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April 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals. Aequanimitas!"
Sir William Osler

James A. Tidwell, 1948-2014 (Chicago Tribune)
James A. Tidwell could lead a barbershop chorus and a detailed, in-depth discussion on the First Amendment. A voracious reader, he was licensed to practice law in two states, bowled competitively and played a shrewd version of fantasy football.

Paying for College: Experts Gather in Search of New Models (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Lumina Foundation has made college attainment its primary focus. One major impediment to its "big goal" of increasing "the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025" is the cost of college.

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Institutions need to better prepare graduate students to teach, several educators gathered here for a conference said last week.

ECC moves forward on new Burlington campus (Courier News)
ELGIN — Elgin Community College officials last week got a peek at what the buildings on ECC’s planned new Burlington campus will look like, and they talked about a timetable for developing it.

ACT debate: State weighs no longer funding test, but students, colleges still value it (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
The most important test Dylan Moore can imagine is about two weeks away

Global Scholars Say Universities Need to Get Back to Basics (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Universities don’t have to solve the social and practical problems of the day, but should rather focus on equipping students with the critical and analytical thinking skills that will enable them to do these things themselves.

Rethinking the Role of College Career Centers for Humanities Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Numerous studies indicate that the skills produced by a quality liberal arts education correspond precisely to what employers seek beyond technical training.

House Budget Plan Would Hit Higher Ed Hard (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A 2015 budget plan narrowly approved by the House of Representatives late last week would impose major cuts on higher education, including a 10-year freeze on Pell grants and reduced funds for student loans.

Tenn. Senate Approves Haslam’s Free Tuition Plan (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor’s desk.

Colleges Seek to Improve Remedial Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

Proactive on Prior Learning (Inside Higher Ed)
Florida’s public institutions are anxiously watching this spring’s legislative session, which rounded the halfway point last week. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Automatic Income-Based Repayment? (Inside Higher Ed)
There is relatively broad consensus among policy makers and advocates in Washington that income-based repayment is, in most cases, a useful tool for helping borrowers manage their monthly student loan payments. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Lake Land board votes on tuition increase (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to increase tuition by $5 per credit hour and fees by $2.50 per credit hour starting this summer.

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans (NPR)
Loans allow many students to attend college, but they also leave graduates with big debt. The Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explains how skipping a loan payment could be more trouble than it's worth.

Illinois debates continuing free ACT test (Peoria Journal Star)
Thousands of high school junior students are preparing for this year's ACT as Illinois lawmakers consider whether to continue paying for them to take the college readiness exam. Read more:

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

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