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  • 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...
  • Muslim veil ban urged in French universities (but also crucifixes and yarmulkes)

    08/05/2013 8:28:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 08/05/2013
    A French government agency responsible for maintaining the country’s secular values has recommended banning university students from wearing religious symbols such as crucifixes, Jewish skullcaps and Muslim headscarves. In a report seen by French daily Le Monde on Monday, the High Council for Integration (HCI) said it was alarmed by “growing tensions in all sectors of university life” that were undermining the country’s secular values.
  • Supreme Court deals Affirmative Action a "fatal" blow on college campuses

    06/28/2013 9:12:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/28/13 | Doug Book
    Though the Supreme Court has again decided that colleges and universities may use race as a factor when seeking to promote diversity among the student body, the ruling delivered Monday in Fischer v University of Texas at Austin (Fischer) was far from a friendly nod to the forces of affirmative action. For not only will school administrators have to demonstrate that non race-based solutions had failed to solve their diversity problems, courts considering lawsuits filed against school affirmative action programs will be required to apply the legal standard of strict scrutiny, the most demanding...
  • Academic Lobbying: Ivy is is not the Only Green for Universities

    06/17/2013 9:15:46 AM PDT · by William Tell 2
    MainStreet.com ^ | 6-17-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Generally speaking, the nation's colleges and universities portray themselves as institutions engaged only in the pursuit of knowledge. So who would have guessed that universities are some of the biggest lobbyists in Washington D.C.? Apparently, the green of money...
  • Duke Grad Student Secretly Lived In A Van To Escape Loan Debt

    06/09/2013 1:47:23 PM PDT · by thecodont · 65 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Published 12:53 pm, Friday, June 7, 2013 | Mandi Woodruff, provided by Business Insider
    By the time Ken Ilgunas was wrapping up his last year of undergraduate studies at the University of Buffalo in 2005, he had no idea what kind of debt hole he'd dug himself into. He had majored in the least marketable fields of study possible –– English and History –– and had zero job prospects after getting turned down for no fewer than 25 paid internships. "That was a wake-up call," he told Business Insider. "I had this huge $32,000 student debt and at the time I was pushing carts at Home Depot, making $8 an hour. I was just...
  • Boola, Boola, Save Your Moolah

    04/14/2013 10:38:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 14, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    If you're like me, your college alumni association floods your inbox with email invitations to contribute, often adding invites to football games and lectures by famous alums or popular professors. Except for the moment when an appeal made directly by an administrator turned out to be a multi-page swoon over Obama, most of these imprecations are politically content-free and were designed to play on my nostalgic memories of a college as it once was, not as it is today. Both my husband and I are very grateful to our university. Without scholarships neither of us would have had an opportunity...
  • In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

    03/27/2013 6:58:28 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 2 replies
    USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters & Sciences ^ | March 21, 2013 | Pamela J. Johnson
    In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77 by Pamela J. Johnson The former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife is remembered as a Cold War expert with a warm heart. William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van Cleave died of natural causes at his Idyllwild, Calif., home on March 15. Professor of international relations and director of the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife from 1967 to 1987, Van Cleave had vast...
  • Homosexuals See Advances on Catholic College Campuses

    03/16/2013 2:33:59 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Catholic Education Daily - The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | March 12, 2013, at 10:55 AM | Tim Drake
    Dan Meyer, writing (Warning: link contains offensive images) for Boston’s homosexual publication the Edge, reports that the homosexual community is making gains on Catholic college campuses. As examples, he cites changes to the student handbook, providing protection for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, at San Antonio’s Our Lady of the Lake University, as well as examples from Boston College, The Catholic University of America, and Fordham University. An increasing number of Catholic colleges and universities have seen the addition of student-run homosexual advocacy and support groups and resource centers. “The Jesuits, who have been historically regarded as...
  • Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

