobs" market or for homeowners wanting to be knowledgeable.

‘Hack SI’ focuses on innovation, creativity (The Southern Illinoisan)
The Hack SI “hackathon” returns to SIU the weekend of Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.

Event to honor life of SIU geography professor (The Southern Illinoisan)
The 87-year-old hauled concrete with the best of them.

SIU to repay more than $1.7 million in unpaid furlough (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU Carbondale will pay at least $1.7 million to nearly 1,500 employees who were forced to take unpaid furlough days in 2011.

SIU professor nominated for Grammy (The Southern Illinoisan)
An SIU creative writing professor has been nominated for a Grammy award. Scott Blackwood was nominated Dec. 5 in the album notes category for his work on "The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27).

College accepting scholarship applications (The Southern Illinoisan)
Little more than a month remains for prospective Rend Lake College students to submit an application for numerous RLC Foundation scholarships. The deadline is Feb. 27 for the 2015 fall semester.

Op-Ed: No Value for Students (U.S. News & World Report)
The new 114th Congress has reached a pivotal moment to tackle one of the biggest economic challenges facing the nation: student loan debt. Yet as members vie left and right to push proposals that will address this challenge, we’re already seeing roadblocks.

January 23, 2015

Quote of the day:
“It is better to be wrong than to be vague.”
Freeman Dyson

College of DuPage trustees OK president's $750,000-plus buyout deal (Chicago Tribune)
The College of DuPage board of trustees Thursday night approved a buyout package for its president that will give him a more than $750,000 severance payment and bring his controversial tenure at the publicly funded community college to a premature close.

Where Free-Community-College Plans May Prosper: In the States (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Sixty-billion dollars for free community-college tuition will undoubtedly be a tough sell to a Republican-controlled Congress.

College of DuPage board votes to end President's tenuree (Daily Herald)
College of DuPage board members voted 6-1 tonight to end President Robert Breuder’s tenure early with a roughly $762,000 buyout package. Breuder will be paid nearly three times his base salary when he retires March 31, 2016.

DuPage Board Approves $750,000 Buyout for President (Inside Higher Ed)
The board of the College of DuPage on Thursday approved a $750,000 payment to President Robert Breuder next year (roughly twice his base pay) when he retires,

Parkland board facing budget woes (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — Whoever is chosen on Feb. 17 to serve on the Parkland College board will jump right into the community college's budget woes on Feb. 18.

Rauner give U of Chicago students preview of SOS (Peoria Journal Star)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday began laying out priorities for his first year in office, saying property taxes and workers’ compensation costs are too high, Medicaid spending is unsustainable and state workers’ salaries and benefits are too generous. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150122/News/150129636#ixzz3PeyMoqyo

Trinity nursing students to benefit from high-tech 'cadaver' (Quad-City Times)
The new reality for some Quad-City nursing students includes virtual cadavers. On Thursday, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Rock Island unveiled a device called the Anatomage Table that will make classes much more interactive.

15 state community colleges get OK to offer bachelor’s degrees (San Francisco Chronicle)
Jubilant education officials chose 15 community colleges on Tuesday — including two in the Bay Area — to be California’s first to offer bachelor’s degrees in high-need fields as part of a pilot program meant to boost the economy and help students avoid costly for-profit programs.

Decatur college plans degree in sign language (Springfield State Journal-Register)
DECATUR — Students at a central Illinois college could soon pursue a degree in American Sign Language.

Updated: SIU to repay more than $1.7 million in unpaid furlough (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE — SIU Carbondale will pay at least $1.7 million to nearly 1,500 employees who were forced to take unpaid furlough days in 2011.

January 22, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Truth is powerful and it prevails.”
Sojourner Truth

Obama and the Ongoing Expansion of Public Education (Atlantic Monthly)
The news media has long questioned the relevancy of the State of the Union.

Tracking the Elusive Ph.D. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Due in part to a weakening academic job market, some colleges and higher-education groups are scrambling to collect data on what sorts of jobs Ph.D.’s are getting.

Obama Calls on Firms to Expand Apprenticeships and Workers’ Tuition Benefits (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Speaking at Boise State University on Wednesday, a day after his State of the Union address, President Obama repeated his call for employers to expand registered apprenticeships and tuition-benefit programs for workers.

Kennedy revived University of Illinois—but at what cost (Crain's Chicago Business)
Ask Christopher Kennedy about what he accomplished during his just-ended post as chairman of the University of Illinois board, and he tells the story of how he got the job.

