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October 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
George Washington

Editorial: Raise taxes or else … (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College expects to raise property taxes, and the explanation from school leaders is that the state makes them do it. SWIC would risk losing state equalization funding of about $7.5 million a year if it doesn't levy at least 95 percent of the maximum property tax rate, a spokesman said. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/10/17/3460891/raise-taxes-or-else.html?sp=/99/174/668/#storylink=cpy

A Test Case for Sexual Harassment (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Philosophy professors at the University of Colorado’s flagship campus here thought they were taking a bold step.

In Rules on Campus Sexual Violence, Education Dept. Emphasizes Training (Chronicle of Higher Education)
New federal rules issued on Monday aim to make campuses safer by requiring colleges to train students and employees on preventing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Benchmark Survey Finds a Continued Rise in Giving to Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Wall Street may have had a rough spell recently, but longer-term growth in the national economy and strong gains in the stock market drove fund-raising gains last year at universities and colleges across the country.

Speed Kills (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Sleeker. Faster. More Intuitive" (The New York Times); "Welcome to a world where speed is everything" (Verizon FiOS); "Speed is God, and time is the devil" (chief of Hitachi’s portable-computer division).

State slashes prices to revive College Illinois contract sales (Crain's Chicago Business)
The state agency overseeing College Illinois is taking a time-tested approach to reviving interest in the college savings plan: It's slashing prices.

Harper College recognizes Hanover Park mayor, other alumni (Daily Herald)
Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig will join seven other honorees in a Harper College ceremony recognizing alumni for their career and community impact on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Kin of black classmates visit Illinois college (Daily Herald)
Willie Sue Smith Stewart's connection to Eureka started well before she came for college in fall 1928 -- the same year as Ronald Reagan.

Annual growth conference focuses on future jobs (Daily Herald)
Grundy County’s manufacturing, agriculture, logistics and health care industries are projected to expand in coming years, remaining the prominent areas of employment for local workers.

Diverse Conversations: Staying for the Long Haul (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In higher education, things are constantly changing. This is especially true of college administrators, who rarely stay at the same institution for an extended period of time.

Final Changes to Clery Act (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education published the final rules to carry out changes to the Clery Act today, requiring colleges and universities to collect and disclose crime statistics about the number of reported crimes that were investigated and determined to be unfounded.

A 'Partial Win' for Publishers (Inside Higher Ed)
While academic publishers on Friday notched a rare win in the ongoing legal debate about digital access to copyrighted works, proponents of fair use said the opinion in Cambridge v. Patton recognizes that colleges and universities can legally create digital reserves of books in their collections.

How will election impact UI Board of Trustees? (News-Gazette)
In the span of a little over a month, the University of Illinois could see sweeping changes in its top leadership. Or maybe not.

Terrific students can be found anywhere’: (PBS NewsHour)
The U.S. Department of Education recently released data that showed there were more than 1.2 million homeless students enrolled in public schools last year, the highest ever.

ICC tuition focused on by network (Pekin Daily Times)
The Pathways to Prosperity Network seeks to ensure youth complete high school and obtain a post-secondary education with value in the labor market. Read more: http://www.pekintimes.com/article/20141017/News/141019180#ixzz3GhBtebbX

Tally of federal probes of colleges on sexual violence grows 50 percent since May (The Washington Post)
The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years.

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