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September 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Where all think alike, no one thinks much.”
Walter Lippman

Waubonsie Valley grad tackles student loan debt crisis (Beacon News)
After spending time talking with Sean Anderson, two things immediately crossed my mind. I hope politics never change his passion. And, boy, would his mother be proud. Anderson is only 22, still a junior in college.

SWIC board votes to terminate PSOP executive director (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to terminate the contract of Elizabeth Zurliene, who served for 21/2 years as the executive director of the school's Programs and Services for Older Persons agency. Read more here:

University Center of Lake County Solves Print Management Headaches with Self-Serve Stations (Campus Technology)
University Center of Lake County (UCLC), a satellite campus facility serving 19 colleges and universities in Illinois, has made it easier for students, faculty and corporate visitors to access copy and print services, while reducing administrative overhead for its staff.

North Central College launches new media studies department (Chicago Tribune)
North Central College is launching a new media studies department this fall to prepare students for the increasingly dynamic media field. The new department combines journalism, broadcast communication and interactive media studies (IMS). The popular IMS major blends art, computer science, English and communication. .

So Your College Offers Students an ‘Employment Guarantee’?* (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Most students hope to have a job lined up by the time they finish college. But the job market for new graduates remains pretty tight. In this uncertain world, wouldn’t it be nice to have some insurance?

Scholars Take Aim at Student Evaluations’ ‘Air of Objectivity’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Student course evaluations are often misused statistically and shed little light on the quality of teaching, two scholars at the University of California at Berkeley argue in the draft of a new paper.

After Illinois’s Administrative Fiasco, Questions Remain (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The summary dismissal of Steven G. Salaita from an offered tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over posts on his Twitter account critical of Israel’s military actions against Palestinians in Gaza has been quite a roller-coaster ride, and faculty members elsewhere appear to be bracing for their turn.

Uncluttering the Pathway to the Diploma (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Community-college students who register for their college-level classes before the term begins are 11 times more likely to persist into their second year, while students whose instructors enforce strict attendance policies are nearly three times as likely to complete remedial-mathematics courses.

A Chronicle Reporter Wrote a Book About the Higher-Ed Crisis. These 5 Things Surprised Her the Most. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College is often seen as central to the American Dream, a pathway to upward mobility for rich and poor alike.

What a Consumer Watchdog's Suit Against Corinthian Could Mean for Other Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s a pretty safe bet that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won’t see much of the half-billion-plus dollars it demanded from Corinthian Colleges Inc., in a lawsuit the bureau filed on Tuesday that accused the company of predatory lending and illegal collection tactics.

A Passion to Highlight Which Colleges Do Well by Low-Income Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The question of which colleges serve low-income students well has gotten a lot of attention this year, thanks in part to a White House summit, in January, and a new spin on college rankings, released by The New York Times this month.

Commentary: After Illinois’s Administrative Fiasco, Questions Remain (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The summary dismissal of Steven G. Salaita from an offered tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over posts on his Twitter account critical of Israel’s military actions against Palestinians in Gaza has been quite a roller-coaster ride, and faculty members elsewhere appear to be bracing for their turn

Our View: Numbers behind enrollment decline (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
With the way costs for students are increasing each year, we shouldn’t be surprised that enrollment at Northern Illinois University is hitting historic lows.

NIU students discuss why they leave campus on weekends (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Before he ever set foot on the Northern Illinois University campus, freshman Angelo Gonzalez knew he would spend every other weekend with his family and friends in Chicago.

Beacon College Leading the Way in Service of Learning Disabled (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
After trying out several colleges, Andrew Marvin found himself at Beacon College. Marvin, who has ADHD, says that Beacon was the only school that was able to meet his particular learning needs. The unique institution, located in Leesburg, Florida, is one of a handful of colleges that accept only learning disabled students.

Centre College Program Aimed at First-Generation Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The largest single gift in Centre College’s nearly 200-year history will create a new scholarship program for first-generation students, the liberal arts college announced.

Roosevelt University Student Appointed to Illinois State Board of Higher Education (eMediaWire)
Sean Anderson, a 22-year-old business management major at Roosevelt University, has been appointed as a student board member on the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). After his first board meeting last month, Anderson, a native of Naperville, Ill., said his aim as a board member is to work with IBHE and Illinois lawmakers in finding remedies for the growing student-loan debt crisis.

Richland marks U.S. Constitution's 227th anniversary (Herald & Review)
Life would be a lot different for Quanisha Turner if 39 men hadn't signed a piece of paper in a stuffy room 227 years ago.

More Pressure Than Ever: The 2014 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors (Inside Higher Ed)
Last year was a difficult one for college admissions -- with institutions reporting more and more difficulty filling their classes.

Bill Targets U.S. Education Research (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Senate’s education committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an education research bill over the objection of some researchers who said they’re concerned about the changes it makes to how federal education research is overseen.

High Impact, Low Participation (Inside Higher Ed)
Community colleges now have solid data on which strategies work best to help students get to graduation. While more colleges are using those techniques, far too few students are benefiting from them.

EIU recognized by national organizations (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Eastern Illinois University has been recognized for its civic engagement by NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. The university is one of nearly 100 colleges and universities named a Lead Institution by the organization, according to an EIU press release. Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Nadler said in the release this is the second consecutive year the school has been invited to participate in NASPA's network.

Lake Land College completes grant cycle (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Grant Office has completed another year of grant projects, bringing in more than $1.1 million in grant funding for the college, according to a press release.

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."

UI professor: MacArthur award 'completely blindsided me' (News-Gazette)
Walking back to her office after class a few weeks ago, engineering Professor Tami Bond got a call on her cell phone from an unfamiliar Chicago number.

Parkland Foundation scholarship winners (News-Gazette)
The Parkland College Foundation has announced the following area scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Colleges let taxpayers help poor students while they go after rich, report says (The Hechinger Report)
In what it calls “an elaborate shell game,” universities and colleges are shifting their financial aid from low-income students to high-income ones to bolster their prestige and raise them up the rankings, a new report says.

Opinion: Student leaders should utilize campus calendar (The Northern Star)
NIU’s calendar site is supposed to be a tool for exposing people to organizations, promoting diversity among groups, but those groups aren’t using it enough.

Board of Trustees to discuss future projects, consider budget approval (The Northern Star)
The Board of Trustees will consider approving a university request for state funding to renovate several academic buildings at its meeting today.

Six arrested in two separate sexual assaults at SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
Six SIU students were arrested this past weekend in connection with two alleged sexual assault incidents on the campus.

