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  • Obama scheduled to speak at University of Michigan on Friday

    01/23/2012 3:14:52 PM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 18 replies
    Ann Arbor.Com ^ | 1/23/12 | Kellie Woodhouse
    President Barack Obama is giving the State of the Union speech on Tuesday - but a speech he plans to give at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus on Friday might be of more interest to Michiganders. Obama will speak at the U-M Al Glick Field House on Friday, according to a White House official who spoke this afternoon to According to a source familiar with the plan, the speech is expected to take place at around 9:30 a.m. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said that while the school has been talking to the White House, the event...
  • The Rest of the Story: 26 LU students request permits to carry guns on campus(VA)

    12/30/2011 7:45:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 29 December, 2011 | Liz Barry
    When Liberty University senior Craig Storrs returns from Christmas break, he plans to apply for permission to carry on campus his Bersa .380, a small handgun he owns for self-defense. If Storrs’ application is approved, he will join the first wave of students packing heat at Liberty. Since LU announced the new firearms policy in late November, 64 students, faculty and staff have applied for permission to carry guns on campus, according to university officials. Liberty officials would not disclose how many applications had been approved, but said they received requests from 26 students and 38 faculty and staff members...
  • Applying While Asian

    12/16/2011 5:56:28 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 16, 2011 | Rich Lowry
    To check or not to check the Asian box? That is the pointed choice faced by Asian-American students applying to gain admission to what are supposed to be the most tolerant places on Earth, the nation's colleges. The Associated Press ran a report on Asian students of mixed parentage checking "white," if possible, on their applications to avoid outing themselves as Asians. The Princeton Review Student Advantage Guide counsels Asian-American students not to check the race box and warns against sending a photo. In a culture that makes so much of celebrating ethnic heritage, especially of racial minorities, and that...
  • [Iowa] College Republicans Attacked for Supporting the Troops

    12/06/2011 11:50:12 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | December 6, 2011 | Editorial Board
    This past Saturday, College Republicans from across the state braved the rain and cold to converge in Des Moines to box donations for Iowa soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. For weeks they fundraised independently on their campuses to buy socks, wet wipes, shampoo, lip balm and much more in an effort to make our brave men and women overseas slightly more comfortable this holiday season. The Iowa State College Republicans received second place overall in the most items fundraised by any chapter, mainly due to the efforts of ISUCR Jeremy Freeman. The Iowa Federation of College Republicans has made donating to...

    11/30/2011 7:58:53 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 43 replies
    youtube ^ | 11.29.11 | bostenchannel
  • 'Occupy Student Debt' emerges in US

    11/22/2011 3:53:24 AM PST · by Cardhu · 119 replies
    Press TV ^ | November 22nd 2011 | Staff
    A number of student organizers in the US have unveiled what they call an 'Occupy Student Debt' campaign, urging borrowers across the country to default on their college loans. The campaign was made public Monday afternoon in New York's Zuccotti Park, where the national Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement emerged, the Huffington Post reported. “Since the first days of the Occupy movement, the agony of student debt has been a constant refrain,” said Andrew Ross, a professor at New York University and an active OWS member, while addressing a crowd in the park “We've heard the harrowing personal testimony...
  • Liberty University OKs Concealed Guns On Campus

    11/16/2011 2:56:28 PM PST · by Wage Slave · 6 replies
    The News & Advance ^ | 16 November 2011 | Liz Barry
    Liberty University has approved a policy that will allow visitors, students and staff who have concealed weapons permits to carry guns on campus....
  • BOV prohibits concealed guns(VA)

    11/14/2011 7:14:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 14 November, 2011 | Rose Lee
    The Board of Visitors approved a regulation Friday banning firearms on Grounds, at the University Medical Center and at the College at Wise. The regulation is consistent with an already existing University policy prohibiting weapons, fireworks and explosives on University property. The decision comes after Virginia Attorney General and University alumnus Ken Cuccinelli opined in July that the University’s “policy” banning weapons could not apply to those with concealed weapons permits. In the opinion, Cuccinelli acknowledged that a similar regulation at George Mason University carries the force of law with regard to concealed weapons. “Regulations” undergo a more formal process...
  • How I Learned to Love the State

