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December 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

SWIC OKs contract extension for Costello, $900,000 pact for early childhood center (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a $902,219 contract toward the design of a new Early Childhood Center.

SIUE Cuban center to benefit if U.S.-Cuba relations resume (Belleville News-Democrat)
Normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba would have an immediate effect right here in the metro-east, at least on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE has had a Cuban & Caribbean Center for several years, part of an ongoing relationship with the University of Havana.

A Call for Big Changes to Meet a Big Challenge at Community Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released on Thursday by Jobs for the Future.

2 Takes on Student-Loan Defaults: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s good news, and somewhat discouraging news, in the Education Department’s latest data on student-loan repayment.

Why the Admissions Office May Be Part of the Problem of College Access (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Access to college is a hot issue these days, with policy makers and colleges looking for ways to enroll more low-income, first-generation, and minority students.

What’s a Trove of Insights Into College Applicants Worth? $850-Million (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Wherever problems lurk, there’s a slew of possible solutions for sale. So the ever-daunting challenge of enrolling the right mix of students was bound to spawn a big business, one that helps colleges fill their beds and polish their reputations.

Payroll Withholding Offers New Path for Income-Based Repayment by Student Loan Borrowers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Enrolling Americans with student loan debt in an automatic Income-Based Repayment system and automating their repayments through employer payroll withholding could substantially simplify the student loan system and lessen the number of loan defaults,

New education plan focuses on students (Herald & Review)
In a world where it's almost impossible to marry common sense and cooperation with politics, a group of education leaders is trying to do just that.

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

UIC set to name new chancellor (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois at Chicago is set to name its new chancellor. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141218/News/141219525#ixzz3MGVUx5Wh

U of I sexual assault task forcestarts work (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A University of Illinois task force on sexual assault met for the first time Wednesday and plans to survey the school's three campuses to assess the situation at each, a spokesman said Wednesday. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141217/News/141219546#ixzz3MGXCRcRx

December 17, 2014

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

35 percent of all security breaches take place in higher education (BetaNews)
A new infographic from enterprise security and backup specialist SysCloud looks at the risks higher education bodies face and how they can improve their levels of protection.

Green named president of Lincoln Christian (Bloomington Pantagraph)
LINCOLN — A longtime Lincoln Christian University administrator was named Wednesday as the school's seventh president. Don Green has been the transitional president since June 1, when Keith Ray retired. The Board of Trustees announced his unanimous selection Wednesday following a nationwide search.

Why the Admissions Office May Be Part of the Problem of College Access (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Access to college is a hot issue these days, with policy makers and colleges looking for ways to enroll more low-income, first-generation, and minority students. Many people see the admissions office as a key part of the solution.

Richland board approves sign language program (Herald & Review)
DECATUR – A new program at Richland Community College will come in handy for those looking to pursue a degree in sign language. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Richland Board of Trustees approved the American Sign Language and Interpreting Associate in Applied Science degree as well as the five academic certificates offered through the program.

Getting Accreditation Right (Inside Higher Ed)
Linda Suskie knows the accreditation process. She has seen it from both sides during her four-decade career in higher education, which has included stints as a university administrator and as a vice president at a regional accrediting agency.

Spoon River College trustees to consider tax levy (McDonough County, The Voice)
MACOMB — The Spoon River College Board of Trustees will take final action over adopting a resolution directing a 2015-16 tax levy today during its regular monthly meeting — this time being held in Macomb. The resolution, as well as the certificate of complaints with the Truth and Taxation Act, must be filed on or before the last Tuesday this month. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141217/News/141219403#ixzz3MBT4IqqW

Strobel won't seek reappointment to UI board (News-Gazette)
A trustee who led the University of Illinois through two presidential searches during her term is stepping down when her appointment ends in January.

Our View: College degrees are vital, but the cost is stifling (Portland Press Herald)
The increasing reliance on tuition to fund public higher education will shut the middle class out.

U of Illinois trustee Pam Strobel resigns (Quad-City Times)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A member of the University of Illinois board of trustees who led the school through two presidential searches says she is resigning. Pam Strobel tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/16tkQ2r ) in a Wednesday story that she has informed University of Illinois President Bob Easter of her decision.

College costs rise fastest for the poorest (The Hechinger Report)
The American RadioWorks looks at how universities and colleges that promised at a White House summit to make higher education more affordable for low-income students have been raising their prices faster for the poorest students than for their wealthier classmates.

Dreith: JALC faced with 'perfect financial storm' (The Southern Illinoisan)
Even if John A. Logan College were not grappling with being stripped of $1.7 million in tuition reimbursements, the college would still be faced with nearly a $2 million budget shortfall projected for the fiscal year that begins July 1, college President Mike Dreith said Tuesday.

December 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
John Barrymore

Number of CPS students getting degrees on the rise (Chicago Sun-Times)
Back in 2006, the headlines screamed “appalling.”

Under UIC plan, part of Obama library complex would sit atop expressways (Chicago Tribune)
In its bid for the Obama presidential library, the University of Illinois at Chicago has proposed a visitor center and academic institute complex on its Near West Side campus that would extend over portions of the Jane Byrne Interchange.

Faculty Leaders Try Their Hand at Running a College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Their relationships are often characterized by skepticism, mistrust, or, in the worst cases, outright antagonism.

What’s a Trove of Insights Into College Applicants Worth? $850-Million (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Wherever problems lurk, there’s a slew of possible solutions for sale. So the ever-daunting challenge of enrolling the right mix of students was bound to spawn a big business, one that helps colleges fill their beds and polish their reputations.

College Access Programs Can Be an Asset to Low-Income Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In a finding that shows “great strides” toward closing the college graduation gap between rich and poor, a recently-released study shows that low-income students who participate in college access programs are slightly more or nearly as likely as their higher-income peers to start and finish college.

Why Campus Rape Victims Usually Don’t Report (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Only about 20 percent of campus sexual assault victims go to police, according to a new Justice Department report providing insight into why so many victims choose not to pursue criminal charges.

Challenges for Regional Undergraduate Universities in “the Middle” (Inside Higher Ed)
Matt Read posted in the Dean Dad blog about the colleges in “The Middle”: community colleges and the public universities that are predominantly undergraduate, caught between concern about rising tuition costs and constrained state resources for higher education (and pretty much everything else).

'Day After Debt' (Inside Higher Ed)
During a meeting two years ago to brainstorm a collaborative project, Ahmet Ogüt and two artist colleagues wanted to find a topic that addressed one of the most urgent current issues in the U.S. They landed on debt -- specifically the mammoth, more-than-trillion-dollar sum held by those who borrowed money for college.

Illinois Wesleyan president plans to retire at end of July (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois Wesleyan University's president says he plans to retire at the end of July.

College pricing data by income level: Do the right thing (The Hechinger Report)
Social policy analysis is only as good as the data on which it relies. In “Colleges that Pledged to Help Poor Families have been Doing the Opposite,” Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker draw conclusions based on inadequate federal data.

U.S. university enrollment continues to slide (The Hechinger Report)
Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports.

Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Binge Drinking (The New York Times)
Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking in the United States remains as much of a problem as ever.

December 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”
Margaret Thatcher

National Guard facility open at Heartland (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Cooperation was the theme Sunday as federal, state and local officials gathered to celebrate the opening of the $19 million Illinois National Guard's Normal Readiness Center on the Heartland Community College.

The 2014 Influence List (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This year’s academic newsmakers shook up higher education by organizing, by speaking out, by pushing limits, and sometimes just by doing their jobs. Here are nine who made a mark—for better or worse—in 2014.

Big-Data Scientists Face Ethical Challenges After Facebook Study (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Though it may not feel like it when you see the latest identity-affirming listicle shared by a friend on Facebook, we are a society moving toward evidence.

Spending Bill Holds Scant, if Any, Increases for Education and Research (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Senate gave final passage on Saturday to an overdue spending bill for the 2015 fiscal year that provides modest increases for research, while holding education spending mostly flat.

How to get more female computer science grads (Crain's Chicago Business)
Among 40 engineers at Ifbyphone, a call automation provider in Skokie, just three are women, with only one specializing in software development. “We just don't get any female applicants at all,” CEO Irv Shapiro sighs. It's a familiar predicament for many Chicago tech firms and one that educators are straining to alleviate.

Does the ACT really tell you if you're ready for college? (Daily Herald)
More than 64 percent of Larkin High School's Class of 2012 was enrolled in college 16 months after graduation, but more than half those students might not be academically ready to succeed there.

Leaders, Residents March for Justice Saturday in Washington, D.C. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was among the sea of protestors who marched on Saturday to protest the recent deaths of several unarmed Black men killed at the hands of White police officers.

Tradition hits home (Herald & Review)
Amid the flurry of 160 graduates at Millikin University's winter commencement Sunday could be found a familiar name: Couri.

RCC students see cultural share benefit (Herald & Review)
A shared story can transform a life, and truth that is never spoken can never lead to change.

From Strength to Strength (Inside Higher Ed)
It should not be controversial to believe that growing up involves becoming stronger, becoming better able to withstand whatever slings and arrows life throws at us and to pursue our goals even against difficult challenges.

Tech Tools (Inside Higher Ed)
As a career adviser for graduate students and postdocs across most academic disciplines at the University of Pennsylvania, I have encountered a seemingly endless number of different career-related questions specific to each person’s subject area and unique career goals.

Notes from NEASC (Inside Higher Ed)
The theme of Friday’s NEASC experience was looking outward. That’s probably a good thing.

UI 'well-protected' in arrangements with Confucius Institute (News-Gazette)
A Chinese-English bilingual network channel. Lectures about Chinese language in local schools. Cultural programs for American families who adopt children from China.

SIU prepping for different state funding scenarios (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Southern Illinois University officials are putting together several different budgets to prepare for different state funding scenarios, school President Randy Dunn said. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141213/News/141219753#ixzz3LyRKxNht

Local colleges have protocols on sexual assaults (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The most recent report of a forcible sexual offense on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield was earlier this year and resulted in no charges being filed against anyone. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141214/News/141219724#ixzz3LyY2jOyM

More than 150 parking spaces to be added near Student Center (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU Board of Trustees approved several construction projects at Thursday's meeting, including one that will provide more parking east of the Student Center.

Deer camp brings SIU veterans together (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU student Shane Brady came back from Saturday morning's hunt at Touch of Nature Environmental Center empty-handed, but he didn't seem to mind.

December 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
Og Mandino

Renovation projects approved at SIUE (Belleville News-Democrat)
Two buildings at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and one at the Alton dental school will see renovation projects underway soon. The SIU Board of Trustees approved the development of plans and cost estimates to renovate Founders Hall and Alumni Hall, both major classroom buildings that are more than 40 years old. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/12/11/3559303_renovation-projects-approved-at.html?sp=/99/166/179/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

ISU business grad has sights on modeling, acting career (Bloomington Pantagraph)
What does a degree in international business and marketing have to do with a career in modeling? Everything, for Mark Brent of LeRoy, who will be among 1,328 students receiving degrees from Illinois State University on Saturday

Obama library bids submitted: UIC pitches two-site plan (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON — It’s down to Chicago versus New York strongly competing for the entire Barack Obama presidential library and museum with Hawaii hedging its bet and also pitching a presidential center as four schools submitted bids on Thursday.

CLC Board awards contract to construct new science building (Chicago Tribune)
The College of Lake County board of trustees on Nov. 18 approved awarding a $24.08 million contract to construct a new science building on the Grayslake Campus to Path Construction Co., of Arlington Heights. When completed, the new building will house classrooms and labs for programs in engineering; lasers, photonics and optics; and chemistry.

College-age sexual assault: Students less likely to report rapes to police (Christian Science Monitor)
A new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics covers almost two decades and offers a wealth of statistics about rapes and sexual assaults among young women.

ECC calls new course-planning system a hit (Courier News)
ELGIN — The new “Student Planning Module” that allows Elgin Community College students to plot courses they need to finish a degree at the same time they register for the next semester has been a great success, ECC administrators told the college board of trustees this week.

Big tuition increases could lie in ECC future (Courier News)
ELGIN — It’s not inevitable. But several looming financial woes could result in big tuition increases for Elgin Community College students in the next two school years, the school’s finance department warned the ECC Board this week.

Former Athletes Greater Advocates for Change at Intercollegiate Forum (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In two panels at this week’s IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum (IAF) in New York, current and former student-athletes shared their perspectives on the state of college athletics and changes on the horizon.