Matchmaking through technology: The coming revolution in college admissions (The Washington Post)
The old model that colleges used to recruit, through mass mailings to promising students and selective visits to key high schools, is giving way to sophisticated matchmaking tools of technology.

More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free (The Washington Post)
It’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.

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.

September 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
Jacques Barzun

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library (Chicago Sun-Times)
WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition.

Op-ed: U. of I. did right, but maybe for wrong reasons (Chicago Sun-Times)
Despite all the debate over the University of Illinois’ refusal to let Professor Steven Salaita teach because many have found his tweets offensive, the real issue in the case has gone unaddressed.

4 Key Questions Experts Are Asking About Obama’s College-Ratings Plan (Chronicle of Higher Education)
President Obama’s proposed federal college-ratings system is set to be released in time for the 2015 academic year, but if the comments from administrators and researchers at a hearing on Friday are anything to go by, the plan appears to be far from complete.

In Quest for Success, Colleges Ask: What’s Working (Chronicle of Higher Education)
ith the pressure on for higher graduation rates, better retention, and more-engaged students, colleges are deploying a variety of tactics in their pursuit of student success. But whether they’re offering a first-year experience or a flipped classroom, how do they know if the programs are working?

New 11-University Alliance Plans Efforts to Help Graduate More Needy Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Eleven public research universities around the country that enroll some of the most economically and racially diverse student bodies in the nation have formed a collaboration aimed at increasing the numbers of low-income students who start and graduate from college.

Editorial: When does a professor cross the line? (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
A university should include faculty with a wide range of views, even controversial ones, and they shouldn’t be penalized for expressing them.

Editorial: Move pension issue on to `fast track' (Herald & Review)
It may be good for everyone if the state's pension overhaul were put on the so-called ``fast track.'' It appears the the pension reform approved by the General Assembly last spring is doomed for a defeat in court. If that's the case, the faster that decision is rendered, the better for taxpayers

Lake Land College plans Transfer Day (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
More than 25 colleges and universities from throughout Illinois will attend the event to discuss transfer options to four-year colleges or universities. Additionally, opportunities to discuss admission requirements, special major requirements, tuition costs and disability services will be available

Redesigning Remedial Math (National Journal)
Nationwide, remedial math is a major academic barrier to community-college students graduating. But a new partnership between the University of Texas (Austin) and the state's community colleges—called the New Mathways Project—aims to get more students up to speed, faster, by rethinking how math is taught.

Wise regrets polarization over Salaita (News-Gazette)
URBANA — In a meeting with a campus governance committee Monday, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she regrets the polarization that has occurred on campus as a result of the Steven Salaita case, and she should have consulted with more people, including those in American Indian Studies.

Chicago tops list of Obama library finalists (POLITICO)
The foundation tasked with planning Barack Obama’s presidential library has narrowed down the list of potential hosts to four finalists, with the University of Chicago widely seen as the most likely choice. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are the three other finalists that have been asked to respond Read more:

Warren Student Loan Refinance Bill on Tap Before Mid-Term Election (Rockford Register Star)
Senator Warren, who seemed to acknowledge the bill’s controversial features, said, “I’m never going to get this politician thing right, but we want to pass a law that will cover everybody, a law that would enable people to re-finance Federal Parent PLUS loans and private loans, too,” including those made by Sallie Mae — now Navient — and those from bank and non-bank lenders that charge rates which can run into double digits.

Recruitment efforts paying off for Illinois colleges (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Recruitment efforts targeting freshmen and international students are paying off for some Illinois colleges and universities, while others credit improving retention rates with maintaining steady enrollment. Fall 2014 enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield, announced last week, grew by nearly 300 students to 5,431, making it the largest student body in UIS. Read more:

International enrollment is up sharply at SIUC (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale saw its first enrollment increase in 10 years, thanks in large part to exploding international enrollment.

Tuition discount hopes to lure Hoosiers back to college (The Indianapolis Star)
When you're 30, the first day of school can feel a lot like every other day.

A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers (The New York Times)
Arianna Trickey was opening a piece of mail in her bedroom during junior year of high school when a pamphlet fell out of the envelope. The pamphlet seemed to offer the impossible: the prospect of a full scholarship to several of her dream colleges.

For Inspiration in Creating College Ratings, Look to Health Care (The New York Times)
The Obama administration is preparing a system of college ratings that it hopes will improve college quality and hold down tuition by arming consumers with better information.

Oregon's tuition-free Pay it Forward plan should take a back seat (The Oregonian)
Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission reiterated its position on Oregon's controversial tuition-free 'Pay It Forward' college finance proposal Thursday:

Free community college could cost Oregon taxpayers $250 million (The Oregonian)
A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded.

How much will college cost in 25 years? (USA TODAY)
Mounting college costs and student loan debts present a substantial dilemma for those planning to start families in the next few years: What will the cost, and value, of a college education look like 25 years down the line?

September 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
“If you can control your behavior when everything around you is out of control, you can model for your children a valuable lesson in patience and understanding...and snatch an opportunity to shape character.”
Jane Clayson Johnson

Area colleges roll out programs for everyone from construction professionals (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced that it is now accepting registration for the 2015 session of its Construction Leadership Institute. Read more here:

Ray Hartstein, co-ounder, first chairman of Oakton Community College, dead at 96 (Chicago Sun-Times)
Ray Hartstein, who co-founded Oakton Community College, died Sunday at 96 at his home in Vernon Hills.

The Hottest Seat on Campus (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Today’s enrollment officials need a mind for marketing and a nose for numbers. Thick skin helps, too.

In Quest for Success, Colleges Ask: What’s Working? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With the pressure on for higher graduation rates, better retention, and more-engaged students, colleges are deploying a variety of tactics in their pursuit of student success.

Nearly 100 groups formschool funding coalition (Daily Herald)
Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform proposal in the spring.

Diverse Docket: Kennedy-King College Fails to Win Dismissal (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A community college in Chicago must go to trial in a religious discrimination suit by a Muslim former faculty member who was denied tenure and terminated, a federal judge has ruled.

Boost for Need-Based Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
States last year doled out roughly the same amount of student aid money in 2012-13 as they did the previous year, but they increased the share of money flowing to students based on financial need, according to a new survey published Monday.

To Potential MFA Students: There Are No Academic Jobs (Inside Higher Ed)
I am nowhere near the first to say it, nor will I be the last, but to be clear: there is no sustainable career path in academia for MFA holders in creative writing.

