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July 31, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Og Mandino

SWIC hopes to play major role in cybersecurity at Scott (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College hopes to play a major role in the planned expansion at Scott Air Force Base. According to SWIC President Georgia Costello, the school "is poised to help the community and Scott Air Force Base with any and all training needs" associated with the recently announced $16 million U.S. Air Force investment in two new cyber squadrons at the metro-east military base.

Why education is becoming especially ripe for technology developers (Chicago Tribune)
The confluence of Common Core Standards for students and the increasing use of smart tablets in schools makes education technology a fertile field for startups, Leap Innovations CEO Phyllis Lockett told attendees at a Technori Pitch event in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

The New Glass Ceiling in Academe (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In honor of International Women’s Day, the university where I am currently a postdoctoral fellow held a conference on “glass ceilings in academia.”

In N.C., Debate Over an Aid Freeze—and What It Means to Be Affordable (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Affordability is the aim of countless proposed higher-education policies.

How 4 Types of Families Approach Paying for College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The overwhelming majority of current students and their parents see college as an investment in the future.

Student effort sparks NIU shuttle service changes (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Starting Friday, DeKalb residents will no longer have access to a late-night bus service that Northern Illinois University provides.

NIU hires director of federal relations (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Anna Quider will report to Lesley Rigg, vice president of research and innovation partnerships, according to a news release from NIU. Quider will represent the university in policy discussions as part of an effort to strengthen NIU’s identity across federal organizations and agencies.

Becoming Intentional About College Retention (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
One of the biggest concerns at colleges and universities is how best to improve retention.

Millions with College Credit Identified as Potential Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
An estimated 4 million Americans have completed at least two years of college and they represent a promising pool of potential students with whom colleges and universities could reconnect to offer degree completion programs, says a new national report.

More Focus Needed on Guiding Native Americans to Doctoral Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Fewer Native Americans earn doctorates now than they did 20 years ago. Or do they?

Billions of GI Bill Funds Going to For-Profit Schools (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States (Education Week)
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards got a boost in recent weeks, as Missouri and North Carolina moved to reassess their involvement, while the governors of Utah and Wisconsin distanced themselves from the standards.

Paul Ryan And The Emerging Conservative Reform Agenda In Higher Education (Forbes)
Paul Ryan’s 73-page blueprint for expanding opportunity is chock full of ideas for higher education and job training reform.

Parents Are Paying More for College (Inside Higher Ed)
Out-of-pocket contributions to cover the price of college rose in 2014 after three years of decreases, according to the seventh annual installment of a study the lender Sallie Mae released today. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

ISU gets grant to teach 'smart grid' technology (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A $450,000 grant to Illinois State University will help teachers and their students learn more about cutting-edge electricity distribution. Read more:

McCaskill's college sexual assault bill introduced after months of work (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
WASHINGTON • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and a bipartisan group of senators introduced on Wednesday legislation to combat college sexual assault.

July 30, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.”
Regina Brett

For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Reports Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Eight big for-profit-college companies received nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13, says a report released on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin and the Senate education committee's Democratic majority.

Adjuncts Welcome Congress's New Interest in Their Working Conditions (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Advocates for adjuncts who have long sought more data about their working conditions on campuses have gotten the attention of Congress.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Stress, and Sales? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Welcome to the admissions profession, the career you just fall into. Please make eye contact with each prospective student when describing this great campus, but remember, this isn’t marketing, OK?

NCAA’s $5-Million for Concussion Research Is but a Fraction of Need (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s tentative settlement on Tuesday of a class-action lawsuit over its handling of athletes’ head injuries includes $5-million for research into concussion-related health problems.

U of C sells Harper Court for $112 million (Crain's Chicago Business)
One of Israel's largest financial institutions paid $112 million for Harper Court, a centerpiece in the effort to revitalize Hyde Park's commercial district.

Damon Williams Hired to Lead Emory University’s Recruitment, Diversity Efforts (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
After serving for five years as director of the McNair Scholars Program and the University Summer programs at Xavier University, Damon L. Williams Jr. will begin a new job this week as director of diversity, community and recruitment for The Laney Graduate School at Emory University.

Department of Defense to Oversee Plagiarism Probe (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college’s provost said Tuesday.

U.S.-Cuban Relations on Higher Ed Level Continue to Grow (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Something historic happened last January at Miami-Dade College.

For-Profits Increase Veteran Enrollment, GI Bill Revenue (Inside Higher Ed)
For-profit institutions have increased their share of the overall enrollment of student veterans, as well as an increasing portion of revenue from Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Education Those with ‘some college, no degree’ could hold key to U.S. education goals (PBS NewsHour)
By 2020, President Barack Obama wants the United States to regain its position as the country with the most educated residents. But in the last 20 years, nearly one in every 10 Americans started a college career that they never finished.

Nursing instructor bequeaths $1.5 million to St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria Journal Star)
A longtime instructor and alumnus of St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing has left the college $1.5 million, the largest gift in its history. Read more:

Harkin: States’ investment in college affordability eroding (Quad-City Times)
Sen. Tom Harkin called for public colleges and universities to “get back in the game” of making higher education affordable, especially for low-income and first-generation students.

Op-Ed: Perception of public higher ed does not match facts (The Denver Post)
One trillion dollars. We've heard the statistic and the conventional wisdom: Student loan debt, driven by recklessly out-of-control tuition, will stifle our economic future.

31 million Americans have college credits, but no degree (The Hechinger Report)
Helping these students finish could boost education rates, experts say

Veterans under G.I. Bill at for-profit colleges (The Huffington Post)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Colleges Push Back On Surveys That Could Shed New Light On Sexual Assault (The Huffington Post)
A key proposal pushed by the White House and members of Congress to address college sexual assault has plenty of support among survivors, their advocates and experts in the field. What it doesn't have is an endorsement from a major higher education group.

Governor Walker shows support for predatory for-profit college (The Journal-Standard)
Governor Scott Walker expressed his support for a for-profit college under investigation in multiple states and by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming their track record has been positive.

When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3 (The New York Times)
The frenzy over getting children into elite New York preschools is well documented.

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? (The New York Times)
For a long time, U.S. News & World Report had a monopoly on the college rankings game.

Indiana higher education chief kicks off '15 to Finish' college credit load campaign (The Republic)
Indiana's higher education commissioner wants college students to get the message that they should take at least 15 credit hours each semester if they expect to graduate on time.

SIU provost reassigned (The Southern Illinoisan)
A high ranking official at SIU has been given different responsibilities within the university, according to a letter sent Tuesday by Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement (
About two years ago, the University of Illinois Springfield had decided to make a new mandate for student housing. The rule entailed that both honor and traditional students must live on campus for their 1st and 2nd year of schooling. Even though the rule was made two years ago, the regulation was not implemented on campus, until now.

July 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running.”
Simone Weill

Commentary: What keeps poor U.S. students from going to college? (Chicago Tribune)
To judge by this summer's banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won't address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

Spending Shifts as Colleges Compete on Students' Comfort (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When someone stops by Bethany College, claiming that they’re just passing through, Scott D. Miller knows they’re lying. This West Virginia college, where he has been president since 2007, is only 39 miles from Pittsburgh, but it’s a long 39 miles, down one of three winding country roads.

