Quote of the day:
"Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true."
Students have mixed feelings on proposed campus smoking ban (Bloomington Pantagraph)
NORMAL — Smokers at Illinois State University have adapted to a ban on smoking imposed earlier this year on the campus quad and certain high traffic areas.
NIU administrator, under federal investigation, returns to work (Chicago Tribune)
A Northern Illinois University vice president who has been part of a federal law enforcement
COMMENTARY - What Happens When 2 Colleges Become One (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Earlier this year, Moody's Investors Service released its annual assessment of higher education in the United States, a report that viewed the sector's short-term outlook as largely negative amid growing economic pressures. The analysts, however, applauded the efforts of a few states that were trying to merge or consolidate campuses because such efforts "foster operating efficiencies and reduce costs amid declining state support."
Universities support Madigan's pension cost shift plan (Daily Herald)
University and community college officials expressed support Thursday for a plan that would shift the cost of employee pensions their way.
CLC would be part of test program meant to create jobs (Daily Herald)
College of Lake County and three other 2-year schools would be part of a test job-training program under a measure recently passed by the Illinois Senate.
COD paves new way to earn bachelor's degree (Daily Herald)
Nine students will walk across the stage today at Lewis University's commencement ceremony to receive bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Yet, the students never took any classes at the school's campus in Romeoville. Through the so-called 3+1 program partnership between Lewis and College of DuPage, the students earned their four-year degrees from Lewis by taking all their classes at COD's campus in Glen Ellyn.
Sen. Gillibrand Proposes Student Loan Refinance Plan (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping to relieve the debt burden of millions of students who have borrowed to pay for their education especially New Yorkers, who average nearly $30,000 in student debt.
Missing the (Grade) Point (Inside Higher Ed)
A new study about grade inflation begins by quoting an 1894 report of a Harvard University committee that was distressed by grade inflation. Apparently at Harvard at the end of the 19th century, students were earning As for "work of not very high merit" and Bs "for work not far above mediocrity."
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/05/20/study-challenges-data-and-ideas-behind-grade-inflation-higher-education#ixzz2Tqyhl7Cy
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Less Academically Adrift? (Inside Higher Ed)
It's hard to think of a study in the last decade that has had a bigger impact on public discourse about higher education and the internal workings of colleges and universities alike than has Academically Adrift.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/05/20/studies-challenge-findings-academically-adrift#ixzz2TqqQy1Lp
Smokers adapting to ban at Ill. State University (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
School officials and some students say a ban on smoking in high traffic areas at Illinois State University is going smoothly so far.
Shift would cost WIU about $650K (McDonough County, The Voice)
MACOMB -- A tentative agreement between the state legislature and state-supported universities and community colleges could mark the beginning of a gradual pension liability shift.
Deadbeat Illinois: Universities get fraction of what they’re due (Peoria Journal Star)
Nearly 11 months into this fiscal year, which ends June 30, Illinois’ nine public universities have received about $673.7 million — or about 65 percent — of the $1.2 billion appropriated, said Mike Dropka, spokesman for the comptroller’s office.
Augie Choice gives students international opportunities (Quad-City Times)
Graduating Augustana College senior Stormy Almanza knew she wanted to study abroad in college
Deadbeat Illinois: Universities get fraction of what they're due (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Although delayed payments from the state are to be expected these days, university officials say the predictability doesn’t make it any easier.
OPINION - Needed: A Mass Movement for College Debt Relief (The Huffington Post)
Austerity has failed in Europe, where the European Union just racked up 18 months of negative growth with no end in sight. It is failing in the United States, where this year's deficit reductions will cut the growth rate in half.
OPINION - Student Loan Debt -- It's Worse for Women (The Huffington Post)
How bad is the wage gap for women in the workplace? For college graduates, it's so bad that it begins even before women begin their careers.
Obama Urges Morehouse Graduates to ‘Keep Setting an Example’ (The New York Times)
President Obama came to Morehouse College, the alma mater of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Sunday to tell graduates, 50 years after Dr. King’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, that “laws and hearts and minds have been changed to the point where someone who looks just like you can somehow come to serve as president of these United States.”
Steve Jobs’s Widow Steps Onto Philanthropic Stage (The New York Times)
Marlene Castro knew the tall blonde woman only as Laurene, her mentor.
EDITORIAL - As college students struggle, college presidents prosper (The Plain Dealer)
As college tuition and fees soar, parents and students can't help but question the outsized salaries of public college presidents just reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual survey.
Voice of The Southern: Pension reform close to reality (The Southern Illinoisan)
Our view: By focusing on broad goals, our state’s leaders can compromise and create an effective and fair pension reform program.
Commentary: Creative destruction meets higher education (The Washington Post)
I was invited to weigh in during the opening general session at the Education Technology Industry Summit in San Francisco this month, hosted by the Software & Information Industry Association. The topic: “What’s Next” in education. As a technology venture capital investor and parent of both a college student and a high school student, “What’s Next” in education is top of mind.
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