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October 30, 2014

Quote of the day:
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
James A. Garfield

When a Community College Transforms a City (Atlantic Monthly)
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.

Waubonsee STEM students tell success stories (Beacon News)
For Ruben Noceda, 53, of Montgomery, who lost his job in a corporate downsizing last year, the STEM Scholarship Program at Waubonsee Community College offers an opportunity to reboot his career.

Belleville resident named McKendree's Lincoln Laureate (Belleville News-Democrat)
Lindsay Hansard, an English and philosophy double major with a 4.0 grade point average, is McKendree University's 2014 Lincoln Laureate. Hansard, who is from Belleville, will receive the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion on Nov. 1 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, when the Lincoln Academy of Illinois recognizes outstanding college seniors for their excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Albert W. Isenman III, 1948-2014 (Chicago Tribune)
Albert W. Isenman III was an award-winning instructor at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and later the school's director of Custom Executive Programs.. In that role, he developed programs the university created for major companies and government agencies, said Stephen Burnett, professor of strategy at the school.

North Central College receives grant for downtown Naperville park (Chicago Tribune)
North Central College has received a state grant to help fund the park it is creating in downtown Naperville.. The $1.1 million in state funds will go toward environmental restoration and construction of the park at 430 S. Washington Street.

Grand Canyon U. Contemplates a Nonprofit Future (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The for-profit Grand Canyon University is considering reverting back to nonprofit status, a move its president said could spare it from the “stigma” surrounding the for-profit higher-education industry and allow it to tap into the rich vein of philanthropy that would support its Christian-focused mission.

Is this the cheapest price yet for college textbooks? (Crain's Chicago Business)
You don't need to be a math major to know that spending $5 for a college textbook is less than spending $45 and way less than spending $187. In this story problem, the prices are real. A new edition of “Professional Feature Writing” by Bruce Garrison goes for $187 on, while the cheapest used copy is listed at $45.

Harper College fire science instructor stepping down after 42 years (Daily Herald)
For 42 years Keyworth has navigated the highly technical world of building codes and inspections as an instructor in Harper College's Fire Science program. He is stepping down from the position Nov. 1, though he still plans to keep lecturing and writing for trade publications.

Work to begin on UI Labs headquarters (Daily Herald)
The developers of a public-private research lab involving the University of Illinois are expected to break ground on its headquarters in Chicago.

U of I fraternity to meet with school officials about sign (Daily Herald)
Members of a University of Illinois fraternity are expected to meet with the administration soon to discuss a sign they posted during homecoming weekend.

Akron Tops in College Completion Contest (Inside Higher Ed)
Akron beat out 56 other cities in a contest to increase college-degree production during a four-year period that concluded in 2013.

Gainful Employment Arrives (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education today will release what is likely the Obama administration’s last chance to set regulations to clamp down on for-profit colleges.

White House issues rules to regulate colleges with career-training programs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules to be issued Thursday by the Obama administration....

What makes a good Common Core math question? (The Hechinger Report)
Both the math and English Common Core standards have their share of critics but it’s math that gets special condemnation, as the new problem worksheets land on kitchen tables across the country.

Civil rights groups urge college crackdown (The Hill)
A coalition of civil rights organizations is pressing the Obama administration to take a bold approach on looming for-profit college regulations that the industry warns would adversely affect minority students.

New Gainful Employment Rule Is Weak, but Predatory For-profit Colleges Remain on the Ropes (The Huffington Post)
The rule is far too weak to address the grave misconduct of predatory for-profit colleges.

Military, Non-Traditional Student Services to be merged (The Northern Star)
The merger of Military Student Services and Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services will happen despite concerns voiced in the departments, said Katrina Caldwell, assistant vice president for Student Affairs.

SIU retention numbers up from last year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU’s retention rate for freshmen returning for their sophomore year was up to 68.4 percent, an 8.3 percentage point increase from the 60.1 percent retention rate in 2013.

Alumni: SIU is great; downtown is ho-hum (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU alumni generally think that the school is great, that Southern Illinois is beautiful but that downtown Carbondale is just ho-hum.

Obama administration issues rules to regulate colleges with career-training programs (The Washington Post)
For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules issued Thursday by the Obama administration.

October 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Trust, but verify."
Ronald Reagan

How They Made It to the Top (Chronicle of Higher Education)
David A. Thomas wrote the book on how to get an executive-level job if you’re an African-American man.

Helping Black Men Succeed in College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Cameron Slater spent nearly a decade on the streets in Little Rock, Ark.—he says he saw four friends die within three months—before he enrolled at Pulaski Technical College after a nudge from his pastor.

Black Males Aren’t Failing Our Schools. Our Schools Are Failing Them. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
We need to "shift the focus from ‘Why are young black males failing?’ to ‘Why are schools failing young black males?’"

