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August 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

SWIC's Costello named to regional education council (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College President Georgia Costello has been asked to co-chair a bi-state council created by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce to better train and educate the area workforce. Read more here:

How Professors in St. Louis Are Teaching the Lessons of Ferguson’s Unrest (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As college students return to classrooms in St. Louis this week, many will find that lesson plans have been hastily revised to include sensitive issues of race and policing that were ignited by the fatal shooting on August 9 of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson, Mo.

Why August Is the Cruelest Month (Chronicle of Higher Education)
If T.S. Eliot had become a tenured professor, he would never have insisted April was the cruelest month.

State board approves pair of U of C Medicine projects (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Chicago Medicine received approval today for a pair of projects that stretch from its Hyde Park campus to southwest suburban Orland Park. Members of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which reviews health care projects to prevent duplicating services, cast six "yes" votes each for the projects. Three board members were absent.

Lawmaker's proposal would offer free tuition if student can't finish degree in 8 semesters (Deseret News)
A proposal by a Utah lawmaker would offer tuition incentives for completing a bachelor's degree in four years and potentially cover the cost of tuition if a student is forced to enroll for more than eight semesters.

University of Maine’s Pioneering President Essentially Home Grown (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
“It’s about time,” says the first female president of the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono, Susan Hunter, about the historic appointment.

Nonprofit Helps Steer High School Students Past Obstacles to College Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
By the time he reached high school, Isaac Silwal was already more intrepid than most, just by virtue of the many life changes he already had experienced. Born in Nepal, he lived in India for several years before immigrating to the US.

Job Skills Expectations Unmet (Inside Higher Ed)
College presidents want to help graduates find jobs but believe their institutions are struggling to do so, according to a recent survey by Gallup and Inside Higher Ed.

Lake Land College a staple of education across the area (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Richard Nichols, a Cumberland High School graduate, on May 1, 1967, became Lake Land College's first student. Nichols, one of 629 students enrolled in the college's first semester, was a vocational student seeking an associate’s degree in applied sciences, according to archives on the college's website.

Tuition lowered at College of DuPage (Naperville Sun)
With the cost of college tuition on a perpetual upward spiral across the country, the College of DuPage recently acted to give students some relief. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to lower COD’s tuition, slashing it from $144 per credit hour to $140.

UI hoping to boost cell reception, eventually add Web access at Memorial Stadium (News-Gazette)
You're at the big game, trying to upload a selfie to Instagram or text your friends across the stadium — along with 40,000 other people.

UI research scientist files to challenge county clerk (News-Gazette)
Scott Hays, who said he has taught a college-level course on American government and helped write a book on voter reforms, said he couldn't let Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten run unopposed.

eacher's exit = No dual credit (News-Gazette)
More than 60 high school students won't earn the college credits they thought they would when they signed up to take advanced math classes this year at St. Joseph-Ogden.

The White House plans to rate your college — here’s what you need to know (PBS NewsHour)
A year ago, the Obama administration released a plan to make college more affordable. One of the most controversial elements: develop a federal college rating system and then convince Congress to tie money for student aid directly to a school’s score.

State Budgeting With an Eye on Results (
Performance-based budgeting,” buzzwords for states making spending decisions based on specific benchmarks, gained traction in the 1990s, then fell out of favor during the budget-cutting era of the Great Recession. Now the strategy is making a comeback — with mixed results so far.

Programs seek to lower cost of college textbooks (The Hechinger Report)
If you were to ask Sandra Kerley how important it is that she’s able to get textbooks for free, she would tell you that this seemingly minor benefit is “life changing.”

Has this new online college program solved the MOOC problem? (The Hechinger Report)
Paying to get in, degree as reward, may raise success rates, advocates say

Can higher education reinvent our ‘paralyzed and dysfunctional’ democratic process? (The Hechinger Report)
Student participation in the political process is on the decline in the U.S. as skepticism for political candidates and processes rises.

Letter to Editor: For-profit colleges shouldn’t blame the Education Department for their poor marks (The Washington Post)
In alleging that the Education Department is “Picking on for-profit colleges” [editorial, Aug. 24], The Post ignored the underlying difference between for-profits and other colleges and why that matters.

August 27, 2014

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

Chicago Public Schools reports graduation rate up (Chicago Tribune)
ollowing national trends and building on years of growth, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday reported a higher graduation rate for high school students in the last school year..

Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core. What's that mean for 2016? (Christian Science Monitor)
Presidential contenders running well behind in the polls need a big issue. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may have found his in a lawsuit to block President Obama from imposing Common Core education standards.

Who’s Getting Tenure-Track Jobs? It’s Time to Find Out. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As the academic labor market turns grimmer, and tenure-track professorships become scarcer, it’s hard not to wonder: Who’s getting hired to the desperately-coveted positions that remain? - See more at:

Colleges Could Narrow the Income Gap on Campuses (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Growing inequality threatens our society.

Elgin Community College's unique crime-fighting role (Daily Herald)
A key to solving crime in today's digital world is to out-technology the bad guys

Study: Minority-Serving Schools Serve Students of Color as Well as Predominantly White Institutions (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A new study challenges the notion that Black and Latino students are less likely to earn a college degree if they attend minority-serving institutions, such as historically Black universities or Hispanic-serving universities.

On campus: More students, fewer cars (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — As a newcomer to Champaign, Mark Goldich of Chicago brought his car to the University of Illinois so he could take off whenever he felt like it.

Online university skips class to be more accessible (PBS NewsHour)
As the fall semester begins on campuses across the country, there are clouds on the horizon. Skyrocketing tuitions, crippling student debt, and an uncertain job market have led many to reexamine the value of today’s college degree. Our series begins with a look at a pretty radical challenge to the traditional college experience. This one features no classrooms or professors.

Community colleges to potentially offer bachelor’s degrees in Illinois (The Daily Illini)
Illinois community colleges may be able to offer bachelor’s degrees in Illinois in the future. Dr. Robert Breuder, president of the College of DuPage, is leading an effort to change state legislation to allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in applied science and applied technology fields

Are the lazy days of summer killing our nation’s academic progress? (The Hechinger Report)
–Drive down a dusty road in the Mississippi Delta in July and you will quickly come across a familiar scene: Kids, walking. Out of the house, no particular destination in mind. Ambling along. But the walking may be better than the alternative: Stopping. It’s the stopping that gets you in trouble.

Programs seek to lower cost of college textbooks (The Hechinger Report)
But some students simply forgo buying them to save money

Community colleges should be free (The Hechinger Report)
Community Colleges Should Be Free, editorializes Scientific American. Community colleges train technicians for jobs in leading-edge industries and serve as gateways to higher education for first-generation, minority and working-class students.

Despite Racial Disparity, Alumni Group Backs Test-Only Policy for Elite Schools (The New York Times)
A group of alumni of eight prestigious public high schools in New York City issued a statement on Tuesday in support of keeping a test as the sole criterion for entry, inserting themselves in a long-running debate over the admissions process and its impact on the schools’ racial makeup.

Lowering Interest Rates on Loans Isn’t the Best Way to Help College Students (The New York Times)
As students return to college, they may notice that the interest rates on their loans are up.

A Teenager’s Study Suggests Public Colleges Get Less Times Attention (The New York Times)
Last year, as a college freshman, Jack Fischer decided to put some casual observations to the test.

AT&T makes investment in SIU Bridge to Success program (The Southern Illinoisan)
A long-standing communications technology company made an investment Tuesday in SIU's Saluki Summer Bridge to Success program.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sues Obama over Common Core State Standards (The Washington Post)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the U.S. Department of Education of illegally coercing states to adopt the Common Core academic standards by requiring states that want to compete for federal grants to embrace the national standards.

Opinion: Public Universities need to be nurtured (Washington Monthly)
For the nation’s colleges and universities, this is a time for reflection and deliberation.

August 26, 2014

Quote of the day:
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis

Obama College Ratings Drive Wedge as State Schools Support (
State universities are backing President Barack Obama’s proposed scorecard for U.S. colleges in the hope it will steer more federal aid to them and away from underperforming for-profit institutions.

Local Students Receive Scholarships from JJC Faculty Union (Chicago Tribune)
The Joliet Junior College Faculty Union awarded $11,400 in scholarships to 17 local students this year. Every year since 1996, the JJC Faculty Union has made it a priority to award scholarships to eligible students in the community..

Are first graduates of Urban Prep still in college? (Chicago Tribune)
As a student in the first class of Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, Tyler Beck found himself enveloped in a nurturing environment where teachers came in early and stayed late to help tutor struggling students. There, the boys formed a brotherhood and learned affirmations that kept them pumped up to achieve..

US education: How we got where we are today (Christian Science Monitor)
The standardized state of US schools today grew from the Reagan blueprint, ‘A Nation at Risk.’ Why that legacy matters now.

Affirmative-Action Policy Is Found to Reduce Achievement Gaps (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Affirmative-action policies can help motivate underrepresented minority students before they apply to college and, as a result, can help narrow achievement gaps across demographic groups, concludes a report released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

U. of Illinois Feels Backlash From Scholars Angered by Salaita Case (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Weeks after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign abruptly revoked a job offer to Steven G. Salaita in the wake of his controversial tweets about Israel, two scholars have signaled their protest by pulling out of speaking engagements at the campus, and a program that was set to host a national gathering there has called its conference off.

Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations (Daily Herald)
Brad Setter knows what it's like to be judged. In some ways, it's shaped his life.

Educators Find It Challenging Getting Through to Most Connected Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Changing technology and its ubiquity has had the greatest impact on younger generations of students.

Westminster Presbyterian welcomes Millikin students (Herald & Review)
As a senior at Millikin University, Catherine Hixson has experienced the first-day jitters. But one of the surprises greeting her and her fellow students at the beginning of the semester came from the university's neighbor.

Aggressive Pragmatism (Inside Higher Ed)
Bill Haslam wasn’t sold on the idea of two years of tuition-free community college when he first heard it.

Profit and Social Responsibility (Inside Higher Ed)
For-profit higher education has tried previously to create voluntary standards for quality and responsibility. But those attempts at self-regulation, which many saw as too self-serving, failed to take hold.

Critics target chancellor (News-Gazette)
Critics of the University of Illinois decision to not hire Professor Steven Salaita have ramped up their efforts in recent days. Meanwhile, supporters of UI Chancellor Phyllis Wise are coming to her defense, saying the situation has gotten "out of hand."

Grad rates double after reinvention of Chicago City Colleges (PBS NewsHour)
Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials

Colleges adjust to new reality that more students juggle work, family (PBS NewsHour)
In 2006, Corey Clark was a typical college freshman.

Mizzou enrollment sets a record as it nears 35,000 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri reports record enrollment at its flagship Columbia campus as fall classes begin.

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges (The New York Times)
As the shaded quadrangles of the nation’s elite campuses stir to life for the start of the academic year, they remain bastions of privilege. Amid promises to admit more poor students, top colleges educate roughly the same percentage of them as they did a generation ago.

Growing number of states fund ACT college admission testing for 11th-grade students (The Washington Post)
Thirteen states paid for 11th-grade students in all public high schools to take the ACT college admission test this year, with several more planning to join them in 2015.

Do the benefits of a college education outweigh the cost? (The Washington Post)
It’s late August and thousands of teenagers are moving out of home to begin their college careers.

Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking (Washington Monthly)
ast August, President Barack Obama traveled to the State University of New York at Buffalo to give a speech about higher education.

August 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions."
D.T. Max

U. of Illinois Feels Backlash From Scholars Angered by Salaita Case (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Weeks after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign abruptly revoked a job offer to Steven G. Salaita in the wake of his controversial tweets about Israel, two scholars have signaled their protest by pulling out of speaking engagements at the campus, and a program that was set to host a national gathering there has called its conference off. Meanwhile, the American Indian studies program, which Mr. Salaita had been set to join, is scrambling to make up for his absence.

Calif. Legislature Approves Bill Allowing 2-Year Colleges to Offer 4-Year Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The California Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that would allow some community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix, dies (CNN)
(CNN) -- The founder of the University of Phoenix, Dr. John G. Sperling, has died, according to a statement posted on the Apollo Education Group's website. He was 93.

Elgin Community College's unique crime-fighting role (Daily Herald)
A key to solving crime in today's digital world is to out-technology the bad guys.

Chief Illinois justice talks to incoming law students (Daily Herald)
The Illinois Supreme Court's chief judge is among the justices touring the state's nine law schools to talk about and administer a pledge of professionalism.

Determined D.C. Youth Takes Big Step Toward Fulfilling His Dream (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When Michael Phelps Jr. told a college adviser once that he wanted to go to Penn State University, he was told his goal “wasn’t realistic” because of his grades.

The Best Bargains In Great Colleges (Forbes)
I’ve never believed that the top-rated schools give you the best-possible value in education.

Millikin University boasts full police force (Herald & Review)
This academic year at Millikin University will be the first one with an enhanced security force, featuring four sworn law enforcement officers and two patrol cars, as well as a contingent of 12 security officers.

Millikin students help out through United Way's Day of Action (Herald & Review)
When students arrive on the Millikin University campus, one of the first things they learn is that the school takes community service seriously.

The Emails on Salaita (Inside Higher Ed)
On Friday, officials of the University of Illinois offered their first public explanations of the decision to block the hiring of Steven Salaita.

Reengineering Retention (Inside Higher Ed)
n the hope of improving American higher education, President Obama set a goal in 2009 of improving college degree attainment rates from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2020.

Those "Excellent Sheep" Run the World: Part I (Inside Higher Ed)
Over the years, I’ve come to believe that lack of ambition coupled with a congenital lazy streak saved me from becoming one of William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep.”

Anticipating Cost Hikes (Inside Higher Ed)
Institutions say complying with the Affordable Care Act has caused them to pass on some costs to employees, according to a new survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

August 22, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
Mark Zuckenberg

U of C releases first-ever hiring report (Chicago Sun-Times)
The University of Chicago, long known as both a powerful economic force and an island unto itself on the South Side, is disclosing for the first time Friday its efforts to boost local hiring and business creation.

Can the Board of Trustees Really Revoke My Job Offer? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As if there weren’t enough to consider when deciding to accept an academic job, there’s something new to add to the list: the offer’s stability. - See more at:

Why Students Should Own Their Educational Data (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Designing a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind may sound logical. But L. Todd Rose, who teaches educational neuroscience at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody.

What Ails Elite Education? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Even before it was published this week, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press) was stirring controversy.

College of DuPage board: Trustee embarrassed members (Daily Herald)
The College of DuPage board voted Thursday to censure Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton for "inappropriate conduct."