Social-Psychology Researchers Are Very Liberal. Is That a Problem? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
During a 2011 talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Jonathan Haidt asked the roughly 1,000 researchers gathered how many considered themselves liberal. About 800 hands went up.

A Focus on Specific Dropouts Can Help Colleges Raise Completion Rates (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College dropouts who came close to graduating but didn’t quite finish could be a key target for higher-education institutions that are under the gun to improve their completion rates, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

3 Questions for College Counseling’s Future (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Alice Anne Bailey has talked with low-income students about applying to college.

Finding My Inner Artist via iTunes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I’m well into the second trimester of a full-year sabbatical during which I’m writing a nonfiction book.

Editorial: Homeless education funding scarce but needed (Daily Herald)
As we learned in staff writer Melissa Silverberg's story on Sunday, homeless students stopped a long time ago being just a Chicago problem. The number of Northwest suburban kids without a stable home -- ranging from no home at all to bunking with a friend temporarily -- ballooned by 55 percent over two years.

$500,000 gift benefits Lincoln College, museum (Herald & Review)
Lincoln College and its Lincoln Heritage Museum will benefit from a half-million-dollar gift from the estate of former college trustee Waldo Bertoni and his wife, Rosalie.

Within Striking Distance (Inside Higher Ed)
Americans who attended college for a while but never earned a credential might be the key to achieving the ambitious college completion goals the White House and influential foundations have set. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Higher Ed Summer Camp (Inside Higher Ed)
It’s camp season in New England.

Ask the Administrator: Teacher or Instructor? (Inside Higher Ed)
A new (and fortunate) correspondent writes

Report: Work-Study Students More Likely to Graduate (Inside Higher Ed)
Students who participate in the federal work-study program are more likely to graduate and be employed six years after college than their similar counterparts who don’t participate in the program, according to a new study. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Dedicated vs. Centralized Teams (Inside Higher Ed)
Tomorrow I'll spend an hour with my former colleagues at Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

U of I hockey team looks for temporary home (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Ice Arena at the University of Illinois won't be able to open until at least mid-September because of mechanical problems. That will leave the school's popular club hockey team looking for a new temporary home. Read more:

Dr. Elaine Heffner: Changing the goal (Springfield State Journal-Register)
At the same time that the failures of our educational system have given rise to the call for universal standards for achievement in basic subjects, criticism has also been heard that the pressure for academic achievement has led to a constricted education that does not serve well either young people or society. Read more:

JALC looks at ideas for funding upgrades (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College officials are looking for ideas on how to pay nearly $1 million to expand its computer network for technology growth, college President Mike Dreith said. Trustees were apprised of the need last week as they and college administrators began work to finalize a new budget, expected to be adopted next month.

July 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

‘Money’ Reaches for Objectivity in College Rankings (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Money magazine unveiled a new set of college rankings on Monday morning, touting its list as a tool for identifying institutions that deliver “great value.”

The Comfortable Kid (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Go ahead, laugh at them. Call them thin-skinned, lily-livered, self-righteous.

The Uncertain Future of Academic Work (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Professors, administrators, and professional staff members can probably agree on one thing when it comes to the academic workplace—the times, they keep a-changin’.

Does Your Admissions Office Have ‘Cultural Intelligence’? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The modern admissions office doesn’t need a good student-recruitment plan—it needs many of them.

Millikin Homestead: A living piece of history (Herald & Review)
Steve Schroeder guesstimates it would cost about $60 million in today's dollars to re-create the spectacular Decatur mansion James Millikin built for $18,000 in 1875.

5 Tips for Academic Retreats (InformationWeek)
It is the time when many work units and groups make an attempt at long-range planning. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Fighting Their Way Into Medical School (Inside Higher Ed)
A student whose admission to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences was revoked because he was deaf will start classes this fall, a federal judge ordered Tuesday. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Student Debt on Campaign Trail (Inside Higher Ed)
Student debt attracted unprecedented levels of attention during the 2012 presidential election. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Close Business Schools / Save the Humanities (Inside Higher Ed)
Ask anyone professing the humanities today and you come to understand that a medieval dimness looms. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Governor was at UI campus for bill signing (News-Gazette)
Further action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer — the source of drinking water for about 750,000 central Illinoisans — is imminent, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday at a bill-signing on the University of Illinois campus.

EIU makes athletic deal with Adidas (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Eastern Illinois University has made a five-year deal with athletic wear company Adidas. Read more:

Fundraising record set at Illinois State University (Springfield State Journal-Register)
It's been a banner year for fundraising at Illinois State University. Read more:

App Finder: Top educational apps (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Help your child get ready for back to school by setting them up with an educational app. Read more:

US educators lead the world in overestimating student poverty, which may affect educational mobility (The Hechinger Report)
Do educators’ perceptions of how disadvantaged their students are matter?

Library gala will highlight Fuller's work (The Southern Illinoisan)
R. Buckminster Fuller, the late SIU designer, educator, inventor and visionary, will be the focus of a performance and special exhibit coming to the university this fall.

Seven alumni join SIU Foundation Board (The Southern Illinoisan)
Seven SIU alumni have joined the SIU Foundation Board of Directors. They are serving three-year terms that will conclude June 30, 2017.

July 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
“What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.”
Mahatma Gandhi

5 ‘Dirty Words’ Admissions Offices Should Embrace (Chronicle of Higher Education)
At the ACT’s annual Enrollment Planners Conference here on Thursday, Mr. Niles, founder of Target X, recommended five “dirty words” colleges should use regularly. (Squeamish romantics fond of quaint words like “learning,” be warned.)

Key Republican in House Proposes Broad Student-Aid Reforms (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As the U.S. House of Representatives takes its first steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee’s chairman, is offering his own vision of student-aid reform.

Senators in Both Parties Agree: States Must Do More for Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Congressional hearings often feature bitter partisanship and acrimonious finger pointing.

War-College Woes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
America’s war colleges are in the news with accusations that Sen. John E. Walsh of Montana plagiarized passages in his master’s thesis at the U.S. Army War College.

Army War College Will Investigate Plagiarism Accusation Against Senator (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Army War College said on Thursday that there was “reasonable cause” to refer accusations of plagiarism against a U.S. senator to its Academic Review Board, which has the authority to revoke the graduation status of a former student.

U of I gives basketball coach a raise (Daily Herald)
University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension.

University of North Carolina Inviting Ex-Athletes Back to Complete Degrees (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
North Carolina is inviting former scholarship athletes who left before completing coursework to return and earn their degrees.

