In Chicago, two initiatives were launched to improve access to higher education for lower-income students. To explore the strategies that community colleges and the University of Chicago are planning to use to attract these students, Jeffrey Brown speaks with Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, and Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago. Continue reading
Tenure isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, argues Denise Cummins. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Cummins used to teach as an adjunct, recently rescinded a job offer made to professor Steven Salaita — even though he had tenure — because his tweets were “uncivil.” Cummins weighs in on the changing economics of higher ed, and what that means for academic freedom. Continue reading
Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Hyman, whose reforms have come with critique for making major cuts.
While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for their applications to be processed—with some stuck in limbo for as long as eight months, according to officials in 15 large states. Continue reading
The National Labor Relations Board has made a landmark ruling in favor of football players at Northwestern University who claim they are school employees. Currently the decision only applies to private schools, but it is expected to reverberate more widely. Jeffrey Brown examines the case with Michael McCann of the University of New Hampshire Law School. Continue reading
Both sides expect that Republican Bruce Rauner, a wealthy private-equity investor, will win the GOP primary for Illinois governor handily Tuesday. That would set him up to take on vulnerable incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. And it’s shaping up to be a bruising fight even before it begins. Continue reading
A brutally cold winter has covered the Great Lakes with more ice than they have seen since 1979. Special correspondent Elizabeth Bracket of WTTW reports on the struggle to keep shipping lanes open to Chicago’s ice-clogged harbor to Lake Michigan. Continue reading