Black Men on Campus (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The path to college is hardly easy for black men, who often struggle with poverty, inequities in public schools, discrimination, and frustrations like those that have risen with the recent shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

Free College Advising to Be Offered to Students from Poor and Middle Class Families (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In an effort to guide more students from poor and middle-class families to the nation’s top colleges and universities — institutions from which research shows they tend to shy away — a new initiative announced Tuesday will provide free college advising via video chat and other forms of technology.

Lake Land helps employers meet workforce training needs (Herald & Review)
As it expanded its workforce, North American Lighting couldn't find workers with the skills needed to get the job it wanted done.

More Athletes Get to Finish Line (Inside Higher Ed)
College athletes are graduating at record rates, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday.

Wisconsin Sues Corinthian (Inside Higher Ed)
isconsin's attorney general, J.B. Van Hollen, this week sued Corinthian Colleges over allegations that the for-profit chain engaged in "unfair, false, misleading and deceptive trade practices."

Mass Education (Inside Higher Ed)
n Massachusetts, Harvard was there first. For years, the state relied on it and other private colleges to educate the state’s population.

Lake Land helps meet workforce needs (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
EFFINGHAM -- As it expanded its workforce, North American Lighting couldn't find workers with the skills needed to get the job it wanted done. So the company turned to Lake Land College in Mattoon for help in designing a program to train potential workers and have them ready to do the required work, said Jim Jamrozek, North American Lighting human resources manager.

SRC?Board of Trustees to start annual tax levy process (McDonough County, The Voice)
The Spoon River College Board of Trustees will take action Wednesday on the first step of its annual property tax levy process. The board will meet at 6 p.m. on the Rushville campus, 706 Maple Ave., room 100. On the agenda is adoption of a resolution of intent to levy an additional tax.

SRC?Board of Trustees to start annual tax levy process (McDonough County, The Voice)
The Spoon River College Board of Trustees will take action Wednesday on the first step of its annual property tax levy process. Read more:

Financial plan: Urbana med school would need $235 million (News-Gazette)
A new college of medicine at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus would require a commitment of $135 million from donors and more than $100 million from Carle Health System to get up to full speed, a new financial plan shows.

A Helping Hand To High Achievers (NPR)
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to see more low-income high achievers graduate from college.

UIS testing private market forexpanded student housing (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois Springfield is turning to the private sector to expand student housing already at 97 percent of capacity. Read more:

Illinois Student Senate launches 'It’s On Us' campaign (The Daily Illini)
In an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault, the Illinois Student Senate recently launched an “It’s On Us” campaign to encourage students to sign a pledge to take action against sexual assaults on campus.

National College Application Assistance Campaign Changes Lives (The Huffington Post)
It is not always easy to identify a life-changing moment, but 21-year-old Garrett Seay of Sturgis, KY, has no problem pointing to just such an occasion for both him and his twin brother, Jarrett.

Colleges’ Shift on Four-Year Scholarships Reflects Players’ Growing Power (The New York Times)
Earlier this month, the Big Ten announced that it would become the first conference to guarantee its athletic scholarships for four years, a change from the widely followed practice of offering a single-year scholarship that can be renewed.

Another College Expense: Preparing for the SAT and ACT (The New York Times)
With all the hand-wringing over the price of higher education and the growing burden of student debt, it’s easy to overlook the substantial cost of simply preparing to apply to college.

October 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstin

IWU exceeds $125 million fundraising goal (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Strong leadership, critically important lead gifts and significant support from alumni and friends were credited with enabling Illinois Wesleyan University to exceed its $125 million fundraising campaign goal by $16 million

How They Made It to the Top (Chronicle of Higher Education)
David A. Thomas wrote the book on how to get an executive-level job if you’re an African-American man. Mr. Thomas is dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Earlier in his career, he spent four years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by 21 years at Harvard Business School as a professor and associate dean

Lessons Learned on Competency-Based Education (Inside Higher Ed)
estern Governors University has unveiled a new website, dubbed CBEInfo, which seeks to be a discussion space for lessons from the nonprofit university's collaborations with community colleges.

Big Ten and the Next Big Thing (Inside Higher Ed)
ompetency-based education is going upmarket. Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education.

Deepest state cuts led to highest tuitions for lower-income students (PBS NewsHour)
State funding for higher education isn’t what it used to be. The fact that most public colleges and universities took a significant hit when state revenues fell during the recession is well documented.

