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  • Another Form of Diversity for UC Boulder

    03/14/2013 2:00:01 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 3 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | March 14, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    You know that intellectual diversity is lacking when it takes a special appointment to get a conservative into the University of Colorado at Boulder lineup. Oh wait, it’s only for one year. This is apparently newsworthy stuff. “Steven Hayward has been named the first ‘visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy’ at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a position created with the intent of broadening intellectual diversity among the flagship campus’s left-leaning faculty,” reported Sydni Dunn for The Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday. “Mr. Hayward, a fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, in Ohio, will begin his...
  • 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...
  • Five Reasons The Government Shouldn’t Subsidize Higher Education

    02/13/2013 7:39:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/13/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When the government is in the business of handing out money, interest groups lobby to get it — or advocate to receive more than they are already getting. So it is with spending on higher education. As the Michigan Legislature debates the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, more money for preschool, college and everything in between is being proposed. Over the long-term, the funding for those areas has increased dramatically. Taxpayers should be skeptical of the current reasons for subsidizing universities further. Requests for more higher education funding is reported willingly in the media: It’s the "most important...
  • 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...
  • Racial Preferences Under Review

    10/03/2012 1:36:32 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 2 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | October 3, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    The case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin will come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 10th. The outcome of this case could determine the future of racial preferences both at the University of Texas at Austin and in higher education nationwide. The University of Texas system implemented a “10 percent plan” in which students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class in high school gain automatic admission to state schools. However, in the case of the University of Texas at Austin, school officials used racial preferences to influence their admission of candidates falling...
  • 1980 the median CA household income would have purchased 17 UC bachelor’s degrees. Now, barely one.

    05/09/2011 3:05:23 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Dr. Housing Bubble ^ | May, 2011 | unk.
    For a few years I have discussed the potential of a higher education bubble and the fallout it will have on the housing market. Logically you would assume that young adults with back breaking amounts of student loan debt would have a harder time taking on another giant commitment through a 30 year mortgage. At the very least this would stifle home sales from young households given that the vast majority of mortgage originations are now stemming from government backed sources that require income verification. Even with ultra low down payment programs like loans backed by the FHA many people...
  • Muslim liberal arts college takes root in Berkeley

    08/29/2010 10:24:34 PM PDT · by thecodont · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | August 28, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
    At a fundraiser in February for Zaytuna College, organizers seemed intent on preempting critical questions. "Why a Muslim College in America?" the Anaheim event was headlined, as if anticipating the query from audience members. And throughout the four-hour gathering, the speakers repeatedly stated why they believed such an institution was needed, calling it an idea whose time has come. Hatem Bazian, a UC Berkeley lecturer in Near East studies and a co-founder of Zaytuna, said that touch of defensiveness came after more than a year of crisscrossing the country and gauging sentiment from the American Muslim community. "There's still some...
  • No Faith in Universities: Schools ramp up the war on traditional Christian beliefs

    07/24/2010 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 4 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2010 | Editorial
    Universities claim to be havens for diversity, but this political correctness does not guarantee freedom of thought. Tolerance is reserved for those who stick to the liberal line. Those who deviate from the approved set of views can expect to be set upon by angry student activists and reproving academic bureaucrats. Two recent examples of "thought crime" illustrate the academy's low level of tolerance for divergent views. The University of Illinois fired nontenured adjunct professor Ken Howell from teaching and also from a job at the on-campus Catholic center for correctly stating Catholic doctrine on homosexuality... Twenty-four-year-old Augusta State University...
  • Default U

    07/19/2010 8:52:44 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 19, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Default U Bethany Stotts, July 19, 2010 Student loan default rates are much higher than government data originally suggest, reports Kelly Field for the Chronicle of Higher Education on July 11. “Unpublished data” obtained by the education news outlet from the Department of Education show that one in five government education loans that have entered repayment since 1995 have gone into default, she reports. How bad, exactly, is this for the former students? “Borrowers who default on their student loans face significant personal and financial burdens,” writes Field. “They become ineligible for additional federal aid and may have their wages...
  • Top-level A&M official resigns amid questions over credentials [Violated Stolen Valor Act]

