Higher Education News

For those of you who do not regularly check this site, where Illinois Higher Education News appears, her are a few tidbits to whet your appetite:

On the sheer gossip front, Malia Obama is starting the college search project. And it is, indeed, a project, perhaps even more so when a high profile candidate for a college. Among others, the Christian Science Monitor has reported on the topic here. When I look at those looking at college, after resisting reimagining my own college search, I often wonder how they choose, especially with all the marketing material, rumors (and realities) of parental pressure, and the visits that are scripted by parents, campuses, and others. Perhaps the best way would be to try to visit incognito? And, I wonder how it feels not only to be marketed to but also to be understood as useful to the marketing of the place to others?

For those of you considering avoiding college and running right to the entrepreneur world, and assuming this comes with loads of collars, this piece on the Thiel funded entrepreneurs is worth a gander.

Think sexism is dead? Try this report on research that investigates "Rate My Professor" for some very gendered information on how faculty are seen.

Finally, concerned about finances and Illinois higher education? It is all about the new governor, in some ways. So, check this piece out on what might happen to the U of Illinois, among others, when the budget gets detailed.


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