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  • Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

    10/01/2015 2:18:07 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 9-22-15 | Peter Gray
    A year ago I received an invitation from the head of Counseling Services at a major university to join faculty and administrators for discussions about how to deal with the decline in resilience among students. At the first meeting, we learned that emergency calls to Counseling had more than doubled over the past five years. Students are increasingly seeking help for, and apparently having emotional crises over, problems of everyday life. Recent examples mentioned included a student who felt traumatized because her roommate had called her a “bitch” and two students who had sought counseling because they had seen a...
  • Alternative to the U.S. News College Rankings

    08/31/2015 6:10:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 29, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    A welcome alternative to the U.S. News college rankings. If you’re looking for an alternative to the U. S. News rankings of colleges, the Washington Monthly offers one. texas a&m students The U. S. News rankings generally focus on how much money goes into colleges, which mostly benefits administrators. Conversely, the Washington Monthly also looked at what students get out of college. Thus, the Washington Monthly guide gives higher marks to lesser-known schools which those who look at the U. S. News rankings might normally not encounter. The Washington Monthly guide rated schools on, among other things: ~ Student loan...
  • Academic Privilege By the Numbers

    08/26/2015 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The nation and the Republican Party may or may not need ‘The Donald’ but a cursory look at what statistics we can extract from academia today suggests that the academic world needs somebody like him. That is, the Ivory Tower seems to require somebody who can and will say, “You’re fired.” Trustees come immediately to mind. That’s why we trust them. Gleaned from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2015-2016 Almanac, here is academia by the numbers: ~ 1% —growth in enrollment at 4-year public colleges (all other institutions of higher learning saw declines in enrollment. ~ 59.8% —“six-year graduation rate...
  • Sustainability in Higher Education

    08/10/2015 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 10, 2015 | Judy Russell
    Sustainability has become a recurring theme among American colleges, and whether it’s through university curricula or carbon offsets, this new-wave has pressed students to organize into a radical progressive movement. In a 2015 report, Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism, by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) conclude that “To the unsuspecting, sustainability is just a new name for environmentalism. But the word marks out a new and larger ideological territory in which it is claimed curtailing economic, political, and intellectual liberty is the price that must be paid to ensure the welfare of future generations.” The NAS claims that radical...
  • Walter Williams: Academic Fascism

    08/10/2015 9:42:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2015 | Walter Williams
    George Orwell said, "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." If one wants to discover the truth of Orwell's statement, he need only step upon most college campuses. Faculty leaders of the University of California consider certain statements racism and feel they should not be used in class. They call it micro-aggression. To them, micro-aggressive racist statements are: "America is the land of opportunity." That is seen as perpetuating the myth of meritocracy. "There is only one race, the human race." Such a statement is seen as denying the individual as a racial/cultural being....
  • That's Not Funny Today's College Students Can't Seem To Take A Joke

    08/10/2015 8:50:55 AM PDT · by OddLane · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2015 | Caitlan Flanagan
    hree comics sat around a café table in the chilly atrium of the Minneapolis Convention Center, talking about how to create the cleanest possible set. “Don’t do what’s in your gut,” Zoltan Kaszas said. “Better safe than sorry,” Chinedu Unaka offered. Feraz Ozel mused about the first time he’d ever done stand-up: three minutes on giving his girlfriend herpes and banging his grandma. That was out. This was not a case of professionals approaching a technical problem as an intellectual exercise. Money was riding on the answer. They had come to Minneapolis in the middle of a brutal winter for...
  • The College ‘Clean 15' - Looking for a college for your child that isn't a scam? Start here.

    07/23/2015 1:00:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/23/2015 | Joy Pullmann
    How would you like your child to graduate high school and enter a four-year career-training program that will have him graduating not just with no debt, but earning $54,000 for the final year of his studies with a guaranteed post-graduation job in a skilled, upward-mobility industry? I’m a mother. That’s not even a question. Neither is it a pipe dream: The Apprentice School for Navy shipbuilders is located in Newport News, Virginia, and has an admissions rate approximating that of Harvard University. For obvious reasons. Despite the obvious attractions of such arrangements, and our historic dedication to the apprenticeship...
  • Jerry Seinfeld: Politically correct college students 'don't know WTF they're talking about'