White House Taking Optimistic View on Prospects for Free Community College (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
President Obama’s proposal of free community college, a theme he elaborated on in Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, has caught the nation’s imagination at the very least, even if some are saying that it is too visionary to ever be implemented.

Diverse Analysis: Why President Obama’s New Community College Plan Matters (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With President Obama proposing tax increases to fund his new plan guaranteeing two years of tuition-free community college study for responsible U.S. students, tax-cutting congressional Republicans may find it easy to dismiss the ambitious proposal and the ideas behind it.

Bill to Allow Guns on State University Campuses in Florida Passes First Hurdle (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow guns on state university campuses just two months after a shooter wounded three people at a Florida State University library.

Meeks takes charge of state board of education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Against the backdrop of expected budget cuts throughout state government, Gov. Bruce Rauner's pick to chair the state board of education was sworn into office Wednesday.

Richland moves closer to sign language degree program (Herald & Review)
The students learning sign language at Richland Community College are all there for different reasons.

Columbia College Adjuncts Drop Illinois Education Association (Inside Higher Ed)
embers of Columbia College’s part-time faculty association, “P-Fac,” voted 232 to 50 to disaffiliate from the Illinois Education Association, they announced Wednesday.

2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers (Inside Higher Ed)
A majority of provosts are concerned about declining faculty civility in American higher education. And a large majority of provosts believe that civility is a legitimate criterion in hiring and evaluating faculty members.

Opinion: Help Community College Students: Restore Year-Round Pell (Inside Higher Ed)
ith President Obama’s new proposal to greatly expand federal support for community colleges getting all the attention, many on Capitol Hill want to bring back a large program tailor-made for the students who attend these institutions – one that the president himself led the charge to cut.

Parkland board seeks applicants forBennett's seat (News-Gazette)
Parkland board seeks applicants for Bennett's seat

AbbVie opens site at UI Research Park (News-Gazette)
A global biopharmaceutical company opened a research facility on the University of Illinois campus Tuesday.

Letter to Editor: Jakobsson a great servant to C-U (News-Gazette)
Last week concluded the 12-year tenure of state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson. I was fortunate to work for her and to see how the job of a state legislator should be done, with intelligence, thoughtfulness and hard work.

Sen. Manar revamping school funding overhaul in hopes of getting it approved (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Democrat sponsoring a contentious plan to overhaul the state's nearly 20-year-old school funding formula said he's altering the bill it to help remove partisan and regional opposition for ease of passage. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150121/News/150129875#ixzz3PYbxK1By

University of Illinois leadersspeak out against sex assault (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Big names at the University of Illinois are lending their voices to a White House-backed campaign to end sexual assaults at colleges across the country. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150121/News/150129864#ixzz3PYduSv1j

Our Opinion: Private support helping Illinois' public schools stay afloat (Springfield State Journal-Register)
News this week that Illinois’ budget deficit may be larger than previously reported doesn’t leave much hope that struggling school districts will be able to come up for air anytime soon. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150121/Opinion/150129844#ixzz3PYelcGKz

SIU trustees to decide on court decision that university bargained in bad faith (The Southern Illinoisan)
A standoff between SIU Carbondale administrators and several employee unions remains unresolved, more than three years after a strike officially ended.

For parents, now begins the anxious waiting game for college financial aid (The Washington Post)
For the many high-school seniors who already have submitted their college admissions applications, the season of waiting for an acceptance letter has begun.

January 21, 2015

Quote of the day:
"With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt."
Zig Ziglar

Lindenwood-Belleville president announces resignation (Belleville News-Democrat)
Jerry Bladdick, the first president in the history of Lindenwood University-Belleville, has announced he will step down in 11 months. Lindenwood University spokesman Scott Queen confirmed that school leaders have received Bladdick’s resignation, effective Dec. 31. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/20/3619797_lindenwood-belleville-president.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Heartland sees bright spots among budget 'wild cards' (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Spring enrollment looks like it will be level or even a bit up from a year ago at Heartland Community College, but that good news was tempered by “wild cards” in a report to the board at its meeting Tuesday night.

IWU coaches admire Bridges' dedication (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The answer wasn't always yes when Illinois Wesleyan coaches came into the athletic director's office with a request.

