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March 3, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Our life is frittered away with detail. Simplify. Simplify."
Henry David Thoreau

Provost finalist says ISU at a crossroads (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Despite financial challenges ahead, a finalist for vice president of academic affairs and provost at Illinois State University said those challenges provide opportunities.

Chicago State, U. of I. land on 'worst of' list for campus free speech (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois' rescinded job offer to a professor and a controversy over a faculty blog at Chicago State University helped land the two schools on a 2014 "worst of" list for student and faculty free speech rights..

How 3 Colleges Made Tough Choices (Chronicle of Higher Education)
After its enrollment dropped below 700—with only 316 in the all-female undergraduate program—Wilson College, in Pennsylvania, took a big turn away from tradition.

Median Salaries of Senior College Administrators, 2014-15 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For the second consecutive year, the rate of salary growth for senior administrators at public colleges outpaced that of their peers at private institutions, according to a survey released on Monday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

New Social Network Is All College, All the Time (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Once upon a time, Facebook was reserved for college students only. A new social network is trying to reboot that idea, with a college-only service called Friendsy.

In New York, a Prison Record Is a Barrier to College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Adrien Cadwallader sat with a half-dozen campus officials and nervously confessed the low points of his troubled history: the 20 arrests and the drug addiction, followed by diagnoses of bipolar disorder and PTSD.

Women As Writers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme this year of Women’s History Month, which is observed in March. This year is also the 35th anniversary of the Women’s History Movement and the National Women’s History Project, which promotes Women’s History Month.

Band-aid Solutions to College Deficits (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Now is the time of the year that most college and university boards of trustees meet to set in place what the comprehensive fee — tuition, fees, room and board — will be for next year.

Climbing the ladder (Herald & Review)
The students who gathered Monday for the Partners In Education Salute luncheon are among the tops in their class.

Lincoln library event to celebrate women in Illinois history (Herald & Review)
Women's contributions to Illinois history will be featured at a free event at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Tales from a MOOC, Part 1 (Inside Higher Ed)
I’m currently taking a MOOC through Canvas on Blended Learning. I’ve been sitting on this particular piece for a while about my previous experience taking MOOCs.

Are MOOCs Working for Us? (Part 2) (Inside Higher Ed)
This post is the second in a four-part series on MOOC research at Davidson College. We began with “why”, laying out the rationale for leading with a qualitative and residentially focused study.

David Glassman named Eastern's next president (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
It's only 144 miles from Bradley University to Eastern Illinois University -- for David Glassman, it's a short drive to a big transition.

AAUP reps visit campus (News-Gazette)
Representatives of the American Association of University Professors visited the University of Illinois on Friday as part of their investigation into the Steven Salaita case.

Group puts UI in top 10 'worst colleges for free speech' (News-Gazette)
The Steven Salaita saga has landed the University of Illinois on a list it probably would rather not make.

Take it from these ACT aces (News-Gazette)
With high school juniors jittery about the tough test awaiting them today, we asked five local geniuses who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT what last-minute advice they'd offer.

More than 1M students scheduled to take PARCC test (Springfield State Journal-Register)
More than a million students are scheduled to take new standardized tests next week, despite concerns from Illinois' largest school district. - See more at:

SIU alum gives advice for avoiding physician burnout (Springfield State Journal-Register)
An Atlanta surgeon who gave advice Monday to local medical students on ways of avoiding burnout once they become doctors said patients have reason to care about this growing problem. - See more at:

As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards (The Hechinger Report)
At 56, Linda McCampbell discovered she could get the college degree she always wanted.

How an oversupply of PhDs could threaten American science (The Hechinger Report)
Gary McDowell spent four years working toward a PhD in oncology after earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

Location, location, location: Are top universities too far away from low-income high school graduate (The Hechinger Report)
Almost 80 percent of high school graduates go to college nowadays.

Gaming the numbers? Conflicting college admissions messages confound parents and kids (The Hechinger Report)
A friend snapped photos of the colorful college brochures cramming his high school son’s mailbox and posted the pile on Facebook with a message that all but gushed, “Look which schools want us!”

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