Competency vs. Mastery (Inside Higher Ed)
"Competency-based” education appears to be this year’s answer to America’s higher education challenges, judging from this week's news in Washington. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

$20 Million Question (Inside Higher Ed)
A careless email has cost one community college president $20 million, and potentially saved Illinois taxpayers that same amount. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

An Alternative to ABD (Inside Higher Ed)
A Ph.D. student is playing poker. As a result of her hard work, piles of chips are stacked in front of her. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

House Overhauls Tax Breaks (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an overhaul of higher education tax breaks and passed legislation changing how federal student loan counseling works. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Can MOOCs Motivate Personal Change? (Inside Higher Ed)
As I wrote in part one of this blog, my colleagues from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I have been gratified by the initial success of our first MOOC, entitled GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Who's Responsible? (Inside Higher Ed)
Testifying at a Thursday Senate hearing on how states could promote college affordability, Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, told senators that the federal government wasn’t doing enough for student borrowers. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Bill Gates on Higher Ed / Outsourced Adjuncts: This Week on'This Week @ Inside Higher Ed' (Inside Higher Ed)
"This Week," Inside Higher Ed's weekly audio program, this week features debate about whether Bill Gates is moderating his views on higher education and analysis of a cadre of colleges outsourcing their adjunct instruction to a company. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

SIU election nullified: Special election for board student representative will take place in fall (The Southern Illinoisan)
An “internal error” has invalidated SIU’s spring Board of Trustees student representative election, forcing a special election this fall.

SIU's football game at ISU to air on Comcast (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's regular-season football finale at Illinois State will air on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, according to a release from the Redbirds and Comcast earlier this week.

July 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

McKendree ranked one of the best universities to work for in country (Belleville News-Democrat)
McKendree University is not only the lone school from the metro-east to be named on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Schools to Work For honor roll. It is the only school in Illinois to get the distinction.

Chicago School of Professional Psychology sued over its LA campus (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology had been Elizabeth Schmidt's first choice when she began considering graduate school. And six months after submitting her application, she was accepted into its doctoral program.

Around Retail Giant Amazon, University Presses Tiptoe and Whisper (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Customers adore Amazon for its ability to deliver almost anything almost instantly. Publishers’ feelings about the online retail giant are a lot more complicated.

House Approves 2 Bills Toward Renewal of Higher Education Act (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two higher-education bills on Wednesday, sending them to an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Diverse Conversations: Is Higher Education Worth It? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Recognizing the trends of higher education is important for those of us who are involved in it on a professional level. But what are the trends? Today, I’m speaking with Yvonne Tocquigny, who is CEO of Tocquigny, a company that specializes in brand management and development for colleges and universities.

At 50, Upward Bound Still Opens Pathway to College (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he’d have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college.

Some Strings Attached (Inside Higher Ed)
What would your institution do for $50,000?

U of I board expected to hikeState Farm Center budget (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees are expected to agree to increase the budget for renovating the State Farm Center in Champaign by $4.5 million. Read more:

With Sarvela, changes have already come to SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
He's only had the job for 15 days, but acting Chancellor Paul Sarvela has already brought changes to SIU.

Sarvela's path prepared him for chancellor's role (The Southern Illinoisan)
Paul Sarvela happened to be in the right place at the right time.

July 23, 2014

Quote of the day:
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."
John Steinbeck

Schools: IMSA student takes gold in Mathematics Olympiad (Beacon News)
Math star James Tao again applied his winning formula to math competitions. Tao, a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, won his second gold medal competing for Team USA at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) July 23 through 24. After rigorous preparation, Tao competed against 600 of the best math students from more than 100 countries.

Fire knocks ISU solar car out of national competition (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A fire severely damaged the Illinois State University solar car participating in the Formula Sun Grand Prix track competition in Austin, Texas, preventing the ISU solar car team from competing in the American Solar Challenge road race that began Monday.

ACT edged out as state brings in new high school exams (Chicago Tribune)
The popular ACT college entrance exam has been bumped from the roster of required state tests in 2015, part of a wave of changes reshaping how and when Illinois students are tested, which drew criticism from educators across the Chicago region.

Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In an effort to graduate more nontraditional students faster, the U.S. Education Department will test the idea of awarding student aid based on something other than credit hours, the department said on Tuesday.

New Role for College Business Officers: Selling Change (Chronicle of Higher Education)
At 4:15 a.m. on a crisp summer morning, a vice president for finance made small talk outside the downtown Sheraton while awaiting an airport shuttle on the final day of the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce a plan on Tuesday to change how the federal government allocates millions of job-training dollars to colleges and other organizations.

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Higher education cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as states and secondary schools devise common standards that seek to define who’s ready for college, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation.

Fafsa Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overreported their income this year, costing many of the applicants their Pell Grants, the department has announced.

When Flexibility Is a Flaw (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Intransigence has been getting a bad name recently.

ISU ranks high in college economic value list (Google News)
Illinois State University was among the top 2 percent of schools with high economic value in a recent list compiled by the Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index.

Operation Calculus bringing a higher level of understanding (Herald & Review)
Maressa Brown made up her mind in her junior year at Eisenhower High School that she did not want to sign up for Advanced Placement calculus.

Corruption hits taxpayers hard (Herald & Review)
Taxpayers in Illinois pay an additional $1,038 per person in taxes because of the state's corruption, according to a recent study by two university professors.

Renewed Push on Job Training (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama took steps to overhaul federal job training programs on Tuesday, announcing new executive actions and signing new workforce investment legislation.

Low-income Kids Really Want to Go to College. Here's Why It's Not Happening (Inside Higher Ed)
A new study confirms that low-income students understand that education is a path out of poverty, and most aspire to go to college—at an even higher rate than most students overall.

Experimenting With Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Affordable Options (Inside Higher Ed)
Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to a new research paper, but many high schools lack the sort of resources the paper discusses. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

UI medical-school plan gets major overhaul (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Plans to operate a new University of Illinois medical school under a public-private partnership model have been set aside, and a new governance structure for the engineering-focused college is now being considered.

UI trustees to vote on $4.5 million more for State Farm Center (News-Gazette)
The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.

Letter: New UI professor bashes Israel (News-Gazette)
As if the Bill Ayers and James Kilgore hiring debacles haven't caused enough public relations grief for the University of Illinois, those charged with acquiring academics for classroom teaching positions appear to have done it again.

Letter: Act will improve job training (News-Gazette)
While job growth has remained lackluster during our economic recovery, the construction industry is facing a shortage of qualified workers that threatens the future of the industry — up to 1.6 million workers by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Community college breaks ground on simulated mine (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Southeastern Illinois College has broken ground on the state's second simulated mine facility that will be used to train rescue teams. Read more:

SEC stands behind further exploration of Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine (The Daily Illini)
At its Monday meeting, the Senate Executive Committee offered its support to the chancellor and provost to further explore the establishment of a separately accredited College of Medicine on the University’s Urbana campus.

Durbin: Kenny Gray helped Southern Illinois (The Southern Illinoisan)
The first time I ever saw him, I was a college kid standing in a crowd around a football field in southeastern Illinois.

Historically black colleges face uncertain future (The Washington Post)
Three days before Payton Wilkins returned home to Detroit last May with a bachelor’s degree, his cousin was arrested for selling heroin and crack cocaine.