    06/08/2015 9:23:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 6/8/2015 | DANA ROSE FALCONE
    Like Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, Jerry Seinfeld avoids doing shows on college campuses. And while talking with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Thursday, the comedian revealed why: College kids today are too politically correct. “I hear that all the time,” Seinfeld said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” Seinfeld says teens and college-aged kids don’t understand what it means to throw around certain politically-correct terms. “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice,’”...
  • Liberal Students Are Terrifying Their Own Professors

    06/04/2015 6:01:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 3, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Modern progressive college students have become so militant they’re frightening their own like-minded professors, according to an account posted by one such professor on the website Vox. The professor, using the pseudonym Edward Schlosser, claims to have taught for nine years and currently works at a midsize state college. Over that time, he says, students have decisively shifted to become so protective of their fragile emotions that defying their sensibilities can be “suicidal” for one’s career. “Things have changed since I started teaching,” Schlosser writes. “The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this,...
  • Colleges just won’t take responsibility for teaching their child-like students how to act in public

    05/15/2015 11:38:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/15/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Is there any sanity or decency left on our college campuses? Isn’t there one of these fake “intuitions of higher learning” where the adults who draw a paycheck for running them feel an obligation to blow a whistle, stop the recess and correct the children whose parents are supporting both of them? It’s difficult to find a college where the foolishness of its poorly educated students is discouraged let alone stopped. The people running some of our biggest and most influential colleges and universities have stepped aside and walked away from their OBLIGATION to teach. When I taught at the...
  • University Launches Insult-Reporting System That Records Offenders’ Social Security Numbers

    05/14/2015 12:00:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 14, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    The University of Colorado-Boulder has launched an online system where students can report people who make “hurtful statements” — and it’s so intense that it even asks for offenders’ Social Security numbers. This “Bias Incident Reporting” system is intended to “address the impact of demeaning and hurtful statements as well as acts of intolerance directed towards protected classes,” according to the school’s website.
  • Why colleges now need cameras everywhere all the time

    04/27/2015 7:23:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As the nation struggles with the idea of body cameras on police officers there are plenty of other places where some George Orwell style surveillance state technology may come in handy. One example of this may be found on the nation’s college campuses. Since our colleges are no longer institutions of learning and preparation for productive careers so much as they are factories churning out the next generation of liberal activists and community organizers, a new generation of problems have beset them. Even though each and every event must be squeezed through the sieve of liberal politics, we’ve seen...
  • The Brownshirts Are Back. And They’re in Our Universities.

    04/22/2015 8:21:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 20, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Why must history perpetually repeat itself? It is not news that virtually all American universities are decidedly leftist institutions. Few Americans, however, are aware of how inhospitable they have become to free inquiry and free discourse, and how hostile they are to anyone who stands up for Western values and against the global jihad – as some recent developments illustrate. What is happening in American universities today has a clear historical parallel. ... In his seminal history The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, the universities became centers...
  • Seven Other Things That Have Been Declared ‘Unsafe’ at American Colleges

    04/10/2015 4:41:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by KATHERINE TIMPF
    The University of Michigan made headlines this week for initially canceling a screening of the blockbuster film American Sniper because some Muslim students said that it being shown would make them feel “unsafe.” The college has since reversed this decision, but it’s not the only time something like this has happened. Here are seven other things that a school or its students have declared hazards to campus safety: 1. Bill Maher When the University of Berkeley announced that Bill Maher would be its graduation speaker last October, more than 6,000 students signed a petition demanding that he be banned because...
  • Everytown, Florida Moms Demand Action Release Poll That Shows Strong Majority Of Floridians Oppose

    03/30/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 3/26/2015 | unknown
    61 percent of Floridians oppose requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. 61 percent of Floridians oppose changing Florida law to allow guns in K-12 schools. Only eight percent of Floridians say the state's gun laws should be weakened, compared to 48 percent who would like to see gun laws strengthened, and 39 percent who would like gun laws to remain unchanged.
  • Consumers Digest: Top Values for Colleges and Universities

    03/12/2015 3:27:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The factors that go into selecting a college are as plentiful and diverse as the students who enroll at universities each fall. Consumers Digest realizes that the cost of attending college shouldn’t be the only factor that a student considers when he/she selects an academic institution, but we believe that it is an important consideration for the many families who struggle to keep pace with the escalating price of higher education. In determining our selections for the best values among colleges and universities, Consumers Digest narrowed the fields of public, private and liberal-arts colleges and universities through a preliminary evaluation...
  • Bryn Mawr Changes Admission Guidelines To Accept Transwomen