Benedictine changes educational course (Springfield State Journal-Register)
After several years of chasing the recent high school graduate as a way to boost enrollment and develop a college campus atmosphere, Benedictine University at Springfield is abruptly switching gears on its city campus. Read more:

LLCC forms team to assist Benedictine students (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Lincoln Land Community College has formed a response team made up of academic, financial aid and student success advisers to assist students from Benedictine University at Springfield who may wish to transfer to the community

International student enrollment rises at UIS (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Efforts to increase the number of international students at the University of Illinois Springfield paid off in a big way this fall, with their numbers increasing to 827. Read more:

Report offers ways to curb predicted shortfall in degrees (The Boston Globe)
To counter a projected shortage of graduates, colleges should intensify their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math programs, improve minority and low-income student success, and attract more adult learners and military veterans, Massachusetts education officials say.

MIT Sexual Assault Survey Finds Many Female Undergrads Downplay Their Own Attacks (The Huffington Post)
About one-sixth female undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in a survey released Monday that they have experienced sexual assault at the prestigious university, but many do not realize what they went through was a violation.

Opinion: Shut Out of Higher Education (The New York Times)
The United States set out 40 years ago to ensure that people who qualified academically for higher education would not be turned away for financial reasons and would have access to college degrees that allowed them to move up on the social ladder. This plan required the states to subsidize public colleges and universities to keep tuition affordable, while the federal government furnished the poorest students with Pell Grants that largely covered the remaining costs.

A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College (The New York Times)
The United States fails to do right by most low-income students who excel in school.

The most politically engaged states, ranked (The Washington Post)
The residents of Massachusetts and Colorado are the most politically engaged in the nation, according to a new study.

Same as it ever was: Top 10 most popular college majors (USA TODAY)
College is more popular than ever, with about 21 million students heading to class this year. Many schools have hundreds of majors available, but students often choose the same few majors over and over again.

October 27, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain

ISU board OKs $425.6M budget (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Illinois State University Board of Trustees approved a $425.6 million budget for operations and grants for fiscal year 2015 with minimal discussion and an eye toward unsettled times ahead.

Teen suicide: More youths in crisis but help is available (Bloomington Pantagraph)
An autumn of anxiety has enveloped many adolescents and young adults in McLean County and beyond.

Four ISU grads up for Ill. Teacher of the Year (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University has a 1 in 3 chance that Illinois' 2015 Teacher of the Year will be one of its own.

STEM Stories (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For two decades, researchers have asked why more black men don’t pursue STEM degrees.

Student Diversity at 4,725 Institutions (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This table shows the race, ethnicity, and gender of 20,642,572 students enrolled at 4,725 colleges and universities in the fall of 2012, the latest year for which figures are available.

Benedictine Springfield campus ending traditional student programs (Daily Herald)
Benedictine University at Springfield is ending its undergraduate programs for traditional college students.

ISU nurse practitioners help fill gap (Daily Herald)
Talk to a few students or professors in the family nurse practitioner program at Illinois State University and it's easy to see the passion they have for health care.

What is Really Going On: Black Graduate Students in Higher Ed (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In January, I celebrated my 41st birthday at a restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana. I assembled what I considered an unlikely group of women to fellowship and celebrate with me.

College Applicants Get Chance to Visually Make Their Case (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Can a cell phone video get you into college?

Conference Brings Black Doctoral Candidates Together to Focus on Path to Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Atiya S. Strothers knows that many people view her as an unlikely doctoral candidate.

Letter: Thanks to Sen. Durbin for helping college students (Herald & Review)
It’s bittersweet to live in a town so close to some of the best universities in the state, yet worry that we won’t be able to afford tuition or that our kids won’t be able to handle the debt from student loans.

Ohio college uses infomercials to prod students (Herald & Review)
A university in northeast Ohio is lampooning infomercials as a way to push students to graduate on time.

3 Colleges in New York Agree to Drop Crime Question (Inside Higher Ed)
Three colleges in New York State have reached an agreement with the state's attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, to drop application questions on criminal records that Schneiderman and others said went too far

75 Layoffs as Benedictine Shifts Springfield Campus (Inside Higher Ed)
Benedictine University, whose main campus is outside Chicago, plans to shift its Springfield campus away from undergraduate programs for new high school graduates, and to instead focus on adult students

The States' 'Great Retreat' (Inside Higher Ed)
When they are being pounded for having raised their students' tuition, public college leaders are quick in turn to point the finger at legislators and governors in their states, whose cuts in financing for higher education are overwhelmingly responsible for the tuition increases.

Altgeld Hall (News-Gazette)
Built in 1897, the University of Illinois Altgeld Hall has been home to its library, business office, board of trustees, president's office, College of Law, and since 1956, it has been home to the university's Math Department.

Quinn announces $5M investment for WIU's next phase (Quad-City Times)
With the doors to its latest expansion project open only since early September, Western Illinois University-Quad-Cities got a financial push Friday to begin a third phase of construction on its Moline riverfront campus.

First community college to win energy award inspires stories of second chances (Southtown Star)
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council named Kankakee Community College its 2014 Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year, making the institution the first community college in the country to win this award, said the council’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Sherwood.