50 Years Later, TRIO Programs Paving Pathways to Success (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At the age of six or seven — long before she became a college chancellor — Cynthia Azari got a tough lesson in economics for migrant farm worker families such as hers.

Some U.S. Colleges Calling Students Back From Israel (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Xavier University Gets Heads Start on Recruiting With Youth Summer Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As Michael Seaberry begins his first year of medical school at the University of Rochester, he can’t help but to reflect with great fondness on the institution that helped him to develop the skills and passion to want to become a physician.

Navy Admiral McRaven Confirmed as University of Texas Chancellor (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Navy Adm. William McRaven formalized his transition from a top U.S. military commander to academic leader Thursday, officially accepting the job as chancellor of the University of Texas System.

Don't Shop Online (Inside Higher Ed)
Faculty members at George Washington University are once again free to tell students they can save money by buying their textbooks online, after the university initially urged professors to stop pointing students to sources other than the campus bookstore.

Professors Calling Students (Inside Higher Ed)
The new interim president of the University of Southern Maine has advice for faculty amid an enrollment decline: Call students who have yet to re-enroll and get them to come back to campus.

New College Success Group in Arizona (Inside Higher Ed)
The Arizona College Scholarship Foundation has merged with the Arizona College Access Network to form a new group that will serve as a "statewide voice for college access and success," according to a written statement.

Northern Illinois U. Network Security Filter Catches Too Much (Inside Higher Ed)
Northern Illinois University is defending a new network security policy that warns students when they attempt to access certain websites.

August 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
“No man knows what he can do until he tries.”
Carter G. Woodson

SWIC board approves 5-year contract for full time faculty (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a 5-year contract with full-time faculty and took the first step toward approving its 2015 fiscal year budget. Read more here:

Despite progress, math gender gap remains (Chicago Sun-Times)
It turns out girls are good at math after all.

U of C Medicine's Orland Park project could hurt area hospitals: state report (Crain's Chicago Business)
University of Chicago Medicine's proposed $66.9 million outpatient facility in Orland Park could strip patients from nine area hospitals, according to a state report.

U of I can expect presidential pay to rise (Daily Herald)
An employee of the firm helping the University of Illinois search for a new president says the school should expect to pay a salary in line with its status as a top university.

Governor Haslam Promotes Free Tuition Plan in Tennessee (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday urged students to take advantage of his program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

New York Gives Tuition Break to Veterans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state.

University of Maryland to Guarantee Athletic Scholarships Through Graduation (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to student-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.

OPINION - Increasing College Diversity (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good — even noble — reasons for doing so.

Increasing College Diversity (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an institutional goal. There are good — even noble — reasons for doing so.

Millennials Latest College Funding Strategy (Forbes)
Would you rather get cash for college or a silver spoon? One of four new ads for Virginia’s 529 college savings plans debuting next month on YouTube and Facebook (and tv) is set at a baby shower. The coveted gift: a check made out to baby’s college savings account.

What Students Write (Inside Higher Ed)
Professors sometimes bemoan their students' writing skills.

The Digital Natives Are Restless (Inside Higher Ed)
Regular readers of the higher education press have had occasion to learn a great deal about digital developments and online initiatives in higher education.

Surge of Indian Grad Students (Inside Higher Ed)
Foreign applications to U.S. graduate schools and initial admission offers to international students continue to increase, driven by a surge of interest from India and despite a slight drop in applications from China, according to a new survey on international graduate admissions from the Council of Graduate Schools.

Illinois students' ACT scores edge upward (Springfield State Journal-Register)
This year's Illinois high school graduates performed slightly better on the ACT college entrance exam than last year's, in one of the final years test will serve as a mandatory state assessment. Read more:

Blackburn College renovates campus auditorium (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Blackburn College community on Wednesday celebrated the completion of a $2.5 million renovation of its art, music and theater building. Read more:

Experts counsel students to watch out for warning signs of troubled colleges (The Hechinger Report)
When Corinthian Colleges Inc. agreed in July to sell off or close nearly all of its 107 campuses, it left 72,000 students wondering about their futures—and whether they should have seen the writing on the wall.

Responding to student demand, universities teach teachers how to teach (The Hechinger Report)
New programs fill a glaring gap in doctoral training of higher-education faculty

No, Northern Illinois University Is Not Banning Students From Social Media (The Huffington Post)
Northern Illinois University faced a storm of haterade from the Internet this week after several news outlets reported the institution had banned students from visiting a slew of popular websites while on campus, including Facebook and Wikipedia.

How To Get Full Credit When You Swap Colleges (TIME)
Transfers typically lose an entire semester's worth of credit and tuition, a new federal study has found. Here are three ways to avoid missing out on that money and time.

The Important Talk Parents Are Not Having With Their Kids (TIME)
The new Fidelity College Savings Indicator survey reveals that parents are only on track to pay a third of college tuition—and that they're keeping mum on the topic.

The top 10 engineering colleges in the U.S. (USA TODAY)
Engineering is one of the highest paid degrees you can get — and it’s a popular choice for students who are interested in building and developing products, as well as for those who have a knack for math and science.

August 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Richard Feynman

SWIC board to discuss budget, renovations (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees on Wednesday will consider the school system's 2015 fiscal year tentative budget. Read more here:

Journalist with Chicago ties purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants (Chicago Tribune)
he mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

US education: How we got where we are today (Christian Science Monitor)
The standardized state of US schools today grew from the Reagan blueprint, ‘A Nation at Risk.’ Why that legacy matters now.

What Ails Elite Education? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Even before it was published this week, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press) was stirring controversy.

When Students Transfer, Credits May Not Follow (Chronicle of Higher Education)
About a third of first-time, first-year undergraduates will enroll in at least one other college over the next six years, and nearly four out of 10 will do so without transferring any credits if trends seen in a new study by the National Center for Education Statistics hold true.

Roosevelt University to shrink Schaumburg operation (Crain's Chicago Business)
Roosevelt University, confronting red ink, declining enrollment and a restive faculty, plans to dramatically shrink its Schaumburg curriculum and convert the campus to a branch, leaving it with just one college — pharmacy — instead of five or six.

Howard University, AKA Sorority Win Suit Brought by Rejected Legacy Pledges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For now, a long-running legal imbroglio involving Howard University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., has reached a resolution.

NCAA’s Strongest Argument Might Be Cap Limit (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The NCAA’s best argument against the Ed O’Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.

Congress Making Headway on Higher Education Act (Education Week)
With a lame-duck session looming—typically a time when Congress accomplishes very little—lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are priming higher education for the spotlight.

Flock of freshmen (Herald & Review)
Resident Assistant Tyler McLean wasn't surprised to see a few first-year students bringing more possessions than any dorm room could hold.

Scholarships continue to grow at Richland (Herald & Review)
Newly established scholarships have added more than $180,000 in funds available to Richland Community College students since last year.

Great Expectations, Bleaker Results (Inside Higher Ed)
Higher education consultants tend to project savings beyond what colleges can achieve, sometimes don’t understand the complexities of the institutions they advise, and fail to appreciate the politics around the changes they propose, according to a new study by the Education Advisory Board.

Best Path for Transfer Credit (Inside Higher Ed)
Students are most likely to be successful in transferring academic credits when they have higher grade-point averages and move between community colleges and four-year institutions, according to a new federal study released Wednesday.

Still a Losing Game (Inside Higher Ed)
More students than ever are taking the ACT, says the ACT’s annual score report, released today.

Why I Bought "Dear Committee Members" (Inside Higher Ed)
"Could be a good novel. But there are lots of good novels about academe. How come this page-long advertisement in IHE?”

Freshmen finding way around campus, C-U (News-Gazette)
Wide-eyed freshmen can be found all over the University of Illinois campus this week, exploring their new home, meeting new friends and desperately seeking directions to the nearest Wal-Mart.

Manar, others tout school funding reform bill (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Sen. Andy Manar said Tuesday he hopes legislators will enact a school funding reform law before another school year begins, but acknowledged his plan will need changes before the House is likely to accept it. Read more:

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life (The Atlantic)
William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression.

Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom (The Hechinger Report)
One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year.

Trained, jobless and in debt (The Hechinger Report)
Millions of laid-off Americans have used federal aid to train for new jobs, reports the New York Times.

Federal study finds nearly 40 percent of transfer students got no credit (The Hechinger Report)
The significant proportion of students who transfer from one college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they have already completed, according to a new federal study.

Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not ‘one-night stands’ (The Hechinger Report)
Teacher preparation programs should see themselves as matchmakers.

The Challenges of ‘Higher-Education Emergencies’ (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON — One narrative that has driven widespread interest in free online courses known as MOOCs is that they can help educate the world. But critics say that the courses mostly draw students who already hold traditional degrees.

Back to class or back to chaos? (The Southern Illinoisan)
After almost 30 years of college teaching, I still can’t help getting excited about back-to-school time.

August 19, 2014

Quote of the day:
“I think the reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself. ”
Rita Mae Brown

Soft opening: IWU international students swinging away (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois Wesleyan University sophomore Martijn Van Dooren's best sport is tennis. While in high school in Leiden, Netherlands, he dreamed of attending school in the United States and eventually found his way to IWU where he had a record of 11-11 in singles matches in his freshman campaign.

VP at ISU takes position at DePaul (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Illinois State University’s vice president for University Advancement is resigning Sept.12 to become senior vice president for advancement at DePaul University in Chicago.

Illinois college athletic programs heavily funded by students (Chicago Tribune)
In 2008, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville began its transition from Division II to Division I athletics. Today, its men's basketball games are broadcast to millions and ticket sales are at historic highs. Donations more than tripled in 2013 from five years earlier.

‘Wait, Your Footnotes Are in Cyberspace?’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In his much-discussed new book, the political historian Rick Perlstein describes The Invisible Bridge—how the fall of Richard Nixon paved the way for the rise of Ronald Reagan and modern conservatism in 1970s America. - See more at:

Digital Media Institute Connecting HBCU Campuses to Their History (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Twenty historically Black colleges and universities came together this summer in Atlanta for one unique initiative to bring their histories alive: the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship/HBCU Summer Institute for Digital Scholarship, in collaboration with the HBCU Library Alliance.

My Good Neighborhood May Not Look Like Your Good Neighborhood (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A good colleague, Vasti Torres, wrote a piece years ago entitled “Mi Casa Is Not Always Like Your House.” In this piece she encouraged folks to use a culturally sensitive lens in the context of higher education. Most importantly, she talked about Latino students from a Latina perspective.

Diverse Conversations: What's Next for Higher Education? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Recognizing the trends of higher education is important for those of us who are involved in it on a professional level. But what are the trends?

Preventing Another Corinthian (Inside Higher Ed)
With one sentence in a letter this summer, officials at the U.S. Department of Education brought one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges to the brink of insolvency.

Twitter Has the Chatter (Inside Higher Ed), ResearchGate and other websites jostle for the title of go-to social network for researchers, but when faculty members go online to discuss their peers’ work, many of them turn to Twitter.

Call for Trustee Activism (Inside Higher Ed)
Citing a "failure of higher education governance," a group convened by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni has called on trustees to play a much more active role in overseeing their institutions.

Academic Minute: Cosmic Beginnings (Inside Higher Ed)
In today's Academic Minute, Chandra Wickramasighe, a renowned astro-biologist at the University of Buckingham, offers his thoughts on a cosmological starting point for life on our planet. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

The National College Degree (Inside Higher Ed)
Last month the U.S. Department of Education announced a new round of experimental sites to test new competency-based education (CBE) models.

Getting kids into college is one thing. Getting them through is another (The Hechinger Report)
NEW ORLEANS —When Pamela Bolton searched for a middle school for her daughter seven years ago, convenience, not college, was on her mind. She ended up enrolling her daughter at a new and untested middle school called New Orleans College Prep largely because she could get there easily.

Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not ‘one-night stands’ (The Hechinger Report)
Can yearlong residencies, quality time, digital technology help seal the deal?

Going To A For-Profit College Won't Help You Get Hired (The Huffington Post)
A new study comparing graduates of for-profit colleges with those of cheaper community colleges found attending a school like the University of Phoenix or DeVry doesn't impress employers much.

CAAHEP Accredits SIUE Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology Programs (The Southern Illinoisan)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior announced this week that both the undergraduate exercise science and graduate exercise physiology programs have received accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

What the furlough ruling means (The Southern Illinoisan)
Martin Luther King Jr. famously observed: “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

August 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
Benjamin Franklin

Quinn signs bill banning on-campus smoking for state colleges (Chicago Tribune)
Smokers at Illinois’ public colleges and universities will have to take their habit off campus under a new law signed today by Gov. Pat Quinn.. The Smoke Free Campus Act bans smoking in both indoor and outdoor spaces on state-supported college and unversity campuses starting July 1, 2015.

Almanac of Higher Education 2014 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Chronicle's 27th annual collection of data on colleges answers perennial questions like how much faculty make and which colleges are growing the fastest.

Opinion: Illinois students face a higher cost for higher education (Courier News)
The neighborhood that I live in is just under 30 years old. There are several original owners like myself, but the younger families are moving in and changing the scope of the landscape. The younger District 300 students in my neighborhood already started school this past week on Aug. 13.

Cities, universities get first crack at state airplanes (Herald & Review)
Local governments and public universities across the state have about two weeks to decide whether they want to own an airplane.

Humanities vs. STEM, Redux (Inside Higher Ed)
A new analysis from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences confirms a common fear: humanities majors and STEM majors dwell in separate academic silos.

The National College Degree (Inside Higher Ed)
Last month the U.S. Department of Education announced a new round of experimental sites to test new competency-based education (CBE) models.

For-Profit on the Job Application (Inside Higher Ed)
In the debate over the value of attending a for-profit college, the rubber hits the road in corporate human resources departments.

Revisiting the Three R’s as a 5th-Year Grad Student (Inside Higher Ed)
The semester begins next week and I will enter my fifth year as a graduate student.

'Hard Times' and Higher Ed (Inside Higher Ed)
"Hard Times" is the theme for this year's annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Many sessions -- including those on higher education -- focus on issues of income inequality.

Lake Land board to vote on budget (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet today to approve the college's 2015 fiscal year budget. Today's meeting will also include the required public hearing on the budget and is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. It will take place in Room 81 of Webb Hall on Lake Land's main campus.

Budget plan leaves DACC room to grow (News-Gazette)
DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials will unveil a proposed budget for the new fiscal year that will allow the college to complete a much-needed building expansion, continue updating computers and technology on campus and convert three part-time positions to full-time, among other things.

