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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Possible hoax: Racial slur targets Native American student at U. Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Electric bike repair and the future of academia.


“What year were you?” a Morgan Stanley colleague asked me years ago. “Huh? Year?” I replied. “What year at HBS?” H-B-what? “What year did you graduate from Harvard Business School?” Oh, I get it now. “I didn’t go to HBS,” I told him. “Actually, I don’t have an M.B.A.” After a long pause and scrunched-up face, he asked, “Well, then how the hell did you get a job here?” As I walked away, I murmured under my breath, “Maybe I earned it.”

So should you get a master’s in business administration? These days a lot of people are rethinking that question. Applications are down, even at HBS and GSB (that’s Stanford’s Graduate School of Business—get with the lingo). The number of GMAT test scores sent to two-year, full-time M.B.A. programs has plummeted since 2015. Last year 70% of two-year M.B.A. programs saw declining enrollment; in 2014 it was only one-third. Rats deserting a sinking ship? . . .

But—you knew this was coming—man oh man is it expensive. HBS tuition is now $73,440 a year. Total costs are estimated at $110,740 if you’re single and more than 150 grand if you’re married with two children. That excludes the cost of your MacBook, let alone forgone wages. You’d better get that Wall Street job.

I’ve dug into the curricula at dozens of M.B.A. programs, from Booth to Kellogg to Fuqua. They’re all more or less the same: The first year has introductory courses in finance, accounting, managerial skills—my eyes are getting droopy, too—along with modeling and organizational behavior, each no doubt chock full of case studies that are probably no longer relevant. And virtually every program now has a mandatory ethics class, which awkwardly suggests that students had no ethics coming in.

The second year is a supposedly deep dive into finance or marketing or strategic management. Finance majors learn how the stock market works and about private equity. Sadly, I’ve suffered many dinner party conversations with Wharton M.B.A.s telling me how famed professor Jeremy Siegel taught them secret investing tips: low multiple, dividends, blah blah. They were almost always wrong.

Any halfway-on-the-ball undergrad could construct a virtual M.B.A. himself by taking a finance course and some in marketing and psychology, plus any course that teaches how to use spreadsheets. Then get buzzword-compliant and, voilà, an M.B.A. in a box.

But the networking!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Penn Law student government holds a “town hall” featuring Dean Ted Ruger to discuss “the Amy Wax situation.” (The “Amy Wax situation” is that law professor Amy Wax has expressed unpopular-at-Penn beliefs on race and immigration.) Yet somehow, local expert on Amy Wax-ian beliefs Amy Wax was not invited or even told about the event. Classy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student says professor nearly flunked her after she made pro-life brochure for pregnant men. “Brianna Mangat made a brochure for people who are ‘transgender and pregnant,’ or trans men, for her Queer Studies class at the University of California-Davis.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Duke student senate denies Christian org recognition over traditional beliefs.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Students aren’t showing up. And it’s only going to get worse. …” Plus: “Consider this comment from May 2019 by Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive: ‘I don’t think a four-year degree is necessary to be proficient in coding. I think that is an old, traditional view.'”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Garden of College Excellence Is Growing Weeds.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley hosts ‘The Right to Be Lazy: Shifts in Marxist Thought’ class for credit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Missouri univ. tried to restrict students’ 9/11 display, emails suggest.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Rise Of The Comfort College. “I started to reply. But a group of younger faculty in the front row demanded that I be quiet and let the students speak. And the students did. They had almost nothing to say about free speech; instead, they testified to the indignities they suffered at Williams. The dean of the college, who was in attendance, praised the students for their passion. And so began Williams College’s annus horribilis, a year marked by protests, marches, threats and demands — everything but rational argument.”

Cost of attending Williams College: $73,200 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: At University of Denver, students can get ID without ‘Pioneers’ nickname if it offends them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. Kentucky closes academic building to mandatory classes over a…mural.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Wisconsin-River Falls official tells conservative student with ‘free speech ball’ to move or face the cops. “Salmon was confronted by UW-River Falls Conference and Contract Services Manager Kristin Barstad outside River Falls’ main building, University Center. The official informed the student that she lacked the proper permissions needed to exercise her free speech on public university property and needed to take the ball elsewhere.”

Petty tyrants. Who don’t know anything: “Barstad said that if the student declined to leave the areas, then campus police would be summoned ‘based on the university policy that you’re violating,’ although Barstad said ‘I’m not going to know that [policy] off the top of my head’ . . . Neither Barstad nor Rubis responded to Campus Reform when asked which policy Salmon was allegedly violating.”

