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March 5, 2015

Quote of the day:
"A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing."
Albert Camus

States Are Slashing College Budgets and Raising Tuition (Bloomberg.com)
In 48 U.S. states, government spending on each college student is still below where it was before the recession that ended almost six years ago.

Northwestern's $92 million gift will go toward biomedical research (Chicago Tribune)
Northwestern University is on a fundraising roll.. A month after announcing its largest gift ever, the university has secured another significant donation: nearly $100 million for its medical school.

How NORC at the University of Chicago is innovating research, data use (Chicago Tribune)
Our lives are increasingly driven by rapidly changing data and technology. So NORC at the University of Chicago announced in January that it created NORC Labs to test and incubate new research tools, methods and products.

Republican Governors' Shared Goals for Higher Ed: Accountability and Work-Force Preparation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is proposing to cut $300-million from the state’s university system over the next two years. Across the Great Lakes, his fellow Republican governors in Michigan and Ohio are pushing for increases in their states’ higher-education spending.

What a Promise of Financial Aid Might Mean to a Middle Schooler (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Aspiring college students are asked to take their future on faith. They’re expected to strive to reach a higher-education experience many of them can hardly imagine, to trust they’ll find a way to foot the bill for one of the most expensive purchases they’ll ever make.

Just How Private Are College Students’ Campus Counseling Records? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday weighed in on an alleged case of sexual assault at the University of Oregon that has prompted heated debate about how privacy protections apply to students’ therapy records.

With outcome-based funding on the rise in higher ed, what works? (Complete College America)
Higher enrollment means nothing if students don't cross the finish line

College is 'worth it' butmajors matter (Complete College America)
Unemployment rates are falling for most college majors, and the employment gap between college graduates and those with merely a high school diploma continues to make college a good, almost necessary bargain, says a new report using Census Bureau data. Read more at http://national.deseretnews.com/article/3691/College-is-worth-it-but-majors-matter.html#w6iDp2Vu664Fx16B.99

Free Community College: It Works (Complete College America)
President Obama's free community college proposal has a direct ancestor in a program Tulsa Community College began in 2007.

Florida couple with deep ties to Northwestern donate $92 million (Crain's Chicago Business)
Northwestern University trustee and alumnus Louis Simpson and his wife, businesswoman Kimberly Querrey, have donated $92 million to Northwestern University to support biomedical research at Feinberg School of Medicine. The gift comes just a year after the couple made a $25 million gift to Northwestern to endow the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine.

Editorial: The key to standardized tests is how we use them (Daily Herald)
It is becoming next to impossible to keep up with the explosion of capital letters related to assessing what students or prospective students know. ISAT, PSAE, IAA, DLM-AA, NAEP, TIMSS, PSAT, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GMAT, LSAT

State should opt out of PARCC testing (Daily Herald)
Parents of school aged children have probably heard of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, more commonly referred to as the PARCC, a standardized test based on the Common Core state standards.

Support grows to simplify government’s college-aid form (Herald & Review)
For many students, the road to college begins before they ever set foot on a campus, with filling out a form. A long one.

Debt Relief for Corinthian Students? (Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration, under pressure from Congressional Democrats and consumer advocates, is deciding whether to relieve the debt of some federal student loan borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges.

Free Community College: It Works (Inside Higher Ed)
President Obama's free community college proposal has a direct ancestor in a program Tulsa Community College began in 2007.

Distance Ed Myths Debunked (Inside Higher Ed)
In fall 2013, one in every eight students enrolled at colleges and universities in the U.S. studied exclusively online.

Women's History Awareness Month events continue (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Several film screenings and guest lectures highlight Eastern Illinois University Women's History Awareness Month as March continues.

Prominent activist cancels U of I speech over Salaita (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A prominent civil rights activist and academic has cancelled a speech at the University of Illinois because of the school's decision to rescind a job offer to a Native American studies professor. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150305/NEWS/150309731#sthash.UipIfA5R.dpuf

Prior experience not a deal-breaker in SIU AD search (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's next athletic director must be familiar with the Missouri Valley Conference, but prior experience as an athletic director is not a prerequisite, according to Randy Dunn, SIU president.

March 4, 2015

Quote of the day:
"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

COD president cancels forum for trustee candidates (Beacon News)
College of DuPage President Robert Breuder has banned a forum for Board of Trustee candidates from taking place on campus, college spokesman Joe Moore said..

PARCC part of overuse in testing (Bloomington Pantagraph)
The Bloomington-Normal Student Union has just launched a refusal campaign against the PARCC test.

Open House to Showcase Grad & Undergrad Degrees Available through University Center of Lake County (Chicago Tribune)
The University Center of Lake County will host an open house on Thursday, March 19 from 6 - 8 pm at the University Center's Grayslake facility (1200 University Center Drive). In one visit, attendees can learn about more than 100 degree and certificate programs, meet university program representatives, and maybe even win some cash. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, UC's newest member, will participate in this event for the first time..

Is Sweet Briar’s Closure a Warning Sign for Other Small Colleges? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Tuesday’s announcement that Sweet Briar College will close later this year despite still having $84-million in its endowment comes as a grim reality check for small liberal-arts colleges that have been facing enrollment and financial challenges in recent years—and particularly for the dwindling number of small women’s colleges.

Under Increasing Financial Pressure, Colleges Consider Mergers—Cautiously (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Laura Schweitzer, president of Union Graduate College, and Anthony G. Collins, president of Clarkson University, take pains to emphasize that their two institutions are strong.

How One University Unexpectedly Found Itself Ranked Among the ‘25 Most Dangerous Colleges’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A colleague told Tom Delahunt the news: Drake University had been named one of the nation’s "25 Most Dangerous Colleges."

