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  • Sigma Nu frat at Old Dominion suspended for offensive banners

    08/25/2015 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2015 | Mariano Castillo
    Just before the new semester kicked off at Old Dominion University, some un-"welcome" signs have resulted in a fraternity's suspension. Parents bringing their freshmen students to move-in at the Norfolk, Virginia, campus and community last week might have glimpsed these banners hanging from the balcony of a private home. "Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," read one of the signs, which was spray-painted on a sheet. "Freshman daughter drop off," and "Go ahead and drop off mom too," were messages displayed on two other sheets, CNN affiliate WTKR reported. Members of the Sigma...
  • Arkansas College Accused Of Racism For Trying To Ban Saggy Pants

    08/19/2015 12:36:25 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 23 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | Tue, August 18, 2015 | By Brendan Kelly,
    Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is facing accusations of racism after attempting to crack down on people wearing saggy pants on campus. The college has not officially banned saggy pants in its dress code, as the school has no official dress code, but signs warning that saggy pants will not be tolerated have gone up around campus and in the student center, the Daily Caller reported. A spokeswoman for the college, Tonya Smith, said that the signs, which also warn against profanity and rude behavior, were intended to discourage disruptive behavior on campus. “Our faculty in particular had experienced...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • University Ban On Saggy Pants Decried As Racist

    08/19/2015 7:40:23 PM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 17, 2015 | Blake Neff
    A college’s attempt to crack down on the wearing of saggy pants is being attacked as racist against black people. Henderson State University, a public college in Arkadelphia, Ark., hasn’t officially banned such pants in its dress code, but recently signs appeared in its students center warning that saggy pants, along with profanity or rude behavior, would not be tolerated. Tonya Smith, a university spokeswoman, told Inside Higher Ed that the signs were intended to discourage disruptive behavior on campus. “Our faculty in particular had experienced an increase in inappropriate classroom behaviors that were disturbing the learning environment,” Smith said....
  • Most LGBT-Friendly Colleges 2015: Princeton Review Ranks Emerson College Tops For Gay Students

    08/15/2015 7:36:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/15/2015 | Julia Glum
    The Princeton Review recently named Emerson College in Boston was recently named the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly college in the U.S, while Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, was named the most unfriendly campus for that demographic of students. Getty Images The Princeton Review released this week its annual rankings of the 380 best colleges and universities in the U.S. But the test prep company did more than just crown party schools, it also broke higher education institutions down into 62 lists measuring everything from dorms to food. It also looked at demographics and compared schools...
  • 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...
  • There's Nothing Academic About Campus Rape

    08/02/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "The price of a college education should never be the risk of a sexual assault," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Too many colleges don't treat rape, she observed, as "the violent felony that it actually is." Her solution is the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, or CASA, which would require college campuses to designate confidential advisers to victims of sexual assault and establish rules for campus investigations of sexual assaults. Gillibrand means well; there's no question about it. But Congress telling American universities how they should handle campus rape truly is an instance of the...
  • Microaggression, Macro-Crazy

    07/17/2015 7:26:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2015 | Heather Mac Donald
    Early this year, the University of California’s president, Janet Napolitano, asked all deans and department chairs in the university’s ten campuses to undergo training in overcoming their “implicit biases” toward women and minorities. The department heads also needed training, according to the UC president, in how to avoid committing microaggressions, those acts of alleged racism that are invisible to the naked eye. A more insulting and mindless exercise would be hard to imagine. But Napolitano’s seminar possesses a larger significance: it demolishes any remaining hope that college administrators possess a firmer grip on reality than the narcissistic students over whom...
  • How Chinese Students are 'Cheating' to Get into U.S. Universities

    07/13/2015 5:25:33 AM PDT · by tellw · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/13/2015 | Johann Nylander
    Ghostwrites, dubious consultants and falsified applications are being used by many of the Chinese students who apply to enroll at U.S. universities, according to a new CNN report. A 21-year-old woman from Jiangsu Province told the publication how her parents paid three consultants $4,500 to fill out the application, write her personal essay and compose teacher recommendation letters. The reason: Her level of English wasn’t strong enough. “I did feel slightly guilty but all my friends did the same thing,” the woman said.
  • Two Christian Colleges Extend Employment Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