U of I, AbbVie partner on innovation center (Chicago Tribune)
AbbVie and the University of Illinois have partnered to open an innovation center on the university's Urbana-Champaign campus, officials said..

SXU President Christine Wiseman served as keynote speaker at the City Club of Chicago (Chicago Tribune)
Saint Xavier University (SXU) President Christine Wiseman was the keynote speaker at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 13 where she discussed the University's heritage, diversity and sustainability. This was the first time SXU has ever served as a keynote speaker at the City Club of Chicago. .

Obama Presses for Free Community College and Tax Reform (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Community colleges were back in the spotlight on Tuesday night, as President Obama plugged his plan to make the institutions free for millions of students.

NCAA Says It’s Investigating Academic Fraud at 20 Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
UNC, you’re not alone.

Study Questions Whether Full-Time Enrollment Is Best for Everyone (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Most experts agree that first-time students are more likely to graduate on time from community colleges when they are enrolled full time. That has led some policy makers and nonprofit advocacy groups to encourage, and in some cases to require, students in certain programs to take 15 credit hours per semester.

A Call to Worship, and a Call to Educate (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Duke University’s decision last week not to allow Muslim students to use the campus chapel’s bell tower for Friday afternoon call to prayer, or adhan, after announcing three days before that it would permit it, is more than a capitulation to the strident calls of critics.

Our View: Tuition hikes can't continue forever (Daily Chronicle)
Economics might finally be catching up with colleges in Illinois and across the country, as administrators face the reality that student tuition cannot continue to increase relentlessly year after year.

Scholar Examining Diversity in Higher Education Through a Critical Lens (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Growing up, Dr. Ernesto Javier Martínez split his time between Oakland, California, and a small town near Guadalajara, Mexico.

Researchers Find ECO Intervention Project Paying Off for Select Low-Income Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The more that high-achieving, low-income students know about financial aid and quality at a given college, the less likely they are to base their decisions about where to go to college on what they hear from friends and family.

Promoting and Maintaining Diversity in Pharmaceutical Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Chauncey Cooper arrived at Howard University in 1935 as an instructor of pharmaceutical chemistry in the Department of Pharmacy, there was a total enrollment of 24 students, two full-time faculty, a part-time instructor and the dean.

Richland ties network into conservation building (Herald & Review)
The fiber optic network feeding into Richland Community College will soon extend to the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Middle-Class Economics for Tuition (Inside Higher Ed)
Addressing the nation on Tuesday evening, President Obama highlighted what he called his “bold” plan to make community college free for some students.

Flexibility and Graduation (Inside Higher Ed)
Attending college full time isn’t always the best way to get to graduation, at least for adult community college students who have previously pursued a degree and dropped out.

EIU community presidential interviews begin today (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Community members are reminded that open forums to meet with Eastern Illinois University presidential candidates begin this afternoon. All community interviews run from 4:00-4:50 p.m. in the Arcola-Tuscola room in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

UI videos take aim at sexual assault on campus (News-Gazette)
It's on us.

Solar farm construction to start in spring at UI (News-Gazette)
This time next year, students at the University of Illinois could be studying under lights powered by energy from the sun — at least in part.

Kilgore decision at U of I draws heavy public comment (Springfield State Journal-Register)
More than 500 people sent emails to the University of Illinois after it decided not to keep James Kilgore as an instructor and before it went back on that decision and decided to rehire the former Symbionese Liberation Army member. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150120/News/150129955#ixzz3PSgrej8k

U of I study says debt fix won't be an easy one (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says there is no easy to repair Illinois' chronic annual deficit. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150120/News/150129975#ixzz3PShNIPma

UIS economic impact measures in the millionsBusinesses, community benefit (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A study by a national research firm that measures universities’ economic impact says the University of Illinois Springfield added $176.8 million to the local economy in fiscal 2013-14. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150120/News/150129908#ixzz3PSi4r9L9

Op-Ed: Cradle to Ivory Tower (The New York Times)
Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Obama recently outlined and described anew in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

NIU's town hall meetings for reprioritization, enrollment efforts (The Northern Star)
NIU will hold two town hall-style meetings so attendees may learn about NIU's reprioritization and "key strategic initiatives" to improve recruitment and retention, according to a Tuesday announcement.

SIU debate team finishes first, second in tournaments in Utah (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU debate team recently finished first and second in the two largest invitational debate tournaments of the year.