    03/04/2013 1:02:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    Conservatives should welcome the decline of academia as we know it. I, for one, will celebrate its death by engaging in the same activity that characterized my four years at what some call its pinnacle– drinking a lot of Coors Light. There is still nostalgia among conservatives, especially older ones who have forgotten what college is really like, for the idea of higher education as a rigorous venue for intellectual growth, an environment of exciting and vibrant ideas shared by wise, caring educators dedicated to the pursuit of truth. Today, it is nothing of the sort. For the vast majority...
  • How to Choose a College: A Primer (The official rankings don't provide an accurate guide)

    02/23/2013 11:53:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/23/2013 | Roger Kimball
    We’ve heard a lot about the “higher education bubble” recently, and for good reason: the higher education establishment is on a path of gaseous unsustainability. College fees have been rising at a rate far above the cost-of-living for decades — currently, all-in fees at many elite institutions top $60,000. Think about that the next time you look at your paycheck and contemplate paying for little Johnny’s tuition a few years hence.But the bubble is not only fiscal. It is also intellectual, social, and moral. As rich and prestigious and powerful as American universities are, they have, in aggregate, lost...
  • A New Law School Ranking Says The University Of Alabama Is Better Than Yale Or Harvard

    02/13/2013 6:46:11 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-13-2013 | Abby Rogers
    A New Law School Ranking Says The University Of Alabama Is Better Than Yale Or Harvard Abby RogersFebruary 13, 2013National Jurist has come out with a new law school ranking that completely disregards the criteria used by traditional ranking systems. Instead of looking at GPA or LSAT scores, National Jurist said its "goal was to provide an alternative ranking that was focused more on results and service, and that would provide legal education with admirable incentives." TaxProf Blog has a complete breakdown of National Jurist's ranking system, including how the magazine uses RateMyProfessors.com as a ranking tool: Post-Graduate Success: 50%...
  • Multiculturalism By Default

    01/22/2013 1:21:53 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 22, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    While the move to make English the official language in the United States grows throughout the U. S., some academics regret that it is the first one in America. “Multiculturalism and multilingualism are becoming the new default,” Nancy Bou Ayash of the University of Louisville said at the 2013 meeting of the Modern Language Association (MLA) in Boston. She recommends “A translingual approach” and regrets the “dominance of monolingualism.” “U. S. monolingualism remains the statutory law but not the cultural norm,” she avers. The pair of students who offered anonymous reviews of her pedagogy on Rate My Professors.com might have...
  • Bursting the University Bubble

    01/18/2013 7:30:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The last of the college applications have been rewritten, tweaked and polished, and at last entrusted to the tender mercies of the U.S. Mail or the Internet. Fretting over deadlines morphs into waiting, and yearning, wishing and praying for coveted letters of acceptance. This is the annual crisis in thousands of homes with ambitious high school seniors -- the high school seniors and their parents who still believe that college is the route to the American Dream. But wait. While they play the conventional game of aspiration, certain scholars and economists, and hundreds of thousands of "concerned citizens" have initiated...
  • Moody's Now Has Negative Outlook for All U.S. Universities

    01/16/2013 10:26:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    Moody's Investors Service now has a negative outlook for the entire U.S. higher education sector, the rating agency said on Wednesday, citing "mounting fiscal pressure on all key university revenue sources." Since 2009, Moody's had had a stable outlook for market-leading, research-driven colleges and universities and a negative outlook for the rest of the higher education sector. "The U.S. higher education sector has hit a critical juncture in the evolution of its business model," said Eva Bogaty, Moody's assistant vice president, in a statement. "Even market-leading universities with diversified revenue streams are facing diminished prospects for revenue growth." The agency...
  • Colleges Twist U.S. History (grievance studies take precedence)

