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  • In California, orange really is the new black...

    07/16/2015 4:04:48 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 7-16-15 | The Looking Spoon
    There’s an overcrowding problem with both. This is by no means unsolvable. The amount of money in California that gets wasted and squandered on meaningless garbage is astonishing. This is the kind of crap that goes on in states totally owned by Democrats. Oh yeah...psst, there are only 21 jumpsuits... Maybe prisoner number 22 in a metaphorical sense is the viewer, for still living golden moldin' state.
  • Jews are Excluded from European Universities. Does it Ring a Bell?

    06/12/2015 4:55:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    INN ^ | Friday, June 12, 2015 3:01 PM | Giulio Meotti
    The case of Orange, the French mobile phone company that is considering abandoning the Israeli market, was on the front pages of all major newspapers. But there is a silent boycott of the Jewish State which is more insidious, latent and even more dangerous because it undermines Israel’s cultural superiority and cuts Israel’s link with the rest of the world. In 2002, the year of the beginning of the academic campaign against Israel, Paul Zinger, the head of the Scientific Association of Israel, revealed that more than seven thousand scientific research projects are sent from Israel abroad every year. Dozens...
  • No Safe Space For Conservatives!

    06/11/2015 7:42:05 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    We are truly in an age where who you know is more important than what you know. “The feminist scholars are academically weak but politically well-connected,” Christina Hoff Sommers, who maintains the Factual Feminist blog said on June 4, 2015 at a “summit” meeting arranged by the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). “A bunch fled to the ‘safe rooms.’” Sommers has seen their power up close and personal. “When I was at Oberlin, the first two rows were filled with women with red duct tape over their mouths,” Sommers, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) said at the IWF...
  • Moving Tassels Left

    06/08/2015 7:45:11 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Young America’s Foundation has once again compiled an invaluable compendium of this season’s commencement speakers and found, once again, that they overwhelmingly represent one point of view. Moreover, in our review of 127 of the arguably representative speakers they highlight, we note that one-third—41—have discernible political views. By the most expansive definition, one-third of these—10—can be called anything from apolitical to definitively conservative: • Gen. Philip M. Breedlove at the Georgia Institute of Technology, • Former President George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University • Former Secretary of labor , Elaine Chao, retired Admiral Thad Allen, at Georgetown •...
  • How Hackers Steal Your Social Security Number

    06/01/2015 6:06:16 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 8 replies
    LinkedIn.com ^ | Timothy Martens
    Your Social Security Number can be stolen in under an hour. And hundreds of website run by the government, universities and financial institutions among other companies are at fault. ... ... ... It works essentially in the following way. Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6789? No! Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6790? No! Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6788? Yes! ... ... ... Very commonly all the hacker needs is: A victim’s last name A victim's birth date A vulnerable website the victim uses. ... ... ... Are any big players exposing SSN’s? I have a list of hundreds of websites who are...
  • University Launches Insult-Reporting System That Records Offenders’ Social Security Numbers

    05/14/2015 12:00:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 14, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    The University of Colorado-Boulder has launched an online system where students can report people who make “hurtful statements” — and it’s so intense that it even asks for offenders’ Social Security numbers. This “Bias Incident Reporting” system is intended to “address the impact of demeaning and hurtful statements as well as acts of intolerance directed towards protected classes,” according to the school’s website.
  • The Brownshirts Are Back. And They’re in Our Universities.

    04/22/2015 8:21:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 20, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Why must history perpetually repeat itself? It is not news that virtually all American universities are decidedly leftist institutions. Few Americans, however, are aware of how inhospitable they have become to free inquiry and free discourse, and how hostile they are to anyone who stands up for Western values and against the global jihad – as some recent developments illustrate. What is happening in American universities today has a clear historical parallel. ... In his seminal history The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, the universities became centers...
  • Project Veritas, Progressive Academia, and Our National Security