Quinn signs bill to make Illinoiscolleges smoke-free indoors and out (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Smoking will be banned indoors and out on all Illinois public college and university campuses starting next summer under legislation signed Sunday by Gov. Pat Quinn. Read more:

Why is a Reagan-era report driving today’s education reform? (The Hechinger Report)
On the last day of school in June, Principal Aurelia Curtis was harried.

Getting kids into college is one thing. Getting them through is another (The Hechinger Report)
When Pamela Bolton searched for a middle school for her daughter seven years ago, convenience, not college, was on her mind.

SIU on Forbes list of top entrepreneurial universities (The Southern Illinoisan)
Business is good at SIU, according to Forbes magazine.

August 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
“I’m going to insist that we’ve got decent funding, enough teachers, and computers in the classroom, but unless you turn off the television set and get over a certain anti-intellectualism that I think pervades some low-income communities, our children are not going to achieve.”
Barack Obama

A Shooting in a St. Louis Suburb Reverberates on Campuses Near and Far (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The weekend shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., had colleges in the St. Louis area scrambling to beef up security this week as racially-charged clashes between protesters and the police created an uneasy prelude to a new academic year.

The Benefits of Multi-state sharing (Inside Higher Ed)
The inadequacies of existing data about higher education outcomes has been much discussed in recent months, with "flawed data" at the core of arguments against President Obama's proposed college rating system and talk of legislation in Congress to collect more and better information about enrollments, completion rates, and other factors.

Supporting the Sex Assault Bill (Inside Higher Ed)
In announcing bipartisan campus sexual assault legislation earlier this month, Senator Claire McCaskill suggested that colleges could either protest the scrutiny or get on board with the effort.

Judge asked to stop free NY college's tuition plan (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
NEW YORK (AP) — A storied New York college is facing off in court with students and faculty who want to stop it from charging undergraduate tuition for the first time in over a century. Friday's hearing comes as Cooper Union prepares to start collecting tuition for this fall's term.

Corinthian Colleges tells investors it is facing a criminal probe (Los Angeles Times)
fter months of financial uncertainty and battles with regulators, Corinthian Colleges Inc. told investors Wednesday about the prospect of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors..

Sweating A College Admissions Test? Some Schools Don't Require It (NPR)
Many U.S. colleges and universities are adopting "test-optional" policies when it comes to admitting students. That means SAT and ACT scores are becoming less of a factor in the process.

Help Is on the Way for Repaying Student Loans (The New York Times)
If you are struggling with student loans that you took out before October 2007, there is a new, more generous option in the works that may help you manage your debt payments.

Volunteers make move-in easier for new SIU students (The Southern Illinoisan)
Lydia Howard of Chicago isn't ready for her daughter, Kala Scott, to leave home. But the help volunteers provided Thursday during residence halls move-in made her feel good about leaving her child at SIU.

Six Majors That Make Employers Drool (Yahoo News)
When some students graduate from college, they cross their fingers and hope and pray that they'll get a job offer. But wouldn't it be better to have employers come looking for you?

August 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's level of aspiration and expectation."
Jack Nicklaus

U. of I. pulls professor's job offer after tweets criticizing Israel (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois has rescinded the job offer of a professor who wrote controversial social media posts about the war in Gaza, according to documents released by the university Wednesday.

Scholars Vow to Stay Away From U. of Illinois Over Its Handling of Israel Critic (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Nearly 300 scholars have signed petitions pledging to stay away from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until it rescinds its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, whose appointment as a tenured professor of American Indian studies was blocked after he came under fire for tweets criticizing Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

Report: Mixed Picture for Young Immigrant Deportation Relief Program (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With the second anniversary of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program coming on August 15, a new national study describing the DACA population reports that, as of July 20, 2014, 55 percent of the eligible 1.2 million unauthorized immigrant youth had applied for relief from deportation. By July 20, the program had granted deportation relief to 587,366 individuals.

OPINION - Going ‘All In’ for Our Nation’s Students of Color (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Over the last 10 years, the College Board’s Advanced Placement expansion efforts have nearly doubled the number of students who have been given access to the opportunities AP repeatedly proves to offer, including greater college preparedness and potential cost and time-savings through credit-granting policies. We are especially proud that low-income students have made up a significant part of that growth.

Study: Single Parents Jeopardizing Retirement Plans to Fund Children’s College Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
How are single parents prioritizing their financial futures? Allianz, a multinational financial services company, asked just that question in the LoveFamilyMoney study looking at how the contemporary American family spends and saves.

The Most Underemployed College Majors (Forbes)
Yesterday, Forbes reported on the jobs in which the most Americans feel underemployed, a term compensation comparison site Payscale defines as “having part-time work but wanting full-time work, or holding a job that doesn’t require or utilize a person’s education, experience or training.”

White House To Hold Second Higher Education Summit (Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration will convene a second gathering of higher education leaders this December, officials announced Wednesday.

The New Rankings? (Inside Higher Ed)
Who majored in Slovak language and literature? At least 14 IBM employees, according to LinkedIn.

NCAA Limits on For-Profits (Inside Higher Ed)
Hoping to strike a balance between preserving its nonprofit status and allowing for-profit colleges to remain members, the National Collegiate Athletic Association last week urged its three divisions to create a new classification for for-profit institutions.

Failure to Replicate (Inside Higher Ed)
Only 0.13 percent of education articles published in the field’s top 100 journals are replications, write Matthew Makel, a gifted-education research specialist at Duke University, and Jonathan Plucker, a professor of educational psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University.

Corinthian Legal Troubles Expand (Inside Higher Ed)
Federal prosecutors have ordered Corinthian Colleges to turn over a range of documents relating to job placement, graduation rates, advertising and marketing materials, and student loan defaults.

OPINION - Is US academic freedom a casualty of the Israeli-Palestinian debate? (Los Angeles Times)
Steven Salaita is a respected scholar in American Indian studies and Israeli-Arab relations, which got him hired recently to a tenured position at the University of Illinois.

UI releases Salaita correspondence (News-Gazette)
In a letter dated Aug. 1, Chancellor Phyllis Wise informed Professor Steven Salaita that the University of Illinois "will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty."

What parents need to know about college faculty (PBS NewsHour)
America’s college and university faculty doesn’t look like it did when parents were in school. Today, adjunct professors represent more than 70 percent of all faculty. These teachers aren’t tenure-track, and they’re probably teaching on multiple campuses to make ends meet because they earn an average of $2,500 per course (with three or four courses per semester). That makes it hard for your sons or daughters to find their office hours — if they even have offices (most of them don’t).

Corinthian Colleges gets federal grand jury subpoena in California (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
LOS ANGELES • Corinthian Colleges Inc., the beleaguered for-profit college firm, told investors Wednesday that it received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

The Future of College? (The Atlantic)
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?

Higher education report card for the president (The Hill)
When President Obama took office in 2009, he proposed the U.S. regain its leadership in higher education by increasing college degree attainment from 40 percent to 60 percent, adding an additional 10 million Americans ages 25-34 with an associate or bachelor’s degree. Read more: Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

Diverse Conversations: Is Higher Education Worth It? (The Huffington Post)
Recognizing the trends of higher education is important for those of us who are involved in it on a professional level. But what are the trends? Today, I'm speaking with Yvonne Tocquigny who is CEO of Tocquigny, a company that specializes in brand management and development for colleges and universities.

Universities aren't graduating enough to keep up with labor market demands (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU Board of Trustees was challenged Wednesday during its retreat at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center to graduate more students to keep up with a growing need for college-credentialed workers in the state labor market.

Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly (The Washington Post)
She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation’s largest labor union, representing 3 million educators.

The top 10 lowest paying college majors (USA TODAY)
Everyone has heard the stats: college graduates on average make much more than high school graduates throughout their lifetime. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the median earnings of young adults with bachelor’s degrees is $46,900, while the median for high school grads is $30,000.

Koch brothers group to keep pressure on Common Core (USA TODAY)
Convinced of wins during last week's elections in Tennessee, a group led by the billionaire Koch brothers has vowed to continue to spend aggressively in the state in pursuit of derailing Common Core academic standards here.

August 13, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Federal Government Awarding $28.4M to Provide AP Exams for Underprivileged (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In an effort to boost college readiness and save money for students from families of lesser economic means, the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday announced that it had awarded $28.4 million in grants to states in order to offset the cost of Advanced Placement exams.

Richland ready to roll for new school year (Herald & Review)
The Shilling Community Education Center took on a hushed atmosphere Tuesday afternoon as Gayle Saunders took the podium.

White House Hosts Community Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration gathered several dozen community colleges, nonprofit organizations, and other groups focused on college readiness in Washington on Tuesday to discuss best practices in college remediation.

The Opposite of Helicopter Parents (Inside Higher Ed)
As the associate provost of Chaminade University of Honolulu, Curtis Washburn has met many first-generation college students.

Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems (The Atlantic)
One researcher has a compelling hypothesis as to why the once-booming ed-tech sector has struggled.

Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better (The Hechinger Report)
In April of 2012, Mark D. Shermis, then the dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring engines” were capable of evaluating student writing just as well as human readers.

Board setting goals to strengthen university system (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU Board of Trustees wants to make stronger a university system that some would like to split apart.

College ranking lists: Abundant but not so influential (USA TODAY)
A new college ranking list declares Babson College – a small, business-oriented school in Massachusetts – the best value school in the nation, above traditional favorites like Harvard and Princeton.

Illinois community colleges consider offering bachelor programs (
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - A group of Illinois community college presidents looks into what it would take to offer four year degree programs at the state's community colleges.

August 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it.
Mark Twain

Ga. group struggles to regulate for-profit schools (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A review of a state commission tasked with evaluating for-profit schools has raised questions about Georgia's oversight of the institution, and the commission's director say the organization would likely be more effective with more resources

Child, firefighters among 8 injured in U of C high-rise fire (Chicago Sun-Times)
Eight people, including a child and three firefighters, were taken to hospitals Monday afternoon following a smoky fire in a University of Chicago-owned high-rise in the South Side Hyde Park neighborhood.

Circumstances create special graduation for cancer patient (Chicago Sun-Times)
Stanislaw Kij eased his slight frame into a green gown, and for about half an hour Monday, he was like any other graduating college senior — delighting in his accomplishment and wondering what lies ahead.

Stopping 'summer melt' – and getting more kids to college this fall (Christian Science Monitor)
To help first-generation and low-income high school graduates follow through on the needed steps to get to college, customized text messages over the summer can make a difference, researchers have found.

Study: Attending a more selective college doesn't improve graduation prospects (Christian Science Monitor)
The likelihood of graduating is 'closely predicted by student background,' says a co-author of the new study, which is calling into question some of the ideas the Obama administration has been touting.

University of Illinois proposes off-campus cameras (Daily Herald)
City council members in Champaign are considering a proposal from the University of Illinois to expand its network of surveillance cameras off campus and onto city streets.

Guest View: NIU President Baker responds to criticism on raises (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
I read with great concern Sharon May’s letter from Monday's Daily Chronicle questioning compensation for two of my senior people. I have no problem with constructive feedback from those who feel strongly about the university, and in fact, I seek this kind of input.

Baker marks first year as NIU president (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
The image of Doug Baker on the sidelines of a Northern Illinois University basketball game high-fiving students is one that – to Joe Palmer – represents Baker’s commitment to engaging students.

Groce named to NIU 'communiversity' post (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Jennifer Groce is going to lead efforts to connect DeKalb and Northern Illinois University through a new NIU position, officials announced Monday.

Teach for America’s Diversity Milestone Key Step Toward Reshaping Public Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In what one scholar described as a significant step toward diversifying its corps, Teach for America—the controversial alternative teacher certification program that has sought to reshape public education in high-need schools throughout the nation—announced Monday that its next wave of teachers is the most racially and ethnically diverse in the organization’s 24-year history.

Big Data Measuring Dollar Value of College Degrees (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
RALEIGH, N.C. — To make the most money coming out of a North Carolina university, study nuclear engineering and you’ll earn almost $90,000 a year. To make the least, study dramatic theater and earn $10,400.

Emmert Says NCAA Will Appeal Ruling in O’Bannon Suit (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Mark Emmert said Sunday that the NCAA will appeal a ruling that opens the door for college athletes to receive some of the money they help generate in major sports.

Judge’s NCAA Anti-trust Ruling Raises More Questions Than Answers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The NCAA has taken a number of body blows this year from the establishment of a players union at Northwestern to athlete complaints at Grambling. But the lawsuit involving former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 other plaintiffs could be the hardest hitting yet.

OPINION - 10 Things We Can Learn From NCAA’s New Power Five Structure (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As we wrote this piece, we thought about the stakeholders from many different groups and how policy might impact universities, programs, students and administrators. The following includes shared insights about what one might consider when sifting through discussions about this new athletic Power Conference.

The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation (Forbes)
What does it really mean to be “educated”? And what is the role of institutions of higher education? Are our universities institutions of vocational training, funded to prepare students for jobs? Or are they institutions whose purpose is something a bit higher than that, perhaps loftier? Or both? Or neither?

Tuition Politics (Inside Higher Ed)
Over much of the past half-century, state governors have helped keep public college tuition artificially low during gubernatorial election years, according to a new peer-reviewed article. But the study suggests more is at play than a governor's own career.

LLC trustees hear annual report (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees during its meeting Monday heard the annual report on the year at the college's Kluthe Center.

Jim Dey: No clowning around with free speech (News-Gazette)
In this high-tech age, people have a variety of options when it comes to sticking their feet in their mouths.

Still White, Still Male: The Anachronism of Harvard's Final Clubs (The Atlantic)
The college is about to welcome its most diverse incoming class. But its social scene is still dominated by highly exclusive all-male groups.

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? (The Atlantic)
A thoughtful new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads (The Atlantic)
Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops.

Black Men Need More Education Than White Men to Get Jobs (The Atlantic)
A new report shows yet another way African Americans face systematic disadvantage on the job market.

Q & A with author Elizabeth Green: Great teachers need ‘specialized skills and knowledge’ (The Hechinger Report)
In her new book Building a Better Teacher, Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green obsessively explores what good teaching looks and sounds like – and whether the most effective teachers are “born for the blackboard,” in her words.

OPINION - Colleges Should Be About Education First (The Huffington Post)
On Friday, a federal judge ruled against the NCAA, paving the way for college athletes to get paid. Paid even more, that is. The average cost of a four-year college education can exceed $300,000 -- and most Division I NCAA basketball and football athletes get that entire education, completely free of charge. Scholarship athletes get up to FIVE years of tuition, fees, books, room and board; just for being good enough in high school to be offered a full ride.