Here’s what you need to know about Obama’s new plan to help families afford college (The Washington Post)
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, president Obama is proposing to simplify the jumbled system of education tax credits to make college more affordable.

Sens. Alexander, Blunt & Sasse: Smart aid for collegians (USA TODAY)
President Obama was in the right church but the wrong pew when he proposed providing free community college tuition for some students.

January 20, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press is the foundation for the sound and natural development of any people.”
Albert Einstein

ISU solar car finishes 13th (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University's Solar Car Team finished 13th out of 15 teams in an international competition and will return home with a new outlook and new ideas for their car.

Mick Jagger starts scholarship in honor of L'Wren Scott (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Mick Jagger has established a scholarship in honor of his late girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott.

6 Years in and 6 to Go, Only Modest Progress on Obama’s College-Completion Goal (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six years ago, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama set a bold, if daunting, goal: to lead the world in college completion by 2020.

College Students Think They’re Ready for the Work Force. Employers Aren’t So Sure. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Ask soon-to-be college graduates whether they’re ready to enter the real world, and they’ll probably say yes.

State Spending on Higher Education Inches Up, but Fiscal Pitfalls Remain (Chronicle of Higher Education)
An annual report on state spending on higher education is mostly good news, at least for the fiscal year just past.

Why Colleges Are Like Cable Companies (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Comcast might be the most-hated company in America. Even in an industry that generally rates poorly with consumers, it still regularly fares worse on consumer-satisfaction measures than any other company except Time Warner Cable, which it is in the process of trying to acquire.

What the President’s Tax Proposal Would Mean for Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Over the weekend, the White House announced a broad outline of the tax-reform plan that President Obama will lay out in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Teach or Perish (Chronicle of Higher Education)
My undergraduates’ career plans are a peculiar mix of naked ambition and hair-shirt altruism.

Taking the Men Out of Mentoring (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Often when I meet older, male academics for the first time, they want to know who mentored me, imagining that knowing my provenance will illuminate—or maybe validate—me.

Kishwaukee College, faculty union reach tentative agreement (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Negotiators between Kishwaukee College and its faculty union reached a tentative agreement Monday, days ahead of the faculty’s planned strike Wednesday.

Don't leave financial aid on the table (Herald & Review)
It's the same mantra every January: File the federal financial aid forms that determine eligibility for scholarships and other college money as soon as possible.

Back to Basics classes lift skills (Herald & Review)
Whether it's setting up a backyard bee hive or a first attempt at homemade bread, when it comes to doing-it-yourself, the University of Illinois Extension wants to make sure people succeed.

Taxes and Education (Inside Higher Ed)
The White House Saturday announced a series of tax proposals that would raise taxes on financial institutions and wealthy individuals, simplify education tax credits and pay for his plan for free community college education.

Checkered Recovery Continues (Inside Higher Ed)
Most states increased higher education spending last year but half still spend less on college-related programs than they did five years ago, according to a report released today.

GED Drop (Inside Higher Ed)
The number of people who earned a GED last year declined significantly, following the first major revamp of the high school equivalency test in over a decade.

‘The sky is the limit’ (McDonough County, The Voice)
Western Illinois University students will soon be able to zoom in for a new perspective on the future of agriculture. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150117/News/150119490#ixzz3PNDCJqac

UI received hundreds of letters about rehiring Kilgore (News-Gazette)
With the start of the new semester underway, it won't be long before the Peck's Bad Boy of the University of Illinois faculty is back in the classroom shaping young minds.

Knox College students stage ‘die-in’ to highlight racial issues on campus (Peoria Journal Star)
About 30 to 40 students conducted a four and a half minute die-in Monday to protest the Knox College administration’s handling of racial issues on campus. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150119/News/150119143#ixzz3PN7KXRbW

Opinion: Rauner made wrong choice to head State Board of Education (Peoria Journal Star)
GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the Rev. James Meeks as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150116/Opinion/150119389#ixzz3PN9637a2

U of Illinois professor embraces open-source textbooks (Springfield State Journal-Register)
One professor at the University of Illinois thought textbooks were getting too expensive, so he partnered with other educators to write their own book and make it available online to download for free. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150119/News/150119482#ixzz3PMoXgYBB

Enrollment drops by one-third at Benedictine (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Undergraduate students apparently aren’t waiting until the end of the school year to leave Benedictine University at Springfield. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150118/News/150119500#ixzz3PMpCJInA