States Backtrack on Student Tracking Technology (
Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria?

Ohio college uses infomercials to prod students (The Associated Press)
The Finish In Time, or F.I.T., effort at the University of Akron urges students to take at least 15 credit hours per semester to stay on pace. The emailed videos show co-hosts dancing awkwardly and touting side effects of on-time graduation such as "more cash in your pocket" and "a craving for an extremely large burrito."

Pipeline to Prison: Special education too often leads to jail for thousands of American children (The Hechinger Report)
Cody Beck was 12-years -old when he was handcuffed in front of several classmates and put in the back of a police car outside of Grenada Middle School.

Q and A with Barbara Kurshan: New program trains educators online so they can teach online (The Hechinger Report)
The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education has developed a new, online course on blended learning.

3 New York Colleges to Drop Crime Queries for Applicants (The New York Times)
The application for admission to St. John’s University takes 12 pages to get to the question, but when it arises, it is hard to miss.

Three Supreme Court Justices Return to Yale (The New York Times)
NEW HAVEN — Justice Clarence Thomas, who has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since 2006, was expansive and gregarious. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who can appear a little dour during arguments, revealed a lively wit.

Why young graduates have debt — but not a house (The Washington Post)
Someone said to me that I make too big a deal of student loan debt.

October 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Actions are the seed of fate, deeds grow into destiny.”
Harry S. Truman

Northern Arizona U Expands Competency-Based Degree Options (Campus Technology)
Northern Arizona University (NAU) has added bachelor of science options to its online, competency-based personalized learning degree offerings. "Personalized learning's online competency-based education model allows students to earn their degrees based on what they know," according to a news release. "Students develop key skills and knowledge areas called competencies and earn credit by demonstrating how well they understand each competency, not from how much time they spend in class."

UIC making bold bid for Obama library (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois at Chicago plans to submit a lofty proposal to create an Obama presidential library corridor, using public transportation to link its Near West Side academic campus to a desolate site in North Lawndale that has been devoid of new development for nearly a half-century..

For Colleges, Student-Privacy Law Can Be an Obligation and a Shield (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Treon Harris, the starting quarterback for the University of Florida’s football team, was accused of sexual assault this month, the university did something unusual: It announced the accusation publicly the very next day.

Athletics Advisers' Ethical Dilemma (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Back in the mid-2000s, Bruce A. Smith had an enviable commute. His Telegraph Avenue apartment was less than two miles from the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked as an academic adviser to athletes.

Record annual haul for U of C fundraising (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Chicago said it raised $511 million in donations and pledges — a record for any year — during the 12 months ended in September, as it prepares for next week's launch of the public phase of a $4.5 billion fundraising campaign.

Chicago man indicted in SIU threat case (Daily Herald)
A Chicago man accused of mailing threats of beheadings, bombings and other violence to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus is now facing fewer federal counts than when he was first charged.

Inspiring Students to Write Their Way to Self-Discovery (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For many of today’s college students, they enter into the classroom expecting to simply complete their required courses in order to move one step closer toward their graduation.

Looser PLUS Loan Standards (Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had finalized its plan to loosen the credit requirements needed to obtain federal PLUS loans.

Obama on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
In an interview in The New Yorker, President Obama expressed support for affirmative action in higher education, and questioned how precisely a Supreme Court deadline for phasing out the consideration of race should be viewed.

UC leaders consider limiting out-of-state enrollment (Los Angeles Times)
he University of California is beginning to have second thoughts about its highly successful effort to bring more out-of-state students onto its campuses..

DeVry Education Group Announces First-Quarter 2015 Results (MarketWatch)
DeVry Education Group DV, -2.03% a global provider of educational services, today reported academic, operational and financial results for its fiscal first quarter that ended Sept. 30, 2014.

UI Armory turns 100 (News-Gazette)
The University of Illinois celebrates the 100th anniversary of the completion of its historic Armory Building from noon to 3 p.m. today.

College honors NASA researcher and UI grad Greenleaf (News-Gazette)
It was the mid-1960s, America was enthralled with the space program and NASA researcher John Greenleaf knew men weren't the only ones who would want to be astronauts.

Alma Mater vandalism can be repaired (News-Gazette)
Just six months after its $360,000 makeover was complete, the Alma Mater has been vandalized.

Student volunteers sift through garbage at Black Hawk College (Quad-City Times)
Black Hawk College students used those words to illustrate the hour they volunteered Thursday afternoon sifting through garbage bags, separating recyclables from waste on the college’s campus in Moline.

Illinois school funding overhaul shelved for now (Quad-City Times)
A controversial proposal to overhaul how Illinois funds public schools won't come up for debate during the General Assembly's fall veto session. In a move aimed at quieting a growing chorus of opposition, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, issued a statement saying she would not call the legislation for a vote until after more talks are held on the concept this spring.