    07/13/2015 7:30:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/13/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Two Christian colleges located in states that had their same-sex marriage bans struck down by the United States Supreme Court's June 26 decision that nationally legalized same-sex marriage are offering employment benefits to legally recognized same-sex spouses of school employees. The employment practices of Hope College, a small Reformed liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan, and the nondenominational Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, will both comply with their states' new legal definitions on marriage after the high court's ruling. On Monday, Hope College President John Knapp sent an email to the Hope community explaining that while Hope will continue to...
  • How Conservatives Teach

    07/10/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 10, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Liberal friends curious about how conservative professors actually teach might consider asking them. That’s what Jeisi Zhao of the Young America’s Foundation did in an interview with George Mason University economist Walter Williams. “I teach micro-economic theory, and in my classroom I never talk about the kind of things that I talk about in my syndicated column or on radio,” Dr. Williams told Zhao. “In my classroom, I never talk about these things because they are my preferences and values, and I think it is academic dishonesty for professors to teach students their values.” “I would never teach my preferences....
  • Donald Trump says he may re-open Trump University

    07/04/2015 10:38:36 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Published: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:21 PM | BY Ken Lovett
    Confident he is going to beat back a $40 million fraud lawsuit by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, billionaire developer Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering re-opening his defunct Trump University.
  • Fewer Californians got into UC, while offers to foreign students rose

    07/03/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 2nd, 2015 | By Larry Gordon
    With the number of UC applicants at a new high, California residents faced tougher odds of gaining acceptance into next fall's freshman classes. A record number of students from other countries and states, meanwhile, received offers of admission. About 60% of the 103,117 California applicants were offered a spot on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses, according to university figures released Thursday. That appears to be a record low acceptance rate, down from about 63% of the 99,955 applicants last year, and about 79% in 1999, the oldest available systemwide figures. However, Stephen Handel, UC associate vice president...
  • Citadel leaders want Confederate flag moved from Summerall Chapel

    06/24/2015 10:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Charleston Regional Business Journal ^ | 06/24/2015 | Ashley Heffernan
    Less than a week after nine people were fatally shot in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, leaders at The Citadel have voted to remove a Confederate Naval Jack flag from the campus chapel. Dylann Storm Roof, who has been charged in the shootings, was previously photographed posing with the Confederate flag. Many national businesses have vowed to stop selling Confederate merchandise, and hundreds of people rallied in Columbia to remove the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds. Lawmakers are expected to debate the flag’s location this summer. One of the victims of the shooting was a Citadel...
  • The University of California’s Insane Speech Police

    06/23/2015 8:44:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Robby Soave
    Fifty years after the birth of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley, officials across the UC system are encouraging faculty and students to purge mundane, potentially offensive words and phrases from their vocabularies. Administrators want members of campus to avoid the use of racist and sexist statements, though their notions about what kinds of statements qualify are completely bonkers. “America is a melting pot,” “Why are you so quiet?” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” are all phrases that should raise red flags, according to the UC speech police. Requests for...
  • Scott Walker’s latest target: College professors

    06/18/2015 4:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kimberly Hefling with Allie Grasgreen
    Labor leaders and the higher education community are closely watching to see if other politicians follow Walker’s lead.“I don’t think it’s an immediate threat elsewhere, but it’s still a big concern,” said Mark F. Smith, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, which has slightly less than 200,000 higher education members.David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said he expects more such fights in upcoming years.“I think that this is just part of the evolution of attacks on … public benefits and on public sector employees of all sorts,” Bergeron said.------------ As Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Progressive Academics Are Shocked That Their Creatures Turn on Them

