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April 23, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Information cannot replace education."
Earl Kiole

Bost is impressed by McKendree intern (Belleville News-Democrat)
LEBANON — A McKendree University junior earned a front row seat to history — and potentially a new career — by doing some extra credit work. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/04/22/3777844/mckendree-student-earns-extra.html#storylink=cpy

Study: Top universities dropping Shakespeare requirement (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,” William Shakespeare wrote in “Henry VI, Part II.” Educators would likely agree.

An Author's Take on Campus Sexual Assault: 'Universities Seem So Quick to Protect Their Brand' (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Jon Krakauer's new book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, asks a tough question about sexual assault: How are so many student victims mistreated or even ignored by law-enforcement agencies and, to a lesser degree, by their colleges?

Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success.

Looking Beyond the Data to Help Students Succeed (Chronicle of Higher Education)
If Santa Monica College had relied solely on data analytics to predict whether Jaime J. would succeed, the picture would have looked bleak.

For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In the eyes of Americans without college degrees, higher education seems necessary but too expensive.

Advice From 2 Streetwise College Presidents (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Is it just us, or does it seem as if you can’t throw a stone at a national-association meeting these days without hitting a new, fresh-faced, first-time college or university president?

Art Institute school's president to step down (Crain's Chicago Business)
Walter Massey will step down next year as president of the School of the Art Institute to become chancellor and focus on major fundraising initiatives and outreach on behalf of the Michigan Avenue private art school. He'll be replaced by Elissa Tenny, now the school's provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Analysis: Medicaid Spending to Hurt Higher Ed (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A “dismal outlook” is projected for state higher education funding in most states over the next decade due largely to a “crowding out” of discretionary funding by Medicaid, a new analysis shows.

Million Women Mentors Movement Guiding Females to STEM Careers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Kate Lindsey took over her late husband’s construction firm, one of the first things she did was ask the firm’s 22 women engineers to identify the biggest determent they faced going into the field of construction and engineering.

Richland class cultivates tomato growers (Herald & Review)
With planting season looming, Sheri Engelhart wanted to know the right way to grow tomatoes.

Richland speaker outlines women's struggles in India (Herald & Review)
Hurting women today leads to the hurt of men tomorrow.

MOOCs for (a Year's) Credit (Inside Higher Ed)
Arizona State University, in partnership with edX, this fall will begin to offer credit-bearing massive open online courses at a fraction of the cost of either in-person or traditional online education.

Out of Favor With House GOP (Inside Higher Ed)
Republicans won the first scrimmage Wednesday over how much money should be devoted to federal research in coming years -- and how that money ought to be divvied up.

MOOCs for (a Year's) Credit (Inside Higher Ed)
Arizona State University, in partnership with edX, this fall will begin to offer credit-bearing massive open online courses at a fraction of the cost of either in-person or traditional online education.

EIU, Lake Land boards to hold joint meeting (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College boards of trustees are scheduled to gather for a joint meeting today in Mattoon. EIU President Bill Perry said in a press release that the idea for a joint meeting surfaced during one of many discussions with Lake Land President Josh Bullock.

They're lining up for Biden (News-Gazette)
With the vice president due on campus for a 1 p.m. speech, we've got the area canvassed with reporters and photographers — from Willard to Green Street.

Biden to speak at U of I on sexual assault prevention (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech at the University of Illinois on preventing sexual assaults on college campuses.

Rauner eyes end of 'fair share' dues for teachers unions (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he wants to end "fair share" dues for teachers unions in the state.

Illinois College students put together 'Bonnie & Clyde' musical (Springfield State Journal-Register)
American history’s most infamous couple comes to life this weekend at Illinois College with the production of “Bonnie & Clyde.”

Letter: Dismayed by UIS' treatment of legal studies professor (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Last week, the University of Illinois Springfield decided to not recommend professor Suzanne Borland of the Legal Studies Department for tenure.

April 22, 2015

Quote of the day:
“It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts… it is to teach them to think.”
Robert Hutchins

Heartland board OKs purchasing 1 acre near campus (Bloomington Pantagraph)
NORMAL — The Heartland Community College board of trustees on Tuesday night approved the purchase an acre of property on the west end of its current holdings.

Groups Make Continuing Pell Grants Priority (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) approaches, the conversation around what programs ought to see the most benefit from it will continue to intensify.

Richland smells opportunity with National Foodworks (Herald & Review)
A partnership with a food manufacturing hub coming to Brush College Road could spell ample educational opportunities for students at Richland Community College. National Foodworks Services has purchased the former Brush College School building to develop a food manufacturing and production facility with rental commercial kitchens geared toward providing an avenue for start-up businesses.

Get Back to Work (Inside Higher Ed)
The key to making online students focus on their course work may be making procrastination as unenjoyable as possible, according to a study out of Cornell University.