Benedictine University to lay off75, end undergraduate program for traditional students (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Benedictine University at Springfield will be laying off about 75 of its 100 full-time employees next year when it ends its undergraduate program for students who are just out of high school. Read more:

Robert Kaestner: Good education policy is good health policy (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Students who drop out of high school today lose out on countless opportunities. Read more:

What would Thomas Jefferson say? The mind and heart of the new liberal arts (The Hechinger Report)
In a statement that may sound similar to today’s media rhetoric, 93 years ago Thomas Edison publicly shared the opinion that a college degree is useless.

From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard (The New York Times)
Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, he was living in a burned-out car in a Rwandan garbage dump where he scavenged for food and clothes. Daytimes, he was a street beggar. He had not bathed in more than a year.

Quinn announces state investment in campus lighting (The Southern Illinoisan)
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Questions rise over following of conduct code (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's reversal of men's basketball guard Tyler Smithpeters' suspension has raised questions about how well the university follows its Student Conduct Code

Students jump at chance for free college tuition (The Tennessean)
When Gov. Bill Haslam announced the creation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, the state anticipated 20,000 students might apply.

OpEd: College helps students dream of more than a salary (USA TODAY)
From the earliest days of our country, we have seen education as the foundation for democracy and citizenship, for social mobility and national prosperity.

October 23, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
Mark Twain

Four ISU grads up for Ill. Teacher of the Year (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University has a 1 in 3 chance that Illinois' 2015 Teacher of the Year will be one of its own. Four of 12 candidates will represent ISU when the award is presented at Saturday's Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Banquet at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

UI Labs names its first board of directors (Chicago Tribune)
UI Labs announced its first board of directors Wednesday, naming a group of nine very established leaders from big industry and academia.. UI Labs is a joint public-private program that will link government, industry and academia to support research and development initiatives.

Parent PLUS Loan Requirements Revisions Get Mixed Initial Reviews (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The U.S. Department of Education Wednesday announced additional changes to the Parent Plus Loan requirements, which have been the source of much controversy recently. The new rule updates the requirements for “adverse credit history,” the application of which recently set off a firestorm when numerous parents found themselves rejected for the aid.

Looser PLUS Loan Standards (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had finalized its plan to loosen the credit requirements needed to obtain federal PLUS loans.

Ending the Traditional MBA (Inside Higher Ed)
After five years of declining enrollment in its traditional M.B.A. program, Wake Forest University is shifting gears to focus on an area where it sees greater demand -- those M.B.A. seekers who want to earn a paycheck while studying.

Opinion: Affirmative Consent, the New Standard (Inside Higher Ed)
In the scramble for colleges and universities to stem the tide of sexual violence that has come onto their campuses, California has become the first in the nation to enact a “yes means yes” standard into law. On September 28, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that requires colleges and universities receiving state funds to adopt sexual assault policies that include affirmative consent as the key element in determining whether sexual activity was consensual.

Editorial: Loudest are not the largest (News-Gazette)
Recent meetings of University of Illinois faculty members, including those on the faculty senate, carried a flavor of almost universal condemnation of Chancellor Phyllis Wise's decision to withdraw a job offer to a former Virginia Tech English professor who tweeted himself into trouble.

Alma Mater vandalism can be repaired (News-Gazette)
Just six months after its $360,000 makeover was complete, the Alma Mater has been vandalized.

Opinion: What would Thomas Jefferson say? The mind and heart of the new liberal arts (The Hechinger Report)
In a statement that may sound similar to today’s media rhetoric, 93 years ago Thomas Edison publicly shared the opinion that a college degree is useless. Albert Einstein brilliantly retorted, “It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college.

SIU panel seeking solutions to crime on campus (The Southern Illinoisan)
n response to a recent spike in reported crimes at SIU Carbondale, Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced a $1.5 million investment to upgrade lighting along campus walkwa

Quinn announces state investment in campus lighting (The Southern Illinoisan)
n response to a recent spike in reported crimes at SIU Carbondale, Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced a $1.5 million investment to upgrade lighting along campus walkwa

October 22, 2014

Quote of the day:
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut

U. of I. closer to choosing president (Chicago Tribune)
University of Illinois trustees are on track to choose the university's next president by the end of the semester, possibly as early as next month.

As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests (Christian Science Monitor)
As the outcry against the overtesting of American children has grown, state and local education leaders – in a move endorsed by President Barack Obama – have announced a new focus on dialing back the volume of standardized testing and dialing up the quality.

What Really Happens at Community Colleges? A Tool Taps Data for Answers (Chronicle of Higher Education)
How do community-college students move from their first class to their first job?

Toni Morrison’s Papers to be Housed at Princeton University (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be housed in a permanent library collection at Princeton University, according to the university’s president, Dr. Christopher L. Eisgruber.

Colleges Find Success With New Approaches to Developmental Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Every year, thousands of adults, some high school graduates, apply to a community college. But first they have to take tests that assess their English and math skills. Nationwide, 60 percent fail at least one of the tests, according to the Community College Research Center.

Four Universities in Running for Obama Presidential Library (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The field of institutions vying to become the host site of the Barack Obama Presidential Library has been narrowed from 13 applicants to four finalists. The finalists selected by The Barack Obama Foundation are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii.

Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers (Education Week)
Fresh from the United States Air Force, Zachary Branson, 33, wanted a career with a structured day and hours that would allow him to be home in time to watch his kids in the evening.

OPINION - When Is It Worth It To Drop Out Of College? (Forbes)
Want to set off a firestorm of a debate? Ask one simple question: “Is college really worth it?”

Technology’s impact on higher education (Green Bay Press Gazette)
For anyone who has children in school — regardless of whether they are in elementary school or in college — it seems abundantly clear that technology is changing the way teachers teach and students learn.

Variety is spice of Hispanic heritage celebrations at Millikin (Herald & Review)
When Millikin University student Dorian Holland sat down to eat the food specially prepared by the Millikin dining department, he didn't know his rice, burrito and fish were foods often served in Latin American countries.

Final pieces of Millikin admin team in place (Herald & Review)
With the appointment of Sarah Shupenus as Millikin University's new vice president for enrollment and marketing, Patrick White has his administrative team in place one year after his appointment as the university's 15th president.

Benefits of Free (Inside Higher Ed)
The concept of tuition-free community college is picking up steam. Chicago this month followed Tennessee with the creation of a new community-college scholarship for high school graduates.

Reverse Transfer Project from Clearinghouse (Inside Higher Ed)
As many as two million students could earn associate degrees through the project, according to the Clearinghouse.

Alum wants the world to know about UI contributions to everyday life (News-Gazette)
What do forced-air heating, the plasma screen and aerosol whipped cream have in common?

How will election impact UI Board of Trustees? (News-Gazette)
In the span of a little over a month, the University of Illinois could see sweeping changes in its top leadership. Or maybe not.

Loudest are not the largest (News-Gazette)
After being pilloried for weeks, Chancellor Phyllis Wise wins one.

A new course for college leadership (POLITICO)
Susan Herbst is the first woman to serve as president of the University of Connecticut, the state’s flagship research institution founded in 1881, but she doesn’t consider herself a trailblazer.

For-profit colleges get harsh grades by former students (The Boston Globe)
The pitch made by for-profit colleges, a staple of daytime and late-night TV, often features successful alumni from the schools, from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers to Hollywood animators. Yet the US Department of Education estimated that 72 percent of the for-profit programs at 7,000 schools produced graduates who on average earned less than high school dropouts.

More AP courses slated for major overhaul (The Hechinger Report)
Despite the recent fallout over new guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History, the College Board is making similar changes to most science and history AP courses in an effort to emphasize critical thinking.

Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds (The New York Times)
From bake sales to gala auctions, private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality.

Ebola Prompts Universities to Tighten Travel Rules (The New York Times)
Many universities have begun to tighten restrictions on travel to the countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic, even for professors doing humanitarian work.

Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live (The New York Times)
When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco.

100 students start college. Who graduates (The Washington Post)
A college degree is a near-requirement for students to build a life in the middle class, but whether or not students graduate often depends on their family income when they start school.

Animal Therapy May Reduce Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students (University Herald)
Animal-assisted therapy reduces symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to a recent study.

Bullying not a thing of the past for college students (USA TODAY)
Bullying comes in all forms but is usually thought of as a K-12 issue that ceases to exist once students head off to college.

October 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
"You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.”
Milton Berle

Measuring Humanities Degrees Misses Much of Their Value (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Plenty of people know how much they paid for their college degree. Fewer can tell you what it’s actually worth.

‘Reverse Transfer’ Project Aims to Ease the Way to Associate Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A new project from the National Student Clearinghouse will aim to provide an automated way for students who transfer from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to receive associate degrees.

Teaching and the University of Tomorrow (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last week, I attended the De Lange Conference held at Rice University every other year, this time on “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow.” - See more at:

Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Because each course in General Studies has been approved to meet specific learning outcomes associated with the General Studies curriculum, the course student learning outcomes listed on the syllabus must include learning outcomes that align with the identified General Studies learning outcomes and include assignments that will serve as embedded assessments for these learning outcomes.

Seeking Hip Worker Environs, Universities Remake Research Parks (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Research Triangle Park, the king of university-affiliated business development, is 11 square miles of North Carolina pine forest laced with blue-chip tenants that include IBM, Monsanto, Cisco Systems, and Dupont.

Universities Curtail Health Experts’ Efforts to Work on Ebola in West Africa (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Tough new restrictions on travel to Ebola-ravaged countries, including a flurry of bans announced in the past several days, by the State University of New York and other groups, have some infectious-disease experts, on campuses and off, worried.

Public-College Leaders Rail Against Education Dept.’s ‘Regulatory Culture’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education, began his speech to a roomful of higher-education leaders on Monday with a conciliatory tone, stressing that the U.S. Department of Education shared a goal with them of serving the public good.

Northwestern, U of C among four hospitals that would treat Ebola patients (Crain's Chicago Business)
Four prominent Chicago hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital downtown and the University of Chicago Medical Center on the South Side, have agreed to take on patients stricken with Ebola.

State Lottery Funds May Not Help Those Who Need it Most (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to using state lottery funds to finance scholarships for college, the idea that gambling proceeds are helping the poor pay for their education makes the state-sanctioned games of chance more acceptable than they might otherwise be.

Going to the Extreme With College Dropouts (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Richard Vedder, who teaches at Ohio University and is an adjunct scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, thinks adjuncts are the dalit—the modern Indian term for “untouchables.”

Student Loans and Political Ads (Inside Higher Ed)
As Democrats look to keep control of the U.S. Senate and hold on to House seats, they are continuing to raise student loans as an issue in this fall's election.

Caution urged after string of on-campus U of I attacks (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Champaign and University of Illinois police are urging people to travel in pairs following a string of attacks on campus. Read more:

Illinois' top educator: Funding problems to remain (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The Illinois state superintendent of schools says the outcome of the governor's race won't make a difference for the state's education funding problems.

OpEd: Higher Education and the Public Good (The Huffington Post)
The benefits that higher education bestows on individuals are well-known. In some circles, these personal benefits are as easily recited as the Pledge of Allegiance: College graduates are more likely to be employed and will earn more money over their lifetimes than those who do not have college education;

The Compelling Need to Improve the Higher Education Value Equation (The Huffington Post)
In the middle 90's, "value" was the hot new word and every business was trying to improve its value equation -- which we operationally define as "outcomes divided by cost."

A College Financial Aid Guide for Families Who Have Saved Nothing (The New York Times)
A mother of five children in Bath, Me., admitted on the New York Times’s Motherlode blog earlier this year that she and her husband had no college savings.

In New York, Vocational Skills Could Count Toward Diploma (The New York Times)
The New York State Board of Regents gave initial approval to a major change to high school graduation requirements on Monday, allowing students to earn their diplomas with one fewer test if they pass another assessment in a range of subjects like languages, the arts, hospitality management and carpentry.

SIU investigating reported sexual assault (The Southern Illinoisan)
Another report of sexual assault is under investigation on the campus of SIU, and three male students have been placed on interim separation from the university

Why poor kids don’t stay in college (The Washington Post)
It is a Tuesday in October and Terrell Kellam is running late. He usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to catch the first of two buses that will take him from southwest Baltimore to Morgan State University, just north of the city

October 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
George Washington

Editorial: Raise taxes or else … (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College expects to raise property taxes, and the explanation from school leaders is that the state makes them do it. SWIC would risk losing state equalization funding of about $7.5 million a year if it doesn't levy at least 95 percent of the maximum property tax rate, a spokesman said. Read more here:

A Test Case for Sexual Harassment (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Philosophy professors at the University of Colorado’s flagship campus here thought they were taking a bold step.

In Rules on Campus Sexual Violence, Education Dept. Emphasizes Training (Chronicle of Higher Education)
New federal rules issued on Monday aim to make campuses safer by requiring colleges to train students and employees on preventing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Benchmark Survey Finds a Continued Rise in Giving to Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Wall Street may have had a rough spell recently, but longer-term growth in the national economy and strong gains in the stock market drove fund-raising gains last year at universities and colleges across the country.

Speed Kills (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Sleeker. Faster. More Intuitive" (The New York Times); "Welcome to a world where speed is everything" (Verizon FiOS); "Speed is God, and time is the devil" (chief of Hitachi’s portable-computer division).

State slashes prices to revive College Illinois contract sales (Crain's Chicago Business)
The state agency overseeing College Illinois is taking a time-tested approach to reviving interest in the college savings plan: It's slashing prices.

Harper College recognizes Hanover Park mayor, other alumni (Daily Herald)
Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig will join seven other honorees in a Harper College ceremony recognizing alumni for their career and community impact on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Kin of black classmates visit Illinois college (Daily Herald)
Willie Sue Smith Stewart's connection to Eureka started well before she came for college in fall 1928 -- the same year as Ronald Reagan.

Annual growth conference focuses on future jobs (Daily Herald)
Grundy County’s manufacturing, agriculture, logistics and health care industries are projected to expand in coming years, remaining the prominent areas of employment for local workers.