    11/09/2011 7:38:59 AM PST · by Vintage Freeper · 8 replies ^ | 11/07/2011 | Justin Hayes
    While we were students of the state education apparatus, how many of us had to write research papers where we were asked to "change the world"?I'm sure we can all remember a writing prompt similar to this: "If I could change one thing about the world, it would be …" or "How I can make the world a better place."Often, these writing prompts were given to us when we were not even old enough to think about abstract concepts like war and politics.Were these assignments teaching us to think critically? In some cases, this is possible. For the most part,...
  • Obama Plan Would Cut Student-Loan Interest Rates

    10/25/2011 9:54:51 AM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies
    President Barack Obama will announce a new plan to allow students holding both private and government student loans to consolidate their debts into a government loan, thereby reducing their interest rates, officials inside and outside the Obama administration said Tuesday. Mr. Obama is to announce the move in Denver on Wednesday, part of a White House push to emphasize actions the administration can take to boost the economy without congressional approval. The change could affect an estimated 5.8 million people who hold two types of student loans—those issued by private banks and "direct loans" issued by the government, an administration...
  • Ave Maria University: A Catholic project gone wrong

    10/25/2011 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 80 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Oct 20 2011 | Michael E. Miller
    Marielena Stuart stood in the middle of a quiet street, 120 miles across the swamp from Miami, and stared down the black plastic barrel of a news camera. Behind her loomed a monstrous church, its 100-foot orange-brick façade shimmering like scales in the nighttime spotlights. Stuart glanced up at its one round window — a Cyclops's unblinking eye gazing out over the strange, tiny town of Ave Maria — and shuddered. Her dream town had turned against her, she explained. Stuart, a conservative Catholic writer and blogger who resembles an aging Elizabeth Taylor, explained she felt like she was being...
  • Faculty Lounge - A tale of Sherpas and superstars [Perry's Higher Education Reform]

    10/25/2011 7:02:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    National Review Magazine ^ | October 31, 2011 ISSUE | Kevin D. Williamson
    In May of 2008, Gov. Rick Perry convened an unprecedented joint meeting of the boards of Texas’s three major university systems — the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech — and laid out an agenda for reforming the state’s higher-education system, a plan to lower costs and raise the quality of both teaching and research. There is real reason for Governor Perry’s concern: Tuition, though still quite low in Texas, has been climbing for years, an unwelcome development, and the state’s higher-ed flagship, the University of Texas at Austin, barely makes the top-50 list in the college rankings,...
  • College Has Been Oversold

    10/19/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 19, 2011 | ALEX TABARROK
    Education is the key to the future: You've heard it a million times, and it's not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects. And American students are not studying the fields with the greatest economic potential. Over the past 25 years the total number of students in college has increased by about 50%. But the number of students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (the so-called STEM...
  • Forgive Student Loans? (93% of Wall Street Protesters Surveyed Want Student Load Forgiveness)

    10/11/2011 8:18:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2011 | Richard Vedder
    As the Wall Street protests grow and expand beyond New York, growing scrutiny of the nascent movement is warranted. What do these folks want? Alongside their ranting about the inequality of incomes, the alleged inordinate power of Wall Street and large corporations, the high level of unemployment, and the like, one policy goal ranks high with most protesters: the forgiveness of student-loan debt. In an informal survey of over 50 protesters in New York last Tuesday, blogger and equity research analyst David Maris found 93 percent of them advocated student-loan forgiveness. An online petition drive advocating student-loan forgiveness has gathered...
  • Vanderbilt enforcing nondiscrimination policy

