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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University refuses to say if professor who promised to spy on conservative student violated campus policy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Free Market Can Deliver Free College: Remember paying your broker $200 a trade? Higher education is at that stage today.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced colleges to shift to online learning, often with disastrous results. Students are no fools and many of them are suing for a discount. They have realized what higher education is loath to admit: Instruction is not what they, their parents and the American taxpayer are paying full price for.

The most common discount on offer appears to be a 10% tuition reduction, but some students are pushing for far more. They claim that nonacademic activities, from school plays and concerts to networking and parties, represent a lot more than 10% of the price tag of college. Such discounts imply that students are still getting 90% of the value of higher education (about $45,000 worth, on average) from their Zoom lectures, but much of the educational content has become widely available for free. Students and parents can’t be faulted for suspecting that an online education should cost next to nothing.

At some institutions, it already does. Primarily online Southern New Hampshire University recently announced a free first year for incoming students in light of the pandemic. California-based National University—which offers an array of online classes—cut tuition by up to 25% for full-time students and says that new scholarships will make enrollment nearly free for Pell Grant-eligible students.

Insight into the future of higher education may come from an unlikely source: the brokerage industry. Like higher ed, stock trading is a highly regulated field with massive barriers to change. Recall the stereotypical stockbrokers of the 1980s: Tom Wolfe’s “Masters of the Universe” or Merrill Lynch’s “Thundering Herd.” For years, the traditional brokerage industry was considered too difficult to replicate with technology. How could the internet replace a white-shoe adviser who not only took trade orders but also answered the phone, offered personal advice and took part in estate planning and other higher-order wealth-management tasks?

The mighty were felled quicker than expected. Over 30 years, technology reduced the cost of trading a stock from hundreds of dollars to virtually zero. . . .

Higher ed is where the brokerage business was in the late 1990s: poised for transformation. Even before the pandemic, momentum was building in the education market away from high-cost operators and toward low-cost ones. Southern New Hampshire University and Western Governors University, nonprofits that charge less than $10,000 a year in tuition, have already become some of the largest and fastest-growing institutions in the country. They each serve more than 100,000 students by using online delivery and competency-based instruction to drive down costs dramatically without sacrificing quality.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen — with a boost from the pandemic.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NYU Prof Says More Than 20 Percent of Universities Could Fail Because of the Lockdowns. Is it wrong to think of this as another anti-Trump torpedo circling around? Because I kind of think that’s what it’s turning out to be.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “ROBBING US OF OUR TUITION DOLLARS ONCE AGAIN.” Gettysburg College tells most of its students to go home. They don’t go quietly. “Previously, the college quarantined students for days, prohibiting them from leaving their rooms except to pick up meals and use the bathroom. . . . Tension on the campus was further escalated by the College’s lack of communication about whether tuition and fees paid would be reimbursed. Many students enrolled at Gettysburg paid prices they expected would cover a traditional educational experience, rather than a less resource-intensive model of remote delivery.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As colleges go bankrupt due to COVID, higher education will actually get better.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University suspended black student for a year because drunk white girl kissed him: lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof on leave after saying in class she hopes Trump supporters ‘die before the election.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DIVERSITY-PROBLEM EDITION: Professors Have Given Seven Times As Much To Biden Than To Trump.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A roundup on the absurd USC ‘Neige’ scandal:

While Patton says he does genuinely feel bad that the example has caused such disruption, he has heard from Chinese students who don’t think he should have expressed remorse. “If there’s a complaint I’m getting, it’s that I apologized and should not have,” he says. He still struggles to understand how what he said could have been interpreted as laced with ill intent, as if he were sneaking in a slur. “I’m not springing it on them,” he says. “I’m talking in an international context. I’m specifically talking about China and the language most commonly spoken in the world.”

Patton doesn’t believe he’ll be able to teach in the full-time M.B.A. program again anytime soon. There’s concern at the business school that the students who complained might object to his teaching the communication course next fall, or any other course, for that matter

Ignorant, officious, self-important students shouldn’t have that much influence. But they will, so long as administrators are gutless weasels.