    03/30/2015 5:59:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Can someone tell the U.S. academia that supporting terrorists such as ISIS or Hamas on their campuses and financing their mayhem goes against our national security strategy and interests? James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has unveiled a new shocking video. Officials from Barry University in Florida, a private and Catholic institution founded in 1940, appear more than willing to approve the inception of a campus club that would raise money to support ISIS, the very terrorists who are killing indiscriminately Muslims, Christians, and gays in Iraq, taking over regions that were formerly freed by our American soldiers. According to the Vice...
  • Everytown, Florida Moms Demand Action Release Poll That Shows Strong Majority Of Floridians Oppose

    03/30/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    www.prnewswire.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | unknown
    61 percent of Floridians oppose requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. 61 percent of Floridians oppose changing Florida law to allow guns in K-12 schools. Only eight percent of Floridians say the state's gun laws should be weakened, compared to 48 percent who would like to see gun laws strengthened, and 39 percent who would like gun laws to remain unchanged.
  • Universities Venture Into Capitalism

    02/20/2015 7:35:53 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 19, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Universities may want to adopt a basic rule to avoid mission creep: When you have failed in your basic task, it is probably not a good idea to enter into new ventures outside of that undertaking. With graduation rates that could at best be described as anemic and skill mastery among graduates which might be characterized as pathetic, universities are venturing into the world of venture capitalism. “Universities across the country have developed entrepreneurship programs in recent years aimed at encouraging students and faculty to turn promising business ideas into actual companies,” Steven Overly reported in the Washington Post on...
  • Wisconsin GOP Gov. Walker Takes Aim at College Outlays, Professors

    02/03/2015 6:17:48 PM PST · by abb · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 3, 2015 | By Douglas Belkin and Mark Peters
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 fight with public-sector unions sparked huge protests—and elevated him into a national figure in conservative politics. Now, as he eyes a run for president, he is targeting another group on the public payroll: university professors. Mr. Walker, a Republican, has proposed a two-year tuition freeze and a $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System’s budget—about a 13% drop next year from current funding levels. Under the plan, Mr. Walker would shift control of the university system from the state to a new independent authority. He has also said that he thinks faculty needs...
  • HIGHER EDUCATION

    02/01/2015 8:30:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/1/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As federal dollars pour into higher education, tuitions rise, administrative bloat expands, and part-timers teach more and more class sections! Allen B. West’s national Center for Policy analysis is offering a very critical view of “the higher education bubble” by researcher Farhad Mirzadeh. (1) “The result of infusing colleges with billions of dollars in additional funds will be to raise the cost of a college education even higher-just as student loans and federal grants have encouraged wasteful spending by colleges and universities across the country,” says West’s writer. A staggering ONE TRILLION DOLLARS in outstanding student loans equals more than...
  • The Campus as California: Why Traditional campuses in America are becoming like California

    12/15/2014 9:06:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Campuses are becoming the haunts of the very wealthy and the poor, with little regard for any in-between — sort of like California.Let me explain. Lately lots of strange things have been in the news about college campuses — from the Rolling Stone’s mythography [1] of the University of Virginia fraternities to Lena Dunham’s invented charges [2] of rape against a supposed Oberlin College Republican to courses on “white privilege” to “hands up; don’t shoot” demonstrations protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown.Tuition and DebtBut there are lots of campus topics that garner little publicity. Take tuition costs. Aggregate...
  • Universities Are Now Taking Down Their Jonathan Gruber Videos

    11/19/2014 7:12:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2014 | By Brendan Bordelon
    Universities that hosted Jonathan Gruber are now removing videos of the MIT professor from their websites after a series of candid admissions from the Obamacare architect ignited a firestorm against the health-care law. Videos from college conferences and Washington think tanks over the last few years show Gruber bragging about the law’s deliberate complexity and belittling American voters’ intelligence. Now at least two colleges who hosted the professor have tried to scrub Gruber from the internet. The University of Pennsylvania removed Gruber’s October 2013 panel appearance — in which he laughed about “the stupidity of the American voter” — on...
  • Obama Admin Appointee Admits few net jobs created

