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  • Why do so many people with expensive college degrees settle for low-paying jobs?

    01/16/2021 9:17:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Quora ^ | 01/16/2021 | Thomas B Walsh, former Systems Engineer at IBM
    You can’t be serious, Dude. There was a time in the US when you could get a great job if you earned a bachelor’s degree in “anything.” The catch is that JFK was president at the time. Most parents (and their students) are oblivious to how college really works today. In some ways it is hard to blame them. Colleges and universities have a powerful public relations team, pushing the message 24/7 that "college is for all." The team is made up of educators, guidance counselors, financial aid officers, politicians, pop culture, special interest groups--like the College Board, and college...
  • A Modest Proposal for Fixing the College Modern Language Requirement (Latin)

    01/15/2021 10:18:46 AM PST · by karpov · 34 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 15, 2021 | Lee Jones
    In her fine opinion piece for the Martin Center, Megan Zogby bemoans the “Quixotic” requirement that North Carolina college and university students take between two and four courses in a language such as Spanish, French, or German. This requirement, Zogby asserts, “appears to have no meaningful effect on the language proficiency of college graduates.” What is more, the coursework “adds to [students’] tuition bill, but doesn’t teach them a new skill for their careers.” Anyone who has struggled through Spanish 102, only to find it difficult to impossible to ask for directions to the restroom in a Latin American restaurant,...
  • Leaving the Blight of Higher Education: Part II–Farewell, Faculty

    01/08/2021 9:34:21 AM PST · by karpov · 12 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 8, 2021 | Thomas Bertonneau
    The previous essay dealt with the moral decline of the student body in higher education—one of the motives behind my recent retirement after three decades of teaching college English. When I began teaching, most of the English faculty members, including the chair who hired me, had earned their doctorates in the late 1970s. They were oleaginous liberals, naturally, but they were also ladies and gentlemen of actual education and considerable high literacy. They took it for granted that the purpose of a literature program was to bring to life in students the Intuition of Form or Imagination about which George...
  • McConnell to GOP: You each must make Electoral College decision yourselves

    01/06/2021 8:20:51 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 31 replies
    nypost ^ | 01/06/2021 | Emily Jacobs
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly told his Republican members that they must each make the decision for themselves on whether to object to certifying Electoral College results, and that he “won’t judge anybody for their decision.” The comments came on a recent conference call, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) told Politico.
  • Reforming Higher Ed in 2021

    01/04/2021 6:02:56 AM PST · by karpov · 1 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 4, 2020 | Martin Center Staff
    The year 2020 brought changes that colleges would have never made by choice. Enrollment declines, remote classes, and dramatic employee cuts (for faculty and some staff alike) were unthinkable a year ago. But, for the sake of the future, more work remains. Below are some priorities the Martin Center staff would like to see catch fire on campus. Jenna A. Robinson, President Expand the Number of Universities Committed to the Chicago Principles In 2021, more universities should adopt the Chicago Principles of Free Expression—especially here in North Carolina. The Chicago Principles go beyond merely legal protection for free speech. They...
  • Speech Codes on College Campuses are Unconstitutional

    “Too many universities and school systems are about radical left indoctrination, not education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt status and/or funding, which will be taken away if this propaganda or act against public policy continues. Our children must be educated, not indoctrinated!” -President Trump on free speech on college campuses. Remember that part in the previous section where I mentioned that because universities take public funding (even many private ones), they have to follow federal policy? Well this is one way they enforce their rules. By using the power of the purse. So, if...
  • “Their Campus Careers Are Over”: Cornell Student Representatives Targeted For Opposing Efforts To Defund and Disarm Campus Police

    12/27/2020 7:53:24 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    Jonathan Yurley Org ^ | 12-27-2020 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    We have been discussing student editors and student government leaders using their positions to retaliate against the exercise of free speech by other students with the support of faculty. This trend is hardly surprising as journalism deans call for censorship and journalism professors call for the rejection of neutrality in the media. Universities have generally remained passive as students and faculty harass and punish those with opposing views. The latest such example was detailed in a column on the site College Fix on how students at Cornell University moved to oust student representatives who voted against disarming and defunding campus...
  • ‘Antiracism’ At LSU (Critical Race Theory class near being mandated)

