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  • The Good News in American Higher Education: A number of hopeful, emerging trends

    02/03/2016 7:42:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | By Bonnie Snyder
    There are a number of significant challenges in higher education today, including rising costs, diminishing returns, and the stifling effects of runaway political correctness on academic inquiry. That being said, it’s not all bad news. In fact, there are a number of hopeful, emerging trends that promise to create new and expanded opportunities for students while fostering a healthier campus intellectual climate: 1. Declining Number of Applicants – The number of college applicants peaked in 2009… around the same time the number of jobs for graduates bottomed out. What a disaster! Since then, due to demographic realities, the number...
  • Rethinking College Admissions

    01/19/2016 11:44:10 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    ny times ^ | 1-19-2016 | Frank Bruni
    A growing number of colleges have made the SAT or ACT optional. And late last year, more than 80 colleges, including all eight in the Ivy League, announced the formation of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, which is developing a website and application process intended in part to diversify student bodies. Colleges are becoming more conscious of their roles - too frequently neglected - in social mobility. They're recognizing how many admissions measures favor students from affluent families. They're realizing that many kids admitted into top schools are emotional wrecks or slavish adherents to soulless scripts that forbid...
  • What Does Trump Mean When He Says 'I Went to Wharton?'

    01/09/2016 2:31:22 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 190 replies
    News Machete ^ | 1/9/2016 | Ed Straker
    Donald Trump frequently tells crowds that he went to Wharton, as a credential to prove that he is intelligent: "I went to the Wharton School of Business," he noted several times. "I'm, like, a really smart person." "Why do you have to tell us all the time that you went to Wharton?” moderator Chuck Todd asked. "People know you're successful." "They know it's a great business school," Trump replied. You might be forgiven for thinking from this, as I did, that Trump has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He doesn't. He actually has an undergraduate degree for...
  • The Year The Politically Correct Chickens Came Home To Roost

    01/05/2016 6:51:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 4, 2016 | Robert Tracinsky
    In last year’s roundup of the top stories of the year, I argued that 2014 was the year we were all drafted into the culture wars. “This is the year when we were served noticed that we won’t be allowed to stand on the sidelines, because we will not be allowed to think differently from the left.” The signature story of the year was the comet shirt guy, a mild-mannered scientist caught wearing the wrong shirt on television. That case served notice that “To be targeted by accusations of misogyny, you don’t have to be a beer-chugging ‘bro’ who spends...
  • What Working At McDonald's Taught Me About Privilege

    01/05/2016 10:57:33 AM PST · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    The Odyssey ^ | December 28, 2015 | Olivia Legaspi
    During Customs week, in PAF sessions, and in everyday discourse here at Haverford, we are taught to ask for help when we feel we need it, speak up when we feel uncomfortable, and prioritize our own well being over most other things. At McDonald's, acting in this way could have cost me my job, a job I needed to afford college... Those of us who need to work in order to support ourselves and pay tuition cannot afford to internalize the soft, self-centered mindset presented by our peers and customs folk at Haverford -- had I gone to a manager...
  • Hundreds of colleges missing from Obama’s College Scorecard? [Conservative Colleges Missing]

    12/22/2015 7:43:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/15/2015 | By Susan Svrluga
    Many welcomed the launch of a new Web site by the U.S. Department of Education last month, designed to simplify higher education decisions by offering information. By combining multiple sources of federal data, the scorecard lets families compare colleges based on a range of variables, such as student debt levels, graduation rates and average alumni salaries. (It does not rate colleges, as the president had initially proposed.) But some critics argue that, while thousands of colleges are included, the site leaves out many schools which might be good options for students. How do you "misplace" more than 700 colleges? By...
  • Wheaton College Prof Wears Hijab for Advent to Show Solidarity With Muslims [Islam's Useful Idiots]