How the Pressure on Public Colleges Plays Out in One State (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Rising tuition costs at public universities, coupled with a decline in state support, have raised questions across the country about how those trends are affecting access to college, enrollment numbers, and graduation rates.

New critical-thinking state tests cause angst (Daily Herald)
Growing angst over the state's new standardized achievement test has suburban educators crossing their fingers that testing goes smoothly.

Arkansas House Supports Guns on Campus Bill (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Arkansas House members on Monday sided with arguments that decisions about guns on college campuses should be made by the Legislature, not educators.

Diverse Conversations: Obama and Diversity on College Campuses (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
With less than two years left in office, President Barack Obama still has a lofty agenda when it comes to education in America.

The Right Fit (Inside Higher Ed)
The viability of women’s colleges is one of those evergreen topics in higher education that has again come to the forefront with the announcement that Sweet Briar College will be closing at the end of this academic year.

Union Rights at Religious College (Inside Higher Ed)
Scores of adjunct instructors walked out of class last week at Seattle University during National Adjunct Walkout Day, asking for -- among other things -- the right to count the ballots in their recent election whether to unionize.

All the News That's Fit to Teach (Inside Higher Ed)
Last month's announcement that The New York Times Company would launch an education initiatives may have had a familiar ring to it. The company has spent close to a decade trying to turn the newspaper’s vast institutional knowledge into knowledge higher education institutions and students want to buy.

Venting About Students: Punching Up or Down? (Inside Higher Ed)
Chronicle Vitae's “Dear Student” series, featuring snarky professor and TA retorts to common student requests for leniency, has garnered some push-back recently from professors and graduate instructors alike (folks like Jesse Stommel, Dexter Thomas, Dorothy Kim, and Kevin Gannon), who argue that public venting about miscreant students is unkind and inappropriate and discouraging to students, not to mention bad for morale.

SAT Thresholds and Student Success (Inside Higher Ed)
For those students on the cusp of meeting minimum SAT requirements to enter college, where they choose to enroll could determine their chance of eventually earning a bachelor's degree.

Compilation on Student Success at Community Colleges (Inside Higher Ed)
Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges, our latest compilation of articles.

Classroom Coles County: Day No. 3 (Inside Higher Ed)
We are all “falling” in love with Mattoon (Bill and Edwin quite literally as it was quite slippery (Tuesday) morning). (Tuesday) was packed, but we will first give you a recap of what happened last night.

David Glassman named Eastern's next president (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
CHARLESTON -- It's only 144 miles from Bradley University to Eastern Illinois University -- for David Glassman, it's a short drive to a big transition. Glassman was named the 12th official (11th sitting) president of EIU during a Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Glassman, who serves as provost at Bradley, will take over the presidency June 1.

Lake Land College may host Chinese delegation (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College may host a delegation from a Chinese university this spring as part of efforts to start the college's first overseas workforce development program. Jim Hull, vice president for academic services at Lake Land, said representatives from Kaifeng University in China may visit the college's campus in late April.

Using robots, two-way mirrors and more in blended learning (The Hechinger Report)
Last week I interviewed a teacher who spoke to me through the body of a robot.

Is the biggest learning disability an emotional one? (The Hechinger Report)
http://hechingerreport.org/facing-hidden-learning-disability-students-emotions/ Neuropsychologist David Rose spent years helping kids with learning disabilities participate in school by creating digital textbooks with pop-up graphics, text-to-speech, flexible fonts and other customizable features to fit individual needs.

Guest View: PARCC test also a teaching tool (The Southern Illinoisan)
The majority of Illinois schools soon will begin administering a new test to third- through eighth-graders and some high school students.

Prior experience not a deal-breaker in SIU AD search (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU's next athletic director must be familiar with the Missouri Valley Conference, but prior experience as an athletic director is not a prerequisite, according to Randy Dunn, SIU president.

March 3, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Our life is frittered away with detail. Simplify. Simplify."
Henry David Thoreau

Provost finalist says ISU at a crossroads (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Despite financial challenges ahead, a finalist for vice president of academic affairs and provost at Illinois State University said those challenges provide opportunities.

Chicago State, U. of I. land on 'worst of' list for campus free speech (Chicago Tribune)
The University of Illinois' rescinded job offer to a professor and a controversy over a faculty blog at Chicago State University helped land the two schools on a 2014 "worst of" list for student and faculty free speech rights..

How 3 Colleges Made Tough Choices (Chronicle of Higher Education)
After its enrollment dropped below 700—with only 316 in the all-female undergraduate program—Wilson College, in Pennsylvania, took a big turn away from tradition.

Median Salaries of Senior College Administrators, 2014-15 (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For the second consecutive year, the rate of salary growth for senior administrators at public colleges outpaced that of their peers at private institutions, according to a survey released on Monday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

New Social Network Is All College, All the Time (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Once upon a time, Facebook was reserved for college students only. A new social network is trying to reboot that idea, with a college-only service called Friendsy.

In New York, a Prison Record Is a Barrier to College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Adrien Cadwallader sat with a half-dozen campus officials and nervously confessed the low points of his troubled history: the 20 arrests and the drug addiction, followed by diagnoses of bipolar disorder and PTSD.

Women As Writers (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme this year of Women’s History Month, which is observed in March. This year is also the 35th anniversary of the Women’s History Movement and the National Women’s History Project, which promotes Women’s History Month.

Band-aid Solutions to College Deficits (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Now is the time of the year that most college and university boards of trustees meet to set in place what the comprehensive fee — tuition, fees, room and board — will be for next year.

Climbing the ladder (Herald & Review)
The students who gathered Monday for the Partners In Education Salute luncheon are among the tops in their class.

Lincoln library event to celebrate women in Illinois history (Herald & Review)
Women's contributions to Illinois history will be featured at a free event at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Tales from a MOOC, Part 1 (Inside Higher Ed)
I’m currently taking a MOOC through Canvas on Blended Learning. I’ve been sitting on this particular piece for a while about my previous experience taking MOOCs.

