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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..

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.

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.

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.

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