    09/26/2011 8:07:03 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies ^ | September 20, 2011 | Erin Holt
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some Vanderbilt University religious groups will have to change their policies or risk being shut down. The university told Nashville's News 2 a number of groups are in violation of the school's nondiscrimination policy. In a statement, Vanderbilt University said, "Last academic year, an undergraduate made an allegation of discrimination against a student organization. As a result of that allegation, we sought to ensure that the more than 300 student organizations were aware of their need to comply with the university's longstanding nondiscrimination policy." Stephen Siao is the president of the college Republicans. "The policy that they've...
  • Pay-by-race bake sale at Berkeley still on, student Republican group says

    09/26/2011 5:08:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 September 2011 | Holly Yan
    It's meant to be racist, and it's meant to be discriminatory. But the controversial "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is still on, the club's president said, despite "grossly misguided comments" and threats aimed toward supporters of the University of California Berkeley student group.During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.The bake sale is meant to draw attention to pending legislation that...
  • Clashes of Money and Values: A Survey of Admissions Directors (39% give racial preferences)

    09/21/2011 12:25:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1
    Inside Higher Education | September 21, 2011
    No excerpt allowed from this source, story here .
  • A bachelor’s degree for $10,000? Imagine the impact. (Perry's ideas nicely percolating)

    09/11/2011 3:00:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 156 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2011 | Michelle Singletary
    My oldest child, Olivia, will be heading to college in two years. So it’s already become college-saving crunch time in our household. As we’ve been putting money away, I’ve become even more passionate about helping other people find ways to cut college expenses. So I’m intrigued by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s proposal to come up with an affordable college degree program. Perry, who’s running for president, has created quite a buzz for a bold — some say unrealistic — higher-education plan. “I’m challenging our institutions of higher education to develop bachelor’s degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks,”...
  • What Killed American Lit.

    08/28/2011 10:38:21 AM PDT · by ken21 · 78 replies
    wsj ^ | aug 27-28, 2011 | joseph epstein
    severed from tradition and reali life, literature as it is taught in universities is strictly an intramural game.
  • Elmhurst College to Ask About Sexual Orientation

    08/25/2011 4:02:29 PM PDT · by EnglishCon · 11 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 08/25/2011 | Anthony Ponce
    Are you LGBT? "A “yes” answer could put students in line to qualify for a scholarship worth one-third of tuition at the private, liberal arts school affiliated with the United Church of Christ, said Rold."
  • Affair with president's wife shakes Vermont university

    08/11/2011 10:31:54 AM PDT · by freespirited · 51 replies
    A month after Daniel Fogel resigned as president of the University of Vermont, a top school fundraiser has also left amid an investigation into his affair with Foley's wife. Michael Schultz, an associate vice president for development at the school in Burlington, Vermont, accepted a severance package and departed on Wednesday, a university spokesman said on Thursday. The school's board of trustees conducted a review of the relationship between Schultz and Rachel Kahn-Fogel, the president's wife and a volunteer in the fundraising office. Schultz, who earned a doctorate after writing a dissertation on the proper role of a university president's...
  • 9th Circuit: University Can Force Christian Groups Open to Non-Christians.

    08/06/2011 6:26:09 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 35 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 8/5/11 | Morgan Feddes
    A federal appeals court ruling this week could significantly diminish public university religious groups' ability to restrict membership and leadership to students who agree with their teachings. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that San Diego State University's nondiscrimination policy for officially recognized campus groups is constitutional. The policy is based on a nondiscrimination policy used at all the schools in the California State University system. Two Christian groups sued SDSU in 2005, alleging the policy violated their free-speech and religious-freedom rights. For the groups to be recognized as official campus groups, they were required to allow all...
  • Will Higher Ed Be Next Bubble To Burst Open?