    01/12/2013 4:05:14 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    NAS ^ | 1/10/2013
    U.S. history courses at American colleges and universities downplay the nation's economic, military, and political history and dramatically overemphasize the role of race. So finds a new study by the Texas Association of Scholars (TAS) and Center for the Study of the Curriculum at the National Association of Scholars (NAS). The study focused on the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M as representative institutions because Texas law requires all students at public universities to take a year of American history and for universities to post course syllabi and faculty credentials online. The researchers found that many important topics...
  • Despite ‘war on Catholics,’ faculty & staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/03/2012 6:18:49 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 62 replies
    Ninety-one percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine.
  • Christian university prevents students from starting conservative group

    10/10/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/10/12 | Robby Soave
    A Christian university blocked conservative students from forming a Young Americans for Freedom chapter on campus last week.Azusa Pacific, a private Christian university near Los Angeles, California, took issue with “divisive language” on the website of YAF, an advocacy group for college-aged conservatives. University officials also feared that replacing the existing conservative student club with a YAF-affiliated one would limit membership options for students.A spokesperson clarified that while students were free to associate with YAF, no official relationship would be permitted to exist. “They can associate with YAF, we’re just not wanting a formal chapter on our campus,” said Rachel...
  • 'Psychology of Lesbian Experience': The top 10 most shocking courses offered on college campuses

    07/27/2012 12:50:43 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 10 replies
    Campus Reform has compiled a list of the top ten most shocking courses being offered on college campuses. Here they are:“Cyborgs, Avatars, and Feminists: Gender in the Virtual World” at the University of New Hampshire (Women’s Studies): Utilizing feminist theoretical and critical investigations of gender and techno culture, students explore women's popular and theoretical conceptions of cyberspace. Students explore numerous digital communication systems within cyberspace and examine how and why a diversity of women utilize these systems. This course provides students with the opportunity to investigate the impact that advancements in virtual technology have in the lives of women. “Psychology...
  • Top US universities put their reputations online

    06/21/2012 7:33:23 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2012 | Sean Coughlan
    This autumn more than a million students are going to take part in an experiment that could re-invent the landscape of higher education. Some of the biggest powerhouses in US higher education are offering online courses - testing how their expertise and scholarship can be brought to a global audience. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have formed a $60m (Ł38m) alliance to launch edX, a platform to deliver courses online - with the modest ambition of "revolutionising education around the world". Sounding like a piece of secret military hardware, edX will provide online interactive courses which can be...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Soros Spends $400 Million On 'Open Society' Education...

    06/06/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 6/5/2012 | Dan Gainor
    About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah Soros Spends $400 Million On 'Open Society' Education, 'Social Action,' Colleges And Universities By Dan Gainor June 5, 2012 Subscribe to Dan Gainor's posts School is letting out around the United States, but for George Soros, education never stops. Soros has given more than $400 million to colleges and universities, including money to most prominent institutions in the United States. He also helped establish Central European University (CEU) which, in turn, uses its resources to promote his personal goal of an...
  • Profs at Jesuit universities lash out at bishops for opposing HHS mandate, gay ‘marriage’

    05/17/2012 11:12:04 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    May 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Professors at four Jesuit-run Catholic universities have recently stepped into the media to voice their disagreement with Catholic bishops on church teachings, including on contraception and the nature of marriage, and condemning the prelates for promoting an “idiosyncratic minority view” as Catholic dogma. The professors’ statements come at the same time that Pope Benedict has emphasized to U.S. bishops that reform of Catholic universities in the United States is the “most urgent challenge” facing the Church in the country. The pope told U.S. bishops who were visiting Rome recently that a lack of progress towards...
  • Pope: Catholic education part of New Evangelization

    05/13/2012 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    VaticanNews/Vatican Radio ^ | 2012-05-05 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope: Catholic education part of New Evangelization   2012-05-05 Vatican Radio Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday spoke about the importance of Catholic education when addressing a group of United States bishops in Rome on their ad limina visit. Calling Catholic schools “an essential resource for the new evangelization,” the Holy Father urged that a Catholic education be within the reach of all families, whatever their financial status. Turning his attention to higher education, Pope Benedict said colleges and universities “need to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the Church’s mission in service of the Gospel.”He...
  • Jew-Bashing at Universities the New Normal