OPINION - Academic Racism in Play in Regard to Athletes (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The recent exposure of academic misconduct at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has shown us actions that contradict the school’s mission to “improve society and help solve the world’s greatest problems.” In fact, UNC has contributed in a bold and disturbing way to one of the greatest problems in higher education: the exploitation of young Black men who participate in college athletics.

Noguera: Policymakers Ignoring Poverty as Key Barrier to Educational Achievement (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Dr. Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, says attempts to transform public schools are missing the mark because of improper focus.

Chicago School District Slowly Improves College-Going and Graduation Rates (Education Week)
Backed by more than two decades of its own research on Chicago's public schools, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute this week launched a new project to help track and improve the college-going and graduation rates of students from the nation's third largest public school system.

Can this company prevent sexual assaults on college campuses? (Fortune)
When Tammy Wincup first read Rolling Stone’s cover story about a gruesome gang rape at a fraternity at the University of Virginia, it hit close to home. Like thousands of others, Wincup is an alumna of the university. She also was president of her sorority, Chi Omega, when she graduated in 1995. Yet unlike many of her former classmates, Wincup is now devoting a large part of her career to stopping sexual assault on college campuses, including at UVA.

Penn’s president feels heat from her police for ‘die in’ (Herald & Review)
University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students.

OPINION - Parents don't owe their kids a college education (Los Angeles Times)
It’s hard for parents to win these days. First they’re criticized for being helicopter parents who won’t let go of their children once their offspring reach adulthood. Now, at least in New Jersey, they can’t let go: They’re on the hook to pay for their children’s college education.

OPINION - President Barack Obama is working to reduce student loan debt (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
I made my final student loan payment in November. I graduated from Marquette University in 1992 with a degree in journalism and received my master's degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 2002. Throw in a certificate from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy in 2003, and my student loan bill was enormous.

Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs — In The Right Fields (NPR)
When it comes to higher education, we've all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees — despite skyrocketing tuition costs — because they don't have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce.

Augustana stages 'die-in' protest on campus (Quad-City Times)
As Augustana College sophomore Kamille Brashear slowly got up from the floor, she cupped her face in her hands and uttered a soft sigh of relief.

Are College Students Borrowing Blindly? (The Brookings Institution)
Improving the college search process by making college costs more transparent to potential students and their families has been a primary focus of recent higher education policy efforts. But the importance of this information does not end at the university gates.

The Crisis of Information in Higher Education (The Brookings Institution)
Earlier this year, I coauthored a report that questioned the national dialogue about a pending student loan crisis. This report revealed evidence that ran counter to the notion that the majority of borrowers with student loan debt were struggling financially, or that the condition of borrowers has been deteriorating over time.

OPINION - Is public higher education losing the public? (The Hill)
The popular discourse today about higher education is largely negative—college costs too much, students learn too little, jobs are too scarce for the graduates who rack up debt to earn back their investment, and universities change at a pace that can only be measured by geologists...glacial.

Government Goes After Student Loan Assistance Companies (The Huffington Post)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against some student loan assistance companies that are selling programs to consumers saying they can offer great benefits to those with student loans.

OPINION - College for Grown-Ups (The New York Times)
STANFORD, Calif. — A CRUEL paradox of higher education in America is that its most coveted seats are reserved for young people. Four-year residential colleges with selective admissions are a privileged elite in the academic world, but their undergraduate programs effectively discriminate on the basis of age. Admissions officers typically prefer that the best and brightest be children.

Judge: Parents must pay daughter's county college tuition (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Caitlyn Ricci and her parents sat on opposite sides of the Camden courtroom, emblematic of a deep family divide. On the right was Ricci, 21, wearing a solid green shirt and black dress pants, with her attorney.

SIU prepares for variety of budget scenarios (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU will have to wait several more months before receiving final word on state funding cuts, but school leadership is not sitting on its hands waiting on the state's budget to be approved in late spring.

Most college students literally have no idea how much they’re paying to go to school (The Washington Post)
A majority of first-year undergraduates can't correctly estimate how much student loan debt they're taking on. More surprising, among college freshmen who have taken out federal student loans, more than a quarter (28 percent) don't think they have any federal debt, and 14 percent don't think they have any debt at all.

1 Number That Debunks Everything You Think You Know About College (TIME)
There’s been plenty of ink and pixels spent parsing the problem of student loan debt: Why it’s so high, who to blame, how to stop it and so on. But a recent study sheds light on a huge contributor to the problem that goes largely overlooked: Public college graduation rates, even at big flagships schools, are jaw-droppingly low.

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Save Higher Ed (U.S. News & World Report)
Some say bringing high technology to higher ed makes it less, not more, efficient.

OPINION - 'College Ready' Is Just the Beginning (U.S. News & World Report)
The right resources and more support will lead students to make better college decisions.

The fast-forward way to pay off your student loans (USA TODAY)
When Tyler Williams graduated in 2009 with nearly $30,000 in student loan debt, he wanted to rid himself of the burden quickly.

December 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.”
Kent M. Keith

Illinois wins $80 million for early childhood education (Daily Herald)
Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education.

University of Illinois to offer free course on wrongful conviction (Daily Herald)
The University of Illinois Springfield plans to offer a free online class examining the issues surrounding wrongful convictions.

Second Thoughts (Inside Higher Ed)
For decades, those committed to diversifying the faculty in biomedical fields have focused on attracting more female and minority students to the disciplines.

Rethinking Retention (Inside Higher Ed)
A college degree has never been more valuable. On average, a graduate from a four-year college earns 84 percent more annually than a high school graduate.

Clearinghouse Says Enrollment Is Down Again (Inside Higher Ed)
College enrollment has declined by more than 1 percent for three consecutive years, according to newly released data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Professor floats idea of three-year B.A. to cut college costs (Los Angeles Times)
n theory, it's a simple idea. With the cost of attending college rising, why not reduce the typical time for a bachelor's degree from four years to three?.

Black Hawk College selects new president (Quad-City Times)
Black Hawk College's new top administrator is a familiar face on the Moline campus. The board of trustees announced Wednesday that it has offered Bettie Truitt the position of president, effective Jan. 1.

Illinois Supreme Court to expedite pension case (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to an expedited schedule to resolve the constitutionality of the state’s pension reform law

What Students Don’t Know About Their Loans (The New York Times)
Student debt is a vexing issue, because it’s a legitimate problem, but not the problem that many people assume.

SIU chancellor search expected to take 6-7 months (The Southern Illinoisan)
Even before a chancellor search committee can be appointed at SIU, the search's time frame and some details of how that search will be conducted are materializing.

Congress cuts federal financial aid for needy students (The Washington Post)
Congress will cut $303 million in funding for a federal program that allows many of the nation's poorest students attend college, part of a massive spending package to keep the federal government open through the end of the year.

Here’s the New Way Colleges Are Predicting Student Grades (TIME)
Data algorithms cover millions of grades from thousands of students

Senate expects to act next year on campus sex assault bill (USA TODAY)
Efforts to tighten federal laws targeting campus sexual assaults will continue next year when Republicans gain majority control of the U.S. Senate, according to the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

December 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

Roosevelt University president’s pay ranks No. 5 nationally (Chicago Sun-Times)
The president of financially challenged Roosevelt University ranked No. 5 nationwide in an annual pay survey published Monday of private colleges and universities, taking in $1.14 million more than the second highest-paid president of a similar institution and making the equivalent of 67.9 students paying full sticker-price tuition.

U. of C. aims to expand treatment at children's trauma center (Chicago Tribune)
he University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital is taking steps to raise the age limit for patients admitted to its pediatric trauma unit, a move to expand care to 16- and 17-year-olds who are seriously injured. .

Editorial: Helping CPS students to and through college (Chicago Tribune)
Back in 2006, the University of Chicago calculated that just 8 out of every 100 freshmen in Chicago Public Schools eventually earn a college degree. That was a dismal gauge of Chicago's future. While not everyone is destined for college, people who do have a bachelor's degree have much higher earning potential. In short: They have a better chance of providing for their families and making a strong economic contribution to their city..

More CPS grads completing college (Chicago Tribune)
f 100 freshmen who start at a Chicago public high school, about 14 will graduate from a four-year college by their mid-20s, a number that has improved over time but is still troubling and below the national average, according to a report to be released Tuesday..

Editorial:Helping CPS students to and through college (Chicago Tribune)
ack in 2006, the University of Chicago calculated that just 8 out of every 100 freshmen in Chicago Public Schools eventually earn a college degree.

Compromise Bill Would Keep Education Spending Mostly Flat for Rest of Fiscal Year (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Federal spending on student aid and colleges would remain generally flat for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year, under an appropriations bill introduced late Tuesday in Congress.

Colleges Vary on Credit for AP, IB, Dual Classes (Education Week)
At Minnetonka High School, students take advanced courses to bolster their chances of getting into a selective college or because they hope to get credit for a college class. Others sign up because of a must-have teacher or to be with high-achieving students.

Budget Deal Unveiled (Inside Higher Ed)
Congressional leaders agreed Tuesday on a spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown and provide modest increases to student aid programs and scientific research.

Op-ed: Is public higher education losing the public? (The Hill)
The popular discourse today about higher education is largely negative—college costs too much, students learn too little, jobs are too scarce for the graduates who rack up debt to earn back their investment, and universities change at a pace that can only be measured by geologists...glacial.

NIU plans revamp of Holmes Student Center, Neptune (The Northern Star)
Representatives from three design firms spoke at Sunday’s Student Association Senate meeting about renovations to the Holmes Student Center and Neptune residence halls, which could include adding restaurants and a music venue.

'Die-ins the new sit-ins of civil disobedience' (The Southern Illinoisan)
For nearly 15 minutes, Ramar Henderson lay on the floor, his arms crossed at the wrist and his hands grasping his neck in a mock chokehold.

December 09, 2014

Quote of the day:
If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness.
Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse,

Number of CPS students getting degrees on the rise (Chicago Sun-Times)
Back in 2006, the headlines screamed “appalling.” Out of every 100 Chicago Public School students, only six earned a four-year college degree. For minority students, it was worse — only four Hispanic boys and three African-American boys of 100.

U. of C. Obama library bid: Alliances with other schools (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON — The University of Chicago’s bid for the Obama Presidential library and museum, due Thursday, will include proposals for a variety of collaborations with Chicago area universities and community groups as the school seeks to downplay its elitist image.

Editorial: How to get more Chicago kids through college (Chicago Sun-Times)
In a morning in April, 2006, a single word dominated the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Appalling.”

Final push for Obama library bids ahead of Thursday deadline (Chicago Tribune)
With a Thursday deadline looming for submitting their official proposals, two Chicago universities hoping to host the Obama presidential library are lining up support from across the city, seeking to build coalitions that would strengthen their bids..

Odds nearly double that CPS students get college degrees (Crain's Chicago Business)
In a sign of real progress at Chicago Public Schools, the odds that ninth-graders will earn a bachelor's degree by the time they hit their mid-20s has almost doubled since 2006. That's the bottom line of a report issued today by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research that strongly suggests the city finally has begun to do some things right in educating kids. But the study underlines that much still must be accomplished.

U of C: Other schools help with Obama library bid (Daily Herald)
Several Chicago-area universities are joining forces to help persuade President Barack Obama to build his library at the University of Chicago and not in New York, Honolulu or across the city at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Higher Ed by the Numbers (Inside Higher Ed)
I’ve been spending some time with the tables from the 2013 Digest of Education Statistics.

Reaching the Finish Line (Inside Higher Ed)
Less than one in six high school freshmen in Chicago will earn a bachelor's degree by the age of 25.

Best of a Bad Situation? (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education last week defended the deal it helped broker for Corinthian Colleges, a disintegrating for-profit chain, to sell 56 of its campuses to a nonprofit student loan guarantee agency, ECMC.

Lake Land board approves college's annual tax levy (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College should receive more property tax revenue for life safety work next year and other expenses that will be offset by collecting less for other funds, the college's Board of Trustees heard Monday night.

Senate proposes honorary degree for Nugent (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Tim Nugent, the tireless champion for people with disabilities who established the University of Illinois as a leader in disability services and studies, has been recommended to receive an honorary degree from the university.

Quincy University to invest $4 million to renovate QU Stadium (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Quincy University on Monday announced plans to make $4 million worth of improvements to QU Stadium.

Editorial: How Illinois can charge ahead on education reform (SaukValley.com)
Imagine what Illinois could do if we truly invested in education.

Tom Harkin Wants To Take Money From College Students To Pay Reviled Loan Contractors (The Huffington Post)
An outgoing Senate Democrat wants to take federal money from low-income college students to pay student loan contractors, whose tactics toward borrowers have been criticized by consumer advocates, federal regulators and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

December 8, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
Mark Twain

SWIC art classes are springboard to dozens of careers (Belleville News-Democrat)
When some people think of art students, they may visualize starving artists who scrape by, peddling their paintings out of a van on a street corner. But Southwestern Illinois College leaders say the reality is that today art classes are a springboard to dozens of careers in fields ranging from computer graphics to engineering. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/12/07/3551600_swic-offers-artists-a-good-start.html?sp=/99/166/179/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Area Illinois State Scholars announced (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the names of its 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or on class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners

Out-of-state students on the rise at Purdue, IU (Daily Herald)
The number of Indiana students attending Purdue and Indiana universities is falling.

Opinion: It's time to fix state's education funding inequities (News-Gazette)
As the Illinois General Assembly returns to the Capitol, the issue of education funding remains a hot topic. A massive rewrite of the state's current school aid formula pending in the House of Representatives — Senate Bill 16 — has generated a great deal of interest and controversy.

Northwester prof named new research director (Peoria Journal Star)
After a nearly two-year search, a new senior associate dean for research has been hired at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20141204/News/141209580#ixzz3LKV4wh83

Students stage 'die-in' protest on Bradley campus (Peoria Journal Star)
Jirmiah Leverett, a Bradley University senior, did not hesitate to tell Bradley’s police chief what she thought was an inappropriate remark made by a campus police officer as she walked to a campus protest prompted by police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo. and New York. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20141205/News/141209429#ixzz3LKUvl8mU

U of I rehires former SLA radical Kilgore (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois has hired 1970s-era radical James Kilgore to teach a course next semester.

State workers oppose fast appeal of pension decision (Springfield State Journal-Register)
State workers behind a challenge to an Illinois pension law declared unconstitutional plan to oppose the government's attempt to have it speedily heard by the Illinois Supreme Court. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141208/News/141209602#ixzz3LKWyxBLM

Benedictine layoffs begin Dec. 31 (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The first round of layoffs at Benedictine University at Springfield begins at the end of December after the school decided to drop undergraduate studies at its Springfield campus. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141205/News/141209684#ixzz3LKWgZeEY

Rensselaer President Leads List of Highest-Paid Private College Leaders (The New York Times)
The president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson, was the nation’s highest-paid president of a private college in 2012, with total compensation of $7,143,312 — almost twice as much as the next most highly compensated president — according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual pay survey.

Rensselaer President Leads List of Highest-Paid Private College Leaders (The New York Times)
The president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson, was the nation’s highest-paid president of a private college in 2012, with total compensation of $7,143,312 — almost twice as much as the next most highly compensated president — according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual pay survey.

Savage named Provost Faculty Fellow at SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
Mandara Savage, associate professor of technology and chairperson of that department, will be the Provost Faculty Fellow for the spring 2015 semester.

December 5, 2014

Quote of the day:
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
Winston Churchill

State Disinvestment in Higher Education Has Led to an Explosion of Student-Loan Debt (Center For American Progress)
It has been well documented that the nation’s public colleges, universities, community colleges, and career training centers significantly boost the economic mobility of students who pursue and complete degrees and credentials after high school. The skills students acquire at these higher-education institutions lead to jobs that pay a wage premium in a modern economy.

CPS gives schools new ratings to judge success and trouble (Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled new school performance ratings Wednesday that the district said will help educators and parents better identify struggling and successful schools.

North Central College students help local entrepreneur establish business identity (Chicago Tribune)
our North Central College business students were offered an opportunity of a lifetime-to make a difference in one man's small, homegrown coffee shop, and help rebuild and restructure his business plan. .

1970s radical approved to return to U. of I. to teach in spring (Chicago Tribune)
Controversial professor James Kilgore will return to teach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next semester, the Tribune has learned.. Kilgore will teach a one-credit course in Global Studies, according to Thomas Bassett, director of the program within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Washington — Hundreds of college leaders are now heading home, still giddy from Thursday’s White House Summit on College Opportunity. Now comes the hard part: Making good on their varied promises to enroll more low-income students and help them graduate.

ECC president joins college-business delegation at White House summit (Courier News)
WASHINGTON — Elgin Community College President David Sam was among a delegation of Illinoisans meeting in Washington, D.C. Thursday with other educational officials, business leaders — and an American president and vice president.

Two from SIUE faculty recognized (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
Two faculty members from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering (SOE) received international recognition recently for their outstanding research publications.

Deadly Dating Violence (Inside Higher Ed)
On Black Friday, Nadia Ezaldein, a University of Chicago student, was working at a Chicago Nordstrom when her ex-boyfriend entered the store, found her in the accessories department, and shot her to death. It was her 22nd birthday.

Opinion: 15 Hours Doesn't Work for Everyone (Inside Higher Ed)
ith the country’s focus on college access and success, policy leaders are taking a close look at the Pell grant program, which is our country’s principal college financial aid program. This issue is especially timely with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon.

Good Cop, Bad Cop From White House (Inside Higher Ed)
The second White House college summit held Thursday was bigger and focused on a broader range of institutions than the inaugural January event.

Minimum Wage, Not Yet (Inside Higher Ed)
ome student workers at public universities in California earn less on campus than they would at nearby fast food joints, thanks to exemptions that at least two universities use to avoid paying local minimum wage.

Northwestern professor Marcelo Bento Soares named new director of cancer research at UICOMP (Peoria Journal Star)
PEORIA — After a nearly two-year search, a new senior associate dean for research has been hired at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20141204/News/141209580#ixzz3L3MLTYea

Get Ready for Some Law Schools to Close (Slate Magazine)
In the world of law schools, every day is sort of like Black Friday.

Bids go out for UIS public safety building (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Bids are expected to be awarded in early March for a new Public Safety Building at the University of Illinois Springfield. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141204/News/141209736#ixzz3L2JQuiWw

White House summit calls for using data to boost graduation rates (The Hechinger Report)
The big words at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, a summit for discussing ideas to increase higher education graduation rates, were data and technology. “Now everybody understands some form of higher education is a necessity,” said President Barack Obama.

For-Profit College Used Strippers As Admissions Officers, Lawsuit Claims (The Huffington Post)
MIAMI (AP) -- A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers as admissions officers, falsified documents and coached students to lie on financial forms as it fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in federal money, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Miami.

SIU braces for possible 20-percent funding cuts (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU is bracing itself for deep and painful cuts after the state's higher education director warned that funding to Illinois' public universities could be cut by as much as 20 percent.

Obama gathers pledges for college access (The Washington Post)
Higher-education leaders from across the country are pledging to take steps to widen college opportunity and help more students finish degrees, an initiative President Obama will promote at a gathering in Washington on Thursday.

These College Majors Have the Hardest Time Paying Off Student Loans (TIME)
Most college students pick their major based on their talents and their interests, not on how easily that major can help them pay down their student loans. Maybe it’s time to rethink that.

10 Most Expensive Universities for Out-of-State Students (U.S. News & World Report)
At the 10 priciest colleges for out-of-state students, tuition and fees average $38,240 for the 2014-2015 school year.

December 4, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Woman with metro-east ties wins Rhodes Scholarship (Belleville News-Democrat)
A woman with ties to the metro-east is one of 32 students across the country to win a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/12/03/3544254/woman-with-local-roots-earns-rhodes.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

Rauner again expresses surprise at Illinois' budget woes (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Despite dire warnings from his fellow Republicans and Gov. Pat Quinn last May, Illinois' newly elected governor again voiced surprise Tuesday at the condition of the state's budget.

Study shows community colleges' return on investment (Bloomington Pantagraph)
In a report filled with figures, one stood out for Heartland Community College President Rob Widmer: 32.7 percent.

Congressmen to Obama Administration: Look Harder at Shady For-Profit College Deal (BusinessWeek)
A group of democratic Congressmen wrote a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tuesday urging him to "carefully scrutinize" the proposed sale of for profit college behemoth Corinthian Colleges to a student loan debt collector with a troubled record. The debt collector, ECMC, has been criticized widely for hounding bankrupt students in court and using extreme arguments to deny borrowers any relief on their loans.

Why It’s Dangerous to Discuss Campus Rape Only at Its Most Extreme (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The gang-rape story that rocked the University of Virginia last month is more shocking and gruesome than any case even longtime observers of campus sexual assault have ever encountered.

More Than 100 Colleges Made Pledges at the First White House Summit. Here’s How 6 Fared. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Some college leaders have dismissed the White House’s Summit on College Opportunity—the second installment of which takes place on Thursday—as a dog-and-pony show focused more on drawing attention than on stoking action.

6 Months on the Job, Top U.S. Higher-Education Official Defends Moves to Protect Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Department of Education’s top higher-education official said on Wednesday that the agency was on track to release an outline of a proposed college-rating system later this month, that it recognizes the need for more simplicity and consistency in how it collects student loans but has no firm plan to accomplish that yet, and that it has "a broad base of common ground" with Republicans in Congress, even though many of those lawmakers have been openly critical of the department’s efforts.

House Panel Plans to Scrutinize U.S. Universities' Ties With China (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Until now, the impact of China on American universities has largely been a subject of discussion for college campuses, not the halls of Congress.

OPINION - Working for all to get a chance at college (CNN)
(CNN) -- Despite persistent and understandable questions about the cost of college in America today, the value of a college education is clear. But that value is not spread as equitably as it should be across the nation.

School officials to meet with Obama (Daily Herald)
A delegation of suburban school officials will meet with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden today to talk about increasing the numbers of students completing college

Rockford schools superintendent to attend White House summit (Daily Herald)
Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Ehren Jarrett will be among a delegation representing the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network Thursday, Dec. 4, at the White House College Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C.

GSU president at White House summit (Daily Herald)
Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon will join President Barack Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Joseph Biden on Thursday at the White House College Opportunity Summit.

Obama Promises Funding, Resources in Response to Tribal Nations’ Education ‘Emergency’ (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in June of this year, he and the First Lady met privately with a group of Lakota teenagers.

Higher Education: Identifying the Senior Team (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There are big changes coming in American higher education. College and university governance must accommodate these changes and shape rather than be shaped by them.

DREAM Youth Expressing Mixed Emotions over Obama Immigration Plan (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
While the newly announced executive action by President Obama to grant deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants has largely encountered praise among immigration reform supporters, the youth cohort that attained deportation relief in 2012 under a federal program has found the new measures falling short for not including measures that would help their undocumented parents avoid deportation.

Top 100 Minority Degree Producers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For several years now, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has produced the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.

A Look Back at the Higher Education Act (Forbes)
First signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 as part of his Great Society campaign, the Higher Education Act’s original purpose was to solidify and expand the federal government’s involvement in higher education policy.

Graduating College Later in Life Doesn't Hamper Income (Gallup.com)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite delaying their college education, nontraditional college graduates -- defined here as those who earn their degree at age 25 or older -- have personal incomes later in life that are similar to those of traditional graduates, or those who earn their degree before age 25.

Art bazaar gives Heartland students real-world stage (Herald & Review)
Deloquan Havard was nervous about debuting his artwork Wednesday among crowds of community members and professional artists, but chuckles from onlookers helped ease his tension.

The Second Summit (Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration is once again gathering hundreds of college presidents here today for a second White House-run summit that will promote new commitments to help low-income students.

State-Related Community Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)
State spending on higher education has improved since the depths of the recession. But competition for public funds is intense in most states, where K-12, Medicaid and pensions are the primary budget drivers.

Kishwaukee College Faculty Plans Picketing About Contracts (NPR)
The Kishwaukee College Education Association is preparing for informational picketing about protracted contract negotiations with the community college in Malta.

Why college education isn’t a bubble (PBS NewsHour)
Editor’s Note: In the debate over the value of higher education, few have been as outspoken as Peter Thiel and Vivek Wadhwa. Recognized as innovators in their own right, Thiel and Wadhwa have dug in their heels on this issue, often conducting their intellectual duels in the media.

SIU-Edwardsville sees more minority students (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Minority student enrollment at Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus is the highest it's been in at least two decades.

Editorial: Illinois' financial ditch just gets deeper and deeper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Fifteen days after being elected governor of Illinois last month, Republican newcomer Bruce Rauner got a rude comeuppance when a Sangamon County Circuit judge ruled the state’s pension reform law was unconstitutional.

St. Louis superintendent, foundation join to expand college opportunity (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
WASHINGTON • St. Louis schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams plans to join President Barack Obama and hundreds of educators today in announcing steps to help more students enter and graduate college.

Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds (The New York Times)
The vast majority of students at American public colleges do not graduate on time, according to a new report from Complete College America, a nonprofit group based in Indianapolis.

New teacher training program stresses childhood development (The Southern Illinoisan)
Students who enter SIU’s Elementary Education program this spring will be part of a redesigned program that sets new standards in response to revised state expectations. The new program received approval this fall from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.

Madigan files pension-law appeal with high court (The Southern Illinoisan)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court over a lower court's declaration that the state's pension overhaul law is unconstitutional.

The concept Education Secretary Duncan has entirely missed (The Washington Post)
The U.S. Education Department recently released a draft set of regulations for colleges of education that would link some federal funding in part to how well the students of their graduates do on standardized test scores.

Why so many students are spending six years getting a college degree (The Washington Post)
College, as the saying goes, is supposed to be the best four years of your life. But there's increasingly a new norm for students: spending six years getting a degree.

4 Degrees That Are Better to Earn at a Community College (U.S. News & World Report)
A college degree is a clear advantage in a competitive job market, but a bachelor's degree isn't the only ticket to a good living.

December 3, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”
Henry David Thoreau

Harper partners with Illinois Holocaust Museum for lecture (Chicago Tribune)
Harper College has partnered with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie for an annual lecture by Dr. Peter Hayes, an internationally respected expert in Holocaust history..

North Central College names Abiodun Goke-Pariola vice president for academic affairs… (Chicago Tribune)
orth Central College in Naperville has named Dr. Abiodun "GP" Goke-Pariola its next vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.. Dr. Goke-Pariola will begin his new role at North Central College on July 1 after serving most recently as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.

White House Summit on College Opportunity, Take 2: Bigger, Broader, but Still Secretive (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When college leaders convene here on Thursday for the second Summit on College Opportunity, they’ll notice a few changes from the inaugural event, held in January.

House Panel Plans to Scrutinize U.S. Universities' Ties With China (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Until now, the impact of China on American universities has largely been a subject of discussion for college campuses, not the halls of Congress.

Tribal Libraries Provide Lifeline to Higher Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Sandy Tharp-Thee, library director of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, established a GED program through the tribal library in 2010, she was confronted with the harsh realities that have prevented some tribe members from obtaining their GED.

Richland Sociology Club takes anti-bullying message to kids (Herald & Review)
Fourth-grader TaKara Stigler relished at the satisfaction of squeezing out an entire tube of toothpaste, but the smile quickly vanished from her face Tuesday when she was asked to put the contents back into the tube.

December 2, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
Albert Einstein

From Einstein book to freshmen beanies: McKendree turns archives into museum (Belleville News-Democrat)
With 186 years of history under its belt, McKendree University has collected a lot of stuff.

McKendree students are on the hunt for copperhead snakes (Belleville News-Democrat)
A lot of people try to avoid poisonous copperhead snakes. But several students at McKendree College spend a great deal of time doing everything they can to find the elusive reptiles.

SWIC nursing students collect food for the needy (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College nursing education students loaded boxes with food to help make Thanksgiving special for local needy families.

Next U. of I. president eager to get going, may start job early (Chicago Sun-Times)
The next president of the University of Illinois says he is negotiating to start his new job this spring, a few months earlier than his official July 1 start date.

Threatening Facebook message was a hoax: U of C officials (Chicago Sun-Times)
A threatening message posted to a student’s Facebook page — initially thought to be the work of hackers — was actually written by the student himself, University of Chicago officials said Monday.

CSU official cleared of plagiarism appointed as provost, senior vice president (Chicago Sun-Times)
Chicago State University on Monday named its Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Angela Henderson to that position permanently, after she was cleared of plagiarism allegations.

EDITORIAL - How Illinois can charge ahead on education (Chicago Sun-Times)
Imagine what Illinois could do if we truly invested in education.

OPINION - College worth it, even if grads only tread water (Chicago Sun-Times)
This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost.

EDITORIAL - Campus rape culture has no easy remedy (Chicago Tribune)
If you're the parent of a college student (or preparing to be), you need to read Rolling Stone's jarring account of a fraternity house gang rape at the University of Virginia.

U. of I. rehiring of controversial prof imperils donor funds (Chicago Tribune)
Two academic programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have begun the process of rehiring controversial professor James Kilgore — a decision that could have financial implications for the public university system.

University of Chicago targets vast cancer data, will 'democratize' research (Chicago Tribune)
With a new system to compile and help navigate mountains of cancer data, University of Chicago health experts are aiming to bring the future of medicine a little closer.

Obama's immigration action addresses 'huge' uncertainty for many students (Christian Science Monitor)
President Obama's executive action not only expands the number of students who can apply for deferred deportation but also includes many of their parents. Still, there is disappointment in some quarters that it didn't go further.

WHY COLLEGES HAVEN’T STOPPED BINGE DRINKING (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces, and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking remains as much of a problem as ever.

Access to Child Care Declines Across Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows a decline in child-care services across higher education, and particularly at community colleges.

A RIVER OF BOOZE - Inside one college town’s uneasy embrace of drinking (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The supplies are rolling in. At 1 p.m. on a Thursday, three delivery trucks line College Avenue. Around the corner, five more clog East Clayton Street. In downtown Athens, the center lane belongs to those who bring the booze.

6 Campuses and the Liquor Surrounding Them (Chronicle of Higher Education)
While drinking among college students, both underage and over 21, is common on campuses across the country, each institution faces its own set of circumstances. Some are surrounded by bars; at others, students throw house parties. To greater and lesser extents, some colleges work with their local communities to control drinking and keep students safe.

Fostering Entrepreneurial Spirit in a City of Immigrants (Chronicle of Higher Education)
One day this past summer, Leandro J. Finol stood on a street corner in downtown Miami, handing out Idea Center T-shirts to students at Miami Dade College.

New Rules Would Judge Teacher-Prep Programs on Job Placements and Student Learning (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Teacher colleges aren’t feeling very thankful for new rules that could make some of their students ineligible for Teach Grants.

'Suicide Is My Retirement Plan' (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Ask Debra Leigh Scott how she plans to make ends meet after her teaching career is over, and her answer is direct. “Suicide,” she says, “is my retirement plan.” - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/818-suicide-is-my-retirement-plan#sthash.6k2QJDUB.dpuf

Students' Long Paths to Completion Carry Major Financial Consequences (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Bloated curricula, remediation roadblocks, and students’ meandering path through college are contributing to a completion crisis that is costing students and their parents billions of extra dollars a year, according to a report released on Monday by Complete College America.

To Improve Graduation Rates, Advising Gets Intrusive by Design (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Colleges are facing pressure from politicians and the public to improve student outcomes. Fewer than four in 10 first-time, full-time undergraduates who started at a four-year institution in 2006 finished in four years, the most recent federal data show. Fewer than six in 10 did so in six years.

How College of DuPage bucks state's enrollment decline (Daily Herald)
What's College of DuPage's secret?

Incoming U of I president more than just scientist (Daily Herald)
CHAMPAIGN -- Much has been said in the past week about the incoming University of Illinois president's extensive scientific background, but Timothy Killeen is also a classical guitarist and art aficionado, and he once played cricket, soccer and rugby in his native Wales.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Sees More Minority Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Minority student enrollment at Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville campus is the highest it’s been in at least two decades.

Peer Pressure Plays Significant Role in Student Behavior (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Pundits have long pointed to the power of peer pressure when seeking to explain why people—particularly young people—make bad or otherwise questionable decisions.

Illinois State University Signs Agreement With Chinese University (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
NORMAL, Ill. ? Illinois State University has signed an agreement with a university in China to foster faculty and student exchanges as part of the school’s larger effort to increase international programs.

Athletes Bring Higher Education Awareness to Native Americans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
On the playing fields and hardwood floors across the country, Native American athletes who are excelling in sports are illustrating the possibility of higher education to Native communities.

OPINION - What Will The Republican Surge Mean For State Higher Education Budgets? (Forbes)
The GOP’s performance in state elections was the most stunning storyline to come out of the 2014 cycle. Of the 36 gubernatorial elections, the GOP won 24 of them, including pick-ups in deep-blue states like Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

Grading Teacher Prep (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday unveiled its controversial regulation that would link some federal funding for teacher preparation programs, in part, to the rate at which their graduates get jobs and how well they perform at the schools where they are hired.

Mobile Bachelor's Degree (Inside Higher Ed)
Brandman University’s competency-based bachelor’s degree gives a glimpse of where the increasingly popular form of higher education might be headed.

Bully-Free Zone (Inside Higher Ed)
Hard data on bullying in academe are scant, especially in comparison to the robust research on the subject within the business world. But anecdotal data suggest bullying by academics is a problem; everyone seems to have a bullying story, or several, and a blog post on faculty jerks from an Australian academic went viral last year.

Campus Culture and Sexual Assaults (Inside Higher Ed)
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan on Monday acknowledged the role that excessive drinking and a social scene dominated by parties at fraternity houses have played in sexual violence on campus.

A Flexible Future (Inside Higher Ed)
Some of the country’s most rigorous research universities have a new obsession: flexibility. As the institutions contemplate a more modular future, experiments with blended learning may provide an early glimpse at their plans.

Report Says Four-Year Degrees Are a 'Myth' (Inside Higher Ed)
A new policy report from Complete College America pushes for a return to "on-time" graduation. The nonprofit group said commonly used graduation rates of 150 percent of on-time program length (six years for bachelor's degrees and three for associates) are "unacceptable, especially when we consider that students and their families are trying desperately to control the skyrocketing costs of higher education."

Wins for athletes could cost fellow students steeper fees (The Hechinger Report)
Wins by college athletes in courtrooms and boardrooms could end up as losses for their nonathlete classmates.

Colleges that pledged to help poor families have been doing the opposite, new figures show (The Hechinger Report)
Colleges continue to put burden of price hikes on poorest

Poorest states cut what experts say could help the most: higher ed (The Hechinger Report)
CLEVELAND, Mississippi—Conor Bell may give up on the Mississippi Delta.

Higher Education: Identifying the Senior Team (The Huffington Post)
There are big changes coming in American higher education. College and university governance must accommodate these changes and shape rather than be shaped by them. The changes reflect both the simple reality that the financing structure doesn't work and that external forces will impose new challenges and opportunities upon senior leadership.

Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds (The New York Times)
The vast majority of students at American public colleges do not graduate on time, according to a new report from Complete College America, a nonprofit group based in Indianapolis.

Why so many students are spending six years getting a college degree (The Washington Post)
College, as the saying goes, is supposed to be the best four years of your life. But there's increasingly a new norm for students: spending six years getting a degree.

You’ll Never Guess College Students’ Biggest Regret (TIME)
You might think that when people look back on their college years, their biggest regret would be not being more involved socially, choosing the wrong major or partying too much. In reality, the biggest regret college grads face is a much more grown-up one, and it’s one with repercussions that can follow them well into their adult years.

Why 2 States Have Poured Money Into Public Higher Education (U.S. News & World Report)
North Dakota and Alaska are putting cash behind the college-economy link.

Businesses, Universities Court Community College Grads (U.S. News & World Report)
Graduates of community college programs are hard-working and driven, recruiters say.

November 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
Bob Hope

Aurora University partnership school could add up to 100 students (Beacon News)
As many as 100 students could be added to Aurora University’s science-focused partnership school if the school’s governing board votes to enroll students from two additional school districts. Right now the school serves 150 students in third to eighth grades from East Aurora, West Aurora and Indian Prairie school districts.

Rust: Some gains, but Illinois education failing students 1 Print Email (Bloomington Pantagraph)
State Farm Chairman and CEO Ed Rust had some harsh words for state education leaders on Monday.

Commentary: Millennials' best investment is to pay off student loans (Chicago Tribune)
Those in the millennial generation began their adult lives by witnessing one of the greatest financial crashes in history. It would be unsurprising, therefore, if millennials avoided the stock market, much as their grandparents did after the Great Depression..

Your College's New Website Is Student-Focused, Mobile-Optimized, and Probably Long Overdue (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Stanley T. Wearden was still considering whether or not to take a job as provost at Columbia College Chicago, he did what most prospective students do when weighing college choices. He turned to the Internet.

Public Colleges Face Major Threat From Some Trustees, Says AAU Chief (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Hunter R. Rawlings III, president of the Association of American Universities, says that ideologically motivated and corporate-minded trustees pose a great threat to public colleges.

An Unusual Honor-Code Violation: Students Selling Seats in Popular Courses (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Course registration can be a stressful process on many college campuses, but students at Emory University have channeled their frustration into creative solutions—some more ethical than others.

To Change a Campus, Talk to the Dean (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Kathryn J. Boor became a dean at Cornell University, change was at the center of her agenda from the very beginning.

Make Admissions at Elite Colleges ‘Access Aware’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Recent news coverage has highlighted the fact that many colleges with great wealth are not enrolling many needy students, while a number of relatively nonwealthy colleges are.

My Gradebook and Me (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s the most important book that I bring to every class.

Universities asked to explore budget cuts (Daily Herald)
SPRINGFIELD -- The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.

COD trustee bites back at criticism over thousands spent on meals (Daily Herald)
An Illinois watchdog group has criticized College of DuPage officials for using taxpayers' money on meals and drinks for themselves and employees at the college's Waterleaf restaurant, with some outings costing thousands of dollars each.

Higher Ed Racing to Fill Underserved Communities’ Nursing Shortage (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Affordable Care Act and America’s aging population have created a growing need for primary care providers, which is virtually impossible to meet without nurse practitioners.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Could Face Rough Road Ahead (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Neatly summarizing the 2014 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference is a no easy task.

Lincoln University President Robert Jennings Resigns (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Despite a public apology and a pledge that he would be more sensitive, Dr. Robert R. Jennings was unable to hold onto his presidency.

Educational Privilege and Being Caught in the Middle (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
White privilege ? unearned ? is a topic and reality that I grapple with daily. It is everywhere.

City Colleges of Chicago to Repay $4.3 Million in Federal Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
City Colleges of Chicago have settled with the U.S. Department of Education over disputed federal aid payments, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Jim Dey: With Kilgore, the past isn't past because he's basically the same guy (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois faculty supporters of onetime SLA terrorist James Kilgore have one less reason to rage at the machine now that they've won the argument over the convicted murderer's rehiring.

Letter: Dey tangled in corporate UI (News-Gazette)
Regardless of James Kilgore's rehiring, Jim Dey needn't worry himself about political radicalism at our local knowledge factory.

For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt (NPR)
There are dozens of ways that not having a college degree and dealing with student loans affects Johnson's life.

Rauner team tells higher ed director to prepare for 30% budget cut (Quad-City Times)
The state's higher education czar issued a dire budget warning to the presidents of Illinois' public universities Friday, telling them to be prepared for cuts in state funding of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months

University of Illinois names NY educator Timothy Killeen as president (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The University of Illinois system has hired a new president with an extensive scientific background and familiarity with the deep pockets required to run a university.

Poshard's pensions examined: (The Southern Illinoisan)
With the state's pension system coming under scrutiny, SIU President Glenn Poshard's pension is attracting the attention of those who want to see an overhaul of the system.

Universities get dire warning about state budget plans (The Southern Illinoisan)
The state's higher education czar issued a dire budget warning to the presidents of Illinois' public universities Friday, telling them to be prepared for cuts in state funding of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months

Why It’s So Tough To Find Out the True Cost of College (TIME)
Schools are supposed to help prospective students figure out the real price in advance. Actually finding the calculator is another matter.

November24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return."
Marie Edgeworth

Chaos adds realism to IWU nursing program (Bloomington Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — The “hospital room” was full of Illinois Wesleyan University nursing students attempting to deal with a teenager who had overdosed on pills and liquor, his upset ex-girlfriend and his angry mother. The chaos was intentional. The students, all juniors in the simulation lab for the first time, are in a psychiatric and mental health course.

After aid papers are forged, city colleges repay $4 million (Chicago Sun-Times)
The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they’ve also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Dr. Donald F. Steiner’s work improved the lives of diabetes patients around the globe. He was so esteemed in Japan, a scientist there is planning to take a portion of his ashes to Kyoto for burial in a temple, said Dr. Steiner’s cousin, Steve Roess.

To Change a Campus, Talk to the Dean (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Kathryn J. Boor became a dean at Cornell University, change was at the center of her agenda from the very beginning. She began leading the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2010, when the Ivy League institution—like colleges everywhere at the time—was in the midst of streamlining operations and cutting costs.

Gates Goes Open (Inside Higher Ed)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require grant recipients to make their research publicly available online -- a multibillion-dollar boost to the open access movement. The sweeping open access policy, which signals the foundation’s full-throated approval for the public availability of research, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and cover all new projects made possible with funding from the foundation.

Complexity of Student Vets (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- "Did you kill anybody while you were in the military?" It’s a provocative title for an education-related research paper, admits Lesley McBain, its author. But it’s not an embellishment.

Universities get dire warning about state budget (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's higher education czar issued a dire budget warning to the presidents of Illinois' public universities Friday, telling them to be prepared for cuts in state funding of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months.

Universities warned of severe budget cuts (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.

Why two states have poured money into public higher education (The Hechinger Report)
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — Construction cranes sprout like stalks of wheat from the windswept, tabletop-flat campus of the University of North Dakota.

Comparing College Costs the Easy Way (The New York Times)
If you’re a shoestring start-up trying to get noticed in an enormous industry, there’s nothing that helps more than having big players try to ban you. But from financial services to airlines, the pattern repeats itself again and again, as the lumbering giants seek to destroy rather than cooperate.

November 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come.”
Victor Hugo

Program prepares graduates to deal with increasingly complex higher ed world (Chicago Tribune)
Lisle, Illinois ~ A college president. A nationally-recognized community college innovator. An award-winning researcher.. The students and graduates of the Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change (Ed.D.) program at Benedictine University are leaving their mark in higher education.

At Age 10, Excelencia Still Fighting for Latino Educational Growth (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
WASHINGTON ? Leaders from Excelencia in Education and Congress, as well as the business and foundation world, discussed the crucial role that Hispanic and Latinos will play in shaping the nations’ future at a roundtable discussion Thursday.

Corinthian's Nonprofit Buyer (Inside Higher Ed)
The ECMC Group, a nonprofit organization that runs one of the largest student-loan guaranty agencies, announced Thursday that it will purchase 56 campuses from Corinthian Colleges, a crumbling, controversial for-profit chain.

Harkin’s Last Act? (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- With just weeks left before he retires from Congress, Senator Tom Harkin has finalized his proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act.

Editorial: Our View: Rock Valley College flying high (Rockford Register Star)
Here’s what success looks like: It’s 300 people crowded into a building at Chicago Rockford International Airport to hear about how to prepare for careers in aviation maintenance. That’s what happened Nov. 13 at an open house hosted by Rock Valley College. RVC, you’ll recall, is building a $5.1 million classroom facility at the airport to house its aviation maintenance program, which is expanding to provide more workers for the region’s aerospace industry and a soon-to-open jet repair hub.

November 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Space scientist gets U. of I. keys (Chicago Tribune)
For more than a decade, space scientist Timothy Killeen has tracked one of his satellite instruments as it circled the planet and passed over Illinois to collect data on wind in Earth's upper atmosphere..

80 semiretired Oakton college teachers could lose jobs (Chicago Tribune)
Oakton Community College will stop hiring semiretired instructors to teach classes part time, a move that could affect as many as 80 teachers and prompted an overflow crowd to show up at a college board meeting in protest Tuesday night..

Corinthian Colleges to sell 56 campuses to nonprofit for $24 million (Chicago Tribune)
Orange County-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. said Thursday that it has agreed to sell off 56 campuses for $24 million to a nonprofit entity that collects student loan debt on behalf of the federal government..

NIU primatologist named 2014 Illinois professor of the year (Chicago Tribune)
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Elgin resident and Northern Illinois Professor Dan Gebo as the 2014 Illinois Professor of the Year.

On College Accountability, Will Education Dept. Blink Again? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With President Obama promising to release his controversial college-rating plan this fall, college leaders are on high alert.

Colleges’ Prestige Doesn’t Guarantee a Top-Flight Learning Experience (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Fayetteville State University rarely crops up in the national conversation about educational quality.

3 Key Moments in the History of Student Loans (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Given the chance to start from scratch, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would design the student-loan system we have today.

Open Education’s Publicity Problem (Chronicle of Higher Education)
David Wiley calls the annual Open Education Conference, now in its 11th year, a “family reunion.”

Harper, CLC both going 100% smoke-free Jan. 1 (Daily Herald)
Smoking is social, says Harper College student Ian Craig, a way to meet friends in between classes. The Hoffman Estates native is confined to certain slivers of the Palatine campus where he can light up a cigarette and chat with classmates. Starting Jan. 1, that radius will close altogether. On Wednesday, the community college adopted a sweeping ban on smoking.

U. of Illinois bee scientists to be honored (Daily Herald)
CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois says a professor renowned for her study of bees and their decline will receive the National Medal of Science. The university says in a release that May Berenbaum will be honored Thursday in a ceremony at the White House.

U. of California Showdown (Inside Higher Ed)
University of California administrators are prepared to raise tuition 27 percent by the end of the decade, despite the objections of students and the state’s popular governor.

Corinthian's Nonprofit Buyer (Inside Higher Ed)
The ECMC Group, a nonprofit organization that runs one of the largest student-loan guaranty agencies, announced today that it will purchase 56 campuses from Corinthian Colleges, a crumbling, controversial for-profit chain.

The Use of Fair Use (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Publishers are seeking “corrective authoritative guidance” from the federal government to stop the trend of court rulings they say are expanding copyright exemptions beyond their legal intent, but higher education associations argue interfering could upset the balance between copyright holders and consumers.

A brand new bag: EIU’s Kilgore puts creativity on the menu (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
In grade school, there’s a certain “cool” factor to be gained by having the newest lunchbox. Walk into any school and it’s likely you’ll see "Iron Man" or “Frozen”’s Anna and Elsa adorning multiple boxes.

EIU trio earns all-Ohio Valley Conference honors (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
For the third consecutive season at least three Eastern Illinois volleyball players have earned all-Ohio Valley Conference acolades.

Applications now accepted for EIU institute (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Eastern Illinois Writing Project is now accepting applications for its summer institute, set for June 15-July 9 on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Panel meets for presidential candidate overview (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Candidate discussion commenced as committee members took another step Wednesday morning toward finding Eastern Illinois University's next president.

November 19, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa

Incoming U of I president says he's humbled (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The incoming president of the University of Illinois system says he's dedicating his presidency to the students.

Online bookstore eyed to lower Heartland textbook costs (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A Heartland Community College task force reviewing textbook costs suggested Tuesday night that the school look at moving away from a traditional bookstore.

Hearing officer, UIC clear CSU official of plagiarism (Chicago Sun-Times)
The University of Illinois at Chicago has approved a dissertation by a Chicago State University official, who is suing UIC for publicly discussing her student work. An independent hearing officer retained by UIC rejected its handling of a plagiarism accusation, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

U. of I. names Timothy Killeen new president (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois has tapped Timothy Killeen, who has a strong research background and experience cleaning up corruption, as its next president, the Tribune has learned..

Tangled in Red Tape (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Norwich University hired Nick Cooper, a lawyer, three years ago to help its distance-learning program navigate a complex, ever-changing landscape of state regulation.

Riskier Majors May Become More Attractive if People Know Upside (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students’ choice of academic major can be influenced heavily by how information about their potential earnings is framed, suggests a new study scheduled to be discussed here at this week’s annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Colleges Saw a Flood of Students at Recession’s Peak—and Discouraging Results (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six years after a flood of students entered college, many seeking shelter from a sinking economy and a leg up in an uncertain job market, their progress report is in, and it isn’t encouraging.

Universities Can Put Their Economic Clout to Good Use (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In every major movement for greater democracy and the protection of human rights, university students have played a central role.

Student Senate meets for last time before break (Daily Eastern News)
An emergency bill will be looked at for Student Senate’s final meeting before Thanksgiving break, along with legislation dealing with finals week.

Colleges Charging More, Keeping Less (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports.

Both sides marshal forces at school funding hearing (Herald & Review)
A controversial plan to change how the state doles out tax dollars to school districts drew hundreds of supporters and opponents to the state Capitol on Tuesday.

Richland celebrates Native American heritage (Herald & Review)
Riding along the wave of American Indian music and examining artifacts dating back centuries, 12-year-old Kyah Perry looked to establish a stronger connection with her culture Tuesday.

A Competitive Disadvantage (Inside Higher Ed)
Speaking to the University of Michigan faculty senate last week, Mark Schlissel, the university’s president, was candid in his assessment of the admissions process for athletes.

Gaming the System (Inside Higher Ed)
Performance-based funding is increasingly popular among both state and federal policy makers, who want public institutions to graduate more students, more efficiently.

Productivity Cliff (Inside Higher Ed)
Top Ph.D. students from the highest-ranked economics departments tend to be extremely productive researchers six years out of their programs.

Moody's: Tuition Revenue Growing Slower Than Inflation (Inside Higher Ed)
Enrollment declines and the inability to increase actual tuition charges are putting pressure on colleges’ bottom lines, a new report by Moody’s Investors Service makes clear.

Rafter Introduces Textbooks-in-Tuition Service (Inside Higher Ed)
Rafter, the course content provider that spawned from the textbook rental company BookRenter, on Wednesday announced a new service that ties textbook costs to tuition and automatically delivers course materials upon registration.

Next UI president: Timothy Killeen (News-Gazette)
URBANA — A leading Welsh researcher in geophysics and space science has been named the 20th president of the University of Illinois.

New York research VP named new U of I president (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois system has hired State University of New York Vice Chancellor for Research Timothy L. Killeen as its next president, overseeing the school's three campuses and multibillion-dollar operating budget, the university announced Wednesday. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141119/News/141119466#ixzz3JWh6XI00

SURS hires search firm to help find new director (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The State Universities Retirement System has hired a search firm to help it find a new director. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141119/News/141119469#ixzz3JWhmNLxF

Panel: School funding bill must be tweaked (Springfield State Journal-Register)
There was general agreement Tuesday that the system for funding K-12 education in Illinois needs to be fixed. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141118/News/141119498#ixzz3JWihj2iU

Faculty union effort underway at UIS (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Some faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield are moving forward with plans to unionize. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141118/News/141119490#ixzz3JWjCTzZh

Graduation rates are down, not up, since economic downturn (The Hechinger Report)
University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people with degrees.

President Dunn to assume chancellor duties (The Southern Illinoisan)
Until a search for a permanent chancellor can be completed, SIU President Randy Dunn will be assuming the school's chancellor duties.

November 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails."-
John Maxwell

Dr. Michael Koller, popular teacher at Loyola medical school, dies at 53 (Chicago Sun-Times)
A personal physician to 300 Roman Catholic priests, Dr. Michael Koller urged them to take better care of themselves, saying that they put others first even more often than compassionate doctors do.

Report card: Illinois schools in the hole as spending rises (Chicago Tribune)
llinois school districts ended up nearly $1 billion in the hole in 2013, dipping into reserves or borrowing to pay the bills, according to the latest finance data, painting a grim picture of the state's public school system..

Commentary: The high cost of dormitory living (Chicago Tribune)
With colleges spending billions on lavish housing developments, it's easy to think that all students are living large. The sad reality? Student homelessness in higher education is a larger issue than most realize, with tens of thousands across the country homeless..

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers (Christian Science Monitor)
American students are reading more nonfiction, but not as much as Common Core standards recommend, and their reading tends to be far less challenging than it should be to prepare them for college or careers.

Tangled in Red Tape (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Norwich University hired Nick Cooper, a lawyer, three years ago to help its distance-learning program navigate a complex, ever-changing landscape of state regulation. To the Vermont institution, he is essential—the only person standing between it and a regulatory misstep that could shut down a degree program in Massachusetts, cost the university thousands in Wisconsin, even get the president slapped with a misdemeanor in Alabama.

Colleges Saw a Flood of Students at Recession’s Peak—and Discouraging Results (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six years after a flood of students entered college, many seeking shelter from a sinking economy and a leg up in an uncertain job market, their progress report is in, and it isn’t encouraging.

ECC expects small tax increase, eyes out-state tuitions (Courier News)
ELGIN — Taking a long-range look at its financial picture in a time of sagging enrollment, Elgin Community College board members have begun discussing whether they should try to attract more students from out of state and out of the country by lowering the already-much-higher tuition they charge to such students.

For-Profit Colleges Under Fire (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
After serving in Iraq from 2001 to 2005, Marine veteran Bryan Babcock returned stateside with the intention of studying to become a police of­ficer. A commercial on TV inspired him to contact ITT Technical Institute, a for-pro­fit school, about its bachelor’s degree criminal justice program.

Open Doors Data Details the Influx of Students From Other Countries (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
International Education Week kicked off with the announcement of the preliminary Open Doors data for 2013-14. The data catalog the number of U.S. and international students leaving their home countries to pursue higher education. In the past academic year, nearly 900,000 international students studied in the U.S., compared to the 300,000 U.S. students who went abroad.

Recession and Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
More first-time students enrolled in college in 2008, as the recession was beginning, than in previous years. But a smaller percentage of this group made it to graduation, according to new data the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today.

Debt-Averse Teens (Inside Higher Ed)
Students born in the mid-1990s or later are overwhelmingly in favor of going to college, but they’re not too keen on taking out loans to pay for it, a new poll found.

2 New Challenges to Affirmative Action (Inside Higher Ed)
Two lawsuits filed Monday ask federal courts to block Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from considering race in admissions as the suit charges they are.

Salaita sues UI over access to documents (News-Gazette)
The controversial professor, rejected by university trustees earlier this fall, filed Freedom of Information Act requests for copies of communications from high-ranking university officials and influential alumni regarding his case. A search turned up thousands of emails, but the university has refused to turn them over to Salaita, saying it was "unduly burdensome" to produce them.

November 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis

When it comes to college, many B-N students prefer to learn local (Bloomington Pantagraph)
For Lexie Greeneberg, attending Illinois State University this fall already has paid off.

Higher education paying off for Chicago area (Chicago Sun-Times)
Colleges and universities in Chicago’s Loop contributed $3.2 billion to the region’s economy despite suffering enrollment and hiring declines during the Great Recession, a report released Monday shows.

U. of I. still top public school for international students (Chicago Tribune)
ore international students are attending U.S. colleges and universities than ever before, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign maintaining its spot as the top public school destination in the country..

The Forever Professors (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I cried only once. In April, right after I left a departmental personnel meeting about the search for the new hire who would replace me.

Colleges Encourage Graduates to Seek Second Bachelor's Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Matt Staten graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in anthropology and archaeology.

Is This the End of the Line for Perkins Loans? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Federal Perkins Student Loan Program is in peril.

Why Go to Grad School? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The past few years have seen a flood of articles informing readers of the dire prospects for doctoral students in such increasingly unemployable fields as the humanities.

Economic impact of Loop colleges declines: study (Crain's Chicago Business)
Hurt by declining enrollment, colleges in the Loop funneled 30 percent less money into the local economy than they did five years ago, a new study found. on higher education institutions....

arolina Postdoctoral Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Hailed as one of the nation’s most successful initiatives in helping recent minority Ph.D.s gain tenure-track teaching jobs, The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Panel Discusses Job-Readiness of College Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Can postsecondary education keep pace with changes in the economic landscape in the years ahead?

HBCU of Phoenix (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Phoenix’s attempt to partner with historically black colleges is prompting a good deal of skepticism.

Grab Your Partner: STEM Connections Outside Academia (Inside Higher Ed)
For many grad students, it’s very easy to get stuck in the academic bubble, since everyone knows the formula and it’s comfortable.

Study: Many College Students Abuse Prescription Drugs (Inside Higher Ed)
A new survey has found that about 20 percent of colleges students report that they have at least once abused prescription stimulants, with Adderall and Ritalin the top two drugs.

College Prices and Student Aid / Internships for All (Inside Higher Ed)
On the latest edition of "This Week," Inside Higher Ed's free weekly news podcast, the Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explored the signals sent by the College Board's annual report on college tuition and student financial aid.

Welding program coming to Macomb next year (McDonough County, The Voice)
A welding program will arrive on Spoon River College's Macomb campus next year, according to Randy Greenwell, the college's vice president of instruction and student services. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141113/News/141119703#ixzz3JLPY4CxQ

UI third most open campus to international students (News-Gazette)
A report due out Monday says the University Illinois had the third-most international students of any campus in 2013-14.

JWCC's Job Link aids both job seekers and employers (Quincy Herald-Whig)
John Wood Community College's Job Link is proving beneficial on two fronts.

Scholarship: Northern Illinois Antiques Dealer Association (Rockford Register Star)
The Northern Illinois Antiques Dealer Association would like to announce two scholarships for $1,000 for the 2015-2016 school year for students in history, art, design, historic preservation or related field. Criteria: Students m Read more: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20141116/News/141119565#ixzz3JLN3RMwl

After realizing ‘major oversight,’ Benedictine partially reverses course on program cuts (Springfield State Journal-Register)
What’s already been an uncertain few weeks for Benedictine University students got even more tumultuous when students were told this week that juniors and seniors would be allowed to earn their degrees at the Springfield campus, senior Jadlyn Harmony said. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141114/News/141119729#ixzz3JLAyn2FB

Lawmakers refocus on state school funding formula (Springfield State Journal-Register)
With the November election behind them and a new Republican governor stepping in, Illinois lawmakers are preparing once again to take up a proposed overhaul of school funding that would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban ones.

U of I president gets raise, bonus in final year (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees have voted to give President Robert Easter a raise and a $180,000 bonus as he works his last year before retirement. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141113/News/141119784#ixzz3J4uD0SyT

$71.8M project still on track forbuild next spring (The Hechinger Report)
The long-delayed Center for Performing Arts at Western Illinois University is still on track for construction to begin in spring 2015, according Ted Renner, project manager and deputy director of facilities management. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141113/News/141119705#ixzz3JLPpZE3E

Colleges and universities charge more, keep less, new report finds (The Hechinger Report)
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports.

Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets (The New York Times)
Six college applications once seemed like a lot.

How Can Community Colleges Get a Piece of the Billions That Donors Give to Higher Education? (The New York Times)
Last year at its annual gala, LaGuardia Community College, arguably the most ethnically diverse college in the country, honored Marilyn Skony Stamm, the chief executive of a global heating and air-conditioning business.

David Lynch named Lincoln student laureate (The Southern Illinoisan)
A political science student is this year’s Lincoln Academy of Illinois student laureate for SIU Carbondale.

Aviation program strong in flight (The Southern Illinoisan)
On the campus of the Southern Illinois Airport, SIU students have the opportunity to learn all about flying planes and everything that goes along with it in the university’s aviation program.

November 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi

State study: SWIC one of the best college bargains in Illinois (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College leaders say a state report shows the school is one of the best bargains among Illinois community colleges. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/13/3509436_state-study-swic-one-of-the-best.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Heartland hatches younger Hawk (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University isn't the only campus trying to appeal to youths.

Northwestern to memorialize slain journalist (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Northwestern University is planning a memorial service for U.S. journalist James Foley, who was slain by Islamic State militants.

Quinn says goodbye to U of I board; chair leaving when term ends (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Pat Quinn said a light-hearted good-bye to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting, but Quinn's re-election loss has serious implications for three board members whose terms expire on Jan. 19.

U. of I. clears way for convicted radical to teach again (Chicago Tribune)
n a change of direction, University of Illinois officials paved the way Thursday for convicted felon James Kilgore to again teach on campus, the latest controversial faculty decision at the state school. .

ECC named Military Friendly School for fourth consecutive year (Chicago Tribune)
Elgin Community College has been named a Military Friendly School® for 2015 by G.I. Jobs magazine, one of the premier publications for people transitioning from the military to civilian life.

Purdue president Mitch Daniels: More college students should have internships (Christian Science Monitor)
According to the Gallup-Purdue Index, 48 percent of graduates with related internships or work agree that college ‘prepared me well for life after college.’ Only 19 percent of those without such opportunities agreed.

Is This the End of the Line for Perkins Loans? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Federal Perkins Student Loan Program is in peril.

Professors’ Place in the Classroom Is Shifting to the Side (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Professors have long made assumptions about their place in the classroom.

Experts See Traditional Campus, Online Education Mix Becoming the Norm (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to making higher education more affordable in the future, the question of whether to go to school online or to a traditional campus won’t be an either-or proposition—it will be a question of how much of which.

In 2013, 69 Percent of Students Graduated in Debt (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Student debt continues to rise, according to a new report by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, released on Thursday. Average debt climbed to $28,400 in 2013, up from $27,850 the year before.

College Board: College Prices Continuing to Rise (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
WASHINGTON ? The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday. The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943

SWIC ranks high for service to veterans (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
Southwestern Illinois College has been ranked ninth in the nation by Military Times magazine in their annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 2-year schools poll.

The Shrinking Academic Workforce (Inside Higher Ed)
The academic workforce is shrinking. Not by much, mind you: the number of faculty members and administrators at colleges eligible to award federal financial aid declined by a mere 7,500 from 2012 to 2013, according to new Education Department statistics.

Standardized Tests for the Job Market (Inside Higher Ed)
Angst over the perceived “skills gap” and a dearth of trained workers is growing. Meanwhile, many complain that typical college transcripts say little about what someone knows and can do in the workplace.

Apparent Win for Adjunct With a Past (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees issued a statement late Thursday regarding James Kilgore, the adjunct professor of global studies and urban planning who was barred from teaching at its Urbana-Champaign campus last year after a local newspaper published reports detailing his criminal past as part of the Symbionese Liberation Army, in the 1970s.

Opinion: Community Colleges Make Four-Year Degrees Pay Off (Inside Higher Ed)
With college costs soaring and the job market for new grads sputtering, one trend is worth watching: more and more states are authorizing community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees. Already, more than 20 states — now including California, which enrolls one out of every four of the nation's community college students — have authorized community colleges to grant these degrees.

WIU shares in appreciation; VFW event honors individuals' service (McDonough County, The Voice)
Words like sacrifice, freedom and gratitude were among the many spoken in ceremonial addresses Tuesday to mark this year's Veterans Day. Read more: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20141112/News/141119799#ixzz3J4GHG4JN

Trustees ask Easter to craft 'clear policy' on hiring of part-time staff (News-Gazette)
James Kilgore, an African studies scholar and former member of the 1970s-era Symbionese Liberation Army group, could soon teach again at the University of Illinois.

Spiraling graduate student debt raises alarms (The Hechinger Report)
An Army veteran, Anthony Manfre paid for his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees mostly with his GI Bill benefits, although he also took out $4,000 worth of student loans.

Sarvela remembered in celebration of life service (The Southern Illinoisan)
Father Joseph Brown, professor with Africana studies, provided words of reflection Thursday to several hundred who attended a Celebration of Life service Thursday for Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

November 13, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Margaret Thatcher

College tuition hikes slowing, report says (Chicago Tribune)
Families remain justifiably concerned about paying for college, but there may be cause for some relief, according to a new national report.

U. of I. trustees to vote on $180,000 bonus for president (Chicago Tribune)
University of Illinois trustees will vote Thursday on whether outgoing president Robert Easter should get a $180,000 bonus this year.

Quinn urges U. of I. trustees to keep pressing for education funding (Chicago Tribune)
Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn thanked University of Illinois trustees Thursday morning for their service during his years as governor, and urged them to advocate for student scholarships and higher education funding.

Finally, a glimmer of good news about college debt (Christian Science Monitor)
College prices are still rising – but not as fast as they used to be. And the amount students are borrowing has taken a dramatic dip.

Professors’ Place in the Classroom Is Shifting to the Side (Chronicle of Higher Education)
They have seen themselves as the experts whose job is to transmit a body of knowledge, typically through a lecture. Students are there to absorb content. If they fail, it’s their fault.

Tuition and Fees, 1998-99 Through 2014-15 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This table shows the "sticker prices"—published tuition and required fees—at more than 3,100 colleges and universities for the 2014-15 academic year. Click the institutions' names to see historical data back to 1998. Related Article: "Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses?"

Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Rising tuition will be in the news this week with the College Board’s release on Thursday of its two signature reports.

Should community colleges offer 4-year degrees? (Courier News)
ELGIN — Set up decades ago to offer two-year associate degrees and feed graduates into regular four-year colleges and universities, some community colleges in other states also are beginning to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. And as two statewide groups study the possibility of doing that in Illinois, Elgin Community College will be represented among both study groups.

$1.2M donation to fund Art Institute scholarships (Daily Herald)
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has received a $1.2 million donation to fund need-based scholarships for Chicago high school graduates.

Errors That Lead to Chronic Career Disorder (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Look deep into the ranks of the unemployed and the underemployed in the nation and you’ll find many who have earned a college degree. Education and degree attainment were supposed to be the gateway to opportunity, the key to career success and satisfaction. Unfortunately, for many, it hasn’t worked out that way.

Pipeline Programs Hope to Bring More Physicians to Underserved Communities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At the University of New Mexico (UNM), an innovative program takes students from rural and urban, largely Hispanic communities and guides them from 12th grade through graduation from medical school.

Benedictine to provide completion program for Springfield branch campus students (Google News)
Juniors and seniors will be able to earn their degrees from Benedictine by August 2016

Student Debt Rises Again (Inside Higher Ed)
Students in the class of 2013 who took out loans to attend public and private nonprofit colleges graduated with an average of debt of $28,400, a 2 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Institute for College Access and Success.

Community Partners in the Classroom (Inside Higher Ed)
Old joke: a cop pulls Heisenberg over. Cop: “Sir, did you know you were doing 90?” Heisenberg: “Great, now I”m lost.”

LIVE from UI trustees: Proposed bonus for Easter: $180,000 (News-Gazette)
Gov. Pat Quinn briefly visited today's trustees' meeting - his last as governor - to thank his appointees, particularly Chairman Chris Kennedy, for their service over the past six years.

College prices continue to creep up (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday.

November 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

U. of C.'s Booth falls out of top spot in Bloomberg Businessweek MBA rankings (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business has fallen out of the top spot on the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings of MBA programs, the publication said Tuesday..

Northwestern College Names William R. “Bill” Bell Vice President of Academic Success (Chicago Tribune)
Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced the appointment of William R. "Bill" Bell as Northwestern College's new Vice President of Academic Success. Bell comes to Northwestern College with a twenty (20) year background in higher education, with sixteen (16) of those years leading academic teams for a variety of higher education institutions.

Talk, Not Tear Gas: Colleges Soften Their Approach to Student Protests (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When students staged a sit-in at Colgate University’s admissions office in September to protest racial intolerance on campus, perhaps the biggest news was what didn’t happen.

A Look at Ed Tech’s Biggest Money Magnets (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Investment in higher-education technology is booming. Venture-capital funding for individual companies trying to break into the market has climbed well past the million-dollar mark, and the growth shows no sign of slowing.

Do Education Programs Dole Out Too Many Easy A’s? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Are teacher-training programs rigorous enough?

Harvard Researchers Used Secret Cameras to Study Attendance. Was That Unethical? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A high-tech effort to study classroom attendance at Harvard University that used secret photo surveillance is raising questions about research ethics among the institution’s faculty members.

How to Study the Brain (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The human brain contains roughly 86 billion neurons and trillions, perhaps hundreds of trillions, of intricate interconnections among those neurons.

NCTQ Report: High Marks Don’t Mean Teachers Ready for Classroom (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Too many teacher candidates are graduating with high marks that don’t truly reflect their readiness to teach because too often their programs lack the kind of rigor that will prepare them for what they will encounter in an actual classroom.

Universities Opening Centers to Attract Veterans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Last semester, Sam Alix made the dean’s list for the first time in his college career. The 47-year-old disabled Air Force veteran attributes his success to the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at San Jacinto College, where he’s pursuing an associate degree in mental health counseling.

Shifts in Foreign Grad Population (Inside Higher Ed)
The enrollment of new graduate students from outside the United States is up 8 percent this year at American graduate programs, according to data being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. That's down slightly from a 10 percent gain a year ago, but the same increase of the prior two years before that.

‘The Ideal and the Real’ (Inside Higher Ed)
A new report from the American Council on Education highlights the challenges involved when U.S. universities establish dual and joint degree programs with institutions abroad.

Rigorous or Rigor-less? (Inside Higher Ed)
Education departments systematically award higher grades than do other academic departments at their universities, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, which links those high grades with a certain type of low-caliber assignment commonly found on the syllabuses of education courses.

Two presidential actions on agenda for UI trustees (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois trustees this week will consider giving President Bob Easter a raise before he retires next year.

This Is Your Brain on Drugs (The New York Times)
The gray matter of the nucleus accumbens, the walnut-shaped pleasure center of the brain, was glowing like a flame, showing a notable increase in density.

Coal Research Center may broaden its scope (The Southern Illinoisan)
Coal has been heralded as king in Southern Illinois, but with alternative fuels no longer merely the idea of science fiction coal is increasingly competing with other fuel sources.

November 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
Abraham Lincoln

Investigating diversity & higher education (CBS News)
Colleges and universities in the state preach the importance of diversity in and out of the classroom, but schools rank low, especially for faculty. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs looks into those numbers in this investigation.

Another College-Access Issue: Financial-Aid Jargon (Chronicle of Higher Education)
From his office window, Eric Johnson can see the groundskeeping staff clearing off the sidewalk with leaf blowers. Colleges like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he works, pull out all the stops to make their campuses inviting.

Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A college education has become a widespread expectation. Three in four high-school students say they will go to college, where they’ll mark the familiar milestones: declaring a major, joining a club or two, then hoping their degree pays off in a job.

Career-Focused Majors Can Strengthen, Not Threaten, Liberal-Arts Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Professional and vocational majors strengthen rather than subvert the mission of liberal-arts colleges, and students can get the same broad, liberal-arts education at those institutions whether they major in engineering or English, according to a report being released on Tuesday by researchers at the University of Iowa.

Leave Me Alone (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Why don’t you keep your computer in your office?" "Because," I reply, "I work at home so I can concentrate."

The Big Book (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"At Last!" Etta James does not usually come to mind when you’re reviewing a scholarly book.

La Salle University Program Hones In on SAT Underperformers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Usually when you hear about colleges wanting to know about a student’s SAT scores, it’s because they want students with scores that are relatively good.

Future of HBCUs May Rest on Adopting a Growth Mindset (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As the U.S. population continues to become more diverse, so too are the college options available to students.

Education Think Tank Head Quits After Flawed Study (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A Tulane University institute that studies changes in public education in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina announced the resignation of its executive director Monday, weeks after retracting a study on the city’s public high schools.

Scholars Agree to Make Concerted Effort to Reform Urban Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
By the end of the two-day International Conference on Urban Education, business cards were being swapped from hand to hand, and firm commitments were being made to reach across international borders to find ways to conduct new research and collaborate on future projects.

Wall is focal point of veterans ceremony at Richland Print Email (Herald & Review)
It didn't take long to cover a wall with the names of those who have fought to protect the nation.

Veterans at Elite Colleges, 2014 (Inside Higher Ed)
A nation at war?

'Doing It My Way' (Inside Higher Ed)
Are you interested in forging a career path that may be off the so-called beaten path?

Innovation vs. Gatekeeping (Inside Higher Ed)
The tension between promoting innovation and new approaches on the one hand and protecting academic quality and federal financial aid funds on the other is at the core of many major issues in higher education -- not the least of which is the accreditation system.

Lake Land board to weigh economic program (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is set tonight to consider participating in a new economic development effort in Edgar County. The agenda for the meeting at 6 p.m. in Webb Hall on the main campus includes a resolution for Lake Land to participate in a new Edgar County Enterprise Zone property tax abatement program.

Updated: Campus panel: Reinstate Kilgore (News-Gazette)
A "successful employee" who has contributed to the scholarly and educational missions of the University of Illinois, James Kilgore should not be barred from working at the university, concluded a campus committee looking into his case.

Sarvela remembered for his love of SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU community remains in shock after the sudden death of Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

SIU rolling out new system website by end of year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU is revamping its system website.

November 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
A little common sense, goodwill, and a tiny dose of unselfishness could make this goodly earth into an earthly paradise.
Richard Aldington

Math wizards: Greenville College students tutor East St. Louis children (Belleville News-Democrat)
Greenville College student Nate Wieland didn’t waste any time getting to work helping third-graders Antwan Strong and Demorion Bush with their math worksheet in Barbara Outten’s class at Officer Elementary School in East St. Louis. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/09/3502927/math-wizards-greenville-college.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

ISU assessing damage from water pipe burst at Watterson (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University officials were still assessing damage Monday morning from a hot water pipe burst that sent water cascading down stairs and into four floors of the 28-story Watterson Towers residence hall, displacing residents of those floors for hours on Sunday.

Pratt foundation names music scholars (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Pratt Music Foundation has named 30 winners of its annual scholarships to attend Illinois Wesleyan University music preparatory school and receive weekly individual instruction.

State already warning parents against opting kids out of new PARCC test (Chicago Sun-Times)
As Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education continue to tussle over whether CPS students will take a new Common Core-aligned standardized test this spring, ISBE is telling parents that federal law prohibits them from opting their children out of the controversial test.

The Sitdown: Natacha DePaola, IIT dean of engineering (Chicago Sun-Times)
Chicago’s lone female engineering dean — one of only 29 in the nation — challenges girls to claim a highly prized engineering career as a responsibility and manages to make Sheryl Sandberg of “Lean In” fame look like a slacker.

Interim chancellor at SIU dies (Chicago Tribune)
After nearly three decades with Southern Illinois University, Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela died suddenly Sunday evening, according to university officials.

Are We Forgiving Too Much Student-Loan Debt? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Back in 2007, Congress made a simple promise to student-loan borrowers: Stick with a public-service career for 10 years, making monthly payments along the way, and we’ll forgive the rest of your debt.

Now, Everything Has a Learning Outcome (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A college education has become a widespread expectation. Three in four high-school students say they will go to college, where they’ll mark the familiar milestones: declaring a major, joining a club or two, then hoping their degree pays off in a job. But many of them have little idea of why they’re really there.

Improv Helps Ph.D.'s Explain Their Work—and Loosen Up (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The question surprised Lyl Tomlinson.

What Harvard Researchers Found Out When They Secretly Photographed Classrooms (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The methodology of the Harvard research that used secret cameras to study class attendance has concerned some faculty members.

CNN Films: IVORY TOWER Asks - Is College Worth the Cost? (CNN)
IVORY TOWER, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and was exhibited in theaters throughout the country, will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. The film is directed and produced by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times, 2011) and Kate Novack.

Alert issued after 4 robberies near University of Chicago (Daily Herald)
Police are warning students at the University of Chicago and nearby residents to be cautious after four recent robberies near the campus.

Scholars Agree to Make Concerted Effort to Reform Urban Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA ? By the end of the two-day International Conference on Urban Education, business cards were being swapped from hand to hand, and firm commitments were being made to reach across international borders to find ways to conduct new research and collaborate on future projects.

Short-Term Certificates Might Not Be the Best Bet (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Degrees and certificates earned at community colleges can positively impact students’ future earnings and employability, according to a new report published in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

5 Proud Alternatives To Going To College (Forbes)
College isn’t for everyone, plain and simple. There are a myriad of reasons for not going to college, but American culture still pushes every high school graduate down that path.

Task force looks at University of Illinois airport (Herald & Review)
A community task force is considering ways to revitalize the University of Illinois' airport outside Champaign.

American Indian student helps Millikin celebrate Native American month (Herald & Review)
Waylan Stevens, a sophomore from Fort Defiance, Ariz., in the Navajo Nation reservation, is believed to be the only student at Millikin University who's a full-blooded American Indian.

Task force looks at University of Illinois airport (Herald & Review)
A community task force is considering ways to revitalize the University of Illinois' airport outside Champaign.

A Second Chance? (Inside Higher Ed)
In the aftermath of the Steven Salaita case at its Urbana-Champaign campus, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees is set to consider another controversial faculty decision this week: that of James Kilgore. The adjunct professor of global studies and urban planning received word last year that although he was scheduled to teach classes this semester, his service was no longer needed at the university, ever.

Assessment Done Well and Badly (Inside Higher Ed)
If you haven’t yet seen Jeffrey Alan Johnson’s essay on faculty/administration conflicts over assessment, check it out.

"Marriage Markets" and the Value Of a College Degree (Inside Higher Ed)
This is the sort of book that reminds me why I became a sociologist (now lapsed).

Lake Land board to weigh economic program (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is set tonight to consider participating in a new economic development effort in Edgar County.

Data must drive education decisions (News-Gazette)
One of the phrases I often hear regarding the Common Core Standards — and the PARCC Tests aligned to these standards that are being rolled out throughout Illinois this year — is that this will lead to an "over-reliance on testing" in our public schools.

Illinois worse off than we think (News-Gazette)
Illinois' fiscal situation is brutal. A large and growing gap between spending and sustainable revenue is made worse by huge claims on future revenues from past IOUs.

MCC tries new programs to help developmental education students (Northwest Herald)
CRYSTAL LAKE – The test was definitely a challenge for Mallory Wlasiuk. The McHenry West High School grad hadn’t taken a math class her senior year – most of the year was taken up by a work study program, in which she built a bright pink truck with her dad – and so the placement test at McHenry County College was something of a shock.

When a Community College Transforms a City (The Atlantic)
When David Harrison became president of Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in 2010, the central-Ohio region, though economically healthier than the rest of the state, was still reeling from the effects of the Great Recession.

Chicago college students struggle to pay tuition in absence of higher minimum wage (The DePaulia)
For Chicago college students like Venice Adams, raising the minimum wage in Illinois is the only way to continue pursuing a college degree.

Living by a different law (The Economist)
SO MANY religious-freedom arguments are about the entitlement of sub-cultures, often mildly idiosyncratic ones, to exist. In a way, every religious group is a sub-culture—a community of people who agree to impose on themselves certain rules of behaviour, whether in respect of diet, sex, grooming, attitudes to the body, or how to spend time and money. But how far do the rights of those sub-cultures go?

OPINION - A challenge to college students: Be a full-time student (The Fayette Tribune)
Full-time employment across the developed world is generally defined as 40 to 44 hours per week. The expectations are lower in some countries, such as France, where full-time employment is set at 35 hours per week. The typical college student in America, however, seems to follow a lighter schedule.

COMMENTARY - Community Colleges Continue to Step Up Their Game (The Huffington Post)
PBS NewsHour recently posted an article from the Hechinger Report called "Why Even Top Tier Students Should Consider Community Colleges."

OPINION - Higher Education: The Ivy League Mystique (The Huffington Post)
Years ago I was privileged to attend Harvard University for a few weeks in a special training program, not enough to claim to be an alumnus, but enough to get a flavor of the place. It was a memorable and positive experience. Harvard is an excellent institution that offers a great opportunity to students to learn from top flight professors and study in a progressive environment.

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F (The New York Times)
Florida embraced the school accountability movement early and enthusiastically, but that was hard to remember at a parent meeting in a high school auditorium here not long ago.

SIU rolling out new system website by end of year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU is revamping its system website.

When a college freshman wants out (The Washington Post)
It’s wasn’t right away that my friend got that call from her college freshman. It was closer to the holidays when her daughter dissolved into tears on the phone and declared: “I hate it here.”

Students encouraged to apply to college, while in class (The Washington Post)
On an ordinary day, Lourdes Hernandez and her D.C. classmates in Advanced Placement English literature would have devoted these 85 minutes to analyzing “Wuthering Heights.”

Community College Returns High for Most Programs (U.S. News & World Report)
Completing a degree or certificate program can increase wages by more than 30 percent in some fields.

November 7, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The voters have chosen to have a divided government, not so we can fight, not so we can bicker, not so we can get angry with each other, but to find solutions, bipartisan solutions to solve the problems of Illinois.” Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141106/Opinion/141109658#ixzz3IOaeUkJ9
Bruce Rauner

Chinese Gaining Momentum as Language Option Among HBCUs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In past decades, the pendulum of funding has swung away from language learning at HBCUs.

For-Profit Colleges Target Regulations in Lawsuit (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The for-profit college sector filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to halt new regulations of its industry.

Western Illinois University hosts Lane Evans Collection (Herald & Review)
The Lane Evans Collection at Western Illinois University contains many materials documenting Congressman Evans' governmental career.

'Class Not Dismissed' (Inside Higher Ed)
Anthony Aveni has made a career of science in academe, but in his most recent book, he paints himself first as a teacher.

Talk MOOC to Me (Inside Higher Ed)
Four ladies, 45 minutes. Can it be done? We’ll find out. The Penn State Design team looked at MOOCs, specifically the Epidemics MOOC at Penn State.

On Assessing Student Learning, Faculty Are Not the Enemy (Inside Higher Ed)
“Why do we have such trouble telling faculty what they are going to do?” said the self-identified administrator, hastening to add that he “still thinks of himself as part of the faculty.”

Editorial: Quinn's $95 million Q-C gift (Quad-Cities Online)
Thank goodness defeated governors can’t cancel state checks. Just 13 days ago, Pat Quinn confirmed the final funding for the last phase of Western Illinois University’s Moline riverfront campus.

November 6, 2014

Quote of the day:
"I don't aspire to have high approval ratings. I aspire, in light of my two predecessors, to be the most honest governor I can be. I'd rather focus on honesty than popularity."
Pat Quinn

Internationally renowned musicians to appear at Lindenwood (Belleville News-Democrat)
Musicians Eli Keszler and Rashad Becker will be featured in the next edition of Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Speaker Series. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/05/3495352/internationally-renowned-musicians.html?sp=/99/166/179/175/#storylink=cpy

Tuition sticker shock (Belleville News-Democrat)
As a rising senior in high school, I, like many others, have recently discovered the insanely high cost of attendance at Illinois public universities. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/05/3496279/tuition-sticker-shock.html?sp=/99/174/#storylink=cpy

Grades and attendance — not test scores — matter for middle schoolers: U. of C. researchers (Chicago Sun-Times)
Schools that want to prepare their students for college had better focus on getting their middle schoolers to class every day and on helping children raise their grades instead of their standardized test scores.

When a Student Confides a Rape, Should a Professor Have to Report It? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
While a faculty member’s primary roles may be teaching and research, it isn’t unusual for students to use professors as a sounding board for personal problems, even serious ones like rape.

Decision 2014: The Higher-Ed Outlook (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The broad story of this year's elections was the Republican wave that tipped control of the Senate.

In One Election Cycle, Congress Loses a Number of Higher-Ed Stalwarts (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With the defeat on Tuesday of two members of Congress’s education committees, and the looming retirement and departure of several other education stalwarts, Congress is losing a lot of expertise on higher-education policy, and students and colleges are losing some of their strongest advocates.

Short-Term Certificates Boom, but Study Finds They Don’t Help Students Get Jobs (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Short-term community-college certificates, which have been growing rapidly in popularity as a way to get students quickly and cheaply into jobs, do not, in fact, help most recipients land employment or earn more money, according to a study being released on Thursday.

Experts: Fight Isn’t Over Regarding New Regulation Aimed at For-profit Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A gainful employment regulation announced by the Department of Education last week as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 will have specific ramifications for some for-profit colleges. The regulation is an attempt to ensure that educational programs will lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations.

Kellogg Initiative Seeks to Extend Diversity Beyond the Campus (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has long been recognized for its support of innovative health care programs.

On Their Watch (Inside Higher Ed)
Inattentive college and university governing boards are putting American higher education at risk, according to a new set of guidelines for trustees issued today by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

What's the Academic's Role? (Inside Higher Ed)
Is it appropriate for academics to cross the boundary between conducting research and engaging in advocacy on the basis of their empirical findings?

JWCC seeking literacy tutors (Quincy Herald-Whig)
John Wood Community College Literacy Services Office is seeking volunteers to serve as literacy tutors for adults who want to improve their basic reading skills.

University considering changes forStone Center (The Southern Illinoisan)
Changes may be on the horizon for the SIU president's offices.

SIU linebacker faces drug charges (The Southern Illinoisan)
Two SIU football players told the Carbondale Police Department they were blackmailed to sell marijuana shortly after an alleged home invasion Saturday, according to police records.

November 5, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The real answer to our challenges is to grow, not to raise taxes"
Bruce Rauner

NextTier helps students, parents get through college applications (Chicago Sun-Times)
Two men with big-cred technology backgrounds have developed a free app and website to help high-schoolers and their parents complete today’s complicated college application process online and earn rewards at the same time.

Decision 2014: The Higher-Ed Outlook (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The broad story of this year's elections was the Republican wave that tipped control of the Senate.

Vassar College's President: 'Locating Low-Income Students Is Not the Hurdle' (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Catharine Bond Hill, president of Vassar College, argues that the main constraint colleges face in diversifying their enrollment is not finding needy students; it's allocating the money for adequate financial aid.

Tough Times for Colleges Mean Boom Times for Higher-Ed’s Hired Guns (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s nothing like a hobbled business model to keep the higher-education consulting business hopping.

Breakaway Group Seeks ‘Retro Common App’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When a bandwagon becomes crowded, passengers get antsy. “The more the merrier” might sound good at first, but as popularity grows, the load has a way of weighing down the wheels. Sooner or later, a new bandwagon comes along.

Kellogg Initiative Seeks to Extend Diversity Beyond the Campus (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has long been recognized for its support of innovative health care programs.

What a GOP-Led Congress Means for Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
With victories in several key Senate races last night, Republicans will take control of both chambers of Congress heading into the final two years of the Obama presidency -- a balance of power that sets up a much-changed dynamic for federal higher education policy-making in the coming months.

Governors and Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
While higher education was talked about by gubernatorial candidates in many races this year, it is hard to see a clear pattern (at least on that issue) in the election outcomes.

No Payments for 90 Days! (Inside Higher Ed)
Sometimes I wonder if colleges could learn from appliance stores.

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