    12/21/2015 2:24:54 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A Wheaton College professor announced on Facebook Thursday night that she will be wearing a hijab (Muslim head scarf) throughout her celebration of the Advent as a way of showing solidarity with Muslims. Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor at the Wheaton, Illinois, evangelical higher education institution, explained on her Facebook page that she will be wearing a hijab to work, class, and church. She also vows to wear the hijab during her trip to Chicago and even when she goes on an airplane to return to her hometown for Christmas. "I don't love my Muslim neighbor because s/he is...
  • Christian college places professor who wore headscarf on leave

    12/17/2015 4:43:39 AM PST · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    FOX News ^ | 12/16/2015 | Staff, w/ contribution from AP
    An professor at an Illinois Christian college was placed on leave Tuesday after wearing a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims.Larycia Hawkins, who is a Christian and an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, said Wednesday that her actions were demonstrations of her own faith. Hawkins began wearing a hijab to counter what she called the "vitriolic" rhetoric against Muslims in recent weeks."In the spirit of Advent, my actions were motivated by a desire to live out my faith. Period," Hawkins said Wednesday at a news conference at a Chicago church. Advent is the season...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: End College Football

    12/08/2015 11:32:42 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    College football players are gladiators of sorts. On the one hand, they are vastly underpaid for the risks they take as well as the profits they generate for the university and the scores of jobs they subsidize. On the other, in terms of college protocols, they are pampered and exempt from rules that other students follow. Being exploited and privileged is a bad combination. For half a century, liberals have pointed out that football players should drop the amateur pretense, join a semi-pro club, and make the money they deserve -- given that their admissions, grades, and class attendance are...
  • Ideological Fascism or Intellectual Freedom?

    12/01/2015 2:45:11 PM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 3 replies
    Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise ^ | November 18, 2015 | Everett Piper
    The American university is imploding in its self-refuting duplicity. Safe zones are anything but safe. People are bullied by those decrying bullying. Rather than celebrate liberty, liberals now demand conformity. Campuses have become bastions for speech codes rather than free speech. Students are more interested in “trigger warnings” than they are in research and learning. Disagreement is now synonymous with hate. Personal inclinations now equal personal identity. Progressives think they are right in telling conservatives they are wrong for thinking they’re right. If you dare to challenge the party line or the politically correct, you will be excluded in the...
  • School study finds racial gap in salad bar use

    11/26/2015 12:04:14 PM PST · by euram · 98 replies
    Tulane University ^ | Nov 23 2015 | Carolyn Scofield
    Researchers from the Tulane Prevention Research Center found that 60 percent of New Orleans students surveyed utilized salad bars in 12 public schools. But white and other minority students were twice as likely to use salad bars as African-American students.
  • EXCLUSIVE: The Media Is Wrong, White Student Unions Are not ‘Hoaxes’ Created by Racists

    11/25/2015 2:19:12 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/24/2015
    The chaos that erupted across college campuses earlier this month escalated racial tensions among students to levels not seen since the 1950s and 60s, as radical activists sought to enforce a new orthodoxy of ‘white privilege’ across universities. The inevitable consequence — a newly-racialized American campus — is beginning to emerge. In the space of a few days, Facebook pages for “White Student Unions” have sprung up on dozens of campuses across North America. The pages adopt the language of campus activists, promising a “safe space” for white students and condemning alleged anti-white racism on campus. Mainstream media outlets have...
  • American Universities Begin to Implode

    11/24/2015 1:22:04 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | November 24, 2015 | Dennis Prager Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427545/american-universities-im
    For over half a century, American universities, with few exceptions, have ceased teaching and begun indoctrinating. In the past few weeks, this downhill spiral has accelerated. The university is now a caricature of an educational institution. It is difficult to come up with an idea or policy that is more absurd than the ideas and policies that now dominate American campuses.
  • Trump: To make college affordable, 'we have to start some governmental program'