$2.4M grant aimed at helping 21st Century scholars graduate (The Indianapolis Star)
With a new $2.4 million grant, the state is aiming to help more low-income scholarship students stay in college through graduation.

August 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
Kathleen Norris

Donations playing more pivotal role in higher education (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Fundraising and building endowments have long been part of the financial strategy for private colleges and universities. But largely stagnant state resources have increased their importance for public universities as they try to hold down tuition costs, maintain access and leverage state dollars

New president looks to increase student access to IMSA (Courier News)
Jose Torres remembers clearly the day a teacher came up to him shortly after he began as superintendent of Elgin’s School District U46 and declared that Torres had been hired to make up for an ongoing federal lawsuit that alleged the district had discriminated against Hispanic and African-American students.

A year later, Loyola still alone in enrolling undocumented students (Crain's Chicago Business)
Seven undocumented medical students started classes at Loyola University Chicago on Aug. 4, but the school still is the only one in the state—and possibly the country—to intentionally enroll such students.

U.S. Public Schools Become Majority Minority (Inside Higher Ed)
This year, for the first time, a majority of students in the U.S. public schools will not be white, the Associated Press reported.

Retention a priority for both WIU, consulting firm (McDonough County, The Voice)
Western Illinois University puts a lot of stock in the success of retaining its students, and so does a higher education consulting firm the institution has a history of working with. Read more:

Durbin calls for more oversight on for-profit schools (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Dawn Thompson of Athens turned to a for-profit college 10 years ago to earn a paralegal degree so she could better provide for her two children.

Students turn to crowdfunding to pay tuition (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
As hard luck stories go, Andrew Wagner’s fortunes turned around pretty quickly.

What We Mean When We Say Student Debt Is Bad (The New York Times)
Once again, the headlines are filled with claims that student loans are bad. Several articles have highlighted results from a Gallup poll that shows that college graduates who borrow for college are less happy, healthy and wealthy than debt-free graduates.

SIU students moving in this week (The Southern Illinoisan)
University Housing expects more than 1,000 new students to move in Thursday and another 1,000 new students on Friday, with 1,200 returning students expected to move in Saturday.

SIU law students finding jobs (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU law school graduates are finding jobs, according to a recent survey.

SIU's marketing strategy remains on track (The Southern Illinoisan)
The Board of Trustees ended in June its four-year relationship with the marketing firm, Lipman Hearne, but SIU's marketing strategy for Fall 2015 is already in the works, meaning any major changes won't be rolled out until the 2016 recruitment campaign.

New provost put off retirement to take position (The Southern Illinoisan)
Susan Ford spent 36 years at SIU and saw her two children graduate from the school in 2008 and 2011.

August 8, 2014

Quote of the day:
Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
Ralph Charell

UIC adminstrator demoted after plagiarism flap (Chicago Sun-Times)
A high-ranking University of Illinois at Chicago official has lost his position in the wake of a lawsuit accusing the school of violating federal education law by publicly discussing a dissertation and accusations of plagiarism, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Local family of SIU student who died sues Carbondale (Daily Herald)
The Morton Grove family of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student found dead near the school has filed a lawsuit against Carbondale, its police chief and the person who last saw him alive.

UIC official demoted over plagiarism accusations (Daily Herald)
A University of Illinois at Chicago official has lost his position following a lawsuit alleging the official violated federal law by publicly discussing a dissertation and accusations of plagiarism.

Opinion: An Appointment to Reject (Inside Higher Ed)
This month, my campus, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was widely expected to welcome Steven Salaita as a new faculty member Read more: Inside Higher Ed

EIU giving increases again (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Eastern Illinois University alumni and friends raised a record-setting amount of gifts for the university in Fiscal Year 2014. Between gifts, pledges and planned gifts, the university raised more than $16.7 million, according to an EIU press release.

Missouri residents pay in-state tuition at SIUE (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, newly entering freshman and transfer students, and master’s level graduate students from Missouri will pay the same in-state tuition rate as those students from Illinois.

Drive to 55 director: Success hinges on 'culture change' (The Tennessean)
Ultimately, Gov. Bill Haslam will be the one graded on making headway with his cornerstone education initiative, but Mike Krause is tasked with leading the way.

August 7, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The single greatest effect on student achievement is not race, it is not poverty — it is the effectiveness of the teacher.”
Harry K. Wong

U of I suspends Sierra Leone programs over Ebola (Chicago Sun-Times)
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has suspended study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone and plans extra screening for students arriving from West Africa in response to the outbreak of Ebola.

Selectivity Doesn’t Improve Graduation Prospects, Study Finds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Colleges prize selectivity. They also want to graduate their students. But the former has very little to do with the latter, according to a study published on Thursday in the American Educational Research Journal.

Attention students! Amtrak may expand Chicago-to-Carbondale service (Crain's Chicago Business)
Amtrak says it's considering expanding its increasingly popular service from Chicago south to Champaign and Carbondale, but it's uncertain how the extra trains would be funded.

Linking Business and Budgets (Inside Higher Ed)
Business leaders have been vocal in their criticism of higher education for not producing enough skilled workers. Yet corporate types rarely stand up for public colleges during funding battles in state capitols. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

State AAUP Questions U. of Illinois (Inside Higher Ed)
The Illinois conference of the American Association of University Professors issued a statement Wednesday about the way the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign backed away from hiring Steven Salaita, who had been expected to take up a position in the American Indian studies program this month. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

New Report Tracks Employment Outcomes of Graduates from Kentucky's Public Universities (NPR)
The overwhelming majority of in-state students who get bachelor’s degrees from Kentucky’s public universities are remaining in the commonwealth.

ICC unexpectedly loses almost $1 million (Peoria Journal Star)
Less than a month before the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees was slated to adopt the tentative 2015 budget, college officials were informed that it would not receive almost $1 million it had penciled in. Read more:

Lawmakers seek to protect student data (POLITICO)
While college students are learning history, science and math, schools and vendors are learning about them. From medical visits to financial aid, student information is tracked, analyzed and sold — often without their knowledge. Read more:

Richland CC recognized for emergency preparedness (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois officials say Richland Community College in Decatur has become the first such institution in the state to receive the "Ready to Respond Campus" designation. Read more:

Student Debt May Damage Grads' Lives More Than We Realize, Gallup Finds (The Huffington Post)
College undergrads who take on a lot of student loan debt are less likely to thrive in several key areas after graduation, according to a Gallup analysis released Thursday.

Changes fostering optimism on SIU campus (The Southern Illinoisan)
In a whirlwind three months, the school has appointed a new president, chancellor and provost and has reversed many of the changes implemented during Chancellor Rita Cheng's four-year administration.

Opinion: To Survive, Colleges Can't Rely on High School Grads (The Star-Ledger)
As The Star-Ledger's Kelly Heyboer reported on July 17, five colleges and universities in New Jersey are launching a pilot program to help adult students finish their college degree.

August 6, 2014

Quote of the day:
Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
Jacob Braude

Students train on Heartland wind turbine (
— Heartland Community College is using its wind turbine to generate more than electricity. It is generating educational opportunities.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges (Chicago Sun-Times)
The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

Emanuel names teacher-turned administrator as education deputy (Chicago Sun-Times)
former Chicago Public School teacher-turned-administrator who helped implement Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s signature plan for a longer school day will become the mayor’s top deputy for education.

Editorial: If grads stay or go, it's win-win* for U. of I. (*Football: still uncertain.) (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a terrific reputation, even if it has suffered some administrative lapses in recent years (not to mention that underachieving football team). But with strong engineering and business programs and a vibrant Greek system, U. of I. ties for No. 41 on U.S. World and News Report's influential national college ranking..

Study shows many teachers not credentialed in their subjects (Chicago Tribune)
Illinois school districts have employed hundreds of educators to teach everything from science to special education even though they lacked proper credentials in those subjects, a Tribune investigation has found..

6 Senate Democrats Call for Stricter Oversight of For-Profit Colleges’ Finances (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Six Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to step up its oversight of the financial health of for-profit colleges.

Average public pension catching up to average salary (Daily Herald)
The average pension for a retired public employee in Illinois is quickly approaching the average salary of those still working.

Out of a Job (Inside Higher Ed)
Many faculty job offers (which are well-vetted by college officials before they go out) contain language stating that the offer is pending approval by the institution's board of trustees. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

ISU prepping for large incoming freshman class (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Illinois State University is expecting a large incoming freshman class this year....

Misunderstood Tuition: An Elite-College Case Study (The New York Times)
If all you knew about the cost of attending Amherst College were its published numbers, you’d think that it had become vastly more expensive in recent years.

N.C.A.A. May Let Its Top Conferences Play by Their Own Rules (The New York Times)
The universities with the country’s most prominent athletics programs are expected to gain preliminary approval Thursday to break away from some of the strictures of the N.C.A.A., a significant change that would give them more freedom to govern themselves and could allow athletes to share in the wealth of college sports.

Sexual assault investigations growing more complicated (The Southern Illinoisan)
Conflicting policies are making investigating sexual assault cases more complicated on college campuses, including SIU.

Virginia college presidents skeptical of Obama plan to rate colleges (The Washington Post)
Fifty higher-education leaders from Virginia are voicing skepticism about an Obama administration plan to rate colleges on measures of access and value and link those ratings to federal aid.

Why Veterans Will Soon Save Thousands on College (TIME)
Great news for college-bound veterans and their families: Starting next year—the fall of 2015—veterans and their dependents will be able to pay low in-state tuition at any public university in the country.

How Employers View an Associate Degree (U.S. News & World Report)
Community college can be a cheaper and less time-consuming way for students to earn a degree. But in a competitive job market, cheaper isn’t necessarily better.

August 5, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
Louisa May Alcott

Judge: SIU-Carbondale owes $1.9M in back pay (Belleville News-Democrat)
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University officials bargained in bad faith with the Carbondale campus' unions during 2011 contract talks and owes 1,500 current and former employees $1.9 million in back pay for furlough days they were forced to take, an administrative law judge has ruled. Read more here:

U. of I. evolves as it adjusts to huge increase in international students (Chicago Tribune)
Linda Fotzler bought the Armory House, a private dorm on the University of Illinois campus, in 1973, the year after she graduated.. The students who lived there were predominantly men, and there was quite a bit of partying. Her current challenge is much different. Instead of controlling parties, Fotzler is encouraging her residents — nearly 70 percent of whom come from abroad — to socialize.

Top party schools? U of I is No. 5 (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school. The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review based on a nationwide survey of 130,000 students. Syracuse's student newspaper ranked second best among the 379 colleges surveyed, and its sports scene, rated third best, likely helped the party mood.

U-46's Torres excited about IMSA's vision (Daily Herald)
"It's never been an advantage to be a Hispanic male in this society," Elgin Area School District U-46's outgoing Superintendent José Torres said Monday. The challenges of ethnicity aside, Torres said he has built a strong resume with nearly 30 years in education, about 20 of which have been at the executive level.

Optimistic Fund-Raisers (Inside Higher Ed)
Top college fund-raisers are mostly optimistic about the future, but the poor colleges are getting poorer, according to a new survey of advancement officials at 335 North American institutions. The survey is by Academic Impressions, which provides training conferences and webinars to higher education leaders. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

LLC’s Dual Credit lets high schoolers jump start college career (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- More than 1,500 high school students throughout the Lake Land College district got a taste of college without ever leaving their high school classrooms during the 2013-14 school year with the college’s Dual Credit Program, according to a press release from the college.

August 4, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”
Thomas Jefferson

New leader chosen for Math and Science Academy in Aurora (Beacon News)
Jose Torres is resigning as superintendent of Elgin School District U46 to become president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, IMSA announced Friday morning. And Torres said he was drawn to the new job because the post will provide him with a new outlet to pursue his personal passion of fighting to end poverty through education.

The Pitch: Debt Relief. The Reality: Borrowers May Pay More. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When Rick Cibelli heard a radio ad last year promising to slash his student-loan payment, he called right away.

State universities at risk from Illinois budget woes, S&P warns (Crain's Chicago Business)
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services warned today that Illinois public universities are threatened by the state's pension liabilities and other budget pressures, which could reduce their financial support from the state and ability to borrow.

U-46's Torres headed to Illinois Math and Science Academy (Daily Herald)
José Torres is stepping down as superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46 to become the president of Aurora-based Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Fewer students taking, passing new GED test (Daily Herald)
Sinking deeper into depression from being bullied, Marissa Lesperance dropped out of Palatine High School her junior year.

Letter: Let's advance NIU, neighborhood relations (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
Summer in DeKalb is a pleasant pause in the hurried life of a college town. We hope this summer is also a moment when the city, the university and the Ellwood Neighborhood can pause to restart the conversation about our mutual destinies.

San Jacinto College Focusing on Promoting STEM to Its Underserved Minority Student Body (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
As the No. 3 city for the most tech job growth in the last decade, Houston is shaping up to be a hub of not only industry but STEM education.

Time to Close Father-Son Gap (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There is now more than ever before a void in the traditional family unit, and that is the absence of fathers. This void has left sons and daughters in an environment where they have created their own interpretation of what is right and what is wrong.

Could New State Legislation Reduce Federal Student Loan Borrowing? (Forbes)
In 20 states, legislation is being proposed that would give students a chance to repay tuition and fees as a percentage of their income after graduation without having to borrow student loans.

Money magazine rates ISU among best for added value (Herald & Review)
Money magazine rated Illinois State University among the “Top 25 colleges that add the most value” as part of its annual “Best Colleges” edition.

Susan Ford named SIU acting provost (Herald & Review)
Susan M. Ford, interim dean of the graduate school at Southern Illinois University, will assume the provost’s responsibilities effective Monday.

Op-ed: Undocumented Students as Students (Inside Higher Ed)
Are we missing out on an opportunity to enhance the supply of people in the United States who are prepared for careers that require higher education? Read more: Inside Higher Ed

White House praises state's adult job training as national model (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota’s FastTRAC program, which offers education, vocational training and job placement to unemployed and underemployed adults, gave it to them.

Four-year degrees from two-year colleges? (News-Gazette)
For the past decade, College of DuPage President Bob Breuder has been pushing state lawmakers to allow two-year community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in technology-oriented fields

Commentary: Higher ed study results are deeply disturbing (News-Gazette)
A recent report from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sheds important and disturbing new light on racial and gender inequality in higher education. Pretending to be students, Professor Katherine Milkman and her colleagues emailed 6,500 professors at 259 of the nation's top colleges and universities requesting a meeting to discuss research opportunities before applying to a doctoral program.

Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts (NPR)
The price of a college education is soaring in America; so is the amount of student loan debt.

WIU construction nears completion (Quad-City Times)
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus is almost ready to offer its students the full, four-year public university experience

Illinois man denied diploma to receive it 55 years later (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A school district in western Illinois will give a high school diploma to an African American man 55 years after he was denied one because he attended a picnic at a park where blacks weren't allowed to go to at the time.

Six choices to increase the odds a college graduate will have great life (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
For the first time in American history, we are hearing people rightly question whether a college degree is worth it.

Ford named interim provost at SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
Susan M. Ford, interim dean of the Graduate School at SIU, will assume the provost’s responsibilities effective Monday.

Community Colleges work to offer baccalaureate programs (The Southern Illinoisan)
A failed attempt about eight years ago to allow Illinois community colleges to offer select baccalaureate programs has emerged in new talks among some of the schools’ presidents.

Why college kids aren’t timid or lost (The Washington Post)
Author and former Yale faculty member William Deresiewicz has created a sensation with his attack on the Ivy League, published in the New Republic

August 1, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Understanding is a two-way street.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Students train on Heartland wind turbine (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Heartland Community College is using its wind turbine to generate more than electricity. It is generating educational opportunities.

Experience pays off: Internships help students, businesses (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Sarah Bergman described herself as a deer in the headlights when she began her summer internship at State Farm 12 weeks ago.

4,700 percent increase in Chinese students at UIUC since 2003 (Capitol Fax)
* More than 600 Chinese kids are enrolling at UIUC this fall…

Northwestern, union square off in football labor filings (Chicago Tribune)
orthwestern University and the union seeking to represent its football players attacked each other's arguments in documents filed with the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday night..

Colleges Must Embrace Workplace Flexibility in Practice, Not Just on Paper, Leaders Say (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The college presidents, provosts, and other senior administrators who gathered here on Thursday to talk about work-life balance on their campuses agreed: Higher education has made remarkable progress in making it easier for employees to work and manage their family responsibilities. But it also has a long way to go.

Common Application Revs Up Again (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The 2014-15 Common Application will go live at 8 a.m. on Friday, which means this nation of eager-beaver college applicants can start their apps before breakfast. As many as 50,000 high-school students are expected to create accounts over the next few days.

Senate Bill Asks Colleges to Do More to Combat Sexual Assault (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Colleges would have to expand resources for victims of sexual assault and training for employees in handling students’ reports of assault under a bill introduced by eight U.S. senators on Wednesday.

ECC Foundation marks 30 years (Daily Herald)
The Elgin Community College Foundation this month marks 30 years of providing scholarships and financial support for students in need.

U-46's Torres headed to Illinois Math and Science Academy (Daily Herald)
José Torres is stepping down as superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46 to become the president of Aurora-based Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Powerball Win Helps Marilyn Fields Spread Her Love for Shaw University (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Marilyn Fields never dreamed of becoming a millionaire. But a twist of fate, and a lucky choice of a Powerball ticket, sent $2 million her way in early July.

Special Focus: STEM (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In this issue of Diverse, we look at STEM, or the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

Innovation Should Be Mandatory In Higher Education (Forbes)
What does it really mean to be “educated”? And what is the role of institutions of higher education? Are our universities institutions of vocational training, funded to prepare students for jobs?

Millikin work progressing (Herald & Review)
Craig White actually had to laugh. The Millikin director of athletics had heard all the rumors.

University of Illinois opening office in India (Herald & Review)
The University of Illinois plans to open an office in India by the end of next summer to help handle the university's partnerships with Indian institutions and companies.

Richland offers more training for older work force (Herald & Review)
Focusing on providing more educational opportunities to a generation totaling 78 million throughout the nation, Richland Community College has developed a new program to help those age 50 and older stay competitive in the work force.

New Benefit for Vets (Inside Higher Ed)
In passing a compromise piece of legislation aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Senate on Thursday also approved a new benefit for student veterans and their families. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

White House Talks College Success with 10 Cities (Inside Higher Ed)
The White House summoned officials from higher education, K-12 and business in 10 cities to a meeting Thursday at the U.S. Department of Education. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

July 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parents Are Paying More for College (Inside Higher Ed)
Out-of-pocket contributions to cover the price of college rose in 2014 after three years of decreases, according to the seventh annual installment of a study the lender Sallie Mae released today. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

ISU gets grant to teach 'smart grid' technology (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A $450,000 grant to Illinois State University will help teachers and their students learn more about cutting-edge electricity distribution. Read more:

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

July 30, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.”
Regina Brett

For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Reports Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Eight big for-profit-college companies received nearly a quarter of all the money spent on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13, says a report released on Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin and the Senate education committee's Democratic majority.

Adjuncts Welcome Congress's New Interest in Their Working Conditions (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Advocates for adjuncts who have long sought more data about their working conditions on campuses have gotten the attention of Congress.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Stress, and Sales? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Welcome to the admissions profession, the career you just fall into. Please make eye contact with each prospective student when describing this great campus, but remember, this isn’t marketing, OK?

NCAA’s $5-Million for Concussion Research Is but a Fraction of Need (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s tentative settlement on Tuesday of a class-action lawsuit over its handling of athletes’ head injuries includes $5-million for research into concussion-related health problems.

U of C sells Harper Court for $112 million (Crain's Chicago Business)
One of Israel's largest financial institutions paid $112 million for Harper Court, a centerpiece in the effort to revitalize Hyde Park's commercial district.

Damon Williams Hired to Lead Emory University’s Recruitment, Diversity Efforts (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
After serving for five years as director of the McNair Scholars Program and the University Summer programs at Xavier University, Damon L. Williams Jr. will begin a new job this week as director of diversity, community and recruitment for The Laney Graduate School at Emory University.

Department of Defense to Oversee Plagiarism Probe (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the college’s provost said Tuesday.

U.S.-Cuban Relations on Higher Ed Level Continue to Grow (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Something historic happened last January at Miami-Dade College.

For-Profits Increase Veteran Enrollment, GI Bill Revenue (Inside Higher Ed)
For-profit institutions have increased their share of the overall enrollment of student veterans, as well as an increasing portion of revenue from Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Education Those with ‘some college, no degree’ could hold key to U.S. education goals (PBS NewsHour)
By 2020, President Barack Obama wants the United States to regain its position as the country with the most educated residents. But in the last 20 years, nearly one in every 10 Americans started a college career that they never finished.

Nursing instructor bequeaths $1.5 million to St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria Journal Star)
A longtime instructor and alumnus of St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing has left the college $1.5 million, the largest gift in its history. Read more:

Harkin: States’ investment in college affordability eroding (Quad-City Times)
Sen. Tom Harkin called for public colleges and universities to “get back in the game” of making higher education affordable, especially for low-income and first-generation students.

Op-Ed: Perception of public higher ed does not match facts (The Denver Post)
One trillion dollars. We've heard the statistic and the conventional wisdom: Student loan debt, driven by recklessly out-of-control tuition, will stifle our economic future.

31 million Americans have college credits, but no degree (The Hechinger Report)
Helping these students finish could boost education rates, experts say

Colleges Push Back On Surveys That Could Shed New Light On Sexual Assault (The Huffington Post)
A key proposal pushed by the White House and members of Congress to address college sexual assault has plenty of support among survivors, their advocates and experts in the field. What it doesn't have is an endorsement from a major higher education group.

Veterans under G.I. Bill at for-profit colleges (The Huffington Post)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Governor Walker shows support for predatory for-profit college (The Journal-Standard)
Governor Scott Walker expressed his support for a for-profit college under investigation in multiple states and by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming their track record has been positive.

When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3 (The New York Times)
The frenzy over getting children into elite New York preschools is well documented.

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? (The New York Times)
For a long time, U.S. News & World Report had a monopoly on the college rankings game.

Indiana higher education chief kicks off '15 to Finish' college credit load campaign (The Republic)
Indiana's higher education commissioner wants college students to get the message that they should take at least 15 credit hours each semester if they expect to graduate on time.

SIU provost reassigned (The Southern Illinoisan)
A high ranking official at SIU has been given different responsibilities within the university, according to a letter sent Tuesday by Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.

UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement (
About two years ago, the University of Illinois Springfield had decided to make a new mandate for student housing. The rule entailed that both honor and traditional students must live on campus for their 1st and 2nd year of schooling. Even though the rule was made two years ago, the regulation was not implemented on campus, until now.

July 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
“The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running.”
Simone Weill

Commentary: What keeps poor U.S. students from going to college? (Chicago Tribune)
To judge by this summer's banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won't address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

Spending Shifts as Colleges Compete on Students' Comfort (Chronicle of Higher Education)
When someone stops by Bethany College, claiming that they’re just passing through, Scott D. Miller knows they’re lying. This West Virginia college, where he has been president since 2007, is only 39 miles from Pittsburgh, but it’s a long 39 miles, down one of three winding country roads.

Social-Psychology Researchers Are Very Liberal. Is That a Problem? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
During a 2011 talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Jonathan Haidt asked the roughly 1,000 researchers gathered how many considered themselves liberal. About 800 hands went up.

A Focus on Specific Dropouts Can Help Colleges Raise Completion Rates (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College dropouts who came close to graduating but didn’t quite finish could be a key target for higher-education institutions that are under the gun to improve their completion rates, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

3 Questions for College Counseling’s Future (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Alice Anne Bailey has talked with low-income students about applying to college.

Finding My Inner Artist via iTunes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I’m well into the second trimester of a full-year sabbatical during which I’m writing a nonfiction book.

Editorial: Homeless education funding scarce but needed (Daily Herald)
As we learned in staff writer Melissa Silverberg's story on Sunday, homeless students stopped a long time ago being just a Chicago problem. The number of Northwest suburban kids without a stable home -- ranging from no home at all to bunking with a friend temporarily -- ballooned by 55 percent over two years.

$500,000 gift benefits Lincoln College, museum (Herald & Review)
Lincoln College and its Lincoln Heritage Museum will benefit from a half-million-dollar gift from the estate of former college trustee Waldo Bertoni and his wife, Rosalie.

Within Striking Distance (Inside Higher Ed)
Americans who attended college for a while but never earned a credential might be the key to achieving the ambitious college completion goals the White House and influential foundations have set. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Higher Ed Summer Camp (Inside Higher Ed)
It’s camp season in New England.

Ask the Administrator: Teacher or Instructor? (Inside Higher Ed)
A new (and fortunate) correspondent writes

Report: Work-Study Students More Likely to Graduate (Inside Higher Ed)
Students who participate in the federal work-study program are more likely to graduate and be employed six years after college than their similar counterparts who don’t participate in the program, according to a new study. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Dedicated vs. Centralized Teams (Inside Higher Ed)
Tomorrow I'll spend an hour with my former colleagues at Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

U of I hockey team looks for temporary home (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Ice Arena at the University of Illinois won't be able to open until at least mid-September because of mechanical problems. That will leave the school's popular club hockey team looking for a new temporary home. Read more:

Dr. Elaine Heffner: Changing the goal (Springfield State Journal-Register)
At the same time that the failures of our educational system have given rise to the call for universal standards for achievement in basic subjects, criticism has also been heard that the pressure for academic achievement has led to a constricted education that does not serve well either young people or society. Read more:

JALC looks at ideas for funding upgrades (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College officials are looking for ideas on how to pay nearly $1 million to expand its computer network for technology growth, college President Mike Dreith said. Trustees were apprised of the need last week as they and college administrators began work to finalize a new budget, expected to be adopted next month.

July 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

‘Money’ Reaches for Objectivity in College Rankings (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Money magazine unveiled a new set of college rankings on Monday morning, touting its list as a tool for identifying institutions that deliver “great value.”

The Comfortable Kid (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Go ahead, laugh at them. Call them thin-skinned, lily-livered, self-righteous.

The Uncertain Future of Academic Work (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Professors, administrators, and professional staff members can probably agree on one thing when it comes to the academic workplace—the times, they keep a-changin’.

Does Your Admissions Office Have ‘Cultural Intelligence’? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The modern admissions office doesn’t need a good student-recruitment plan—it needs many of them.

Millikin Homestead: A living piece of history (Herald & Review)
Steve Schroeder guesstimates it would cost about $60 million in today's dollars to re-create the spectacular Decatur mansion James Millikin built for $18,000 in 1875.

5 Tips for Academic Retreats (InformationWeek)
It is the time when many work units and groups make an attempt at long-range planning. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Fighting Their Way Into Medical School (Inside Higher Ed)
A student whose admission to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences was revoked because he was deaf will start classes this fall, a federal judge ordered Tuesday. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Student Debt on Campaign Trail (Inside Higher Ed)
Student debt attracted unprecedented levels of attention during the 2012 presidential election. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Close Business Schools / Save the Humanities (Inside Higher Ed)
Ask anyone professing the humanities today and you come to understand that a medieval dimness looms. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Governor was at UI campus for bill signing (News-Gazette)
Further action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer — the source of drinking water for about 750,000 central Illinoisans — is imminent, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday at a bill-signing on the University of Illinois campus.

EIU makes athletic deal with Adidas (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Eastern Illinois University has made a five-year deal with athletic wear company Adidas. Read more:

Fundraising record set at Illinois State University (Springfield State Journal-Register)
It's been a banner year for fundraising at Illinois State University. Read more:

App Finder: Top educational apps (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Help your child get ready for back to school by setting them up with an educational app. Read more:

US educators lead the world in overestimating student poverty, which may affect educational mobility (The Hechinger Report)
Do educators’ perceptions of how disadvantaged their students are matter?

Library gala will highlight Fuller's work (The Southern Illinoisan)
R. Buckminster Fuller, the late SIU designer, educator, inventor and visionary, will be the focus of a performance and special exhibit coming to the university this fall.

Seven alumni join SIU Foundation Board (The Southern Illinoisan)
Seven SIU alumni have joined the SIU Foundation Board of Directors. They are serving three-year terms that will conclude June 30, 2017.

July 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
“What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.”
Mahatma Gandhi

5 ‘Dirty Words’ Admissions Offices Should Embrace (Chronicle of Higher Education)
At the ACT’s annual Enrollment Planners Conference here on Thursday, Mr. Niles, founder of Target X, recommended five “dirty words” colleges should use regularly. (Squeamish romantics fond of quaint words like “learning,” be warned.)

Key Republican in House Proposes Broad Student-Aid Reforms (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As the U.S. House of Representatives takes its first steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee’s chairman, is offering his own vision of student-aid reform.