    07/20/2011 5:11:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 20, 2011 | MICHAEL BARONE
    When governments want to encourage what they believe is beneficial behavior, they subsidize it. Sounds like good public policy. But there can be problems. Behavior that is beneficial for most people may not be so for everybody. And government subsidies can go too far. Subsidies create incentives for what economists call rent-seeking behavior. Providers of supposedly beneficial goods or services try to sop up as much of the subsidy money as they can by raising prices. After all, their customers pay with money supplied by the government. Bubble money, as it turns out. Sooner or later, bubbles burst. We are...
  • Key Campus Carry Victories in Wisconsin, Virginia

    07/17/2011 9:25:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 11 July, 2011 | NA
    As college students across the country prepare to convene in the nation’s capitol to discuss college gun bans on August 8th, two more states have expanded the right to carry concealed weapons on campus. Wisconsin became the 49th state to decriminalize bearing arms for defense when Governor Scott Walker signed SB 93 into law on July 8. The law, which goes into effect in November, removes the state prohibition on concealed carry, limiting possession of firearms on K-12 institutions but excluding college campuses. “Carrying a concealed weapon for protection is no longer a criminal offense in Wisconsin,” said David Burnett,...
  • Financial aid cuts threaten momentum at Texas Colleges

    07/10/2011 2:49:07 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 13 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 9 July 2011 | Mitchell Schnurman
    Fallout from the Texas budget cuts is starting to hit home. Public colleges are losing about 15 percent of state funding for financial aid, roughly $140 million statewide, and they're sending out award notices for the start of school next month. No surprise that the price of college is going up sharply for many students who can least afford it. In addition to less aid, enrollments are climbing for students who qualify for Texas grants, which usually translates to family incomes of less than $40,000 annually. For many, the only option is to borrow more money. "Private alternative loans --...
  • UConn Rescinds 13-Year-Old's Acceptance

    07/07/2011 5:52:19 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 6 July | Desmond-Harris
    Autum Ashante, a highly academically accomplished 13-year-old from the Bronx, N.Y., planned to start her freshman year at the University of Connecticut this fall. Now, her father says, the school has rescinded her acceptance, the Daily News reports. Batin Ashante said that his daughter was "devastated" after university officials called him yesterday to deliver the bad news. "They said they now feel she's not academically ready," he said. "That's BS!" When the story was first reported in mid-June, UConn spokesman Richard Veilleaux confirmed that Autum had been accepted to the school but said university officials were still waiting for the...
  • SB 185 Public postsecondary education (allows race-based admissions; anti-Prop 209)

    07/06/2011 2:49:17 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 7 replies
    Around the Capitol ^ | July 5, 2011
    SB 185 was introduced by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Los Angeles) ...This bill would authorize the University of California and the California State University to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate admissions... The bill would require the trustees, and request the regents, to report in writing to the Legislature and the Governor by November 1, 2012, on the implementation of the bill. The bill would require these reports to include information relative to the number of students admitted, disaggregated by race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, and...
  • Catholic University [of America] Returning to Single-Sex Dorms

    06/13/2011 11:00:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Mommy Life ^ | 6/13/11 | Barbara Curtis
    Absolutely brilliant! Please check my comments below. From today's Wall Street Journal:Why We're Going Back to Single-Sex Dorms Student housing has became a hotbed of reckless drinking and hooking up. By JOHN GARVEY My wife and I have sent five children to college and our youngest just graduated. Like many parents, we encouraged them to study hard and spend time in a country where people don't speak English. Like all parents, we worried about the kind of people they would grow up to be. We may have been a little unusual in thinking it was the college's responsibility to worry...
  • Civil libertarians criticize Education Dept. for making false accusations, campus censorship easier

    06/06/2011 6:05:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/06/11 | Hans Bader
    The U.S. Department of Education is pressing schools to reduce their due process protections for people accused of sexual harassment or misconduct, and to eliminate people’s opportunity to cross-examine their accusers, under the premise that schools have been too slow to credit accusations. This will make an already bad situation on campus even worse. As Harvey Silverglate, the former head of the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, points out at Minding The Campus, many schools already find students and teachers guilty even when they are clearly innocent. As attorney Silverglate notes, many universities, such as Stanford, the University of Virginia, Brandeis...
  • What is a college education really worth? (The question is now being asked more and more)