    02/10/2015 8:58:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 9, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Bryn Mawr College, an all-women’s liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, clarified its admission policy on Monday to accept transwomen and individuals who “identify as women” when they apply. The Board of Trustees sent an email announcing that it had voted unanimously to update its admission rules, which were previously open to “female students only.”
  • New W.H. campus sexual assault guidelines: Still pretty terrible, but a step in the right direction

    01/29/2015 2:04:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ashe Schow
    President Obama’s sexual assault task force marked its one-year anniversary last week, and released new guidelines for colleges to develop with law enforcement.Just asking colleges and universities to work with local law enforcement when dealing with claims of sexual assault is a step in the right direction, as the American justice system is far more qualified to handle accusations than schools. Still, as I’ve written before, there is a role for colleges to play when it comes to handling sexual assault — namely as a support service for accusers as they go through the legal system.But the new guidelines, called...
  • Free Speech Defined @ MLA

    01/27/2015 7:56:02 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 25, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The academically free have different ideas of what free speech means than the rest of us do. At the Modern Language Association’s 2015 convention in Vancouver, Canada, Rosaura Sanchez, a former protester-and-activist-turned-Latin American and Chicano literature-professor at UC-San Diego, claimed that professors do face “consequences to speaking out on campus” She went on to allege that she has been “surveilled and recorded” while at protests by campus administrators. Most people do not use freedom of expression in order to keep the expressed thought a big secret. Sanchez asserted that on her campus “dissenters names are placed in a black book,”...
  • Feds Creating Smartphone App to Make Sure Kids Don’t Skip Class

    01/08/2015 3:29:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the development of a smartphone app that will use facial recognition technology to check attendance in college classrooms.The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $50,000 to Missouri University on Jan. 2 for the project that will record videos to create “face tracklets” of students.The project is necessary, the grant argues, because checking attendance the old fashioned way is too hard.“Checking attendance in scenarios such as classrooms commonly needs an instructor to recognize each student one by one by reading the names on a roster or ask students to sign up the attendance sheet,” the grant explains....
  • Freep a poll!(Florida allow concealed carry on the campuses of state colleges and universities?)

    12/11/2014 5:04:13 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies ^ | 12-11-14 | The Ledger
    Should Florida allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities? Yes No
  • Chris Rock Will Not Tour at Colleges Anymore Because They Don't Want to Offend Anyone

    12/02/2014 11:18:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    University Herald ^ | 12/02/2014
    Chris Rock is a comedian who has built his career on addressing controversial topics in his material, which is why he will never perform at a college ever again. Speaking to New York Magazine, Rock gave his thoughts on Bill Maher's appointment as the winter commencement speaker at UC - Berkeley and the student body's immediate protest. Rock said college's are just too conservative for his jokes to be effective. "Not in their political views - not like they're voting Republican - but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody," Rock told the magazine. "Kids raised...
  • Obama Admin Appointee Admits few net jobs created

    11/17/2014 7:17:25 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 14, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    An Obama Administration appointee admits there have been “few net jobs created” over the past decade but thinks increased spending on education will solve the problem. At the Center for American Progress, the White House Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, James Kvaal, said, “The overriding goal of his second term in office is rebuilding the strength of the middle class and after recovering from the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression.” He claimed, “We now have an economy that is growing again; ten million new jobs have been created.” Americans now see “rising middle class standards” under...
  • Feds Punish Princeton For Liking Due Process Too Much

    11/08/2014 6:26:41 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its investigation of Princeton University's sexual harassment and assault policies. The findings were unsurprising, though still striking: the government essentially accused the university of violating federal anti-discrimination law by extending too much due process to accused students. Princeton had been one of the last hold-outs on the standard of proof in college rape trials. The university required adjudicators to obtain "clear and convincing" proof that a student was guilty of sexual assault before convicting him. That's too tough, said DOE. As part of its settlement, Princeton is required to lower...
  • Colleges want more Public/State Funding

    10/31/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 30, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Running out of funds and ideas, colleges want more public funding to help keep them afloat. During a recent panel discussion at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, speakers praised President Barack Obama’s higher education push for performance-based pay and incentives for colleges and universities. Ted Mitchell, , U.S. Department of Education undersecretary, complained about today’s higher education funding environment, telling the audience, “There has been systematic disinvestment by states throughout the Great Recession in higher education,” adding that it “really does disadvantage students” from low-income neighborhoods and backgrounds. He felt the state governments, by not funding state...
  • Hong Kong Protests: How do our kids stack up?