Are MOOCs Working for Us? (Part 2) (Inside Higher Ed)
This post is the second in a four-part series on MOOC research at Davidson College. We began with “why”, laying out the rationale for leading with a qualitative and residentially focused study.

David Glassman named Eastern's next president (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
It's only 144 miles from Bradley University to Eastern Illinois University -- for David Glassman, it's a short drive to a big transition.

AAUP reps visit campus (News-Gazette)
Representatives of the American Association of University Professors visited the University of Illinois on Friday as part of their investigation into the Steven Salaita case.

Group puts UI in top 10 'worst colleges for free speech' (News-Gazette)
The Steven Salaita saga has landed the University of Illinois on a list it probably would rather not make.

Take it from these ACT aces (News-Gazette)
With high school juniors jittery about the tough test awaiting them today, we asked five local geniuses who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT what last-minute advice they'd offer.

More than 1M students scheduled to take PARCC test (Springfield State Journal-Register)
More than a million students are scheduled to take new standardized tests next week, despite concerns from Illinois' largest school district. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150303/NEWS/150309887#sthash.Mb8F4fho.dpuf

SIU alum gives advice for avoiding physician burnout (Springfield State Journal-Register)
An Atlanta surgeon who gave advice Monday to local medical students on ways of avoiding burnout once they become doctors said patients have reason to care about this growing problem. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150302/NEWS/150309893#sthash.WEyf9Y2Z.dpuf

As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards (The Hechinger Report)
At 56, Linda McCampbell discovered she could get the college degree she always wanted.

How an oversupply of PhDs could threaten American science (The Hechinger Report)
Gary McDowell spent four years working toward a PhD in oncology after earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

Location, location, location: Are top universities too far away from low-income high school graduate (The Hechinger Report)
Almost 80 percent of high school graduates go to college nowadays.

Gaming the numbers? Conflicting college admissions messages confound parents and kids (The Hechinger Report)
A friend snapped photos of the colorful college brochures cramming his high school son’s mailbox and posted the pile on Facebook with a message that all but gushed, “Look which schools want us!”

March 2, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Sometimes your absence will teach what your presence can not.”
Unknown

Rauner appoints Madison County lawyer to SIU board (Belleville News-Democrat)
An attorney from Madison County has been appointed to serve on the board of trustees for Southern Illinois University. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/27/3683771/rauner-appoints-madison-county.html#storylink=cpy

SIUE names Enterprise Holdings leadership award winner (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business named Edwardsville resident Joshua House as the recipient of the fall 2014 Enterprise Holdings Student Organization Leader of the Semester Award. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/25/3680177/siue-names-enterprise-holdings.html#storylink=cpy

Belleville West student heading to Washington (Belleville News-Democrat)
Emily Johansson of Belleville was one of two students from across the state chosen to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/24/3678338/belleville-west-student-heading.html#storylink=cpy

Survival at Stake (Chronicle of Higher Education)
In the aftermath of the recession, small colleges adapt to a new market

If B.A.’s Can’t Lead Graduates to Jobs, Can Badges Do the Trick? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Employers say they are sick of encountering new college graduates who lack job skills. And colleges are sick of hearing that their young alumni aren’t employable.

ECC board candidates talk tuition, taxes (Daily Herald)
Keeping taxes and college tuition low in the years ahead will be challenging, say candidates running for the Elgin Community College board April 7.

Community Colleges’ Role as MSIs Expanding (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Although they often operate at the margins, nearly 22 percent of the nation’s community colleges are minority-serving institutions and are responsible for enrolling about 55 percent of college-going minorities, according to a new report released by the Center for Minority Servings Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania.

Courts Backing Schools on Requirements of Student Professionalism (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Amir Al-Dabagh did well academically, publishing articles and winning a research award as a medical student at Case Western Reserve University.

Millikin class enriches Dennis students' reading experience (Herald & Review)
Blustery, single-digit weather does not make for a pleasant walk for small children, so Millikin University recently came to Dennis School.

Administrator Pay Up 2.4% (Inside Higher Ed)
The median base salary for senior leaders at colleges and universities has gone up 2.4 percent in 2014-15, the same as the year before.

Feds Fire 5 Debt Collectors (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education said Friday it will end contracts with five companies that collect defaulted federal student loans after finding they made “materially inaccurate representations” to struggling borrowers.

Lawmakers honor SIU's Flying Salukis (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University’s aviation team was honored Thursday at the Illinois State Capitol.

Rauner names three to SIU Board of Trustees (The Southern Illinoisan)
A senior U.S. district judge, a lawyer and a Carbondale business owner have been named to the SIU Board of Trustees.

Plan would end SIU employee tuition waivers (The Southern Illinoisan)
A proposal to eliminate half-price tuition for the children of state university employees is drawing ire from SIU union representatives and university officials.

February 27, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
Winston Churchill

Opinion: A true UIC class leader in every way but one (Chicago Sun-Times)
Mateo Uribe talked until his voice went hoarse on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago earlier this year as he gathered signatures from classmates to run for student trustee.

Opinion: Gov. Rauner balances budget on backs of college kids (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts are, on many arguments, necessary. The governor inherited a $1.618 billion deficit. Much of this deficit is the result of underfunding essential programs and additional borrowing to pay its bills. The state is bankrupt, having not adequately planned for pensions or otherwise managed the balance of revenue and expenditure.

The Ever-Growing World of College Rankings (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Another day, another college ranking. Or so it seems. Last year at least three new rankings emerged from national publications or major companies, joining a long line of magazines that have entered the rankings game since U.S. News & World Report started publishing its list annually, in 1985.