    07/08/2010 3:25:01 PM PDT · by summer · 79 replies · 2+ views
    "Dr" Alex Kemos Texas A&M's No. 3 administrator presented himself as a warrior-scholar: A former Navy SEAL with a doctorate from Tufts University. But records obtained by The Eagle indicate Alexander Kemos never was part of the elite fighting force, and Texas A&M officials confirmed Friday that he doesn't have a doctorate or even a master's degree, which was a posted requirement for the $300,000-a-year position that serves as the top adviser to Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. ...
  • Out-of-the-loop Campus Groups

    06/23/2010 9:46:42 AM PDT · by bs9021
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | June 23, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    Out-Of-The-Loop Campus Groups Deborah Lambert, June 23, 2010 For students who are bored with the same old special interest campus groups, Naomi Rockler-Gladen reported that they might try something a bit out of the ordinary, like the following: The Carleton College Mustache Club welcomes members who have real or fake mustaches. “Women are invited to join if they are willing to shave all of their faces except for the upper lip area.” The University of Minnesota Campus People Watchers is billed as a “non-creepy organization for those who are into the social, psychological and analytical aspects of people watching.” The...
  • Educating For Disaster

    06/11/2010 8:36:38 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 110+ views
    AIA-FL BLog ^ | June 11, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Educating For Disaster Malcolm A. Kline, June 11, 2010 The good news is that our political elites from both parties are highly educated. The bad news is the education that they and their progeny receive. “Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits,” Angelo M. Codevilla writes in the July/August 2010 issue of The American Spectator. “These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against...
  • Lifted Out Of...

    06/10/2010 8:29:39 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 29+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | June 10, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Lifted Out Of … Bethany Stotts, June 10, 2010 In a new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), the non-profit notes that while more minority young adults are going to college, one in ten of young adults in poverty have received a degree or postsecondary credential. “Many young adults expect to reap the financial benefits associated with postsecondary education and those from low-income backgrounds believe that a college degree provides a critical step out of poverty,” states the June “Portrait of Low-Income Young Adults in Education” (pdf). “Yet while a sizable proportion of low-income youth had enrolled...
  • Go Forth and Multiply

    06/08/2010 9:37:33 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 15+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | June 8, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Go Forth & Multiply Malcolm A. Kline, June 8, 2010 With the decline of basic math skills that they helped to bring about, about the only place that the political Left can multiply is on college campuses. We can see the multiplication process at work in graduation exercises as the political and media elite use their frequent flyer miles to reach students one more time before they leave the academic nest. Indeed, a random selection of 33 colleges shows that one-third of the speakers chosen by these institutions of higher learning to inspire seniors are conservative, Republican or independent. The...
  • Living On A Prayer

    05/21/2010 12:03:49 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 137+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | May 21, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Living On A Prayer Malcolm A. Kline, May 21, 2010 One of the great modern ironies is that the world’s largest consumer of books—academia—increasingly tries to sever its ties with the one volume even hotels find indispensable—the Bible. “Many institutions have lost their way, like politicians who have tried to stand for everything but end up standing for nothing because they didn’t have convictions strong enough to stay afloat on stormy seas,” David Rathburn, chairman of the board of trustees at Grove City College said at a lunch there. “They did what they thought would be popular, or expedient, or...
  • Transfer Tax?

    05/21/2010 7:57:19 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 185+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 21, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Transfer Tax? Bethany Stotts, May 21, 2010 Alleging waste and a “transfer tax” in higher education, Peter P. Smith argues in the most recent Education Outlook that America should establish a “National, ‘Student-Facing’ Course Database and Transfer Information System” for postsecondary transfer students, and “Automate” the “Processing and Evaluation of Transfer Credits” in order to decrease the number of students who get sidetracked from graduating. In addition to these two reforms, Smith also suggests that higher education should “Create agreements among Colleges that Streamline the Transfer Process,” “Improve the Management and Quality of Postsecondary Data for the Administration of Credit...
  • Backward Progressives