Illinois Bible colleges sue state for right to issue degrees (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150117/News/150119536#ixzz3PMpi9vBk

U of I study says debt fix won't be an easy one (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says there is no easy to repair Illinois' chronic annual deficit. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150120/News/150129975#ixzz3PMs0sqPR

UIS students provide day of service in honor of King (Springfield State Journal-Register)
It wasn’t an easy day off for more than 90 University of Illinois Springfield students who pitched in Monday at seven nonprofit agencies. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150119/News/150119457#ixzz3PMsgTonH

Blackburn College celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with convocation, forum (Springfield State Journal-Register)
As Blackburn College has seen a surge in student diversity, faculty and staff have sought to expand campus conversations about race. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150119/News/150119454#ixzz3PMtESoJH

No College Degree? Maybe You Can Still Be President (The New York Times)
A point that my colleague Nate Cohn briefly mentioned in his article last week on Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin stirred a lively discussion among Upshot readers: Mr. Walker does not have a college degree. If he runs for president, he will be the first major candidate in some time without one.

Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge (The New York Times)
There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States.

Cuomo to Offer Plan to Cut College Graduates’ Debt (The New York Times)
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will propose legislation to ease the debt burden of thousands of college graduates, an administration official said.

Op-Ed: Support Our Students (The New York Times)
All college commencements are happy, but community-college commencements are the happiest of all. Many of the graduates are the first in their extended family to have earned degrees.

Letter to the editor: The Value of Community Colleges (The New York Times)
Tom Hanks’s tribute to Chabot College, one of the 112 California Community Colleges, makes some points worth contemplating as we engage in a national debate about President Obama’s initiative to make the first two years at community college free.

Malia Obama’s path to summer college fun (The Washington Post)
Washington-area high school junior Malia Obama, 16, probably will be visiting college campuses this summer, like thousands of other teens in this education-obsessed region.

Op-Ed: Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional (The Washington Post)
On consecutive days this week, the United States was introduced to two very different visions for its most important education law. Quite soon, Congress will choose between them, and while the legislation could move fast enough to escape wide public notice, its consequences will be profound.

Op-Ed: Free college for the rich (USA TODAY)
The best thing about the Obama administration proposal to provide free community college is the universality of the proposal.

January 16, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Local educators to push new vision in General Assembly (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Local K-12 educators are excited to have a battle plan heading into the Illinois General Assembly session that began this week.

Editorial: The future of the community college (Chicago Tribune)
President Barack Obama floated an ambitious idea last week: No-cost community college.. "Put simply, what I'd like to do is see the first two years of community college free for everybody who is willing to work for it," Obama said.

Why Tom Hanks is pushing community college (Christian Science Monitor)
Community colleges have poor graduation rates. They are the last resort for high schoolers who slack on their grades. They try too hard to be all things to all people. They prevent students from being successful. These are among the criticisms leveled at the two-year programs.

Hackers Descend on a Campus Near You (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Nick Quinlan’s parents didn’t quite understand the concept of a hackathon.

Confessions of a Fixer (Chronicle of Higher Education)
How one former coach perpetuated a cheating scheme that benefited hundreds of college athletes

Editorial: Incomplete grade for free community college tuition (Daily Herald)
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. That adage seems appropriate when discussing President Obama's plan to make community college free for all.

Analysis: Most U.S. States Failing on Higher Education Spending (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With President Obama calling for state-based funding to help support the free community college tuition program he has recently proposed, states can be expected to face new scrutiny over declining funding that state higher education systems have experienced in recent decades.

Most U.S. States Failing on Higher Education Spending (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With President Obama calling for state-based funding to help support the free community college tuition program he has recently proposed, states can be expected to face new scrutiny over declining funding that state higher education systems have experienced in recent decades.

College Performance Incentives Aren’t Big Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A business-inspired approach for rewarding community colleges for student outcomes has not led many more students to stay in school and earn associate’s degrees in Washington state, a new study has found.

Community Colleges Take On Larger Role in Modern Language Association (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There has been an uptick over the past decade in the alliance between community colleges and the Modern Language Association.

ISU solar car team overcomes glitch to advance (Herald & Review)
The Illinois State University solar car will be able to move forward in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge race, despite a technology glitch that prevented the team from completing the minimum number of laps in a qualifying round on Thursday.