July 22, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”
Louis Pasteur

Chicago State official sues UIC, claims it violated privacy law by discussing plagiarism claim (Chicago Sun-Times)
A Chicago State University official is suing the University of Illinois at Chicago, accusing the school of violating federal education law by publicly discussing her dissertation and an accusation of plagiarism made by an adversary.

Chicago State official sues UIC officials over her dissertation (Chicago Tribune)
A high-ranking administrator at Chicago State University is suing University of Illinois at Chicago officials after a Chicago Tribune story earlier this year about her dissertation, alleging people at the school illegally disclosed private facts about academic matters, among other allegations.

New college grads see slow wage growth (Chicago Tribune)
New college graduates have seen their wages rise more slowly than the rest of the U.S. workforce since the Great Recession, new research from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank shows, a trend that reflects continued weakness in the economy.

Bill Gates Talks Performance Funding and MOOCs in Conference Keynote (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Bill Gates, a founder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist, touched on a myriad of issues facing higher-education institutions during his keynote address on Monday at the annual conference, in Seattle, of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Higher education cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as states and secondary schools devise common standards that seek to define who’s ready for college, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation.

New CEO named for U of I hospital in Chicago (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — A senior adviser to University of Illinois President Robert Easter was named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital. Avijit Ghosh was appointed to the job pending approval July 24 from the University of Illinois board of trustees, the school said in a news release today. He would be in charge of the university hospital and clinics in Chicago and serve as the school's associate vice president for hospital operations.

OPINION - Student-Centered Education for a Diverse 21st Century Population (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The population of the U.S. is increasingly diverse, a trend mirrored in the college student population. Education that keeps the student at the center is the expectation of students and their families.

President Obama Touts Expansion of Program for Minority Boys (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
WASHINGTON ? President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his My Brother’s Keeper program.

Bill Gates On Higher Education (Forbes)
Bill Gates addressed the business officers of colleges and universities Monday at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers in Seattle. He began from the premise that “all lives have equal value” and that the United States stands for equal opportunity.

Dropping the Ball? (Inside Higher Ed)
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is supposed to prepare K-12 students for higher education -- but college and university faculty members and administrators remain largely removed from planning and rolling out these new assessments and standards. So argues a new paper from the New American Foundation, which urges colleges and universities to get involved in the Common Core to ensure the program ends up doing what it was supposed to do.

A More Nuanced Bill Gates (Inside Higher Ed)
SEATTLE -- It is ironic, says Bill Gates, that academic institutions are so good at studying the world around them but not themselves.

Pay raises for recent college grads far below average (Los Angeles Times)
Salaries for recent college graduates have risen at less than half the pace for all U.S. workers since the recession, an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found.

Counterpoint: MOOCs have limited value to higher education (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
While they have a role, they don’t add up to “creative destruction” because they don’t offer a key ingredient: engagement.

North Central among best colleges to work for in the nation (Naperville Sun)
North Central College is among the best colleges to work for in the nation, according to a new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education: North Central College is among just 92 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace.

Faced with enrollment decline, ICC targets laxed students, streamlines application process (Peoria Journal Star)
EAST PEORIA — Faced with an enrollment decline for the fall semester, Illinois Central College leaders unfurled a revamp to its enrollment strategies this summer. In mid-June, about two months before the start of the fall 2014 semester, the college observed a 12-percent decline in credit hour enrollment from the same time in June 2013.

On Campus, Young Veterans Are Learning How to Be Millennials (The Atlantic)
They spent their early 20s in combat zones. Now they're back in school, struggling to fit in with their peers and figure out the rest of their lives.

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core (The Hechinger Report)
America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves.

How Higher Education Can Prepare the Volunteer Generation (The Huffington Post)
Earlier this week I walked the Laurel Falls Trail in majestic Great Smoky Mountains with my wife and children. In awe of the landscape and enamored with the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, I contemplated the future of national service in America. While climbing the mountain I reminisced on the past holding in high regard the brave efforts of government and individuals who made what was being torn down into a national treasure.

Higher Education and Rising Inequality (The Huffington Post)
In the forthcoming collection, Democracy's Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities (Vanderbilt University Press) soon available for advance order on and other sites, David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation, uses the evocative phrase "the struggle for the soul of higher education" to describe democratic trends in higher education contending with goals like cost cutting, preparation for today's jobs, and on-line education.

Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education (The Huffington Post)
Millennials are making their mark on higher education. This plugged-in generation learns differently, and education institutions are starting to take note. Yet the education industry, with its emphasis on "focus work" over the more collaborative techniques Millennials prefer, might not be adapting quickly enough. Generation Z students, born with smartphones in their hands, are right around the corner, making it essential for higher education to adapt more quickly.

EDITORIAL: High standards and Common Core's end (The State)
The nationwide Common Core initiative seems at risk of death by a thousand cuts. In 2010, 45 states and the District of Columbia had signed on to developing common, baseline high standards for reading and math. Now, largely for political reasons, lawmakers in 27 states have proposed rolling back Common Core standards. Three --- South Carolina, Oklahoma and Indiana --- have already repealed Common Core.

Community colleges expanding disclosure on graduation rates and other outcomes (The Washington Post)
Dozens of community college leaders, dissatisfied with how the federal government measures graduation rates at their schools, have signed up for an alternative reporting system that provides more information about student outcomes.

July 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”
John Dewey

Corinthian Colleges to be monitored by ex-U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald (Chicago Tribune)
Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald agreed to serve as an independent monitor of Corinthian Colleges Inc., the struggling for-profit education company that agreed to sell or close its campuses, the U.S. Department of Education said on Friday. Fitzgerald, 53, is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 2012 after a decade as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago.

Meet 2014's Outstanding Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In our seventh annual survey, 92 colleges were recognized. Learn more about the 12 recognition categories in which each was evaluated. Colleges marked with a are on the Honor Roll.

Video Chat: Recapping ‘The Student Loan Mess’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For nearly two months The Chronicle Book Club has been discussing The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. Today we’re wrapping up the discussion with a video chat.

Great Colleges Create a Culture of Accountability and Cooperation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Issues related to workplace quality, faculty and staff engagement, and institutional culture can be found daily in the headlines, including stories of leadership transition and votes of no confidence, concerns regarding "civility" (or worse, cases of bullying and sexual harassment), and debates over the continuing challenges of diversity initiatives.

ACE Fellow Program Creating Pipeline to Presidency for Women, Minorities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At 37 years old, Dr. Joseph L. Jones has accomplished more than some seasoned college educators twice his age.

Colleges Woo Native Americans With New Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

Richland child care earns high rating (Herald & Review)
Achieving the highest level in the county, the Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Education Center at Richland Community College has received a level 2 certification from the Illinois Quality Counts rating system.

What's Expendable? (Inside Higher Ed)
In March 2013, when the Faculty Senate at Mary Baldwin College met with the college’s president, tensions were running high. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Defending MLA Reform Plan (Inside Higher Ed)
The Modern Language Association report on the Ph.D. in languages and literatures has already succeeded in sparking a lively debate. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Economics of Higher Education (Inside Higher Ed)
Very often in higher education, when we look at enrollment numbers, the numbers are aggregated. We look at the headcount of students or the number of full-time students or the number of new students or transfer students, etc. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

U of I plans to close Rockford psychiatric clinic (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is planning to close its psychiatric clinic early this fall. Read more:

Obama to Report Widening of Initiative for Black and Latino Boys (The New York Times)
President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation.