Related: UCLA Reinstates Professor Suspended for Email on Why He Wouldn’t Change Exam, Grading for Black Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: House Of Cards: Can The American University Be Saved? “Across the country, universities are canceling classes and furloughing workers, leaving thousands stranded without income. Though some schools have lengthened the tenure timelines of assistant professors, the majority have refused to extend a similar courtesy to graduate students. Staff members and adjuncts have likewise been abandoned—forced to work fewer hours or unceremoniously let go. The situation is likely to get worse as students refuse to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to take subpar online courses while sitting in their living rooms. Without exaggeration, American higher education may be on the verge of a total breakdown.”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Calif. prof shares home address of officer in Blue Lives Matter photo.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION: Amidst 75% Enrollment Decline, Thomas Cooley Abandons Naming Rights To Minor League Baseball Stadium.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Black Student Alliance demands Catholic university hire more black queer professors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Columbia marching band, ‘founded on the basis of racism,’ votes to ‘dissolve’ itself. “The move comes after anonymous social media users made allegations of racism against unnamed band members.”

UPDATE: A reader whose daughter attends Columbia sends a warning that this may be a prank, and not a genuine story. Maybe so. Who can tell anymore!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My college is robbing me. Here’s the bill to prove it. “If I’m not on campus, why am I being charged for transportation services, food facility fees, tech fees, safety and security fees, and university fees meant to cover on-campus clubs and activities?”

Because the university wants the money.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The president of the University of North Texas tweeted that the college is “looking into” a conservative student group after a student tweeted that she feels “unsafe” by the group’s affiliation with UNT. Somebody needs to “look into” how UNT got such an awful president as Neal Smatresk.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: ‘Nothing wrong with’ murder of Trump supporter from a ‘moral perspective.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Northwestern law faculty refuse to explain why they introduced themselves as racists. They’ve admitted it, and they won’t explain, so I guess we’ll have to fire them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Texas A&M prof who called Trump ‘fat klansman’ disparages conservatives & Christians in class, multiple students say. As taxpayers tire of this, we’re told that they’re “anti-intellectual.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stanford offers sessions on ‘racial terror,’ claiming it’s ‘nearly impossible’ to think outside of White supremacy.

Cost of attending Stanford University: $71,857 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ELIMINATIONISM EDITION: The Washington Post is concerned about how many ‘white men’ are mentioned in science textbooks.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ANTI-RACISM EDITION: Civil rights groups cheer Justice Department for finding Yale discriminates against Asians, whites.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONAL RACE-HATE EDITION: A University of North Carolina professor claimed that all Whites have been “deputized” to kill Black people. She then claimed that those criticizing that statement were racist.

As taxpayers tire of funding this sort of thing, we’re told it’s due to “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College director: ‘Every white person in this country is racist.’ As taxpayers tire of supporting this kind of thing, we’re told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: An Oregon professor was arrested after allegedly participating in the Portland riots.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Legal Education Faces Its Waterloo As Wile E. Coyote.

Well, the good news is, even when he’s flattened by a steamroller, he just walks around like an accordion for a bit and then returns to normal.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pepperdine Will Not Furlough/Lay Off Any Employees Through Dec. 31, Thanks To Reductions In Executive Compensation.

That’s great. I wonder how many other institutions will follow this lead.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Berkeley ‘decolonization’ column argues in favor of ‘violent resistance.’ “‘There is no ‘civil’ way to resist ongoing occupation and war,’ writes paper’s decolonization columnist.”

Oh, you really don’t want Americans in general thinking that way.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Campus black privilege, explained: History prof spells out what it is, why it’s counterproductive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Prof Hiring Is Down 50% This Year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Thanks to Coronavirus and Zoom, We’re Looking at the End Stages of College as a Commodity.

And now we get to the essentializing, because the pandemic has made something undeniable: To a large extent, students have become customers. And professors should acknowledge their own role in getting us to that point, because the commodification of higher education is a direct byproduct of the transformation of college into the entrance examination for America’s middle class, something the professoriate has cheered on.

Sure, students are buying a complex bundle that’s rarely described as a “product.” But if you doubt colleges are selling, you need look only at the glossy marketing campaigns. And if you think they’re mostly selling learning, consider this thought experiment from economist Bryan Caplan: If you had to choose, would you rather have four years of Princeton University classes but no diploma, or the diploma, but no classes?

Maybe you’d choose the classes; if so, you’re in the minority. Most students are primarily buying something else — a credential, a social network — not a “community of learning.” Which is not to say that this is what they should be buying, or that we should even think of it as a “purchase.”