SIU med school opens 'outreach' office at SBLHC (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine plans to work with local agencies and organizations to try to discover and address the region's health care needs. The "outreach" effort was described during an announcement Monday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. It took place in the hospital's Center for Healthy Living, where the project's area office is located.

Opinion: Wendler: Rethinking the public university boondoggle (The Southern Illinoisan)
State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, started a discussion with SB1565 that could return the prestige of the higher education enterprise to one of the best in the nation.

April 21, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt

U of C braces for budget cuts (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Chicago is preparing for budget cuts, aiming to trim administrative expenses as it confronts higher debt costs associated with ambitious building programs and other spending. In a memo to faculty and staff yesterday, Provost Eric Isaacs said the Hyde Park school will "develop and implement a range of cost containment measures" for the fiscal year beginning in July.

Continuing Pell Grant Program a Key Goal for Many Groups (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) approaches, the conversation around what programs ought to see the most benefit from it will continue to intensify.

Groups Make Continuing Pell Grants Priority (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) approaches, the conversation around what programs ought to see the most benefit from it will continue to intensify.

For various reasons I’ve been lax in posting this month. (Forbes)
Higher Education Week in Review: Catch-Up Edition

Community colleges will accept PARCC results (Herald & Review)
SPRINGFIELD – In a move that could help boost the profile of a controversial new set of standardized tests, Illinois community college presidents have agreed to start using the assessments to determine a student's readiness for college.

A Piece of the Online Pie (Inside Higher Ed)
The online “enabler” company Academic Partnerships plans to share tuition revenue with faculty members at partnering universities as the company prepares a major update of its online education platform.

Shifts in Computer Science Interest (Inside Higher Ed)
Efforts to shrink the gender gap in computer science would benefit from a better understanding of who pursues computer science and why.

The Increasingly Digital Community College (Inside Higher Ed)
SAN ANTONIO -- Distance education at community colleges continues to increase even as overall enrollment at two-year institutions falls. A study released Monday found distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent student growth at two-year institutions.

Secretary of state to visit, honor Lake Land (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White plans to visit Lake Land College today to honor the organizers of the college's organ and tissue donor drive that is set for Wednesday. As part of National Donate Life Month, White is scheduled to present these honors during an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater.

Letter to the Editor: LETTER: Bill to make public universities private misguided (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
It now appears that Senator Bill Brady’s (R-Bloomington) Senate Bill 1565 will not become law, but the very fact that it has been proposed merits serious discussion. This bill proposed to change all State of Illinois public universities to private institutions within 6 years.

April 20, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

College of DuPage trustees, administrators bill alcohol to foundation (Chicago Tribune)
College of DuPage trustees and senior administrators used a separate — and previously undisclosed — account at the campus' high-end restaurant to charge thousands of dollars in alcohol to a foundation intended to fund student scholarships, a Tribune investigation found.

$54M Dixon theft now subject of college courses (Chicago Tribune)
It was one of the worst abuses of public trust in Illinois' corruption-rich history, and now a former bookkeeper's theft of nearly $54 million from the city of Dixon is the subject of several college courses.

Graduate donates $12 million to University of Illinois (Chicago Tribune)
A University of Illinois graduate who is CEO of a Taiwan-based technology company has given the university $12 million to pay for an addition to the school's Mechanical Engineering Building.

How Social Media Helps Students Adapt to College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For today’s students, social media isn’t just a diversion. It’s a support system.

What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Given that the value of college is frequently challenged on multiple fronts these days, interest in how the public regards higher education runs pretty high among its champions.

Value of Postsecondary Degree Higher Among Blacks and Hispanics (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to increasing the number of Americans with a college degree, the vast majority of Americans agree that the goal is important and that a postsecondary degree will be more important in the future to get a good job, a new Gallup-Lumina Foundation study has found.

Inside Look at Ratings Plan (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education has set aside more than $4 million to develop the Obama administration’s college ratings system, newly released federal documents show.

A Complete Education (Inside Higher Ed)
With the release of his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, journalist Fareed Zakaria became the latest commentator to join the robust debate over whether the purpose of college is to promote professional advancement or personal growth.

Fighting for 4-Year Degrees (Inside Higher Ed)
Community colleges are learning that getting the authorization to offer four-year degrees doesn't mean the struggle is over.

Women of Distinction 2015: UI prof took unconventional path (News-Gazette)
Do not come to Ashlynn Stillwell's class expecting lots of techno-jargon.

Letter: Parkland key to area's well-being (News-Gazette)
Parkland is a key component of the educational system, and the socioeconomic construct, not only of the twin cities but the entire 12-county area.

U of I faculty among best paid in Big 10 (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Faculty pay at the University of Illinois is among the highest in the Big Ten.

State education board member quits over superintendent hire (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A key member of the Illinois State Board of Education has formally resigned over concerns about the way new state Superintendent Tony Smith was hired.

Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul's passage (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session that would overhaul the state's outdated school funding formula for the first time in two decades.

Allen Shelton voted new SIU student trustee (The Southern Illinoisan)
Allen Shelton, a junior from south suburban Chicago Heights, has been elected Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s new student representative on the SIU Board of Trustees

SIU chancellor forums to begin next week (The Southern Illinoisan)
Four candidates for the position of chancellor at Southern Illinois University will visit campus and participate in interviews beginning next week.

April 17, 2015

Quote of the day:
“We don't get to choose the things that happen to us in life. What we can choose is how to react to them, how we deal with them, and how we move on.”
Sarah Winter

UIS Students Participate In National Day Of Silence (ABC News)
Some University of Illinois Springfield students are breaking the silence on the issue of bullying for youth who are marginalized, undocumented, or have disabilities.

College of DuPage backers with exclusive deals rake in millions (Chicago Tribune)
Officials at the College of DuPage have a long list of items to turn over to federal investigators by next week, including a trove of documents related to contracts with companies tied to board members for the school's fundraising foundation.

Two North Central College students earn Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (Chicago Tribune)
Two students who will graduate from North Central College in Naperville this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

How LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week’s announcement by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy Lynda.com, a provider of consumer-focused online courses, carries notable consequences for higher education.

Why One College Created an 'Affordability Academy' for Its Own Staff (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Lacey Vallery, an admissions counselor at Robert Morris University, has been in the field for just 10 months.

What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Given that the value of college is frequently challenged on multiple fronts these days, interest in how the public regards higher education runs pretty high among its champions.

New online sexual assault reporting system debuts for campuses (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The nonprofit Sexual Health Innovations has created an online sexual assault reporting system for college campuses called Callisto.

U of C Law School dean leaving to head University of Oregon (Crain's Chicago Business)
Michael Shill, dean of the University of Chicago law school since 2009, is leaving to become president of the University of Oregon on July 1. Shill was a finalist two years ago for the chancellorship of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a post that went instead to Rebecca Blank.

Colleges Turning to Internet for Intel on Applicant (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As if getting into college wasn’t hard enough, now students have to worry about college admissions officers doing web searches and scanning their social media accounts for information that could possibly influence the decision of whether to accept a particular student into college.

Autism in college: How are institutions helping students succeed? (Education Week)
College students with autism are often tempted to keep their needs quiet.

Gallup: Majority of Americans see college as out of reach (Education Week)
While a new Gallup poll found that 61% of adults in the United States think higher education is available to anyone who needs it, only 21% believe it’s affordable for everyone.

Higher ed's endowment gap is getting wider (Education Week)
Moody’s Investors Service studied the 503 schools it rates and found the wealth gap across them is growing.

Free Community College, Structured Pathways: Survey of 2-Year-College Leaders (Inside Higher Ed)
For all the talk about the prospect of free community college, most two-year-college leaders are skeptical about the feasibility that the concept will come to pass in their states.

Regulating Job Placement (Inside Higher Ed)
The federal government's gainful-employment standards for vocational programs at colleges kick into effect in three months, assuming two lawsuits filed by the for-profit sector don't block the new rules.

Dissertation of a Mad Black Woman (Inside Higher Ed)
My spouse pursued me while I was a senior in college. I was young. Naïve. You could say that I was easy … easily impressed that is.

Rich New Resource on Postsecondary Attainment (Inside Higher Ed)
A new federal report presents a wealth of data about how 2002's 10th graders fared in higher education (and not) a decade later -- potentially offering researchers and policy makers enormous insight into who attains postsecondary success and why.

Academic Minute: Social Media Journalism (Inside Higher Ed)
In today's Academic Minute, Stephen Barnard, a sociologist at St. Lawrence University, discusses the way journalists use social media. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Taiwanese CEO gives $12 million to UI (News-Gazette)
A $12 million gift from a Taiwanese CEO will fund an innovative learning center at the University of Illinois, part of a top-to-bottom renovation of a major engineering building on campus.

UI's Ginsburg to be honored for education program at Danville prison (News-Gazette)
She's always had a passion for helping the disenfranchised and those marginalized by society.

SIU to hike tuition 5% for incoming students in fall (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a 5 percent tuition hike for incoming undergraduate students next year.

NIU offers course on 'Game of Thrones' (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

State restores part of funding cut from schools (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Sangamon County public schools will receive $1.3 million back from the $97 million in education funding reinstated statewide.

Overcoming Generational Stereotypes in the Workplace (University World News)
Millennials act entitled. Baby Boomers are resistant to change. Traditionals can’t learn new technology. If you’re not careful, age-based stereotypes like these can cause miscommunication and employee dissatisfaction in your company.