    04/25/2012 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/25/12 | Bill Whittle
    Several recent incidents on campuses show that Jew-hate and double standards are alive and well. In February 2010, a student at the University of California, San Diego, left a noose dangling from a bookcase in the school library. Although the noose was directed at no individual student, the obvious racial overtones of this symbol of the Southern lynch mob provoked predictable outrage. In protest, students occupied the chancellor’s office. A campus teach-in on tolerance was held. Black students publicly expressed their indignation, pain, and fear to a sympathetic campus administration. The chancellor issued an uncompromising statement condemning the incident and...
  • Spies from China, Russia and Iran infect American universities to steal gov’t, corporate secrets

    04/13/2012 11:04:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 15:48 EST, 9 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:14 EST, 9 April 2012 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    American universities have become infected with foreign spies posing as humble students and researchers, who are working to steal government secrets and new technologies to take back to their own countries. Untold numbers of foreign agents are hidden among the thousands of legitimate international students who are studying science, technology and engineering in the US. China, Russia and Iran are among the nations who are attempting to exploit the culture of openness and transparency in American higher education. … Several recent arrests and discoveries illustrate the point. Even the high-profile network of Russian sleeper agents that was dismantled in 2010...
  • University Of Maine system gave $7 million in raises across its campuses in 7 years

    04/13/2012 1:59:24 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 7 replies
    BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System has given its employees more than $7 million in raises since 2006, during a period of repeated budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty, according to data the system released Tuesday. But the system’s leaders say that same period was a time of great change and shifting roles, with many employees taking on additional work. Most of the pay increases were awarded under the Salaried Employee Compensation and Classification Program, which allows nonfaculty salaried employees in the system to have their positions reviewed to see if their workload warrants a higher pay rate. Other...
  • 20 Catholic (and Christian) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate

    02/09/2012 7:32:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | February 9, 2012 | thomas Peters
    20 Catholic (and Christian) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate by Thomas Peters10 hours ago (February 9, 2012) My list of bishops who have publicly condemned the Obama/HHS mandate is now at 171 (representing almost 95% of Catholic dioceses). Only 4 bishops have yet to issue statements — and I expect they will shortly!Now I’d like to begin compiling a list of Catholic (and Christian) institutions who have said publicly they will fight or oppose the mandate.A few ground-rules: I’m only going to include institutions that have issued public statements online or a statement to the press which is available online....
  • Petition: Stop abortion advocacy on Catholic campuses

    01/06/2012 12:54:57 PM PST · by thesaleboat · 7 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 6 Jan 2012 | John Ritchie
    Sign The Protest Your immediate action is vital to STOP abortion advocacy groups at 6 Catholic universities - Sign your protest right now If you care about innocent life, please take a brief moment to sign this urgent petition to stop abortion activist groups at 6 Catholic campuses. Petition: Stop Abortion Advocacy at Catholic Universities I think you’ll agree with me that Catholic campuses must not be used as recruiting centers for Planned Parenthood. It’s so obviously wrong. However, the pro-abortion group called “Students for Reproductive Justice” is active at Boston College, DePaul University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Santa Clara...
  • A primer on Sexonomics

    12/27/2011 11:40:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 27, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    With unemployment at record levels, guess what academic economists from coast to coast are devoting their energies to studying? In The Chronicle Review on December 11, 2011, Rachel Shteir, an associate professor at the Theatre School at DePaul University, helpfully separates the scholars from the crackpots in the burgeoning field of sexonomics. “In the law corner is Daniel S. Hamermesh’s Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful, which calls people who aren’t beautiful ‘The Ugly’ or ‘Looks-Challenged’ and argues that they merit affirmative action,” Shteir wrote. “In the exploit-the-marketplace corner is Catherine Hakim’s Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction...
  • Expose: Europes's Judenrein Universities