Harper College trustees increase tuition 2.8 percent (Daily Herald)
Starting this summer, Harper College full-time students will pay an extra $105 a year, or 2.8 percent, to attend the Palatine-based community college. The college's board of trustees in a 6-1 vote this week approved raising tuition $3.50 per credit hour from $110.25 to $113.75.

Critics: Fire Wise over diversity shortfall (News-Gazette)
CHAMPAIGN — Prompted by shrinking numbers of black students at the University of Illinois, some community activists are calling on trustees not to renew Chancellor Phyllis Wise's contract.

JWCC, WIU partnering for 'seamless' educational pipeline in supply chain management (Quincy Herald-Whig)
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- The idea is to build a seamless educational pipeline that could lead to a job in one of the growing areas of demand in industries across the region. Officials from John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University finalized a partnership Thursday that both feel will help strengthen the long-range economical picture of West-Central Illinois.

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students Is Losing Its Stigma (The New York Times)
For years, it was information shared only in whispers. Undocumented students, bright and educated, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it.

Illinois Board of Higher Education recommends cutting NIU's state funding by less than 1 percent (The Northern Star)
The Illinois Board of Higher Education recommends NIU receive a .04 percent cut to its state allocation, which would drop that funding from $93,189.5 million to $93,155.1 million. The board's recommendation starkly contrasts a proposal from Gov. Bruce Rauner, who last week proposed NIU receive a state funding cut of $29.3 million to drop funding to about $64 million.

Lawmakers honor SIU's Flying Salukis (The Southern Illinoisan)
SPRINGFIELD — Southern Illinois University’s aviation team was honored Thursday at the Illinois State Capitol. The Flying Salukis are the national champions, again, as they won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition in May and were recognized with a resolution by the House of Representatives

Update: Rauner names three to SIU Board of Trustees (The Southern Illinoisan)
A senior U.S. district judge, a lawyer and a Carbondale business owner have been named to the SIU Board of Trustees. Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to announce the appointments of U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert, Edwardsville litigator Amy Sholar and Joel Sambursky early Friday morning.

Plan would end SIU employee tuition waivers (The Southern Illinoisan)
A proposal to eliminate half-price tuition for the children of state university employees is drawing ire from SIU union representatives and university officials. State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, is sponsoring House Bill 403, which would eliminate employee tuition waivers at all state schools

February 26, 2015

Quote of the day:
"When you show respect for yourself, it shows you have morals. When you show you have respect for others, it shows you have manners."
Ty Howard

Holocaust survivor, maker of 'pretty pictures' shows her tenacity (Bloomington Pantagraph)
With polka-dot socks peeking out from under her academic robes and an easy laugh — a laugh that brought many of her listeners along for the ride — Anita Lobel is not who or what you might expect.

73% of recession-era college students completed degrees in Illinois' public institutions: report (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois won impressive scores in a report to be published Tuesday on college-completion rates, ranking among only a dozen states where more than 70 percent of students at four-year public colleges and universities graduated during the height of the recession.

A Distinction Washington U. Wants to Lose: Least Economically Diverse (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Over the past several decades, Washington University in St. Louis has evolved from a locally oriented institution to one of national prominence.

Opening Up Admissions at a Rich Private College is Holden Thorp’s Latest Challenge (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Once the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s embattled chancellor, Mr. Thorp has spearheaded an effort to raise admission of low-income students as provost of Washington University in St. Louis. In a conversation, he reflects on that work and on Chapel Hill's fake-classes scandal, which blew up on his watch.

Program's Extra Support for Community-College Students Is Paying Off (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A program at City University of New York that surrounds full-time students with intensive financial, academic, and career support has nearly doubled the three-year graduation rate for community-college students who start out in remedial classes, according to a study released on Wednesday.

For Better or Worse, Universities Make Greater Use of Smaller Lab Animals (Chronicle of Higher Education)
First they helped save some chimpanzees and cats. Now they’re coming for the mice and the rats.

What this Obama library poll says—and doesn't say—about U of C's chances (Crain's Chicago Business)
In a possible sign that Chicago once again is the favorite to win the Barack Obama presidential library, the foundation that will develop the facility has commissioned a poll that indicates South Siders not only really want the library but are willing to give up public park land for it.

Obama Brings Hope to Undocumented Students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
When it comes to immigration, Julio Calderon hasn’t always agreed with President Obama and his administration’s policies.

House Votes to Expand College Accounts Obama Wanted to Scrap (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back.

MOOCs: An Education in Diversity (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
A biomedical engineer from Brazil, a copywriter from France and the business manager of a mining company in Senegal are talking.

Budget plan threatens ag education (Herald & Review)
National FFA Week has been around for 67 years and starts on the birthday of George Washington, a diligent and exemplary farmer and agriculturist in Virginia.

Plan to Fail (Inside Higher Ed)
With tears in his eyes, Michael looked at me from across the table and asked for a second chance.

2 Law Schools Start Some Admissions Without LSAT (Inside Higher Ed)
The law schools of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Iowa have announced that they will start accepting applications from some students without scores on the Law School Admission Test, Bloomberg reported.

Updated: UI asks judge to dismiss Salaita's federal suit (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Steven Salaita, arguing the controversial professor's claim to a job at the UI is unsubstantiated.

ISU receives works by English poet and novelist Graves (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A collection of works by celebrated English poet and novelist Robert Graves has been donated to Illinois State University's Milner Library. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150226/NEWS/150229574#sthash.LbgORuL9.dpuf

February 25, 2015

Quote of the day:
“I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.”
Chinese Proverb

Belleville West student heading to Washington (Belleville News-Democrat)
Emily Johansson of Belleville was one of two students from across the state chosen to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/24/3678338/belleville-west-student-heading.html#storylink=cpy

Chancellor: SIUE enrollment up, but budget cuts a concern (Belleville News-Democrat)
Enrollment gains paint a rosy picture for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s future, but the state’s budget crisis looms as a serious problem, according to administrators. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/24/3678262/chancellor-siue-enrollment-up.html#storylink=cpy

The Friday Exit: engineering education that will 'unleash young people' (Chicago Tribune)
What kind of engineer does the world need? An entirely different one, says David Goldberg, who co-founded ShareThis at the University of Illinois.