July 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."
John Dewey

Both Sides Find Reason for Optimism After Latest Ruling on Texas Affirmative Action (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When federal judges on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas’ use of race as a factor in college admissions, the decision sent two important signals. To proponents of affirmative action, the ruling was confirmation that diversity, particularly race and ethnicity, in education is an essential and constitutional goal. To the opponents who have waged a six-year battle to end the consideration of race, the decision means the fight will go on — again.

The next big jobs collapse: higher education (Fortune)
Colleges and universities face several daunting challenges up ahead. And it looks like the world of higher education may need to shrink to survive.

'Pay it forward' college tuition plan would cost students more, not reduce debt (
LANSING -- Lawmakers in Michigan and other states across the country have proposed creating college tuition plans that would let students pay a fixed percentage of their future earnings in exchange for an interest-free education.

Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students (NPR)
Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. But, according to the Institute for College Access and Success, a non-profit advocacy group based in California, nearly a million community college students who do need help paying for school don't have access to federal student loans.

WIU honored for improving student retention rate (Springfield State Journal-Register)
MACOMB — Western Illinois University has received an award for increasing its student retention rate. Read more:

Half of teachers leave the job after five years. Here’s what to do about it (The Hechinger Report)
Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to quit.

Diverse Conversations: Teaching Higher Education: the Difference Between Diversity and Equity (The Huffington Post)
The nature of higher education is changing and the student population is changing at colleges and universities across the country. With luck, the promotion of equality in higher education will continue to engender equality in education - not only in terms of student access, actually, but in terms of employment.

OPINION - Underfunding higher education, lawmakers undercut job creation (The Kansas City Star)
Let us get to an important money issue at the outset: College graduates make a lot more money over their lifetimes than individuals without an undergraduate degree. Read more here:

Congress Considers Multiple Proposals in Advance of Higher Education Act Reauthorization (The National Law Review)
Recently, there have been a number of bills issued and proposals made as the U.S. Congress begins the process of reauthorizing of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”).

OPINION - For-Profit Colleges Under Investigation (The New York Times)
It seemed until recently that regulators and law enforcement agencies would never rein in the predatory for-profit colleges that enrich themselves and their shareholders by misrepresenting their programs, saddling students with high-cost loans and then shoving them out the door with useless degrees or no degrees at all.

Report: Nearly 1 million community college students can’t take out federal loans (The Washington Post)
Nearly 1 million students in community colleges are unable to take out federal student loans because their schools don’t participate in the federal program, an advocacy group reported Tuesday.

July 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

Lindenwood administrator receives top Rotary Club award (Belleville News-Democrat)
Mary Reuter, who is Lindenwood University-Belleville assistant vice president and executive director of community relations, has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Belleville Rotary Club.

The Best Advice That College Students Never Hear (Business Insider)
College students hear the same advice over and over, from the importance of going to office hours to the need for extracurriculars.

Congress, Fretting Over Secrecy, May Miss Bigger Research Problems (Christian Science Monitor)
The proposed Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 runs only three pages, and would set a simple rule: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot take any action based on research for which all underlying data are not publicly available.

U. of Texas Flagship’s Use of Race in Admissions Can Stand, Court Rules (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In a review ordered by the Supreme Court, a divided appellate panel endorses an affirmative-action policy

To Understand the Latest Ruling on Race in Admissions, Read These 4 Sentences (Chronicle of Higher Education)
You’ve probably heard of Fisher v. University of Texas, even followed it in recent years, but the case has bounced around so much that it’s hard for anyone to keep track.

Race in Admissions at the U. of Texas: How We Got Here, and What's Next (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday handed a win to supporters of affirmative action when it upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions policy, but the decision will not end the wrangling over colleges' consideration of race in admissions. The Texas dispute has a long legal history. What follows is a guide to key moments in the case, and a look at what may come next.

How to Lie With Education Data, Part 1 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The well-known quotation is usually attributed to Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” But even that attribution is probably untrue.

How to Lie With Education Data, Part 2 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Tuesday I wrote about a tongue-in-cheek post at Forbes that tried to make a point about the cost of college. I argued that the piece failed readers by falsely equating cost and value, among other problems.

Would Graduate School Work Better if You Never Graduated From It? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Learning continues long after college ends. What if being enrolled in college was also a lifelong condition?

In International-Student Recruitment, Questions About Integrity Persist (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The agent debate is dead. Long live the integrity debate.

OPINION - For Colleges, 'Free' Is About Much More Than Money (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Astor Place in Lower Manhattan, you can stand on a street corner and see, for higher education, the power and fragility of the word "free."

More HBCU Faculty Lean Toward Raising Collective Voices (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For years, faculty members at Harris-Stowe State University, a small HBCU in St. Louis, Mo., had complained about what they called a lack of shared governance; an iron-fisted, top-down management; low wages; limited resources for students; and a tenure and promotion system that they viewed as inconsistent.

OPINION - Addressing the Crisis Among Men of Color in Higher Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Growing up wasn’t easy for Anthony Heaven. As an African-American male living in a city where the school-to-prison pipeline seemed to run through every neighborhood, Anthony tackled his share of race-based and socioeconomic obstacles to higher education.

Diverse Conversations: Black Men and College Initiatives ? Fair or Unfair? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There’s no denying that the numbers are dismal when it comes to Black young men who attend and graduate from colleges in the U.S. Statistically speaking, Black men have the lowest test scores, the worst grades and the highest dropout rates—in K-12 education and in college, too.

University of Phoenix Faces Government Financial Aid Review (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
NEW YORK ? Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

OPINION - Why Higher Education Cannot Resist Disruptive Change (Forbes)
In the digital age, higher education, willingly or unwillingly, will undergo disruptive change. Existing institutions can lead the change or become its victim. If higher education resists, new digital institutions will be established to meet the needs of the time.

For Community Colleges, Post-Recession Blues (Inside Higher Ed)
Angeline Godwin had been the president of Patrick Henry Community College for little more than a year when, in September 2013, her administration found a discrepancy in the college’s budget.

Dropping Profit (Inside Higher Ed)
These are hard days for most for-profit colleges. Declining revenues and an ongoing regulatory crackdown has led to speculation that some in the sector -- including one of the major, publicly traded companies -- will go nonprofit to get out of the crosshairs.

Clery Fines: Proposed vs. Actual (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Since the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 formed a specialized unit to enforce the federal campus safety law known as the Clery Act, an increasing number of colleges have faced fines for violating it.

OPINION - The Liberal Arts Role in Teacher Education (Inside Higher Ed)
How might we prepare better schoolteachers? For over a century, colleges and universities have asked this question with varying levels of interest and commitment. Some have also asked questions more foundational.