    05/10/2010 10:14:31 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 341+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 10, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Backward Progressives Malcolm A. Kline, May 10, 2010 A couple of decades ago, syndicated columnist and Democratic Party strategist Mark Shields told a joke that went like this: When two liberals came upon a man who had been mugged, the first liberal looked at the second and said, “We must find the person who did this. He needs help.” The bit still works 20 years later because it is indicative of the frequently backward way in which the Left views the world, which is on full display politically and journalistically but most of all academically. Consider: * “Two Mexican universities...
  • Racing to the Top

    04/27/2010 12:49:25 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 90+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | April 27, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Racing to the Top Malcolm A. Kline, April 27, 2010 The White House is having a competition to give out awards to educators to promote its race to the top program. Maybe they should open it up to College financial aid offices and development officers. Just a few miles from the U. S. Capitol, where Congress recently voted to increase student aid, George Washington University is staging the annual ballet performed by college administrators as they orchestrate their tuition hikes that coincide remarkably with the federal/taxpayer-funded largesse. The late Christopher T. Warden, himself a veteran journalist and educator and the...
  • Feds Fund Academic Bias

    04/07/2010 6:42:35 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 184+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 7, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Feds Fund Academic Bias Malcolm A. Kline, April 7, 2010 For years I have been telling congressional staffers that they have it within their power to bring balance to institutions of higher learning. All they have to do is cut federal spending on education. Yet and still, as a great man said, “There are simple answers, just not easy ones.” Don’t scratch your heads over the source of that quote: It was Ronald Reagan. Now, from inside the academy, comes affirmation. “We have reached the point where for many institutions of higher education, the amount of revenue that they derive...
  • Obama Loans, Who Collects? The Not-so-Hidden Dangers of Federal Direct Student Lending

    03/16/2010 12:48:49 PM PDT · by rmlew · 40 replies · 1,994+ views
    National Association of Scholars ^ | March 15, 2010 | Peter Wood
    p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;tab-stops:436.5pt">Congressional Democrats have added President Obama’s takeover of the student loan industry to the health care reconciliation bill. It is a troubling development, but not because of the finances.  The trouble comes from the specter of federal control of American higher education.  “Obama loans” may seem benign but they threaten academic freedom and may compromise the quality of academic programs. The move by the Democrats forestalls a debate we need to have over who controls this key institution. Since 1965, the federal government has subsidized colleges and universities by guaranteeing loans that students take from private lenders. Obama’s...
  • Remedial Rules for Radicals

    03/08/2010 8:38:44 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 52+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 8, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Remedial Rules for Radicals Malcolm A. Kline, March 8, 2010 Campus Progress is bent out of shape over the mere prospect of federal and state budget cuts in higher education programs. “Today students are taking bold action to highlight the crisis in college affordability and access,” Pedro de la Torre III, Campus Progress’s Advocacy Senior Associate, stated on March 4, 2010. “We can no longer afford to ignore our shortcomings in these areas: the average student debt for graduates has reached more than $23,000, and at least 37 states are slashing higher education budgets which will lead to increasing tuition...
  • An Inconvenient Koala

    03/05/2010 8:18:39 AM PST · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 355+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 6, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    An Inconvenient Koala Bethany Stotts, March 5, 2010 Students at the University of California at San Diego decided to launch a “ghetto-themed ‘Compton Cookout’’’ which satirizes black culture in celebration of Black History Month, according a February Los Angeles Times article. “Promising a taste of ‘life in the ghetto,’ the [party’s] Facebook invitation contained many racist stereotypes,” reported Larry Gordon. “For example, it urged women to dress as ‘ghetto chicks’ who ‘usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheep clothes.’ It said the menu would include chicken and watermelon.” UC Irvine’s New University newspaper notes that “This...
  • Ethics & the College

