Loras College

The contract for the president of Loras College in Dubuque has been extended. Wednesday the board of regents announced a five year extension for Jim Collins that would make him the longest serving president in the history of the college. 


A new director has taken over at the Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College. Monday was the first day on the job for Doctor Chris Schafer, following the retirement of Carla Tracy. 

submitted / St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University's College of Business has a new leader. This month, Dr. Maritza Espina began her new job as dean of the college in Davenport, where about 900 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled.

Espina grew up in Puerto Rico and has 16 years experience in teaching, management research, publications, and service.

For kids, summer means time to relax, and not think about school. But when kids don't keep actively learning during the summer, their academic progress can stagnate, and even regress.

Dennison Services

Jul 25, 2018
Augustana College

Visitation will be held Thursday, with the funeral on Friday, for a longtime employee of Augustana College. 64 year old Leslie Dennison of Sherrard died last week as a result of the duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake, in Branson, Missouri.

Thanks to the first state budget in several years, local school districts in Illinois will be able to finalize their budgets before classes start. Monday night the Moline school board approved a 116 million dollar budget for the fiscal year that began this month.

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For many students, classes begin next month, but their families don't have the money to buy the paper, pencils, erasers, notebooks, scissors, and other items they'll need. So today, the United Way hosted a second "Day of Action" for businesses to donate school supplies to children all over the Quad Cities.

A few details are emerging about the layoffs at Western Illinois University, which were authorized by the Board of Trustees during a special meeting late last week. A total of two dozen faculty members and two other employees in academic affairs are losing their jobs.

Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

A concerted effort by local school districts and the United Way boosted attendance during the past year, but not by much. The number of children who missed 9 or more days of school dropped by two-tenths of one per cent, to 39.2 per cent.