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  • Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

    07/02/2020 6:55:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/02/2020 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When mobs tore down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and defaced a monument to African American veterans of the Civil War, many people wondered whether the protesters had ever learned anything in high school or college. Did any of these iconoclasts know the difference between Grant and Robert E. Lee? Could they recognize the name "Gettysburg"? Could they even identify the decade in which the Civil War was fought?Universities are certainly teaching our youth to be confident, loud and self-righteous. But the media blitz during these last several weeks of protests, riots and looting also revealed a generation that...
  • NYU professor: 'Hundreds, if not thousands' of universities will soon be 'walking dead'

    06/27/2020 6:12:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 06/27/2020 | Maria Copeland
    As colleges attempt to recover from the pandemic and prepare for future semesters, a New York University professor estimates that the next 5-10 years will see one to two thousand schools going out of business. Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business told Hari Sreenivasan on PBS’ “Amanpour and Co.” that many colleges are likely to suffer to the point of eventual extinction as a result of the coronavirus. He sets up a selection of tier-two universities as those most likely not to walk away from the shutdown unscathed. During the...
  • How Universities Inject Toxic Anti-Americanism Into Students

    06/04/2020 7:06:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/04/2020 | BY PHILIP CARL SALZMAN
    Behind the anti-American hate seen in the current rioting, arson, and looting is the long term undermining of America carried out systematically in our universities. Various social movements—the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, the feminist movement from the 1960s, the revival of Marxism in the 1970s, the race activists from the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, the gay liberation movement, the Palestinian anti-Israel movement—have been adopted and absorbed in universities in their most extreme and maximalist forms. Professors have ceased to see themselves as scholars striving for impartial and objective knowledge, choosing instead to be advocates of preferred groups...
  • US-China big chill may freeze out Chinese students from American university research labs

    05/28/2020 9:10:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 05/28/2020 | Simone McCarthy
    American universities may be next to feel the big chill in China-US relations as a group of US lawmakers are proposing a bill to ban mainland Chinese from studying science and technology in the United States, arguing they pose a threat to national security. The two senators and one member of the House of Representatives on Wednesday said the Secure Campus Act would effectively bar Chinese nationals from receiving visas for graduate or postgraduate study in so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Those from Taiwan and Hong Kong would be exempt. “The Chinese Communist Party has long used...
  • The coronavirus is threatening diversity in academia

    05/26/2020 5:24:55 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 50 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 25, 2020 | Gwen Aviles
    Colleges are laying off their adjunct faculty, who mostly are women and people of color. Keisha Blain attended a top program in her field, collaborated with renowned scholars and wrote an award-winning dissertation — all of which she was sure would lead to an immediate and secure academic appointment. But upon graduating from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in history in 2014, she discovered that she had vastly underestimated the number of scholars seeking tenure-track positions. Blain was competing not only against her direct peers, but also against talented scholars who hadn't been able to find steady work in the...
  • Why Fomenting Identity Politics Matters More To Democrats Than Asian Americans

    05/26/2020 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 26, 2020 | Mike Gonzalez
    Than Asian Americans Artificially diversifying universities through quotas does not help to close the very real racial achievement gap in education. CaliforniaÂ’s legislature is trying, yet again, to bring back racial preferences in college admissions. Never mind that its residents overwhelmingly approved a ban against such discrimination in a referendum. If lawmakers succeed, they will penalize Chinese Americans, a growing force in the state. So why such dogged determination that could backfire politically?Several forces are at work here. One is that without such inducements as the racial preferences of affirmative action, the whole structure of identity politics eventually collapses. Those...
  • DOE probe into colleges finds $6B in unreported funds from China, Russia