    03/05/2010 8:15:40 AM PST · by bs9021 · 92+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 6, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Ethics & the College Malcolm A. Kline, March 5, 2010 Here’s a new twist on that old cliché “Those who can’t do, teach.” “Last night, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returned to his alma mater, Northwestern University, and to a crowd as skeptical as it was curious to hear how he would defend his legacy in a panel discussion dedicated to ethics in politics,” David Vognar reported on The Huffington Post. “The result for both Blagojevich and the audience was more talk, talk, talk.” “The students, alumni and Evanston residents treated the event as the sideshow his appearances have become.”...
  • Title IX & Sexual Harassment

    03/05/2010 8:14:02 AM PST · by bs9021 · 175+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | March 6, 2010 | Sheila Archambault
    Title IX & Sexual Harassment Sheila Archambault, March 5, 2010 Most commonly known for its athletic gender equity requirements, Title IX is becoming extremely relevant in sexual misconduct law suits on college campuses across the country, a paper by a law firm focusing on higher education said. In sexual misconduct cases, it is apparent “that we are in ‘Three Little Bears’ territory … we cannot be too hot or too cold, or the courts will rapidly remind us we are off course. We have to be just right,” said a paper entitled, Gamechangers: Reshaping Campus Sexual Misconduct Through Litigation, by...
  • Inside Temples of Tolerance

    03/03/2010 10:46:35 AM PST · by bs9021 · 121+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Inside Temples of Tolerance Malcolm A. Kline, March 3, 2010 While academics lecture the rest of us about diversity, all is not well in their own temples of tolerance. “There has been a recent upsurge of public attacks upon, and disruptions of, Israeli diplomats and scholars, as they seek to present their views in the ‘marketplace of ideas’ and at institutions traditionally committed to the preservation of free speech,” PR newswire reports. “Recent events at the University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, Oxford University, and Cambridge University have targeted these speakers in the most racist and hostile terms, and...
  • Stuck on Stupid

    03/03/2010 10:44:52 AM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 212+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Still Stuck on Stupid Malcolm A. Kline, March 3, 2010 With literacy on all levels (i.e., without adjectives or with—scientific, historical, civic, etc.) on the wane, public officials everywhere scratch their heads over what to do about it while concocting schemes such as the one devised by the school board in the city Tony Bennett sings about. “San Francisco high school students, just months out of middle school, can start earning San Francisco State college credit this fall through a ninth-grade ethnic studies course,” Jill Tucker reported in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 1, 2010. “Currently, five ethnic studies...
  • Recession-Proof Higher Ed

    02/17/2010 10:14:17 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 162+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 18, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Recession-Proof Higher Ed Malcolm A. Kline, February 17, 2010 Could the problem with the unemployment rate in the United States be that it affects the wrong people? “Despite the economic recession, the total number of jobs in higher education continues to follow regular historical patterns and has been characterized as ‘stable,’ according to the latest Higher Education Employment Report from HigherEdJobs.com,” PR Newswire reports. “Following historical patterns, the number of jobs in higher education continued to rise during the fourth quarter of 2009, albeit at a slightly lower rate than in the recent past.” “In Q4 2009, the number of...
  • PETA Pressures Neumann Alumni

    02/09/2010 8:25:01 AM PST · by bs9021 · 156+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 9, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    PETA Pressures Neumann Alumni Bethany Stotts, February 9, 2010 PETA, the radical animal rights group, has convinced the Neumann University Alumni Association to stop offering discounted tickets to a Barnum & Bailey’s Circus event, reported CNS News yesterday. “The Alumni Association was offering discounted tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey’s Circus FUNundrum show, which was headed to Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center on Feb. 27,” states CNS News. “The Alumni Association summarily ended its sponsorship of the event, which Neumann University spokesman Steve Bell said was already in the works.” Neumann U has a Franciscan and Catholic heritage, and their...
  • GWU Goes For It

    02/05/2010 6:47:34 AM PST · by bs9021 · 122+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 5, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    GWU Goes For It Malcolm A. Kline, February 5, 2010 Apparently George Washington University thinks it is too anonymous. On February 4, 2010, Drew Spence reported in the GW Hatchet Online that “Five new staff members have been hired to GW’s Office of Media Relations over the last six months in hopes of increasing the amount of media coverage the University receives.” Well, we’ve been doing our part. Accuracy in Academia has been profiling GWU for years. Spence goes on to report that “Two new media relations specialists, as well as new associate and executive directors for media relations and...
  • Student Readers Go Rogue

