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November24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return."
Marie Edgeworth

Chaos adds realism to IWU nursing program (Bloomington Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — The “hospital room” was full of Illinois Wesleyan University nursing students attempting to deal with a teenager who had overdosed on pills and liquor, his upset ex-girlfriend and his angry mother. The chaos was intentional. The students, all juniors in the simulation lab for the first time, are in a psychiatric and mental health course.

After aid papers are forged, city colleges repay $4 million (Chicago Sun-Times)
The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they’ve also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Dr. Donald F. Steiner’s work improved the lives of diabetes patients around the globe. He was so esteemed in Japan, a scientist there is planning to take a portion of his ashes to Kyoto for burial in a temple, said Dr. Steiner’s cousin, Steve Roess.

To Change a Campus, Talk to the Dean (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Kathryn J. Boor became a dean at Cornell University, change was at the center of her agenda from the very beginning. She began leading the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2010, when the Ivy League institution—like colleges everywhere at the time—was in the midst of streamlining operations and cutting costs.

Gates Goes Open (Inside Higher Ed)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require grant recipients to make their research publicly available online -- a multibillion-dollar boost to the open access movement. The sweeping open access policy, which signals the foundation’s full-throated approval for the public availability of research, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and cover all new projects made possible with funding from the foundation.

Complexity of Student Vets (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- "Did you kill anybody while you were in the military?" It’s a provocative title for an education-related research paper, admits Lesley McBain, its author. But it’s not an embellishment.

Universities get dire warning about state budget (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's higher education czar issued a dire budget warning to the presidents of Illinois' public universities Friday, telling them to be prepared for cuts in state funding of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months.

Universities warned of severe budget cuts (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's budget transition team.

Why two states have poured money into public higher education (The Hechinger Report)
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — Construction cranes sprout like stalks of wheat from the windswept, tabletop-flat campus of the University of North Dakota.

Comparing College Costs the Easy Way (The New York Times)
If you’re a shoestring start-up trying to get noticed in an enormous industry, there’s nothing that helps more than having big players try to ban you. But from financial services to airlines, the pattern repeats itself again and again, as the lumbering giants seek to destroy rather than cooperate.

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