No Child Left Behind 101: where lawmakers agree, disagree (Christian Science Monitor)
The No Child Left Behind Act is overdue for a rewrite. The House takes up floor debate on a mostly GOP version Wednesday, and Senate committee leaders are working toward crafting a bipartisan proposal.

As High-Tech Teaching Catches On, Students With Disabilities Can Be Left Behind (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Educational innovations like the flipped classroom, clickers, and online discussions can present difficulties for students with disabilities.

Chancellors Urge Congress to Ease Costly Rules on Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A pair of influential college chancellors asked Congress for regulatory relief on Tuesday, two weeks after they issued a report concluding that colleges are "enmeshed in a jungle of red tape."

Student Leaders Want Students on Sexual-Assault Panels (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A group of college student-government leaders is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to reverse its recommendation that students not serve on campus hearing panels that resolve cases of sexual assault.

The Dangerous Silence of Academic Researchers (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Three years ago, I was invited to testify before the New York City Board of Health about a proposed law to cap the portion size of sugary drinks served in restaurants.

Improving Teacher Preparation: Right Destination, Hazardous Route (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With high rates of retirement by an aging teaching force and continuing growth in school enrollments, we as a nation need more than ever to focus on how, where, and how well we prepare our future educators. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the need to move on those issues.

Community Colleges After Michael Brown (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Since August—when Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson—I’ve found myself engaging in a peculiar fantasy: What if Brown and Wilson had been students at my community college?

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander: Federal Regulations Harmful to Universities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
U.S Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), said some federal regulations on education are draining universities of time and resources.

College Major a Factor in Unemployment Rates, Earnings (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Unemployment rates for most recent college graduates have declined since the Great Recession but not for those who majored in communications and journalism, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism (Inside Higher Ed)
Whenever young writers have asked for advice over the years, the only thing I could think to tell them was to practice saying, “Where’s my check?”

With Deregulatory Slant, A Higher Ed Act Push (Inside Higher Ed)
Senator Lamar Alexander on Tuesday committed to finishing a rewrite of the Higher Education Act by the end of this year as he backed a plan written by colleges and universities to roll back federal requirements on higher education.

Make‘em Pay? (Inside Higher Ed)
Community college folk often complain, when getting blamed for high remediation rates, that what’s really being measured is the performance of the local high schools. A state senator in Tennessee is proposing to base budgets on that.

Modest Use of FAFSA List (Inside Higher Ed)
Some moderately selective colleges seem to reduce financial aid to students who have indicated they might have their heart set on those colleges -- but the practice does not appear widespread, according to a new study of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Family Influence on Education (Inside Higher Ed)
Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study.

Second Call: GradHacker Seeks New Authors (Inside Higher Ed)
A reminder that GradHacker is now accepting applications from grad students who would like to join our team. We are looking to add to our roster in these two categories: Permanent Authors contribute at least one post a month on a topic relevant to graduate students. They also serve as rotating copy editor one month per year. Permanent authors are compensated in the form of Amazon gift cards—$20 per post, $50 for rotating editor duties.

Will Professors Teach Differently in 10 Years? (Inside Higher Ed)
Unfortunately, my guess is that the answer to this question is a sound “NO”.

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations (Inside Higher Ed)
College students tend to describe male faculty as “brilliant, awesome and knowledgeable.” While females are seen as “bossy and annoying, and beautiful or ugly.”

IMPACT: College Enrollment Series (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
A six-part series exploring enrollment trends at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and Lake Land College in Mattoon.

Lake Land's dual credit courses recruiting more students (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
Four years ago, Mattoon High School was not on Lake Land College's list of Dual Credit Program partner high schools with the most course offerings for students.

Response to EIU enrollment includes new outreach, technology (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
There was only one item on the agenda for the Feb. 3 Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees Executive and Planning Committee meeting: an enrollment update.

Cochlear implant leads to scholarship, study abroad (News-Gazette)
Sarah Johnson's partial deafness was discovered when she was 5 years old.

Tuition going up this June at Parkland (News-Gazette)
Parkland College students will pay more to go to school, beginning with the summer term that starts in June.

Culture association headquarters moving to NIU (Quad-City Times)
The Association for Black Culture Centers will move its headquarters to Northern Illinois University's DeKalb campus this July.

The best college majors if you actually want a job after graduation (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Wondering what to major in? If you're a college student wondering what you'll do after you graduate, it might be good to know that young workers with degrees in agriculture, mining, teaching and medicine are in high demand.

Prove it: How does blended learning look in a classroom? (The Hechinger Report)
There are plenty of snazzy online videos that feature people advocating for the use of technology in the nation’s schools.

As a whole new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards (The Hechinger Report)
Competency education offers credit for experience, but who decides? Critics worry whether competency-based education is growing too fast for standards to be set.

Employment Rates Are Improving For Everyone But Journalism Majors (The Huffington Post)
We're back with your daily dose of depressing journalism news: unemployment rates are dropping for nearly all college majors, with the notable exception of journalism students.

OP-ED - How to Make College Cheaper (The New York Times)
THE soaring cost of college — a 1,225 percent increase since 1978, nearly twice the rate of the rise in health care costs — is such a problem for most families that politicians across the ideological spectrum are actually taking notice.

Luncheon will celebrate women, honor inclusivity (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University's annual “Celebrate Women: Honoring Inclusive Excellence” luncheon is a celebration, an awards presentation and a scholarship fundraiser rolled into one event.

JALC to hike tuition (The Southern Illinoisan)
The cost of attending John A. Logan College is about to go up.