    06/09/2015 6:43:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/09/2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Recently several progressive professors have publicly complained that their students are hounding them for failing to consider their tender sensibilities by straying beyond the p.c. orthodoxy on sexual assault, sex identity, linguistic correctness, and a whole host of other progressive shibboleths. Northwestern “feminist” professor Laura Kipnis found herself in a Title IX star chamber for an article she wrote decrying the immaturity of her legally adult students. Over at Vox, another progressive confessed (anonymously, reminding us that academics are an invertebrate species) he was so “scared” and “terrified” of his “liberal” students that he self-censors his comments in class and...
  • They really are the party of stupid: The real story behind Scott Walker’s war on higher education

    06/07/2015 5:09:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | Heather Cox Richardson, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY at Boston College
    Walker’s Act 10 for higher education is not just about tenure. Its attack on the university that gave birth to the original Wisconsin Experiment is the logical outcome of eighty years of maligning universities as hotbeds of socialism in an attempt to undercut workers’ influence in government. It is a decisive power play in the struggle over the nature of the American government. Should workers have political power, or should a few rich men alone determine government policies? Walker’s stand is clear. He has long worked in lockstep with ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, through which corporations write legislation...
  • National focus on UW sharpening over tenure, governance [Scott Walker's state budget]

    06/03/2015 11:39:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 3, 2015 | Karen Herzog covers higher education and public health
    Already dismayed by prospective cuts to the University of Wisconsin System, higher education observers now suggest the state could become an academic pariah if the Legislature scales back two treasured tenets of academia—tenure and shared governance.The impact would be crushing and far-reaching if language in a GOP plan wins support of the full Legislature and becomes law, said Rudy Fichtenbaum,president of the American Association of University Professors.That effectively will be the end of tenure in Wisconsin," Fichtenbaum said. "I'm not aware of any state that has gone this far...I can't imagine anybody taking a job there unless they can't get...
  • Why Conservatives Give Better Graduation Speeches

    06/02/2015 12:12:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Tom Purcell
    Get this: Conservatives give better graduation speeches than their more liberal-minded counterparts. After reviewing two commencement-speech anthologies - "The World is Waiting For You," which features 18 speeches by liberals, and "Remembering Who We Are," which showcases 30 conservative speeches - Washington Post blogger and book critic Carlos Lozada gives five reasons why conservatives do a better job. First, he writes, conservatives are more likely to speak to graduates as individuals, rather than as members of a movement or generation. Whereas liberal speakers say things such as, "you are the first generation that ...," conservative speakers are more likely to...
  • Journalists Highlight 2015 Commencement Speakers List

    06/02/2015 9:58:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 2, 2015 | Don Irvine
    From TV Newser. Not too many conservatives on the list. FBN’s Maria Bartiromo: New York University – Graduate School of Arts and Science (NY), May 19 CBS’s Margaret Brennan: Niagara University – College of Arts and Sciences and Education (NY), May 16 PBS’s David Brooks: Westmont College (CA), May 8… Dartmouth College (NH), June 14 NBC’s Tom Brokaw: High Point University (NC), May 8 Yahoo’s Katie Couric: University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI), May 16 NBC’s Josh Elliott: University of California, Santa Barbara – Humanities and Arts (CA), June 15 NBC’s Richard Engel: Stanford University (CA), June 14 CNBC’s Sharon Epperson: Carlow...
  • Rutgers Freshman Victimized by Insufficiently Diverse Mascot

    05/18/2015 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/18/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    According to the Rutgers Daily Targum, freshman Emmet Brennan helped author a bill “…to create black, Latino, Asian, and third-gender mascot friends to accompany the school’s original “Scarlet Knight” mascot adopted in 1955.” “Our mascot does not represent how diverse we are as a school,” decided Brennan after he “…noticed the mascot’s fair skin and blue eyes while working as a press box server during the university’s football games.” Katie Park, writing for the Daily Targum, tells her readers: After taking issue with the mascot’s complexion, Brennan began collaborating with student Mohamed Asker who currently serves as the SA’s student...
  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/17/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Ronald Nelson from Memphis, Tennessee, is a senior at Houston High School. He was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools--that's Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, and UPenn--along with Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Vanderbilt, among a few other schools. While any of these schools are fantastic options, Nelson made headlines for another reason: he turned them all down. Nelson will be attending the University of Alabama this fall, as a member of the school's honors program.While it may seem shocking that a student would turn down a prestigious university for a state school, Nelson actually showed impressive maturity...
  • A generation of Peter Pans