    06/05/2011 7:42:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/05/2011 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    Did Peter Thiel pop the bubble? That was the question on the minds of parents, taxpayers and higher education leaders late last month when the co-founder of PayPalannounced that he was offering $100,000 to young people who would stay out of college for two years and work instead on scientific and technological innovations. Thiel, who has called college “the default activity,” told USA Today that “the pernicious side effect of the education bubble is assuming education [guarantees] absolute good, even with steep student fees.” He has lured 24 of the smartest kids in America and Canada to his Silicon Valley...
  • Ann Coulter speech at DePaul divides students (Protesters Verklempt)

    06/04/2011 6:41:47 PM PDT · by Syncro · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 2, 2011 | Jeremy Mikula
    Ann Coulter speech at DePaul divides students Ann Coulter speaking at DePaul University on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (Jeremy Mikula photo for RedEye) BY Jeremy Mikula, DePaul reporter · Thursday, June 2, 2011 9:09 a.m. Ann Coulter comes to DePaul University and talks about Illinois’ new civil union law … that might sound like the start to a bad joke, but that’s really what happened Wednesday night.The outspoken conservative addressed some 150 students, faculty and staff at a lecture titled “What Your Professors Will Never Tell You,” part of the Young America’s Foundation Reagan 100 Lecture Series.Suzanne Kilgannon, director of...
  • Illinois to Create Private Scholarship Fund for Children of Undocumented Immigrants

    05/31/2011 11:02:13 AM PDT · by bushwon · 64 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 31, 2011 | Staff
    Illinois is on the verge of becoming the first state to create a private college scholarship fund for the children of undocumented immigrants. The Illinois House, which on Thursday passed a state version of the DREAM Act by a 61-53 vote, sent a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn that would set up a state fund that would route privately funded college scholarships to as many as 95,000 children of undocumented immigrants. The children would be able to obtain private college scholarships and enroll in state savings programs. The measure, which Quinn, a Democrat, has said he plans to sign, had...
  • College is a scam — so let’s make money off it (skyrocketing student-loan debt)

    05/29/2011 6:55:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 05/27/11 | James Altucher
    College is a scam — so let’s make money off it Commentary: Debt creates generation of indentured servants By James Altucher NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — We can’t deny it anymore: College is a scam and a bubble — and the reasons why appear below. But I’ll be the first to admit it’s going to take years for that bubble to burst. And while college tuitions are still skyrocketing and student-loan debt is creating a generation of indentured servants, we might as well benefit from it. Many stocks will continue to go up from the multidecade college bubble, even as it...
  • College is a scam — Let’s make some money off it. Debt creates a generation of indentured servants.

    05/27/2011 4:41:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 05/26/2011 | James Altucher
    We can’t deny it anymore: college is a scam and a bubble (see the reasons why below). But I’m the first to admit it’s going to take years for that bubble to burst. And while college tuitions are still skyrocketing and student-loan debt is creating a generation of indentured servants, we might as well benefit from it Many stocks will continue to go up from the multi-decade college bubble, even as it eventually bursts: The Washington Post Co. , which owns Stanley Kaplan, gets all of its earnings from the education side of its business. Blackboard , which is the...
  • Consumers Digest Names Top 100 College Values (For those considering college)

    05/12/2011 9:43:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    DEERFIELD, Ill., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One hundred colleges and universities out of some 2,000 U.S. schools that offer four-year degrees have been ranked as the top values by Consumers Digest. The rankings are based on attributes that validate or define the institutions' academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition, fees and room and board. Among 50 public institutions cited, Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., ranked No. 1. Among 25 private institutions, Yale University took top honors. Among 25 private liberal-arts schools, Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., held the first slot. The rankings, published in CD's June...
  • A Law Student Plays the Race Card — and Gets Busted, Big Time

    05/11/2011 11:58:27 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 28 replies
    Above The Law ^ | 05/11/11 | David Lat
    In late April, Johnathan Perkins, a third-year law student at UVA, wrote a letter to the editor that was published in Virginia Law Weekly, the law school’s student newspaper. In his letter, Perkins claimed that he was harassed by UVA university police while walking home from a party, purportedly on account of his race (he’s African-American). Perkins said he was moved to share the story “because it is important for my classmates to hear a real-life anecdote illustrating the myth of equal protection under the law.” The trouble is, it was anything but a “real-life anecdote,” as Perkins himself recently...
  • How Leftism Poisoned a Psychiatrist's Mind