    11/17/2014 7:17:25 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 14, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    An Obama Administration appointee admits there have been “few net jobs created” over the past decade but thinks increased spending on education will solve the problem. At the Center for American Progress, the White House Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, James Kvaal, said, “The overriding goal of his second term in office is rebuilding the strength of the middle class and after recovering from the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression.” He claimed, “We now have an economy that is growing again; ten million new jobs have been created.” Americans now see “rising middle class standards” under...
  • Veterans Honored Off Campus

    11/12/2014 6:51:41 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    This week Americans honor military veterans. On America’s college campuses, the attitude towards them is more ambivalent, at least when their presence on them is compared to their visibility in the rest of America. For one thing, not every campus is closed for Veterans Day. To be sure, many businesses stay open upon that day as well. Moreover, as the Veteran’s Administration web site notes, “there is no legal requirement that schools close on Veterans Day.” Nevertheless, veterans on campus are few and far between. With the possible exception of Troy University, you will find few colleges and universities on...
  • Feds Punish Princeton For Liking Due Process Too Much

    11/08/2014 6:26:41 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its investigation of Princeton University's sexual harassment and assault policies. The findings were unsurprising, though still striking: the government essentially accused the university of violating federal anti-discrimination law by extending too much due process to accused students. Princeton had been one of the last hold-outs on the standard of proof in college rape trials. The university required adjudicators to obtain "clear and convincing" proof that a student was guilty of sexual assault before convicting him. That's too tough, said DOE. As part of its settlement, Princeton is required to lower...
  • Colleges want more Public/State Funding

    10/31/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 30, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Running out of funds and ideas, colleges want more public funding to help keep them afloat. During a recent panel discussion at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, speakers praised President Barack Obama’s higher education push for performance-based pay and incentives for colleges and universities. Ted Mitchell, , U.S. Department of Education undersecretary, complained about today’s higher education funding environment, telling the audience, “There has been systematic disinvestment by states throughout the Great Recession in higher education,” adding that it “really does disadvantage students” from low-income neighborhoods and backgrounds. He felt the state governments, by not funding state...
  • Oklahoma St sues NMSU over pistol-packing mascot

    10/26/2014 8:49:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 22, 2014
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University over the use of a pistol-packing mascot that it says is "confusingly similar" to the Cowboys' own Pistol Pete. Oklahoma State, which filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma, wants NMSU to stop using the mascot, sometimes referred to in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."
  • STEMming China’s Student Espionage

    10/03/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 2, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When the reasons mount for rethinking cherished academic practices, academia doubles down on those procedures. For example, as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and others have shown, there is no shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors to fill available jobs requiring those skills. Yet and still, academics proclaim that the need is so acute that they need to import STEM majors from abroad. It turns out that, on top of that misconception, some of these foreign students may actually be, well, spies. “The Chinese regime can work spies recruited in college into positions in research, government...
  • College is ripping you off

    10/01/2014 10:42:29 PM PDT · by poinq · 49 replies
    Solon ^ | Oct 1st, 2014 | Thomas Frank
    When we reach the end of high school, we approach the next life, the university life, in the manner of children writing letters to Santa. Oh, we promise to be so very good. We open our hearts to the beloved institution. We get good grades. We do our best on standardized tests. We earnestly list our first, second, third choices. We tell them what we want to be when we grow up. We confide our wishes. We stare at the stock photos of smiling students, we visit the campus, and we find, always, that it is so very beautiful. And...
  • University Axes Art Class After Too Many Perverts Call About Appearances Of Nude Models

    09/27/2014 10:22:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/27/2014 | Emma Colton
    Due to numerous lewd calls from artists and Oregon residents about stark naked art models at the University of Oregon, the college decided to nix a figure drawing class to protect the models from a slew of seemingly pervy artisans. Known as the Saturday Figure Drawing Group, the free class offered to local artists and residents would meet once a week to workshop drawings of live nude models. But after a few weeks of potential students calling the school asking apparently bawdy questions about the models, the university canceled the classes, according to an official university letter forwarded to The...
  • On Constitution Day, FIRE Mails First Amendment Warning to More Than 300 Colleges

