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November 14, 2016

In a letter to Illinois' Legislature and Governor Bruce Rauner, the state's Council of Community College Presidents warns that the continued budget impasse is threatening to close down their institutions.

"We are at a tipping point. If this impasse continues, the consequence will be profound and lasting. Payrolls will not be met, programs will be closed, staff and faculty will be reduced to mere shells. To be clear, we are far beyond the point of reducing administrative costs and suspending travel. Without a reliable and consistent budgeting process, colleges will close and students will be turned away. We can't use regulatory relief nor the repeal of unfunded mandates to pay our employees," the letter read.

The ongoing two-year state budget impasse had caused hundreds of layoffs within the state's community colleges and universities, and a number of programs have closed. Meanwhile, the University of Illinois System is backing a proposal by some legislators that could lead to appropriations for the system's three campuses on a regular basis.

Photo above is of Elgin Community College.

November 14, 2016

A Rowan University student had to go to the hospital last week after his cell phone charger caught fire, burning his leg and hand. According to WPVI-TV Philadelphia, the student was in the student center when the charger, which he was carrying in his pocket, caught fire. Last month, a building at Rowan College of Burlington County in Pemberton, N.J., was evacuated after an Apple iPhone 6 Plus exploded in a student's pocket.

November 14, 2016

Advocates for Hillary Clinton's campaign (and, before that, Bernie Sanders's) said that the issue of free or debt-free college would be a winning political issue in the general election. New data from the Pew Research Center suggest that Trump voters were not that engaged on the subject. A poll by Pew asked voters to rank a number of issues on whether they were “a very big problem” in the country today. While 66 percent of Clinton voters said college affordability was such a problem, only 38 percent of Trump supporters agreed.

November 14, 2016

Private colleges are growing more accepting of online education, according to a survey of chief academic officers conducted by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Learning House. Compared to a similar survey conducted in 2013, the share of private colleges that offer five or more fully online programs has grown from 15 percent to 25 percent, and while about half (48 percent) of colleges say some faculty members are still skeptical of online education, 38 percent say they have overcome that barrier. The Learning House and the CIC surveyed 169 members of the organization for the study. Other findings include:

  • More private colleges offer at least one fully online program. This year, 61 percent of respondents said they do so, up from 52 percent in 2013.
  • One-quarter of colleges report making more than $1 million in revenue from their online programs, and 66 percent say online tuition revenue has remained steady or grown since 2013.
  • Looking to the future, private colleges say they are focused on enrolling international students online (44 percent) or developing competency-based education courses (33 percent).

The full report is available here.

November 14, 2016

It's difficult to go very far in physics without knowledge of advanced mathematics. But a study in The New Journal of Physics found that physicists pay less attention to theories that are full of mathematical details. Tim Fawcett and Andrew Higginson, both from the University of Exeter, analyzed the number of citations in 2,000 articles in a leading physics journal and found that articles are less likely to be referenced by other physicists if they have lots of mathematical equations on each page.

November 14, 2016

The postgame handshakes after a football game between two California community colleges -- Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias -- erupted into a series of brawls Saturday, KFSN News reported. Both coaching staffs attempted to break up the fights, but they continued for several minutes. Officials are investigating what set off the fights.

November 14, 2016

Today in the Academic Minute, Ed Hirt, professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University at Bloomington, discusses how self-sabotaging behavior might happen when we think we’re at our best. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

November 11, 2016

In an interview on Fox and Friends, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is being talked about as a Trump administration cabinet member, questioned the idea that many college students are upset over the election results. He said those who are protesting are "a bunch of spoiled crybabies," and then went on to say that the "heartening" news was that more students than in the past backed the Republican candidate. He said that this was because students were "rebelling" against faculty members. "The real left-wing loonies on campuses are the professors, not the students," Giuliani said.

November 11, 2016

The University of Illinois System is backing a deal proposed by some legislators that could lead to appropriations for system campuses on a regular basis, The Chicago Tribune reported. The deal would require that the university's three campuses meet targets for admitting in-state undergraduates, increasing the availability of student aid and limiting tuition increases to the rate of inflation.

November 11, 2016

The North Dakota University System has eliminated the office that authorizes colleges to issue degrees in the state, either on-site or via distance education. A spokeswoman for the system confirmed the move via email, saying there had been a reduction in force due to budgetary constraints. She said the duties would be reassigned.

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