    11/21/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 176 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/19/2015 | Gabby Morrongiello
    During a town hall Thursday evening in Iowa, Donald Trump told voters the "only way" to make college more affordable for low-income students is "to start some governmental program." The Republican presidential hopeful was asked what measures he would take, as president, to ensure middle-to-low income Americans are able to "pay their tuition [and] afford books while they're going to school." "Well the only way you can do it is you have to start some governmental program and you have governmental programs right now," Trump told the moderator during the forum, which was held at a local community college. "They...
  • Cruz: Universities creating ‘leftist, coddled kids’

    11/21/2015 8:31:05 AM PST · by Isara · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 21, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says widespread race protests at American colleges and universities are being carried out by "leftist, coddled kids" with "trust funds.""We're seeing universities all across this country with leftist, coddled kids - usually with trust funds - protesting against horrible aggression, because the micro-aggression [of] 'I heard a word that scared me,' " Cruz said at the Presidential Family Forum in Iowa on Friday, according to the Des Moines Register. "What's wrong with our universities?" Cruz, who is running for president, criticized political correctness for discouraging the pursuit of truth. "The best answer to political correctness is...
  • Colleges update mascots, mottos, amid pressure from students

    11/19/2015 6:53:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    AP.org ^ | 11/19/15 | Colleen Binkley - AP
    OSTON (AP) -- Amherst College has turned on its mascot. Georgetown University is renaming buildings. Union College has a new motto. Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are updating campus fixtures that have been deemed insensitive or outdated. Inspired by racially charged protests at the University of Missouri, students have demanded tweaks of that type among broader calls for improved treatment of minority students. Those behind the changes say they're long overdue. Critics say it's another example of coddling by American universities. Here's a look at some recent changes:
  • Jesse Watters on white privilege: “I’m also tall, athletic, smart, rich — should I apologize

    11/17/2015 9:55:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Salon ^ | November 17, 2015 | Scott Eric Kaufman
    Jesse Watters on white privilege: "I'm also tall, athletic, smart and rich - should I apologize for that too?" Charming as ever, Bill O'Reilly's bloodhound Jesse Watters went to the University of Missouri to hector students about race, gender and sexuality. Watters' stuck to his shtick, using "common sense" interpretations of phrases with specific meanings to prove that college campuses are no place for men-of-the-people. For example, he asked one woman if he was in her "safe space," and when she said he wasn't, he took a step closer to her and asked, "what about now?" Deliberately confusing the concept...
  • The Campus Purges are Only Going to Get a Lot Worse

    11/13/2015 6:40:56 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 11/12/2015 | Michael Ledeen
    Universities can’t withstand mobs, as countless assaults have proven. I’ve lived through two: at Washington University in St. Louis, in 1968, and then about a decade later at the University of Rome. In the summer of ’68 I saw a good deal of the French “Revolution,” which took over most of Paris for a week or so. Its headquarters were at the Sorbonne. It’s in the nature of campus revolts that the leaders aren’t going to be satisfied with limited reforms to the school; they are inspired by inflated rhetoric, and they see themselves at the center of a great...
  • Neil Cavuto Repeatedly Confronts Student Pushing Free College Plan With Harsh Facts (Brutal)

    11/12/2015 6:48:44 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/12/2015 | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Keely Mullen, an organizer for the Million Student March movement, joined Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto on the air Thursday to discuss the movement’s demands for free public college, student debt cancelation and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for student workers. In the awkward 9-minute interview, Cavuto repeatedly cited facts and figures that seemed to fluster the student. When asked who would pick up the tab for the demands she listed, Mullen said, “The 1 percent of people who are hoarding the wealth and causing a catastrophe students are facing.” “If the 1 percent just had their taxes raised a...
  • Alan Dershowitz Goes Off on PC College Culture: ‘the Fog of Fascism Is Descending’

    11/12/2015 6:45:43 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    Fox News via Mediaite ^ | November 12th, 2015 | Fox News via J.D. Durkin
    On the opening segment of Thursday night’s Kelly File with host Megyn Kelly, author and professorAlan Dershowitz took to task the political correctness culture that has pervaded American college campuses.On the heels of continuing developments from the University of Missouri — where the student Vice President today argued that the First Amendment incites a “hostile and unsafe learning environment” — Dershowitz admitted, “we’re seeing a curtain of McCarthyism descend on many college campuses.”“It was the students at universities that first started burning books… they don’t want to hear diverse views on college campuses,” Dershowitzadmitted.WATCH VIDEO Dershowitz dug in, noting...
  • Claremont McKenna dean resigns after students protest racial bias [Another one bites the dust]

