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  • A War Against ‘Normal’

    05/29/2020 6:31:59 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 28, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    A question of power is at the heart of the new and interesting book by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay. The Anglo-American liberal duo did a tremendous service to the academy in 2018 by hoaxing several “grievance studies” journals that publish shoddy activist scholarship. Their book, “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—And Why This Harms Everybody,” explains the theoretical foundations of activist disciplines in the academy and warns policymakers about the threats they pose. The central thesis is thus: Our institutions of higher education are under attack from the virus of post-modernism, along with...
  • Young Americans Don’t Need College During a Crisis

    05/25/2020 4:12:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 25, 2020 | Chloe Anagnos
    The American economy is deteriorating “with alarming speed,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said recently, signaling that the government’s response to COVID-19 put people in a difficult financial situation. Though Powell predicts this problem is temporary, a closer look at growing unemployment numbers shows that America might not bounce back quickly once the lockdowns end. To young people in school or who have recently graduated, the current situation might seem like a minor obstacle. But to older siblings who suffered during the 2008 recession, a broken economy doesn’t sound like a minor problem at all. As a matter of...
  • California’s College Testing Mistake: The state university system puts racial politics above merit.

    05/23/2020 5:54:39 AM PDT · by karpov · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Thursday’s decision by the University of California regents to eliminate the SAT and ACT in admissions is a historic blow to excellence in higher education. Applicants to the largest university system in the U.S. will now be judged entirely on how well they can flatter admissions bureaucracies with coached personal statements, as well as high school grade-point averages whose meanings are obscured by grade inflation. The UC started using the SAT in the 1960s to find talented students from modest backgrounds. As an exhaustive faculty senate report—ignored by university leadership—put it this year, “This original intent is clearly being realized...
  • This Campus Will Open! Grove City College prepares for return to class in August

    05/22/2020 9:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    WKBN ^ | 05/22/2020
    Grove City College will open as scheduled for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 24 with protocols in place to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the larger community in light of the coronavirus pandemic. College President Paul J. McNulty made the announcement Monday. McNulty has assembled a cross-disciplinary Fall Return Planning Committee. They will address key campus and community concerns associated with the return of students and develop and implement a comprehensive plan that ensures an excellent academic and residential experience in the fall. “It is our intention to return to our distinctive residential program...
  • Idaho’s Higher Education Earthquake?

    05/22/2020 6:04:49 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    Higher education reform will only come from the outside, probably from political reform. Or so we thought. Along came the coronavirus, also an outside force, that is upsetting the status quo in higher education. State universities are now preparing to cut budgets in the face of inevitable funding reductions from states and drops in student enrollment. The inevitability of cuts does not make reform inevitable, however. Left to their own devices, universities are likely to prioritize diversity over excellence and bureaucracy over faculty and student needs. Governors, state legislatures, and state boards of education should, as John M. Ellis argued...
  • University of California system drops SAT, ACT requirements for applicants

    05/22/2020 3:41:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 21, 2020 | Tim Stelloh
    The University of California system will no longer require SAT and ACT standardized test results for in-state freshmen applicants. The system's Board of Regents voted Thursday to suspend the tests until fall 2024. The system said in a statement that it would use the next three years to develop a new test that "better aligns with the content the university expects students to have mastered for college readiness." If the new test doesn't meet "specified criteria" by 2025 admissions, the system will eliminate standardized tests entirely, the release said.
  • University of California system suspends SAT and ACT requirements

    05/21/2020 7:49:59 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 21 2020 | Marty Johnson
    The University of California (UC) system regents unanimously voted Thursday to waive their standardized test requirement for their incoming freshman until 2024, meaning that high school students will no longer need to take the ACT or SAT to gain admission to one of the expansive system's universities. “Today’s decision by the Board marks a significant change for the University’s undergraduate admissions,” Janet Napolitano, president of the UC system and former Homeland Security secretary, said in a statement. “We are removing the ACT/SAT requirement for California students and developing a new test that more closely aligns with what we expect incoming...
  • University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT

    05/21/2020 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 83 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2020 | Douglas Belkin
    Admissions tests, allegedly biased against minority students, will be phased out over five years The University of California board of regents voted Thursday to stop using the SAT and ACT college admissions exams, reshaping college admissions in one of the largest and most prestigious university systems in the country and dealing a significant blow to the multibillion-dollar college admission testing industry. The unanimous 23-to-0 vote ratified a proposal put forward last month by UC President Janet Napolitano to phase out the exams over the next five years until the sprawling UC system can develop its own test. The battle against...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Lori Loughlin will serve just two months in prison and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will serve five months for bribing college officials to get their daughters into school after taking a plea deal to avoid spending 40 years behind bars

    05/21/2020 6:53:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jennifer Smith
    Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have changed their plea to guilty in the college bribery admission scandal and now hope to serve two months and five months behind bars respectively as part of a plea deal. The pair have for months denied their role in paying $500,000 to get their daughters into USC by pretending they were rowing stars when neither had played the sport. The Justice Department on Thursday announced they had changed their plea to guilty and will now admit one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. As part of their plea deal,...
  • Testing Affirmative Action

    05/20/2020 4:50:18 AM PDT · by karpov · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 20, 2020 | Hal R. Arkes and George W. Dent Jr.
    Even though Harvard won the first round in its battle with Students for Fair Admissions, a case challenging the university’s affirmative action policy, the judge did not address the deep and difficult issues that racial preferences involve. For lawyers and judges who will grapple with this issue in the future, we would like to advance some new ideas based on empirical research on the evaluation process. The Supreme Court has said repeatedly that racial discrimination by the government is permissible only to meet a “compelling state interest.” Beginning with the Bakke case in 1978, the Court said that the educational...
  • Kentucky fires entire cheerleading coaching staff, cites hazing, public nudity, alcohol abuse

    05/19/2020 4:04:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 18, 2020 | Jason Owens
    The University of Kentucky cheerleading team has fired its entire coaching staff after an investigation uncovered incidents of hazing, public nudity and excessive alcohol use among cheerleaders. The university announced the news on Monday in a detailed release. Head coach Jomo Thompson and assistants Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix were all fired. The school also cited “lax oversight and poor judgment” by adviser T. Lynn Williamson, who resigned after the investigation started following four decades with the team. Williamson had been barred from having contact with members of the team.
  • California Defines Testing Down. Ignoring faculty, the UC president wants to drop the SAT and ACT.

    05/18/2020 7:00:10 AM PDT · by karpov · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    As higher education braces for the impact of coronavirus, the nation’s largest university system is poised to undermine the value of its own degrees by dropping admissions testing for political reasons. Last week University of California President Janet Napolitano released a plan to stop using the SAT and ACT in admissions. The tests would be optional for freshmen applying to enter in 2022 and excluded except in certain circumstances for 2023 and 2024. Ms. Napolitano hopes the university can create its own test for 2025, but even if that’s not possible she wants the tests scrapped entirely from then on....
  • Report: Pac-12 ADs 'going behind conference's back' to discuss plans for CFB season

    05/15/2020 3:32:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Sportsnaut ^ | May 14, 2020 | Matt Johnson
    The college football season is a few months away and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, conference officials and athletic directors are discussing plans for the upcoming college football season. Amid growing chaos and uncertainty on the west coast, some athletic directors are going to great lengths to make sure football is played. At a time when everyone is trying to get on the same page during the pandemic, various stay-at-home regulations in different counties across California and Oregon have led to greater uncertainty. A recent decision by the California State University system cast further doubt on the college football season, before...
  • The Therapeutic Campus. Why are college students seeking mental-health services in record numbers?