    10/04/2014 6:48:27 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 4 replies
    Self | October 4, 2014 | Huckfillary
    THE ARTFUL DILETTANTE Keeper of the Flame of the Enlightenment HONG KONG STUDENT PROTESTS The differences between student-led movements in this country and in Hong Kong are striking. One need look no further than their respective demands and the ideas that animate their protests. When American college students are moved enough to organize, they are almost always calling for more “freebies,” not more freedom, as the courageous students today in Hong Kong are doing. The students in Hong Kong are speaking truth to serious power, with all too real consequences for questioning and challenging their ruthless masters in Beijing. When...
  • 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...
  • Camille Paglia: The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil

    09/29/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT · by jonno · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 9-29-2014 | Camille Paglia
    Sorry - I'm not sure what our posting policy is regarding TimeMag, so I'm just posting the link.
  • The Irony of California's Ousting of Campus Christian Groups

    09/19/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 23 replies
    A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California's 23 state universities. This begins with a process of "derecognizing" these as legitimate campus groups. Why? Though everyone is welcome at their ministry events, ICVF reserves leadership only for those committed to their goals and creed, just as a homosexual group would presumably reserve leadership for gays or those who affirm its pro-gay agenda. Or a Muslim group for Muslims. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a network of campus ministries. It is evangelical in orientation and has...
  • 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...
  • Kaplan University Takes On Obama

    09/18/2014 7:11:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 17, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The U.S. Department of Education’s latest rule, which mandates that for-profit colleges cannot saddle students with debt at an arbitrary rate, affects only for-profit colleges such as Kaplan, DeVry and University of Phoenix, representatives of Kaplan claimed during a Washington, D.C. briefing recently. kaplan university Former Dallas mayor Thomas Leppert, now the CEO of Kaplan, explained how the rule itself is not fair to for-profit colleges. Non-profit and state colleges and universities have similar debt problems for their students and yet are exempt from this rule. “A regulation should apply to any institution,” said Leppert, and noted “it only applies...
  • Obama administration has been supplying military equipment to colleges across the U.S

    09/14/2014 12:35:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/14 | Timothy Birdnow
    Strange; the Obama Administration promotes gun control, as do most of the Democratic Party, and yet they freely, nay, generously give high powered weapons away for the asking. The U.S. government has not just been equipping police with military weaponry; they’ve been supplying such weapons to colleges as well. According to The Chronicles of Higher Education:
  • 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...
  • Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

    08/29/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 23 replies
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of students from those countries has U.S. authorities on alert but cautioning against alarm. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued no specific recommendations for colleges, some state health departments, including in South Carolina and North Dakota, have spelled out for...
  • LGBT Movement’s “New Morality”: Making Gay Okay

    08/25/2014 9:02:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Author Robert Reilly’s latest book, “Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything,” dissects the homosexual movement’s strategy of indoctrinating Americans on the pros (but not cons) of LGBT behavior. robert reilly book The new norm of sexual behavior is “if you rationalize my sexual misbehavior, I’ll rationalize yours” as well. This goes against the natural law of man, which were recognized by ancient Greeks. Even the Greeks believed that a mentor-mentee relationship should be platonic between a wiser, older man and a younger man seeking wisdom, which iscontrary to the modernmedia’s perception of Greek culture. Those who...
  • Backgrounder: The Students for Justice in Palestine-Making Jew-hate fashionable on campuses

    07/17/2014 5:10:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | Lee Kaplan
    Backgrounder: The Students for Justice in PalestinePosted By Lee Kaplan On July 17, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) today exists as a consortium of campus “clubs” throughout the American and Canadian college systems which work to oppose the existence of Israel and to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Jewish state. There are at least 80 chapters of these clubs on campuses throughout the US and Canada. The SJP goes under other assorted names on some campuses. Names such as Palestine Solidarity Committee or Students for...
  • Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either

    06/28/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Health Reform: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them. Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported. Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors' course loads to dodge coverage. Others are...
  • Colleges Use ‘Anti-Discrimination’ Rules Against Christians

