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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.

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.

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.

Apriil 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”
Theodore Roosevelt

House calls for student loans to be forgiven in bankruptcy (Chicago Sun-Times)
After a debate over where the lines of personal responsibility are drawn, the House went on record Wednesday urging Congress to allow student loans to be forgiven through bankruptcy.

4-Year Colleges' Views of Transfer Credits May Hinder Graduation (Chronicle of Higher Education)
With college completion and rising costs in the national spotlight, federal and state policy makers are looking to community colleges to feed ever more students to four-year institutions.

Union Efforts on Behalf of Adjuncts Meet Resistance Within Faculties’ Ranks (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As part-time instructors at colleges seek to improve their working conditions through unionization, they often find that the people standing in the way of their efforts are not administrators but fellow faculty members, several union organizers and labor experts observed at a conference held here this week.

There Is a Gender Pay Gap in Academe, but It May Not Be the Gap That Matters (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The gender-based wage gap has been in the spotlight lately, as the Obama administration used a pair of executive orders this week to remind the country that women make 77 cents for every dollar men make, according to oft-quoted (and sometimes criticized) data from the Census Bureau.

At Site of Revolution, International Leaders Ponder Higher Ed’s Future (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Hôtel de Ville here is well known as a place where revolutionary thoughts ferment.

The ‘Heartbleed’ Bug and How Internet Users Can Protect Themselves (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Security professionals working in higher education are updating servers, reissuing certificates used to guarantee secure Internet transactions, and encouraging students and faculty and staff members to take a break from the commercial Internet following the discovery of a programming flaw in a widely used Internet tool.

Common Application Might Need ‘More Focused Mission’ (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The plan for rolling out the Common Application’s new platform last summer was “not realistic in scope or timing,” leaving too little time for sufficient testing, according to a recent independent review of the organization.

Northwestern University gets $4 million to honor alum Newton Minow (Crain's Chicago Business)
Northwestern University has received $4 million to honor alumnus Newton Minow, senior counsel at law firm Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. The funds will create an endowed professorship at Northwestern's School of Law and a biennial Newton N. Minow Debates program. The money came from Mr. Minow's friends and Sidley Austin colleagues and other Northwestern alumni.

UIC faculty authorizes second strike (Daily Herald)
The faculty union at the University of Illinois-Chicago says its members have voted to go ahead with a second strike if negotiations with the university fail to yield an agreement.

Access to Higher Ed for Diverse Populations a Global Challenge (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Diversity in higher education should be viewed by the long-term benefits it affords individuals, society and academe and not just by the short-term issues that arise from efforts to bring more members of historically disenfranchised groups to campus.

Registering Toward Completion (Inside Higher Ed)
Cleveland State University’s new strategy to get students to degree completion faster is a pretty simple idea that’s surprisingly uncommon: students are allowed (and encouraged) to register for an entire year’s worth of courses before the fall semester. Read more: Inside Higher Ed

College selects Grunloh as executive assistant to the president (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Lake Land College has chosen Jean Anne Grunloh, Effingham, as the executive assistant to the president, according to a press release from the college. In this position, Grunloh will represent the Office of the President, provide leadership in legislative relations and strategic planning, serve as a liaison to the board of trustees and manage special projects.

UI group looking at pension supplement (News-Gazette)
The University of Illinois is moving toward a supplemental pension program that would contribute money to a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for thousands of employees stung by the state's recent pension reform.

School funding formula overhaul clears committee (Springfield State Journal-Register)
A measure to reform the state’s education funding system passed a Senate committee Thursday and is headed to the Senate floor, where it’s expected to stay pending further discussion. Read more:

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.

April 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
Worry is a misuse of imagination.
Dan Zadra

Northwestern files appeal blasting NLRB union decision (Crain's Chicago Business)
The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board wrote a biased opinion and took only quarterback Kain Colter's testimony into consideration in writing his opinion that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university, the school argued in an appeal filed today.

Alma Mater returns home to the University of Illinois campus (Crain's Chicago Business)
HalloweenHJB via Wikimedia Commons (AP) — The University of Illinois' Alma Mater sculpture is back on campus after a year and a half of restoration work. Click here for the U of I's reinstallation webcam. The 85-year-old sculpture returned Wednesday morning and crews used a crane to hoist it back on its pedestal on the corner of Wright and Green streets.

Diverse Conversations: What K-12 Systems Can Learn from Best Education College Rankings (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Student success stems from teacher capability. The educators who oversee today’s classrooms directly determine how much their students learn. U.S. News & World Report recently released its top education graduate programs in the country. Of 356 schools surveyed with doctoral programs, 245 provided the right data to be calculated in the rankings. The list was determined based on 10 criteria, including GRE scores, acceptance rates, student-to-faculty ratios, research expenditures and other factors.

Eisenhower to offer college credit African-American history class (Herald & Review)
DECATUR – Students at Eisenhower High School will be able to earn three college credits in the fall through Richland Community College with the city's first dual credit African-American history class.

Getting Their Act(ion)s Together (Inside Higher Ed)
An almost countless number of ideas for revamping accreditation have pinballed around Washington in recent years, as higher education's system of peer-reviewed institutional accountability has been bashed on the one hand for lax oversight of poor-performing institutions and on the other for overregulation and quashing innovation.

Lake Land's Fuller plans retirement (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
MATTOON -- Lake Land College's Lana Fuller has the days counted down to her retirement after working with five college presidents and 25 trustee members over her nearly 28-year career. Fuller, the executive assistant to the president, will serve her final day April 30, and she says she expects to be busier during retirement than she's been while at the office.

UI explores more autonomous medical education in Urbana (News-Gazette)
URBANA — The University of Illinois is exploring the possibility of establishing a more autonomous College of Medicine here and aligning itself with Carle as its clinical partner.

State Sen. Frerichs introduces a bill to explore paying for college without upfront tuition (The Daily Illini)
State Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-52, introduced a bill to the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14 which could eventually revolutionize the way that students pay for college.

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