    05/22/2020 6:34:43 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies
    nypost ^ | May 22, 2020 | Bob Fredericks
    A probe by the Department of Education into colleges that accept foreign investments and donations has uncovered $6 billion in previously unreported foreign donations from US adversaries including China and Russia. House Republicans were monitoring the investigation into the schools to determine if they were violating Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which prohibits an “Institution of Higher Learning” from failing to properly report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more. In a letter from the department, general counsel Reed Rubinstein said that while some colleges recognized that foreign cash from US adversaries could pose a security risk,...
  • 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...
  • University Furlough Tracker: Missouri, Georgia, West Virginia, Toledo And Idaho State

    05/09/2020 8:42:28 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 9, 2020 | Michael T. Nietzel
    The University of Missouri announced the furloughing of 579 employees, one of several measures to reduce a $17 million shortfall in the budget year that ends June 30. The furloughs come in addition to 49 layoffs, 569 salary reductions, and 217 voluntary salary decreases. Administrators also are planning for a 12.5% cut for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. West Virginia University identified 875 employees who will be placed on temporary furloughs, beginning May 24 and lasting either through June 28 or July 26. The University expects to save $4 million through the furloughs. On Thursday, the...
  • America’s Colleges & Universities Awarded $12.5 Billion In Coronavirus Bailout – Who Can Get It And How Much

    05/08/2020 9:52:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/08/2020 | Adam Andrzejewski
    Harvard decided not to apply for their $9 million share of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act - the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, after President Donald Trump brought the issue into the national limelight. Princeton followed suit. The other Ivies are still deciding whether to accept up to $62.9 million in CARES money — despite their collective endowment of $140 billion. However, our auditors at discovered that these funds are just the tip of the iceberg. We scoured the backend of the U.S. Department of Education website and found the full database: 5,137 colleges and universities that...
  • Conservatives Create New Bailout Model: Want Money? Fix Your University

    05/07/2020 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 7, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    Any tax-funded bailouts for higher ed need to be contingent upon urgent structural reforms, and a new paper from the National Association of Scholars provides the blueprint. Should universities receive taxpayer-funded bailouts? The answer depends on who you ask. According to Universities U.K., the lobby group for British universities, the answer is an unequivocal yes, even when the suggestion has caused some dithering and calls for a further probe into the Conservative-led government.The Russell Group Universities, the British version of the American Ivies, will be the hardest hit due to the latest crisis, according to one study. In the United...
  • More staff cuts expected as Western Michigan University grapples with multimillion-dollar losses

    05/07/2020 8:36:11 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 21 replies ^ | May 6, 2020 | Kayla Miller
    KALAMAZOO, MI -- More layoffs are coming for employees at Western Michigan University as leaders look to cut expenses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The university will implement staffing reductions in phases between now and September, said Jennifer Bott, provost and vice president for academic affairs, during a budget briefing published this week on Western’s YouTube channel. WMU could lose another $85 million in the next fiscal year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bott said. Further staffing cuts will be part of overall cost-cutting efforts, she said, as nearly 70% of the university’s general fund expenses go to employee compensation. “We...
  • Harvard projects $750M budget shortfall, considers layoffs

    05/07/2020 7:01:07 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 16 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | May 6, 2020 | Hilary Burns
    Harvard University is preparing to cut more expenses as revenue losses deepen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The university reported a $415 million revenue loss in fiscal year 2020, and it projects a $750 million shortfall from original budget plans in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Those projected losses are causing university officials to consider furloughs and layoffs, Harvard said in a Tuesday letter to its community. The university announced initial cost cutting measures last month, including salary freezes for all faculty and exempt staff, a university-wide hiring freeze, deferring or canceling all discretionary spending, a review...
  • Cross orders UW to prioritize courses, prepare for layoffs

    05/07/2020 7:05:31 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 17 replies
    StarTribune ^ | May 7, 2020 — 5:05am | TODD RICHMOND Associated Press
    University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross directed campuses Thursday to quickly identify signature programs worthy of preservation and brace for layoffs as the coronavirus pandemic deepens the system's financial losses. Cross said he wants campuses to evaluate their programs by January with an eye toward cost, whether they are duplicated at another campus and student demand. System officials will decide which courses stay and which will vanish, Cross told reporters during a video conference Wednesday afternoon. Campuses should be ready to move forward with scaled-down course catalogs by fall 2021, Cross said. The only guarantee he could offer was...
  • Dartmouth College finances waylaid by virus; layoffs remain on the table

