The national college admissions scandal that has rocked elite universities revived the discussion about whether where you go to college determines success and the role of privilege in that process.With actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman expected in court Wednesday to face charges, the conversation over college cred is particularly timely as colleges release their admission decisions and high school seniors and their families send off deposits by May 1 to secure a spot in the class of 2023.The Tribune reached out to some Chicago-area CEOs to ask where they went to college and what they got out of it. Many went on to earn advanced degrees at other institutions, but we found they put a lot of stock in their undergraduate experiences.Matt MaloneyFounder and CEO, GrubhubMichigan State University, class of 1998B.S., natural scienceMatt Maloney has a theory: It doesn’t really matter where you get an undergraduate degree.“There was no conscious decision to end up in … [Read more...] about With the admissions scandal in the news, we asked 10 Chicago CEOs: Does where you go to college really matter?
First generation college scholarships
Three of the 32 winners of the 2019 Rhodes Scholarship have ties to Colorado Springs.Two recipients of the prestigious award, which pays for college seniors to study at Oxford University in England in the fall, are cadets at the Air Force Academy, and another is a Colorado Springs native who attends the University of Colorado in Boulder.Cadet 1st Class James Brahm of Huntsville, Ala., is majoring in computer science, with a minor in Chinese and nuclear weapons and strategy; and Cadet 1st Class Madison Tung, of Santa Monica, Calif., is double majoring in mathematics and humanities. She also is pursuing a minor in Chinese.Serene Singh, a 2015 graduate of Rampart High School, is majoring in political science and journalism at CU Boulder.Singh is the 20th Rhodes Scholarship recipient from CU Boulder and the first in 25 years. She’s also the first woman from the campus to win the scholarship.The cadets are the Air Force Academy’s 40th and 41st recipients of the award since it … [Read more...] about Two Air Force Academy cadets and a Colorado Springs native win Rhodes Scholarships
BOSTON (AP) — Seven students from New England universities are among this year’s crop of Rhodes scholars. The 32 recipients of the prestigious scholarship announced Sunday include students at Harvard and MIT in Massachusetts, Yale in Connecticut and Brown in Rhode Island. Eren Orbey was among three Yale students selected to begin studies next fall at Oxford University in England. The 23-year-old senior from Acton, Massachusetts plans to complete masters degrees in Global and Imperial History and in World Literatures in English. He hopes his studies “bring heft” to his writing. Orbey is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and is working on a book. The Rhodes Trust said it selected 21 women, the most ever in a single class. Almost half of the 32 winners are also immigrants or first-generation Americans. Close … [Read more...] about 7 New England college students named Rhodes Scholars
The University of Minnesota has changed the eligibility criteria for two women-only scholarships and is reviewing other awards in response to a complaint of anti-male discrimination. Mark Perry, an economics and finance professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, has made it his “lifelong mission” to stamp out anti-male discrimination in education. In the past three years, he has pushed Michigan State University to allow men into the women’s lounge at its student union and worked to change who’s eligible for women-only awards and programs at numerous colleges. A University of Minnesota graduate, Perry complained to his alma mater in June about three awards he found online for “women-identified students.” The U informed him Wednesday that they’ve removed the gender-specific criteria from two scholarships. A third scholarship is under review and the U will stop administering it if it’s not opened up to other genders, Title IX Coordinator … [Read more...] about Anti-male discrimination complaint gets UMN to change scholarship rules
Carol Cain Free Press Business Columnist Published 7:30 AM EDT Oct 20, 2018 Fred Wilpon is living the American Dream. The 81-year-old majority owner of the New York Mets is an ultrasuccessful real estate developer and family man. But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. Wilpon recalls being a teen who arrived at the University of Michigan as the first person in his family to attend college. He butted up against some issues that might have sidetracked his dreams if not for the help of others. Never forgetting that assistance, he launched the Kessler Presidential Scholarship Program at U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts to help hundreds of other first-generation college students succeed. Wilpon was a talented baseball player who played high school ball with future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in Brooklyn (they remain friends today). Wilpon, whose father managed a funeral home in Brooklyn, decided to spread his wings and experience new … [Read more...] about Mets owner Wilpon helps first-generation students at U-M