    09/19/2014 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2014 | Will Creeley
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2014—In a national certified mailing sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warns the leaders of more than 300 of our nation’s largest and most prestigious public colleges and universities that they risk First Amendment lawsuits by continuing to maintain speech codes that violate student and faculty rights. The letters are being mailed from the main post office near Independence Hall in Philadelphia today to mark the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. liberty bell “58 percent of our nation’s public colleges and universities restrict student and faculty speech with blatantly...
  • College Professors Feeling the ObamaCare Pinch

    09/10/2014 12:07:20 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 31 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 9, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Ironically, liberal college professors are now feeling the increasing weight and burden that is from ObamaCare, or its official name “The Affordable Care Act.” A study released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources found that an increasing number of college and university professors are paying more for their health insurance. obamacare forum The study, “2014 Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits in Higher Education Survey,” covered health benefits, four types of healthcare plans (HMO, PPO, POS and high deductible plans), “formal wellness programs,” dental plans and other healthcare basics. The questionnaire itself can be viewed here. The...
  • DATING ETIQUETTE

    07/31/2014 10:09:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 43 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    Kerry Cronin, who teaches a philosophy class at Boston College, was shocked some years ago during a class on student hookup culture, when a student inquired, “How would you ask someone on a date?” “It’s easy to hook up with someone you’ve just met in a dark room after having a few drinks,” said freshman Frank DiMartino, who took the class. “But asking someone out on a date in broad daylight, when you actually have to know their name, can be really scary.” Other schools are apparently taking notice of the need to explain the socialization/dating procedure, according to The...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Extravagant University Speaking Engagements

    07/14/2014 6:08:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Clintonians, despite not being able to cheer Hillary Clinton on as secretary of state, should still find themselves mollified by the sheer number of public appearances Clinton has made recently. hillary clinton hard choices Likely due in part to her preparation for a probable presidential run for 2016, Clinton has selectively inserted herself into the public domain not only via speaking engagements, but also through the publication of her recent autobiography. She has chosen Wall Street banks, industry conventions, and universities as some of her main hubs for oratory. Needless to say, patrons of such spectacles are willing to pay...
  • Academic Epiphany on Accreditation

    07/10/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 9, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An academic sets out to expose “The Great Accreditation Farce” but his efforts border on the farcical. “By awarding accreditation to religious colleges, the process confers legitimacy on institutions that systematically undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education,” Peter Conn wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Skeptical and unfettered inquiry is the hallmark of American teaching and research.” “However, such inquiry cannot flourish—in many cases, cannot even survive—inside institutions that erect religious tests for truth.” Conn is an English professor at Penn. “This, in my view, can only be described as a scandal,” Conn avers. “Providing accreditation to...
  • Diversity Uber Alles

    06/27/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 26, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For academics, diversity is the answer, no matter what the question is. “Making news this past May was the release of employee diversity information at large tech firms, including Google, LinkedIn and Yahoo, which indicated, not that surprisingly, that these Silicon Valley companies employed primarily men (60-70%),” Walter Breau writes on the Academe blog . “The news was more discouraging when the data was disaggregated into tech-related and leadership positions, with the percentage of women dropping even lower.” yahoo tumblr mashable icon “For example, at Yahoo, only 15% of technology and 23% of leadership positions were held by women.” The...
  • What Makes For-Profit Colleges Different?