The Most Important Lesson for Young People in College (The Atlantic)
There's something you should know about those of us who write about higher education on the Internet: Behind the scenes, we're careful to coordinate our advice for young people to be as utterly confusing as is humanly possible.

Free college idea picks up momentum (The Hechinger Report)
Proposal would make the first two years of public higher education free

Federal education data show male-female wage gap among young college graduates remains high (The Hechinger Report)
Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years.

OPINION - One Million Community College Students Can't Get Federal Student Loans (The Huffington Post)
Nearly one million community college students in 30 states attend schools that do not provide access to federal student loans, according to a report released this week by The Institute for College Access and Success.

A Tale of ‘Too Big to Fail’ in Higher Education (The New York Times)
For the last two years, the City College of San Francisco has operated in the shadow of imminent death. It is the city’s main community college, with 77,000 students, and in June 2012 its accreditor warned that chronic financial and organizational mismanagement threatened its future.

Not All Community Colleges Offer Federal Student Loans (The New York Times)
Roughly one million community college students lack access to federal student loans, which may limit their options for financing their education, a new report finds.

Stuck in Visa Debate, U.S. Risks Losing Researchers (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON — For years, United States policy makers have been debating the idea of granting green cards to foreigners with science doctorates. The cell biologist Xiao-Wei Chen, at the University of Michigan, is no longer waiting for them to decide.

Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Are Often Predatory, Officials Say (The New York Times)
Student loan debt hovers at more than $1 trillion, a threefold surge from a decade ago, and a record number of college students who graduated as the financial system nearly imploded have an average debt load of more than $20,000.

SIU earns five-star rating from LGBTQ organization (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- SIU received a five-star rating for the first time from Campus Pride, a leading LGBTQ campus rating and information index.

Firm targeting college students draws scrutiny (USA TODAY)
CINCINNATI -- A controversial company targeting college students is growing on campuses here, especially at the University of Cincinnati, that some complain is causing kids to drop out of college and get themselves in big financial trouble.

Scammers targeting college students in debt (
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - It's the prime time for scam artists looking to take advantage of students trying to pay for college, but there are some ways to protect yourself.

July 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter, try again, fail again, Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

Supreme Court hypocrisy in Wheaton College contraceptives case (Chicago Tribune)
It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice — meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later. We have to revisit the former to provide context for the latter.

Richland earns Emergency Management designation (Herald & Review)
Richland Community College is the first community college in the state to receive the Ready to Respond Campus designation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Win for Affirmative Action (Inside Higher Ed)
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Lake Land looks to turn around enrollment dip (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College summer semester enrollment figures are down 4.9 percent over the 2013 summer headcount, making for the lowest summer enrollment figures in the past seven years. Tina Stovall, vice president for student services, said summer enrollment is down but departments are also working on ways to jumpstart fall 2014 enrollment, which is down 10 percent compared to the same time last year.

Freshmen get jump on classes via EIU institute (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Many freshmen enter Eastern Illinois University without a credit on their transcript, ready to start from the beginning. But one group of freshmen will be half a semester ahead of their cohorts. As part of their conditional acceptance to Eastern Illinois University, freshmen from across the state entered EIU's Summer Institute for Higher Learning five weeks ago. The students completed their class projects and finished the program Tuesday.

Lake Land board takes first look at '15 budget (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees during Monday's meeting took its first look at the 2015 budget, which calls for an overall decrease of $424,910 in expenditures versus last year. President Josh Bullock explained the savings will come from reducing expenditures with "strategic replacement" of retirees; staff reductions in force and not filling vacant positions; and operational efficiency initiatives and cutbacks in operational contingency funds.

Chamber hears info on SRC retention (McDonough County, The Voice)
Spoon River College President Curt Oldfield addressed enrollment retention strategies including new programs on Thursday at the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce's government affairs meeting. Read more:

Here's Your Grant Money, College Students. Don't Spend It All in One Place (National Journal)
Imagine a would-be college student filling out just one financial-aid form and then being given her allotted Pell Grant money automatically each semester until graduation.

Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns (NPR)
“We got so interested in Common Core because we saw such a huge number of students not being prepared to go on to college,” Melinda Gates told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Full dorms prompt Culver-Stockton to curtail further residential admissions (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Culver-Stockton College is shutting down residential admissions for the 2014-15 school year effective Wednesday -- two weeks earlier than scheduled -- because the college's residence halls have been filled to capacity.

Appeals Panel Upholds Race in Admissions for University (The New York Times)
In a long-running affirmative-action case, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions.

Community Colleges in South Jersey: New places for a bachelor's degree (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
South Jersey, with its relative dearth of four-year colleges, appears to have adopted a new venue for delivering bachelor's degrees to residents: community colleges. Read more at

July 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
Khalil Gibran

Op-ed: College can start in high school (Chicago Sun-Times)
In neighborhoods across Chicago, there are thousands of young people with unlimited potential.

Scams target people struggling with student loan debt, Illinois says (Chicago Tribune)
After injuring her back on the job and getting a stomach illness, Sharone Brown of Chicago had trouble making her student loan payments, even after she sold her condo. Then she heard a radio ad from a debt-settlement company. The firm told her it could reduce her payments by $400 a month, to $49, she said.

Report Faults Education Dept.'s Oversight of Debt-Collection Firms It Hires (Chronicle of Higher Education)
An audit report released on Monday criticizes the U.S. Department of Education’s handling of borrower complaints lodged against private companies that help the department collect on defaulted federal student loans.

Moody's finds optimism (Inside Higher Ed)
The financial picture for higher education remains negative, but “green shoots” of stability are emerging, according to a new industry outlook by Moody’s Investors Service. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Inequitable Access to Loans (Inside Higher Ed)
Community colleges across the country that don’t offer access to federal student loans are imperiling nearly one million students who may turn to riskier forms of credit to fund their education, according to a report released Monday by the Institute for College Access & Success. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

UI to ask for 3.8 percent boost in state funding (News-Gazette)
The slides on the latest state economic update had titles like "Titanic Ahead" and "Worse News." Despite the dire forecasts, the University of Illinois outlined a budget request Monday that asks the state for more money for fiscal 2016 —

Illinois AG sues, alleging student loan debt scams (News-Gazette)
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed lawsuits Monday against two companies she says are scamming people who are paying student loan debts.

Two New Proposals Would Make College Free Nationwide (TIME)
With student loan debt crippling students, education advocates are suggesting ways to change how federal financial aid money is distributed.

July 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi

ISU helps develop electricity rate database (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Electricity rates from nearly 3,500 utilities across the country are now available in a free online database developed by Illinois State University in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory....

Lisa Madigan to file lawsuits targeting student loan debt ‘scams' (Chicago Sun-Times)
llinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is expected to file two lawsuits Monday against two companies that, she alleges, have preyed on those trying to lighten their student loan debt.

Editorial: For-profit schools can’t prey on students (Chicago Sun-Times)
One reason to go to college is to get new experiences, but being defrauded shouldn’t be one of them.