Senators in Both Parties Agree: States Must Do More for Higher Education (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Congressional hearings often feature bitter partisanship and acrimonious finger pointing.

War-College Woes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
America’s war colleges are in the news with accusations that Sen. John E. Walsh of Montana plagiarized passages in his master’s thesis at the U.S. Army War College.

Army War College Will Investigate Plagiarism Accusation Against Senator (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Army War College said on Thursday that there was “reasonable cause” to refer accusations of plagiarism against a U.S. senator to its Academic Review Board, which has the authority to revoke the graduation status of a former student.

U of I gives basketball coach a raise (Daily Herald)
University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension.

University of North Carolina Inviting Ex-Athletes Back to Complete Degrees (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
North Carolina is inviting former scholarship athletes who left before completing coursework to return and earn their degrees.

Competency vs. Mastery (Inside Higher Ed)
"Competency-based” education appears to be this year’s answer to America’s higher education challenges, judging from this week's news in Washington. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

$20 Million Question (Inside Higher Ed)
A careless email has cost one community college president $20 million, and potentially saved Illinois taxpayers that same amount. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

An Alternative to ABD (Inside Higher Ed)
A Ph.D. student is playing poker. As a result of her hard work, piles of chips are stacked in front of her. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

House Overhauls Tax Breaks (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an overhaul of higher education tax breaks and passed legislation changing how federal student loan counseling works. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Can MOOCs Motivate Personal Change? (Inside Higher Ed)
As I wrote in part one of this blog, my colleagues from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I have been gratified by the initial success of our first MOOC, entitled GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Who's Responsible? (Inside Higher Ed)
Testifying at a Thursday Senate hearing on how states could promote college affordability, Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois, told senators that the federal government wasn’t doing enough for student borrowers. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Bill Gates on Higher Ed / Outsourced Adjuncts: This Week on'This Week @ Inside Higher Ed' (Inside Higher Ed)
"This Week," Inside Higher Ed's weekly audio program, this week features debate about whether Bill Gates is moderating his views on higher education and analysis of a cadre of colleges outsourcing their adjunct instruction to a company. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

SIU election nullified: Special election for board student representative will take place in fall (The Southern Illinoisan)
An “internal error” has invalidated SIU’s spring Board of Trustees student representative election, forcing a special election this fall.

SIU's football game at ISU to air on Comcast (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's regular-season football finale at Illinois State will air on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, according to a release from the Redbirds and Comcast earlier this week.

July 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

McKendree ranked one of the best universities to work for in country (Belleville News-Democrat)
McKendree University is not only the lone school from the metro-east to be named on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Schools to Work For honor roll. It is the only school in Illinois to get the distinction.

Chicago School of Professional Psychology sued over its LA campus (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology had been Elizabeth Schmidt's first choice when she began considering graduate school. And six months after submitting her application, she was accepted into its doctoral program.

Around Retail Giant Amazon, University Presses Tiptoe and Whisper (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Customers adore Amazon for its ability to deliver almost anything almost instantly. Publishers’ feelings about the online retail giant are a lot more complicated.

House Approves 2 Bills Toward Renewal of Higher Education Act (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two higher-education bills on Wednesday, sending them to an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Diverse Conversations: Is Higher Education Worth It? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Recognizing the trends of higher education is important for those of us who are involved in it on a professional level. But what are the trends? Today, I’m speaking with Yvonne Tocquigny, who is CEO of Tocquigny, a company that specializes in brand management and development for colleges and universities.

At 50, Upward Bound Still Opens Pathway to College (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he’d have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college.

Some Strings Attached (Inside Higher Ed)
What would your institution do for $50,000?

U of I board expected to hikeState Farm Center budget (Springfield State Journal-Register)
University of Illinois trustees are expected to agree to increase the budget for renovating the State Farm Center in Champaign by $4.5 million. Read more:

With Sarvela, changes have already come to SIU (The Southern Illinoisan)
He's only had the job for 15 days, but acting Chancellor Paul Sarvela has already brought changes to SIU.

Sarvela's path prepared him for chancellor's role (The Southern Illinoisan)
Paul Sarvela happened to be in the right place at the right time.

July 23, 2014

Quote of the day:
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."
John Steinbeck

Schools: IMSA student takes gold in Mathematics Olympiad (Beacon News)
Math star James Tao again applied his winning formula to math competitions. Tao, a graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, won his second gold medal competing for Team USA at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) July 23 through 24. After rigorous preparation, Tao competed against 600 of the best math students from more than 100 countries.

Fire knocks ISU solar car out of national competition (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A fire severely damaged the Illinois State University solar car participating in the Formula Sun Grand Prix track competition in Austin, Texas, preventing the ISU solar car team from competing in the American Solar Challenge road race that began Monday.

ACT edged out as state brings in new high school exams (Chicago Tribune)
The popular ACT college entrance exam has been bumped from the roster of required state tests in 2015, part of a wave of changes reshaping how and when Illinois students are tested, which drew criticism from educators across the Chicago region.

New Role for College Business Officers: Selling Change (Chronicle of Higher Education)
At 4:15 a.m. on a crisp summer morning, a vice president for finance made small talk outside the downtown Sheraton while awaiting an airport shuttle on the final day of the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce a plan on Tuesday to change how the federal government allocates millions of job-training dollars to colleges and other organizations.

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Higher education cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as states and secondary schools devise common standards that seek to define who’s ready for college, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation.

Fafsa Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overreported their income this year, costing many of the applicants their Pell Grants, the department has announced.

When Flexibility Is a Flaw (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Intransigence has been getting a bad name recently.

Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In an effort to graduate more nontraditional students faster, the U.S. Education Department will test the idea of awarding student aid based on something other than credit hours, the department said on Tuesday.

ISU ranks high in college economic value list (Google News)
Illinois State University was among the top 2 percent of schools with high economic value in a recent list compiled by the Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index.

Operation Calculus bringing a higher level of understanding (Herald & Review)
Maressa Brown made up her mind in her junior year at Eisenhower High School that she did not want to sign up for Advanced Placement calculus.

Corruption hits taxpayers hard (Herald & Review)
Taxpayers in Illinois pay an additional $1,038 per person in taxes because of the state's corruption, according to a recent study by two university professors.

Affordable Options (Inside Higher Ed)
Intensive advising programs can result in significant savings for low-income students going to college, according to a new research paper, but many high schools lack the sort of resources the paper discusses. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Renewed Push on Job Training (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama took steps to overhaul federal job training programs on Tuesday, announcing new executive actions and signing new workforce investment legislation.

Low-income Kids Really Want to Go to College. Here's Why It's Not Happening (Inside Higher Ed)
A new study confirms that low-income students understand that education is a path out of poverty, and most aspire to go to college—at an even higher rate than most students overall.

Experimenting With Aid (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

UI trustees to vote on $4.5 million more for State Farm Center (News-Gazette)
The price tag for the massive renovation of State Farm Center is about to get even bigger.

Letter: New UI professor bashes Israel (News-Gazette)
As if the Bill Ayers and James Kilgore hiring debacles haven't caused enough public relations grief for the University of Illinois, those charged with acquiring academics for classroom teaching positions appear to have done it again.

Letter: Act will improve job training (News-Gazette)
While job growth has remained lackluster during our economic recovery, the construction industry is facing a shortage of qualified workers that threatens the future of the industry — up to 1.6 million workers by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

UI medical-school plan gets major overhaul (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Plans to operate a new University of Illinois medical school under a public-private partnership model have been set aside, and a new governance structure for the engineering-focused college is now being considered.

Community college breaks ground on simulated mine (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Southeastern Illinois College has broken ground on the state's second simulated mine facility that will be used to train rescue teams. Read more:

SEC stands behind further exploration of Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine (The Daily Illini)
At its Monday meeting, the Senate Executive Committee offered its support to the chancellor and provost to further explore the establishment of a separately accredited College of Medicine on the University’s Urbana campus.

Durbin: Kenny Gray helped Southern Illinois (The Southern Illinoisan)
The first time I ever saw him, I was a college kid standing in a crowd around a football field in southeastern Illinois.

Historically black colleges face uncertain future (The Washington Post)
Three days before Payton Wilkins returned home to Detroit last May with a bachelor’s degree, his cousin was arrested for selling heroin and crack cocaine.

July 22, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”
Louis Pasteur

Chicago State official sues UIC, claims it violated privacy law by discussing plagiarism claim (Chicago Sun-Times)
A Chicago State University official is suing the University of Illinois at Chicago, accusing the school of violating federal education law by publicly discussing her dissertation and an accusation of plagiarism made by an adversary.

Chicago State official sues UIC officials over her dissertation (Chicago Tribune)
A high-ranking administrator at Chicago State University is suing University of Illinois at Chicago officials after a Chicago Tribune story earlier this year about her dissertation, alleging people at the school illegally disclosed private facts about academic matters, among other allegations.

New college grads see slow wage growth (Chicago Tribune)
New college graduates have seen their wages rise more slowly than the rest of the U.S. workforce since the Great Recession, new research from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank shows, a trend that reflects continued weakness in the economy.

Bill Gates Talks Performance Funding and MOOCs in Conference Keynote (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Bill Gates, a founder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist, touched on a myriad of issues facing higher-education institutions during his keynote address on Monday at the annual conference, in Seattle, of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Higher education cannot afford to sit on the sidelines as states and secondary schools devise common standards that seek to define who’s ready for college, according to a report released on Tuesday by the New America Foundation.

New CEO named for U of I hospital in Chicago (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — A senior adviser to University of Illinois President Robert Easter was named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital. Avijit Ghosh was appointed to the job pending approval July 24 from the University of Illinois board of trustees, the school said in a news release today. He would be in charge of the university hospital and clinics in Chicago and serve as the school's associate vice president for hospital operations.

OPINION - Student-Centered Education for a Diverse 21st Century Population (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The population of the U.S. is increasingly diverse, a trend mirrored in the college student population. Education that keeps the student at the center is the expectation of students and their families.

President Obama Touts Expansion of Program for Minority Boys (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
WASHINGTON ? President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his My Brother’s Keeper program.

Bill Gates On Higher Education (Forbes)
Bill Gates addressed the business officers of colleges and universities Monday at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers in Seattle. He began from the premise that “all lives have equal value” and that the United States stands for equal opportunity.

Dropping the Ball? (Inside Higher Ed)
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is supposed to prepare K-12 students for higher education -- but college and university faculty members and administrators remain largely removed from planning and rolling out these new assessments and standards. So argues a new paper from the New American Foundation, which urges colleges and universities to get involved in the Common Core to ensure the program ends up doing what it was supposed to do.

A More Nuanced Bill Gates (Inside Higher Ed)
SEATTLE -- It is ironic, says Bill Gates, that academic institutions are so good at studying the world around them but not themselves.

Pay raises for recent college grads far below average (Los Angeles Times)
Salaries for recent college graduates have risen at less than half the pace for all U.S. workers since the recession, an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found.

Counterpoint: MOOCs have limited value to higher education (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
While they have a role, they don’t add up to “creative destruction” because they don’t offer a key ingredient: engagement.

North Central among best colleges to work for in the nation (Naperville Sun)
North Central College is among the best colleges to work for in the nation, according to a new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education: North Central College is among just 92 institutions nationwide recognized in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace.

Faced with enrollment decline, ICC targets laxed students, streamlines application process (Peoria Journal Star)
EAST PEORIA — Faced with an enrollment decline for the fall semester, Illinois Central College leaders unfurled a revamp to its enrollment strategies this summer. In mid-June, about two months before the start of the fall 2014 semester, the college observed a 12-percent decline in credit hour enrollment from the same time in June 2013.

On Campus, Young Veterans Are Learning How to Be Millennials (The Atlantic)
They spent their early 20s in combat zones. Now they're back in school, struggling to fit in with their peers and figure out the rest of their lives.

Report: Higher education behind on Common Core (The Hechinger Report)
America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves.

How Higher Education Can Prepare the Volunteer Generation (The Huffington Post)
Earlier this week I walked the Laurel Falls Trail in majestic Great Smoky Mountains with my wife and children. In awe of the landscape and enamored with the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, I contemplated the future of national service in America. While climbing the mountain I reminisced on the past holding in high regard the brave efforts of government and individuals who made what was being torn down into a national treasure.

Higher Education and Rising Inequality (The Huffington Post)
In the forthcoming collection, Democracy's Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities (Vanderbilt University Press) soon available for advance order on and other sites, David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation, uses the evocative phrase "the struggle for the soul of higher education" to describe democratic trends in higher education contending with goals like cost cutting, preparation for today's jobs, and on-line education.

Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education (The Huffington Post)
Millennials are making their mark on higher education. This plugged-in generation learns differently, and education institutions are starting to take note. Yet the education industry, with its emphasis on "focus work" over the more collaborative techniques Millennials prefer, might not be adapting quickly enough. Generation Z students, born with smartphones in their hands, are right around the corner, making it essential for higher education to adapt more quickly.

EDITORIAL: High standards and Common Core's end (The State)
The nationwide Common Core initiative seems at risk of death by a thousand cuts. In 2010, 45 states and the District of Columbia had signed on to developing common, baseline high standards for reading and math. Now, largely for political reasons, lawmakers in 27 states have proposed rolling back Common Core standards. Three --- South Carolina, Oklahoma and Indiana --- have already repealed Common Core.

Community colleges expanding disclosure on graduation rates and other outcomes (The Washington Post)
Dozens of community college leaders, dissatisfied with how the federal government measures graduation rates at their schools, have signed up for an alternative reporting system that provides more information about student outcomes.

July 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”
John Dewey

Corinthian Colleges to be monitored by ex-U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald (Chicago Tribune)
Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald agreed to serve as an independent monitor of Corinthian Colleges Inc., the struggling for-profit education company that agreed to sell or close its campuses, the U.S. Department of Education said on Friday. Fitzgerald, 53, is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 2012 after a decade as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago.

Meet 2014's Outstanding Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In our seventh annual survey, 92 colleges were recognized. Learn more about the 12 recognition categories in which each was evaluated. Colleges marked with a are on the Honor Roll.

Video Chat: Recapping ‘The Student Loan Mess’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For nearly two months The Chronicle Book Club has been discussing The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. Today we’re wrapping up the discussion with a video chat.

Great Colleges Create a Culture of Accountability and Cooperation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Issues related to workplace quality, faculty and staff engagement, and institutional culture can be found daily in the headlines, including stories of leadership transition and votes of no confidence, concerns regarding "civility" (or worse, cases of bullying and sexual harassment), and debates over the continuing challenges of diversity initiatives.