These are the best college majors if you actually want a job after graduation (The Washington Post)
Wondering what to major in? If you're a college student wondering what you'll do after you graduate, it might be good to know that young workers with degrees in agriculture, mining, teaching and medicine are in high demand. So are those who studied physics or chemistry. But if you major in architecture or a social science, you might find it hard to get a job when you graduate.

What many have in common with Scott Walker: College credits, no degree (The Washington Post)
Much attention has been given in recent weeks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop out of Marquette University in the spring of his senior year. The Republican presidential hopeful was just 34 credits short of earning a bachelor’s degree in 1990. He never went back.

As He Promotes It, Some Question Obama's Free Community College Idea (U.S. News & World Report)
Students, experts pick apart the pros and cons of the proposal meant to speed up degrees.

February 24, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Well done is better than well said.”
Benjamin Franklin

SIUE fire station to move away from underground utilities (Belleville News-Democrat)
The fire substation planned for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus has at least eight slight problems: utility lines running underneath its proposed site. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2015/02/23/3676620_siue-fire-station-to-move-away.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Rauner appoints 2 to University of Illinois trustees board (Chicago Sun-Times)
Gov. Bruce Rauner has nominated two people to fill openings on the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees. Rauner said in an early Tuesday news release that he has chosen Northern Trust vice president Ramon Cepeda and Jill Smart who is president of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Western Illinois University to eliminate 24 programs (Chicago Sun-Times)
MACOMB — The provost at Western Illinois University has presented a plan that would eliminate 24 university programs and review 17 others. The McDonough County Voice reports (http://bit.ly/1DKqdZ4 ) Provost Ken Hawkinson said Friday that the belt-tightening is needed due to challenging financial times.

COD official questioned why reserve fund is at $180 million (Chicago Tribune)
A Naperville homeowners group met with College of DuPage representatives Saturday during its monthly meeting and focused on finances and the college's healthy reserve fund..

Why Just Filling the Pipeline Won't Diversify STEM Fields (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As a chemistry major at Clark Atlanta University, Chloe N. Poston had her career path all mapped out.

State-by-State Breakdown of Graduation Rates (Chronicle of Higher Education)
According to a new study by the National Student Clearinghouse, the overall six-year completion rate for first-time, degree-seeking college students who first enrolled in 2008 was 55 percent.

Is Obama's ‘Pay as You Earn’ Plan Too Costly? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The question looms over talks on how to expand the most generous student-loan repayment option

The Financial-Aid Fine Print (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Admissions counselors from any of the country’s wealthiest colleges would probably describe their financial aid in similar terms. Something like: “Yes, our price tag is really high, but we meet the full demonstrated need of all our students. If you get in here, we’ll make it affordable for you.”

Breuder: COD union's accusations are 'irresponsible and unfounded' (Daily Herald)
College of DuPage President Robert Breuder responded Monday to a teachers union report blasting his administration by releasing a 34-page document that accuses his critics of making "irresponsible and unfounded accusations."

College Major a Factor in Unemployment Rates, Earnings (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Unemployment rates for most recent college graduates have declined since the Great Recession but not for those who majored in communications and journalism, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Community Colleges After Michael Brown (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Since August—when Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson—I’ve found myself engaging in a peculiar fantasy: What if Brown and Wilson had been students at my community college?

Higher education should monitor its students (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
mmigration is not only a political issue for the United States, but also one that has a far-reaching impact on higher education.

Millikin student wins Afghan sports honor (Herald & Review)
Millikin University sophomore Hasida Wali remembers a time in Afghanistan when females could barely leave the house, much less play sports.

The Right FAFSA Reform (Inside Higher Ed)
Seemingly from the day it was created in 1992, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, has been a popular target for reform.

Corinthian ‘Debt Strike’ (Inside Higher Ed)
Since the chaotic dismantling of Corinthian Colleges first began last summer, a key issue has been whether the for-profit education company’s current and former students will have their loans forgiven.

The Ethics of Authorship: Is Ghostwriting Plagiarism? (Inside Higher Ed)
I have come out of my hiatus from this Sounding Board blog to respond to an anonymous question I received (and apologizes for how long it has taken).

State-Level Completion Data (Inside Higher Ed)
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released state-level student completion data.

No Easy A's (Inside Higher Ed)
Teachers make a tremendous difference, both in the lives of our children and the competitiveness and success of our country.

DACC board considers tuition increase (News-Gazette)
Danville Area Community College students may see a small tuition increase later this year.

Rockford University president says he'll retire next summer (Quad-City Times)
Rockford University President Robert Head says he's retiring next summer.

JWCC dean to build on successes (Quincy Herald-Whig)
William Stuflick said his immediate challenge at John Wood Community College is a rather simple.

Rauner appoints 2 to Universityof Illinois trustees board (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Gov. Bruce Rauner has nominated two people to fill openings on the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150224/NEWS/150229747#sthash.U8X3bNPd.dpuf

Western Illinois to eliminate 24 academic programs (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The provost at Western Illinois University has presented a plan that would eliminate 24 university programs and review 17 others. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150223/NEWS/150229797#sthash.cQuDmLGq.dpuf

Colleges appeal to Congress to cut regulations they say drive up costs (The Hechinger Report)
When letters of admission go out soon from colleges and universities to hopeful applicants, they’ll be quickly followed by offers of financial aid some advocates for students say require a college degree to understand.

Students are returning to for-profit colleges (The Hechinger Report)
Here’s a puzzle.

More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education (The New York Times)
As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House on Monday inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education.

Luncheon will celebrate women, honor inclusivity (The Southern Illinoisan)
Southern Illinois University's annual “Celebrate Women: Honoring Inclusive Excellence” luncheon is a celebration, an awards presentation and a scholarship fundraiser rolled into one event.