Rauner’s education plan raises eyebrows (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Proposals to tie teacher merit pay to student test scores and alter tenure policies to make it easier to fire bad teachers are among the most recent education ideas being pushed in Illinois by Bruce Rauner, the Republican businessman challenging Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn this fall. Read more:

Coaltion forms to push school funding reform (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform proposal in the spring. Read more:

Freshmen enrollment drops at U of I (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois' flagship campus is down this semester by 5.4 percent from a year ago, according to the school. Read more:

Letter: Right move by the U of I (Springfield State Journal-Register)
I commend Chancellor Phyllis Wise and the University of Illinois board of trustees for knowing the difference between freedom of speech and hate rants. Read more:

Susan Koch: Examples of excellence showcased in honorsprogram (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A front-page headline a few days ago in Springfield’s The State Journal-Register announced a record enrollment at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois. Read more:

September 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~~ Mahatma Gandhi Read more at:
Mahatma Gandhi

IWU chaplain cites post-9/11 need for interfaith talk (Bloomington Pantagraph)
When Illinois Wesleyan University chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger thinks of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, she doesn't just remember the violence of that day or the eerily quiet skies above the Chicago area.

Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives (Chicago Sun-Times)
ASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.

Editorial: U. of I. right to reject prof's hate speech (Chicago Tribune)
Let's begin by stipulating that most of Steven Salaita's tweets about Israel are merely loathsome. As such, they aren't sufficient grounds to deny him a teaching job at the University of Illinois.. In that category we might include these:

U. of I. trustees vote 8-1 to reject Salaita (Chicago Tribune)
RBANA -- The University of Illinois board of trustees voted Thursday not to hire controversial professor Steven Salaita, finalizing a decision that has created much backlash on campus and from academia nationwide..

More seniors are carrying student loan debt into retirement (Chicago Tribune)
WASHINGTON — Student loan debt doesn't only hurt the young. More seniors are carrying their college debt into retirement.. The total outstanding debt load held by seniors grew to $18.2 billion in 2013, up from $2.8 billion in 2005, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday.

U. of Illinois Board’s Denial of Job to Salaita Is Unlikely to Quell Controversy (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The University of Illinois’s Board of Trustees voted, 8 to 1, on Thursday to deny a professorship to Steven G. Salaita, a harsh critic of Israel, at a meeting in which some board members and guest speakers voiced fears that the institution was abandoning academic freedom and others called Mr. Salaita a potential threat to students.

Salaita Case Exposes Frustrations With Chancellor’s Leadership Style (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In her contentious decision to rescind a job offer to a controversial scholar, Phyllis M. Wise has exposed the ramifications of a leadership style that some professors and students say is consultative on its surface but ultimately uncompromising.

What’s Next in the Steven Salaita Dispute? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Investigators Say Education Dept. Has Ignored Dozens of Recommendations (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Education Department has yet to respond to dozens of recommendations made by government investigators over the past decade, officials at two oversight agencies told members of Congress on Wednesday.

New Scholarly Books (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Weekly Book List, September 12, 2014

U of Illinois trustees won't hire professor (Daily Herald)
University of Illinois trustees on Thursday decided not to hire a professor who previously lost a job offer at the school because of anti-Israel Twitter messages.

Bartlett hires ECC's Spartan Consulting Group for marketing assignment (Daily Herald)
They have big-ticket clients and a professional look. So it's a bit of a surprise when you learn that the team behind the Spartan Consulting is really a group of students at Elgin Community College.

Tough Financial Love May Pay Off for Kentucky State University (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Taking the hard line with its finances, Kentucky State University released 645 of its students from enrollment for unpaid or neglected accounts on September 2. Just a week later, KSU has taken 452 of those students back.

AmeriCorps at 20 (Inside Higher Ed)
The last four U.S. presidents are joining together today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program, through which more than 900,000 volunteers have delivered more than 1.2 billion hours of service in thousands of communities.

Officially Out of a Job (Inside Higher Ed)
Steven Salaita’s recent demands for a job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign apparently fell on deaf ears, with the Board of Trustees of the Illinois system rejecting his candidacy for a tenured faculty appointment to the American Indian studies program Thursday.

What happens now after Salaita decision? (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Standing on the Quad among a crowd of faculty and students, some of them in tears and still chanting "Reinstate Salaita!", Robert Warrior considered this question: Is it over?

The U.S. gov. wants you to get the most from your college investment (PBS NewsHour)
Recently, Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education, sat down with the NewsHour to talk about the recent push for experimentation with competency-based college degree programs, the pending federal college rating system, concerns over growing student debt and other issues we examined.

U of I trustees OK $5.64B budget (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees on Thursday approved a $5.64 billion budget for the current fiscal year. That's an increase of $11.1 million, or 0.2 percent. Read more:

U of I trustees won't hire professor (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees on Thursday voted not to hire a professor whose anti-Israel Twitter messages were deemed anti-Semitic by some, raising the likelihood of a lawsuit or a financial deal with the professor and further campus protests. Read more:

An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy (The New York Times)
People disagree, quite strenuously, on the best curriculum for teaching children to read. But all participants in the reading wars agree on some other things: Early reading is crucial — a child who does not read proficiently by third grade will probably fall further and further behind each year. American schools are failing: two out of three fourth graders don’t read at grade level.

That Selfie Is So Good, It Could Help You Pay for College (The New York Times)
WHEN 18-year-old Kiana Neisig added up her expenses for college, she found herself short of funds, even after receiving grants and student loans.

SIU ranks 189 of 268 national universities (The Southern Illinoisan)
A national news magazine ranks SIU 189th out of 268 national universities. The rankings were released by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Colleges edition.

SIU receives another award for veteran affairs (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU received a special award for its work with veterans Thursday. Simon Wlodarski, deputy chief of staff with the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs, presented SIU with the Governor's Award for Excellence in Veteran Education in Illinois for spring semester 2014.

Why not having a college degree is a bigger barrier than it used to be (The Washington Post)
Jeanne Marrin, 48, comes from what she calls an “HR family.”

September 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Every student can learn. Just not on the same day or in the same way.”
George Evans

Editorial: Continuous cuts hurt higher education, and students (Chicago Sun-Times)
University of Illinois officials last week said that a higher percentage of students accepted at the U. of I. are deciding to go elsewhere because financial aid is insufficient

Salaita to U. of Illinois: ‘Reinstate Me’ or Brace for Legal Fight (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Steven G. Salaita wants to continue fighting for a job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he’s ready to take legal action if he doesn’t get it.

