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September 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.”
Sir Ken Robinson

Faculty group endorse U of I medical school plan (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A committee of faculty members at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus has endorsed a proposal to build a new medical school

Commentary: Give Illinois students a choice (Chicago Tribune)
his academic year we are sending 258,580 Illinois children into schools that will fail to bring 60 percent of them to grade-level by June. Of those who do graduate from high school in four years, fewer than 20 percent will be considered "college ready." And that's with funding to public schools in excess of $13,000 per student (not including state funding for after-school programs, construction grants, targeted initiatives or pension payments). Is that acceptable to you?.

Griffin: College of DuPage spent $26 million without board scrutiny (Daily Herald)
Over the past 16 months, the College of DuPage has paid more than $26 million without the board of trustees knowing specifically how the money was spent.

The Most And Least Educated Cities In America (Forbes)
Which cities are the nation’s best and brightest calling home these days?

'Undermining Pell' (Inside Higher Ed)
Hundreds of colleges charge low-income students tuition that is half or more of their household’s entire yearly income, according to a report released today by the New America Foundation that seeks to shed light on colleges’ aid practices and to prod Congress to change the structure of Pell Grants.

Sharing Intel on Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
A new coalition of 11 large public research universities plans to work together on techniques to improve their graduation rates, particularly for lower-income students.

Consumer Agency Sues Corinthian (Inside Higher Ed)
Federal regulators on Tuesday sued Corinthian Colleges, accusing the embattled for-profit education company of setting up a predatory student loan scheme and then illegally harassing borrowers in an attempt to collect that debt.

Professors Win MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships (Inside Higher Ed)
Ten professors were among the 21 people named as the latest class of MacArthur Fellows.

UI professor wins 'genius grant' (News-Gazette)
A University of Illinois environmental engineer who is measuring the effects of soot on global climate and human health has won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists (NPR)
Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.

Letter: Evaluating the cost of education (Springfield State Journal-Register)
We have heard a lot of conversation recently about the out-of-control cost of higher education and what are “we” going to do about making it more affordable

Corinthian Colleges sued over predatory lending scheme (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a “predatory lending scheme.”

Purdue: Colleges must do better for low-income students (The Indianapolis Star)
How can we do better? Purdue University and 10 other public universities across the country will ask that question together in an alliance announced today to better serve low-income and first-generation college students.

Championship debate team shows off skills tonight (The Southern Illinoisan)
-- The public will get a glimpse of a national championship program in action tonight.

U of I chancellor regrets uproar over professor (The Southern Illinoisan)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise told a committee of faculty leaders that she regretted the uproar caused by the decision not hire a professor whose Twitter messages were considered by some to be anti-Semitic.

Washington: An education capital (The Washington Post)
Washington, known as a seat of global power, is also a center for brainpower. A new ranking finds the D.C. metropolitan area to be third in the nation in level of educational attainment — behind No. 1 Ann Arbor, Mich., and No. 2 Madison, Wis., but ahead of Boston, Seattle, New York and many other cities.

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