Obama's college program misses the point (Herald & Review)
President Obama has misguidedly set his sights on giving away two years of free tuition to "responsible" community college students who attend at least half-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Illinois Board Says It Will Not Reconsider Salaita Decision (Inside Higher Ed)
he University of Illinois Board of Trustees issued a statement Thursday that it will not reconsider its decision to block the hiring of Steven Salaita to a tenured faculty position teaching American Indian studies.

Krannerts' gift produced more than a building (News-Gazette)
Really, you'd think the Krannerts had done enough. An art museum bearing their name had opened in 1961 at the University of Illinois, and they helped fund an addition within a couple of years.

Editorial: Early departure (News-Gazette)
Supporters of the University of Illinois owe a debt of gratitude to retiring board of trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy. A gubernatorial election has brought change to Illinois, not just in the state's highest office but down the chain of command as well.

U of I trustees: Decision on controversial professor final (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees say they will not reconsider a September decision to rescind a job offer to a professor over his profane anti-Israel Twitter messages. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150115/News/150119618#ixzz3P0EjG7gU

Seeking political support, colleges prod students to vote (The Hechinger Report)
From the day they turned up for orientation at California Polytechnic State University, freshmen were bombarded by a music video set to the catchy tune of the hip-hop hit Fancy.

How Free Community College lifts barriers to economic well being (The Hechinger Report)
President Obama’s proposal last week to offer free tuition at community colleges is recognition that unless the country provides education and training to its adult population, economic competitiveness internationally and societal economic well-being in the United States cannot be assured.

The Least Economically Diverse Top College, Seeking to Change (The New York Times)
The leaders of Washington University in St. Louis have decided that it has a distinction they no longer want: the nation’s least economically diverse top college.

Report: Performance Funding Might Not Help Students (U.S. News & World Report)
The idea that colleges and universities should receive funds based on how well they serve students is popular among state policymakers looking to hold schools accountable. But a new report published Wednesday throws cold water on the idea, suggesting not all performance-based policies lead to improved student outcomes.

Community college plan boosts American Dream (USA TODAY)
It's a win for the American Dream. President Obama's proposal to provide tuition-free access to community college offers critical benefits to prospective students and their families, local and state economies, taxpayers, and a society committed to opportunity for all citizens.

January 15, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

Illinois community college to offer degree in fracking (Belleville News-Democrat)
ROBINSON, Ill. — A southwestern Illinois community college will offer a petroleum drilling technology, or fracking, degree. WTHI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Bw4nGv ) that Lincoln Trail College's program will have its first students this fall. The state of Illinois signed off on long-await rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, or fracking, last year. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/15/3611696_illinois-community-college-to.html?sp=/99/166/195/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Boil order lifted; ISU food service resumes (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Food services and drinking fountains will be back in service Thursday at several Illinois State University buildings that had been under a boil order following a water main problem.

College of DuPage employed radio engineer despite theft conviction (Chicago Tribune)
The College of DuPage continued to employ the engineer at its campus radio station — and continued to pay bills submitted by his private company — for nearly two years after he was convicted of a felony for using that same business to steal from another local college..

On her way out, UIC chancellor may get $100,000 bonus (Chicago Tribune)
University of Illinois trustees will vote Thursday whether to give a nearly $100,000 bonus to outgoing UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, who completed her tenure as the campus' top official a day earlier..

Commentary: Obama's community college plan empowers the same old elites (Chicago Tribune)
President Obama has announced a plan to make community college "as free and universal as high school." Whether or not you think this program is a good idea depends on what you think the effects will be..

Phillips to manage NIU's $400M budget (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Alan Phillips is poised to take over as Northern Illinois University’s vice president of administration and finance at a time when enrollment and state aid declines are both stiff headwinds.

Richland Engagement Fair gathers for good causes (Herald & Review)
Students traversed the patches of snow and ice at Richland Community College on Wednesday to find a taste of summer waiting for them inside.

'I loved being around the geniuses I met' (News-Gazette)
Outgoing University of Illinois Trustee Chris Kennedy has been the public voice of the board since his appointment in 2009 following a mass resignation of the previous board during the Category I admissions scandal.

U of I expected to approve tuition freeze (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees are expected to freeze in-state tuition rates at the school's three campuses. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150115/News/150119669#ixzz3OteBe2KE

Community college to offer oil fracking degree (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A southwestern Illinois community college will offer a petroleum drilling technology, or fracking, degree. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150115/News/150119660#ixzz3OuKquOEs

U of I expected to approve tuition freeze (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
University of Illinois trustees are expected to freeze in-state tuition rates at the school's three campuses.

Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses (The Washington Post)
President Obama is proposing to make community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. But what if anyone could take the first year of college free online?

Unintended consequences of Obama's proposal (The Washington Post)
Two economics professors at the College of William & Mary, Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman, experts in college costs, question the idea of “free” community college tuition as proposed by President Obama — and crunched the numbers to find the potential fiscal impact on each state:

5 Financial Aid, Student Loan Changes to Anticipate in 2015 (U.S. News & World Report)
The past several years brought some notable changes to student loans and financial aid.

Janurary 14, 2015

Quote of the day:
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol

Students, parents, teachers asked to complete statewide survey (Belleville News-Democrat)
Area schools districts will join the Illinois State Board of Education in the third statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/13/3607944/students-parents-teachers-asked.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

McKendree study abroad program at an all-time high (Belleville News-Democrat)
Participation in McKendree University’s study abroad program is at an all-time high, school leaders say. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/07/3597707/mckendree-ships-students-overseas.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

Editorial: No such thing as free college (Belleville News-Democrat)
Everybody agrees, education done properly is a game-changer. A person who earns a college degree will probably have a better job and bring home a bigger paycheck than someone whose classroom education ends at high school. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/12/3606867/no-such-thing-as-free-college.html?sp=/99/174/668/#storylink=cpy

ISU solar car team competing in Mideast (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Illinois State University Solar Car Team passed its first hurdle in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge and is ready to begin the qualifying round on Thursday at Yas Marina Circuit.

Water main problem affects ISU buildings (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A valve broke on a water main near Mulberry and School streets in Normal, flooding streets and affecting several Illinois State University buildings.

Hundreds pack meeting on Obama presidential library (Chicago Sun-Times)
Hundreds packed a South Side auditorium Tuesday night for a raucous meeting in which a University of Chicago plan to use public parkland for the construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Library was both celebrated and jeered.

Editorial: U. of I. looks to freeze tuition. Take a cue from Purdue. (Chicago Tribune)
More Illinois students have gulped hard at the rocketing cost of a University of Illinois diploma, which is up 71 percent in a decade. The number of accepted in-state applicants who decide to enroll at the university has declined. They're going elsewhere, including other Midwest colleges that offer competitive tuition and sweeter financial aid.

With big data invading campus, universities risk unfairly profiling their students (Christian Science Monitor)
Obama's proposed Student Digital Privacy Act aims to limit what schools can do with data collected from apps used in K-12 classrooms. But college students are just as vulnerable to privacy violations.

Educational Entrepreneur Wants to Clean Up Online College-Search Business (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Internet has hundreds of college-search sites, most of them guided not by sophisticated algorithms but by money: Colleges directly or indirectly pay the sites to get names of prospective students, and the sites give play to the colleges that are paying the most for those "leads," often without clear disclosure to the people using the sites.

More States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, but That May Not Work (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A report being released on Wednesday throws more cold water on a trend that’s been sweeping the nation for the past several years, most recently with the White House proposal that seeks to make two years of community college free for everyone.

U of C bankrolls more startups (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Chicago is priming the pump to spin out more companies. The university's Innovation Fund invested $400,000 in four companies. It's well on the way to filling out the new Chicago Innovation Exchange incubator and co-working space. The $20 million Innovation Fund has now invested more than $2.5 million in over 30 projects.

As Obama library hearings start, U of C makes its case (Crain's Chicago Business)
The proposed Barack Obama presidential library offers a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance for economic development on the South Side. But nothing will happen without continuing local community support—support that already exists. So says the University of Chicago official in charge of its bid for the prized facility, as the city prepares to hold a pair of make-or-break public hearings on the U of C's plans tonight and tomorrow.

Experience Leads Palmer to Study Black Males in Higher Ed (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Thinking back to his childhood, Dr. Robert T. Palmer describes his upbringing as turbulent and “dysfunctional.” Raised by his grandmother, Palmer didn’t have a close relationship with either of his parents.

Community Colleges Take On Larger Role in Modern Language Association (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There has been an uptick over the past decade in the alliance between community colleges and the Modern Language Association.

Funding Formula Fracas (Inside Higher Ed)
Washington State’s performance-based funding formula has failed to move the needle on community college student completion rates, according to a newly released research paper.