In Cheeky Pushback, Colleges Razz Rate My Professors (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Internet can be a nasty place, as academics know well from Rate My Professors.

Pleas for Civility Meet Cynicism (Chronicle of Higher Education)
"Civility" just might be academe’s newest fighting word.

Investigators Say Education Dept. Has Ignored Dozens of Recommendations (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Education Department has yet to respond to dozens of recommendations made by government investigators over the past decade, officials at two oversight agencies told members of Congress on Wednesday.

Project Seeks to Ease Path to 4-Year Degree for Nontraditional Students (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The American Council on Education announced on Wednesday a project intended to make it easier for nontraditional students to earn four-year college degrees.

NIU sees increase in international students (Daily Herald)
An almost 30 percent increase in international students has helped Northern Illinois University record its lowest drop in enrollment in five years.

Caterpillar plans new lab at U. of Illinois (Daily Herald)
Caterpillar Inc. plans to open a new data analytics laboratory at the University of Illinois, the Peoria-based company announced this week.

College Affordability Metrics Don’t Match HBCUs’ Mission (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The current metric used by the Obama administration to measure college affordability does not rely on the critical role that historically Black colleges and universities play in educating traditionally underrepresented students, according to a new report released by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Senior Americans Burdened With Student Debt (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

For HBCUs, Investing in Education Abroad a Key to Marketplace Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The numbers show how under-represented students of color are when it comes to international experiences, but how can its increase also be connected to improving marketplace success?

`College degree required' becoming the norm (Herald & Review)
A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor's degree for positions that didn't used to require baccalaureate education.

Umbrella Group Backs Unbundling (Inside Higher Ed)
On Wednesday ACE announced the creation of a pool of about 100 online courses that will lead to credit recommendations. The courses will be low-cost or free.

Senior (Citizen) Student Debt Rising (Inside Higher Ed)
More than 700,000 households headed by Americans 65 or older now carry student debt, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S.

Overall EIU enrollment down 8 percent (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Newly released 10-day figures show an approximately 8 percent drop in enrollment at Eastern Illinois University, according to an EIU press release. Overall enrollment was down 862 students, from 8,726 in fall 2013 to 8,045 students in fall 2014.

LIVE: UI trustees preparing to vote on Salaita (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois trustees have emerged from closed session and are now taking public comment.

Proposed UI financial aid policy changes to receive scrutiny (News-Gazette)
Students who turn down an offer of admission from the University of Illinois increasingly cite money as the primary reason, with four years of tuition alone totaling almost $50,000.

Proposed UI financial aid policy changes to receive scrutiny (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Students who turn down an offer of admission from the University of Illinois increasingly cite money as the primary reason, with four years of tuition alone totaling almost $50,000.

Quincy University campaign seeks to raise $1 million for fifth straight year (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Quincy University launched its annual QU Fund campaign Wednesday by announcing a goal of raising at least $1 million for the fifth straight year.

College Affordability Metrics Don’t Match HBCUs’ Mission (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The current metric used by the Obama administration to measure college affordability does not rely on the critical role that historically Black colleges and universities play in educating traditionally underrepresented students, according to a new report released by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

Final U of I decision expected on professor's employment (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Attorneys for a professor who lost an offer to work at the University of Illinois because of anti-Israel Twitter messages expect the school's Board of Trustees to make a final decision on his employment today. Read more:

Durbin supports increased access for veterans to higher education benefits (The Daily Illini)
Some veterans in Illinois who want to attend college are having difficulty accessing their full state and federal benefits in order to pay for their education. But that may soon change.

No need to teach girls differently online (The Hechinger Report)
To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature.

Competency catches on (The Hechinger Report)
Competency-based education isn’t an experiment at Bellevue College near Seattle, writes Paul Bradley on Community College Week. The college’s first CBE program — a business software specialist certificate program — has proven very popular.

Active learning helps first-gen students (The Hechinger Report)
Active learning raised average test scores more than 3 percentage points, and significantly reduced the number of students who failed the exams, the study found. The score increase was doubled, to more than 6 percentage points, for black students and first-generation college students.

A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income (The New York Times)
Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation’s one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation’s income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979.

California Bill Sets Sights on Curbing Campus Sexual Assaults (The New York Times)
California is poised to become the first state to require all colleges that receive state funds to strengthen their policies on sexual assault by mandating that students give active consent to one another before all sexual activity, either by saying “yes” to a spoken query or by signaling assent in a nonverbal way.

Ebola not an immediate risk on SIU campus (The Southern Illinoisan)
Ebola is not an immediate threat to the SIU campus, an SIU Student Health Services official said.

September 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”
John Adams

U. of I. Board expected to OK more need-based financial aid (Chicago Sun-Times)
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is expected to approve more need-based financial aid than it does now by adopting a more flexible funding formula.

Rejected professor Salaita wants U. of I. job or else he'll sue (Chicago Tribune)
CHAMPAIGN — Professor Steven Salaita, whose job offer was rescinded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of his controversial social media comments about Israel, called on the school Tuesday to give him his position back..

S. Biff Bowman, trustee, DePaul University (Chicago Tribune)
S. Biff Bowman, incoming chief financial officer of Northern Trust, has been elected a trustee at DePaul University. He is a member of the board of directors of the public-private partnership Skills for Chicagoland's Future and Lincoln Park Zoo.

Salaita to U. of Illinois: ‘Reinstate Me’ or Brace for Legal Fight (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Steven G. Salaita wants to continue fighting for a job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he’s ready to take legal action if he doesn’t get it.

Are Demographics Destiny? Student Advocates and For-Profit Colleges Disagree (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Student and consumer groups, worried that the Education Department is considering softening its proposed "gainful employment" rule, are challenging a study that suggests that demographics drive student outcomes.

ECC by the numbers: Report shows where college is succeeding, lagging (Courier News)
ELGIN — The student body at Elgin Community College last school year had a bigger percentage of blacks and Hispanics than the overall population of the area it serves. The college also does fantastically well in preparing students to pass state exams for various professional licenses, with 100 percent of students in many professional preparation programs passing the final test.

Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path (Education Week)
Kristin M. Chiasson and her team of guidance counselors have been ramping up efforts to foster more of a college-going culture at Wayne Memorial High School, near Detroit, where a majority of students would be among the first in their families to pursue higher education.