    11/12/2015 5:37:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/12/2015 | Teresa Watanabe and Carla Rivera
    Stdent protests roiled college campuses Thursday, when Claremont McKenna College's dean of students resigned under pressure over racial tensions and protesters at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide demanded the cancellation of student debt. Dean Mary Spellman at Claremont McKenna stepped down after she sparked a campus protest and hunger strikes by two students this week over her email to a Latina student saying she would work to serve those who "don't fit our CMC mold." Spellman later apologized but her remarks appeared to be a tipping point for students who have pressed the campus for months for greater...
  • BREAKING: Mary Spellman Resigns as Dean of Students (Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA)

    11/12/2015 1:30:58 PM PST · by abb · 115 replies
    The Forum ^ | November 12, 2015 | Staff
    At 12:02 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, Mary Spellman resigned as Dean of Students following calls for her resignation after students of color articulated concerns about the Dean of Students office being unsupportive towards students of marginalized identities, and two students yesterday began hunger strikes calling for her resignation. Additional coverage coming later — find Spellman’s email to the CMC community below. Dear CMC Community: Since 2010 I have been privileged to serve as Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College. Today I am submitting my letter of resignation, effective immediately. I do so with sadness beyond words, because these...
  • Ten Top American Universities Most Friendly to Terrorists

    11/10/2015 12:02:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 43 replies
    Stop the Jihad On Campus ^ | October 28, 2015 | David Horowitz Freedom Center
    A holy war of conquest and extermination is being waged against America and the West, against Christians and Jews, and against infidels generally. Iraq, Syria, Israel and the United States are among the prime targets of this war, which is being waged with a savagery by al-Qaeda, ISIS and Hamas that has shocked the world. But even more shocking than the barbarism of these groups is the fact that there are organizations on American campuses that support the agendas of these terrorists and spread their propaganda lies, and do so with the financial and institutional support of university administrations. Two...
  • Yale's Idiot Children: Hysterical Yalies protest a free-speech panel.

    11/10/2015 12:37:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | November 10, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ...the screaming in the dark you do on campus is more or less the same screaming in the dark you did in the crib, the same howl for the same reason.
  • You know what America? Maybe a college education isn't all it's cracked up to be...

    11/09/2015 5:35:02 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 28 replies
    American Irony ^ | 11-9- | The Looking Spoon
    An Associate Master at Yale writes an email complaining that basically college kids...KIDS...are too politically correct and too wimpy to deal with it. The specific topic was on whether or not the university should police what students wear on Halloween to make sure they don't don anything too offensive (i.e. some New England WASP has no business  dressing up as...say...Geronimo wearing black face, or anything at all for that matter). That is an oversimplification of what was actually said (the link above has the full text of the email), but it's also the gist. The email became widely known and...
  • Flashback: U. of Missouri Implements Mandatory ‘Diversity and Inclusion Training’

    The University of Missouri will implement mandatory “diversity and inclusion training for all faculty, staff, and students” in the wake of accusations of widespread racism on campus, reports College Fix. The campuswide edict from Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was prompted partly by an incident on campus Oct. 4 when an intoxicated person shouted “racist accusations” and “the N-word” at a group called the Legion of Black Collegians. Student government president Payton Head reported that he was called a “racial slur” by a man in a passing truck. Loftin responded to the incident in a written and recorded message: “Our police...
  • Malia Obama visits Brown University, causes campus-wide freak-out

    10/13/2015 9:29:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    fusion.net ^ | 10/12/2015 | unknown
    Malia Obama, 17-year-old daughter of President Obama, is preparing to end her tenure as First Daughter and begin her stint as a college freshman. To do so, shes been dipping into the world of the normalslanding a sick summer internship and checking out schools. Most recently, she visited Brown, where she apparently did pretty normal things that sent Brown students into a tizzy. GoLocalProv reported that Obama stayed with a friend at a dorm on campus called Morris Hall, which was surrounded by high and visible security. The Tab reported on October 10th that Malia was on campus RIGHT NOW,...
  • University: The Last Bastion of Free Speech?