    02/03/2010 10:42:15 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 333+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Student Readers Go Rogue Malcolm A. Kline, February 3, 2010 Sarah Palin’s memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, is number 4 on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s What They’re Reading on College Campuses bestseller list. This could produce the biggest shock wave to hit faculty lounges since Reagan captured the youth vote, you betcha’. Of course, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, is at number 2 and their sequel, SuperFreakonomics, is at number 6. Freakonomics, be it remembered, is the magnum opus of University of Chicago economist Levitt,...
  • Mickey Gets a Mickey

    02/03/2010 10:41:39 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 133+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Mickey Gets a Mickey Malcolm A. Kline, February 3, 2010 Apparently, the federal government is employing more than one use of the word “stimulated” when it doles out grants to colleges and universities. “Researchers at Florida Atlantic University received $8.408 in stimulus funds to study whether mice become disoriented when they consume alcohol,” the Washington Examiner reported on February 2, 2010. “Researchers might consider studying whether government’s continuous waste of taxpayer money disillusions voters.”...
  • Collegial Collusion

    01/26/2010 10:19:30 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 234+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 26, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Collegial Collusion Bethany Stotts, January 26, 2010 The Chronicle of Higher Education reported yesterday that the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has decided to cancel an online Ph.D. program for community college administrators because it competes with Morgan State University, a public, historically black institution which offers a similar Ph.D. program. Chronicle writer Marc Parry explains, Last week, 25 new students began training at University of Maryland University College to become community-college administrators. But none of them live in Maryland. In fact, the university has been barred from offering this online doctoral degree to state residents. The bizarre situation...
  • Hopeless Higher Ed Change

    09/29/2009 9:42:20 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 274+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 29, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Hopeless Higher Ed Change by: Bethany Stotts, September 29, 2009 This July, President Barack Obama called for America to “once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world” by 2020. At the Education Sector’s forum on “what the Obama administration’s new focus on higher education means for the future of American colleges and universities,” at George Washington University (GWU), a university official reacted with surprisingly candid skepticism over whether this would occur. Panelist and Southern New Hampshire University President Paul LeBlanc noted that he thought the “bigger impediment” to increasing the number of college graduates “is...
  • New president has Dartmouth eager for change (barf alert)

    09/21/2009 12:06:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 747+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 21, 2009 | Tracy Jan
    HANOVER, N.H. - In an annual rite, incoming Dartmouth College students dutifully lined up to shake the president’s hand, one of many perfunctory events that kick off each school year. But this fall, the tradition was marked by an extra jolt of excitement: More than 1,000 freshmen clamored to meet Dartmouth’s newly appointed leader. The crowd wound around one end of the indoor track, out the door, and along the glass walls of the field house. Many waited longer than an hour. At the head of the receiving line last week, Dr. Jim Yong Kim delighted the teenagers by greeting...
  • House Votes to End Subsidies to Student Loan Firms [consolidates lending in Dept. of Education]

    09/17/2009 7:22:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-09-18 | Nick Anderson
    The Democratic-led House approved a bill Thursday that would overhaul college lending and spend tens of billions of dollars on student grants, community colleges, school construction and early childhood education. The bill would end a program that subsidizes private lenders that provide federally guaranteed student loans. The government itself would make all such federal loans as of July 1, effectively cutting out banks and other lenders as middlemen. That would be a major shift because direct government lending in the last academic year accounted for about a quarter of federal loan volume.
  • Jobless NYC woman sues college for $70K in tuition

    08/03/2009 7:42:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies · 1,908+ views
    NEW YORK – A New York City woman who says she can't find a job is suing the college where she earned a bachelor's degree. Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit last week against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court. The 27-year-old is seeking the $70,000 she spent on tuition.
  • Nearly All His Professors are Democrats (So writes University of Oregon journalism student)