    05/10/2011 6:40:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | May 10, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    If your sister were among the nearly 3,000 people murdered in the World Trade Center on 9/11, how would you react to Osama Bin Laden's death? More specifically, if you were to write an opinion piece on the subject for a major newspaper, what would you most want to communicate?One would think that anyone who had lost a loved one on 9/11 would write about bin Laden's guilt, about evil and about experiencing some degree of moral and emotional satisfaction that the loved one's murderer had been killed by American forces.But not Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia...
  • UVA Declines to Charge Student for False Racial Profiling Claim

    05/08/2011 9:47:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2011-05-07 | Ujala Sehgal
    In April, a University of Virgina third-year law student, Jonathan Perkins, wrote a letter to the editor of the Virgina Law Weekly where he described how he was harassed by university police while walking home one night, due to being African American. The account is long and richly detailed, complete with dialogue between him and the officers and descriptions of his thought process during the events. He concludes this account with the statement that: I am writing this column because it is important for my classmates to hear a real-life anecdote illustrating the myth of equal protection under the law....
  • Trump: Obama a "Terrible Student" Not Good Enough for Harvard

    04/25/2011 6:37:14 PM PDT · by Comparative Advantage · 100 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2011 | Beth Fouhy
    Manhattan real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested in an interview Monday that President Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. Trump, who is mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, offered no proof for his claim but said he would continue to press the matter as he has the legitimacy of the president's birth certificate. "I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I'm...
  • Proud to be a Republican at the University of Iowa

    04/22/2011 6:30:41 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | APRIL 22, 2011 | NATALIE GINTY
    For the second year in a row, the University of Iowa College Republicans hosted "Conservative Coming Out Week." For those of you who have been holed up in the library studying for finals, here's a quick recap. On Monday, the College Republicans sent out an approved e-mail to the entire university community and received more than 105 responses. This is normal for one of these e-mails; however, one response was quite different. It came from tenured UI Professor Ellen Lewin. Her message was, quite simply, "FUCK YOU, REPUBLICANS," with her credentials listed below. Despite this hateful rhetoric, the next day...
  • Higher education: The latest bubble?

    04/17/2011 11:26:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 13th 2011 | Schumpeter
    ON September 2nd 2010 I wrote a mischievous column ("Declining by degree") likening America's universities to its car companies in about 1950: on top of the world and about to take an almighty fall. Since then I have heard the argument dismissed and denounced by the presidents of Harvard, Princeton and New York University. John Sexton, NYU's affable president, even likened me to a member of the tea party, for which there is no more damning condemnation in academic circles. So I am particularly delighted to read Peter Thiel's latest thoughts on the higher-education bubble. Mr Thiel, the co-founder of...
  • Urgent Bleg: On Academic Freedom and the Catholic Church (Catholic Caucus; Allies Welcome)

    04/16/2011 5:57:50 PM PDT · by dangus · 10 replies
    "Therefore, scientific inquiry of the natural world may not be interpreted as inconsistent with Creation by a Divine Master, nor a basis for challenging or negating those truths which the Church accepts as Revelation." Can anyone find anything doctrinally wrong with the following statement? Can anyone find a way of improving it, including simply stating it better or more succinctly? Maybe even another source for a similar assertion? I welcome the help of non-Catholics, providing its consistent with the purpose of reconciling scientific research with Catholic doctrine, and explaining that reconciling to secular and Catholic audience. The Bible is the...
  • Academic mission or UCLA speech code?

    04/12/2011 8:06:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/12/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    If you think that academia is not the exclusive playground of the academic left, consider the fate of UCLA epidemiologist James Enstrom. In 2008, Enstrom thought that a report on the health effects of diesel emissions presented by the California Air Resources Board was faulty. As it turns out, CARB's nitrous oxide emission estimates were overstated by 340 percent. Enstrom and others had trouble believing that a Ph.D. statistician would make some of CARB's findings. They dug around and found that CARB researcher Hien Tran had falsely claimed to have a doctorate in statistics from UC Davis. In fact, Tran...
  • We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education.

