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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

February 26, 2015

Quote of the day:
"When you show respect for yourself, it shows you have morals. When you show you have respect for others, it shows you have manners."
Ty Howard

Holocaust survivor, maker of 'pretty pictures' shows her tenacity (Bloomington Pantagraph)
With polka-dot socks peeking out from under her academic robes and an easy laugh — a laugh that brought many of her listeners along for the ride — Anita Lobel is not who or what you might expect.

73% of recession-era college students completed degrees in Illinois' public institutions: report (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois won impressive scores in a report to be published Tuesday on college-completion rates, ranking among only a dozen states where more than 70 percent of students at four-year public colleges and universities graduated during the height of the recession.

A Distinction Washington U. Wants to Lose: Least Economically Diverse (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Over the past several decades, Washington University in St. Louis has evolved from a locally oriented institution to one of national prominence.

Opening Up Admissions at a Rich Private College is Holden Thorp’s Latest Challenge (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Once the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s embattled chancellor, Mr. Thorp has spearheaded an effort to raise admission of low-income students as provost of Washington University in St. Louis. In a conversation, he reflects on that work and on Chapel Hill's fake-classes scandal, which blew up on his watch.

Program's Extra Support for Community-College Students Is Paying Off (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A program at City University of New York that surrounds full-time students with intensive financial, academic, and career support has nearly doubled the three-year graduation rate for community-college students who start out in remedial classes, according to a study released on Wednesday.

For Better or Worse, Universities Make Greater Use of Smaller Lab Animals (Chronicle of Higher Education)
First they helped save some chimpanzees and cats. Now they’re coming for the mice and the rats.

What this Obama library poll says—and doesn't say—about U of C's chances (Crain's Chicago Business)
In a possible sign that Chicago once again is the favorite to win the Barack Obama presidential library, the foundation that will develop the facility has commissioned a poll that indicates South Siders not only really want the library but are willing to give up public park land for it.

Obama Brings Hope to Undocumented Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to immigration, Julio Calderon hasn’t always agreed with President Obama and his administration’s policies.

House Votes to Expand College Accounts Obama Wanted to Scrap (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back.

MOOCs: An Education in Diversity (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A biomedical engineer from Brazil, a copywriter from France and the business manager of a mining company in Senegal are talking.

Budget plan threatens ag education (Herald & Review)
National FFA Week has been around for 67 years and starts on the birthday of George Washington, a diligent and exemplary farmer and agriculturist in Virginia.

Plan to Fail (Inside Higher Ed)
With tears in his eyes, Michael looked at me from across the table and asked for a second chance.

2 Law Schools Start Some Admissions Without LSAT (Inside Higher Ed)
The law schools of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Iowa have announced that they will start accepting applications from some students without scores on the Law School Admission Test, Bloomberg reported.

Updated: UI asks judge to dismiss Salaita's federal suit (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Steven Salaita, arguing the controversial professor's claim to a job at the UI is unsubstantiated.

ISU receives works by English poet and novelist Graves (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A collection of works by celebrated English poet and novelist Robert Graves has been donated to Illinois State University's Milner Library. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150226/NEWS/150229574#sthash.LbgORuL9.dpuf

February 25, 2015

Quote of the day:
“I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.”
Chinese Proverb

Belleville West student heading to Washington (Belleville News-Democrat)
Emily Johansson of Belleville was one of two students from across the state chosen to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/24/3678338/belleville-west-student-heading.html#storylink=cpy

Chancellor: SIUE enrollment up, but budget cuts a concern (Belleville News-Democrat)
Enrollment gains paint a rosy picture for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s future, but the state’s budget crisis looms as a serious problem, according to administrators. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/24/3678262/chancellor-siue-enrollment-up.html#storylink=cpy

The Friday Exit: engineering education that will 'unleash young people' (Chicago Tribune)
What kind of engineer does the world need? An entirely different one, says David Goldberg, who co-founded ShareThis at the University of Illinois.

No Child Left Behind 101: where lawmakers agree, disagree (Christian Science Monitor)
The No Child Left Behind Act is overdue for a rewrite. The House takes up floor debate on a mostly GOP version Wednesday, and Senate committee leaders are working toward crafting a bipartisan proposal.

As High-Tech Teaching Catches On, Students With Disabilities Can Be Left Behind (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Educational innovations like the flipped classroom, clickers, and online discussions can present difficulties for students with disabilities.

Chancellors Urge Congress to Ease Costly Rules on Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A pair of influential college chancellors asked Congress for regulatory relief on Tuesday, two weeks after they issued a report concluding that colleges are "enmeshed in a jungle of red tape."

Student Leaders Want Students on Sexual-Assault Panels (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A group of college student-government leaders is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to reverse its recommendation that students not serve on campus hearing panels that resolve cases of sexual assault.

The Dangerous Silence of Academic Researchers (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Three years ago, I was invited to testify before the New York City Board of Health about a proposed law to cap the portion size of sugary drinks served in restaurants.

Improving Teacher Preparation: Right Destination, Hazardous Route (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With high rates of retirement by an aging teaching force and continuing growth in school enrollments, we as a nation need more than ever to focus on how, where, and how well we prepare our future educators. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the need to move on those issues.

Community Colleges After Michael Brown (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Since August—when Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson—I’ve found myself engaging in a peculiar fantasy: What if Brown and Wilson had been students at my community college?

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander: Federal Regulations Harmful to Universities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
U.S Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), said some federal regulations on education are draining universities of time and resources.

College Major a Factor in Unemployment Rates, Earnings (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Unemployment rates for most recent college graduates have declined since the Great Recession but not for those who majored in communications and journalism, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism (Inside Higher Ed)
Whenever young writers have asked for advice over the years, the only thing I could think to tell them was to practice saying, “Where’s my check?”

With Deregulatory Slant, A Higher Ed Act Push (Inside Higher Ed)
Senator Lamar Alexander on Tuesday committed to finishing a rewrite of the Higher Education Act by the end of this year as he backed a plan written by colleges and universities to roll back federal requirements on higher education.

Make‘em Pay? (Inside Higher Ed)
Community college folk often complain, when getting blamed for high remediation rates, that what’s really being measured is the performance of the local high schools. A state senator in Tennessee is proposing to base budgets on that.

Modest Use of FAFSA List (Inside Higher Ed)
Some moderately selective colleges seem to reduce financial aid to students who have indicated they might have their heart set on those colleges -- but the practice does not appear widespread, according to a new study of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Family Influence on Education (Inside Higher Ed)
Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study.

Second Call: GradHacker Seeks New Authors (Inside Higher Ed)
A reminder that GradHacker is now accepting applications from grad students who would like to join our team. We are looking to add to our roster in these two categories: Permanent Authors contribute at least one post a month on a topic relevant to graduate students. They also serve as rotating copy editor one month per year. Permanent authors are compensated in the form of Amazon gift cards—$20 per post, $50 for rotating editor duties.

Will Professors Teach Differently in 10 Years? (Inside Higher Ed)
Unfortunately, my guess is that the answer to this question is a sound “NO”.

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations (Inside Higher Ed)
College students tend to describe male faculty as “brilliant, awesome and knowledgeable.” While females are seen as “bossy and annoying, and beautiful or ugly.”

IMPACT: College Enrollment Series (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
A six-part series exploring enrollment trends at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and Lake Land College in Mattoon.

Lake Land's dual credit courses recruiting more students (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Four years ago, Mattoon High School was not on Lake Land College's list of Dual Credit Program partner high schools with the most course offerings for students.

Response to EIU enrollment includes new outreach, technology (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
There was only one item on the agenda for the Feb. 3 Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees Executive and Planning Committee meeting: an enrollment update.

Cochlear implant leads to scholarship, study abroad (News-Gazette)
Sarah Johnson's partial deafness was discovered when she was 5 years old.

Tuition going up this June at Parkland (News-Gazette)
Parkland College students will pay more to go to school, beginning with the summer term that starts in June.

Culture association headquarters moving to NIU (Quad-City Times)
The Association for Black Culture Centers will move its headquarters to Northern Illinois University's DeKalb campus this July.

The best college majors if you actually want a job after graduation (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Wondering what to major in? If you're a college student wondering what you'll do after you graduate, it might be good to know that young workers with degrees in agriculture, mining, teaching and medicine are in high demand.

Prove it: How does blended learning look in a classroom? (The Hechinger Report)
There are plenty of snazzy online videos that feature people advocating for the use of technology in the nation’s schools.

As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards (The Hechinger Report)
Competency education offers credit for experience, but who decides? Critics worry whether competency-based education is growing too fast for standards to be set.

Employment Rates Are Improving For Everyone But Journalism Majors (The Huffington Post)
We're back with your daily dose of depressing journalism news: unemployment rates are dropping for nearly all college majors, with the notable exception of journalism students.

OP-ED - How to Make College Cheaper (The New York Times)
THE soaring cost of college — a 1,225 percent increase since 1978, nearly twice the rate of the rise in health care costs — is such a problem for most families that politicians across the ideological spectrum are actually taking notice.

Luncheon will celebrate women, honor inclusivity (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University's annual “Celebrate Women: Honoring Inclusive Excellence” luncheon is a celebration, an awards presentation and a scholarship fundraiser rolled into one event.

JALC to hike tuition (The Southern Illinoisan)
The cost of attending John A. Logan College is about to go up.

What many have in common with Scott Walker: College credits, no degree (The Washington Post)
Much attention has been given in recent weeks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop out of Marquette University in the spring of his senior year. The Republican presidential hopeful was just 34 credits short of earning a bachelor’s degree in 1990. He never went back.

These are the best college majors if you actually want a job after graduation (The Washington Post)
Wondering what to major in? If you're a college student wondering what you'll do after you graduate, it might be good to know that young workers with degrees in agriculture, mining, teaching and medicine are in high demand. So are those who studied physics or chemistry. But if you major in architecture or a social science, you might find it hard to get a job when you graduate.

As He Promotes It, Some Question Obama's Free Community College Idea (U.S. News & World Report)
Students, experts pick apart the pros and cons of the proposal meant to speed up degrees.

