A few years ago, Brown University commissioned a study of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade. The report found that the Brown family — the wealthy Rhode Island merchants for whom the university was named — were "not major slave traders, but they were not strangers to the business either."
It costs more to go to college these days. And the way many afford it is to take out loans. Paying that money back can be more difficult that most realize. The average college student leaves school with more than $26,000 of debt and a growing number are defaulting on their loans.
Zach Baliva wrote the cover story on the topic in the current edition of the Illinois Times. He is also hoping to make a documentary film about student debt.
Fall 2013 enrollment at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois is up by nearly 100 students compared to the previous fall semester. According to the official fall census, the total number of students enrolled at UIS after the first 10 days of classes is 5,137. This marks the fourth year enrollment has topped 5,000 students. Last fall’s enrollment was 5,048.
Overall, the number of freshmen students attending UIS jumped by 20% this semester. That makes it the largest freshman class in UIS history.
President Obama has plans for higher education in the U-S. His ideas are a mix of old and new, aimed at keeping college affordable for students but also trying to raise the bar on quality of instruction. In Illinois, some of what the President wants is already part of the landscape. For example, Illinois has moved toward tying a small portion of state funding to graduation rates and other metrics. The Illinois Board of Higher Education's Executive Director says some of the other changes the President is pushing won't be so easy.