    06/12/2014 7:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/12/2014 | Molly Wharton
    Bowdoin College’s evangelical group will no longer be recognized by the college starting next fall. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the college is demanding that any student should be able to run for leadership for any student group, regardless of his or her religious beliefs, but the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship disagrees. “It would compromise our ability to be who we are as Christians if we can’t hold our leaders to some sort of doctrinal standard,” recent Bowdoin graduate and former leader of BCF Zackary Suhr told The Times. The incident at Bowdoin has occurred at many other colleges...
  • 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...
  • More college men are fighting back against sexual misconduct cases

    06/09/2014 7:32:35 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 98 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 7, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
    Peter Yu, Drew Sterrett and Lewis McLeod were headed toward bright futures at prestigious colleges and universities when each got involved in one-night sexual encounters.. All three young men claimed the encounters were consensual — but the women asserted otherwise. In each case, campus officials found the men responsible for sexual assault and expelled or suspended them.
  • Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition...

    06/09/2014 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 64 replies
    SALON magazine ^ | 6/8/2014 | Thomas Frank
    Tuition is up 1,200 percent in 30 years. Here's why you're unemployed, crushed by debt -- and no one is helping The price of a year at college has increased by more than 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, far outpacing any other price the government tracks: food, housing, cars, gasoline, TVs, you name it. Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities. It has outstripped any reasonable expectation people might have had for investments over the period. And, as we all know, it has crushed a generation...
  • The Troubling Plight of the Modern University

    06/05/2014 4:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | 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...
  • Michael Bloomberg Blasts Ivy League For Liberal 'Censorship'

    05/29/2014 2:05:52 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 5-29-2014 | Colin Campbell
    Colin CampbellMay 29, 2014Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused the entire Ivy League of liberal political bias during a particularly fiery commencement address at Harvard University Thursday. "It is just a modern form of McCarthyism," Bloomberg said of university "censorship" of conservatives. "Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species" "And that is probably nowhere more true than it is here in the...
  • 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,...
  • College: Time to Mount the Academic Ramparts, Clean House, and Free the Serfs

    05/11/2014 7:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2014 | Clarice Feldman
    Our colleges and universities have become infectious breeding grounds of the left, fattening their tills as the students are yoked to untenable loans to pay for often useless educations they provide. The federal government encourages this bubble, undermines free speech and due process on campus by regulation and encourages young people to enslave themselves in this way. Is there a way out? This week two related articles on the federal role in higher education caught my attention. In the Wall Street Journal Daniel Henninger discusses the administration’s Orwellian dictates on Title IX In The Federalist Daniel Oliver discusses the mounting...
  • Coming End to Racial Preferences

    05/07/2014 7:03:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 7, 2014 | Waltewr E. Williams
    Last week's U.S. Supreme Court 6-2 ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action et al. upheld Michigan's constitutional amendment that bans racial preferences in admission to its public universities. Justice Sonia Sotomayor lashed out at her colleagues in a bitter dissent, calling them "out of touch with reality." She went on to make the incredible argument that the amendment, which explicitly forbids racial discrimination, itself amounts to racial discrimination. Her argument was that permissible "race-sensitive admissions policies," the new name for racial preferences, both serve the compelling interest of obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse...
  • UCLA Professor Blows Whistle on Illegal Admissions Practices at University

    05/08/2014 4:38:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | May 8, 2014 | Larry Elder
    In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity or sex in admissions to public college and universities. But the moment 209 passed, UCLA, according to a new book, set about figuring ways around it. "Cheating: An Insider's Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA," by Professor Tim Groseclose, describes what the author insists are illegal admissions practices that he witnessed at UCLA. Groseclose's story begins in 2008 when, as a member of a faculty oversight committee for admissions, he asked for a random set of application files. He...
  • 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...
  • 55 schools face federal investigation

    05/01/2014 7:07:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- From huge state universities to small colleges and the Ivy League, 55 schools across the U.S. are facing federal investigation for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students. For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education revealed Thursday its list of colleges under investigation -- though no details of the complaints -- as the Obama administration sought to bring more openness to the issue of sexual violence on and around the nation's campuses.
  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions

    04/22/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 136 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Kellie Woodhouse
    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's controversial ban on affirmative action in public college admissions in a divided opinion released Tuesday morning, preserving a status quo that's contributed to dwindling minority enrollment at the state's flagship colleges. The high court's decision is a blow to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which has come under fire for low minority enrollment. Blacks comprise just 4.6 percent of undergraduates this year, compared to 8.9 percent in 1995 and 7 percent in 2006. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying...