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April 21, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”
~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

IMSA students work on projects with local labs, universities (Beacon News)
AURORA — Since the beginning of the school year, 17-year-old Vikram Anjur has spent his Wednesdays not in a classroom at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy but doing experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

Program boosts skills of manufacturing workforce (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A cooperative effort between the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council and Heartland Community College is providing a more well-rounded workforce for the area's manufacturers, say those involved in the project.

Editorial: U of C, land of big ideas (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Chicago's habit of excellence is not news to anyone who pays attention to higher education, particularly around here. Hyde Park has plenty of economists, for instance, who are to their profession what Meryl Streep is to hers. But if anyone was unaware, the latest honor bestowed on a U. of C. professor will help dispel it.

Commentary: The possible fine print when college football players unionize (Chicago Tribune)
In the next few days, several hundred thousand high school seniors, along with their parents, will be figuring out how they might pay for college tuition, housing, meals, books, accompanying fees and the travel to-and-from.

Commentary: Gov. Quinn's message on education isn't all true (Chicago Tribune)
Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, settled into comfortable chairs at a recent Illinois Education Association forum. Watching their exchange later, I nearly fell off mine.

Colleges Back Away From Using Tests to Assess Student Learning (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It wasn't long ago that standardized tests were ascendant in higher education.

SIU to keep fall tuition for newcomers unchanged (Daily Herald)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- New students at Southern Illinois University won't be paying more for tuition this fall.

Hawks’ Wirtz creates Northwestern endowment fund (Daily Herald)
Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and his wife, Marilyn, are creating an endowment fund for Northwestern University's theater program.

University officials say pension reform had costly typo (Daily Herald)
Illinois' public universities have worried for months that contentious state pension reforms will push many employees to retire early. But a small mistake, essentially a typo in the legislation, is providing even stronger incentive.

U. of Illinois fears unplanned wave of retirements (Inside Higher Ed)
University of Illinois officials fear a massive wave of retirements across all three system campuses due to a glitch in a recently adopted pension reform law. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Rating My Professor - For Real (Inside Higher Ed)
Students at the University of Minnesota have for years called for access to student course evaluations that they provide at the end of courses, saying they’ve got a right to know what peers have thought of the classes they’re considering. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

The Slow Climb (Inside Higher Ed)
State and local support for higher education is crawling out of the hole of the recession, according to a report released today by the State Higher Education Executive Officers. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Strobel will chair UI presidential search (News-Gazette)
A trustee who chaired the last presidential search at the University of Illinois and a professor who led the group that led to the hiring of the Urbana chancellor will lead the nationwide search for a successor to President Robert Easter, who plans to retire in 2015.

BU students get pledges to hang up cellphones (Peoria Journal Star)
The campaign — called Hang Up and Drive — is a senior project for Duitsman and other public relations majors at Bradley.

Elbe in 'one of my ideal places' as he steps into JWCC presidency (Quincy Herald-Whig)
With one exception, not a whole lot has changed for Mike Elbe. He remains the same guy who played basketball for Sherrill Hanks at Quincy University, running the offense as a point guard for some of those entertaining teams in the 1980s.

Op-ed: MAP funding critical to Illinois’ success (Springfield State Journal-Register)
We are again at a critical time of the year, when the governor of Illinois proposes a budget and a debate ensues about how to balance ever-increasing demands on the state budget with scarcer resources to meet them. Read more:

U of I asks state legislators to prevent retirement rush; could affect 200 at UIS (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The University of Illinois board of trustees held a special meeting by video conference Friday afternoon to discuss a quirk in the state’s pension reform law that officials are worried could trigger major brain drain across the system’s three campuses this summer.

How much must you save to send a baby to college? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Congratulations, Mom and Pop, on the birth of your new baby. After a few days of waking up for the 3 a.m. feeding, you’ll be dreaming of the day you will send the little darling off to college.

Fault Lines Appear at Northwestern Over Union Vote (The New York Times)
EVANSTON, Ill. — The imminent vote by scholarship football players at Northwestern on whether to certify a union has students, professors and athletes in other sports choosing sides.

Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core (The New York Times)
WASHINGTON — The health care law may be Republicans’ favorite weapon against Democrats this year, but there is another issue roiling their party and shaping the establishment-versus-grass-roots divide ahead of the 2016 presidential primaries: the Common Core.

Op-ed: When the Circus Descends (The New York Times)
This is what seems to be happening to the Common Core education standards, which are being attacked on the right because they are common and on the left because they are core.

As High Schools Change, Technical Colleges Prepare to Expand (The New York Times)
Higher education officials largely stayed on the sidelines last year when the Texas Legislature debated and ultimately passed a bill that led to a significant overhaul of the state’s high school curriculum.

10K grant will help university serve veterans (The Southern Illinoisan)
A $10,000 grant will help upgrade the existing Veterans Service office at SIU into a Veterans Center.

Study: Pre-K Education Provides For Economic Growth (
As Illinois navigated the economic downturn, lawmakers made lots of cuts -- including to early childhood education.

April 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
Virginia Woolf

IMSA gets $6.5 million from state for residence hall upgrades (Beacon News)
Residence halls at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora will see a major facelift. The $6.5 million work will renovate all seven residence halls at IMSA’s campus, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday in announcing the project. It will include upgrades to climate control, electrical and plumbing systems, and window replacement.

SIU board considers tuition freeze at Edwardsville campus (Belleville News-Democrat)
CARBONDALE — While administrators are asking for a 5-percent increase in tuition, the board of trustees at Southern Illinois University is leaning toward freezing tuition rates at their current rate. Read more here:

University of Illinois naming presidential search committee (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — University of Illinois trustees are holding a special meeting to name 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president. University President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.

Rocky and Marilyn Wirtz donate to Northwestern's theater program (Crain's Chicago Business)
Wirtz Corp. President Rocky Wirtz and his wife, Marilyn, are endowing a performing arts program at Northwestern University's School of Communication, where Mr. Wirtz earned his bachelor's degree in 1975.

Opinion: GUEST COLUMN: A MAP for economic growth (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
In the Governor’s recent budget address, he emphasized the importance of supporting education in Illinois and expressed a desire to increase funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) by $50 million, to $423 million. In brief, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants to financially needy state residents who attend an approved Illinois college, including Lake Land College.

Opinion: Dave Tretter: MAP funding critical to Illinois’ success (Springfield State Journal-Register)
We are again at a critical time of the year, when the governor of Illinois proposes a budget and a debate ensues about how to balance ever-increasing demands on the state budget with scarcer resources to meet them. Read more:

Opinion: How much are college students learning? We don’t know (The Hechinger Report)
If you want to know how U.S. schoolchildren are performing, you don’t have to look far: A wealth of information is available, thanks to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

No tuition increase at SIU, for now (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- Tuition likely will not increase for incoming freshmen at SIU this fall. A day after SIU President Glenn Poshard warned of heavy reductions in state appropriations, the SIU Board of Trustees Finance Committee voted unanimously against the retiring president's recommendation of a 3 percent tuition increase.

Dunn takes SIU helm May 1 (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- Randy Dunn will begin his tenure as SIU president May 1. President Glenn Poshard and the SIU Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Poshard will leave the presidency a little early but remain a consultant for the university through June.

April 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.

How Well Does College Pay? It Depends on Who You Ask (Brookings Institution)
We are at the beginning of a revolution in the quantity of information available to prospective college students and their families about their postsecondary options.

4 Decades After Its Founding, Men’s Studies Struggles to Define Itself (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A dozen or so men—and one woman—bemoaned the state of men’s studies on an appropriately gray, damp day here.

Obama and Biden Promote $550-Million in New Job-Training Funds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The president and vice president made a rare joint appearance on Wednesday to tout new federal funds for community colleges and apprenticeship programs.