    04/12/2011 6:10:39 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 72 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 4-10-2011 | Peter Thiel
    Fair warning: This article will piss off a lot of you. I can say that with confidence because it’s about Peter Thiel. And Thiel – the PayPal co-founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist – not only has a special talent for making money, he has a special talent for making people furious. Some people are contrarian for the sake of getting headlines or outsmarting the markets. For Thiel, it’s simply how he views the world. Of course a side benefit for the natural contrarian is it frequently leads to things like headlines and money. Consider the 2000 Nasdaq crash....
  • The Higher Education Bubble

    04/06/2011 8:06:48 AM PDT · by Black_Shark · 1 replies ^ | April 5th, 2011 | Richard Vedder
    Higher education is in a bubble situation—its price has risen sharply, fueled by cheap federal loan and grant money (sound familiar?) while the return on the investment has fallen. More and more college students are either not graduating or are taking jobs that do not require college-level skills and often pay mediocre amounts. In investor parlance, the price-earnings ratio on investing in higher education seems to be rising sharply. Where markets operate without external interference, there would be a correction. Sensing lower returns on their investment, the demand for higher education would fall and, with that, enrollments. Declining demand would...
  • Illegal Immigrants Protest for Access to Higher Education

    04/06/2011 10:35:27 AM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    Eight young illegal immigrants were arrested for sitting in the middle of a busy street in front of the Georgia Capitol, protesting their lack of access to higher education.
  • Student Group Fighting For Right To Carry Concealed Weapons at George Mason University

    04/05/2011 5:30:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 4 April, 2011 | Bob Barnard
    FAIRFAX, Va. - To bear or not to bear arms? That is the question of the week at George Mason University. A group calling itself Students for Concealed Carry on Campus say this is "Gun Week" at George Mason. They are trying to call attention to their plight for the right to carry concealed weapons on the university property. Leading the charge is a former marine and current criminal justice major, Karolyn Galarza. "I have a concealed handgun permit for Virginia and I believe that I should be able to carry on campus because I have a concealed handgun permit,"...
  • Catholic university will offer partner benefits.

    03/25/2011 8:37:48 AM PDT · by ThisLittleLightofMine · 45 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 3/24/2011 | unknown
    <p>MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University in Milwaukee will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning next year.</p> <p>The move by the Catholic, Jesuit university comes about a year after the school rescinded a job offer to a lesbian and scholar at Seattle University. Marquette officials said at the time, rescinding the job offer to Jodi O'Brien had nothing to do with her sexual orientation. But, it triggered heated debate on campus over the issue.</p>
  • Are We Getting Our Money's Worth in Higher Education?

    03/22/2011 6:58:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/22/2011 | Aaron Gee
    President Obama has stressed that a college education is critical to the future of America and our ability to compete in the world marketplace. To achieve that aim, our government is spending 60% more in 2011 than 2008 and providing 123% more in tax breaks for post secondary education (i.e., college). The Government has taken over all federally backed student loans, pushing almost all private lenders out of the 100 billion a year market. But are we getting our money's worth? One of the hallmarks of bad government is spending that is out of proportion to what is actually...
  • UCLA won't discipline creator of controversial video, who later withdraws from university

    03/19/2011 10:36:13 PM PDT · by thecodont · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | March 19, 2011 | By Larry Gordon and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
    UCLA announced Friday that it would not discipline or further investigate the student who released a controversial online video in which she complained about Asian students' behavior and mimicked an Asian language. But later in the day, the student, Alexandra Wallace, announced that she was withdrawing from UCLA because of death threats and because she had been "ostracized from an entire community." In a statement released to the Daily Bruin, UCLA's student newspaper, she apologized for offending Asians and called the video a mistake. Wallace's three-minute video had triggered a national discussion about racial stereotyping and what authority, if any,...