    06/11/2014 7:43:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 10, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Convention has mandated that once a student completes his/her high school studies, one must enroll at a four-year college or university; to begin study at an ivory-tower institution of higher learning marks for many Americans the culmination of a long educational career. To some, such as Michael Roth (current President of Wesleyan University) a liberal arts college experience provides the best assurance that the person who enters Wesleyan (or a similar liberal arts atmosphere) will leave with a completely different modality of perception and belief construction. To Roth, who has espoused the merits of a liberal education for years, the...
  • Obamacare Hits Academia, Hard

    06/05/2014 8:07:40 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Campus Report ^ | June 3, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    They were among the biggest cheerleaders for Obamacare: Now they are learning, the hard way, that the predictions of the law’s naysayers are largely coming true. For example, Obamacare’s enthusiasts mostly dismissed the warnings of analysts who predicted skyrocketing health care costs once the law went into effect. Flash forward. “Faculty leaders will push the Board of Trustees to add at least $1 million to the University’s budget to cover more employee health care costs after two years of skyrocketing out-of-pocket payments,” Mary Ellen McIntire reported in the GW Hatchet on May 12, 2014. “The Faculty Senate blasted administrators for...
  • The Troubling Plight of the Modern University

    06/05/2014 4:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Employment rates for college graduates are dismal. Aggregate student debt is staggering. But university administrative salaries are soaring. The campus climate of tolerance has utterly disappeared. Only the hard sciences and graduate schools have salvaged American universities' international reputations. For over two centuries, our superb system of American public and private higher education kept pace with radically changing times and so ensured our prosperity and reinforced democratic pluralism. But a funny thing has happened on the way to the 21st century. Colleges that were once our most enlightened and tolerant institutions became America's dinosaurs. Start with ossified institutions. Tenure...
  • Hole in the Diversity Grail

    06/04/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 3, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academia is doubling down on diversity and on anyone who comes near it offering diverse thoughts. condoleezza rice A special supplement of The Chronicle of Higher Education features articles entitled: “First-Generation at Georgetown—A broad support system helps students succeed among wealthier—and worldlier—classmates;” “Undocumented at Berkeley—A special program at Berkeley gives young immigrants a pathway;” “Navigating the Fafsa Wilderness—A U. of Buffalo professor’s project to help students fill out the complicated aid forms has helped more go to college;” and “Helping Hispanic Students Beat the Odds.” Worthy goals to be sure, at least those that don’t skirt U.S. immigration law. Nevertheless,...
  • America's college kids are a bunch of mollycoddled babies

    05/22/2014 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2014 | CHESTER E. FINN JR.
    It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or see in one of their classes might traumatize them—apparently a new trend, according to the New York Times. Ditto for off-beat campus sculptures, placards displayed by protesters and more. Poor dears. These are the same kids who would riot in the streets if their colleges asserted any form of in loco parentis when it comes to such old-fashioned concerns as inebriation and fornication. God forbid they should be treated as responsible,...
  • Anti-Semitism on Campus 2014

    05/07/2014 12:23:56 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 6, 2014 | Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
    As soon as an African American student at San Jose State University who was racially harassed and bullied by his dormitory roommates came forward, university, county, and state officials began an investigation. Within days, prosecutors labeled it a hate crime, battery charges were filed against three of the roommates, and the university had suspended them. Within weeks, California State Assembly Speaker John Perez announced the creation of a Select Committee on Campus Climate, and its first task was to look into this incident and find a way to prevent others like it. When a white male threw a beer at...
  • Sexed-Up Extracurriculars

    04/02/2014 12:50:02 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 2, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you’ve seen the occasional stories on “sex weeks” at Yale and Harvard, you might be surprised to know that many colleges and universities officially devote more than seven days to the subject. “In reality, I suspect many parents have little sense of the extent to which their son’s or daughter’s university promotes this sexual ideology—it’s not the kind of information included in university admissions packets or fact sheets,” Mary Rice Hasson wrote in an article which appeared in the winter edition of The Family in America, published by the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society. Hasson has done...
  • China Abuses American Academy

    03/26/2014 12:22:16 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 25, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The American universities pursuing cooperative relationships with their counterparts in Communist China are doing so in the hopes that these will be mutually beneficial. Yet all available evidence indicates that they are not. Former Peking University economist Xia Yeliang, who was dismissed from his position in October 2013 because of his anti-communist beliefs, said at the Cato Institute that Chinese academics “agree on communism, socialism, Marxism; otherwise it is not even possible to get a job” and “you cannot go against it in research” without losing jobs and funding. Xia claimed that Chinese officials “send their children to study abroad”...
  • The poor neglected gifted child