It’s the policy that conservative students should shut up and keep their heads down if they know what’s good for them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A very dangerous place, is college. “Let that sink in for a second: Some of your kids, in fact many of your kids are not ready for college—and if you think college administrators can or will protect them, you are dead wrong. They’ll act like they have it under control and tout their counseling services, student health, etc., but they don’t. When things go bad, they’ll point the finger at fraternities, or a toxic sports culture, or bullying, or whatever in order to shift the blame rather than admitting that they accept too many students that are simply too immature to be there. If you don’t believe me, think about what college campuses would look like if you could only attend once you turned 20 or 21. Give me one year of age over a hundred extra points on the SAT any day.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Secret Presidential Searches And Faculty Fury.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ethics prof: ‘It’s okay to be happy about sh*tty people like Koch dying.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Elizabeth Warren’s pushing for free college. Meanwhile her Harvard professor husband earns $400,000 a year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Transgender professor defends celebrating deaths of those deemed ‘transphobic.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The University Is a Ticking Time Bomb: Treating nearly 75 percent of the professoriate as disposable is not sustainable.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University calls out comedian who told students to ‘f*cking grow up.’ There was a time when universities actually encouraged their students to do that, but it was in a distant galaxy, long ago.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 44 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Cal-Western, Penn State, And SMU).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: In Wake Of 67% Decline In Enrollment, Western Michigan-Cooley Law School Cuts Tuition 21%, Closes Auburn Hills Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNC-Charlotte brings back ‘White Consciousness Conversations’ after 2018 backlash.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: After backlash, College Board dumps ‘diversity score’ from SAT.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Fat’ is the new ‘f-word’ at this Ivy League University.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor uses fake news to call for boycott of Olive Garden. I blame Russian collusion.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UT-Austin instructor: Trump ‘is a Nazi’ and ‘you are too if you still support him.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: US students bash America while Hong Kong protesters fly its flag.

That’s crazy. How could something like that happen? Related: Iowa prof admits: ‘I am Antifa.’


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Intimidation-Produced Silence at Stanford.

Cost of attending the toxic environment of Stanford University: $68,152 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Study finds ‘ideological similarity, hostility, and discrimination’ rampant in academic philosophy. Remember, when taxpayers tire of funding this, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More Private Colleges Cut Tuition As Discount Rate Hits All-Time High Of 52%.

If only there had been some sort of warning.


Defaults have fallen for most forms of consumer debt as the economic expansion continues. Mortgage delinquencies last quarter hit a historic low. But severely delinquent student loans have soared since 2012 and are now 35% of “severe derogatories”—more than credit cards (23%), auto loans (21%) and mortgages (11%).

About 10% of the $1.5 trillion federal student-loan portfolio is 30 days or more past due. Another 20% is in deferment or forbearance, and about 30% is in income-based repayment plans that allow most borrowers to cap monthly payments at 10% of discretionary income and discharge the remaining balance after 20 years or 10 for folks in “public service.” . . .

Income-based repayment plans have also encouraged schools to raise prices and enroll students who probably won’t earn enough to pay off their loans. Someone with a master’s degree in dance from New York University shoulders on average $96,000 in debt, according to government data. Imagine if the government created income-based repayment plans for mortgages. . . .

But many loans will be written off long before then due to the Obama repayment plans. “We are running a big experiment here: No generation before has carried student debt burdens anything like what today’s students are carrying,” former Obama higher-education adviser James Kvaal told Bloomberg. “There will be substantial amounts of student debt that will never be repaid.” Now he tells us, though he should have done so in 2010.

The student loan program isn’t a subsidy for students. It’s a subsidy for a vital Democrat-supporting industry. Understand that and a lot of other things make sense.

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ivy League school urges ‘resistance’ to ‘mean and small-minded’ Trump’s ‘moronic’ policies.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Michigan State orders student employees not to say ‘but’ – it’s triggering.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student gov president faces calls for removal after asking people to respect others’ opinions.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Social justice’ majors, courses, events are new norm on college campuses.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Baylor lets female professors fool around with students, punishes males for doing the same: lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: North Carolina State vice chancellor’s tweets call Republicans neo-Nazis, rednecks.

This sort of thing is nonstop, and people wonder why taxpayer support for higher ed is falling.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: George Washington To Reduce Enrollment By 20% To Increase Quality.

By “quality,” they mean “US News rankings.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UNIVERSITIES AS CESSPITS OF SEXISM EDITION: ‘Gender stereotypes’: Judge rules Harvard sanctions on single-sex clubs may violate Title IX.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UNIVERSITIES AS CESSPITS OF RACISM EDITION: UT-Austin instructor doubles down on claim that Republicans want ‘ethnic cleansing.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Univ. BANS BURGERS to ‘tackle climate change.’ Where could it happen next?