    12/22/2020 1:07:11 PM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 27 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 12-21-20 | Rod Dreher
    The racist “antiracist” madness has now come home to my alma mater, Louisiana State University. Before we go further, I should point out that this is the flagship public university in a very red state governed by a Republican legislature and a conservative Democratic governor. The LSU Faculty Senate has a proposal before it — one that a source within the university tells me is fully expected to pass.
  • True Learning Starts With Real Mentorship

    12/21/2020 6:12:15 AM PST · by karpov · 1 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | December 21, 2020 | Shannon Watkins
    There’s a chasm between the purpose of a liberal arts education and how many colleges and universities actually operate. Throughout academia, excessive value is placed on efficiency, research publications, and prestige—things that are, at best, ancillary to a liberal education’s central purpose of growing in wisdom and pursuing truth. Consequently, instead of focusing on nurturing students’ intellectual and moral development, much of the modern academy functions as a business that sells a product (credentials) to consumers (students), with professors dedicating most of their time to pursuing their own narrow research interests. Many professors are content with this arrangement. And why...
  • To De-Politicize Art Schools, Students Need to Fight Back

    12/16/2020 7:36:34 AM PST · by karpov · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | December 16, 2020 | Michael J. Pearce
    It has never been harder to teach artistic individualism in America. A religious devotion to the causes of social justice dominates the ideas of professors in the academy, and David Randall’s report “Social Justice Education in America” has made clear that their evangelical zeal for teaching students the merits of intersectional political activism is topped only by the enthusiasm of university administrators for it. The cultish creed has permeated throughout universities, with moderate professors bowing to the mob and leaving the tiny minority of their conservative colleagues paranoid and fearful of speaking out against the ideology that has dominated them....
  • Some Colleges Now Encouraging Student Groups to Investigate and Judge COVID Rule Violations

    12/12/2020 3:26:29 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 12, 2020 | Mike LaChance
    “[A] student-led judiciary that looks into reports of students neglecting to wear masks or socially distance” Institutionalized snitching. This is just another step towards Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
  • Dear Humanists: You Have Done That Yourself 

    12/09/2020 4:51:00 AM PST · by karpov · 17 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | December 9, 2020 | Rob Jenkins
    Every time I read an op-ed piece from some English professor (and isn’t it always an English professor?) whining about the demise of the humanities, in The Chronicle of Higher Education or elsewhere, I’m reminded of that great scene from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. You know the one. As Anakin Skywalker and his erstwhile friend and mentor turned mortal enemy Obi-Wan Kenobi engage in an epic lightsaber duel, Anakin accuses Obi-Wan of being responsible for the recent disasters in his life, including the loss of his beloved Princess Padme. Obi-Wan regards Anakin stoically then delivers one...
  • College After COVID: Higher education’s online future.

    12/06/2020 6:11:30 AM PST · by karpov · 29 replies
    Claremont Review of Books ^ | Fall 2020 | John M. Ellis
    It’s now something of a cliché that the novel coronavirus has shaken up our normal patterns of behavior, and that we’ll not return to them unchanged. Given widespread unhappiness with the state of higher education, could some change for the better result? What most needs to change won’t: the one-party politicized professoriate will still be there, egged on instead of restrained by diversity-obsessed administrative bureaucracies. But useful change may still come if students and parents begin to see higher education in a different way. How will the disruption affect them? To answer that, we need first to understand how uncertain...
  • Los Angeles Times Column: Canceling student college debt should be a slam dunk. Here's why

    12/03/2020 9:10:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Los Angeles Times via Yahoo Finance ^ | 12.03.2020 | Michael Hiltzik
    The question of whether the government should cancel the $1.6 trillion in student debt held by 43 million American adults drifted out of the political debate after the strongest advocates for the idea, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, left the race for the presidential nomination. It's back. That's because President-elect Joe Biden has endorsed canceling at least $10,000 in federally held loans per borrower as a COVID-19 relief measure (Democrats in Congress want to raise the figure to $50,000). Biden also proposes easing payment terms for most borrowers and taking other steps to cut the financial burden for low-income...
  • Which Schools Leave Parents With the Most College Loan Debt? Typical families at dozens of institutions are borrowing almost $100,000 to finance student education, new data show