    12/20/2011 9:09:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 12/20/11 | Giulio Meotti
    Jews are being expelled from academia, just as they were in the 1930's. Is Europe going to let this happen again barely 70 years later? Several days ago the Israeli leftist author Moshe Sakal was booted from an academic conference in Marseilles at the request of Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish. The director of the conference, French-Jewish author Pierre Assouline, succumbed to the Arab pressure and said Sakal’s participation “was not crucial”. A year ago, Marseilles’ university was the site of another anti-Jewish boycott, when the septuagenarian Israeli novelist Esther Orner, who is also a Holocaust survivor, was banned from the...
  • In Loco Parentis, or Pimp Students Out?

    10/16/2011 7:42:27 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 15 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 10-17-11 | stolinsky
      In Loco Parentis, or Pimp Students Out? David C. Stolinsky Oct. 16, 2011 UCLA officials announce that they are considering coed dorm rooms.− News item In my day, college dormitories were unisex. People of the opposite sex were not allowed above the first floor. When I took out a girl, which is what we called teenage females then, I checked in at the desk, and they phoned her to come down. In those days, we became legal adults at 21, not 18. We were called adolescents, meaning people who were in the process of becoming adults − just...
  • Professor Says Vanderbilt Suppressing Christian Student Groups Amid Shutdown Threats

    09/27/2011 4:32:08 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | John Roberts
    Is Vanderbilt University flirting with the suppression of religion? Yes, according to Carol Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt’s Law School. Specifically, Swain is referring to four Christian student groups being placed on "provisional status" after a university review found them to be in non-compliance with the school’s nondiscrimination policy. Vanderbilt says the student organizations cannot require that leaders share the group’s beliefs, goals and values. Carried to its full extent, it means an atheist could lead a Christian group, a man a woman’s group, a Jew a Muslim group or vice versa. If they remain in non-compliance, the student organizations...
  • Don't undercut Texas higher ed - [personal transformation whine as Rick Perry pushes efficiency]

    08/24/2011 1:27:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 24, 2011 | Express-News Editorial Board
    The fundamental fallacy is that education is treated as a commodity when it is a personal transformation experience. -- John Frederick, provost, University of Texas at San Antonio Just as Texas was gaining momentum in its effort to boost more of its universities to world-class status — an accomplishment that would make them tremendous economic development engines for the state — Gov. Rick Perry, his advisers and his university regents kick off a new debate by pushing for more “efficiency.” The push could aggressively move universities toward smaller faculties that concentrate on the number of graduates produced at the expense...
  • Catholic Professor Misinforms on Abortion

    08/10/2011 11:39:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 9, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “Bianca Laureano, a professor at College of Mount Saint Vincent is under fire for contributing to a pro-abortion blog and promoting criticism of the pro-life work of the nation’s Catholic bishops,” Steven Ertelt wrote on LifeNews.com on August 5, 2011. “A conversation about Latinas choosing abortion and what the rates are, as well as a focus on Rosie Jimenez was provided,” Dr. Laureano wrote of a presentation that she gave at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, this year. “It’s not often that I get choked up during presentations, but this time I teared up and my voice cracked...
  • 9th Circuit: University Can Force Christian Groups Open to Non-Christians.

    08/06/2011 6:26:09 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 35 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 8/5/11 | Morgan Feddes
    A federal appeals court ruling this week could significantly diminish public university religious groups' ability to restrict membership and leadership to students who agree with their teachings. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that San Diego State University's nondiscrimination policy for officially recognized campus groups is constitutional. The policy is based on a nondiscrimination policy used at all the schools in the California State University system. Two Christian groups sued SDSU in 2005, alleging the policy violated their free-speech and religious-freedom rights. For the groups to be recognized as official campus groups, they were required to allow all...