Excelencia in Education Report Reveals Latino College Completion Strides and Struggles (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Despite California having the largest Latino population in the U.S., there are no California higher education institutions in the top five at the associate’s or bachelor’s level, according to a report delivered Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Putting Community Colleges to Work (Inside Higher Ed)
The White House on Wednesday rolled out two job-training grant programs that focus on the community college sector. Both push for closer ties between colleges and employers. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Udacity to Stop Issuing Free Certificates of Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
Beginning next month, the massive open online course provider Udacity will cut the first O from the acronym and only offer MOCs. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

U. Illinois at Chicago, Faculty Union Reach Contract Deal (Inside Higher Ed)
The University of Illinois at Chicago has agreed to a tentative contract with the United Faculty Union, whose members went on a two-day strike in February seeking what they called a living wage for full-time, non-tenure-track professors and better pay for tenure-line faculty, among other goals. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

New Report on Latino College Completion Rates (Inside Higher Ed)
Excelencia in Education has released a new report with state-by-state data on Latino college completion rates. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

How Much Regulation Is Just Right? (Inside Higher Ed)
I approach the topic of the appropriate reach of government regulation into higher education in very much of two minds. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Outrunning the Bear (Inside Higher Ed)
There’s an old joke about two campers who run across an angry bear. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Mama PhD (Inside Higher Ed)
Excuses, Qualifiers and the Invisibility of Motherhood

Report: Big cuts to state aid forschools if income tax increase expires (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois school districts would see their general state aid cut by more than $451 million if the temporary state income tax hike is allowed to expire next year, according to figures released Wednesday by Senate Democrats. Read more:

Jonestown survivor offers a cautionary tale during appearance at LLCC (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Deborah Layton, once a highly trusted member of Peoples Temple, still feels ashamed for being involved in the cult led by Jim Jones. Read more:

Refurbished Lincoln College museum offers two interpretations of 16th president (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The new Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College is two museums in one, blending traditional artifact-centered displays with the trend toward high-tech “immersive” museum experiences. Read more: & Life/140419637#ixzz2z9Wsg4Nf

Poshard stepping down as president May 1 (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU President Glenn Poshard is leaving the university earlier than expected. Poshard's final day in the position will be May 1, at which time Randy Dunn will take over.

SIU possibly facing deeper budget, job cuts (The Southern Illinoisan)
Deeper budget cuts and job reductions are on the horizon for SIU if the temporary tax increase is not extended by the state legislature.

April 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
“What you are comes to you”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Across all races, teacher education losing students (Catalyst Chicago)
Black enrollment in teaching programs showed no clear trend between 2003 and 2010, but, as with white students, declined significantly in 2011 and 2012.

College Board Unveils Sample SAT Items (Chronicle of Higher Education)
On Wednesday the College Board released a slew of information about its plans for redesigning the SAT, including several sample items that show how the test is changing.

They’re Colleges, Not the Minor Leagues (Chronicle of Higher Education)
If colleges follow Bill Bowen’s advice and “untie the knot” between athletics and big-time commercial entertainment, they will also be untying, or at least loosening, the knot that binds colleges to the NFL, the NBA, and the WNBA.

UIC to officially open new baseball stadium (Daily Herald)
Officials from the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to officially unveil the school's new baseball stadium this week.

Community Colleges Increasingly Adding Bachelor’s Degrees (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins.

Colleges Seek to Improve Remedial Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

Priority on Sports an Issue Even at Smaller Colleges (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
You come to this website to read blogs such as this one, of course. But the gold is generally in the sidebar of openings available in higher ed.

Stand Up and Be Counted (Inside Higher Ed)
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is cracking down on institutions that provide distance education to students in the state. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Tennessee House approves 2 years of free college (Inside Higher Ed)
The Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday, following a similar vote in the Senate, approved a plan by Governor Bill Haslam to offer free community college tuition to all graduates of high schools in the state

UI budget review shows financial house in order (News-Gazette)
URBANA — Hundreds of millions of dollars brought in by the University of Illinois last year could go toward paying for a supplemental retirement plan, building renovations and helping boost professors' pay, according to an analysis of the university's budget.

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free (NPR)
Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt.

House bill urges schools to make digital emergency plans (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A bill encouraging school districts to use new software to make digital emergency response plans available to first responders cleared its latest hurdle in the General Assembly last week. Read more:

State among the worst in awarding degrees to Hispanics may surprise you (The Hechinger Report)
With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study.

Op-ed: Measuring the 'Value' of Higher Education (The Huffington Post)
In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education.

Lawmakers approve Tennessee Promise (The Tennessean)
Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to provide free community college received the overwhelming endorsement of state lawmakers Tuesday night, passing the House of Representatives on an 87-8 vote.

College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions (The Washington Post)
Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like “obsequious,” “propinquity,” “enervation” or “lachrymose.”

New research on Latino college completion in each state shows surprises (University Business Magazine)
To continue informing national and state-level action on Latino college completion, Excelencia in Education today released 53 separate fact sheets updating the current status of college completion among Latinos nationally, in each state, and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

April 15, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals. Aequanimitas!"
Sir William Osler

James A. Tidwell, 1948-2014 (Chicago Tribune)
James A. Tidwell could lead a barbershop chorus and a detailed, in-depth discussion on the First Amendment. A voracious reader, he was licensed to practice law in two states, bowled competitively and played a shrewd version of fantasy football.

Paying for College: Experts Gather in Search of New Models (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Lumina Foundation has made college attainment its primary focus. One major impediment to its "big goal" of increasing "the proportion of Americans with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025" is the cost of college.

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Institutions need to better prepare graduate students to teach, several educators gathered here for a conference said last week.

ECC moves forward on new Burlington campus (Courier News)
ELGIN — Elgin Community College officials last week got a peek at what the buildings on ECC’s planned new Burlington campus will look like, and they talked about a timetable for developing it.

ACT debate: State weighs no longer funding test, but students, colleges still value it (Dekalb Daily Chronicle)
The most important test Dylan Moore can imagine is about two weeks away

Global Scholars Say Universities Need to Get Back to Basics (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Universities don’t have to solve the social and practical problems of the day, but should rather focus on equipping students with the critical and analytical thinking skills that will enable them to do these things themselves.

Rethinking the Role of College Career Centers for Humanities Graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Numerous studies indicate that the skills produced by a quality liberal arts education correspond precisely to what employers seek beyond technical training.

House Budget Plan Would Hit Higher Ed Hard (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A 2015 budget plan narrowly approved by the House of Representatives late last week would impose major cuts on higher education, including a 10-year freeze on Pell grants and reduced funds for student loans.

Tenn. Senate Approves Haslam’s Free Tuition Plan (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor’s desk.

Colleges Seek to Improve Remedial Programs (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

Proactive on Prior Learning (Inside Higher Ed)
Florida’s public institutions are anxiously watching this spring’s legislative session, which rounded the halfway point last week. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Automatic Income-Based Repayment? (Inside Higher Ed)
There is relatively broad consensus among policy makers and advocates in Washington that income-based repayment is, in most cases, a useful tool for helping borrowers manage their monthly student loan payments. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Lake Land board votes on tuition increase (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
The Lake Land College Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to increase tuition by $5 per credit hour and fees by $2.50 per credit hour starting this summer.

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans (NPR)
Loans allow many students to attend college, but they also leave graduates with big debt. The Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explains how skipping a loan payment could be more trouble than it's worth.

Illinois debates continuing free ACT test (Peoria Journal Star)
Thousands of high school junior students are preparing for this year's ACT as Illinois lawmakers consider whether to continue paying for them to take the college readiness exam. Read more:

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

April 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Are College Degrees Inherited? (Atlantic Monthly)
Parents’ experiences with education strongly influence what their children do after high school.

