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A Simple Way to Help Poor Kids Succeed: Make Sure They Actually Go to School

October 31, 2014

Here's a deceptively simple way to close part of the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students: make sure that poor students are in school as much as their richer peers. A recent study found that absentee rates could explain up to 25 percent of difference in math scores between low-income students and less disadvantaged ones.

First Amendment Rights for Adjuncts

Inside Higher Ed
October 31, 2014

A college can’t fire an adjunct professor for criticizing it, so long as the issues raised are matters of public concern and the adjunct has reasonable expectation of continued employment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday in a decision regarding Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois.

Grading Adults on Life Experience

The Atlantic
October 31, 2014

Last year, President Obama promised to promote legislation that would enable more people, particularly adult learners, to gain access to a high-quality, flexible college education. In July, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, which eases financial aid restrictions on nontraditional course structures. It also makes provisions for the secretary of education to select up to 30 institutions to “(1)carry out, on a voluntary basis, competency-based education demonstration projects; and (2) receive waivers of certain statutory and regulatory requirements.”

Myth of the Amateur Athlete

Inside Higher Ed - Commentary
October 31, 2014

John V. Lombardi writes: While most of the challenges to the theory of amateurism in college athletics come from reformers who detest the whole enterprise and would like to see it radically transformed or eliminated, the defenders of intercollegiate sports do themselves no favors by pretending that they do not pay the athletes. In fact, we in America's colleges and universities not only pay them, we compete for their services in a marketplace where the price paid per athlete varies dramatically from institution to institution.

UNC and the Sports Media

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
October 31, 2014

Murray Sperber writes: How could the sports media, both local and regional, not have known about the academic transgressions and investigated them? In fact, the local paper, The News & Observer, has a long and proud history of investigating local college sports teams.

Elite Colleges Explore Alternative to Common App

Chronicle of Higher Education
October 31, 2014

Admissions officials at some of the nation’s most-selective colleges seek to create a new online application system, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle. Although the platform would rival the Common Application, its members apparently would include only private colleges with robust financial-aid budgets, and public institutions with high graduation rates.

Governor Quinn Announces Funding for Private Colleges and Universities in Central Illinois

Peoria Public Radio
October 31, 2014

Governor Quinn was at Bradley University today to announce funding for several private Central Illinois colleges and universities. The investments total $5.8 million. Bradley University, Eureka College, Saint Francis University College of Nursing, Methodist College, as well as Monmouth and Knox Colleges are also receiving some of the funding.

When College Cafeterias Add More Than the Freshman 15
October 31, 2014

The dining hall at Washington College, a small liberal arts school in Chestertown, Maryland, looks more like a high-end food court.

What MIT Can Teach Colleges About Becoming an Economic Powerhouse

Bloomberg Businessweek - Opinion Piece
October 31, 2014

Thomas Allen and Rory O’Shea write: In 2011, two business school professors put numbers to an idea that many assumed true: that a vibrant research university can drive an economy. They studied companies started by alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and found that those businesses had provided 1.7 million jobs and generated $1 trillion in revenue annually.

Mercy College President to Deliver Keynote Address at Symposium (NY)
October 31, 2014

Mercy College President Tim Hall will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 National Symposium on Student Retention in Louisville, Ky, on Nov. 4.  The Symposium is held every year for leaders in higher education to share best practices for student success.  Hall is a recognized leader on student success; both President Obama and Bill Gates have praised his leadership for its innovative use of technology to support student success. 

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