April 16, 2015

Quote of the day:
“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take us or spare us.”
Marcel Proust

When educators cheat: Truth and consequences in Atlanta (Chicago Sun-Times)
Two weeks ago, Atlanta’s schoolchildren learned a powerful lesson about the disastrous consequences of cheating in the classroom — by teachers.

$30-Million Fine for Corinthian May Portend Tougher Scrutiny of For-Profits (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Department of Education has fined Corinthian Colleges $29.6 million for "misrepresentation of job-placement rates to current and prospective students in Corinthian’s Heald College system," the department said in a news release on Tuesday. The department also said it was cutting off Title IV federal student aid to two Heald campuses.

A Guide to Income-Share Agreements, Which Some See as a Better Way to Finance College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Student loans are about as well-liked as mosquitoes, so any potential alternative has some built-in appeal.

COD president uses $102,257 in foundation money to wine, dine donors (Daily Herald)
The College of DuPage's fundraising arm allowed school President Robert Breuder to spend $102,257 of its funds -- frequently with a COD Foundation-issued credit card -- to wine and dine potential donors and others during the past four years.

Lumina Foundation: US Still Short on College Degree Attainment (Education Next)
According to the Lumina Foundation, the American workforce will be short 20 million college graduates in ten years despite the increasing college graduation rate. - See more at: http://www.educationnews.org/higher-education/lumina-foundation-us-still-short-on-college-degree-attainment/#sthash.3Lyfnm2S.dpuf

Community colleges expanded role into awarding bachelor’s degrees (emailwire.com)
A growing number of states allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees as one strategy to meet workforce demands, address affordability and increase access to educational opportunities.

Changes in financial aid (emailwire.com)
The year after the U.S. Department of Education tightened credit standards for Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), both the share of PLUS participants and the loan dollar amounts declined substantially at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

UI names new director of bands (News-Gazette)
A new director of bands at the University of Illinois has been named.

New Illinois education chief is urban school reform leader (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Illinois State Board of Education moved unanimously Wednesday afternoon to make a leadership change, replacing one of the nation's longest-serving school superintendents with a former professional football player who spent recent years at the helm of a high-poverty urban district in California that faced a multimillion-dollar deficit.

Jim Edgar: New findings point to old problem with Illinois school funding (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A recent report reveals a well known but long ignored truth about Illinois' school funding system: We spend less money on the students who, research and common sense indicate, need more if they are to succeed.

SIU trustees to weigh new student health insurance plan (The Southern Illinoisan)
It’s a vote three years in the making.

April 15, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Freedom of teaching and of opinion in book or press is the foundation for the sound and natural development of any people.”
Albert Einstein

Immigrant Students Fight to Retain the Tuition Benefits That Have Eased Their Paths to College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Each year, roughly 65,000 students who came to the United States illegally graduate from high school, according to the Immigration Policy Center.

Colleges Turning to Internet for Intel on Applicants (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As if getting into college wasn’t hard enough, now students have to worry about college admissions officers doing web searches and scanning their social media accounts for information that could possibly influence the decision of whether to accept a particular student into college.

U.S. Department of Education Fines Corinthian Colleges $30 million for Misrepresentation (emailwire.com)
The U.S. Department of Education took additional steps today to protect students and taxpayers and crack down on abuses within the for-profit sector by continuing its enforcement actions against Corinthian Colleges Inc.

Debunking myths about college tuition (emailwire.com)
The report aims to debunk four “myths” about tuition increases, and at the top is “Faculty are to blame for rising tuition.”

Targeted programs and career pathways within workforce development policies (emailwire.com)
States are introducing and enacting an increasing number of billstargeted toward workforce developmentand career and technicaleducation.

Stop cuts, Black Caucus says (Herald & Review)
At a time when Gov. Bruce Rauner is looking to close a budget gap of more than $6 billion by axing programs and services, members of a key voting bloc in the General Assembly say cuts are unnecessary.

Clinton Criticizes For-Profits, Talks College Costs (Inside Higher Ed)
Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to Iowa after declaring her presidential candidacy, criticized for-profit colleges and talked about college costs in a discussion at Kirkwood Community College.

College Costs Soar, But Can You Afford Not To Go? (NBCNews.com)
The moment she stepped onto its leafy Nashville campus, 17-year-old Tyra Searcy fell in love with Vanderbilt University.

UI professor pay near top in Big Ten (News-Gazette)
Faculty at the University of Illinois continue to be among the highest compensated in the Big Ten, according to an annual ranking of faculty compensation released this week.

Tom Kacich: Prof shows UI tuition hikes are pushing blacks, rural residents out (News-Gazette)
Concerns have long been voiced that the University of Illinois' flagship campus, battered by years of cuts in state appropriations and subsequent increases in tuition, was gradually becoming something other than that school of higher learning for the sons and daughters of prairie stock, inner-city immigrants and the grandchildren of slaves.

6 rules to help you make the best college decision (PBS NewsHour)
Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year again. High school seniors have received their college admissions decisions, and now the ball is in their court. Most colleges require a decision by May 1.

Renowned journalist speaks at Bradley University (PBS NewsHour)
Renowned journalist and author, Carl Bernstein spoke to a standing room only crowd at Bradley University Tuesday night.

Lumina report addresses college achievement gap, calls for reform (PR Newswire)
Although more students are earning college degrees, there is still a nationwide achievement gap that leaves the United States’ workforce demands unmet, a Thursday report by the Lumina Foundation found.

Rauner aide: Grant freezes forsocial services may continue (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A top aide for Gov. Bruce Rauner said grant freezes could continue for the rest of the current fiscal year as the administration tries to balance the budget.

Dave Root: Illinois' guide to destroying public education (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Have a problem and don't know how to fix it? Just go find a "Dummies Guide" at your local book store.

Rauner's SIU commencement address draws criticism (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Gov. Bruce Rauner's planned commencement speech at Southern Illinois University is drawing protests from some who cite the first-term Republican's call to cut state funding to universities by 31.5 percent.

UIS students live "tweeting" Lincoln developments (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A history and digital media class at the University of Illinois Springfield tonight will start “as-live” coverage of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the hunt for his killer and the subsequent travel of his funeral train.

Letter: Illinois tuition waivers well worth the cost (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A common refrain at the Capitol this session is that we need to make Illinois more competitive.

SIU announces chancellor finalists (The Southern Illinoisan)
Four finalists — including one veteran Southern Illinois University administrator — are in the running to serve as SIU Carbondale’s new chancellor.

Voice of The Southern: SIU students demand group-think (The Southern Illinoisan)
Fifteen hundred.

April 14, 2015

Quote of the day:
“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind."
Dr. Wayne Dyer

IWU student charged with selling drugs from dorm room (Bloomington Pantagraph)
An Illinois Wesleyan University student is accused of selling large amounts of illegal drugs from his dorm room and faces felony drug charges as a result.

Rauner closing in on new state school chief (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Gov. Bruce Rauner's pick for a new state schools chief could come later this week.

An Arc of Outrage (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Despite the clamor, the real conversation about campus sexual assault has hardly begun.

Helping Minority Ph.D.’s in STEM: Something’s Working (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Earning a Ph.D. in a STEM field is meant to be challenging, but data has shown it can be especially so for minority students.

A Guide to Income-Share Agreements, Which Some See as a Better Way to Finance College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Student loans are about as well-liked as mosquitoes, so any potential alternative has some built-in appeal.

MCC president to retire (Daily Herald)
The McHenry County College president announced last night that she will retire at the end of this year.

COD Foundation: No special treatment for board members' contracts (Daily Herald)
Even though six people on the College of DuPage Foundation's 20-member board have done work for the school, none have been given preferential treatment when it comes to awarding contracts, officials said Monday.

The issues to consider regarding bachelor's degrees at community colleges (Daily Herald)
Illinois community colleges are beginning to advocate for the right to offer applied bachelor degrees.

Testing opt-out bill needs your support (Daily Herald)
Testing opt-out bill needs your support

Full Circle Initiative Helps AAPI Students Close Gap (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Before enrolling at California State University, Sacramento, Pakou Her didn’t contemplate careers beyond what her family suggested.

Experts: Campuses Need to be All In on Diversity (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When a noose turned up on the campus of Duke University recently, some were shocked.

Study: Customized Goods and Services Growth Area for College Grads (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The post-industrial American economy will favor college graduates who work in industries that increasingly cater to consumer demand for higher-quality and highly customized goods and services.

College education is still a worthwhile investment (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
The March 28 edition of the prestigious magazine The Economist ran a cover story titled, “The whole world is going to university.”

Advantage Women (Inside Higher Ed)
Many studies suggest that women scientists aspiring to careers in academe face roadblocks, including bias -- implicit or overt -- in hiring.

What Is Teaching Excellence? (Inside Higher Ed)
College and university faculty are expected to be excellent teachers. In public, college leaders emphasize to potential students and their parents that at their institution, teaching matters above all else.

2014-15 AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey (Inside Higher Ed)
The annual AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey is the largest independent source of data on full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

We Are Not Impostors (Inside Higher Ed)
To my fellow graduate students I say this: I am not an impostor, and neither are you.

The End of the English Major? Not So Fast (Inside Higher Ed)
This is the time of year when I try to do a little recruiting for the English department.

Former College Chief Pleads Guilty to Visa Fraud (Inside Higher Ed)
The former head of Herguan University, in California, has pleaded guilty to visa fraud and agreed to pay $700,000 and serve up to two years in prison, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Public Colleges' Revenue Shift (Inside Higher Ed)
Tuition dollars made up roughly 47 percent of revenues for public higher education for the third straight year in 2014, cementing a trend in which tuition revenue now rivals state appropriations as the main funder of public colleges and universities.

Getting Back on Track (Inside Higher Ed)
Some people I’ve known over the years are moving into deanships or similar positions. Beyond praying for their souls, every so often I like to offer some helpful tips.

Lake Land board approves new college logo, athletic mascot logo (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees approved a new logo Tuesday evening for the college and a new Vicious Mallard athletic mascot logo to pair with the Lakers team name. These new logos are part of efforts to develop a consistent marketing campaign and readily identifiable brand for Lake Land.

WIU?keynote relates technology to black culture (McDonough County, The Voice)
Auto-Tune-enhanced music by R&B artist T Pain and the rise of sit-ins across the American south in the spring of 1960 have something very specific in common.

Rose: Cuts offer chance at reform (News-Gazette)
Proposed Illinois budget cuts were called everything from "catastrophic" to "heartbreaking" at a state Senate appropriations committee hearing on the University of Illinois campus.

Student loan debt big economic drag (News-Gazette)
We know there are several major facets of the economy — automotive, housing, agriculture, education, government — that affect us all. If ever one of those takes a hit, it affects the others to a degree.

Judge sets June hearing in U of Illinois FOIA lawsuit (Quad-City Times)
A Champaign County judge has set a June hearing for a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the University of Illinois by a professor denied a job at the school.

JWCC rebrands Children's College with new name, more focus on academics (Quincy Herald-Whig)
John Wood Community College is providing an old friend with a new name -- and emphasis.

Nursing education rules in need of legislative fix (Quincy Herald-Whig)
MEMBERS OF Congress appear to be stepping in to take ownership of a bill that would clear up some conflicts that threaten the accreditation and funding support for nursing education programs.

Rock Valley College to host annual Health Care Career Fair (Rockford Register Star)
Rock Valley College will host its annual Health Care Career Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. April 16 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 in the Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road.

Local high school seniors pursue dreams through unusual college majors (Springfield State Journal-Register)
With the school year coming to an end, graduating students often face the ever-present question: What are you going to major in?

Opinion: Dave Root: Illinois' guide to destroying public education (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Have a problem and don't know how to fix it? Just go find a "Dummies Guide" at your local book store.

Online courses might offer a path to more degrees – and to reducing the carbon footprint (The Hechinger Report)
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Older students who don’t want the full on-campus experience – and the costs associated with it – might be served effectively through high-quality online college degree programs, according to a new report.

Schools on U.S. military installations are adopting Common Core — but don’t call it that (The Hechinger Report)
FORT BENNING, Ga. — With a father serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, 14-year-old Tamaria Reed is used to moving from state to state, uncertain when she’ll have to pack up and relocate once again.

How to Improve the College Admissions Process (The New York Times)
The Times columnist Frank Bruni’s new book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,” appeals to teenagers and their parents to relax, because the college decision won’t matter as much as they think it will. But as those thin and thick envelopes arrive in mailboxes across the country, don’t colleges and universities share some of the responsibility for the absurd competition?

First-Generation Students Unite (The New York Times)
Ana Barros grew up in a two-family house built by Habitat for Humanity, hard by the boarded-up buildings and vacant lots of Newark.

M.B.A. Programs That Get You Where You Want to Go (The New York Times)
With some 13,000 graduate schools of business across the globe, the M.B.A. degree has clearly become a commodity.

April 13, 2015

Quote of the day:
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Abraham Lincoln

SAR chapter awards scholarship, awards (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Twenty McLean and Woodford county high school seniors have received Outstanding Good Citizenship Awards from the Gen. Joseph Bartholomew chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Suburbs, school districts lost millions in alleged investment fraud (Chicago Tribune)
The College of DuPage is among 13 suburbs and government agencies that lost more than $1 million each in taxpayer funds as a result of alleged fraud in a municipal investment fund, according to a Tribune analysis..

COD Student and Naperville Resident Selected to Serve on ICCB Board (Chicago Tribune)
College of DuPage student and Naperville resident Stephanie Torres was recently selected to serve as student representative for the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). Torres, who is currently President of the COD Student Leadership Council, will begin her year-long term of service for the ICCB in June.

Faculty Salaries Are Up Slightly but Still Recovering From the Recession's Effects (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Faculty salaries rose faster than inflation last year but failed to regain all of the ground lost after the most recent recession, according to an annual report on faculty pay released this week by the American Association of University Professors.

State Spending on Higher Education Shows 'Sizable' Increase (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The buds of a recovery in state and local support for higher education that appeared in 2013 blossomed even more in the 2014 fiscal year, a new report shows. But the effects of the Great Recession still linger, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers association.

Salaries of Hourly Workers in Higher Education Rise by 2% (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The median base salaries of hourly, or nonexempt, staff members on college campuses rose by 2 percent in 2014, according to the results of an annual survey released on Monday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The issues to consider regarding bachelor's degrees at community colleges (Daily Herald)
Illinois community colleges are beginning to advocate for the right to offer applied bachelor degrees.

Blog: Is Newly Minted Candidate Hillary Clinton Good for Higher Ed? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign announcement on Sunday, it’s time to once again ponder, “What does Hillary think about higher ed?”

Millikin volunteers help tax filers at Decatur Public Library (Herald & Review)
With the tax filing deadline looming, a group of volunteers was ready Saturday at the Decatur Public Library to assist those needing help with their taxes.

Students honor retiring IWU president with T-shirt for charity (Herald & Review)
Students and others at Illinois Wesleyan University are honoring retiring President Dick Wilson with the shirts on their backs.

Modest Gains in Faculty Pay (Inside Higher Ed)
First, the good news: Full-time faculty member salaries grew somewhat meaningfully year over year -- 1.4 percent, adjusted for inflation, according to the American Association of University Professors’ Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, out today.

Public Colleges' Revenue Shift (Inside Higher Ed)
Tuition dollars made up roughly 47 percent of revenues for public higher education for the third straight year in 2014, cementing a trend in which tuition revenue now rivals state appropriations as the main funder of public colleges and universities.

The Importance of Mentoring to Increase Diversity in STEM (Inside Higher Ed)
I am fortunate to say that if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

27018 and Higher Education (Inside Higher Ed)
While many readers may not be familiar with the International Standards Organization, the rigorous formal standards established by this UN-sponsored body form the backbone of data security best practices in large organizations everywhere.

Lake Land board to consider new logo, mascot (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is scheduled tonight to consider approving a new college logo and mascot. The proposed logo and mascot, which will be unveiled at the board meeting, are part of recent efforts to develop a consistent marketing campaign and readily identifiable brand for Lake Land.

WIU?keynote relates technology to black culture (McDonough County, The Voice)
Auto-Tune-enhanced music by R&B artist T Pain and the rise of sit-ins across the American south in the spring of 1960 have something very specific in common.

WIU student health insurance cost to rise (McDonough County, The Voice)
Western Illinois University students will pay a bit more in health insurance starting Aug. 1. Last week, trustees voted in favor of accepting a rate of $690 per half year or $1,380 per full year, a 47.75 percent increase.

Report: Funding for higher education lags in Missouri, Illinois (Missouri Public Radio)
State higher education funding per full time student has dropped more than 26 percent in Missouri and increased almost 50 percent in Illinois over the past five years, according to data compiled by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

Power poll: Bob Easter at top (News-Gazette)
We asked columnist Jim Dey for his list of the 10 most powerful public sector employees in C-U these days. He gave us 11. You'll notice a gender trend:

Room and Board charges rising faster than inflation (The Hechinger Report)
American students, and their parents, have been complaining about the rising price of college since the 1980s, when schools began hiking annual tuition charges well above the rate of inflation.

SIU, Bosch Automotive celebrate partnership (The Southern Illinoisan)
The dedication April 9 of the Bosch Automotive Parts Center in Southern Illinois University's Transportation Education Center was a celebration of a longstanding partnership that benefits students while they are in school and after they graduate.

SIU to honor four distinguished alumni (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University will honor four prominent graduates as 2015 SIU Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Special scholarship available for SIU students (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University students have an opportunity for a special scholarship through the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

SIU students: Rauner keynote 'slap in the face' (The Southern Illinoisan)
A movement to replace Gov. Bruce Rauner with a different keynote speaker at Southern Illinois University’s May 16 commencement is gaining steam on social media.

April 10, 2015

Quote of the day:
"We become what we think about."
Earl Nightingale

Gov. Rauner visits CLC to learn about tech program (Daily Herald)
Visiting the College of Lake County's Grayslake campus April 7 to listen and learn more about what community colleges are doing, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner praised the important work of community colleges in supplying a skilled workforce for the state, according to a news release.

When a Formula Doesn't Add Up (Inside Higher Ed)
The best-laid plans often go awry. And in the case of Florida’s performance-based funding model, even the most formula-based system can turn, at times, into something less than an objective process.

A Higher Profile (Inside Higher Ed)
LinkedIn has become a company to watch in higher education. This week the job networking site announced it would spend $1.5 billion to buy lynda.com, an online course portal.

Corinthian vs. California (Inside Higher Ed)
Corinthian Colleges, the embattled for-profit education company, is going on the offensive in California as it looks to sell its remaining campuses that continue to enroll thousands of students.

Wise: Faculty hiring plan may be pushed back (News-Gazette)
University of Illinois administrators' ambitious goal — to hire 500 new professors by the year 2020 — may need to be revised, given the state of the state economy.