    05/16/2015 6:59:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/16/2015 | Patrice Lewis
    An interesting doom-and-gloom piece appeared on ZeroHedge this week entitled “A Generational Storm is Coming.” Apparently written as a rather depressing commencement address for the graduating class of 2015, it discusses the current economic realities facing young people and tends to put a lot of blame on the older generation for screwing them over. OK, fine, whatever. But it did have a couple of interesting points regarding college students: “[The student loan delinquency rate] will probably go much higher … as students take on more debt. Total outstanding student debt is expected to bubble up to $3.3 trillion by 2025....
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hopes rape hoaxes shine a spotlight on campus rape epidemic [video]

    04/25/2015 3:09:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-25 | Twitchy Staff
    Twitchy yesterday reported on a lawsuit filed against Columbia University by Paul Nungesser, a student who claims the school has sided with the woman who accused him of rape, even though both school and law enforcement authorities rejected the case after interviews and investigation. Since then, Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz has gained publicity in 35 countries by carrying a mattress with her wherever she goes on campus — an art project approved for college credit by visual arts professor Jon Kessler, who referred to the mattress in the Columbia Spectator as the site of Sulkowicz’ rape.Whether the lawsuit determines if this is an example of a...
  • Walker’s destructive war on education: Let’s judge Tea Party pols by the same dumb standards

    04/23/2015 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | April 23, 2015 | Aaron R. Hanlon, Georgetown University
    Imagine what would happen if we passed a law that required every elected representative in the U.S. to take a phone call from a minimum of 10 constituents a day (and I mean individual constituents, not lobbyists and interest groups). Under this law, representatives would also be evaluated by Likert scale surveys on how well they meet the needs of their constituent callers. Anytime survey scores slip below a certain numerical threshold of acceptability, the elected official is fired from office, regardless of the results of democratic election or the prescriptions of the state or federal constitutions. By such standards...
  • Suspect arrested in Florida for deadly shooting at North Carolina college

    04/14/2015 5:28:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 14
    (Reuters) - The 20-year-old former student sought in the fatal shooting of an employee at a North Carolina community college was arrested on Tuesday after being found sleeping on a beach in Florida, police said. Stancil is accused of killing Wayne Community College print shop director Ron Lane not long after Lane arrived for work Monday morning. Lane was an employee at the school for 18 years, officials said, and Stancil had worked for him when he was a student.
  • Brother of Famous Actress Admits He Faked Being Black to Get Into Med School — and It Worked!

    04/03/2015 5:25:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 3, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    In 1998, Vijay Chokal-Ingam was “determined to become a doctor,” but his 3.1 GPA significantly reduced his chances. When he realized his application wouldn’t cut it, he came up with a back-up plan — he pretended to be black. Chokal-Ingam, brother of famous actress Mindy Kaling, said he “knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say… less stringent.” In a blog post, Chokal-Ingam explains how he ended up getting into the St. Louis University School of Medicine despite his low GPA and MCAT score: So, I shaved my head, trimmed my long Indian eyelashes, and applied to...
  • Litigation Is Beginning to Free Up Speech on Campus

    04/02/2015 8:48:19 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is busy making good on its promise to fight for students’ free speech rights through a massive litigation campaign. Since last year, FIRE’s Stand Up For Free Speech effort has filed nine First Amendment lawsuits against campuses that quash the First Amendment, according to its website. Four of the cases have already enjoyed successes in FIRE’s favor, and the others continue to wind their way through the court system. FIRE’s early victories in its litigation campaign illustrate that colleges’ limits on free speech are onerous and unconstitutional. But the battle continues.
  • Catholic college won’t offer federal loans, citing overreaching regs