    07/25/2009 12:28:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 1,982+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 7/24/2009 | George Joyce
    “Nearly All My Professors Are Democrats. Isn’t That a Problem?” is the title of a wonderful opinion piece at the Christian Science Monitor by University of Oregon journalism student Dan Lawton. Lawton’s investigation into the liberally funded diversity program at the University of Oregon yielded some interesting results: “The University of Oregon (UO), where I study journalism, invested millions annually in a diversity program that explicitly included "political affiliation" as a component. Yet, out of the 111 registered Oregon voters in the departments of journalism, law, political science, economics, and sociology, there were only two registered Republicans.” When Lawton published...
  • Kansas school stirs debate over outsourced classes (Fort Hays State University)

    05/26/2009 5:52:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies · 353+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2009 | Justin Pope
    Just how much can a college outsource and still be a college? The question is no longer just academic at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Under a novel arrangement, the school will accept credits from a private company that runs introductory courses in subjects like economics and English composition — listing them on transcripts under the Fort Hays State name.
  • End the University as We Know It

    04/27/2009 8:54:51 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 45 replies · 1,853+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 4/27/09 | By MARK C. TAYLOR
    Widespread hiring freezes and layoffs have brought these problems into sharp relief now. But our graduate system has been in crisis for decades, and the seeds of this crisis go as far back as the formation of modern universities. In my own religion department, for example, we have 10 faculty members, working in eight subfields, with little overlap. And as departments fragment, research and publication become more and more about less and less. Each academic becomes the trustee not of a branch of the sciences, but of limited knowledge that all too often is irrelevant for genuinely important problems. A...
  • ARC students reject recall { Student Council supported Prop 8 }

    10/23/2008 8:12:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 744+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/23/8 | Ed Fletcher
    The students of American River College turned back an effort to recall nine campus leaders in response to their support of Proposition 8, the statewide ballot measure banning same-sex marriage. Results of the vote were released by ARC officials this afternoon. . . .Individual results differed among the recall targets, but they all cleared the recall by a 200-300 vote margin out of the 3531 votes cast Tuesday and Wednesday. Students backing the unsuccessful recall say the Proposition 8 vote wasn't the only reason for the recall, but did helped galvanize opposition.
  • ANN COULTER: AYERS: RADICAL LOON WHEN OBAMA WAS ONLY 47 (ManBoy)

    10/22/2008 3:18:41 PM PDT · by Syncro · 72 replies · 3,737+ views
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | October 22, COULTER 2008 | Ann Coulter
    AYERS: RADICAL LOON WHEN OBAMA WAS ONLY 47October 22, 2008 The media are acting as if they completely and fully vetted Obama during the Democratic primaries and that's why they are entitled to send teams of researchers into Alaska to analyze Sarah Palin's every expense report. In fact, the mainstream media did no vetting. They seem to have all agreed, "OK, none of us will get into this business with Jeremiah Wright, 'Tony' Rezko, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and everyone's impression of an angry Michelle Obama on 'The Jerry Springer Show.'" During one of the Democratic primary debates, Hillary Clinton...
  • Slade charged TSU for $100,000 bar tab

    09/13/2007 9:43:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 571+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2007 | Brian Rogers
    Ousted TSU President Priscilla Slade racked up a $100,000 bar tab at Scott Gertner's Skybar and Grille during her tenure and stuck Texas Southern University with the bill, prosecutors said Wednesday. TSU routinely paid for $100 bottles of wine for Slade and drinks for her friends and staff, despite a prohibition at that time on state monies being spent on alcohol, Assistant District Attorney Donna Goode said. Slade's former executive assistant, Erica Vallier, said that the rules for purchasing have since changed, but at the time, Slade told her not to worry about the prohibition. She said her boss drank...
  • Don't Send Your Kid To College - Before You Read This (Chuck Norris Alert)

    07/22/2007 10:24:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 37 replies · 1,731+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 07/23/2007 | Chuck Norris
    On December 27, 1820, Thomas Jefferson wrote William Roscoe about his vision for the University of Virginia (chartered in 1819), "This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error as long as reason is left free to combat it." But what should happen 200 years later when our public universities avoid the testing of truths? Or suppress alternate opinions because they are unpopular or politically incorrect? Or no longer tolerate opinions now considered errors by the elite?...
  • Is retired Santa Ana teacher helping students into science careers? Do the math