'Inflection Point' in IT (Inside Higher Ed)
The pace of change in technology is widening the gap between early adopter institutions and those struggling to keep up, Educause's report on the top IT issues and strategies for 2015 shows

Benedictine University president leaving at year’s end (Naperville Sun)
The man who was instrumental in transforming a small Catholic college with 1,400 undergrads into a global university with more than 10,000 students will step down at the end of the year.

UI board to hold formal vote on hiring Killeen (News-Gazette)
In their first meeting of the year, University of Illinois trustees on Thursday are expected to elect a new chair, officially hire a new president and agree to keep tuition flat for new students this fall.

Jim Dey: Newest response from campus group fans Salaita flames (News-Gazette)
The Steven Salaita controversy on the University of Illinois campus rages on, inflaming the tempers of people on both sides of the issue and consuming even more trees needed to produce faculty reports.

When high achievers have no place to go (The Hechinger Report)
Kenneth Rosario raced through the doors of his South Bronx high school weeks before graduation, sweating through a dress shirt, apologizing to us for being a couple minutes late.

Going Back to College, and Teaching Her Daughters the Value of Education (The New York Times)
A white Christmas tree and a pair of children’s pink-and-white bicycles lined the entryway of Latisha Hopewell’s apartment in Lower Manhattan, where her two daughters, Shaun, 11, and Shani, 6, were losing their battle against post-holiday malaise minute by minute.

Opinion: I Owe It All to Community College (The New York Times)
IN 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores.

Opinion: White House: No one will get a free ride (USA TODAY)
America's College Promise — the president's plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students — is the bold answer to a leading challenge of our time: how to keep our economy growing while giving all Americans the chance to compete.

January 13, 2015

Quote of the day:
"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty."
Zig Ziglar

To Evaluate Obama’s Free-College Proposal, Look for Lessons Abroad (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In proposing to make community college free for millions of Americans, President Obama would buck global trends.

Obama’s Free-College Plan Evokes Spirit of Historic Higher-Ed Acts (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With a proposal that would send millions of students to community colleges free, President Obama joins a line of national leaders who have asked taxpayers to foot other people’s tuition bills for the greater public good.

One Reason to Offer Free Online Courses: Alumni Engagement (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Conversations about the atomic bomb can go only so far among a classroom of 20-somethings.

Obama Proposes Bill to Protect Student Data, but Not in Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The abundance of data being collected on students has been celebrated as an opportunity to “personalize” education.

Freshman Year Key to College Career (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The classes a student takes in his or her freshman year have the power to make or break the rest of their college career.

Obama’s Free College Plan Should Be Embraced by All (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to community colleges, there’s usually two schools of thought.

Experimenting with Competency (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education will allow at least 40 colleges to experiment with competency-based education and prior learning assessment, granting them a waiver from certain rules that govern federal financial aid.

Study: Financial Aid Drives 4-Year Enrollment, Persistence (Inside Higher Ed)
Students who received privately funded scholarships were more likely than similarly qualified peers who did not to enroll in four-year rather than two-year colleges and to remain enrolled into their second year, according to a randomized study described in a paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Lake Land board approves tax abatement for Evapco expansion (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees voted on Monday to abate property taxes that the college would otherwise collect from the expansion of the Evapco, Inc. facility in Greenup.

McMillan likely next chair of UI board (News-Gazette)
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is expected to choose a new chairman Thursday for the first time in six years, though two of its seats could be empty.

The Genius of Obama's Two-Year College Proposal (The Atlantic)
On Friday, President Obama traveled to Tennessee to propose that community college be free for all Americans willing to work hard—just as elementary and secondary schooling has long been universally free to students.

Opinion: The new struggle for colleges (The Southern Illinoisan)
Higher education in America is at a crossroads of two compelling, but competing, forces — the traditional approach versus a new reality. Traditional four-year institutions are motivated to keep the “college experience” as the defining element for students, while students today are seeking colleges that are affordable and provide the knowledge and technical skills leading to a rewarding career.

Editorial: President Obama’s community college proposal doesn’t make the grade (The Washington Post)
“TODAY I’M announcing an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in this country,” President Obama said in Tennessee on Friday. “I want to bring it down to zero. I want to make it free.”

At community colleges, don't mess with success: Our view (USA TODAY)
Community colleges are one of the most effective parts of America's education system.

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