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August 22, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
Mark Zuckenberg

U of C releases first-ever hiring report (Chicago Sun-Times)
The University of Chicago, long known as both a powerful economic force and an island unto itself on the South Side, is disclosing for the first time Friday its efforts to boost local hiring and business creation.

Can the Board of Trustees Really Revoke My Job Offer? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As if there weren’t enough to consider when deciding to accept an academic job, there’s something new to add to the list: the offer’s stability. - See more at:

Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Designing a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind may sound logical. But L. Todd Rose, who teaches educational neuroscience at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody.

What Ails Elite Education? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Even before it was published this week, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press) was stirring controversy.

College of DuPage board: Trustee embarrassed members (Daily Herald)
The College of DuPage board voted Thursday to censure Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton for "inappropriate conduct."

50 Years Later, TRIO Programs Paving Pathways to Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At the age of six or seven — long before she became a college chancellor — Cynthia Azari got a tough lesson in economics for migrant farm worker families such as hers.

Some U.S. Colleges Calling Students Back From Israel (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Xavier University Gets Heads Start on Recruiting With Youth Summer Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As Michael Seaberry begins his first year of medical school at the University of Rochester, he can’t help but to reflect with great fondness on the institution that helped him to develop the skills and passion to want to become a physician.

Navy Admiral McRaven Confirmed as University of Texas Chancellor (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Navy Adm. William McRaven formalized his transition from a top U.S. military commander to academic leader Thursday, officially accepting the job as chancellor of the University of Texas System.

Don't Shop Online (Inside Higher Ed)
Faculty members at George Washington University are once again free to tell students they can save money by buying their textbooks online, after the university initially urged professors to stop pointing students to sources other than the campus bookstore.

Professors Calling Students (Inside Higher Ed)
The new interim president of the University of Southern Maine has advice for faculty amid an enrollment decline: Call students who have yet to re-enroll and get them to come back to campus.

New College Success Group in Arizona (Inside Higher Ed)
The Arizona College Scholarship Foundation has merged with the Arizona College Access Network to form a new group that will serve as a "statewide voice for college access and success," according to a written statement.

Northern Illinois U. Network Security Filter Catches Too Much (Inside Higher Ed)
Northern Illinois University is defending a new network security policy that warns students when they attempt to access certain websites.

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