ACE Fellow Program Creating Pipeline to Presidency for Women, Minorities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
At 37 years old, Dr. Joseph L. Jones has accomplished more than some seasoned college educators twice his age.

Colleges Woo Native Americans With New Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

Richland child care earns high rating (Herald & Review)
Achieving the highest level in the county, the Adele P. Glenn Early Childhood Education Center at Richland Community College has received a level 2 certification from the Illinois Quality Counts rating system.

What's Expendable? (Inside Higher Ed)
In March 2013, when the Faculty Senate at Mary Baldwin College met with the college’s president, tensions were running high. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Defending MLA Reform Plan (Inside Higher Ed)
The Modern Language Association report on the Ph.D. in languages and literatures has already succeeded in sparking a lively debate. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Economics of Higher Education (Inside Higher Ed)
Very often in higher education, when we look at enrollment numbers, the numbers are aggregated. We look at the headcount of students or the number of full-time students or the number of new students or transfer students, etc. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

U of I plans to close Rockford psychiatric clinic (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is planning to close its psychiatric clinic early this fall. Read more:

Obama to Report Widening of Initiative for Black and Latino Boys (The New York Times)
President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation.

July 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."
John Dewey

Both Sides Find Reason for Optimism After Latest Ruling on Texas Affirmative Action (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When federal judges on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas’ use of race as a factor in college admissions, the decision sent two important signals. To proponents of affirmative action, the ruling was confirmation that diversity, particularly race and ethnicity, in education is an essential and constitutional goal. To the opponents who have waged a six-year battle to end the consideration of race, the decision means the fight will go on — again.

The next big jobs collapse: higher education (Fortune)
Colleges and universities face several daunting challenges up ahead. And it looks like the world of higher education may need to shrink to survive.

'Pay it forward' college tuition plan would cost students more, not reduce debt (
LANSING -- Lawmakers in Michigan and other states across the country have proposed creating college tuition plans that would let students pay a fixed percentage of their future earnings in exchange for an interest-free education.

Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students (NPR)
Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. But, according to the Institute for College Access and Success, a non-profit advocacy group based in California, nearly a million community college students who do need help paying for school don't have access to federal student loans.

WIU honored for improving student retention rate (Springfield State Journal-Register)
MACOMB — Western Illinois University has received an award for increasing its student retention rate. Read more:

Half of teachers leave the job after five years. Here’s what to do about it (The Hechinger Report)
Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to quit.

Diverse Conversations: Teaching Higher Education: the Difference Between Diversity and Equity (The Huffington Post)
The nature of higher education is changing and the student population is changing at colleges and universities across the country. With luck, the promotion of equality in higher education will continue to engender equality in education - not only in terms of student access, actually, but in terms of employment.

OPINION - Underfunding higher education, lawmakers undercut job creation (The Kansas City Star)
Let us get to an important money issue at the outset: College graduates make a lot more money over their lifetimes than individuals without an undergraduate degree. Read more here:

Congress Considers Multiple Proposals in Advance of Higher Education Act Reauthorization (The National Law Review)
Recently, there have been a number of bills issued and proposals made as the U.S. Congress begins the process of reauthorizing of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”).

OPINION - For-Profit Colleges Under Investigation (The New York Times)
It seemed until recently that regulators and law enforcement agencies would never rein in the predatory for-profit colleges that enrich themselves and their shareholders by misrepresenting their programs, saddling students with high-cost loans and then shoving them out the door with useless degrees or no degrees at all.

Report: Nearly 1 million community college students can’t take out federal loans (The Washington Post)
Nearly 1 million students in community colleges are unable to take out federal student loans because their schools don’t participate in the federal program, an advocacy group reported Tuesday.

July 17, 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

Lindenwood administrator receives top Rotary Club award (Belleville News-Democrat)
Mary Reuter, who is Lindenwood University-Belleville assistant vice president and executive director of community relations, has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Belleville Rotary Club.

The Best Advice That College Students Never Hear (Business Insider)
College students hear the same advice over and over, from the importance of going to office hours to the need for extracurriculars.

Congress, Fretting Over Secrecy, May Miss Bigger Research Problems (Christian Science Monitor)
The proposed Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 runs only three pages, and would set a simple rule: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot take any action based on research for which all underlying data are not publicly available.

OPINION - For Colleges, 'Free' Is About Much More Than Money (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Astor Place in Lower Manhattan, you can stand on a street corner and see, for higher education, the power and fragility of the word "free."

U. of Texas Flagship’s Use of Race in Admissions Can Stand, Court Rules (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In a review ordered by the Supreme Court, a divided appellate panel endorses an affirmative-action policy

To Understand the Latest Ruling on Race in Admissions, Read These 4 Sentences (Chronicle of Higher Education)
You’ve probably heard of Fisher v. University of Texas, even followed it in recent years, but the case has bounced around so much that it’s hard for anyone to keep track.

Race in Admissions at the U. of Texas: How We Got Here, and What's Next (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday handed a win to supporters of affirmative action when it upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions policy, but the decision will not end the wrangling over colleges' consideration of race in admissions. The Texas dispute has a long legal history. What follows is a guide to key moments in the case, and a look at what may come next.

How to Lie With Education Data, Part 1 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The well-known quotation is usually attributed to Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” But even that attribution is probably untrue.

How to Lie With Education Data, Part 2 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Tuesday I wrote about a tongue-in-cheek post at Forbes that tried to make a point about the cost of college. I argued that the piece failed readers by falsely equating cost and value, among other problems.

Would Graduate School Work Better if You Never Graduated From It? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Learning continues long after college ends. What if being enrolled in college was also a lifelong condition?

In International-Student Recruitment, Questions About Integrity Persist (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The agent debate is dead. Long live the integrity debate.

More HBCU Faculty Lean Toward Raising Collective Voices (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
For years, faculty members at Harris-Stowe State University, a small HBCU in St. Louis, Mo., had complained about what they called a lack of shared governance; an iron-fisted, top-down management; low wages; limited resources for students; and a tenure and promotion system that they viewed as inconsistent.

OPINION - Addressing the Crisis Among Men of Color in Higher Education (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Growing up wasn’t easy for Anthony Heaven. As an African-American male living in a city where the school-to-prison pipeline seemed to run through every neighborhood, Anthony tackled his share of race-based and socioeconomic obstacles to higher education.

Diverse Conversations: Black Men and College Initiatives ? Fair or Unfair? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
There’s no denying that the numbers are dismal when it comes to Black young men who attend and graduate from colleges in the U.S. Statistically speaking, Black men have the lowest test scores, the worst grades and the highest dropout rates—in K-12 education and in college, too.

University of Phoenix Faces Government Financial Aid Review (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
NEW YORK ? Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

OPINION - Why Higher Education Cannot Resist Disruptive Change (Forbes)
In the digital age, higher education, willingly or unwillingly, will undergo disruptive change. Existing institutions can lead the change or become its victim. If higher education resists, new digital institutions will be established to meet the needs of the time.

Dropping Profit (Inside Higher Ed)
These are hard days for most for-profit colleges. Declining revenues and an ongoing regulatory crackdown has led to speculation that some in the sector -- including one of the major, publicly traded companies -- will go nonprofit to get out of the crosshairs.

Clery Fines: Proposed vs. Actual (Inside Higher Ed)
WASHINGTON -- Since the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 formed a specialized unit to enforce the federal campus safety law known as the Clery Act, an increasing number of colleges have faced fines for violating it.

OPINION - The Liberal Arts Role in Teacher Education (Inside Higher Ed)
How might we prepare better schoolteachers? For over a century, colleges and universities have asked this question with varying levels of interest and commitment. Some have also asked questions more foundational.

For Community Colleges, Post-Recession Blues (Inside Higher Ed)
Angeline Godwin had been the president of Patrick Henry Community College for little more than a year when, in September 2013, her administration found a discrepancy in the college’s budget.

The Most Important Lesson for Young People in College (The Atlantic)
There's something you should know about those of us who write about higher education on the Internet: Behind the scenes, we're careful to coordinate our advice for young people to be as utterly confusing as is humanly possible.

Free college idea picks up momentum (The Hechinger Report)
Proposal would make the first two years of public higher education free

Federal education data show male-female wage gap among young college graduates remains high (The Hechinger Report)
Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years.

OPINION - One Million Community College Students Can't Get Federal Student Loans (The Huffington Post)
Nearly one million community college students in 30 states attend schools that do not provide access to federal student loans, according to a report released this week by The Institute for College Access and Success.

Stuck in Visa Debate, U.S. Risks Losing Researchers (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON — For years, United States policy makers have been debating the idea of granting green cards to foreigners with science doctorates. The cell biologist Xiao-Wei Chen, at the University of Michigan, is no longer waiting for them to decide.

Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Are Often Predatory, Officials Say (The New York Times)
Student loan debt hovers at more than $1 trillion, a threefold surge from a decade ago, and a record number of college students who graduated as the financial system nearly imploded have an average debt load of more than $20,000.

A Tale of ‘Too Big to Fail’ in Higher Education (The New York Times)
For the last two years, the City College of San Francisco has operated in the shadow of imminent death. It is the city’s main community college, with 77,000 students, and in June 2012 its accreditor warned that chronic financial and organizational mismanagement threatened its future.

Not All Community Colleges Offer Federal Student Loans (The New York Times)
Roughly one million community college students lack access to federal student loans, which may limit their options for financing their education, a new report finds.

SIU earns five-star rating from LGBTQ organization (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- SIU received a five-star rating for the first time from Campus Pride, a leading LGBTQ campus rating and information index.

Firm targeting college students draws scrutiny (USA TODAY)
CINCINNATI -- A controversial company targeting college students is growing on campuses here, especially at the University of Cincinnati, that some complain is causing kids to drop out of college and get themselves in big financial trouble.

Scammers targeting college students in debt (
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - It's the prime time for scam artists looking to take advantage of students trying to pay for college, but there are some ways to protect yourself.

July 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter, try again, fail again, Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

Supreme Court hypocrisy in Wheaton College contraceptives case (Chicago Tribune)
It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice — meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later. We have to revisit the former to provide context for the latter.

Richland earns Emergency Management designation (Herald & Review)
Richland Community College is the first community college in the state to receive the Ready to Respond Campus designation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Win for Affirmative Action (Inside Higher Ed)
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Lake Land looks to turn around enrollment dip (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College summer semester enrollment figures are down 4.9 percent over the 2013 summer headcount, making for the lowest summer enrollment figures in the past seven years. Tina Stovall, vice president for student services, said summer enrollment is down but departments are also working on ways to jumpstart fall 2014 enrollment, which is down 10 percent compared to the same time last year.

Freshmen get jump on classes via EIU institute (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- Many freshmen enter Eastern Illinois University without a credit on their transcript, ready to start from the beginning. But one group of freshmen will be half a semester ahead of their cohorts. As part of their conditional acceptance to Eastern Illinois University, freshmen from across the state entered EIU's Summer Institute for Higher Learning five weeks ago. The students completed their class projects and finished the program Tuesday.

Lake Land board takes first look at '15 budget (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees during Monday's meeting took its first look at the 2015 budget, which calls for an overall decrease of $424,910 in expenditures versus last year. President Josh Bullock explained the savings will come from reducing expenditures with "strategic replacement" of retirees; staff reductions in force and not filling vacant positions; and operational efficiency initiatives and cutbacks in operational contingency funds.

Chamber hears info on SRC retention (McDonough County, The Voice)
Spoon River College President Curt Oldfield addressed enrollment retention strategies including new programs on Thursday at the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce's government affairs meeting. Read more:

Here's Your Grant Money, College Students. Don't Spend It All in One Place (National Journal)
Imagine a would-be college student filling out just one financial-aid form and then being given her allotted Pell Grant money automatically each semester until graduation.

Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns (NPR)
“We got so interested in Common Core because we saw such a huge number of students not being prepared to go on to college,” Melinda Gates told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Full dorms prompt Culver-Stockton to curtail further residential admissions (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Culver-Stockton College is shutting down residential admissions for the 2014-15 school year effective Wednesday -- two weeks earlier than scheduled -- because the college's residence halls have been filled to capacity.

Appeals Panel Upholds Race in Admissions for University (The New York Times)
In a long-running affirmative-action case, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions.

Community Colleges in South Jersey: New places for a bachelor's degree (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
South Jersey, with its relative dearth of four-year colleges, appears to have adopted a new venue for delivering bachelor's degrees to residents: community colleges. Read more at

July 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
Khalil Gibran

Op-ed: College can start in high school (Chicago Sun-Times)
In neighborhoods across Chicago, there are thousands of young people with unlimited potential.

Scams target people struggling with student loan debt, Illinois says (Chicago Tribune)
After injuring her back on the job and getting a stomach illness, Sharone Brown of Chicago had trouble making her student loan payments, even after she sold her condo. Then she heard a radio ad from a debt-settlement company. The firm told her it could reduce her payments by $400 a month, to $49, she said.

Report Faults Education Dept.'s Oversight of Debt-Collection Firms It Hires (Chronicle of Higher Education)
An audit report released on Monday criticizes the U.S. Department of Education’s handling of borrower complaints lodged against private companies that help the department collect on defaulted federal student loans.

Moody's finds optimism (Inside Higher Ed)
The financial picture for higher education remains negative, but “green shoots” of stability are emerging, according to a new industry outlook by Moody’s Investors Service. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Inequitable Access to Loans (Inside Higher Ed)
Community colleges across the country that don’t offer access to federal student loans are imperiling nearly one million students who may turn to riskier forms of credit to fund their education, according to a report released Monday by the Institute for College Access & Success. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

UI to ask for 3.8 percent boost in state funding (News-Gazette)
The slides on the latest state economic update had titles like "Titanic Ahead" and "Worse News." Despite the dire forecasts, the University of Illinois outlined a budget request Monday that asks the state for more money for fiscal 2016 —

Illinois AG sues, alleging student loan debt scams (News-Gazette)
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed lawsuits Monday against two companies she says are scamming people who are paying student loan debts.

Two New Proposals Would Make College Free Nationwide (TIME)
With student loan debt crippling students, education advocates are suggesting ways to change how federal financial aid money is distributed.

July 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi

ISU helps develop electricity rate database (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Electricity rates from nearly 3,500 utilities across the country are now available in a free online database developed by Illinois State University in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory....

