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A 30 second look at how education in our nation has progressed in 70 years

This is an interesting visual that shows just how drastically education of American’s has changed in the last 70 years. Watch 70 years of educational progress in 30 seconds While Americans are still among the most educated in the world, our focus must remain on increasing access to educational opportunities for all citizens.  ...

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Recent Supreme Court decision brings attention to importance of creating educational opportunities for all

Last Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision upholding Michigan’s decision to end affirmative action at its public universities. The justices ruled with a 6 to 2 vote, but were divided on their reasoning. With the differing approaches to the decision, it is likely that the issue of racial preferences is not totally resolved. Detailing this topic further is the April 27 online article Rock River Valley educators say they’ve moved beyond race-based preferences, by Register Star reporter Susan Vela whom I spoke to...

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Visiting campus an important step making the right college choice.

People always ask what the most important part of the college search process is. This is not an easy question to answer as there is not one simple answer. Everything from applying early and researching scholarships to Financial Aid and how to pay for school are of the utmost importance. What usually gets overlooked is the campus visit. Sure the internet and brochures give you information, but they don’t give you the full picture.  There are a couple different ways to visit a college campus. All of them offer you an opportunity to learn more...

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Thinking critically and creatively about workforce development

I recently served as the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance. The mission of the Alliance is to create a competitive, skilled and educated workforce for Boone and Winnebago Counties, responsive to the needs of business. I was asked to discuss the role of higher education in workforce development. As a representative of a university with a mission of education grounded in the liberal arts, I was truly pleased to be asked to speak. There are two extremely different conversations that have taken...

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Celebrating Week and Month of Peace

Rockford University is pleased to be an active participant in Rockford’s Peace Month activities. We invite the community to join in the wide variety of celebrations planned. Director of the University’s Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagment Donnette Tinsley, shared more about the University’s long-standing connection to peace efforts, as well as more about the events taking place on campus in her My View column, published in Saturday’s Rockford Register Star online. Come Wedesday, Sept. 17, to learn more about...

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Can a community profit without a healthy nonprofit sector?

If someone asked you what makes Rockford great, what would you say?  Perhaps you’d mention the presence of three excellent hospitals and a city-wide network of clinics, or the abundance of social support services, from Family Counseling Services to Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center  to Rosecrance to domestic violence support centers such as Remedies. Maybe the incredible wealth of cultural opportunities, from Coronado Performing Arts Center to Rockford Art Museum, from Midway Village to Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra, would top...

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No shortage of ethical issues in sport

Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo, more Lance Armstrong and Livestrong fallout, Bonds, Clemens and the MLB Hall of Fame…the list will inevitably continue to grow. Providing some perspective to the many bylines of these stories  for sports enthusiasts, fans, and even the casual observer is of particular interest to Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College, Shawn Klein, Ph.D., who teaches courses about ethics in sports and authors The Sports Ethicist blog. Dr. Klein was contacted by CNN.com to provide comment for their...

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