February 23, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”
Dalai Lama

Nursing schools seek cure for shortage of educators (Bloomington Pantagraph)
With her advanced degrees, Amanda Hopkins could make a lot more money as a practicing nurse rather than as an assistant professor of nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

An Online Kingdom Come (Chronicle of Higher Education)
How Liberty U. became an unexpected model for the future of higher education

The Financial-Aid Fine Print (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Admissions counselors from any of the country’s wealthiest colleges would probably describe their financial aid in similar terms. Something like: “Yes, our price tag is really high, but we meet the full demonstrated need of all our students. If you get in here, we’ll make it affordable for you.”

Smith Tapped as First African-American to Lead Swarthmore College (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
The appointment of Dr. Valerie Smith as the 15th president of Swarthmore College is being hailed by scholars as a major breakthrough for African-American women in the Academy.

Jill Biden: Community Colleges Are Vital (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, knows first-hand the difficulties faced by some community college students.

MAP awards may get more conditions (Herald & Review)
College graduates would have to repay money to the state if they accept state college assistance grants and then leave Illinois within five years of graduating.

ISU nears accreditation finish with campus visit (Herald & Review)
A team from the Higher Learning Commission will visit the Illinois State University campus as it enters the final phases of the accreditation process.

Well-connected (Herald & Review)
Sparks are flying in the new welding lab at Richland Community College.

No Easy A's (Inside Higher Ed)
Teachers make a tremendous difference, both in the lives of our children and the competitiveness and success of our country.

Teaching Is Collaborative (Inside Higher Ed)
It’s easy for me to forget this sometimes, but teaching is collaborative.

Blurring the Nonprofit/For-Profit Divide (Inside Higher Ed)
It used to be simple. For decades, providers of higher education were either nonprofit (the vast majority, public or private) or for-profit, sometimes massive, like the University of Phoenix, and more commonly the nearby business or trade school.

Completing the 'Student Life Cycle' (Inside Higher Ed)
Student success company Hobsons on Monday acquired Starfish Retention Solutions, bringing both companies closer to the goal of building college and career planning tools that track students as they move through elementary school, high school, college and beyond.

New rules floated for Illinois tuition grants (Quad-City Times)
College grads would have to repay money to the state if they accept state college assistance grants and then leave Illinois within five years of graduating.

ISU approves $3 million infacility improvements (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Illinois State University Board of Trustees has approved nearly $3 million to improve campus facilities and systems. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150221/NEWS/150229866#sthash.ADeXpk0K.dpuf

The unexpected reason some in higher ed fear free community college (The Hechinger Report)
When the governor of Tennessee proposed letting students in that state go to community college for free — almost a year before President Barack Obama started pushing the idea nationally — a surprising worry flashed into Kina Mallard’s mind.

February 20, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Leadership is never an avenue to be self-serving but,a platform to render great service to people.”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Maitlands honored at ISU Founders Day (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Former state Sen. John Maitland of Bloomington and his wife, Joanne, a former member of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees, were honored as “community treasures” during ISU's Founders Day celebration on Thursday.

A College Puts Students to Work, for Their Future and Its Own (Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s something romantic about the work college, harking back to the medieval monasteries that lit the way for Western higher education.

All Students Should Receive Federal Money for College, Report Proposes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This report is the first in what will be a series of policy recommendations on how best to break down barriers to higher education through changes in the federal student-aid system.

College of DuPage board freezes student tuition, fees (Daily Herald)
Tuition and fees will remain flat this fall at College of DuPage, despite calls from some who say costs for students should be reduced.

Diverse Conversations: Will Free Community College Help Minorities Succeed? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
President Barack Obama has spelled out a proposal that would offer two years of community college tuition free to any student who wanted to take advantage of it.

Teaching the Global 1% (Inside Higher Ed)
Charged €1,000 ($1,140) for damage to two rooms and the destruction of another family’s possessions, Mohammed giggled and explained, “No problem, I buy them.”

Upping the Ante on Free (Inside Higher Ed)
Senator Bernie Sanders is calling for a massive boost in federal higher education spending that would cut college tuition at public colleges and universities in half.

'The Pulse': Bryan Alexander and Higher Ed's Future (Inside Higher Ed)
This month's edition of "The Pulse" podcast features an interview with Bryan Alexander, senior researcher for the New Media Consortium and a prolific speaker and writer.

Do We Need Undergraduate Student Affairs Programs? (Inside Higher Ed)
When I started out in higher education, I wanted to be a physical therapist. My first year of coursework at Indian Hills Community College was everything that a budding pre-health student required.

Fraternity Sues Wesleyan for Coeducation Requirement (Inside Higher Ed)
The Wesleyan University chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon is suing the university for "discrimination, misrepresentation and deceptive practices," for the order by Wesleyan stating that its fraternities must become coeducational in September.

$209 million 'significant hit' to UI's funding (News-Gazette)
The University of Illinois goes through a lot of money in a year — more than $5 billion, in fact.

Caterpillar opens lab at UI research park (News-Gazette)
The head of the University of Illinois Research Park said to have new companies join the park and to have others expand their operations is a big part of the park's success and an important part of its future.

QU's science program seeing a surge in student interest (Quincy Herald-Whig)
Quincy University has been making inroads in preparing students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ex-college employee accused ofstealing from radio station (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A former College of DuPage employee is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the campus radio station. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150220/NEWS/150229972#sthash.EgAwCSOR.dpuf

Illinois College students protesttextbook rental mandate (Springfield State Journal-Register)
An estimated 200 students on Thursday protested an upcoming textbook policy change at Illinois College. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150219/NEWS/150219374#sthash.LUjzuD9U.dpuf

A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape (The New York Times)
As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults.