Outside Opinion: Apprenticeship programs can close skills gap (Chicago Tribune)
The White House recently announced a $600 million investment in professional apprenticeship programs. The administration hopes to strengthen ties between community colleges and private companies — and equip workers with the skills they need to secure good-paying jobs in growing industries.

Illinois AG sues student loan debt settlement firms (Chicago Tribune)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed two lawsuits Monday against debt-settlement firms that she claimed perpetrated “scams” against consumers trying to pay off their student loans.

College, on Your Own (Chronicle of Higher Education)
ichele L. Pollock felt like she was moving through college in slow motion. In seven years, she had gotten about halfway through her bachelor’s degree.

U of I speeding up search for new president (Daily Herald)
University of Illinois officials are speeding up the search for a new president, saying they now hope to select someone before Thanksgiving.

Former Marine named Illinois veterans director (Herald & Review)
A U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named acting director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Veterans vs. Land Grants (Inside Higher Ed)
As Congressional lawmakers seek to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of Veterans Affairs Department reform legislation, one provision on the negotiating table has sparked a clash between veterans groups and public universities. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Trustees review successes and ongoing concerns (McDonough County, The Voice)
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees convened on Thursday morning for the first day of a two-day retreat at the Multicultural Center, where they heard updates over WIU's budget, strategic planning for its Macomb and Quad Cities campuses and planned capital projects. Read more:

IBHE: UI president should lead state through changes in higher ed (News-Gazette)
The next University of Illinois president will have to adapt to — and should lead — fundamental changes in higher education, a state education official said Friday

How Private Colleges Are Like Cheap Sushi (NPR)
In New York City's East Village, there are a number of hole-in-the-wall spots that advertise sushi at 50 percent off.

Exam asks students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life situations (PBS NewsHour)
A new report finds that U.S. students’ financial literacy is only average compared to students worldwide. American students also don’t do any better on other international tests which assess math, reading and science skills.

Madigan's office to take aim at student loan scams (Springfield State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO — Illinois' attorney general plans to announce legal action against what her office says are new student loan debt scams. A statement from Lisa Madigan's office says she'll provide details today about planned lawsuits. The statement provided few details. But it did say one target was a company based in Chicago.

UIS needs more student housing, chancellor says (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois Springfield needs more student housing as soon as possible, Chancellor Susan Koch says. Private development, she said, appears to be the fastest route. In an interview with The State Journal-Register, Koch said campus housing was at 93 percent capacity with a little more than 1,100 students last fall, and space is expected to be at least as tight this fall. Read more:

Union leader derides Obama education chief (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.

Everest College's fate renews debate over for-profit colleges (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Jeremiah Hood is upbeat for a man who will be cleaning out his office in a year’s time. He’s president of Everest College in Earth City, and news has just come from the corporate office that his campus will be closing.

A Tale of ‘Too Big to Fail’ in Higher Education (The New York Times)
For the last two years, the City College of San Francisco has operated in the shadow of imminent death.

Flunking Out, at a Price (The New York Times)
In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost investors, taxpayers and borrowers billions of dollars. When trouble hit, these regulators had to scramble to fix the mess that their inertia had helped create.

Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Often Predatory, Officials Say (The New York Times)
The debt settlement industry is finding a gold mine of new clients among those with college loans — and coming under scrutiny by the Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, above, and others.

SIU Board of Trustees taking aim at student fees (The Southern Illinoisan)
Existing student fees can no longer be assured safe haven at SIU. After approving a new student media fee and increasing the intercollegiate athletic fee in June, the SIU Board of Trustees served notice that each of the school's fees will be analyzed to determine which ones continue to serve their original purpose.

SIU in no hurry to name a permanent chancellor (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's search for a permanent chancellor hasn't taken shape yet, and it may not for some time. With Paul Sarvela in place as acting chancellor, President Randy Dunn and the Board of Trustees are in no hurry to speed up the process of finding a permanent chancellor

So, what does a chancellor do? (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU has appointed Paul Sarvela as its acting chancellor, but the role of university chancellor may not be well understood by all Southern Illinoisans.

Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds (The Washington Post)
People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

AFT calls for Education Secretary Duncan to submit to ‘improvement’ plan or resign (The Washington Post)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with the country’s largest teachers unions — which collectively have more than 4 million members — keep getting worse. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest teachers union called for him to resign. On Sunday, the second-largest teachers union passed a resolution that stopped short of a direct call for him to quit but urged President Obama to put Duncan on an “improvement plan.”

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades (The Washington Post)
Howard University’s credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely because of concerns about money troubles at its hospital.

A cheaper, faster version of a college degree (USA TODAY)
No one appears quite ready to dismiss the value of a college degree, but cheaper, faster alternatives are gaining credibility in the workplace.

July 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

ISU solar car team ready to run in the sun (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Illinois State University solar car team hasn't seen much sun lately.

Tuition and Fees Rise, but Cost of Living—by Colleges’ Estimate—Falls (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As usual, the U.S. Department of Education is a bit behind when it comes to data.

Research Shows U.S. Students ‘Average’ in Terms of Financial Literacy (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
American education must evolve to ensure that students are better able to navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape — one that they will traverse from the moment they take out their first student loans until their sunset years when they must tap their retirement funds to survive.

Exam asks students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life situations (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A new report finds that U.S. students’ financial literacy is only average compared to students worldwide. American students also don’t do any better on other international tests which assess math, reading and science skills.

House Starts In On HEA (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. House education committee on Thursday advanced a package of legislation that would boost federal support of competency-based education, overhaul how cost information and other data is provided to prospective college students, and require more counseling for federal student loan borrowers. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

State Higher Ed Spending on the Rise (Inside Higher Ed)
States are poised to provide 3.6 percent more in higher education operating support in 2015 than they did in 2014, an informal survey by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities shows Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Trustees delve into financial issues (McDonough County, The Voice)
Spoon River College trustees got a better idea of what was on the horizon for SRC's 2015 fiscal year budget, among other items, during the board's day-long, semi-annual planning retreat in Macomb Tuesday. Read more:

Do Higher-Ed Policies Make It Harder for Low-Income College Students to Graduate? (National Journal)
The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn't matched the reality of higher education for a while now.

Next Research Park building may include apartments (News-Gazette)
Living quarters may be coming to the University of Illinois Research Park.

UIS names Kabbes associate A.D. (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois Springfield has hired Paul Kabbes as its associate athletic director for external operations. Read more:

NIU forms sexual assault task force (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Northern Illinois University has formed a task force to address concerns about sexual assaults on campus. Read more:

Students paying extra for business skills they say they haven’t learned on campus (The Hechinger Report)
Ben Wei was already paying hefty tuition to earn a sociology degree from Bowdoin College, which charged nearly $57,000 at the time, but worried his classes weren’t teaching him skills he needed in the workplace.

The Common Core difference, from a teacher’s perspective (The Hechinger Report)
In 2012 I moved from Mississippi to New York City to teach at a charter elementary school in Harlem.

State retirees await insurance premium refunds (The Southern Illinoisan)
There's no timeline yet for the return of nearly $23 million in health insurance premiums that the Illinois Supreme Court has recently ruled belong to state retirees.

Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds (The Washington Post)
People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

UMUC studies ideas for restructuring amid steep enrollment declines (The Washington Post)
University of Maryland University College, the nation’s largest online public university, is weighing ideas to restructure its operations in response to steep enrollment declines in a hotly competitive market.

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades (The Washington Post)
Howard University’s credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely on concerns about money woes at its hospital.

July 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for awhile, leave their footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.”
Flavia Weedn

Lindenwood-Belleville announces plans for major dining hall renovations (Belleville News-Democrat)
Lindenwood University-Belleville, which is nearing completion of the construction of its second new dormitory in the last year, soon will begin extensive renovations to the campus dining hall. Read more here:

Durbin urges students to avoid Everest College (Chicago Sun-Times)
The six for-profit Everest College campuses in the Chicago suburbs are for sale, the Department of Education is now overseeing the parent company under an agreement effective Tuesday and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is urging students to not enroll in these schools.

FBI raids on Concept Schools included Rogers Park school, Des Plaines offices (Chicago Sun-Times)
FBI raids targeting Concept Schools included the national charter-school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park.

One Professor Schemes to Keep Colleges in the Web’s Fast Lane (Chronicle of Higher Education)
William F. Baker has no quarrel with net neutrality, the principle that says all Internet traffic should be treated equally regardless of substance or source. He’s all for it—in the abstract.

Senate Committee Has Tough Questions for NCAA Leader (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Less than a month after testifying in a federal antitrust case challenging his organization, Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, faced tough questions on Wednesday from U.S. senators about the state of big-time college sports.

Smaller Share of Freshmen Stick It Out to Sophomore Year, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The share of students who were still enrolled at any college in their second fall term has slipped slightly in the past few years, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

U of I to test medical model for poor children on the South and West sides (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Illinois is receiving a $19.6 million federal grant to test a medical care model that focuses on poor children and young adults with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes

Canine study uses computer games (Daily Herald)
In a research lab at Illinois Wesleyan University, Cleo nose -- er, knows -- the score.

Research Shows U.S. Students ‘Average’ in Terms of Financial Literacy (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
American education must evolve to ensure that students are better able to navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape — one that they will traverse from the moment they take out their first student loans until their sunset years when they must tap their retirement funds to survive.

Colleges Get Financial Boost in Assisting First-Generation Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Juniata College already had started a program to track the academic progress of first-generation students before they received a Walmart grant through the Council of Independent Colleges.

Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In The New York Times Magazine cover story, Paul Tough addressed the obstacles facing disadvantaged students head on.

Science Program Brings Japanese High School Students To Springfield (Google News)
A national science program on the other side of the world brings Japanese high school students to the University of Illinois Springfield today.

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Unionize at U. Illinois (Inside Higher Ed)
The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has certified a union for nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Palmer chancellor responds to college's discrimination ruling (Quad-City Times)
On June 27, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down a decision arising from an Aug. 1, 2005, Davenport Civil Rights Commission disability discrimination charge filed by Aaron Cannon against the College.

People still flock to smell EIU's 'corpse flower' (Springfield State Journal-Register)
With its death-like odor you'd think nobody would want to stop and smell the so-called corpse flower.

Acting chancellor named at SIUC (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Longtime Southern Illinois University Carbondale administrator Paul D. Sarvela was named as the school's acting chancellor Tuesday.

SIU Med School receives research grant (The Southern Illinoisan)
A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine has received a Michelson Grant to pursue an innovative approach to nonsurgical animal sterilization.

SIU med students honor local physician as Mentor of the Year (The Southern Illinoisan)
Family medicine physician Dr. Anad Salem was chosen as Mentor of the Year by first-year students at SIU School of Medicine.

U.S. colleges have worked to address ties to slavery, Confederacy (The Washington Post)
With Washington and Lee University’s announcement Tuesday that it will remove historic Confederate battle flags from the main chamber of Lee Chapel and its acknowledgement of regret for the school’s ties to slavery, the college in Lexington, Va., joined numerous other U.S. colleges that have worked to address their ties to slavery and the Confederacy

July 9, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There must be more to life than having everything.”
Maurice Sendak

In a Fight for More Funds, Professors Quantify Colleges’ Neglect of Instruction (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The humble calculator has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.

Texas Makes an Appalling Mess of Education ‘Reform’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Another year, another ham-handed attempt by a governing board to fire a successful public-university president.

Harper College budget adjusts spending with enrollment dip (Daily Herald)
Harper College officials have prepared a 2015 balanced budget that reflects a dip in enrollment and small tuition increase.

ISU to credit for Illinois Innovation Award (Daily Vidette)
Innovation can mean different things to different people, but when it comes to the state of Illinois, the Education Commission of the State (ECS) seems to be in agreement.

HistoryMakers Collection Finds Home at Library of Congress (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Preservation of The HistoryMakers, the single largest archival collection of African-American oral histories, is now assured after its acquisition by the Library of Congress.

Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In The New York Times Magazine cover story, Paul Tough addressed the obstacles facing disadvantaged students head on.

Education key to switchgrass market growth (Herald & Review)
Most farmers still aren't totally convinced that switching to growing warm season grasses is a viable alternative to traditional crops in their fields.

Study: Women, Blacks most likely to leave STEM Careers (Inside Higher Ed)
One in five women and one in five black Ph.D. recipients in science, technology, engineering or math leave those fields for careers outside STEM, according to a new report from the American Institutes for Research. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Seeking New Models for Public Urban Universities (Inside Higher Ed)
Seven public urban universities have been selected to receive $225,000 grants each to support the development and testing of new models for the sector, dealing with issues such as improved student success and cost efficiencies. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Letter: Important lessons from great teacher (News-Gazette)
My mother was a school teacher in the Unit 4 school district for 28 years. So I believe that I might have a little perspective about educating our kids.

How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid (NPR)
Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application.

Branstad calls regent funding revamp 'overdue' (Quad-City Times)
Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday applauded the Iowa Board of Regents for tackling a "long overdue" revamp of the funding formula by which state appropriations are divided up among the state's three public universities.

Editorial: Lessons of a For-Profit College Collapse (The New York Times)
For-profit colleges are lobbying hard to weaken rules proposed by the Obama administration that would deny federal aid to career training programs that burden students with crippling debt and worthless credentials.

Sarvela named acting chancellor (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU Board of Trustees didn't have to look far to find an acting chancellor. The board met Tuesday and unanimously approved SIU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Sarvela as the school's acting chancellor

Survey shows most colleges lack data on campus sex assaults, Sen. McCaskill says (The Washington Post)
Most colleges and universities lack accurate information about the number of sex assaults on their campuses, and many fail to encourage students to report such violence, according to a report Wednesday from a Senate Democrat.

$240,000 Isn’t Enough?! Why Liberal Arts Majors Are Paying Extra to Learn Job Skills (TIME)
Employers want graduates who are better prepped for the work world, but colleges have been slow to respond.

10 states with the most student debt (USA TODAY)
Average student debt levels have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching nearly $30,000 in 2012 from $18,650 in 2004.

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