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January 27, 2015

Quote of the day:
“What really matters is what you do with what you have.”
H. G. Wells

IMSA working to raise $650K to build innovation hub named for YouTube co-founder (Beacon News)
Over the last year, Britta McKenna and students at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy have done a lot of research to help shape the design of a new innovation hub slated to open for the start of the 2016-17 school year.

U of I chancellor: Budget is top priority (Bloomington Pantagraph)
With warnings from the new governor that money from the state will be cut, the budget is the top priority ahead for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

University of Illinois chancellor: Budget is top priority (Chicago Sun-Times)
CHAMPAIGN — With warnings from the new governor that money from the state will be cut, the budget is the top priority ahead for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

Migrant college students face more stress than their peers, study says (Chicago Sun-Times)
Recent federal policies to limit deportations and state programs to expand financial aid have benefited college students who entered the country illegally, but those young people still face emotional, educational and money problems, according to a new national study by UCLA researchers.

Illinois universities spur innovation through technology transfer and entrepreneurship (Chicago Tribune)
As the startup community continues to grow in Chicago and across Illinois, universities are active in encouraging new company formation and shepherding research through the commercialization process through technology transfer offices (TTOs) and entrepreneurship programming..

College of DuPage board to redo approval of leader's controversial buyout (Chicago Tribune)
After approving a controversial severance package last week for College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, the school's board of trustees announced Monday that it would meet Wednesday to deal with the contract once more, suggesting that there was a problem with how officials handled it initially..

The Day the Purpose of College Changed (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts.

Undergraduates in the U.S. Illegally Face a Wide Array of Challenges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Undergraduates who are in the United States illegally face numerous challenges in their pursuit of a higher education, including anxieties about paying for college, fears of deportation, and worries about being accepted on campuses, according to a report released on Monday by the University of California at Los Angeles.

COD to vote again on Breuder $762,000 severance package (Daily Herald)
College of DuPage trustees are expected to take another vote Wednesday on a controversial $762,000 buyout package for the school's president, which has prompted a government watchdog group to urge officials to reject the severance deal this time around.

Wise to meet with Willard task force (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said the campus remains committed long term to being involved in Willard Airport.

Easter: UI sorting through Rauner travel, finance restrictions (News-Gazette)
URBANA —University of Illinois officials are trying to sort out how employees will be affected by Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive orders that call for travel restrictions and require additional financial disclosures.

Opinion: Jim Dey: College chief gets golden parachute after Andrzejewski findings (News-Gazette)
If you're ever looking for a skunk to crash a garden party, Adam Andrzejewski is your man.

Opinion: 2-year, 4-year colleges both play vital roles (News-Gazette)
Not surprisingly, public college and university presidents look at the new year with pangs of trepidation, realizing the possibility of increased tax support is remote, at best, knowing that further recessions in budgets are possible and that a heavy load of greater fundraising will land on their collective backs.

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise (NPR)
Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

Amtrak considers linking college towns with route (Peoria Journal Star)
Amtrak is considering adding a route that cuts across Illinois and connects several major universities. Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150126/News/150129389#ixzz3Q2KqOZ7o

Blended Learning (The Hechinger Report)
More classrooms have high-tech devices.

A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt (The New York Times)
Has the student loan crisis already been solved?

Voice of The Southern: Free tuition writes check we can't cash (The Southern Illinoisan)
During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed a plan to provide free community college tuition to any student who maintains a 2.5 GPA and graduates in a timely manner.

SIU President Dunn appoints 11-person committee to select next AD (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU President Randy Dunn has appointed an 11-person committee to select the school's next athletic director, according to a news release earlier today, and hopes to fill the position this spring.

Editorial: Tax-free college savings plans should be means tested (The Washington Post)
PRESIDENT OBAMA has caused a furor with his plan to tax withdrawals from so-called 529 plans, a tax-advantaged savings account through which families save for children’s college tuition.

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