    03/29/2015 3:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | March 16, 2015 | NATE MADDEN
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Wyoming Catholic College, a Catholic university founded in 2005 in Lander, announced in late February that it “shall not participate in federal student loan programs.”The decision came after months of analysis and deliberations by the college and its board of directors.“While the financial benefits are undeniable,” said a news release, “the increasingly burdensome regulatory requirements are clearly troubling for faith-based institutions.” The decision to forego federal student loan and grant programs was reached in a unanimous vote by the college’s board of directors.“While respecting that some of our peer institutions have reached a different conclusion on this...
  • Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly are Harvard Law School’s 2015 Class Day Speakers

    03/28/2015 10:23:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    today.law.harvard.edu ^ | 3/24/2015 | unknown
    Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut, will be this year’s speakers for the Class Day ceremonies at Harvard Law School. Class Day will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Giffords served as U.S. Representative from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District from 2007 to 2012. She survived an assassination attempt in Tucson in 2011 while meeting with her constituents. The gun attack killed six people and injured 13 others, including Giffords, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Despite her massive injuries and subsequent neurosurgeries, Giffords returned to...
  • The Death Of Catholic Universities In America

    03/27/2015 6:41:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/26/15 | Dominic Lynch
    Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.Catholic universities in America are typically regarded as offering a well-rounded education combined with one of the premier intellectual forces of the West: the Catholic Church, and its vast well of knowledge in almost every discipline. Unlike state-sponsored institutions, which can offer a quality education, Catholic universities have the advantage of a grounded and time-tested moral foundation. This foundation, and the discoveries, advances, and progress it has produced, is unrivaled in any other Western tradition. Secular universities, good though they...
  • Student Paper Claims Concealed Carry Reinforces Rape Culture

    03/27/2015 4:23:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The self-proclaimed champions of women’s rights, the political left, is once again insisting that a woman’s right to protect herself from sexual attackers should be regulated, restricted, and in some cases banned. After all, only American Liberals would believe that a woman being raped is morally superior to a rapist being shot. Arguing that concealed carry on college campuses would actually “reinforce rape culture” on campus, an editorial in the University of North Carolina’s student’s newspaper argued against arming young (law abiding) women.Concealed weapons would not significantly reduce sexual assault and would create inadvertent risks within other forms of interpersonal violence…...
  • White Guys Win Again. Was This College Catalog Cover a Loser?

    03/20/2015 6:25:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution Blog ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jessica Roy
    A reader sent me a copy of the cover of the new University of North Georgia continuing education catalog asked with this question, “Are they crazy?” It’s a valid question given the awkwardness of the image and its pairing with a headline that asks, “Why follow when you can lead?” The illustration features two exultant white men — dressed like missionaries for some reason — well ahead of a woman in heels wearing what looks to be an ensemble from “Dynasty” and a black male in more casual attire who appears to be struggling to finish the race. I thought...
  • U. of Wisconsin campus paper fills pages with mostly anti-Scott Walker op-eds

    03/11/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 11, 2015 | by David Hookstead - University of Wisconsin Madison
    Count by The College Fix finds roughly three times as many anti-Walker pieces than pro-Walker pieces in Wisconsin student newspaper’s opinion section in recent weeks. MADISON, Wis. – Over the last month and a half, the opinion pages of the student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been crowded with arguments against Gov. Scott Walker, suggesting – among other things – that his platform will decimate higher education, ruin the environment and hurt the economy. The launch of the second semester here in late January coincided with Gov. Walker’s prominent thrust into the national spotlight, with his higher education...
  • Law schools are in a death spiral. Maybe now they’ll finally change.

    03/10/2015 8:08:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | Dorothy A. Brown, Professor , Emory University School of Law.
    “March madness” holds a different meaning in the legal world. While most of the country looks forward to fast breaks and Cinderella upsets, law schools are bracing themselves for another type of madness: the annual carnage left by the U.S. News & World Report rankings. This year’s rankings drop on March 10, to be followed by the usual chaos. Deans at highly placed law schools will issue news releases; deans with less fortunate rankings will have their already hectic lives turned upside down. The lucky ones will get fired. The unlucky ones will have to deal with the fallout. A...
  • Americans save record $248 billion for college; Savings in 529 accounts up 9% over last year

    03/05/2015 8:51:54 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    WMUR.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Katie Lobosco
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —More Americans are saving money for college using 529 accounts. They amount of money in the savings plans grew to a record $248 billion in 2014, about 9 percent more than the previous year.People are starting to save for their children earlier than ever. About 31 percent of the savings plans are opened by parents when their child is barely a year old, or before, according to the College Savings Plans Network.That's smart, given the skyrocketing cost of college tuition and fees in recent years."You really should be starting to save for college as soon as...
  • The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-Notre Dame President, Dies at 97

    02/27/2015 1:35:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/27/15 | Nick Anderson
    The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97. A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed the death and said the cause was not immediately known. Father Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, was considered one of the most important university leaders of the past century. On his watch, the Midwestern school once known mainly for Fighting Irish football became...
  • Everest College shut down in Ontario [Canada], 14 schools closed

    02/19/2015 12:45:29 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Pete Evans
    The Ontario government has shut down U.S.-based Everest College, a chain of 14 private career schools. On Thursday, the superintendent of private career colleges, the independent regulator that governs schools like Everest and others in the province, said it has suspended the chain's licence to operate in Ontario as a private college, effective immediately. The office "can propose to revoke a private career college's registration if [the superintendent] no longer satisfied that it can be expected to be financially responsible in its operation as a private career college, considering its current financial position," the regulator said in a statement.
  • “We Hide the Word ‘Catholic’ From Prospective Students”

    02/17/2015 4:07:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/16/15 | Jim Infantine
    A New Jesuit Approach to Higher Education?Gonzaga University graduate Autumn Jones asks a provocative question in a December 30 piece for The Atlantic, “The New Brand of Jesuit Universities.” Jones chronicles a rebranding effort by Jesuit universities across the country, and considers “whether this rebranding attenuates the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.” In search of an answer, Jones solicits comments from Jesuit faculty members, students, and administrators. Running throughout the piece is a straw man argument, expressed by some interviewees, namely: Catholic universities can either “fall in line” with the Church, or they can be “places where young adults...
  • Concealed Carry Can Help Reduce Sexual Assault at Universities

    02/14/2015 6:30:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gabriella Hoffman
    In a time where sexual assault is on the rise at American universities, it's important to curb this trend by effective means.How can universities best address and eradicate the threat of sexual assault on campus? Allow concealed carry on campus. Seven states–Wyoming, Montana, Florida, Texas, Indiana, North Dakota, and now South Dakota–are considering legislation to permit concealed carry at universities. As more Americans channel support for gun rights over gun control, legislation to repeal gun-free zones and permit concealed carry should be deliberated in more states. Universities are gun-free zones, which make them prime targets for criminals. Evidence shows that...
  • The Assassination of Scott Walker By The Coward Liberal Media

    02/13/2015 12:45:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    We all knew this was coming: liberal attacks on Gov. Scott Walker for not having a college degree. In 1990, Walker decided to drop out of Marquette University during the spring semester of his senior year - a decision that’s mystified the political left. But then there’s former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who–as Dan wrote–basically questioned Walker’s intelligence: "This is a particular problem for Scott Walker which has not been an issue yet, but it will. Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations who did not have a college degree. So the...
  • HIGHER EDUCATION

    02/01/2015 8:30:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/1/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As federal dollars pour into higher education, tuitions rise, administrative bloat expands, and part-timers teach more and more class sections! Allen B. West’s national Center for Policy analysis is offering a very critical view of “the higher education bubble” by researcher Farhad Mirzadeh. (1) “The result of infusing colleges with billions of dollars in additional funds will be to raise the cost of a college education even higher-just as student loans and federal grants have encouraged wasteful spending by colleges and universities across the country,” says West’s writer. A staggering ONE TRILLION DOLLARS in outstanding student loans equals more than...
  • Eric Cantor lands at Harvard