Diverse Conversations: Staying for the Long Haul (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In higher education, things are constantly changing. This is especially true of college administrators, who rarely stay at the same institution for an extended period of time.

Final Changes to Clery Act (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education published the final rules to carry out changes to the Clery Act today, requiring colleges and universities to collect and disclose crime statistics about the number of reported crimes that were investigated and determined to be unfounded.

A 'Partial Win' for Publishers (Inside Higher Ed)
While academic publishers on Friday notched a rare win in the ongoing legal debate about digital access to copyrighted works, proponents of fair use said the opinion in Cambridge v. Patton recognizes that colleges and universities can legally create digital reserves of books in their collections.

How will election impact UI Board of Trustees? (News-Gazette)
In the span of a little over a month, the University of Illinois could see sweeping changes in its top leadership. Or maybe not.

Terrific students can be found anywhere’: (PBS NewsHour)
The U.S. Department of Education recently released data that showed there were more than 1.2 million homeless students enrolled in public schools last year, the highest ever.

ICC tuition focused on by network (Pekin Daily Times)
The Pathways to Prosperity Network seeks to ensure youth complete high school and obtain a post-secondary education with value in the labor market. Read more:

Tally of federal probes of colleges on sexual violence grows 50 percent since May (The Washington Post)
The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years.

October 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
Elbert Hubbard

$6.1 million Early Childhood Education Center plans unveiled at SWIC (Belleville News-Democrat)
The state will spend $6.1 million to build an Early Childhood Education Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. Read more here:

'Everybody's a star' at IWU gala (Bloomington Pantagraph)
It's customary for colleges to roll out the red carpet for alumni during homecoming.

Complaints about private student loans soar, agency says (Chicago Tribune)
Complaints about student loans are up almost 40 percent nationwide over the past year, a federal agency said this week. But gripes about local servicer Discover Financial Services are down slightly despite education lending being a bigger part of the Riverwoods-based company’s balance sheet..

As Ebola Fears Touch Campuses, Officials Respond With an ‘Excess of Caution’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Colleges across the country faced Ebola scares this week that sent at least one graduate student to the hospital, several employees into quarantine, and untold numbers of students into an unnecessary panic.

Why Colleges Don’t Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation Rates (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This fall, President Obama will release a college-rating system that is likely to include graduation rates as a key measure of institutional success.

Underemployment Hits Recent Graduates the Hardest (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Stories of college graduates working as baristas and taxi drivers have played into a narrative about how college-degree recipients are struggling to find work that uses their education.

NSF-Backed Scientists Raise Alarm Over Deepening Congressional Inquiry (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Two years into the latest round of attacks by Congressional Republicans on federally sponsored research, an escalating effort by the House science committee to find fault with the National Science Foundation is taking a growing toll on researchers.

As Complaints Over Private Student Loans Rise, Repayment Information Remains Scarce (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Borrowers with private student loans face increasingly uncertain—and often conflicting—information from the servicers of those loans, says a report issued on Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

New Report Finds Schools Inadequately Prepare Students for Global Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A new report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that very few schools across the nation require literature, foreign language, U.S. Government or history, or economics classes as part of the core requirements for a bachelor’s degree, leading the organization to question how well students are prepared upon graduation.

Tuition Program Needs Help (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Gov. Bill Haslam’s free tuition program is in need of mentors.

Top 100 Minority Degree Producers 2014 (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.

The 'Yes Means Yes' World (Inside Higher Ed)
When the sexual assault prevention group Culture of Respect attended the Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault in July to promote its forthcoming website, the group went by a different name. The nonprofit passed out business cards and marketing all emblazoned with the phrase “No Means No.”

UI, University of Chicago working together (News-Gazette)
Engineering students at the University of Illinois are working with Chicago business students to develop ideas that could lead to new tech startups as part of a new pilot program between Illinois and the University of Chicago.

Tuition freeze: N.J. Assembly passes 7 bills on higher education (
A bill that would allow New Jersey college students to pay the same tuition for nine straight semesters is one step closer to becoming law.

Public school demographics changing in Illinois (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The Illinois State Board of Education has released statistics showing that more than half of public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, fewer than half of public school students are white.

Rethink Harvard’s sexual harassment policy (The Boston Globe)
As members of the faculty of Harvard Law School, we write to voice our strong objections to the Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures imposed by the central university administration and the Corporation on all parts of the university, including the law school.

SIU releases 2013 crime statistics (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU released its 2013 crime statistics, showing marked decreases in robberies and burglaries and sharp increases in liquor and drug law violations.

A professor’s encounter with two Teach For America recruiters (The Washington Post)
Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools

Why the ‘coding for all’ movement is more than a boutique reform (The Washington Post)
Earlier this year I published a post about coding by education historian Larry Cuban that took issue with current calls for all students to learn how to code computers as a way to learn problem solving and computational thinking.

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