February 24, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Well done is better than well said.”
Benjamin Franklin

SIUE fire station to move away from underground utilities (Belleville News-Democrat)
The fire substation planned for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus has at least eight slight problems: utility lines running underneath its proposed site. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/23/3676620_siue-fire-station-to-move-away.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Rauner appoints 2 to University of Illinois trustees board (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Bruce Rauner has nominated two people to fill openings on the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees. Rauner said in an early Tuesday news release that he has chosen Northern Trust vice president Ramon Cepeda and Jill Smart who is president of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Western Illinois University to eliminate 24 programs (Chicago Sun-Times)
MACOMB — The provost at Western Illinois University has presented a plan that would eliminate 24 university programs and review 17 others. The McDonough County Voice reports (http://bit.ly/1DKqdZ4 ) Provost Ken Hawkinson said Friday that the belt-tightening is needed due to challenging financial times.

COD official questioned why reserve fund is at $180 million (Chicago Tribune)
A Naperville homeowners group met with College of DuPage representatives Saturday during its monthly meeting and focused on finances and the college's healthy reserve fund..

Why Just Filling the Pipeline Won't Diversify STEM Fields (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As a chemistry major at Clark Atlanta University, Chloe N. Poston had her career path all mapped out.

State-by-State Breakdown of Graduation Rates (Chronicle of Higher Education)
According to a new study by the National Student Clearinghouse, the overall six-year completion rate for first-time, degree-seeking college students who first enrolled in 2008 was 55 percent.

Is Obama's ‘Pay as You Earn’ Plan Too Costly? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The question looms over talks on how to expand the most generous student-loan repayment option

The Financial-Aid Fine Print (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Admissions counselors from any of the country’s wealthiest colleges would probably describe their financial aid in similar terms. Something like: “Yes, our price tag is really high, but we meet the full demonstrated need of all our students. If you get in here, we’ll make it affordable for you.”

Breuder: COD union's accusations are 'irresponsible and unfounded' (Daily Herald)
College of DuPage President Robert Breuder responded Monday to a teachers union report blasting his administration by releasing a 34-page document that accuses his critics of making "irresponsible and unfounded accusations."

College Major a Factor in Unemployment Rates, Earnings (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Unemployment rates for most recent college graduates have declined since the Great Recession but not for those who majored in communications and journalism, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Community Colleges After Michael Brown (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Since August—when Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson—I’ve found myself engaging in a peculiar fantasy: What if Brown and Wilson had been students at my community college?

Higher education should monitor its students (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
mmigration is not only a political issue for the United States, but also one that has a far-reaching impact on higher education.

Millikin student wins Afghan sports honor (Herald & Review)
Millikin University sophomore Hasida Wali remembers a time in Afghanistan when females could barely leave the house, much less play sports.

The Right FAFSA Reform (Inside Higher Ed)
Seemingly from the day it was created in 1992, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, has been a popular target for reform.

Corinthian ‘Debt Strike’ (Inside Higher Ed)
Since the chaotic dismantling of Corinthian Colleges first began last summer, a key issue has been whether the for-profit education company’s current and former students will have their loans forgiven.

The Ethics of Authorship: Is Ghostwriting Plagiarism? (Inside Higher Ed)
I have come out of my hiatus from this Sounding Board blog to respond to an anonymous question I received (and apologizes for how long it has taken).

State-Level Completion Data (Inside Higher Ed)
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released state-level student completion data.

No Easy A's (Inside Higher Ed)
Teachers make a tremendous difference, both in the lives of our children and the competitiveness and success of our country.

DACC board considers tuition increase (News-Gazette)
Danville Area Community College students may see a small tuition increase later this year.

Rockford University president says he'll retire next summer (Quad-City Times)
Rockford University President Robert Head says he's retiring next summer.

JWCC dean to build on successes (Quincy Herald-Whig)
William Stuflick said his immediate challenge at John Wood Community College is a rather simple.

Rauner appoints 2 to Universityof Illinois trustees board (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Gov. Bruce Rauner has nominated two people to fill openings on the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150224/NEWS/150229747#sthash.U8X3bNPd.dpuf

Western Illinois to eliminate 24 academic programs (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The provost at Western Illinois University has presented a plan that would eliminate 24 university programs and review 17 others. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150223/NEWS/150229797#sthash.cQuDmLGq.dpuf

Colleges appeal to Congress to cut regulations they say drive up costs (The Hechinger Report)
When letters of admission go out soon from colleges and universities to hopeful applicants, they’ll be quickly followed by offers of financial aid some advocates for students say require a college degree to understand.

Students are returning to for-profit colleges (The Hechinger Report)
Here’s a puzzle.

More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education (The New York Times)
As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education.

Luncheon will celebrate women, honor inclusivity (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University's annual “Celebrate Women: Honoring Inclusive Excellence” luncheon is a celebration, an awards presentation and a scholarship fundraiser rolled into one event.

February 23, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”
Dalai Lama

Nursing schools seek cure for shortage of educators (Bloomington Pantagraph)
With her advanced degrees, Amanda Hopkins could make a lot more money as a practicing nurse rather than as an assistant professor of nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

An Online Kingdom Come (Chronicle of Higher Education)
How Liberty U. became an unexpected model for the future of higher education

The Financial-Aid Fine Print (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Admissions counselors from any of the country’s wealthiest colleges would probably describe their financial aid in similar terms. Something like: “Yes, our price tag is really high, but we meet the full demonstrated need of all our students. If you get in here, we’ll make it affordable for you.”

Smith Tapped as First African-American to Lead Swarthmore College (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The appointment of Dr. Valerie Smith as the 15th president of Swarthmore College is being hailed by scholars as a major breakthrough for African-American women in the Academy.

Jill Biden: Community Colleges Are Vital (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, knows first-hand the difficulties faced by some community college students.

MAP awards may get more conditions (Herald & Review)
College graduates would have to repay money to the state if they accept state college assistance grants and then leave Illinois within five years of graduating.

ISU nears accreditation finish with campus visit (Herald & Review)
A team from the Higher Learning Commission will visit the Illinois State University campus as it enters the final phases of the accreditation process.

Well-connected (Herald & Review)
Sparks are flying in the new welding lab at Richland Community College.

No Easy A's (Inside Higher Ed)
Teachers make a tremendous difference, both in the lives of our children and the competitiveness and success of our country.

Teaching Is Collaborative (Inside Higher Ed)
It’s easy for me to forget this sometimes, but teaching is collaborative.

Blurring the Nonprofit/For-Profit Divide (Inside Higher Ed)
It used to be simple. For decades, providers of higher education were either nonprofit (the vast majority, public or private) or for-profit, sometimes massive, like the University of Phoenix, and more commonly the nearby business or trade school.

Completing the 'Student Life Cycle' (Inside Higher Ed)
Student success company Hobsons on Monday acquired Starfish Retention Solutions, bringing both companies closer to the goal of building college and career planning tools that track students as they move through elementary school, high school, college and beyond.

New rules floated for Illinois tuition grants (Quad-City Times)
College grads would have to repay money to the state if they accept state college assistance grants and then leave Illinois within five years of graduating.

ISU approves $3 million infacility improvements (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Illinois State University Board of Trustees has approved nearly $3 million to improve campus facilities and systems. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150221/NEWS/150229866#sthash.ADeXpk0K.dpuf

The unexpected reason some in higher ed fear free community college (The Hechinger Report)
When the governor of Tennessee proposed letting students in that state go to community college for free — almost a year before President Barack Obama started pushing the idea nationally — a surprising worry flashed into Kina Mallard’s mind.

February 20, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Leadership is never an avenue to be self-serving but,a platform to render great service to people.”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Maitlands honored at ISU Founders Day (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Former state Sen. John Maitland of Bloomington and his wife, Joanne, a former member of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees, were honored as “community treasures” during ISU's Founders Day celebration on Thursday.

A College Puts Students to Work, for Their Future and Its Own (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s something romantic about the work college, harking back to the medieval monasteries that lit the way for Western higher education.

All Students Should Receive Federal Money for College, Report Proposes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This report is the first in what will be a series of policy recommendations on how best to break down barriers to higher education through changes in the federal student-aid system.

College of DuPage board freezes student tuition, fees (Daily Herald)
Tuition and fees will remain flat this fall at College of DuPage, despite calls from some who say costs for students should be reduced.

Diverse Conversations: Will Free Community College Help Minorities Succeed? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
President Barack Obama has spelled out a proposal that would offer two years of community college tuition free to any student who wanted to take advantage of it.

Teaching the Global 1% (Inside Higher Ed)
Charged €1,000 ($1,140) for damage to two rooms and the destruction of another family’s possessions, Mohammed giggled and explained, “No problem, I buy them.”

Upping the Ante on Free (Inside Higher Ed)
Senator Bernie Sanders is calling for a massive boost in federal higher education spending that would cut college tuition at public colleges and universities in half.

'The Pulse': Bryan Alexander and Higher Ed's Future (Inside Higher Ed)
This month's edition of "The Pulse" podcast features an interview with Bryan Alexander, senior researcher for the New Media Consortium and a prolific speaker and writer.

Do We Need Undergraduate Student Affairs Programs? (Inside Higher Ed)
When I started out in higher education, I wanted to be a physical therapist. My first year of coursework at Indian Hills Community College was everything that a budding pre-health student required.

Fraternity Sues Wesleyan for Coeducation Requirement (Inside Higher Ed)
The Wesleyan University chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon is suing the university for "discrimination, misrepresentation and deceptive practices," for the order by Wesleyan stating that its fraternities must become coeducational in September.

$209 million 'significant hit' to UI's funding (News-Gazette)
The University of Illinois goes through a lot of money in a year — more than $5 billion, in fact.

Caterpillar opens lab at UI research park (News-Gazette)
The head of the University of Illinois Research Park said to have new companies join the park and to have others expand their operations is a big part of the park's success and an important part of its future.

QU's science program seeing a surge in student interest (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Quincy University has been making inroads in preparing students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ex-college employee accused ofstealing from radio station (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A former College of DuPage employee is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the campus radio station. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150220/NEWS/150229972#sthash.EgAwCSOR.dpuf

Illinois College students protesttextbook rental mandate (Springfield State Journal-Register)
An estimated 200 students on Thursday protested an upcoming textbook policy change at Illinois College. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150219/NEWS/150219374#sthash.LUjzuD9U.dpuf

A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape (The New York Times)
As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults.

February 19, 2015

Quote of the day:
"It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience already knows the ending, and the ending is bleak."
Walter Jon Williams

SWIC president: Community colleges not targets of governor’s budget axe (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College president Georgia Costello said Wednesday that it seems community colleges will largely avoid the governor’s budget ax. “The proposed flat funding for community colleges and Monetary Award Program grants is welcome news, particularly for our students, who need affordable education,” Costello said in reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal announced earlier Wednesday

ISU president shocked by size of proposed budget cut (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Wednesday's first budget address by Gov. Bruce Rauner brought mixed tidings for McLean County schools.

