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  • 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...
  • 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...