    01/29/2015 9:28:23 AM PST · by Maceman · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, unceremoniously dumped in his 2014 GOP primary by Tea Party favorite Dave Brat, has won a gig at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. Cantor will join two others who fell short of election in 2014, former Democratic North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost her bid for governor, as Institute fellows.
  • SOTU Fact Check: College Is Less Affordable And Students Are Billions In Debt

    01/21/2015 1:19:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    In his State of the Union Tuesday night, President Obama claimed his "middle-class economics" would help make college more affordable. But after six years in office, his policies have only made college more expensive.When Obama first came into office, the average tuition for a four year in state college was $6,591. Today, it is $9139, a 38 percent increase. The growth in tuition for private schools was even higher.Meanwhile, house hold median income has fallen from  $54,059 when Obama took office to $51,939 today. So college tuition has gone up while income has fallen. That is the opposite of making college more affordable.So...
  • Duke University finds homosexual haters it can embrace: Chick-fil-A Out, Muslims Prayers In

    01/15/2015 7:30:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Duke University is one of the most politically correct campuses in the nation, a title for which there is abundant competition.  Chick-fil-A’s outlet on campus closed in 2013, after its contract expired in the wake of concerns expressed by the LGBT Center. But now comes news that the Muslim call to prayer, the adhan, will echo from the bell tower of the Duke chapel – Duke’s most iconic structure – every Friday, electronically amplified. CNN: Starting Friday, the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant the call, or adhan, from the Duke Chapel bell tower. The adhan signals the beginning...
  • Duke reverses plan to allow Islamic call to prayer from campus chapel

    01/15/2015 3:14:12 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 51 replies
    wral.com ^ | Jan 15,2015 | wral.com
    DURHAM, N.C. — Two days after announcing that Islamic students would be broadcasting a weekly call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower, Duke University officials abandoned that plan Thursday, citing the furor the move had created.
  • Time to End Fed Ed Aid?

    01/05/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 4, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Could the time to end federal aid to higher education have long passed? “The federal government has no constitutional authority to do anything with regard to higher education (or any level, for that matter),” George Leef writes in Forbes. “But in 1965, Congress was swarming with ‘progressives’ who were sure that because college seemed to be a good thing for the rather small percentage of Americans who went, the nation would benefit if almost everyone went.” “So the federal policy began to make higher education more ‘accessible’ for students, most significantly through grants and easily available loans. The result was...
  • Dear Politicians: Resolve To Make 2015 The Year Of Repealing Bad Laws

    12/30/2014 7:18:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 30, 2014 | George Leef
    ... Instead of talking about new laws to enact and regulations to impose, it’s time to start talking about old ones that should be repealed. Your predecessors in office – and quite possibly you – have done grave damage to America with swarms of laws and regulations that take liberty and property away from the people, waste resources, enrich and empower special interest groups, and undermine the rule of law. The very best, most public-spirited thing you could do would be to repeal them. Here is a starter list. The Davis-Bacon Act. This law is a relic of the Depression,...
  • California University president: if you're 'light skinned,' you have 'unearned privilege'

    12/11/2014 10:31:29 AM PST · by dennisw · 86 replies
    campusreform ^ | Dec 10, 2014 | Maggie Lit
    In a Dec. 5 op-ed, the president of California State University (CSU) claimed if you are “light skinned” you have “significant unearned privilege” and routinely think less of those who are different than yourself. In her piece, “Privilege at The Beach,”—referencing the Long Beach area where the school resides—Jane Close Conoley, a white woman herself, asserts that “light skin color and high income levels may attract significant unearned privilege.” Those who qualify for such privilege, often unknowingly exert distrust and “lower expectations of behavior” on those of another skin color. “Those who are less affluent with darker skin or from...