The 'Murky Middle' (Inside Higher Ed)
Colleges and universities trying to improve retention and graduation rates may be directing academic support services to the wrong students, emerging research suggests.

Tugged in Two Directions (Inside Higher Ed)
A surge in new competency-based degree programs has created challenges for the accreditors tasked with approving them.

Higher spending may not help U.S. higher education outperform peers (PBS NewsHour)
The United States’ spending on higher education far outstrips that of other countries that make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to the group’s annual Education at a Glance report released today.

Northwestern, UIUC To Receive More Than $8.4 M For Clean Energy Research (Progress Illinois)
The U.S. Department of Energy is set to collectively give Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign more than $8.4 million for clean energy and research and development.

Professor who lost U of I job offer wants position (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A professor who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of sometimes-profane Twitter messages that critics deemed anti-Semitic demanded Tuesday that he be given the position and threatened to take legal action otherwise

September 9, 2014

Quote of the day:
“This bridge will take you halfway there — the last few steps you will have to take yourself.”
Shel Silverstein

ISU solar car chosen for international event (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University's solar car team will travel to one of the top oil-producing countries in the world to show what its alternative energy vehicle can do

ISU up, IWU down in U.S. News rankings (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University moved up several spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of “2015 Best Colleges” and Illinois Wesleyan University remained strong despite dropping several notches....

UIC down, ISU up in magazine’s ‘Best Colleges’ rankings (Chicago Sun-Times)
The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings shows the University of Illinois at Chicago the biggest loser and Illinois State University the biggest winner compared to last year’s rankings among schools throughout the region.

Salaita to make first public comments at U. of I. (Chicago Tribune)
Controversial professor Steven Salaita, whose job was revoked weeks before he was to start at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, plans to make his first public comments this afternoon on campus, following an expected classroom walkout by his supporters..

Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When the orange Chegg bus rolls onto a campus, one person is unlikely to be excited about its free swag and energy drinks: the college-bookstore manager.

DeVry schools startups with 1871 education incubator (Crain's Chicago Business)
DeVry Education Group Inc. is teaming up with 1871 on an incubator for education-technology startups. DeVry, already an 1871 sponsor, is launching the EdTech Incubator, expecting to admit up to 10 startups spread over two classes annually.

CLC, NIU strike transfer deal (Daily Herald)
Eligible students who leave College of Lake County before receiving an associate degree won't lose out if they attend Northern Illinois University, under an agreement struck Friday.

Join the club (Herald & Review)
An organization to provide a forum for veterans soon may be joining the list of clubs offered at Richland Community College.

OECD ‘Education at a Glance’ Report Published (Inside Higher Ed)
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its annual Education at a Glance report, an almanac of indicators on such topics as educational attainment, employment rates by level of education, funding for educational systems, and student mobility across the 34 OECD member nations as well as for 10 additional countries.

The Long View on Wages (Inside Higher Ed)
A Virginia state agency has released what is likely the first broad look at the mid-career earnings of college graduates, with a newly released report tracking wages at all degree levels for up to two decades after graduation.

Measuring What? (Inside Higher Ed)
The New York Times kicked off its higher education conference here Monday night by releasing what it called a "revolutionary college index" that ranks institutions that enroll students from low-income backgrounds.

Credential Creep Confirmed (Inside Higher Ed)
The broad public policy push for more Americans to get a higher education leans heavily on the idea that those without a college degree are up a creek, because so many jobs in today’s technology and information economy (and more in tomorrow’s) will require a credential.

Lake Land board OKs equipment update (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees on Monday accepted a $92,348 bid for Prairie Fire Sprinkler, of Decatur, to replace the pump and piping for the college's fire loop with hydrants. The dated equipment has fallen into disrepair and parts cannot be found for the existing pump so it must be replaced, says a memo from Director of Facilities Planning Mike Kasdorf.

UI researchers: Community college students uncertain about Affordable Care Act (News-Gazette)
Selling young adults on health insurance has been a key part of making the Affordable Care Act succeed, but many uninsured students at Illinois community colleges were in the dark and confused about the federal health care law and what it has to offer, researchers found.

Purdue Introduces New Competency-Based Degree Program (NPR)
The College of Technology at Purdue University introduced a new program last week that allows students to decide the progress of their education outside of the traditional academic calendar.

UIS enrollment at record level (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield is at a record high this fall after topping 5,000 students for the fifth consecutive year.

College-rating proposal shines spotlight on powerful lobby (The Hechinger Report)
The annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities this year had the tone of a revival meeting.

Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor (The New York Times)
Over the last decade, dozens of colleges have proclaimed that recruiting a more economically diverse student body was a top priority. Many of those colleges have not matched their words with actions. But some have.

Editorial: When Yes Means Yes (The New York Times)
The California Legislature recently approved a bill that would require colleges receiving state-financed student aid to change the definition of consent in their sexual assault policies, replacing the traditional “no means no” standard with “affirmative consent,” known colloquially as “yes means yes.”

Sarvela covers SIU's successes and challenges in State of the University address (The Southern Illinoisan)
Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela delivered his first State of the University address Monday, highlighting some of the school’s successes and its looming challenges.

Interactive science classes benefit black, first-generation college students, study finds (The Washington Post)
A new study about college-level science shows that all students do much better when traditional lecture classes are made interactive — but those most helped are first-generation and black students.

Michelle Obama to students: Challenges arean advantage, not a disadvantage (The Washington Post)
Michelle Obama urged African American teenagers in a tough Atlanta neighborhood to push ahead with their studies and make it to college, whatever hardships they face on the way.

U.S. News college rankings: Amid predictability, some major shifts (The Washington Post)
Princeton University, in New Jersey, is again ranked the No. 1 national university in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list. Top-ranked schools haven’t seen much change in five years, but there are some major movers on the U.S. News lists

September 8, 2014

Quote of the day:
I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
George Burns

ISU fans cheer Stoinev's success on 'Talent' (Bloomington Pantagraph)
More than 150 fans at a watch party for Illinois State University graduate Christian Stoinev broke into cheers Wednesday night when they learned he would be advancing to the final 12 in the “America’s Got Talent” competition on NBC.

Extra effort yields freshman enrollment jump (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Extra effort yields freshman enrollment jump

ISU seeks global exchanges (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University President Larry Dietz will travel to China next month to sign an exchange agreement with Wuhan University, part of an effort to increase campus diversity and exposure to other cultures.

Dietz 'enjoying the heck' out of being ISU president (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Getting up for early meetings, working all day, then attending evening events doesn't bother Illinois State University President Larry Dietz.