    01/02/2007 5:34:34 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 9 replies · 744+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2 January 2007 | Yvonne Villarreal
    ...Paul J. Riordan, 75, who taught for 35 years in the Santa Ana Unified School District, said he grew tired of people writing off Latinos as "dumb." So he founded his nonprofit organization to prove their academic potential, and it has since expanded to include any low-income student. "These kids are so uniquely different. They each have a story," Riordan said. "But they are all alike in that they have so much against them. They have true grit because they fight through the system despite their shortcomings." Riordan held firmly to his walker as he shuffled along the carpet at...
  • Globally Warmed Cold Feet

    08/07/2006 6:06:03 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 4 replies · 662+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 1, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A professor frequently identified as a global warming skeptic has tried to distance himself from that label and a scientist skeptical of that theory questions that shift. “The Antarctic has been cooling (Doran et al)—while climate models all predict a strong warming,” S. Fred Singer for the Science & Environmental Policy Project reports. “It is comical—and also a little sad—to watch the lead author try to explain away his own results in order to maintain a politically correct position on global warming.” A climatologist, Dr. Singer is a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. He was the first director...
  • Higher-Ed Accreditation is Under Fire

    06/21/2006 6:25:10 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 256+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 19, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Higher-ed accreditation practice does not have the trust it once had. Just because a school is accredited, it no longer means that the school can be relied on to deliver quality education. How many full-timers are there? It doesn't matter as much because they are not available. How many books are there in the library? It doesn't matter any more, because nearly all resources needed are now online. How much classroom space is there? It doesn't matter anymore, because students are taking classes online. How stable is the school financially? It matters a lot, because schools ought not be allowed...
  • Education Elephants

    06/06/2006 1:23:55 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 1 replies · 260+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 6, 2006 | Julia A. Seymour
    Last week marked the final set of hearings on academic freedom by members of the Pennsylvania state house. The Select Committee on Academic Freedom met at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) on May 31st and June 1st to hear administrators, union officials, professors and students. Dr. Peter H. Garland and Dr. James D. Moran came representing the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and said that it is their goal “to ensure that the more than 107,000 students attending the 14 PASSHE Universities receive the very best education possible” and said that each school already has policies in place...
  • Civic Science

    05/02/2006 4:37:41 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 14 replies · 239+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 30 2006 | Peter Dizikes
    BACK IN 2001, Harvard president Lawrence Summers used his inaugural address to identify an especially significant problem he believed the university was facing. Harvard, said Summers, was failing to teach science to its undergraduates. "We live in a society, and dare I say a university," Summers proclaimed, where few people would confess to not having read any plays by Shakespeare or to not knowing the meaning of the categorical imperative, but where it is all too common and all too acceptable not to know a gene from a chromosome or the meaning of exponential growth." With Summers-an accomplished economist not...
  • Colleges consider stressing danger of pressure groups

    04/14/2006 8:55:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 665+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 14, 2006 | Cristina Silva
    Dressed in sneakers and jeans, they hang out along the edges of campuses, handing out fliers and calling out to passing college students. Each group, students say, has a different, seemingly harmless opening line: ''Are you saved? Are you antiwar? Are you stressed out?" But some college officials say they view most of these groups as high-pressure organizations akin to cults. The groups have a history of recruiting vulnerable students and then alienating them from their parents and classmates. They say that the groups, many of which were banned from schools more than a decade ago, resurfaced on campuses this...
  • Jihadists in the Tower

    03/21/2006 12:41:28 PM PST · by JSedreporter · 1 replies · 493+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 21, 2006 | Julia A. Seymour
    When the airliners took down the World Trade Center towers, Americans struggled to find answers. They found some, but a discernible haze over the minds and eyes of Americans existed in those post 9/11 days. The truth many failed to realize was that the jihadists were already here. They were in our towers; the ivory ones.