Chipotle CFO headlines ISU Business Week (Bloomington Pantagraph)
An Illinois State University graduate who is a top executive at Chipotle Mexican Grill will be the keynote speaker and seven new members will be inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame during ISU's Business Week 2015, which starts Monday.

Illinois university leaders decry Rauner's state funding cut proposal (Chicago Sun-Times)
Leaders of two state universities said Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed higher-education budget cut would slash their state funding by nearly one-third and do great harm to students and to Illinois residents.

Elgin Community College selected for National Scholarship Program:.. (Chicago Tribune)
Achieving the Dream, Inc. and OneMain Financial today announced the selection of Elgin Community College as one of five community colleges selected for the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Program, a national effort to help low-income community college students get to the finish line and earn a certificate or degree. .

How One Campus United Behind a Budget-Cutting Effort (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A heavy dependence on tuition dollars means, for many colleges, keeping the cost for students as low as possible, to maintain enrollment.

What's Wrong With Public Intellectuals? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For years, the undigitized gem of American journals had been Partisan Review.

Unions Need to Step Up for Equality (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last fall an adjunct professor, who wishes to remain anonymous, created a Facebook page titled "National Adjunct Walkout Day" and posted the following: "On February 25, 2015, adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and better working conditions."

My Betty Friedan Moment (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I write this on the anniversary of Betty Friedan’s birth and her death.

10-year freeze on teacher salaries to fix state budget? (Daily Herald)
If the Illinois Supreme Court strikes down a law trying to cut teachers' and state workers' pension benefits, those employees won't necessarily be able to breathe a sigh of relief, state Sen. Matt Murphy says.

Barickman joins education funding reform effort (Herald & Review)
An effort to change how Illinois funds its public schools has bipartisan support.

Illinois Governor Seeks Nearly $387M in Higher Ed Cuts (Inside Higher Ed)
Illinois's new governor, Bruce Rauner, this week proposed a $387 million cut to the state's higher education budget. About $209 million of that will come from the University of Illinois -- that's nearly one-third of the system's state subsidy.

A New Call for 'College for All' (Inside Higher Ed)
The Center for American Progress is today releasing a new paper on how to provide, as the paper's title says, "College for All."

New York Times Launches Online Education Initiative (Inside Higher Ed)
The New York Times and CIG Education Group on Wednesday announced the media organization's latest ed-tech initiative: NYT EDUcation, an online platform that will offer everything from college preparatory courses to continuing education for adult learners.

Path to the Prospectus (Inside Higher Ed)
Last quarter, after surviving coursework, qualifying exams, and the dissertation proposal, at long last, I arrived at the glorious land of being ABD. Along the way, I’ve taken advantage of many of the strategies suggested here on GradHacker, and have found the archive of advice and reflections very helpful.

Cheating or Collaboration? (Inside Higher Ed)
The computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeking a balance between promoting student collaboration and fostering individual academic achievement, will continue to let students share their work online.

A Good Idea, Not a New One (Inside Higher Ed)
“The time has come to make education through the 14th grade available in the same way that high school education is now available.

A Powerful Word (Inside Higher Ed)
An experiment was conducted a few years back that offered participants the choice between a Lindt chocolate truffle and a Hershey’s Kiss.

Feedback on Ratings, Round 3 (Inside Higher Ed)
From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the idea and lobbied against it.

What Was Your Proudest Teaching Moment? (Inside Higher Ed)
What was your proudest teaching moment?

Rauner budget would mean UI loses a third of state funding (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois would lose almost a third of its state funding, and employees would see future pension benefits reduced, under budget proposals outlined by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Here's the PITCH (News-Gazette)
The classroom on the north side of the University of Illinois Armory might be small but big sounds come from it three nights a week.

'The Sparrow' is debut performance for Parkland's black-box theater (News-Gazette)
The play "The Sparrow" tells the story of Emily Book, a shy teenage girl who returns to her small town 10 years after a tragic accident.

Jim Dey: Ex-Northwestern prof's work prompts $40 million suit (News-Gazette)
The Sword of Damocles that's been hanging over the heads of top officials at Northwestern University finally fell this week.

Bradley gargoyles (Peoria Journal Star)
Since the early days of Bradley University, gargoyles have been a fixture amid campus architecture.

Top Peace Corps schools include 5 in Illinois (Quad-City Times)
The Peace Corps says five Illinois colleges are on an annual list of top volunteer-producing schools.

Five Illinois colleges on list of top Peace Corps schools (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Peace Corps says five Illinois colleges are on an annual list of top volunteer-producing schools. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150219/NEWS/150219422#sthash.MeLkXWaM.dpuf

Rauner proposes cuts, pension changes to save money inbudget address (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Calling it "our last best chance to get our house in order," Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined a state budget Wednesday that calls for no tax increases but steep cuts to a wide range of programs, particularly in human services. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150218/NEWS/150219498#sthash.wUX3J5gg.dpuf

Rauner budget proposal would cut SIU by $62 million (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU President Randy Dunn said he plans to spend the next few months telling the story of the university system -- back home and in the state capital.

February 18, 2015

Quote of the day:
“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
Winston Churchill

Unions Need to Step Up for Equality (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last fall an adjunct professor, who wishes to remain anonymous, created a Facebook page titled "National Adjunct Walkout Day" and posted the following: "On February 25, 2015, adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and better working conditions."

COD trustees: Faculty's 'noconfidence' vote spurred Breuder's exit (Daily Herald)
Two College of DuPage trustees say their support for the school's president was shaken last September when full-time COD faculty members took a historic "no confidence" vote in Robert Breuder's leadership.

Black lives portrayed, celebrated at Millikin meal (Herald & Review)
Many of the more than 150 people who gathered Tuesday evening for an annual soul food dinner expected to honor the accomplishments of black people, living and dead.

Education is taking the joy out of school (Herald & Review)
You know public education has jumped the track when you see your own children show an ever-growing distaste for their studies.

Leaky for Everyone (Inside Higher Ed)
For years, experts on the academic and scientific workforce have talked about a "leaky pipeline" in which women with talent in science and technology fields are less likely than men to pursue doctorates and potentially become faculty members.

Not-So-Great Expectations (Inside Higher Ed)
Are American institutions expecting too little of the students they send abroad?

Making Them Pay (Inside Higher Ed)
Community college students should be able to afford to take two courses every spring, summer and fall semester, a new policy paper from New America argues, but a number of barriers -- especially surrounding financial aid -- “impede the flexibility” those students need to earn a degree.

Glass Houses (Inside Higher Ed)
In the global competition that determines which country commits the most and worst human rights violations, there are only losers.

IMPACT: College Enrollment Series (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
A six-part series exploring enrollment trends at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and Lake Land College in Mattoon.

Lake Land's dual credit courses recruiting more students (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Four years ago, Mattoon High School was not on Lake Land College's list of Dual Credit Program partner high schools with the most course offerings for students.

Lake Land hopes Presidential Scholarship will increase enrollment (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Lake Land College officials hope a new Presidential Scholarship program will increase enrollment this fall of recent high school graduates who are academic honors students.

UI admissions move aimed at increasing in-state enrollees (News-Gazette)
Fewer students applied to the University of Illinois this admissions season than a year ago, but the campus accepted 11 percent more in hopes of bringing in more Illinois freshmen.

Green chosen for Parkland board (News-Gazette)
Parkland College trustees Tuesday night selected Bianca Green of Champaign to serve the two years remaining on the term of former board chairman Tom Bennett.

Sources: Gov. Rauner to call for big budget cuts, new plan to reduce pension costs (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois' new Republican governor on Wednesday will pitch a plan for fixing the state's budget mess that includes deep cuts to Medicaid and higher education and a new plan for reducing pension costs, according to three lawmakers with knowledge of the proposal. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150218/NEWS/150219498/?Start=1#sthash.vWHDkNWu.dpuf

UIS faculty votes in favor of union (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Nearly 140 faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield have signed on to form a union. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150217/NEWS/150219550#sthash.8XmnlF77.dpuf

U of I has same plan for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The city of Champaign and the University of Illinois plan to follow the blueprint used last year to contain Unofficial St. Patrick's Day problems. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150218/NEWS/150219500#sthash.NCw8SM2u.dpuf

Letter: Lincoln College has downtown Springfield presence (Springfield State Journal-Register)
State Journal-Register columnist Dave Bakke recently wrote, “If UIS and Lincoln Land Community College both were to move some of their classes downtown, especially evening classes, it might help at that.” - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150217/OPINION/150219531/-1/json#sthash.8yGJ6vFx.dpuf

February 17, 2015

Quote of the day:
“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
Helen Keller

Lindenwood’s Collinsville campus sees big growth (Belleville News-Democrat)
One year after Lindenwood University opened its Collinsville Extension Center, the facility is nearly at capacity. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/14/3662314/lindenwoods-collinsville-campus.html#storylink=cpy

Classical music comes to SWIC; McKendree featured in coffee table book (Belleville News-Democrat)
Classical music fans can enjoy pieces by Beethoven, Gershwin and Grieg, played by St. Louis-based violinist Manuela Kaymakanova and Southwestern Illinois College Music Professor Diana Umali, who will accompany on piano. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/11/3656963/swic-to-offer-classical-music.html#storylink=cpy

Colleges Call in Legal Pros to Handle Sexual-Assault Cases (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s a story like those many colleges are hearing.

Undocumented Students Check Stress at UC Davis Center’s Door (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Standing in the middle of the new center for undocumented students she helped create at the University of California, Davis, Ana Maciel, a junior, gets a little choked up describing the walls going up and desks and couches starting to fill the small space in October.

Philadelphia Futures Paying Off With College Access (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Christopher Felix used to attend a weekly after-school class as part of a college access organization called Philadelphia Futures, his classmates would tease him about having to go to school “again” once school let out.

Congressional Report — by Colleges — Claims They’re Over-Regulated (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A congressional task force says colleges and universities are overburdened by federal regulation, including requirements that they disclose certain consumer information to students and families.

Happy President’s Day for HBCUs? Not Likely (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
You would think with the first Black president in our country’s history, there would be more of a lovey-dovey relationship with HBCUs.

College Ratings Proposal Continues to Be Work in Progress (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Community College National Legislative Summit featured a panoply of Washington persons of interest of all political stripes pledging their support for community colleges.