Area officials to testify on budget cuts (News-Gazette)
Representatives of the University of Illinois, local governments, social service agencies and health care providers are expected to testify to state senators Monday on Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Proposed Cut To Tuition Benefit Draws Opposition (NPR)
Employees at the University of Illinois Urbana campus are pushing back against a proposal to eliminate a 50 percent tuition discount for their children.

April 9, 2015

Quote of the day:
“A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.”
John Steinbeck

Leaders of local universities honored by Leadership Council (Belleville News-Democrat)
Leaders from metro-east schools were honored recently at the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois’ Salute to Southwestern Illinois dinner. More than 400 people attended the festivities.

Subpoenas target college president's spending (Chicago Tribune)
A DuPage County grand jury has issued three subpoenas to the College of DuPage, seeking records related to President Robert Breuder's contract, his expenses and no-bid jobs awarded to a school fundraiser, court records show.

Political shift on College of DuPage board could lead to president's ouster (Chicago Tribune)
A political shift on the College of DuPage board could lead to significant changes for the school and its embattled leader, as the new majority began calls Wednesday for President Robert Breuder's immediate departure.

College-Attainment Rate Inches Up, but Not Fast Enough for Lumina (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With just 10 years to go until 2025 — the point at which the Lumina Foundation wants Americans to have a 60-percent college-attainment rate — there is still a gap of 20 percentage points between the goal and reality.

Where 3 Accountability Measures Meet, a Hazardous Intersection (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last week the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 544 colleges facing an extra level of financial scrutiny known as "heightened cash monitoring," after initially refusing to make the list public.

College-Attainment Rate Inches Up, but Not Fast Enough for Lumina (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With just 10 years to go until 2025 — the point at which the Lumina Foundation wants Americans to have a 60-percent college-attainment rate — there is still a gap of 20 percentage points between the goal and reality.

New COD trustees: Robert Breuder should at least take leave of absence (Daily Herald)
Members of a reform slate that has gained control of the College of DuPage board of trustees say it's time for school President Robert Breuder to step aside so work can begin to address issues at the embattled community college.

Nonprofit Provides Life-Coaching Services to Students With Mental Illness (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Tristan Ginn doesn’t mince words when he speaks about one of the biggest obstacles he must overcome in order to make it through college.

Emerging Path to Federal Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
A scenario in which a student can use a Pell Grant to help pay for a bundle of edX courses no longer seems so far-fetched.

Emerging Path to Federal Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
A scenario in which a student can use a Pell Grant to help pay for a bundle of edX courses no longer seems so far-fetched.

Disrupting the Enablers (Inside Higher Ed)
Colleges and universities are expected to pay at least $1.1 billion in 2015 to companies that helped the institutions take their academic programs online.

New Reports on Competency-Based Education (Inside Higher Ed)
The American Enterprise Institute's Center on Higher Education Reform today released two new reports on competency-based education, which follow a report the center released in January.

Update on Lumina's Completion Goal (Inside Higher Ed)
The Lumina Foundation today released its sixth annual report on the national college completion push it has helped lead.

Students step back in time with EIU lab school (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
It's been more than 40 years since Eastern Illinois University's Buzzard Lab School closed.

Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board (NPR)
Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Bernie Sanders: Higher education should be a right (The Hill)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday said all Americans should have an accessible path leading toward a college degree if they desire one.

April 8, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.”
Amelia Earhart

3 'clean slate' candidates claim seats on College of DuPage board (Chicago Tribune)
All three College of DuPage board of trustee candidates who campaigned as a "clean slate" for the embattled institution claimed victory for open seats on the Glen Ellyn-based board Tuesday night, with most of the ballots counted in the crowded election.

Boston College, to Refresh Its Aging Curriculum, Turns to Design Thinkers (Chronicle of Higher Education)
To break a two-decade deadlock on revising its core curriculum, Boston College sought help from an unlikely source for academic inspiration: the minds that brought the world the Swiffer.

It’s Fafsa Season, and a New Crop of High Schoolers Is Discovering Its Complexity (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It’s the final Fafsa workshop at H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast Washington, and Charles Coleman is bent over a computer in a room lined with college pennants, filling out the federal application for student aid.

A Look at the College Tuition Perks at Starbucks, McDonald’s (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Starbucks says it will now cover four years of tuition reimbursement for workers to earn an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, instead of just two years.

Education Department Clarifies Loan Counseling Flexibility (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday clarified that colleges are able to take some active steps to help students avoid excessive loan amounts.

Contributions and Connections (Inside Higher Ed)
Those who work within the academy become very skilled at judging the stuff of reputations.

Quincy native on track to become first to earn new chemical microscopy degree (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Marissa Bartz of Quincy is melding her interests in art and science to earn a unique bachelor's degree this spring.

Hess' first run for public office proves successful as he grabs seat on JWCC board (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Don Hess always will remember the first time he ran for any sort of public office, because he won.

The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much (The New York Times)
ONCE upon a time in America, baby boomers paid for college with the money they made from their summer jobs.

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