    05/07/2020 7:23:30 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 6 replies
    Valley News ^ | 5/6/2020 | TIM CAMERATO
    HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials declined Wednesday to rule out layoffs and furloughs for some of its 3,900 employees, including non-tenured faculty, as the institution faces millions of dollars in projected losses over its spring and summer terms. Layoffs are a “part of a tool kit” that administrators need access to, but are seen as a last resort to stabilize the college’s financial situation past June 30, Executive Vice President Rick Mills said during a meeting with Valley News editors and reporters. “They are a tool that we deploy later and with more reluctance than most of these other tools...
  • Filthy-Rich Harvard Isn’t The Only University Taxpayers Shouldn’t Bail Out

    04/22/2020 6:30:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 22, 2020 | Inez Feltscher Stepman
    With so many needing help after the one-two punch of the virus and attendant economic woes, universities, which have already drained trillions without fulfilling their promises, should be at the back of the line. Even before the coronavirus crisis, universities were living large on taxpayer largesse. The entire foundation of their business model is the government-backed student loan. More than 90 percent of the dollars that trundle freshmen to their institutions each September originate with or are owned by taxpayers through the U.S. Department of Education.If, as projections suggest, enrollment takes a nosedive this fall due to changing financial situations...
  • Why It’s A Good Thing Coronavirus Will Mow Down Many Colleges

    04/14/2020 7:21:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/14/2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    If this virus leads to tightening academic grants, defunding activist departments, making students more fiscally responsible, and shuttering nonessential bureaucracy in higher ed, then thatÂ’s a good thing. An average higher education scholarship is about $2,000 a month. The average salary of a gender studies professor is about $100,000 a year. The average publication cost of an academic journal of womenÂ’s or fat studies (yes, it exists) is similar.The average annual tuition for a student pursuing these courses while borrowing money from taxpayers, much never to be paid back, is about $25,000. The University of Michigan, for example, pays a...
  • Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

    04/07/2020 9:29:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2020 | Collin Binkley and Jeff Amy
    Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions. Scores of colleges say they’re taking heavy hits as they refund money to students for housing, dining and parking after campuses closed last month. Many schools are losing millions more in ticket sales after athletic seasons were cut short, and some say huge shares of their reserves have been wiped out amid wild swings in the stock market. Yet college leaders say...
  • Colleges nationwide suspend ACT/SAT admissions requirements

    04/02/2020 10:31:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    CampusReform ^ | 4/2/20 | Alex Tokie
    Coronavirus fears leading to ACT/SAT testing cancellations are leaving college-hopefuls concerned about applications and admissions. Many colleges are easing admissions requirements by waiving ACT/SAT requirements due to test cancellations and rescheduling due to coronavirus. Prospective students for fall 2020 may find it easier to get into some universities around the country. Several universities and colleges in America are beginning to ease their admissions requirements for prospective students by waiving ACT/SAT standards given testing cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus. The abrupt health crisis led to ACT pushing its April testing date to June, and the College Board pushing the...
  • Another Pandemic Known as Social Justice

    03/29/2020 4:47:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    American ^ | March 29, 2020 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has produced a report titled "Social Justice Education in America." Written by David Randall, it defines, describes, and delineates many of the destructive and deceptive ideas behind the innocent-sounding social justice programs that have mushroomed in American institutions of higher learning. According to this December 2019 report, "in the last twenty years, a generation of academics and administrators has transformed higher education into an engine of progressive political advocacy." Identity politics plays a major role in how social justice will be administered. Social justice activists work to increase the "state's coercive power" to decide...