Remember, higher ed was sold on the idea that it would make people critical thinkers who are less subject to mass hysteria.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My Son’s Freshman Orientation At Virginia Tech Was Full Of Leftist Propaganda. “The school constantly defined and showcased identity group politics, but certainly not all identities. It’s apparently way cooler to be a minority trans woman with food allergies than simply to be an American college student. Interestingly, the university offered Halal food but no certified kosher meals. Religiously observant Jewish students, tough luck, but if you are vegan, you’re in business.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Do Faculty Have A ‘Sweet Racket? Or Do They Work 60 Hours/Week For Less Pay Than They Could Get Elsewhere?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Flowchart tells non-minority students they could be ‘taking up space.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dozens of public university presidents make more than the U.S. president: Report. People talk about capping CEO pay, but never about capping the pay of administrators at taxpayer-subsidized institutions. Weird.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Frustration With the Flawed Textbook Market Is Justified.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Has College Gotten Too Easy? Yes, yes it has.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: An Escalating Tenure Fight Catches Students in the Crossfire: A professor says Macalester College is continuing a yearslong pattern of retaliation and discrimination against her.

In January, Wang Ping, an English professor at Macalester College, planned to invite a Native American spiritual leader to her creative-writing course, to lead students in a drum-making workshop.

“I’m teaching a new course, ‘Migration, Immigration, and Home,’ and the major theme is to bring the indigenous value of the land, water, and earth to the students,” Wang wrote to Proud Indigenous People for Education, a student group at the Minnesota college, describing the drum-making workshop. “I’d like to invite you to be a part of it, if you’re interested.”

For a week, there was no response. Then a student replied from the group’s account. She also copied eight other people, including college officials overseeing multicultural life and Wang’s department.

The student wrote that she had read the course description and syllabus, and she thought the course’s attempt to cover Native ceremonies and practices was not appropriate for a non-Native instructor to teach to non-Native students. “These are cultural practices,” she wrote, “and I am personally livid about this whole situation.”

The proper response from administrators was to tell the student that she’s an idiot and should be ashamed to express such bigoted views. Naturally, that’s not what happened next.

Also, a “drum-making workshop” in an English class? Cost of attending Macalester College: $69,127 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CESSPITS-OF-HATE EDITION: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Prof says he received threats after calling out campus bias.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DISGRACEFUL VULTURES EDITION: WATCH: Oberlin College accused of trying to wait out bakery owner’s cancer death.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: New comedic novel ‘Campusland’ skewers progressive university politics.

I haven’t read it, but it’s here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: George Mason prof: ‘Why are white parents producing so many white terrorists?’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof calls to get rid of grades because they are ‘capitalism in action.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Re-sinking CUNY: The City University of New York moves to eliminate objective testing—reversing the very reforms that had pulled it out of a long decline. Objective testing limits the freedom of professors and administrators to reward the people they like.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: American University official says it plans to mandate use of preferred pronouns.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Journalism school prof: ‘I’m sick to death of the Second Amendment.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law School Applicants Increase 3%; Applicants Refusing To Reveal Their Race/Ethnicity Increase 112%.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More student loan borrowers carry six-figure balances.

If only someone had warned them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PRC EDITION: The growing ranks of unemployed graduates worry China’s government.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Of the 200 top-paid public employees in Arizona, 199 work in higher ed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘Universities are trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University questions former student’s sexuality after he accuses gay professor of sexual assault. “Sexual history is supposed to be off-limits when interviewing parties in a sexual-assault legal proceeding, unless the questions are relevant to the accusations. The University of Michigan, however, is making sexual history front and center in its fight against a lawsuit by a former student that accused the school of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct by a gay professor. The Detroit Free Press reports that the taxpayer-funded institution asked Andrew Lipian a series of questions in his deposition intended to ferret out whether he’s a closeted gay man.”

That’s different because shut up.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KAMPUS KANGAROO KOURT EDITION: College hid evidence that accuser invented rape to get out of punishment for drinking: lawsuit.

A Minnesota liberal arts school hid exculpatory evidence from a student it found responsible for sexual assault, even though it knew his accuser had ulterior motives, according to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Carleton College withheld evidence that “Jane Doe asked campus security if she could face discipline for underage drinking before filing her complaint” against “John Doe,” he alleges in the suit.

John was also left in the dark about the fact that a Title IX coordinator told Jane she wouldn’t be punished if her underage drinking was disclosed “as part of a sexual assault claim,” the suit claims.

He and his attorney only learned about the existence of exculpatory evidence after Carleton had expelled him, while he was under criminal investigation for sexual assault. (The Pioneer Press named him based on this criminal proceeding.)

Cost of attending Carleton College: $71,300 per year. That’s a lot to pay to a bigoted college that’s willing to hang you out to dry — and lie to do it — just because you’re a male.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Greedy colleges’ not off the hook for latest college admissions scam, scholar says.