Lisa Madigan to file lawsuits targeting student loan debt ‘scams' (Chicago Sun-Times)
llinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is expected to file two lawsuits Monday against two companies that, she alleges, have preyed on those trying to lighten their student loan debt.

Editorial: For-profit schools can’t prey on students (Chicago Sun-Times)
One reason to go to college is to get new experiences, but being defrauded shouldn’t be one of them.

Outside Opinion: Apprenticeship programs can close skills gap (Chicago Tribune)
The White House recently announced a $600 million investment in professional apprenticeship programs. The administration hopes to strengthen ties between community colleges and private companies — and equip workers with the skills they need to secure good-paying jobs in growing industries.

Illinois AG sues student loan debt settlement firms (Chicago Tribune)
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed two lawsuits Monday against debt-settlement firms that she claimed perpetrated “scams” against consumers trying to pay off their student loans.

College, on Your Own (Chronicle of Higher Education)
ichele L. Pollock felt like she was moving through college in slow motion. In seven years, she had gotten about halfway through her bachelor’s degree.

U of I speeding up search for new president (Daily Herald)
University of Illinois officials are speeding up the search for a new president, saying they now hope to select someone before Thanksgiving.

Former Marine named Illinois veterans director (Herald & Review)
A U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named acting director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Veterans vs. Land Grants (Inside Higher Ed)
As Congressional lawmakers seek to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of Veterans Affairs Department reform legislation, one provision on the negotiating table has sparked a clash between veterans groups and public universities. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Trustees review successes and ongoing concerns (McDonough County, The Voice)
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees convened on Thursday morning for the first day of a two-day retreat at the Multicultural Center, where they heard updates over WIU's budget, strategic planning for its Macomb and Quad Cities campuses and planned capital projects. Read more:

IBHE: UI president should lead state through changes in higher ed (News-Gazette)
The next University of Illinois president will have to adapt to — and should lead — fundamental changes in higher education, a state education official said Friday

How Private Colleges Are Like Cheap Sushi (NPR)
In New York City's East Village, there are a number of hole-in-the-wall spots that advertise sushi at 50 percent off.

Exam asks students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life situations (PBS NewsHour)
A new report finds that U.S. students’ financial literacy is only average compared to students worldwide. American students also don’t do any better on other international tests which assess math, reading and science skills.

Madigan's office to take aim at student loan scams (Springfield State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO — Illinois' attorney general plans to announce legal action against what her office says are new student loan debt scams. A statement from Lisa Madigan's office says she'll provide details today about planned lawsuits. The statement provided few details. But it did say one target was a company based in Chicago.

UIS needs more student housing, chancellor says (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois Springfield needs more student housing as soon as possible, Chancellor Susan Koch says. Private development, she said, appears to be the fastest route. In an interview with The State Journal-Register, Koch said campus housing was at 93 percent capacity with a little more than 1,100 students last fall, and space is expected to be at least as tight this fall. Read more:

Union leader derides Obama education chief (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.

Everest College's fate renews debate over for-profit colleges (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Jeremiah Hood is upbeat for a man who will be cleaning out his office in a year’s time. He’s president of Everest College in Earth City, and news has just come from the corporate office that his campus will be closing.

Flunking Out, at a Price (The New York Times)
In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost investors, taxpayers and borrowers billions of dollars. When trouble hit, these regulators had to scramble to fix the mess that their inertia had helped create.

Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Often Predatory, Officials Say (The New York Times)
The debt settlement industry is finding a gold mine of new clients among those with college loans — and coming under scrutiny by the Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, above, and others.

A Tale of ‘Too Big to Fail’ in Higher Education (The New York Times)
For the last two years, the City College of San Francisco has operated in the shadow of imminent death.

SIU Board of Trustees taking aim at student fees (The Southern Illinoisan)
Existing student fees can no longer be assured safe haven at SIU. After approving a new student media fee and increasing the intercollegiate athletic fee in June, the SIU Board of Trustees served notice that each of the school's fees will be analyzed to determine which ones continue to serve their original purpose.

SIU in no hurry to name a permanent chancellor (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's search for a permanent chancellor hasn't taken shape yet, and it may not for some time. With Paul Sarvela in place as acting chancellor, President Randy Dunn and the Board of Trustees are in no hurry to speed up the process of finding a permanent chancellor

So, what does a chancellor do? (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU has appointed Paul Sarvela as its acting chancellor, but the role of university chancellor may not be well understood by all Southern Illinoisans.

Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds (The Washington Post)
People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

AFT calls for Education Secretary Duncan to submit to ‘improvement’ plan or resign (The Washington Post)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with the country’s largest teachers unions — which collectively have more than 4 million members — keep getting worse. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest teachers union called for him to resign. On Sunday, the second-largest teachers union passed a resolution that stopped short of a direct call for him to quit but urged President Obama to put Duncan on an “improvement plan.”

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades (The Washington Post)
Howard University’s credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely because of concerns about money troubles at its hospital.

A cheaper, faster version of a college degree (USA TODAY)
No one appears quite ready to dismiss the value of a college degree, but cheaper, faster alternatives are gaining credibility in the workplace.

July 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

ISU solar car team ready to run in the sun (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Illinois State University solar car team hasn't seen much sun lately.

Tuition and Fees Rise, but Cost of Living—by Colleges’ Estimate—Falls (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As usual, the U.S. Department of Education is a bit behind when it comes to data.

Research Shows U.S. Students ‘Average’ in Terms of Financial Literacy (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
American education must evolve to ensure that students are better able to navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape — one that they will traverse from the moment they take out their first student loans until their sunset years when they must tap their retirement funds to survive.

Exam asks students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life situations (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A new report finds that U.S. students’ financial literacy is only average compared to students worldwide. American students also don’t do any better on other international tests which assess math, reading and science skills.

House Starts In On HEA (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. House education committee on Thursday advanced a package of legislation that would boost federal support of competency-based education, overhaul how cost information and other data is provided to prospective college students, and require more counseling for federal student loan borrowers. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

State Higher Ed Spending on the Rise (Inside Higher Ed)
States are poised to provide 3.6 percent more in higher education operating support in 2015 than they did in 2014, an informal survey by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities shows Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Trustees delve into financial issues (McDonough County, The Voice)
Spoon River College trustees got a better idea of what was on the horizon for SRC's 2015 fiscal year budget, among other items, during the board's day-long, semi-annual planning retreat in Macomb Tuesday. Read more:

Do Higher-Ed Policies Make It Harder for Low-Income College Students to Graduate? (National Journal)
The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn't matched the reality of higher education for a while now.

Next Research Park building may include apartments (News-Gazette)
Living quarters may be coming to the University of Illinois Research Park.

NIU forms sexual assault task force (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Northern Illinois University has formed a task force to address concerns about sexual assaults on campus. Read more:

UIS names Kabbes associate A.D. (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois Springfield has hired Paul Kabbes as its associate athletic director for external operations. Read more:

Students paying extra for business skills they say they haven’t learned on campus (The Hechinger Report)
Ben Wei was already paying hefty tuition to earn a sociology degree from Bowdoin College, which charged nearly $57,000 at the time, but worried his classes weren’t teaching him skills he needed in the workplace.

The Common Core difference, from a teacher’s perspective (The Hechinger Report)
In 2012 I moved from Mississippi to New York City to teach at a charter elementary school in Harlem.

State retirees await insurance premium refunds (The Southern Illinoisan)
There's no timeline yet for the return of nearly $23 million in health insurance premiums that the Illinois Supreme Court has recently ruled belong to state retirees.

Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds (The Washington Post)
People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

UMUC studies ideas for restructuring amid steep enrollment declines (The Washington Post)
University of Maryland University College, the nation’s largest online public university, is weighing ideas to restructure its operations in response to steep enrollment declines in a hotly competitive market.

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades (The Washington Post)
Howard University’s credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely on concerns about money woes at its hospital.

July 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay for awhile, leave their footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.”
Flavia Weedn

Lindenwood-Belleville announces plans for major dining hall renovations (Belleville News-Democrat)
Lindenwood University-Belleville, which is nearing completion of the construction of its second new dormitory in the last year, soon will begin extensive renovations to the campus dining hall. Read more here:

Durbin urges students to avoid Everest College (Chicago Sun-Times)
The six for-profit Everest College campuses in the Chicago suburbs are for sale, the Department of Education is now overseeing the parent company under an agreement effective Tuesday and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is urging students to not enroll in these schools.

FBI raids on Concept Schools included Rogers Park school, Des Plaines offices (Chicago Sun-Times)
FBI raids targeting Concept Schools included the national charter-school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park.

One Professor Schemes to Keep Colleges in the Web’s Fast Lane (Chronicle of Higher Education)
William F. Baker has no quarrel with net neutrality, the principle that says all Internet traffic should be treated equally regardless of substance or source. He’s all for it—in the abstract.

Senate Committee Has Tough Questions for NCAA Leader (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Less than a month after testifying in a federal antitrust case challenging his organization, Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, faced tough questions on Wednesday from U.S. senators about the state of big-time college sports.

Smaller Share of Freshmen Stick It Out to Sophomore Year, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The share of students who were still enrolled at any college in their second fall term has slipped slightly in the past few years, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

U of I to test medical model for poor children on the South and West sides (Crain's Chicago Business)
The University of Illinois is receiving a $19.6 million federal grant to test a medical care model that focuses on poor children and young adults with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes

Canine study uses computer games (Daily Herald)
In a research lab at Illinois Wesleyan University, Cleo nose -- er, knows -- the score.

Research Shows U.S. Students ‘Average’ in Terms of Financial Literacy (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
American education must evolve to ensure that students are better able to navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape — one that they will traverse from the moment they take out their first student loans until their sunset years when they must tap their retirement funds to survive.

Colleges Get Financial Boost in Assisting First-Generation Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Juniata College already had started a program to track the academic progress of first-generation students before they received a Walmart grant through the Council of Independent Colleges.

Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In The New York Times Magazine cover story, Paul Tough addressed the obstacles facing disadvantaged students head on.

Science Program Brings Japanese High School Students To Springfield (Google News)
A national science program on the other side of the world brings Japanese high school students to the University of Illinois Springfield today.

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Unionize at U. Illinois (Inside Higher Ed)
The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has certified a union for nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Palmer chancellor responds to college's discrimination ruling (Quad-City Times)
On June 27, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down a decision arising from an Aug. 1, 2005, Davenport Civil Rights Commission disability discrimination charge filed by Aaron Cannon against the College.

People still flock to smell EIU's 'corpse flower' (Springfield State Journal-Register)
With its death-like odor you'd think nobody would want to stop and smell the so-called corpse flower.

Acting chancellor named at SIUC (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Longtime Southern Illinois University Carbondale administrator Paul D. Sarvela was named as the school's acting chancellor Tuesday.

SIU Med School receives research grant (The Southern Illinoisan)
A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine has received a Michelson Grant to pursue an innovative approach to nonsurgical animal sterilization.

SIU med students honor local physician as Mentor of the Year (The Southern Illinoisan)
Family medicine physician Dr. Anad Salem was chosen as Mentor of the Year by first-year students at SIU School of Medicine.

U.S. colleges have worked to address ties to slavery, Confederacy (The Washington Post)
With Washington and Lee University’s announcement Tuesday that it will remove historic Confederate battle flags from the main chamber of Lee Chapel and its acknowledgement of regret for the school’s ties to slavery, the college in Lexington, Va., joined numerous other U.S. colleges that have worked to address their ties to slavery and the Confederacy

July 9, 2014

Quote of the day:
“There must be more to life than having everything.”
Maurice Sendak

In a Fight for More Funds, Professors Quantify Colleges’ Neglect of Instruction (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The humble calculator has emerged as a powerful weapon for faculty members battling administrators over spending.

Texas Makes an Appalling Mess of Education ‘Reform’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Another year, another ham-handed attempt by a governing board to fire a successful public-university president.

Harper College budget adjusts spending with enrollment dip (Daily Herald)
Harper College officials have prepared a 2015 balanced budget that reflects a dip in enrollment and small tuition increase.

ISU to credit for Illinois Innovation Award (Daily Vidette)
Innovation can mean different things to different people, but when it comes to the state of Illinois, the Education Commission of the State (ECS) seems to be in agreement.

HistoryMakers Collection Finds Home at Library of Congress (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Preservation of The HistoryMakers, the single largest archival collection of African-American oral histories, is now assured after its acquisition by the Library of Congress.

Low-Income Students’ Success in College Starts in High School (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In The New York Times Magazine cover story, Paul Tough addressed the obstacles facing disadvantaged students head on.

Education key to switchgrass market growth (Herald & Review)
Most farmers still aren't totally convinced that switching to growing warm season grasses is a viable alternative to traditional crops in their fields.

Study: Women, Blacks most likely to leave STEM Careers (Inside Higher Ed)
One in five women and one in five black Ph.D. recipients in science, technology, engineering or math leave those fields for careers outside STEM, according to a new report from the American Institutes for Research. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Seeking New Models for Public Urban Universities (Inside Higher Ed)
Seven public urban universities have been selected to receive $225,000 grants each to support the development and testing of new models for the sector, dealing with issues such as improved student success and cost efficiencies. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Letter: Important lessons from great teacher (News-Gazette)
My mother was a school teacher in the Unit 4 school district for 28 years. So I believe that I might have a little perspective about educating our kids.

How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid (NPR)
Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application.

Branstad calls regent funding revamp 'overdue' (Quad-City Times)
Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday applauded the Iowa Board of Regents for tackling a "long overdue" revamp of the funding formula by which state appropriations are divided up among the state's three public universities.

Editorial: Lessons of a For-Profit College Collapse (The New York Times)
For-profit colleges are lobbying hard to weaken rules proposed by the Obama administration that would deny federal aid to career training programs that burden students with crippling debt and worthless credentials.

Sarvela named acting chancellor (The Southern Illinoisan)
The SIU Board of Trustees didn't have to look far to find an acting chancellor. The board met Tuesday and unanimously approved SIU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Sarvela as the school's acting chancellor

Survey shows most colleges lack data on campus sex assaults, Sen. McCaskill says (The Washington Post)
Most colleges and universities lack accurate information about the number of sex assaults on their campuses, and many fail to encourage students to report such violence, according to a report Wednesday from a Senate Democrat.

$240,000 Isn’t Enough?! Why Liberal Arts Majors Are Paying Extra to Learn Job Skills (TIME)
Employers want graduates who are better prepped for the work world, but colleges have been slow to respond.

10 states with the most student debt (USA TODAY)
Average student debt levels have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching nearly $30,000 in 2012 from $18,650 in 2004.

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