    03/20/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 89 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 16, 2014 | By Amy Crawford
    In a recent paper, Lubinski and his colleagues caught up with one cohort of 320 people now in their late 30s. At 12, their SAT math or verbal scores had placed them among the top one-100th of 1 percent. Today, many are CEOs, professors at top research universities, transplant surgeons, and successful novelists. That outcome sounds like exactly what you’d imagine should happen: Top young people grow into high-achieving adults. In the education world, the study has provided important new evidence that it really is possible to identify the kids who are likely to become exceptional achievers in the future,...
  • Universities Want More Money

    02/28/2014 6:50:24 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | February 28, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A team of researchers from Penn looked at the condition of higher education and came to about the same conclusion that academics usually come to when pressed to make a self-examination: Universities need more money. “The years before 2000 saw relatively few attempts to compare states’ performance in higher education,” Joni E. Finney, Laura W. Perna and Patrick M. Callan write in their report. “The Measuring Up series of state report cards, published from 2000 to 2008, called attention to how state higher education systems stacked up against the best–‐performing states and, later, against international standards.” “These state reports focused...
  • Blue Campuses Get Bluer

    02/24/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Obama Administration’s former Homeland Security Chief has taken over the University of California. “Janet Napolitano had zero experience leading a college before she became president of the University of California last year,” Eric Kelderman wrote in The Chonicle of Higher Education on February 21, 2014. “Yet after just four months on the job, Ms. Napolitano, 56, has outlined major goals for the system, including a reconsideration of tuition policies, improving cooperation with the other two higher-education systems in the state, ensuring the prominent role of research and graduate education, and making the campuses carbon-neutral by 2025.” “She even has...
  • Agency Capture Benefits Wall Street?

    02/11/2014 6:02:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 10, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Center for American Progress recently held a panel discussion on the topic of executive agency overreach, which several panelists called “regulatory capture.” Their major problem with executive agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and others, is how regulators in these agencies are influenced by the private industries they are supposed to regulate. Princeton political professor Nolan McCarty said the real issue is semantics, adding that regulatory capture should be called “regulatory capacity.” The Princeton professor said, “We can’t really expect regulators to effectively pursue the public interest.” The current system that has “biased” regulators who oversee private industries,...
  • Chronicling Higher Education’s Disarray

    02/10/2014 8:04:32 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 7, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A look at the latest education news seems to show that academia’s left hand doesn’t know what its far left hand is doing. From the Chronicle of Higher Education we learn that “As students confront rising college costs and a labyrinthine financial-aid process, some are turning to crowdfunding websites like Go-FundMe to cover their expenses.” “While the approach is still novel and hardly widespread, financial-aid officials say, enthusiasm for online campaigns is very much a reflection of the times,” Libby Sander wrote in the Chronicle. “Students are frustrated with the aid process, eager to avoid student-loan debt, and worried over...
  • The Outlaw Campus: Universities have become a rogue institution in need of root-and-branch reform.

    01/07/2014 7:18:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Two factors have so far shielded the American university from the sort of criticism that it so freely levels against almost every other institution in American life. (1) For decades a college education has been considered the key to an ascendant middle-class existence. (2) Until recently a college degree was not tantamount to lifelong debt. In other words, American society put up with a lot of arcane things from academia, given that it offered something — a BA or BS degree — that almost everyone agreed was a ticket to personal security and an educated populace.</p>
  • String 'Em Up by Their Ponytails

    11/15/2013 2:53:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/15/2013 | Russ Vaughn
    In a recent O'Reilly "Mad as Hell" segment, a student-viewer expressed his anger at being unable to voice his conservative views in the college classroom without fear of reprisal from his liberal professors. Think about that for a moment. We send our youth to college so that they can lead more productive and lucrative lives, to become contributing citizens who help weave more strength into the fabric of this nation. In that context, every stout thread has value, whether it warps left or right. And the key word in that sentence is "value," and even more particularly, "future value." Now...
  • Corrosion of Ivory Tower