Finding a new home for extra college savings (Chicago Tribune)
You've been setting aside college money in a 529 savings plan since your kids started losing their baby teeth. In fact, you've overachieved -- all the tuition bills have now been paid, and there's money left over. Wouldn't it be nice to shift the remaining bucks to your Roth IRA retirement plan without being penalized by Uncle Sam?

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Institutions need to better prepare graduate students to teach, several educators gathered here for a conference said last week.

Sen. Warren Proposes Allowing Student-Loan Borrowers to Refinance Debt (Chronicle of Higher Education)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on Saturday that she will introduce legislation that would allow existing student-loan borrowers to refinance their debt at interest rates offered to new borrowers in the federal student-loan program.

In the Courts, an Imperfect Solution to Segregation’s Long Shadow (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana have paid more than $1.5-billion to resolve decades-long cases challenging the existence of segregative policies in their systems of public higher education.

Learning From Others (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Every fall I teach "Introduction to Social Psychology." It is a great joy to know that 300 more young adults will learn something about themselves and those around them.

Smudging the Color Line (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Late in life, Anita Reynolds, the wife of a hotelier living in St. Croix, worked on her memoirs.

One ECC trustee opposes outsourcing, based on personal experience (Courier News)
ELGIN — At least one Elgin Community College trustee has come out against the idea of outsourcing the college’s custodial services. Trustee Robert Getz says that was tried when he supervised the University of Illinois at Chicago’s custodial staff and the experience was “a total disaster.”

Professor says Univeristy of Illinois banned him because he’s Iranian (Daily Herald)
A former professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield has claimed in a federal lawsuit that the school banned him from campus and denied him emeritus status because of his race and Iranian origin.

New AFT Campaign on "promise of higher education" (Inside Higher Ed)
The American Federation of Teachers on Friday announced a new campaign, "The Promise of Higher Education," to focus attention on policies that the union said are hurting students and faculty members. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

Jones: Students should apply for Black Caucus scholarships (Northwest Indiana Times)
State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, said he wants area college students to consider applying for a scholarship program maintained by the General Assembly’s Black Caucus.

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy (NPR)
Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt.

Susan Koch: UIS’ library is lively, digitally sophisticated (Springfield State Journal-Register)
One of my favorite locations on the University of Illinois Springfield campus is the Norris L. Brookens Library. Read more:

Casey Clemmons and Sarah Rens: Invest in Illinois, boost MAP grant funding (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Illinois is in a stronger position than it was five years ago, as Gov. Pat Quinn noted in his March 26 budget address.

Undocumented immigrant students face hike in college bill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Talented Pattonville High School students often file into Julie Kampschroeder’s office seeking advice about college. As a college counselor, it’s her job to help them.

States Crack Down on For-Profit Colleges, Student Loan Industry (
When Murray Hastie returned to New York in January 2006 after two tours of duty in Iraq, he hoped to use the GI Bill to complete his college education.

Elizabeth Warren decries US college loan profits (The Boston Globe)
US Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted government profits on student loans in a speech at Suffolk University’s Law School on Saturday, firing up a crowd of law students, education researchers, and financial specialists.

Students from rural areas less likely to go to four-year colleges, top universities (The Hechinger Report)
Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report.

Community colleges increasingly adding bachelor’s degrees (The Hechinger Report)
In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins.

Editorial: The College Faculty Crisis (The New York Times)
The public colleges and universities that educate more than 70 percent of this country’s students were burdened by rising costs and dwindling state revenues long before the recession.

Start saving now: Day care costs more than college in 31 states (The Washington Post)
College costs loom large in the parental mind. According to a 2013 report by Sallie Mae, half of parents are putting away money for their kids' education.

Community college-university pipeline eases higher-ed route (The Washington Post)
Almost a graduate of George Mason University, Aida Arias Reyes has faced so many barriers on the way to donning her cap and gown that she practically defines what it means to be a disadvantaged student.

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