    05/14/2020 5:40:22 AM PDT · by karpov · 40 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2020 | Heather Mac Donald
    Before the coronavirus pandemic, before shelter-in-place orders, there was the campus safe space. Students claimed that they needed protection from perceived threats to their emotional well-being. College administrators were only too happy to comply, building up a vast edifice of services to respond to students’ alleged emotional trauma. Last year, Yale University created a safe space that will set the industry standard for years to come. Call it the college woke spa, though its official title is the Good Life Center. Featuring a sandbox, essential oils, massage, and mental-health workshops, the center unites the most powerful forces in higher education...
  • How Colleges Get Rid of Conservative Admins: An Example from UNC

    05/11/2020 6:59:41 AM PDT · by karpov · 39 replies
    When I accepted an administrative position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, friends warned me that I would not fit in as a conservative. I dismissed their concerns as hyperbole, an instance of believing universities are more politicized than they actually are. After eight long months, however, I had to admit that they were right. The political atmosphere in the college bureaucracy does not tolerate political disagreement and is overwhelmingly left-leaning. Administrators keep large universities running and help students access the extra services for which they pay. University staff handle finances, work in human resources, or, in...
  • Biden says he'll reverse DeVos rule bolstering protections for those accused of campus sexual assault

    05/06/2020 8:40:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 06 2020 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that if he’s elected president, he will reverse a rule issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos aimed at bolstering protections for students who are accused of sexual assault on university campuses. In a statement, Biden said the new rule was an effort by the Trump administration to “shame and silence” survivors of sexual assault. “It’s wrong,” Biden said. “And, it will be put to a quick end in January 2021, because as president, I’ll be right where I always have been throughout my career — on the side of survivors, who deserve to...
  • As Budgets Tighten, Colleges Still Vulnerable to Ransomware

    05/06/2020 2:22:44 PM PDT · by karpov · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 6, 2020 | Matthew M. Robare
    Colleges and universities around the country are proving to be easy prey to hackers with ransom demands. In Massachusetts, Cape Cod Community College was defrauded of $800,000 last year, while Colorado’s Regis University paid an undisclosed amount to regain access to their files after a ransomware attack—and still did not get access back. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that, once it infects a computer system, allows attackers to lock out victims until they pay a ransom to regain access. With budgets getting tighter for public and private colleges in the wake of the coronavirus, funding IT security could...
  • Abortion Activists at Christian College Want to Ban Pro-Life Student Group Because They’re “Terrorists”

    05/06/2020 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | May 6, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    Students at a Christian university in Ohio called their pro-life peers “terrorists” in a recent attempt to shut down a new student pro-life club on campus. One News Now reports the matter involves pro-life and pro-abortion students at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, a private school whose motto is “Christ and the Church.” Prior to the coronavirus shutdowns, the Case Western Undergraduate Student Government approved the formation of a new Students for Life club on campus, according to the report. But soon afterward, a group of pro-abortion students began a petition to get the pro-life group kicked off of...
  • ‘Latin-What?’ Why UNC Should Abandon the Term ‘Latinx’

    05/04/2020 8:09:52 AM PDT · by karpov · 18 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 4, 2020 | Shannon Watkins
    By now, most people who’ve attended a wealthy college—or those who tuned into the Democratic presidential debates—have likely heard or seen the word “Latinx.” The anglicized Spanish term is the latest attempt of gender activists to impose their perverse ideology on the rest of the culture—and on Spanish speakers in particular. What is so significant about adding the letter “x” to the word “Latino?” To activists, it solves a confounding problem: There is no “gender-neutral” way to refer to individuals in the Spanish language. Someone, for example, may be described as a “Latino” writer (if a man) or a “Latina”...
  • Could SEC stage its own season? Here's how the college football landscape could change

    05/01/2020 1:48:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 1, 2020 | Dan Wetzel
    In a series of radio interviews this week, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was clear that the goal for college football next season is for all 130 major programs, interconnected from coast to coast, to be playing. “The hope is we all move along together,” Sankey said or reiterated on “The Paul Finebaum Show” and 1010XL in Jacksonville, Florida. The SEC doesn’t want a season where the Pac-12 doesn’t play, or the Mid-American Conference doesn’t play or even a third of the Big Ten sits out. It wants all the Saturdays full, a complete bowl season and, of course, a contested...