Endowed business internship at Millikin honors Henry Bolz (Herald & Review)
Molly Yablon couldn't have told you one year ago she'd be working a paid internship at the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce and from that also earning three credit hours toward a bachelor's degree in business.

Three state education officials receive big bonuses (Herald & Review)
Three top administrators at the state's education agency took home big bonuses in their paychecks earlier this month.

The Fastest Track (Inside Higher Ed)
"[M]any adults want to gain a degree and gain re-employment with as little time in the classroom as possible.... College Credit FastTrack will enable these students to complete a life-changing degree program more quickly and at a reduced cost."

Yes, And: A Response to “Community College Online” (Inside Higher Ed)
As regular readers know, I’m a fan of good improvised comedy.

Information Literacy In the Wild (Inside Higher Ed)
This morning, catching up on the Sunday New York Times (which often takes me the better part of a week), I felt as if a lot of synapses were firing, making connections in unexpected places.

Fight Ignorance With Education (Inside Higher Ed)
Much is currently being made of Gov. Walker of Wisconsin approach to higher education, especially in light of the fact that he is behaving in a manner of one who contemplates a presidential run.

A Ban Past Due (Inside Higher Ed)
The problem of older, more experienced and powerful people taking advantage of subordinates is a serious one and contributes to (you knew I was going to say it) rape culture.

Princeton Receives Bequest of $300M in Rare Books (Inside Higher Ed)
Princeton University on Monday announced a bequest of 2,500 rare printed books and manuscripts.

College Apologizes for Way It Gave M&Ms to Children (Inside Higher Ed)
Horry-Georgetown Technical College has issued an apology for the way a faculty member handed out M&Ms at an event for children, MyHorryNews.com reported. The M&Ms were in pill containers, and labeled "happy pills."

As Wisconsin Goes (Inside Higher Ed)
Wisconsin's governor, Scott Walker, hasn’t announced a presidential run.

Lake Land board hears spring enrollment report (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees heard Tuesday evening that current general student enrollment is down 3.2 percent in comparison to spring 2014, continuing a downward trend in recent years.

Law student to serve 95th District as state representative (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
A law student is replacing Wayne Rosenthal as state representative in the 95th District.

Schools anxious for Rauner's budget details (News-Gazette)
Danville schools Superintendent Mark Denman sees a lot of needs that could be addressed with the $3 million-plus in state funding that his district should have received this year.

Program allows St. Ambrose pre-law students to graduate early (Quad-City Times)
St. Ambrose University and the University of Iowa Law School signed an agreement Monday that allows pre-law students at the Davenport college to complete both their undergraduate and law degree studies in six years.

Bradley athletic director will step down next month (Quad-City Times)
Bradley University Athletic Director Michael Cross plans to step down in March.

Bradley athletic director will step down next month (Quad-City Times)
Bradley University Athletic Director Michael Cross plans to step down in March

The GED is out and Common Core is in (The Hechinger Report)
But some students guess and still pass as bar is lowered to help them adjust to a tougher test

Illinois senator announces new school-funding legislation (The Southern Illinoisan)
In an effort to fix what he sees as a “broken system” of education funding, state Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) announced legislation Thursday to overhaul the way Illinois doles out education dollars to districts.

February 16, 2015

Quote of the day:
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. ”
Rosa Parks

Students to find out U of Illinois admission status today (Chicago Sun-Times)
URBANA — For the first time the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is letting high school seniors know their admission status all on the same day.

Off to college with mental illness: How to prepare (Chicago Tribune)
Margaret Skoch of Cleveland felt a jumble of emotions as the day to leave for college neared. She was thrilled to be attending her dream school, Notre Dame University, her mother's alma mater. She was anxious about leaving home. And then there was her mental health. Skoch had been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety in high school.

CLC named a finalist for national community college award (Chicago Tribune)
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has announced that the College of Lake County is a finalist in its 2015 Awards of Excellence program recognizing exceptional work among the nation's two-year colleges in seven categories.

How a transformed Chicago university is taking old ideas into the future (Chicago Tribune)
Over the past five years, the Adler School of Professional Psychology doubled the size of faculty and staff, doubled its degree offerings and changed its name..

Congressional Report Blasts 'a Jungle of Red Tape' That Ensnares Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The nation’s colleges are "enmeshed in a jungle of red tape," faced with federal regulations that are complicated, costly, and often confusing, according to a new report by a Congressional task force.

Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials.

Who's Tying Money to College Performance, and How? A Report Breaks It Down (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Over the past few years, performance-based funding has picked up momentum across the nation.

Fulbright Program Seeks to Get More Community Colleges Involved in Exchanges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When someone mentions the Fulbright Program, it often evokes images of venerable researchers from elite institutions traveling to far-flung corners of the world.

Career Ed CEO steps down (Crain's Chicago Business)
Career Education announced today that President and CEO Scott W. Steffey will resign, effective immediately. The Schaumburg-based operator of Le Cordon Bleu and other vocational schools said in a statement that Ronald D. McCray will serve as interim president and CEO.

Constable: 70 years to earncollege degree (Daily Herald)
All this fuss for a guy starting college in 1944 and earning his degree 70 years later is undeserved, insists World War II veteran and recent college graduate Chris Kallimani of Mount Prospect.

Philadelphia Futures Paying Off With College Access (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Christopher Felix used to attend a weekly after-school class as part of a college access organization called Philadelphia Futures, his classmates would tease him about having to go to school “again” once school let out.

College Ratings Proposal Continues to Be Work in Progress (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Community College National Legislative Summit featured a panoply of Washington persons of interest of all political stripes pledging their support for community colleges.

Lake Land hopes Presidential Scholarship will increase enrollment (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College officials hope a new Presidential Scholarship program will increase enrollment this fall of recent high school graduates who are academic honors students. The scholarship enables graduates who rank in the top 15 percent of their class or have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher to attend Lake Land tuition free.

Two-thirds of community college students seem poor enough to qualify for free (The Hechinger Report)
How many already attend community college for free?

February 13, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
William Butler Yeats

The Governor Who (Maybe) Tried to Kill Liberal-Arts Education (Atlantic Monthly)
Last Wednesday, Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker released a biennium budget plan that had a strange twist nestled inside.

U.S. State Department names North Central College among top producers of Fulbright Scholars (Beacon News)
North Central College in Naperville is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the highest number of Fulbright students for 2014-2015 international exchanges. This is the first time North Central College has earned this recognition. Top-producing institutions are highlighted by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Students to find out U of Illinois admission status Friday (Bloomington Pantagraph)
For the first time the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is letting high school seniors know their admission status all on the same day.

Commentary: Who needs a college degree to be president? (Chicago Tribune)
The Washington Post has a lengthy article on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's college career and his decision to drop out of Marquette University during his senior year. I read it carefully, and I think that this piece raises a pretty important question about his presidential campaign.. Namely: Who cares?

Mike and Kristina McGrath Support NIU College of Business and Entrepreneurship Programs (Chicago Tribune)
Northern Illinois University is pleased to announce a transformative gift from Michael and Kristina McGrath in support of entrepreneurship programs in the NIU College of Business. . Titled the Mike and Kristina McGrath Entrepreneurship Initiative, this commitment is the largest in support of entrepreneurship in NIU's history.

Congressional Report Blasts 'a Jungle of Red Tape' That Ensnares Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The nation’s colleges are "enmeshed in a jungle of red tape," faced with federal regulations that are complicated, costly, and often confusing, according to a new report by a Congressional task force.

Education Corp. Buys 38 Kaplan College Campuses (Inside Higher Ed)
ducation Corporation of America (ECA), a privately held for-profit chain, will buy all 38 Kaplan College campuses. Kaplan Higher Education will continue to operate its Kaplan University and eight professional schools.

A Plan for Deregulating Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
o the delight of many colleges and universities, Senator Lamar Alexander plans to approach the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act as a gardening activity.

Career Education Corp.'s CEO Resigns (Inside Higher Ed)
cott W. Steffey will step down as president and chief executive officer of Career Education Corporation, the major for-profit chain announced.

Lake Land remains top school for transfers to EIU (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College administrators are not the only local higher education officials who closely monitor enrollment figures at the college. Lake Land is the "top feeder school" among the institutions that have students transferring to Eastern Illinois University, said Rita Pearson, senior assistant director for the EIU Office of Transfer Relations.

Eastern officials expect teaching programs to rebound (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University began more than 100 years ago as a teacher's college. That college is still a large part of the university, placing it in competition with other well-known teaching programs such as the one at Illinois State University.

College sexual assault prevention has unlikely model: U.S. service academies (The Washington Post)
Colleges scrambling to develop lessons in sexual-assault prevention could glean ideas from what might be considered an unlikely source: the nation’s military service academies.

February 12, 2015

Quote of the day:
“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.”
Winston Churchill

Is an American university degree worth the cost? (BBC News)
Nowhere in the world does it cost as much to go to university as it does in the US. Some private universities here cost more than $50,000 (£38,000) per year just for tuition, and that doesn't cover accommodation, food, or even books (remember those?).

College Graduates Don't Think Their Degree Pays Off. They're Wrong (Bloomberg.com)
College is a more profitable investment than ever, but graduates are pessimistic about the value of their degrees

Lawmakers want to question College of DuPage president on severance package (Chicago Tribune)
An Illinois Senate panel will ask College of DuPage President Robert Breuder to appear before its members and answer questions regarding his controversial severance package from the publicly funded school, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Democrats launch hearings into Breuder deal (Daily Herald)
Democrats will launch a series of Illinois Senate hearings into public college president salaries and perks following the $763,000 severance package the College of DuPage board gave President Robert Breuder last month.

More Incoming College Freshmen Aspire to Graduate School, Survey Finds (Education Week)
As students begin their college careers, many anticipate it will take longer than four years complete their degree and an increasing proportion plan to go on to graduate school.

Lawmakers target golden parachutes (Illinois Times)
Illinois House Republicans are fuming at a lucrative severance deal between the College of DuPage and its outgoing president. In response, they’re filing legislation to make sure it doesn’t happen again elsewhere in the state.

Ratings Release Draws Nearer (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Officials with the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday revealed a slightly earlier estimate for when colleges may get a glimpse of the Obama administration's controversial college ratings.

Finding the Right Formula (Inside Higher Ed)
Performance-based funding in higher education is spreading, with 35 states either developing or using formulas that link support for public colleges to student completion rates, degree production numbers or other metrics.

New Energy for 2-Year Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Community college leaders arrived here this week for their annual legislative at a time when the political chattering about their institutions appears to be at a fever pitch.

What will bachelor's degrees from community colleges be worth? (Los Angeles Times)
When 15 California community colleges received preliminary approval to offer four-year degrees recently, officials touted the move as a way to provide highly trained workers at a lower cost, especially for technical jobs in fields such as medicine and dentistry.

The True Costs Of Community College (NPR)
On the first day of spring semester at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, Calif., hundreds of students rush to print out their schedules and find their next class. But some have to stand in line at the financial aid office. That's where I run into Dominique Bell and Tyfanni Edwards, both 19.

Are College Students Partying Less? (The Atlantic)
A national survey suggests young adults are spending more time on social media and less time with friends.

Improving equity in higher-education attainment is imperative (The Hill)
Students from high-income families are considerably more likely than students from low-income families to earn a college degree. As reported in "Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 45 Year Trend Report," a February 2015 report by the Pell Institute and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD)…

OPINION - The Community College/‘Real College’ Divide (The New York Times)
I heard it again, another community college putdown. This one came from an educator explaining criteria for high school graduation. She followed her summary with these words to her audience of parents and incoming freshmen: “So that’s the minimum requirement. But here’s what you should take if you want to go to real college — you know, not community college.”

EDITORIAL - When Colleges Use Veterans as Pawns (The New York Times)
For-profit colleges that burden students with crippling debt — often while giving them useless credentials in return — are luring veterans who receive G.I. Bill benefits to take advantage of a loophole in federal law. On the merits, a proposal in President Obama’s 2016 budget that would close this destructive loophole deserves unanimous support in Congress. But because the for-profit industry has considerable power in Washington, veterans may be let down.

OPINION - Those who gained from low tuition are stiffing today’s college students (The Sacramento Bee)
Ah, the Golden Age when California was the Golden State, when the Master Plan for Higher Education enabled its young citizens to get a college degree for a few hundred bucks. Those college grads who went to UC Berkeley or UCLA or any one of a number of CSUs – for what seems today like pennies in tuition and fees – have gone on to create opportunities for the current generation to do likewise.

Federal Ratings of Colleges Tied to U.S. Aid Hit Bump (The Wall Street Journal)
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration has scaled back its ambitions for an aggressive plan to rate colleges and siphon federal dollars from the poorest performers, undermining a key plank in its strategy to rein in runaway education costs.

Study: College Students' Transfer Plans Could Affect Obama Ratings (U.S. News & World Report)
About 30 percent of freshmen at the least selective colleges plan to transfer to another institution before completing their degree, according to the University of California—Los Angeles' 49th annual survey of new college students.

College Grads Question How Much a Degree Is Worth (U.S. News & World Report)
More than half of college graduates say new grads will see a lower return on their educational investment.

Dorms Help Give 2-Year Colleges a 4-Year Feel (U.S. News & World Report)
Dorm living is a rite of passage for students at most four-year colleges. But community college students have largely missed out on that experience – until recently.

Georgia leads college consolidation movement (University Business Magazine)
The University System of Georgia has worked to combine several more of its higher education institutions this year in what is likely the nation’s most aggressive and high-profile campus consolidation program.

February 11, 2015

Quote of the day:
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

Elgin Community College student among latest measles cases (Chicago Tribune)
The Kane County Health Department has confirmed a case of the measles involving an Elgin Community College student from Cook County..

State lawmakers to investigate college leaders' compensation (Chicago Tribune)
In response to growing criticism of lucrative severance packages for college administrators, an Illinois Senate panel plans to investigate the salaries and perks provided to leaders at the state's community colleges and universities..

Illinois Lawmakers Will Put College Leaders’ Pay Under the Microscope (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The higher-education committee of the Illinois State Senate on Tuesday sent letters to the presidents of the state’s public colleges, seeking details about the compensation of senior administrators within the last 10 years, the Chicago Tribune reported.

U. of Wisconsin Officials Settle In for a Long Lawmaking Session (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was able to kill collective-bargaining rights for state workers, but he can’t kill the Wisconsin Idea, the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin. Not yet, at least.

Millikin offering new MBA program (Herald & Review)
Recruitment efforts are under way as Millikin University plans to launch a new Master of Business Administration degree program.

The New Bachelor's Payoff (Inside Higher Ed)
Doubts about the labor-market returns of bachelor’s degrees, while never serious, can be put to rest.

Part-time faculty numbers fluctuate with enrollment (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- The number of part-time adjunct faculty members utilized by Lake Land College has shrunk in recent years as general student enrollment has decreased from peak levels. Figures recorded by Lake Land show that the college employed 185 adjunct faculty members in 2008-09, with these instructors teaching courses for 36 percent of the credit hours offered.

EIU chooses hiring freeze, attrition to cut costs (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Last summer, Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry released an email to the university community, informing them he planned to follow the recommendations of the Council on University Planning and Budget, released in April, to cut costs.

Housing sees the positives, negatives of enrollment (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Declining enrollment may be affecting each Eastern Illinois University department differently, but University Housing is taking advantage of a bright side: Fewer students means floors can be closed off for renovations during the school year.

Sanguinetti makes rounds at WIU (McDonough County, The Voice)
Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti learned there's more components to the local rural economy than just its agricultural cornerstone when she visited Western Illinois University this week. - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150207/NEWS/150209446#sthash.oUTcHCgZ.dpuf

Campus senate OKs committee recommendation to reconsider Salaita hiring (News-Gazette)
URBANA — A proposal to reconsider the appointment of embattled Professor Steven Salaita won the backing of the University of Illinois campus senate, but it's unclear what the next steps will be.

Curious about Parkland Pathway? Open house coming right up (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — Start at Parkland, finish at the University of Illinois. Students who are interested in learning more about the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program are invited to attend an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the community college.

Rauner, in Moline stop, talks minimum wage, government reforms (Quad-Cities Online)
Gov. Bruce Rauner, during a stop here Saturday, declined to say whether he would sign the Illinois Senate-approved plan to raise the state's minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to $11 per hour, if it passes the Illinois House.

College student in suburban Chicago diagnosed with measles (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Kane County Health Department spokesman Tom Schlueter said Wednesday that the Elgin Community College student with measles lives in Cook County. The student already has been counted among the 10 confirmed cases in Illinois.

Op-ed: College’s Priceless Value (The New York Times)
What’s the most transformative educational experience you’ve had?

Attention college students: You may have earned a degree without knowing it (The Washington Post)
If you’re cash-strapped, here’s a well-trodden path toward a bachelor’s degree: Start at community college, which is cheaper and more flexible; get a bunch of credits there; then transfer to a four-year college to finish.

February 10, 2015

Quote of the day:
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
Joseph Campbell

Commentary: Scott Walker's risky university experiment (Chicago Tribune)
It's hard to believe that Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin's budget over the next two years would allow the school to maintain its quality. Walker, a Republican, would prohibit the university from raising tuition during that period but instead give university officials more flexibility in managing contracting and construction projects..

Photos: EIU, LLC students talk about their schools (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Panther Jeremy Coffer considered the University of Illinois-Chicago, but he wanted to get away from the city -- so he came to EIU for the peaceful study environment. EIU didn't really have to pursue him -- "It's more like I recruited Eastern," he said.

Response to EIU enrollment includes new outreach, technology (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON – There was only one item on the agenda for the Feb. 3 Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees Executive and Planning Committee meeting: an enrollment update.

Lake Land's dual credit courses recruiting more students (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Four years ago, Mattoon High School was not on Lake Land College's list of Dual Credit Program partner high schools with the most course offerings for students.

Editorial: UI hiring not broken (News-Gazette)
It's unwise to let one-off incidents drive policy decisions. A faculty committee report that has nothing — and everything — to do with the Steven Salaita fiasco has concluded that University of Illinois trustees should butt out when it comes to hiring below the dean level.

Regional public colleges — the ‘middle children’ of higher ed — struggle to survive (The Washington Post)
The image of American higher education is largely shaped by popular culture through the handful of colleges that appear in the movies, in the news, or in nationally televised football games on Saturdays in the fall.

February 9, 2015

Quote of the day:
“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”
Aristotle

ISU master's graduates announced (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University had 149 students complete requirements for master’s and doctoral degrees at the end of the fall 2014 semester. Announcement of those awarded degrees was made following certification of all records.

Malia Obama goes college hunting: Following in her father’s footsteps? (Christian Science Monitor)
Last summer, news outlets took notice when Malia Obama toured Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley.

The Rich Man’s Dropout Club (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Whatever happened to the teenage entrepreneurs whom Peter Thiel paid to forgo college?

College Freshmen Seek Financial Security Amid Emotional Insecurity (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Confident in their academic ability but less so in their interpersonal skills, this year’s freshmen believe the main benefit of a college education is to increase their earning power.

Obama Says Students Should ‘Get the Best Skills Possible,’ Quickly and Cheaply (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Middle-class college students should have more opportunities to "get the best skills possible," as quickly and cheaply as possible, and making community-college tuition free would help achieve that goal, President Obama said on Friday during an address at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.

How Reviews on ‘Rate My Professors’ Describe Men and Women Differently (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Easy or demanding? Boring or engaging? And what about homework?

Big Gifts and Low Profiles Help Conservative Centers Spread to Campuses (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Conservative and libertarian scholars sounded triumphant notes here on Thursday as they described the proliferation of college centers and programs designed to expose undergraduates to their perspectives.

Where Do English Ph.D.’s Get Jobs? It Depends on Where They Studied. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s common knowledge, and common sense: Earn your doctorate from a top-tier program, and you’re more likely to snag a top-tier academic job. - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/897-where-do-english-ph-d-s-get-jobs-it-depends-on-where-they-studied#sthash.9jMuZlXt.dpuf

Dear Student: It’s February and You Still Don’t Have Your Textbook? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
My textbook hasn’t arrived yet. Can you scan a copy of the first chapter and bring it to class on Friday? Thank you and have a nice day.” - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/898-dear-student-it-s-february-and-you-still-don-t-have-your-textbook#sthash.cLEP2eXw.dpuf

Chicago State president plans to retire (Daily Herald)
Chicago State University President Wayne Watson plans to retire when his contract ends next year.

HBCU Leaders Divided on Free Community College Plan (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
President Obama surprised many when he unveiled his vision in January for free community college.