Illinois pension debt rate nation’s worst, Moody's report says (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois’ pension liability as a percentage of state revenue is far and away the nation’s highest, according to a new report from a major credit-rating agency

Editorial: U. of I. makes the right call on tweeting professor (Chicago Sun-Times)
The world is afflicted by enough crude and rude discourse, the type that pretends to advance debate but only divides and inflames. The fulminations of talk radio come to mind, and the snarls of trolls on Twitter and news websites — you can’t miss it.

Northern Illinois University, College of Lake County sign reverse transfer agreement (Chicago Tribune)
Innovative agreement allows students to apply NIU credits toward CLC degree. Flanked by students, Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker and College of Lake County President Girard W. Weber signed an innovative reverse transfer agreement during a Sept. 5 ceremony at NIU's Barsema Alumni and Visitor's Center.

Benedictine reports its second-highest undergraduate enrollment (Chicago Tribune)
Lisle, Illinois ~ While other area colleges and universities are consolidating or cutting back in response to market changes impacting their enrollment, Benedictine's traditional undergraduate enrollment continues to increase..

Hartstein, Oakton Community College pioneer, dies (Daily Herald)
Ray Hartstein, founding chairman of the Oakton Community College board and a member for 35 years, died peacefully yesterday at his Vernon Hills home at 96.

California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support (Education Week)
The leaders of the four branches of California's public and private higher education establishment have proclaimed their support of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced tests, saying that they are adjusting admission requirements and teacher-preparation programs to line up with the new expectations.

Random campus queries find none who will 'walk' for Salaita (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Count Jason Park out of Tuesday's "Student Walkout and National Day of Silence" in support of Steven Salaita. "I came halfway around the world, from Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the University of Illinois.

Editorial: Critics of Wise, Easter off base (News-Gazette)
The campus community should feel free to discuss the Steven Salaita controversy, but no-confidence votes on top administrators are not justified. Accepting the view of their recent critics requires a decidedly low opinion of University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise and President Robert Easter.

Commentary: LLCC gives tools for avoiding student debt (Springfield State Journal-Register)
At Lincoln Land Community College, students are prepared to meet opportunities without the burden of high student loan debt. Read more:

The Invisible Achievement Gap: Students in Foster Care (The Huffington Post)
Across the country it’s back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children -- especially those most vulnerable.

Demanding More From College (The New York Times)
I’M beginning to think that college exists mainly so we can debate and deconstruct it.

Editorial: A Fairer Shot for Student Debtors (The New York Times)
This year, the federal government will pay companies that collect student loan payments about $600 million. Too often, those collectors fail to help millions of borrowers manage their accounts. Worse, some actually drive them deeper into debt.

Freshman and international students increase SIU enrollment (The Southern Illinoisan)
Growing numbers of international students and large freshmen classes are encouraging SIU officials that their efforts to boost enrollment and retention are paying off.

Unique program teaching research practices to undergraduates (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE – A new program is providing SIU undergraduate students free research workshops that would cost them thousands of dollars at other universities.

Voice of The Southern: Up is good (The Southern Illinoisan)
Quoting Winston Churchill, Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela of SIU Carbondale declared a 25-student increase in this fall’s enrollment a ‘v’ for victory. As well he should. Following a nine-year free fall that had seen enrollment declines totaling over 3,500 students, an increase – even a most modest one – is welcome relief.

New York Times reportedly entering the college-rating field (The Washington Post)
The Times will soon unveil “a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids,” according to a report last week in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

September 5, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
Elvis Presley

Roosevelt president: Suburban students can finish programs in Schaumburg (Chicago Tribune)
Roosevelt University's president said Schaumburg campus students can finish their programs in the suburbs after some spoke out following the school's announcement that it would cut most of its suburban offerings..

Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When the orange Chegg bus rolls onto a campus, one person is unlikely to be excited about its free swag and energy drinks: the college-bookstore manager.

Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better (Chronicle of Higher Education)
One could be excused for thinking the value of a college degree is in a downward spiral. With overall student-loan debt topping $1-trillion and tuition racing upward, to college graduates facing high levels of underemployment and stagnating wages, it might appear college simply isn’t worth it.

History Jobs Dip for a Second Consecutive Year (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s hard out there for a historian.

Hanover Park to pay for 'emergency' roof project at Education and Work Center (Daily Herald)
The new Education and Work Center in Hanover Park suffered damage when heavy rains poured through a leaky roof just hours after a ribbon-cutting that drew educators and politicians.

Scholarship group has great first event (Daily Herald)
Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars is a newly created not-for-profit benefiting college-ready graduates from District 211 high schools who are low income, and the first generation in their families to attend college.

Role of Technology Growing in Realm of College Advising (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A new mobile phone app that nudges students to perform certain tasks that are part of the college admissions process.

Marathon Presidency to End (Inside Higher Ed)
The nation’s longest-serving university president, Norman Francis, said Thursday he will retire next summer after 47 years leading a single institution, Xavier University of Louisiana.

Illinois Chancellor Sees Errors in Process, Not Outcome (Inside Higher Ed)
Phyllis Wise, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is standing by her decision to block the hiring of Steven Salaita -- known for his anti-Israel tweets -- to teach in the American Indian studies program.

Feds Suspect More FAFSA Errors, Will Again Reprocess Forms (Inside Higher Ed)
For the second time this year, the U.S. Department of Education will reprocess tens of thousands of federal student aid applications because of a decimal place error, officials announced Thursday.

Purdue to Create Competency-Based Bachelor's Degree (Inside Higher Ed)
Purdue University on Thursday announced a plan to create a new cross-disciplinary bachelor's degree.

Letters oppose, support Wise on Salaita issue (News-Gazette)
More than 260 professors at the University of Illinois have signed a letter of support for Chancellor Phyllis Wise in response to recent no-confidence votes over the Steven Salaita hiring controversy.

Eureka College senior Sarah Hall worked at Hawaiian palaceas part of Reagan fellowship (Peoria Journal Star)
Most summer trips to Hawaii are filled with beaches and surfing, but a Eureka College student spent her summer at a building that was once the epicenter of the Hawaiian monarchy. Read more:

Our View: Help Bradley be the best it can be (Peoria Journal Star)
From one end of Illinois to the other, schools are facing significant budget challenges, and the state’s universities, public and private alike, are no exception. Read more:

States Collaborate to Keep Track of Students (
States typically lose track of students once they cross state borders. One pilot project aimed to see if some states could successfully share data to shape policy.

They earned a degree and then … (The Hechinger Report)
College students don’t work very hard or learn very much, concluded Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in their 2011 book, Academically Adrift.

Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage (The New York Times)
Take a look at any of the most widely followed ratings of America’s colleges and universities, and almost all of the top-ranked schools will have this in common: They want to appeal to everyone, or at least everyone with a brilliant mind and a work ethic to match.

Adrian Miller elected SIU student trustee (The Southern Illinoisan)
It took five months and two elections, but one of Carbondale's own has officially been elected SIU Board of Trustees student representative

More Parents Use Retirement Accounts to Pay for College (U.S. News & World Report)
Some families dip into their retirement accounts to help pay for college. A Sallie Mae and Ipsos survey of 1,601 college students and parents of undergraduate students found that 7 percent of families took a withdrawal from a retirement account to help cover college costs in 2014, up from 5 percent in 2013.

September 4, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

ISU fans cheer Stoinev's success on 'Talent' (Bloomington Pantagraph)
More than 150 fans at a watch party for Illinois State University graduate Christian Stoinev broke into cheers Wednesday night when they learned he would be advancing to the final 12 in the “America’s Got Talent” competition on NBC.

U. of I. considers boosting financial aid (Chicago Tribune)
niversity of Illinois officials say they may need to boost financial aid because state students are increasingly choosing to go elsewhere for college..

History Jobs Dip for a Second Consecutive Year (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s hard out there for a historian. Once again, there were far fewer employment opportunities for history Ph.D.’s last academic year than the number of doctorates earned in the field, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Historical Association.

How Much Student-Loan Debt Is Too Much? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Chronicle asked students, recent graduates, parents, and experts a simple question: What is the most you should borrow for a bachelor's degree?

On the Immense Good Fortune of Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six years ago, I wrote my first Think Tank column. This is the last. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

‘The Shoe Could Soon Be on the Other Foot’ for Full-Time Faculty (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Like many other readers who have commented on the “Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young?” (The Chronicle, August 25), I couldn’t help but be struck by the mistaken assumptions that underlie the argument.

Durbin touts student loan debt refinancing bill at NIU (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Aysha Flowers would like to save money to buy a house or a car, but instead her extra money goes toward $64,000 in debt from student loans she took out to pay for her Northern Illinois University education.

Diverse Conversations: Effective Fundraising for Higher Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In these difficult economic times, fundraising is challenging across the board. In higher education, it is no exception. University presidents and chief advancement officers, those in charge of higher education fundraising, are having to get more and more creative to not only raise awareness about the support needed by higher education institutions but also to get funding in place through effective campaigning.

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing (Education Week)
For four years, schools in nearly every state have been working to put the Common Core State Standards into practice in classrooms, but few have put them to the test—literally. This year, that changes.

Gambling on the Lottery (Inside Higher Ed)
A growing number of states are using lottery money for college scholarships. But the politically popular lottery funds often fail to live up to their expectations, according to a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Chancellor says UI must fix 'errors' in hiring process (News-Gazette)
Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Wednesday that the university is moving to correct "errors" in the hiring process that contributed to the uproar over the Steven Salaita case.

'We are the university that achieves its goals' (Quad-City Times)
Western Illinois University's Quad-City Riverfront campus may still be a work in progress, but state and local officials celebrated a major milestone in the expansion of the university Wednesday. “We are the university that thinks big, we are the university that dreams big, and we are the university that achieves its goals,” Western president Jack Thomas said.

Governors State to open renovated science wing (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Governors State University will officially open its renovated science, health sciences and technology wing this week. Read more:

Former President Jimmy Carter to visit Illinois College (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Former President Jimmy Carter will speak at Illinois College next month. Read more:

John A. Logan enrollment dropping slightly (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARTERVILLE -- John A. Logan College is expecting slightly lower enrollments this fall. The community college estimates it will have about 6,200 students -- 200 less than last year's total of 6,400.

It takes half as long to recoup the cost of a college degree today as it did in the 1970s (The Washington Post)
Tuition costs are rising faster than inflation. Many people with college degrees end up unemployed or underemployed. And debt collectors are being criticized for the ways they go after graduates for payments owed.

September 3, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Children need models rather than critics.”
Joseph Joubert

Enrollment up at local universities; down at SWIC (Belleville News-Democrat)
Enrollment is up at the area's four-year universities for the fall semester, but down at the largest community college. Read more here:

Triton College kicks off 50th anniversary with sundial, giant cake (Chicago Sun-Times)
Students, college administrators and politicians gathered in Triton College’s newly-renovated outdoor commons area Thursday to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary.

Recent college grads face stagnant pay prospects (Chicago Tribune)
As college freshmen begin to lay the groundwork for their futures, the job experiences of many recent college graduates may take some of the thrill and promise out of early days on campus.. More than five years after the recession, a large proportion of recent college graduates is still in jobs that don't require college degrees, and starting salaries for a broad range of occupations are stuck in the doldrums.

Do Americans Expect Too Much From a College Degree? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In times like these, data points get wielded like cudgels.

Education Dept. Tells Ratings Skeptics Their Concerns Are Valid (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A key Education Department official said on Tuesday that she shared education researchers’ concerns about the potential unintended consequences of a federal college-ratings system.

Colleges Get Advice on Monitoring for Ebola Exposure (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Colleges and universities should identify students and faculty and staff members who have traveled in the past 21 days to four West African countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring to assess the chances that they may have been exposed to the deadly virus, according to new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Will College Ratings Hurt Minority Students? Here's Why Researchers Are Wary (Chronicle of Higher Education)
You’ve probably heard of "food deserts"—those low-income communities with limited access to affordable and nutritious groceries.

Tenure-Track Wisdom, Part 1 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Here is the first in a series of interviews with faculty who recently finished their first year on the tenure track. - See more at:

'A Growing Hunt for Heretics'? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Steven G. Salaita was to begin his job as a tenured professor in American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in mid-August.

Your Dissertation Is Done. Move On. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I'm convinced that it’s not a good idea to advise newly minted scholars to revise their dissertations into first books.

Let's Ask More of Our Students—and of Ourselves (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College graduates in general do much better economically than those who do not complete college, which is not particularly surprising given both the level of economic inequality in our society and the role of higher education in sorting, selecting, and signaling differences in prior academic ability.

Proposed College Rating System Penalizes Minority-Serving Institutions (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In order for the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings system to be fair, the system must take into account the differences in institutional resources and variations in the overall characteristics of different student bodies.

Report Recommends Educational Policy Adjustments to Aid Minority Males (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In an effort to improve the educational outcomes for boys and young men of color, a group of well-known education professors released a report yesterday, outlining a series of state and federal policy recommendations aimed at addressing the issue.

College Education Worth the Investment (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree.

The Real Hero in Movie ‘Boyhood’ is Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
This Labor Day I saw the only real must-see movie for educators, or really anyone with a pulse willing to examine their lives. It’s the simple but very complex Richard Linklater film, “Boyhood.”

U.S. Approval for Wisconsin Competency-Based Program (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education last week granted approval to a self-paced, competency-based program from two institutions in the University of Wisconsin System, the system announced Tuesday

Blaming the Victims? (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Since President Obama announced his college ratings plan more than a year ago, many higher education groups here have mounted the political equivalent of a full-court press against the proposal

SIU enrollment increases following 9-year decline (News-Gazette)
A streak of school years with declining enrollment has ended at Southern Illinois University.

Kennedy reaffirms Wise's decision (News-Gazette)
URBANA — In response to recent rumblings about a change in strategy regarding Steven Salaita, University of Illinois Board of Trustee Chairman Christopher Kennedy on Tuesday reaffirmed his support of the chancellor's decision to not forward the controversial professor's appointment to the board for approval.

SIU enrollment increases following 9-year decline (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A streak of school years with declining enrollment has ended at Southern Illinois University.

4,000 apply at ASU for Starbucks plan (The Arizona Republic)
Arizona State University President Michael Crow told faculty this week that "just under" 4,000 Starbucks employees have applied to begin an online program aimed at getting them to finish their college degrees.

Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once (The Hechinger Report)
Hidden at the edge of an industrial park near the Phoenix airport, housed in a handful of utilitarian buildings with no grassy quadrangles or ivy crawling up red brick, Rio Salado Community College doesn’t look much like a typical higher-education institution.

The Economic Price of Colleges’ Failures (The New York Times)
Four years ago, the sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa dropped a bomb on American higher education.

Disruptions in the Lecture Hall (The New York Times)
The New York Times fourth annual Schools for Tomorrow Conference will be devoted to how innovations and challenges — social, economic, political and technological — are calling into question the very nature of higher education.

Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says (The New York Times)
The trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has its most profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college, a new study of college students shows.

U.S. Health Agency Advises More Vigilance on Campuses (The New York Times)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised American colleges and universities, and any students or staff arriving from nations hit by the Ebola virus, to take precautions against spreading the disease that go beyond what most schools have done.

The Economic Price of Colleges’ Failures (The New York Times)
Four years ago, the sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa dropped a bomb on American higher education. Their groundbreaking book, “Academically Adrift,” found that many students experience “limited or no learning” in college.

On Sidelines, Researchers See C.E.O.s (The New York Times)
In late 2012, Arkansas hired Bret Bielema as its football coach, paying him a salary of $3.2 million a year, plus bonuses, making him one of the best-compensated coaches in his industry and his state’s highest-paid employee.

SIU enrollment increases for first time in 10 years (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's nine-year streak of declining enrollments has been broken.

Some community colleges report slightly lower enrollments (The Southern Illinoisan)
Rend Lake College and Southeastern Illinois College are reporting flat or slightly lower enrollments.

Stanford University plans to slowly increase its undergraduate enrollment (The Washington Post)
The most selective university in the country plans to open its gates a bit wider in the next few years.

September 2, 2014

Quote of the day:
“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

U.S. Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The federal government should require all colleges to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missing assignments, or spotty attendance.

SIU hoping enrollment doesn't fall again this year (Daily Herald)
Officials at Southern Illinois University say they're "guardedly optimistic" new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments.

Roosevelt move part of 'tectonic shift' in education (Daily Herald)
The market forces prompting Roosevelt University to significantly scale back its Schaumburg operation are the result of a "tectonic shift" in higher education in Illinois that is being felt by colleges throughout the state, experts say.

'Aspiring Adults Adrift' (Inside Higher Ed)
In their 2011 book Academically Adrift, authors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, argued that colleges are failing to educate students.

Higher Ed Groups Respond to Harkin’s Draft Proposal (Inside Higher Ed)
Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

U. of Illinois Willing to Settle With Salaita (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is willing to make a financial settlement with Steven Salaita, the controversial scholar whose hiring was blocked last month by Chancellor Phyllis Wise amid debate over Salaita's anti-Israel comments.

Cutting Costs and Quality? (Inside Higher Ed)
An institution’s decision to drop print books for ebooks may rankle traditionalists, but at the University Colorado at Boulder, it’s the open-to-innovation crowd that is speaking out.

Salaita backlash putting UI in bad light (News-Gazette)
Wanted: world-class scholar for state flagship university: home to Nobel Prize winners, patent-generating professors, an international student body and a fiery contretemps that has included academic boycotts and votes of no confidence in university leaders.

Salaita prompted donors' fury (News-Gazette)
As news spread in late July about a new University of Illinois faculty hire and media outlets began publishing some of his profanity-laden tweets, a number of wealthy donors threatened to stop giving money to the university, recently released documents show.

Can universities be embarrassed into raising graduation rates? (PBS NewsHour)
It was the last day of student government elections at Purdue University, and junior Bobby Hadrix, running for class president, was doing some 11th-hour stumping on the campus oval alongside fervent supporters in bright red matching T-shirts.

As student bodies get more diverse, colleges rethink services (PBS NewsHour)
This year, for the first time, white students make up less than half the student body in the country’s public K-12 schools, down from 63 percent in 1997. That same change is coming to college campuses fast.

SXU installs high-tech video wall (Southtown Star)
St. Xavier University’s Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology recently completed its video wall, a high-tech electronic display for showcasing student artwork

LLCC schedules health career information sessions (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Lincoln Land Community College will hold a series of information sessions on health-care careers starting in November and continuing into May 2015.

No smoking ban applies to Illini tailgaters too (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium parking lots.

Op-ed: Value of college degree is still strong (The Indianapolis Star)
There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree. While this viewpoint has its critics, the reality is the value of a degree has never been greater.

Picking Up an Elusive College Dream (The New York Times)
At the corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, Tenille Warren waited impatiently for the light to change.

SIU hopeful retention plan is working (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- SIU officials are anxiously awaiting 10-day enrollment figures and are “guardedly optimistic” the numbers will show the school has ended its nine-year trend of dropping enrollments.

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