Davenport School District

After interviewing seven candidates, the Davenport school board has chosen a new member. Wednesday  night, the board selected Linda Hayes to fill out the un-expired term of Bill Sherwood who died last month.She will serve until the next election, in September.Hayes is a graduate of Saint Ambrose University, and now studying for a masters degree in organizational leadership at Saint Ambrose.She will be sworn in at next Monday's  meeting. 

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Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities will be evaluated next week. The Higher Learning Commission has sent a team to determine how well it's serving students. Joe Rives, Vice President of the Quad Cities campus, says representatives will visit the campus on Feb. 2 and 3. And, they'll talk with students, faculty, and administrators. 

Since last summer, the Quad Cities campus has been fully located on the riverfront in Moline, after moving from the 60th Street location. And, Commission policy requires new campuses be evaluated within six months of opening.

A Davenport school principal has been cleared of the most serious charge, but still faces penalties for a cheating scandal. Today the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners announced its decision in the case of Sara Gott. / Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University has launched a new campaign to "take a stand" against sexual assault.  President Jack Thomas appears in a public service video that's been distributed to television stations, cable, and on WIU social media.

Western, along with other colleges and universities, has revised its policies and procedures to comply with the Violence Against Women Act. Its "Sexual Misconduct Policy" is now more specific and prohibits:

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Students will have to pay more to attend Augustana College next fall. Yesterday, the school in Rock Island announced the total cost will rise by 3.3 percent, to 48,212 dollars. That's an increase of 514 dollars per term. It includes tuition, fees, housing, and a full meal plan for the 2015-2016 school year.  Augustana says the early announcement is an effort to give students and parents more time to plan for next year.

Knox College

Knox College has renovated one of its oldest buildings without throwing anything away. Last month, it re-opened Alumni Hall. Froggi VanRiper, Director of Campus Sustainability, says beginning in October 2013, the college did a "complete interior overhaul" of the 150 year old building. The changes include structural repairs, new study areas and lounge rooms, and renovations to the large, central atrium. Also, 45 staff members now use previously empty office space in Alumni Hall. And, VanRiper says the construction crew was able to recycle 95 percent of all waste produced. 

A joint project at Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools will help Iowa students learn about careers before they graduate. This week, the Iowa Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council announced the winners of a competition among school STEM centers.

Black Hawk College

Instead of a ribbon, Black Hawk College will cut some steel. Thursday, the college will celebrate the opening of its new Welding and Skilled Trades Center in Kewanee. Chanda Dowell, East Campus Vice President, says college officials will use a torch to cut through a six-foot steel bow, signifying the opening of the new center. The four-million-dollar building has new classrooms and labs, including a "virtual lab" for beginners and a "flex lab" for students to work on real-life projects. 

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"It's a great idea, let's find a way to pay for it." That's generally what two Quad Cities college officials think about President Obama's idea to provide a community college education for free.

A new program may allow entrepreneurs in the Quad Cities to launch their ideas sooner than expected. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the