Racial Disparities Have Varying Effects on Women in STEM (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A comprehensive new study from the Center for WorkLife Law quantifies the double bind of gender and racial bias in the STEM fields.

Competency-based Education a Promising Option for Many Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Serhat Cakmak was searching for a college to earn a bachelor’s in business administration, he was looking for a “real university,” not one of those schools with ads on TV or “all over the Internet.”

Lincoln College ready to celebrate 150 years of history (Herald & Review)
A folding fan might seem like an odd artifact in a display honoring 150 years of history at Lincoln College.

Kids and Money: It’s getting easier to fill out the FAFSA… really! (Herald & Review)
It’s getting easier to fill out the dreaded Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the key form for obtaining college funding.

EIU housing fees to increase (Herald & Review)
While Eastern Illinois University was able to keep room and board rates from increasing last year, possible changes on the horizon have led to a 2 percent increase in next year's rates.

Overall, Lake Land's total enrollment up in recent years (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Total enrollment at Lake Land College steadily increased from 2008-09 to 2013-14, despite a dip in levels for the general student population from recent record high levels.

Economy, more competition affect EIU's enrollment decline (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Like many Illinois state schools, Eastern Illinois University is in a bind: It's being asked by the state to cut costs and accept a lower appropriation, but cuts could hurt programs needed to attract students and bring in revenue so the university is less dependent on appropriations.

University response to Dec. 12 fight continues; two students, BSA remain under suspension (McDonough County, The Voice)
Nearly two months after a large-scale fight outside the Western Illinois University Union following an end-of-the-year dance, two students and the Black Student Association, the event's sponsor, remain under interim suspension. - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150207/NEWS/150209444/1997/NEWS#sthash.hlMdnjId.dpuf

Students engage in tuition, business talk with Sanguinetti (McDonough County, The Voice)
As a small group Western Illinois University students offered questions to Evelyn Sanguinetti on Thursday, the lieutenant governor largely stuck to key talking points in reply before adding, "So thank you for that." - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150207/NEWS/150209445/1997/NEWS#sthash.vRi3mZtR.dpuf

'An epiphany and a word from God' (McDonough County, The Voice)
"I'm a Baptist," Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told a local Methodist congregation last weekend. - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150206/NEWS/150209499/1997/NEWS#sthash.QsxFRyy2.dpuf

UI-Carle medical school up for Academic Senate vote (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois researcher Neal Cohen brings in grants worth millions of dollars to design tests used worldwide for patients with amnesia, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and brain injuries.

For UI, cuts could come soon (News-Gazette)
The date circled in red — or digitally highlighted — on university calendars: Feb. 18.

Letter from Easter to UI employees (News-Gazette)
Jan. 12, Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a series of executive orders and some of them affect public universities and their employees. Executive Orders 15-08 and 15-09, as well as the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) Guidelines for Compliance with EO-08, are the three actions with perhaps the greatest significance to the University of Illinois.

Updated: UI grad, others with local connections up for Grammys (News-Gazette)
A composer with a master's degree from the University of Illinois is a Grammy nominee for best contemporary classical composition for "Voices from the Heartland."

College Cash: Ernest and Charlene Stachowiak Memorial Scholarship (Rockford Register Star)
Criteria: Applicant must be a high school senior in Winnebago or Boone counties and must be nominated by his or her principal (principals can nominate only one student). College students and nontraditional students may apply without nomination. - See more at: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20150208/NEWS/150209426/1997/NEWS#sthash.e7rHc1Wc.dpuf

Chicago university accused of land grab for housing (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Northeastern Illinois University is being accused of embarking on a land grab by businesses along a Chicago street the school wants to build student housing. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150206/NEWS/150209686/11669/NEWS#sthash.XzBI2yGw.dpuf

The financial aid policy that shuts out millions of students (The Hechinger Report)
Misty Aemisegger had always planned to go to college, but when her daughter was born, she decided to stay home and take care of her.

Enrollment in online courses slows, new report finds (The Hechinger Report)
The number of college students taking at least one course online continues to rise, but at the slowest rate in more than a decade, and the proportion of academic leaders who consider online education just as good as in-person teaching has dropped and leveled off.

Uncovering Security Flaws in Digital Education Products for Schoolchildren (The New York Times)
When Tony Porterfield’s two sons came home from elementary school with an assignment to use a reading assessment site called Raz-Kids.com, he was curious, as a parent, to see how it worked.

How to Raise a University’s Profile: Pricing and Packaging (The New York Times)
One day in 2013, I sat down in a Starbucks in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington with Hugh Moren, then a junior at the nearby George Washington University. I asked him how much money he was borrowing to go to college.

Researchers earn mining industry safety award (The Southern Illinoisan)
Researchers in SIU's College of Engineering received a safety award from a leading industry society.

Student looks to raise soybean quality for fuel (The Southern Illinoisan)
ames Anderson came to SIU from Fort Polk, Louisiana, because of Ag Industry Day. That was two degrees ago. He’s a doctoral student here now and a research assistant.

Voice of the Reader: John A. Logan facing tough times head on (The Southern Illinoisan)
To the Editor: As a Trustee on the John A. Logan College Board I sometimes cringe when I see your editorial headline with our college's name.

Student to meet with nation’s Ag industry leaders (The Southern Illinoisan)
Emily Loehmer, an SIU graduate student, wants to make an impact in public health nutrition.

The problem(s) with Obama’s community college plan — and an alternative (The Washington Post)
President Obama last month unveiled a plan to offer free community college tuition to students who meet specific criteria in what this Washington Post story called “one of his most ambitious, expensive and likely controversial initiatives for the coming year.

February 6, 2015

Quote of the day:
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
Amelia Earhart

College for Youth to take year off (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A popular summer youth program will take this year off, but organizers hope it will come back stronger in 2016.

Can college kids today take a joke? (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Chris Rock has stopped performing on college campuses, he said in a recent interview, because college audiences are getting "way too conservative."

Obama to tout community college plan at Indiana town hall (Chicago Sun-Times)
INDIANAPOLIS — President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two years of college free will get a key test Friday as he travels to Indiana, a red state where making college more affordable and increasing graduation rates are squarely in the spotlight.

Chicago State President Wayne Watson to retire (Chicago Sun-Times)
Wayne Watson, who took the helm of Chicago’s only university serving a predominantly minority student population, after making his mark at the city’s community college system, will retire as president of Chicago State University when his contract expires next year, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Chicago-based Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Expands First-of-Its-Kind Care (Chicago Tribune)
In an effort to provide the highest quality of clinical care for patients suffering from pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a deadly lung disease, the Chicago-based Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is expanding the first-of-its-kind PFF Care Center Network (CCN).

College of DuPage's Breuder: The 'Bobby Knight of college presidents' (Chicago Tribune)
In a recent note to College of DuPage employees, President Robert Breuder shared some well-worn advice for a happy life.. "Live simply and appreciate what you have," he wrote in his weekly newsletter. "Give more. Expect less."

'Humans of New York' blog raises $1M for students facing hurdles to college (Christian Science Monitor)
The 'Humans of New York' fundraising will enable a principal to take her sixth-graders out of their high-crime neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., to visit Harvard.

Why Tom Hanks is pushing community college (Christian Science Monitor)
Community colleges have poor graduation rates.

Arne Duncan to GOP Congress: Testing is still essential (Christian Science Monitor)
Any future revision of No Child Left Behind – which officially expired some eight years ago – should retain federally mandated annual tests, according to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Religious-College Leaders Reflect on ‘Calling’ in Today’s Academe (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A Baptist, a Catholic, and a Jew walked into the National Press Club—or so went the joke some made at a forum here this week on the role of faith-based institutions in today’s challenging environment for higher education.

College Freshmen Seek Financial Security Amid Emotional Insecurity (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Confident in their academic ability but less so in their interpersonal skills, this year’s freshmen believe the main benefit of a college education is to increase their earning power.

3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Babson Survey Research Group released its annual online-education survey on Thursday.

Richland launches business-focused capital campaign (Herald & Review)
With sights set on heightening business education opportunities in the area, the Richland Community College Foundation launched a $5 million capital campaign Thursday.

EIU housing fees to increase (Herald & Review)
While Eastern Illinois University was able to keep room and board rates from increasing last year, possible changes on the horizon have led to a 2 percent increase in next year's rates.

Education funding, minimum wage top focuses in State of the State address (McDonough County, The Voice)
In his first State of the State address, Gov. Bruce Rauner promised "a new beginning for Illinois" and to trim the state's fiscal fat, but "the devil is in the details," as Hancock-McDonough Regional Superintendent John Meixner pointed out. - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150205/NEWS/150209596#sthash.x0boC5sB.dpuf

‘This is our time to shine’ (McDonough County, The Voice)
This weekend, members of Western Illinois University's Agriculture Mechanization Club will once again look to prove that, as college students, they can pull off the eminent WIU Farm Expo, also known as "Ag Mech Show." - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150205/NEWS/150209601/1997/NEWS#sthash.gtJKTXTZ.dpuf

WIU student editor'scontroversial suspension lifted (McDonough County, The Voice)
Western Illinois University student editor Nicholas Stewart said on Tuesday that he hadn't expected a resolution so quickly over the suspension from duties that'd been placed on him in January. - See more at: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20150202/NEWS/150209872/1997/NEWS#sthash.J8YQZAwq.dpuf

UI student survives being stranded in Swiss Alps (News-Gazette)
A University of Illinois student is recovering in the hospital after being stranded in the Swiss Alps for more than two days.

Online tool can help students with scholarships and more (News-Gazette)
High school students who are hunting for college scholarships, exploring career options or figuring out how to manage loans can find help in one spot on a recently-added "student portal" created by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Danville Area Community College's annual Eagle Day (News-Gazette)
Danville Area Community College's annual Eagle Day Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015.

Peoria Promise scholarship program to require up-front tuition payment (Peoria Journal Star)
A few more conditions are becoming part of Peoria Promise. - See more at: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150204/NEWS/150209602/1997/NEWS#sthash.XkdmaNC0.dpuf

U of I to launch app for students walking home (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus will soon launch an app for students who would like an escort so they don't have to walk home alone. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150206/NEWS/150209687#sthash.QEXlrqwR.dpuf

Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America (The New York Times)
Teach for America, the education powerhouse that has sent thousands of handpicked college graduates to teach in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, is suddenly having recruitment problems.

How to Raise a University’s Profile: Pricing and Packaging (The New York Times)
One day in 2013, I sat down in a Starbucks in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington with Hugh Moren, then a junior at the nearby George Washington University. I asked him how much money he was borrowing to go to college.

SIU enrollment creeps up as university focuses on retention (The Southern Illinoisan)
For the second semester in a row, enrollment at SIU is on the rise – albeit only slightly.

How Gov. Walker tried to quietly change the mission of the University of Wisconsin (The Washington Post)
You might think that changing the mission of a flagship public university would be an issue put up for public discussion. Not in Wisconsin.

February 5, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Understanding is a two-way street.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Study finds minimal impact from Heartland turbine (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A study of Heartland Community College's wind turbine concluded it is not likely to affect the long-term status of birds or bats that live in or migrate through the area.

College Freshmen Seek Financial Security Amid Emotional Insecurity (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Confident in their academic ability but less so in their interpersonal skills, this year’s freshmen believe the main benefit of a college education is to increase their earning power.

3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Babson Survey Research Group released its annual online-education survey on Thursday.

Obama's 2016 Budget: a Focus on College Cost, and an Uphill Climb in Congress (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The key theme for higher education in President Obama's 2016 budget plan, unveiled on Monday, is affordability.

How Students' Economic Diversity Varies by College Type (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Income inequality in higher education has widened over the last 45 years. That’s the case made in a report released on Tuesday by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania's Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Foreign Students Aren't Edging Out Locals, Numbers Show (Chronicle of Higher Education)
International enrollments in American colleges may have soared in recent years, but despite public concern, there’s little to indicate that students from Beijing and Shanghai are displacing those from Buffalo or Santa Fe.

Editorial: Why did COD give Breuder a buyout? (Daily Herald)
Here's how most of the work world works: If you go to your boss and say you'd like to resign, one of a couple of things will happen.

6 Objections to Technology in Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
Are you skeptical about the role of technology in higher education?

EIU arts center receives $3 million grant (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- With a new donation from the Tarble Foundation, Eastern Illinois University is one step closer to expanding the Tarble Arts Center. The foundation has donated $3 million, of which $1.2 million will go to support the proposed Tarble Arts Education and Outreach Expansion/Enhancement project, according to an EIU press release.

UI experts: Rauner skipped some major issues (News-Gazette)
Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State message Wednesday was curious for what it didn't address head-on — the state's pension crisis and budget deficits, according to several University of Illinois policy experts.

Enrollment in online courses slows, new report finds (The Hechinger Report)
The number of college students taking at least one course online continues to rise, but at the slowest rate in more than a decade, and the proportion of academic leaders who consider online education just as good as in-person teaching has dropped and leveled off.

Internships Abroad: Unpaid, With a $10,000 Price Tag (The New York Times)
Picture this: A summer behind the scenes at the Edinburgh Art Festival, helping set up a show and banquet, managing a guest list and communicating with artists and agents, plus an excursion to London and a tour of a Scotch distillery and 12th-century castle.

More College Freshmen Report Having Felt Depressed (The New York Times)
High numbers of students are beginning college having felt depressed and overwhelmed during the previous year, according to an annual survey released on Thursday, reinforcing some experts’ concern about the emotional health of college freshmen.

Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds (The New York Times)
Study after study has shown a yawning educational achievement gap between the poorest and wealthiest children in America.

Is Your First Grader College Ready? (The New York Times)
What is college? To Madison Comer, a confident 6-year-old, it is a very big place.

When to Take the SAT (The New York Times)
During morning announcements, loudspeakers blare out SAT words and definitions at all elementary and middle schools in the Malverne, N.Y., school district. Kindergartners keep a “word of the week” journal — recently, “incentive” and “consequence” — in which they draw the word’s meaning or, if able, write a sentence using it.

School officials nervous about PARCC rollout (The Southern Illinoisan)
With the rollout of a new standardized test mere weeks away, Southern Illinois public-school officials are testing their tech infrastructures to make sure the state's new online-based standardized tests go off without a hitch.

SIU enrollment creeps up as university focuses on retention (The Southern Illinoisan)
For the second semester in a row, enrollment at SIU is on the rise – albeit only slightly.

What’s the purpose of college: A job or an education? (The Washington Post)
As the price of college has skyrocketed and tens of thousands of recent graduates have found themselves on the unemployment line or stuck in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, higher education has come under attack for its failure to make students job-ready.

February 4, 2015

Quote of the day:
“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”
Alec Bourne

Study: Finishing College a Growing Divide Between Rich, Poor (ABC News)
There is a growing divide between who earns a bachelor's degree by age 24, with the gap between the nation's richest and poorest students doubling during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

Here Comes Professor Everybody (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Nick Walter graduated with an information-systems degree, he intended to start his own tech company to create the next big iPhone app, as so many twenty-somethings have tried in recent years.

Would New Students Be Prepared for ‘Free’ Community College? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In recent weeks, the buzz about the possibilities of "free" community college has focused largely on how such efforts are, or would be, financed, and which students would benefit.

Obama's 2016 Budget: a Focus on College Cost, and an Uphill Climb in Congress (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The key theme for higher education in President Obama's 2016 budget plan, unveiled on Monday, is affordability.

How Do You Solve the Toughest Problems in Higher Ed? Offer Big Prizes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The idea of dangling big prize money for an innovative achievement was popularized in aviation­—think Charles Lindbergh chasing the $25,000 Orteig Prize with his Spirit of St. Louis's nonstop flight from New York to Paris, and space enthusiasts aiming for the $10-million X Prize for achieving a suborbital flight of rockets in 2004.

Community college presidents want to award four-year degrees (Daily Herald)
Community college presidents across Illinois say they'd like to offer bachelor's degrees, a request Harper College pursued without success in previous years.

Purdue bid to cut textbook fees leads to Amazon partnership (Daily Herald)
Last semester, Zach Jordan spent about $400 renting textbooks for his classes at Purdue University.

Graduation Gap Grows Between Rich, Poor (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The percentage of students from low-income families who go on to earn a bachelor’s degrees is almost the same today as it was in 1965 — 6 percent then versus 9 percent now — while the percentage of students from high-income families who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree has skyrocketed between then and now — 40 percent then versus 77 percent now.

Lack of Diversity in Graduate Biomedical Research Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Biomedical research has played an integral role in improving health and life expectancy.

Soul food lunch a Black History Month staple at Richland (Herald & Review)
Drawn by the soulful smells and music resonating from the Mueller Student Center, Richland Community College student Dierdre Robinson found a taste of home Tuesday.

Warrior and Scholar (Inside Higher Ed)
ilitary veterans have more life experience and maturity than the average traditional-aged college student. But some say they could benefit from extra guidance as they make the transition to a residential college environment often designed for 18-year-olds.

U. of Illinois Board Urged to Delegate Authority on Faculty Hires (Inside Higher Ed)
faculty panel has urged the board of the University of Illinois System to stop reviewing faculty appointments and to delegate that authority to senior campus administrators, The News-Gazette reported.

Corinthian Sale Goes Through (Inside Higher Ed)
student loan guaranty agency finalized its purchase of roughly half of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain this week. And the announcement included new, student-centric concessions that earned praise from federal agencies and some consumer groups.

Harper Lee biographer - UI grad - reflects on news of new novel (News-Gazette)
The news that author Harper Lee will soon publish her second novel, a sequel to the 1960 classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," was of particular interest to University of Illinois graduate Charles Shields.

Manar plan would require $500 million increase in school funding (Springfield State Journal-Register)
State Sen. Andy Manar on Tuesday called for a $500 million increase in education funding as part of his plan to revamp Illinois' school funding formula. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150203/NEWS/150209840/-1/json#sthash.LLzg6gjy.dpuf

African-American History Month kickoff performance at LLCC (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Tejumola Ologboni plays a musical piece during his performance at the A. Lincoln Commons at Lincoln Land Community College to help kick off African-American History Month on Feb. 2, 2015. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/section?template=videodetail&vid=4028415712001&vidtitle=African-American%20History%20Month%20kickoff%20performance%20at%20LLCC#sthash.Y8ivDkpd.dpuf

Spring enrollment breaks record at Southern Illinois in Edwardsville (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville says its full-time spring enrollment is the most in its 58-year history. The university says its number of full-time students is 10,153, bringing to 13,178 the total number of students on campus. That's more than 300 students than a year ago.

The reality of college “fit”: Options are limited for young men of color (The Hechinger Report)
The common understanding of college “fit” is analogous to shoe shopping.

Updated: Illinois community colleges want to offer four-year degrees (The Southern Illinoisan)
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois community college presidents are pushing for the ability to grant students four-year degrees.

Economist: Send Obama’s free-community-college idea back to the drawing board (The Washington Post)
President Obama’s proposal to make community college free sparked a debate over the plan’s ambition, expense and details. We’ll feature some of those arguments here on Grade Point.

February 3, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
Anais Nin

BND seeks information about scholarships available to local students (Belleville News-Democrat)
Does your organization, school or business have a scholarship open to metro-east high schools students? Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/02/3641988/bnd-seeks-information-about-scholarships.html#storylink=cpy

2 arrests made after U of I student's body found (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Authorities in Champaign County say two men are in custody in connection with the killing of a University of Illinois student from Chicago.

Outgoing U of I President Robert Easter talks about his time at the helm (Chicago Sun-Times)
University of Illinois President Robert Easter talked to the Sun-Times last week about his legacy after three years of trying to stabilize a school that has had five different presidents in the last seven years.

Police investigating death of U. of I. student as homicide (Chicago Tribune)
A missing University of Illinois student from the South Side has been found dead about 10 miles south of Champaign, and police said they are conducting a homicide investigation.

Editorial: College of DuPage trustees, get ready for the Breuder blowback (Chicago Tribune)
What happens to well-intentioned people — they could be your neighbors — who run for a local office, get elected, put in the volunteer hours, all with a sense of helping their community … and then forget they're supposed to represent you?.

Lawmakers target lucrative severance packages after College of DuPage buyout (Chicago Tribune)
West suburban lawmakers announced a package of bills Monday aimed at punishing the College of DuPage for giving President Robert Breuder a lucrative severance package and at preventing other taxing bodies from approving similar buyouts..

Corinthian Students Are Awarded $480-Million in Debt Relief (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Tuesday that the new owner of more than 50 campuses formerly owned by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges will pay at least $480-million in debt relief to current and former Corinthian students.

Obama's 2016 Budget: a Focus on College Cost, and an Uphill Climb in Congress (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The key theme for higher education in President Obama's 2016 budget plan, unveiled on Monday, is affordability. Through a combination of tax breaks and subsidies, the president aims to make the cost of college less of a barrier to attending.

What Obama's 2016 Budget Means for Higher Ed (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In the weeks leading up to the release of his 2016 budget, on Monday, President Obama had already previewed many of its key elements—including proposals to make community college free and streamline higher-education tax credits.

New $39 million Oakton science and health building open for classes (Daily Herald)
The $39 million Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center has opened at Oakton Community College -- the culmination of the largest construction project since the Des Plaines campus opened in 1980.

Oakland Achievement Gap Initiative Gains Momentum (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A public schools program aimed at reducing and eliminating the Black male achievement gap has been praised by a University of California, Davis researcher for offering “a beacon of hope.”

Half of High-risk Students Coming Up Empty (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Roughly half of high-risk students are starting college but have nothing to show for it in terms of earnings because they leave without a credential that could command a higher salary.

Emerging Scholars (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Emerging Scholars: Class of 2014

Community colleges pusing to offer certain four-year degrees (Herald & Review)
Illinois community college presidents are pushing for the ability to grant students four-year degrees.

'The Tyranny of the Meritocracy' (Inside Higher Ed)
Elite colleges admit students in a way that will fail to diversify higher education -- and the current use of affirmative action has little impact, according to a new book by Lani Guinier.

Close Education Gaps and Economy Will Improve (Inside Higher Ed)
A new study by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a research organization that focuses on income inequality, argues that efforts to close education inequality would have a huge impact on the economy.

UI trustees should stay out of hiring below level of dean (News-Gazette)
A campus committee appointed in response to the Steven Salaita saga recommends that University of Illinois trustees stay out of faculty hiring decisions below the level of dean.

Academics forced to prove their worth (The Hechinger Report)
Limited money means states are choosing among university subjects with the most demand

Illinois community colleges want to offer four-year degrees (The Southern Illinoisan)
Illinois community college presidents are pushing for the ability to grant students four-year degrees.

SIU begins Black History Month by highlighting African-American voices (The Southern Illinoisan)
Several stirring voices were heard Monday at the SIU Student Center in a Black History Month kickoff event.

Costello, Trover named to Simon Institute board (The Southern Illinoisan)
Former U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, a Democrat, and Lance Trover, a Republican and director of communications for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, have been appointed to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Board of Counselors at SIU.

Illinois Community College Board Looking At Split (WUIS.org)
The state requires community college programs and some budgeting matters to get the board's approval.

February 2, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”
Dalai Lama

SIUE to increase dental services for needy children (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine has announced that starting immediately, the school will increase dental services offered to children with special needs. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/28/3634220/siue-to-increase-dental-services.html#storylink=cpy

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

Foreign Students Aren't Edging Out Locals, Numbers Show (Chronicle of Higher Education)
International enrollments in American colleges may have soared in recent years, but despite public concern, there’s little to indicate that students from Beijing and Shanghai are displacing those from Buffalo or Santa Fe.

Should Colleges Be Forced to Swiftly Report Rapes to the Police? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Two former football players are convicted of raping an unconscious student at Vanderbilt University while their friends record the assaults on their cellphones.

Half of High-risk Students Coming Up Empty (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Roughly half of high-risk students are starting college but have nothing to show for it in terms of earnings because they leave without a credential that could command a higher salary.

Kids and Money: College 529 savings accounts make fine gifts any time of year (Herald & Review)
Chalk it up to New Year's resolutions.

Ethics of Engagement (Inside Higher Ed)
After Algonquin College, a community college in Ontario, announced that it would be opening an all-male campus in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, the faculty union’s newsletter published an alarming image: that of the beheaded bodies of five Yemeni nationals convicted of murder and robbery.

Appealing to an Older Demographic (Inside Higher Ed)
Community colleges are swimming upstream in American culture in several ways. They’re open-admissions, in a culture based on increasing polarization and exclusivity.

Dealing with Inappropriate Emails From Students (Inside Higher Ed)
About once a week I will open my inbox and be greeted by an email that will leave me at a loss for words.

Community colleges a boon to students and community (Peoria Journal Star)
President Barack Obama’s plans to provide free tuition to community colleges couldn’t have come at a better time for Illinois’ community colleges. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150201/News/150209968#ixzz3QbAZa6jm

NIU looks at cuts, other changes (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Northern Illinois University is beginning a yearlong review of many of its operations and programs as it deals with declines in enrollment and state revenue. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150131/News/150139901#ixzz3QayH6axg

Carbondale native receives first SIU Gene Callahan Internship (The Southern Illinoisan)
From his bed at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, a young Adrian Miller honed a love of politics.

January 30, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Plato

Getting Credit for What You Know (Atlantic Monthly)
College wasn’t right for Daniel Gamez when he first tried it as a recent high school graduate nearly two decades ago.

SIUE to increase dental services for needy children (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine has announced that starting immediately, the school will increase dental services offered to children with special needs. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/01/28/3634220/siue-to-increase-dental-services.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-01-29/rauner-pledges-ui-support.html (Bloomington Pantagraph)


Editorial: College of DuPage fails Good Government 101 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Now the board of the College of DuPage has trumped Metra in this game of indefensible giveaways, approving $763,000 in severance for its president.

U. of I. student from Chicago reported missing since Sunday (Chicago Sun-Times)
Police are searching for a 20-year-old University of Illinois student from Chicago who disappeared from the college campus on Sunday.

Editorial: College of DuPage trustees, it's time to go (Chicago Tribune)
ix members of the College of DuPage board of trustees have failed the students, parents and taxpayers who relied on them and their — is this word too generous? — judgment..

The Anatomy of an Academic Program Cut (Chronicle of Higher Education)
You’re the leader of a public university that has been slammed with state budget cuts, and you’ve decided the only way forward is to eliminate some academic offerings. Now comes a difficult question: Which programs stay and which go?

Colleges Raised a Record $1.26-Billion for Sports in 2014 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Wealthy donors are fueling a boom in gifts to major-college sports programs, with the biggest athletics departments reporting a total of more than $1-billion in donations last year, according to a survey released this week by the Council for Aid to Education.

On 529 Plans, Obama Is Reminded, Don’t Mess With the ‘Middle Class’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It took President Obama just a week to ditch his proposal to roll back tax breaks for 529 college-savings plans.

Should COD building be named for Breuder or Medal of Honor recipient? (Daily Herald)
A decision to name the College of DuPage's Homeland Security Education Center after college President Robert Breuder is drawing criticism from some area veterans and others who say it would be more appropriate to name it in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, a Medal of Honor recipient from Wheaton.

American Colleges Expanding Campuses to Africa (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In fall 2012, Carnegie Mellon University established a new campus that offers a graduate degree in information technology and a joint degree in computer science and electrical engineering in Kigali, Rwanda. ­

National Initiative Aims to Lift Minority Men (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.

A Fool-proof Guide to Accreditation (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Over the last decade I’ve helped hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States prepare for accreditation reviews.

Appeals Court: Case Western Can Deny Student’s Medical Degree (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A federal appeals court has ruled that a university in Cleveland can deny a medical degree to a student if the school decides the student lacks professionalism.

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.

Annual concert features best of Millikin students (Herald & Review)
After months of prep, from tryouts to rehearsals, three Millikin students are ready to take the spotlight.

Time and Money (Inside Higher Ed)
It may make sense to move beyond the Carnegie unit, but where should we go?

Counting Students Equally? (Inside Higher Ed)
core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.

Completing Your Ph.D. Remotely (Inside Higher Ed)
Completing a dissertation is a challenging process that requires meticulous planning and sustained effort for an extended period of time, and the rewards are not always apparent or tangible.

U. of Wisconsin Leader Defends Faculty from Governor (Inside Higher Ed)
he head of the University of Wisconsin System defended faculty from state Governor Scott Walker's suggestion that professors should teach more classes to save money as part of a Walker-backed $300 million budget cut.

Counting Students Equally? (Inside Higher Ed)
A core premise of the Obama administration’s college ratings plan -- and one that makes it controversial -- is that colleges and universities need to be held more accountable for student outcomes.

Going After the Donors (Inside Higher Ed)
No one following the Steven Salaita case was surprised Thursday when the displaced scholar announced he’s suing top administrators of the University of Illinois System and its Urbana-Champaign campus.

Going After the Donors (Inside Higher Ed)
o one following the Steven Salaita case was surprised Thursday when the displaced scholar announced he’s suing top administrators of the University of Illinois System and its Urbana-Champaign campus

U of I chancellor backs plan to improve Willard Airport (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she supports an advisory group's recommendations for improving Willard Airport.

Rauner pledges UI support (News-Gazette)
After laying out a host of problems in the state of Illinois high property taxes, poor schools, conflicts of interest, unaffordable pensions, being economically uncompetitive with nearby states Gov. Bruce Rauner had some encouraging news Thursday for the University of Illinois and Champaign County crowd at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Study values Community Colleges (NPR)
A Northern Illinois University study proves community college graduates’ value to the economy.

Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to generate more money to spend on higher education, he told a crowd at the University of Illinois' flagship campus Thursday, but he wants school administrators to take the first step toward managing their own finances. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150129/News/150129389#ixzz3QJW6pqHh

Long-unused flagpole at U of I being restored (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois officials are restoring a flagpole that has been at the school since the 1920s and long unused. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150130/News/150139987#ixzz3QJWZ5fxB

Professor who lost University of Illinois job offer sues (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A professor who lost a University of Illinois job offer over his profane anti-Israel Twitter messages sued several university officials Thursday, saying they denied his right to free speech and that the school should rehire him.

2015 UIS film series features mythology, love and Snowden (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Since 2003, the University of Illinois at Springfield has been playing host to its Foreign and Independent Film Series. This spring’s event kicks off Friday with “Black Orpheus” (“Orfeu Negro”) (1959), an Academy Award-winning (best foreign-language film) 20th century portrayal of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150128/Entertainment & Life/150129565#ixzz3QJa5oUYH

Voice of The Southern: Politics, academics play into SIU athletic director job (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University is expected to name a new athletic director this spring.

Daily Egyptian printing press retired after nearly 50 years (The Southern Illinoisan)
The 99-year-old Daily Egyptian will no longer be printed on campus.

Op-ed: Obama’s free college plan is no panacea; just ask California (The Washington Post)
President Obama’s proposal to make community colleges free is a valiant effort to address the rising demand for skilled workers throughout the nation and to improve college access for low-income students.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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