    10/01/2015 11:04:07 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 3 replies
    Attorney Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jaye Lyn Ryan
    What the UC Regents are doing here is a form of thought police that nips the expression of ideas in the bud, and put a student or professor in jeopardy for sharing an idea, or exploring a notion aloud. University is not about being sheltered from new and controversial ideas. University is where ideas are allowed to flourish or die on their own merits, for the benefit of the world. Full Article HERE - Criminal Defense of First Amendment
  • Shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

    10/01/2015 11:07:11 AM PDT · by halo66 · 916 replies
    Not sure what the situation is...
  • SJW Drivel Being Taught At WSU

    08/30/2015 12:34:45 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Augist 29, 2015 | Peter Hasson
    Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as illegal alien, "male," and female, or if they fail to defer to non-white students. According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss Women & Popular Culture class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers oppressive and hateful language. The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, Breikss warns, includes but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and in extreme cases failure for...
  • Get Out of My Class and Leave America (Prof. Mike Adams)

    08/28/2015 6:13:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-28-2015 | Mike Adams
    Authors Note: The following column is comprised of excerpts taken from my first lectures on the first day of classes this semester at UNC-Wilmington. I reproduced these remarks with the hope that they would be useful to other professors teaching at public universities all across America. Feel free to use this material if you already have tenure.Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I...
  • Sigma Nu frat at Old Dominion suspended for offensive banners

    08/25/2015 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2015 | Mariano Castillo
    Just before the new semester kicked off at Old Dominion University, some un-"welcome" signs have resulted in a fraternity's suspension. Parents bringing their freshmen students to move-in at the Norfolk, Virginia, campus and community last week might have glimpsed these banners hanging from the balcony of a private home. "Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," read one of the signs, which was spray-painted on a sheet. "Freshman daughter drop off," and "Go ahead and drop off mom too," were messages displayed on two other sheets, CNN affiliate WTKR reported. Members of the Sigma...
  • Arkansas College Accused Of Racism For Trying To Ban Saggy Pants

    08/19/2015 12:36:25 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 23 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | Tue, August 18, 2015 | By Brendan Kelly,
    Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is facing accusations of racism after attempting to crack down on people wearing saggy pants on campus. The college has not officially banned saggy pants in its dress code, as the school has no official dress code, but signs warning that saggy pants will not be tolerated have gone up around campus and in the student center, the Daily Caller reported. A spokeswoman for the college, Tonya Smith, said that the signs, which also warn against profanity and rude behavior, were intended to discourage disruptive behavior on campus. Our faculty in particular had experienced...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • University Ban On Saggy Pants Decried As Racist

    08/19/2015 7:40:23 PM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 17, 2015 | Blake Neff
    A colleges attempt to crack down on the wearing of saggy pants is being attacked as racist against black people. Henderson State University, a public college in Arkadelphia, Ark., hasnt officially banned such pants in its dress code, but recently signs appeared in its students center warning that saggy pants, along with profanity or rude behavior, would not be tolerated. Tonya Smith, a university spokeswoman, told Inside Higher Ed that the signs were intended to discourage disruptive behavior on campus. Our faculty in particular had experienced an increase in inappropriate classroom behaviors that were disturbing the learning environment, Smith said....
  • Most LGBT-Friendly Colleges 2015: Princeton Review Ranks Emerson College Tops For Gay Students

