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October 31, 2014

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"Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these."
James Whitcomb Riley

In the Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, a Key Measure Vanishes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Education Department will release on Thursday the final version of its "gainful employment" rule—the subject of years of intense debate, revision, and litigation.

Elite Colleges Explore Alternative to Common App (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Admissions officials at some of the nation’s most-selective colleges seek to create a new online application system, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle.

Federal Court Protects an Adjunct’s Complaints About Working Conditions (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A federal appeals court has ruled that the First Amendment protected an adjunct instructor’s public complaints about how her employer, an Illinois community college, deals with people in her position.

How a Coalition Seeks to Bring Minority Students Into Science (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For decades, colleges have tried to raise the number of black, Hispanic, and other underrepresented minority students enrolled in science- and engineering-related Ph.D. programs and in the professoriate.

A Billion-Dollar Problem (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced this week a new effort to help talented low- and middle-income students enroll in and graduate from top-tier colleges and universities.

For-Profit Colleges Face ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For-profit colleges that don’t produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

Medical Schools Experiencing Increase in Applicants, Enrollments (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Despite the staggering costs of a medical degree, the number of students enrolled in medical schools has reached a new high of 20,343, according to a new report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

For-Profit Colleges Face ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For-profit colleges that don’t produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

Scholars Find Obama’s Education Legacy Remains Up for Debate (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As President Barack Obama hits the midpoint of his second term, many have begun to consider what will be his legacy, particularly as it relates to education.

Pipeline Programs Hope to Bring More Physicians to Underserved Communities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At the University of New Mexico (UNM), an innovative program takes students from rural and urban, largely Hispanic communities and guides them from 12th grade through graduation from medical school.

State gives RCC $5 million (Herald & Review)
Richland Community College soon will embark on a $6.3 million project to consolidate all core services into one location to ease students' transition into higher education.

The Long View (Inside Higher Ed)
Critics of for-profit colleges were disappointed by the final “gainful employment” regulations. They said the Obama administration caved to industry pressure and put out a watered-down, inadequate set of rules.

UI students push for same-day voter registration (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois student leaders are pressuring Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten to open a "same-day registration" site at the Illini Union on Tuesday, which would allow students to register and vote on Election Day.

Kraft, UI join forces for $1.4 million project on corn pigments (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Kraft Foods Group will provide $1.4 million to the University of Illinois to help explore the potential of using red and purple pigments from corn in some of the company's products.

SIU retention numbers up from last year (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU’s retention numbers are in and they exceed even the school’s expectations.

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