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July 31, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Og Mandino

SWIC hopes to play major role in cybersecurity at Scott (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College hopes to play a major role in the planned expansion at Scott Air Force Base. According to SWIC President Georgia Costello, the school "is poised to help the community and Scott Air Force Base with any and all training needs" associated with the recently announced $16 million U.S. Air Force investment in two new cyber squadrons at the metro-east military base.

Why education is becoming especially ripe for technology developers (Chicago Tribune)
The confluence of Common Core Standards for students and the increasing use of smart tablets in schools makes education technology a fertile field for startups, Leap Innovations CEO Phyllis Lockett told attendees at a Technori Pitch event in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

The New Glass Ceiling in Academe (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In honor of International Women’s Day, the university where I am currently a postdoctoral fellow held a conference on “glass ceilings in academia.”

In N.C., Debate Over an Aid Freeze—and What It Means to Be Affordable (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Affordability is the aim of countless proposed higher-education policies.

How 4 Types of Families Approach Paying for College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The overwhelming majority of current students and their parents see college as an investment in the future.

Student effort sparks NIU shuttle service changes (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Starting Friday, DeKalb residents will no longer have access to a late-night bus service that Northern Illinois University provides.

NIU hires director of federal relations (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Anna Quider will report to Lesley Rigg, vice president of research and innovation partnerships, according to a news release from NIU. Quider will represent the university in policy discussions as part of an effort to strengthen NIU’s identity across federal organizations and agencies.

Becoming Intentional About College Retention (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
One of the biggest concerns at colleges and universities is how best to improve retention.

Millions with College Credit Identified as Potential Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
An estimated 4 million Americans have completed at least two years of college and they represent a promising pool of potential students with whom colleges and universities could reconnect to offer degree completion programs, says a new national report.

More Focus Needed on Guiding Native Americans to Doctoral Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Fewer Native Americans earn doctorates now than they did 20 years ago. Or do they?

Billions of GI Bill Funds Going to For-Profit Schools (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States (Education Week)
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards got a boost in recent weeks, as Missouri and North Carolina moved to reassess their involvement, while the governors of Utah and Wisconsin distanced themselves from the standards.

Paul Ryan And The Emerging Conservative Reform Agenda In Higher Education (Forbes)
Paul Ryan’s 73-page blueprint for expanding opportunity is chock full of ideas for higher education and job training reform.

Parents Are Paying More for College (Inside Higher Ed)
Out-of-pocket contributions to cover the price of college rose in 2014 after three years of decreases, according to the seventh annual installment of a study the lender Sallie Mae released today. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/07/31/parents-are-paying-more-college#ixzz393j9d1hY Inside Higher Ed

ISU gets grant to teach 'smart grid' technology (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A $450,000 grant to Illinois State University will help teachers and their students learn more about cutting-edge electricity distribution. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140731/News/140739901#ixzz393coH7hj

McCaskill's college sexual assault bill introduced after months of work (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
WASHINGTON • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and a bipartisan group of senators introduced on Wednesday legislation to combat college sexual assault.

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