    08/15/2015 7:36:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/15/2015 | Julia Glum
    The Princeton Review recently named Emerson College in Boston was recently named the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly college in the U.S, while Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, was named the most unfriendly campus for that demographic of students. Getty Images The Princeton Review released this week its annual rankings of the 380 best colleges and universities in the U.S. But the test prep company did more than just crown party schools, it also broke higher education institutions down into 62 lists measuring everything from dorms to food. It also looked at demographics and compared schools...
  • Sustainability in Higher Education

    08/10/2015 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 10, 2015 | Judy Russell
    Sustainability has become a recurring theme among American colleges, and whether its through university curricula or carbon offsets, this new-wave has pressed students to organize into a radical progressive movement. In a 2015 report, Sustainability: Higher Educations New Fundamentalism, by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) conclude that To the unsuspecting, sustainability is just a new name for environmentalism. But the word marks out a new and larger ideological territory in which it is claimed curtailing economic, political, and intellectual liberty is the price that must be paid to ensure the welfare of future generations. The NAS claims that radical...
  • There's Nothing Academic About Campus Rape

    08/02/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "The price of a college education should never be the risk of a sexual assault," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Too many colleges don't treat rape, she observed, as "the violent felony that it actually is." Her solution is the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, or CASA, which would require college campuses to designate confidential advisers to victims of sexual assault and establish rules for campus investigations of sexual assaults. Gillibrand means well; there's no question about it. But Congress telling American universities how they should handle campus rape truly is an instance of the...
  • Microaggression, Macro-Crazy

    07/17/2015 7:26:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2015 | Heather Mac Donald
    Early this year, the University of Californias president, Janet Napolitano, asked all deans and department chairs in the universitys ten campuses to undergo training in overcoming their implicit biases toward women and minorities. The department heads also needed training, according to the UC president, in how to avoid committing microaggressions, those acts of alleged racism that are invisible to the naked eye. A more insulting and mindless exercise would be hard to imagine. But Napolitanos seminar possesses a larger significance: it demolishes any remaining hope that college administrators possess a firmer grip on reality than the narcissistic students over whom...
  • How Chinese Students are 'Cheating' to Get into U.S. Universities

    07/13/2015 5:25:33 AM PDT · by tellw · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/13/2015 | Johann Nylander
    Ghostwrites, dubious consultants and falsified applications are being used by many of the Chinese students who apply to enroll at U.S. universities, according to a new CNN report. A 21-year-old woman from Jiangsu Province told the publication how her parents paid three consultants $4,500 to fill out the application, write her personal essay and compose teacher recommendation letters. The reason: Her level of English wasnt strong enough. I did feel slightly guilty but all my friends did the same thing, the woman said.
  • Two Christian Colleges Extend Employment Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

    07/13/2015 7:30:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/13/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Two Christian colleges located in states that had their same-sex marriage bans struck down by the United States Supreme Court's June 26 decision that nationally legalized same-sex marriage are offering employment benefits to legally recognized same-sex spouses of school employees. The employment practices of Hope College, a small Reformed liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan, and the nondenominational Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, will both comply with their states' new legal definitions on marriage after the high court's ruling. On Monday, Hope College President John Knapp sent an email to the Hope community explaining that while Hope will continue to...
  • How Conservatives Teach

    07/10/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 10, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Liberal friends curious about how conservative professors actually teach might consider asking them. Thats what Jeisi Zhao of the Young Americas Foundation did in an interview with George Mason University economist Walter Williams. I teach micro-economic theory, and in my classroom I never talk about the kind of things that I talk about in my syndicated column or on radio, Dr. Williams told Zhao. In my classroom, I never talk about these things because they are my preferences and values, and I think it is academic dishonesty for professors to teach students their values. I would never teach my preferences....
  • Donald Trump says he may re-open Trump University

    07/04/2015 10:38:36 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Published: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:21 PM | BY Ken Lovett
    Confident he is going to beat back a $40 million fraud lawsuit by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, billionaire developer Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering re-opening his defunct Trump University.
  • Fewer Californians got into UC, while offers to foreign students rose