Related: John Kass: Latest college scandal is another canary in the coal mine. “Once again, the elite get the breaks, and use the poor as shields to protect their leverage. And the middle class? They’re laughed at. Meritocracy is a myth that the republic cannot live long without. History tells us that when the middle class not only stops believing in a nation’s myths, but also has its face rubbed in the mess while being mocked by the elite, bad things can happen.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In Virginia, 80 percent of the highest-paid public employees are in higher education: Six-figure salaries for deans, directors, vice presidents.

You know, at this rate, some cynics might conclude that “higher education” is mostly about transferring taxpayer money to the Democrat overclass.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard med school remains tight-lipped about transgender overhaul of curriculum.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin’s Effort To Fight Judgment Backfires Bigtime.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 41 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Seattle And Yale).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CRUEL LIES EDITION: University claims accused students love Title IX process with no cross-examination or hearing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KANGAROO COURT KAFKAS EDITION: Penn State retroactively redefined ‘consent’ after accused student won a new hearing: lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Is Disability The New Normal? On some elite US campuses, as many as one in four students are classified as ‘disabled’.

In recent times, the tendency to medicalise human experience has encouraged a growing number of young people to interpret their lives through the narrative of mental health. When a student’s ups and downs are interpreted through medical language, then experiences like disappointment, pressure and stress come to be seen as pathological. Feelings and emotions that were once considered normal seem more threatening in our medicalised culture.

Young people who have been educated and socialised to understand their experiences through the prism of mental health easily develop a disposition to interpret every problem they face through a medical diagnosis. In such circumstances, they quite naturally believe that they are entitled to some form of medical support and special treatment. Moreover, once disability is depicted as the new normal, many will embrace it as an identity.

The institutionalisation of disability does no favours to young people. It diminishes their capacity for independence. It also does no favours to those who suffer from serious disabilities. The normalisation of disability trivialises these conditions and channels resources away from those who really need them.

It does allow people whose parents can afford a compliant doctor to get a leg up in the rat race.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘I’m Drowning’: Those Hit Hardest By Student Loan Debt Never Finished College.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: As Whittier Law School Prepares To Close, Dean Tries To Soften Blow For Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Report Recommends Sweeping Changes At Maine Law School In Face Of $2.67 Million Budget Deficit Despite 38% Reduction In Faculty.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Here are 18 ridiculous bias complaints filed on college campuses.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin ordered to pay $6.5 million in attorney’s fees and expenses to bakery it defamed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tufts ‘art project’ aims to help illegals evade law enforcement.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Senator pledges to ‘break up the higher education monopoly’ with new laws.

Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, “is introducing two pieces of legislation this week that will expand federal aid for people pursuing vocational education and will put higher education institutions on the hook for students unable to repay student loans,” his office stated in a press release.

“[W]e have a system that preferences students who want to attend a four-year college over Americans who want to learn a skill,” Hawley stated, claiming that the current system “protects higher education institutions that have been padding their endowments with taxpayer money while they raise tuition.”

Hawley’s two proposed bills would address these purported defects. One would “make more job-training and certification programs, like employer-based apprenticeships and digital boot camps, eligible to receive Pell Grants through an alternative accreditation process.” This policy would “reduce reliance on debt and maximize opportunities for students to pursue their dreams.”

The second, more significant bill would force colleges to foot the bill for students who default on their loans.

Good ideas, both. I wonder where he got them?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: Colorado State University lists “America” and “American” as words to avoid.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UT Austin to give free tuition to low-income students…and illegal immigrants.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Adults Need To Help Students Stay Away From Colleges They Can’t Afford.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University investigates feminist grad student for saying men can’t become women.

Title IX has been stretched so far beyond its original meaning, we should probably just repeal it.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Sugar Daddy’ business thrives as more coeds sign up to pay off student debt.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Minnesota town’s Pledge of Allegiance ban shouldn’t shock. It’s now commonplace on campus. The reason why this campus stuff matters is that it gradually leaks out to stain the rest of society.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As Dems push ‘free’ college, study shows PARTYING draws alarming number of students to college.

We’re all paying for the party.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tuition freeze: Pa. state-owned universities avoid hike for first time in 21 years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Over Past Three Years, Seven Law Schools Have Tried To Be Acquired By Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNC-Asheville Should Divest Itself from Irresponsible Political Posturing. “So, rather than some great accomplishment, fossil fuel divestment is mere political posturing in defiance of state law, and the UNC-Asheville trustees have foolishly fallen for it.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “From the tops of ivory towers, they condemn our country while they live on its fruit.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LIVES OF OTHERS EDITION: California public university threatens to punish students for jokes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Female athlete alleges retaliation by coach because her mother complained about transgender policy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Guilford College is changing the way it does most everything in an effort to stem its enrollment decline.