    12/03/2020 5:08:28 AM PST · by karpov · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2020 | Andrea Fuller and Josh Mitchell
    Poor and middle-income parents at hundreds of colleges have taken on substantial debt—amounts sometimes more than twice their annual income—to help their children through school, new federal figures show. The schools with the largest parent debt burdens aren’t world-famous Ivy League schools, a Wall Street Journal analysis of the data found. Rather, they include art schools, historically Black colleges and small private colleges where parents are borrowing nearly six-figure amounts to fulfill their children’s college dreams, the analysis found. For the first time, the U.S. Education Department, through its annual release of college financial data, provided information Wednesday on the...
  • Student college loan forgiveness would turn citizens into zombies

    12/01/2020 7:12:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2020 | John Merrifield and Barry Poulson
    Millions of borrowers in the federal student loan program are defaulting on their loans. The Education Department now estimates the cost of student loan losses at more than $400 billion. That exceeds the losses of banks during the sub-prime mortgage crisis. As such, progressives are now pressuring Joe Biden to forgive student debt entirely. The losses in the student loan crisis increase the federal deficit, imposing heavier tax burdens on current as well as future generations. Citizens need to understand why the federal student loan program failed, and what impact this failure has on our society. The federal student loan...
  • Are College Students Liberal? Yes – But Not Everywhere

    11/28/2020 8:55:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RealClearEducation ^ | 11/28/2020 | Samuel Abram
    Submitted by RealClearEducation, authored by Samuel Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. This article is part of a series of opinion essays on the topic of free speech on campus, coinciding with the launch of the 2020 College Free Speech Rankings...When it comes to making news about protests and action for liberal causes, schools in New England seem to dominate the news. We’ve seen violence and protests surrounding visits from Charles Murray and Ryszard Legutko at Middlebury College. Brown University spent hundreds of millions of dollars in response to...
  • University Administrators’ Pandemic Power Grab

    11/27/2020 7:33:19 AM PST · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | November 27, 2020 | Neetu Arnold
    Universities’ profligate spending habits have caught up with them after substantial losses in student enrollments due to COVID-19. As undergraduate enrollment fell by 4.4 percent and students had fewer “on-campus experiences,” universities desperately began laying off employees. Some even have plans to consolidate departments and entire campuses. Those actions spell trouble for the future of the shared governance tradition on American campuses. Shared governance allows faculty to participate in determining university priorities pertaining to administrative hires, education policies, and the budget. Faculty participation in university governance allows academic and educational interests to have a seat at the decision-making table. While...
  • UVA and the Dangerous Politicization of Our College Campuses

    11/25/2020 4:36:20 AM PST · by karpov · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | November 25, 2020 | Joel Gardner
    It is no secret that our colleges and universities have witnessed a sea change in campus culture over the past two decades. Political correctness has run rampant. High-profile incidents such as the Yale Halloween costume controversy and phenomena such as safe spaces and building re-namings have captured public attention. College officials, however, assure us that such incidents are aberrations and that our institutions of higher learning are still places where fairness and the free exchange of ideas prevail. But those of us who have recently experienced life on a college campus, or have studied recent surveys of student experiences, or...
  • ‘Wokeness’ Infiltrates College Music Departments

    11/23/2020 5:54:48 AM PST · by karpov · 32 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | November 23, 2020 | George Leef
    Inevitably, college music departments have succumbed to pressure to promote “social justice” and fight racism. It’s hard to see much injustice or racism in music, but that doesn’t matter to activists intent on showing that they’re in the vanguard of America’s transformation. Consider, for example, the announcement back in September by the music department at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC that it was taking steps to combat “systemic racism.” We learn that the music department, eager to participate in the college’s new anti-racism initiative, hired a consultant, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis. She met with minority students and alumnae so that they...