February 19, 2015

Quote of the day:
"It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience already knows the ending, and the ending is bleak."
Walter Jon Williams

SWIC president: Community colleges not targets of governor’s budget axe (Belleville News-Democrat)
Southwestern Illinois College president Georgia Costello said Wednesday that it seems community colleges will largely avoid the governor’s budget ax. “The proposed flat funding for community colleges and Monetary Award Program grants is welcome news, particularly for our students, who need affordable education,” Costello said in reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal announced earlier Wednesday

ISU president shocked by size of proposed budget cut (Bloomington Pantagraph)
Wednesday's first budget address by Gov. Bruce Rauner brought mixed tidings for McLean County schools.

Chipotle CFO headlines ISU Business Week (Bloomington Pantagraph)
An Illinois State University graduate who is a top executive at Chipotle Mexican Grill will be the keynote speaker and seven new members will be inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame during ISU's Business Week 2015, which starts Monday.

Illinois university leaders decry Rauner's state funding cut proposal (Chicago Sun-Times)
Leaders of two state universities said Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed higher-education budget cut would slash their state funding by nearly one-third and do great harm to students and to Illinois residents.

Elgin Community College selected for National Scholarship Program:.. (Chicago Tribune)
Achieving the Dream, Inc. and OneMain Financial today announced the selection of Elgin Community College as one of five community colleges selected for the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Program, a national effort to help low-income community college students get to the finish line and earn a certificate or degree. .

How One Campus United Behind a Budget-Cutting Effort (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A heavy dependence on tuition dollars means, for many colleges, keeping the cost for students as low as possible, to maintain enrollment.

What's Wrong With Public Intellectuals? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
For years, the undigitized gem of American journals had been Partisan Review.

Unions Need to Step Up for Equality (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last fall an adjunct professor, who wishes to remain anonymous, created a Facebook page titled "National Adjunct Walkout Day" and posted the following: "On February 25, 2015, adjuncts across the country will come together to insist on fair wages and better working conditions."

My Betty Friedan Moment (Chronicle of Higher Education)
I write this on the anniversary of Betty Friedan’s birth and her death.

10-year freeze on teacher salaries to fix state budget? (Daily Herald)
If the Illinois Supreme Court strikes down a law trying to cut teachers' and state workers' pension benefits, those employees won't necessarily be able to breathe a sigh of relief, state Sen. Matt Murphy says.

Barickman joins education funding reform effort (Herald & Review)
An effort to change how Illinois funds its public schools has bipartisan support.

Illinois Governor Seeks Nearly $387M in Higher Ed Cuts (Inside Higher Ed)
Illinois's new governor, Bruce Rauner, this week proposed a $387 million cut to the state's higher education budget. About $209 million of that will come from the University of Illinois -- that's nearly one-third of the system's state subsidy.

A New Call for 'College for All' (Inside Higher Ed)
The Center for American Progress is today releasing a new paper on how to provide, as the paper's title says, "College for All."

New York Times Launches Online Education Initiative (Inside Higher Ed)
The New York Times and CIG Education Group on Wednesday announced the media organization's latest ed-tech initiative: NYT EDUcation, an online platform that will offer everything from college preparatory courses to continuing education for adult learners.

Path to the Prospectus (Inside Higher Ed)
Last quarter, after surviving coursework, qualifying exams, and the dissertation proposal, at long last, I arrived at the glorious land of being ABD. Along the way, I’ve taken advantage of many of the strategies suggested here on GradHacker, and have found the archive of advice and reflections very helpful.

Cheating or Collaboration? (Inside Higher Ed)
The computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeking a balance between promoting student collaboration and fostering individual academic achievement, will continue to let students share their work online.

A Good Idea, Not a New One (Inside Higher Ed)
“The time has come to make education through the 14th grade available in the same way that high school education is now available.

A Powerful Word (Inside Higher Ed)
An experiment was conducted a few years back that offered participants the choice between a Lindt chocolate truffle and a Hershey’s Kiss.

Feedback on Ratings, Round 3 (Inside Higher Ed)
From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the idea and lobbied against it.

What Was Your Proudest Teaching Moment? (Inside Higher Ed)
What was your proudest teaching moment?

Rauner budget would mean UI loses a third of state funding (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois would lose almost a third of its state funding, and employees would see future pension benefits reduced, under budget proposals outlined by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Here's the PITCH (News-Gazette)
The classroom on the north side of the University of Illinois Armory might be small but big sounds come from it three nights a week.

'The Sparrow' is debut performance for Parkland's black-box theater (News-Gazette)
The play "The Sparrow" tells the story of Emily Book, a shy teenage girl who returns to her small town 10 years after a tragic accident.

Jim Dey: Ex-Northwestern prof's work prompts $40 million suit (News-Gazette)
The Sword of Damocles that's been hanging over the heads of top officials at Northwestern University finally fell this week.

Bradley gargoyles (Peoria Journal Star)
Since the early days of Bradley University, gargoyles have been a fixture amid campus architecture.

Top Peace Corps schools include 5 in Illinois (Quad-City Times)
The Peace Corps says five Illinois colleges are on an annual list of top volunteer-producing schools.

Five Illinois colleges on list of top Peace Corps schools (Springfield State Journal-Register)
The Peace Corps says five Illinois colleges are on an annual list of top volunteer-producing schools. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150219/NEWS/150219422#sthash.MeLkXWaM.dpuf

Rauner proposes cuts, pension changes to save money inbudget address (Springfield State Journal-Register)
Calling it "our last best chance to get our house in order," Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined a state budget Wednesday that calls for no tax increases but steep cuts to a wide range of programs, particularly in human services. - See more at: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150218/NEWS/150219498#sthash.wUX3J5gg.dpuf

Rauner budget proposal would cut SIU by $62 million (The Southern Illinoisan)
SIU President Randy Dunn said he plans to spend the next few months telling the story of the university system -- back home and in the state capital.

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