    10/14/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 11, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The view of academia from outside the gates may be bleak, but from inside, it’s much worse. “I asked a job candidate what he thought about Western Civilization,” Bradley C. S. Watson of St. Vincent College remembered in remarks to the Philadelphia Society last weekend. “’Western civilization?’, he asked, ‘what’s that?,’ with an emphasis on the ‘that.’” Watson currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Politics and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought. He holds the Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought and Professor of Politics at Saint Vincent. “Academic institutions...
  • After being told he was racist, college student rejects further diversity training

    10/01/2013 7:30:44 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 33 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | September 30, 2013 | Austin Petersen
    Jason Morgan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a Ph.D. student who is objecting to his school’s mandatory diversity training. The first lesson he ever attended included a lecture by the teacher who stated that he and the entire class were all racists. The next session he was scheduled to take was a lesson on transgender issues, which he does not support due to his religious beliefs. On September 22nd, he sent a letter to his administrators and the press telling them why he wouldn’t be attending anymore indoctrination courses on campus. Dear Graduate Director Prof. Kantrowitz, Please forgive this...
  • Four Christian universities refuse to ‘support access to abortion, which destroys human life’: Attys

    09/26/2013 6:01:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    OKLAHOMA CITY, September 26, 2013 (LifeSIteNews.com) – Four Christian universities in Oklahoma have filed a joint lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn the HHS mandate. All four schools — Oklahoma Baptist University, Mid-America Christian University, Southern Nazarene University, and Oklahoma Wesleyan University – assert that the ObamaCare stipulation violates their constitutional rights, forcing them to violate their deeply held Christian beliefs against abortion in order to avoid massive governmental fines. The Oklahoma schools join dozens of other religious employers who have sued the federal government over the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate. While the Obama administration has offered a limited “compromise” arrangement...
  • Is it ever OK to use the N-word?

    09/14/2013 2:44:18 PM PDT · by kevcol · 70 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | September 13, 2013 | Peter Hall
    A federal jury in New York awarded $250,000 in damages to a woman who said she was subjected to a racist tirade at work. In his defense, her boss argued that the N-word can be a term of love and endearment between black people. Reporter Peter Hall reached out for opposing views. . . . Q: Are there any social settings or contexts where it is acceptable to use the N-word? [Monica Miller] A: The recent federal ruling against workplace use of the N-word has sparked, once again, a discourse on the limits and boundaries of what we can say....
  • Chinese students make up for declining American enrollment at U.S. colleges?

    09/05/2013 7:28:19 AM PDT · by usalady · 36 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 5, 2013 | Martha
    Are public universities making up for the loss of American students by encouraging the cash-rich Chinese to send their college-age children to schoosl in the U.S?
  • Ohio State Univ Muslim Student Association President arrested in Egypt

    08/28/2013 12:49:58 PM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    creeping sharia ^ | August 28, 2013
    Will he be deported from Egypt and allowed to re-enter the U.S.? via Egypt arrests US citizen son of Brotherhood figure | THE DAILY STAR. CAIRO: Security officials say the son of an outspoken Muslim Brotherhood figure has been detained. Mohamed Soltan’s family says he is a U.S. citizen and does not know his whereabouts. An active supporter of the Islamist group online, the 25-year-old had posted pictures of his arm after it was shot when security forces cleared out two Brotherhood sit-ins Aug. 14. The Ohio State University graduate is the son of outspoken Muslim Brotherhood figure Salah Soltan....
  • A Minority View

    08/28/2013 3:28:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    This week begins my 34th year serving on George Mason University's distinguished economics faculty. You might imagine my surprise when I received a letter from its Office of Equity and Diversity Services notifying me that I was required to "complete the in-person Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures training." This is a leftist agenda for indoctrination, thought control and free speech suppression to which I shall refuse to submit. Let's look at it. Ideas such as equity and equal opportunity, while having high emotional value, are vacuous analytical concepts. For example, I've asked students whether they...