    07/03/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 2nd, 2015 | By Larry Gordon
    With the number of UC applicants at a new high, California residents faced tougher odds of gaining acceptance into next fall's freshman classes. A record number of students from other countries and states, meanwhile, received offers of admission. About 60% of the 103,117 California applicants were offered a spot on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses, according to university figures released Thursday. That appears to be a record low acceptance rate, down from about 63% of the 99,955 applicants last year, and about 79% in 1999, the oldest available systemwide figures. However, Stephen Handel, UC associate vice president...
  • Citadel leaders want Confederate flag moved from Summerall Chapel

    06/24/2015 10:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Charleston Regional Business Journal ^ | 06/24/2015 | Ashley Heffernan
    Less than a week after nine people were fatally shot in Charlestons Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, leaders at The Citadel have voted to remove a Confederate Naval Jack flag from the campus chapel. Dylann Storm Roof, who has been charged in the shootings, was previously photographed posing with the Confederate flag. Many national businesses have vowed to stop selling Confederate merchandise, and hundreds of people rallied in Columbia to remove the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds. Lawmakers are expected to debate the flags location this summer. One of the victims of the shooting was a Citadel...
  • The University of Californias Insane Speech Police

    06/23/2015 8:44:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Robby Soave
    Fifty years after the birth of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley, officials across the UC system are encouraging faculty and students to purge mundane, potentially offensive words and phrases from their vocabularies. Administrators want members of campus to avoid the use of racist and sexist statements, though their notions about what kinds of statements qualify are completely bonkers. America is a melting pot, Why are you so quiet? and I believe the most qualified person should get the job, are all phrases that should raise red flags, according to the UC speech police. Requests for...
  • Scott Walkers latest target: College professors

    06/18/2015 4:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kimberly Hefling with Allie Grasgreen
    Labor leaders and the higher education community are closely watching to see if other politicians follow Walkers lead.I dont think its an immediate threat elsewhere, but its still a big concern, said Mark F. Smith, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, which has slightly less than 200,000 higher education members.David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said he expects more such fights in upcoming years.I think that this is just part of the evolution of attacks on public benefits and on public sector employees of all sorts, Bergeron said.------------ As Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Progressive Academics Are Shocked That Their Creatures Turn on Them

    06/09/2015 6:43:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/09/2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Recently several progressive professors have publicly complained that their students are hounding them for failing to consider their tender sensibilities by straying beyond the p.c. orthodoxy on sexual assault, sex identity, linguistic correctness, and a whole host of other progressive shibboleths. Northwestern feminist professor Laura Kipnis found herself in a Title IX star chamber for an article she wrote decrying the immaturity of her legally adult students. Over at Vox, another progressive confessed (anonymously, reminding us that academics are an invertebrate species) he was so scared and terrified of his liberal students that he self-censors his comments in class and...
  • They really are the party of stupid: The real story behind Scott Walkers war on higher education

    06/07/2015 5:09:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | Heather Cox Richardson, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY at Boston College
    Walkers Act 10 for higher education is not just about tenure. Its attack on the university that gave birth to the original Wisconsin Experiment is the logical outcome of eighty years of maligning universities as hotbeds of socialism in an attempt to undercut workers influence in government. It is a decisive power play in the struggle over the nature of the American government. Should workers have political power, or should a few rich men alone determine government policies? Walkers stand is clear. He has long worked in lockstep with ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, through which corporations write legislation...
  • National focus on UW sharpening over tenure, governance [Scott Walker's state budget]

    06/03/2015 11:39:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 3, 2015 | Karen Herzog covers higher education and public health
    Already dismayed by prospective cuts to the University of Wisconsin System, higher education observers now suggest the state could become an academic pariah if the Legislature scales back two treasured tenets of academiatenure and shared governance.The impact would be crushing and far-reaching if language in a GOP plan wins support of the full Legislature and becomes law, said Rudy Fichtenbaum,president of the American Association of University Professors.That effectively will be the end of tenure in Wisconsin," Fichtenbaum said. "I'm not aware of any state that has gone this far...I can't imagine anybody taking a job there unless they can't get...