Markets are terrific, and we need them, but we also need institutions that are buffered from them. When those buffers break down, as they have in America’s colleges, dysfunction ensues. University business-think has meant bureaucratic overgrowth and an obsession with useless “metrics” — assessing faculty using student evaluations rather than student learning, goosing “selectivity” by soliciting applications in order to reject them.

Professors rightly resist these developments. But what else could you expect once colleges became the gatekeeper to all the good jobs? Now most everyone needs to go, regardless of their interest in learning. And an essentially scholarly enterprise doesn’t serve most of those people well.

So instead, U.S. higher education bundled “teaching and research” with a bunch of other things — residential amenities, sports teams, networking opportunities, career coaching, dating service and so forth. Among other effects, all this initially created a booming demand for professors; their numbers quintupled from 1940 to 1970 and then almost doubled again by 1988. Without that shift, most of the professors complaining about the commercialization of education would have had to take jobs in actual businesses.

You don’t want that. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results. Well, unless you’re a diversity officer or something.

Plus: “The bundle was still tightly woven enough, however, that we could tell ourselves the learning was still the heart of the package. Then covid-19 came, and suddenly, the lectures and the homework were the only part schools could still deliver. Yet somehow, few students seem reassured that they’re getting most of what they were paying tuition for. Deep down, even university presidents knew this would be the case, which is why so many spent the summer pretending they were going to find some way to reopen, in many cases announcing the truth only when the tuition checks were well in hand.”

Super-cynical, and entirely correct.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: ‘The Constitution is racist.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WATCH: Princeton prof compares Trump to ‘plantation owner.’

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS, HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE EDITION: University Of Georgia Says Students Should ‘Consider Wearing A Mask During Sex’: Report.

A friend on Facebook comments: “Millennials and Gen Z don’t even wrap it up for hook ups.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Clemson prof: Trump and ‘anyone who still calls themselves a Republican’ is ‘racist.’ For an engineering school in South Carolina, Clemson has a surprising amount of PC idiocy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: Princeton Scraps Plan to Return Undergraduates to Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: 20% Of Harvard’s First-Year Class Has Deferred. “Using estimates from Harvard’s reported class of 2023 – which counted 1,650 matriculates – this means that roughly 20% of first-year students have deferred from the top-ranked university in the country. Harvard had also anticipated 40% of their undergraduate population choosing to live on campus; they now expect only 25% based on the number of students who have accepted the invitation to do so. If these are the numbers for Harvard, it’s going to be a wild roller-coaster ride for higher education this year.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tulane cancels event about book condemning white supremacy amid student backlash.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Economics professor barred from teaching class critical of Marxism to student body.

Academia has chosen sides, for the most part. Take note.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLUSION EDITION: Republican lawmakers to universities: Show us your foreign funding.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College students value job-skills training over ‘elite education’: survey.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In age of coronavirus, mother finds UNC-Chapel Hill didn’t even clean son’s dorm room.

While university administrators across North Carolina have spent weeks preparing to bring students back to their campuses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one mother says University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill missed a basic step: cleaning the dormitories.

Amanda Edwards said that, when she walked into the Ram Village 5 building to help her son move in, the filth she saw was a complete disconnect with all of the talk during the pandemic of frequent cleaning and sanitizing surfaces to limit the spread of the virus.

“I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ They did not clean anything, Edwards said. “You figure you’re going to have to do some cleaning because you want to do what’s right for your kid. But given the current times, I was, like, ‘Wait a minute.’ This is just inconsistent. This makes no sense.”

The filthy floor included a condom wrapper. The common area was even worse, she said.

UNC is a dump.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Which Law Schools Will Thrive (46), Survive (65), Struggle (23), Or Perish (18) In The Age Of COVID-19?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Cancel culture’ crew nearly got me ‘expelled’ before I’d even started college.

For every public figure or pundit denouncing cancel culture — the wave of leftist coercion and censorship sweeping America’s institutions — there are many more who deny that such a thing even exists.

Before you believe the deniers, allow me to tell you what it’s like to find yourself in the jaws of this culture as a recent high-school graduate.

I wanted to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., because I sought a faith-based education. The university touts itself as “Catholic and Jesuit,” but I knew that as a conservative and a supporter of President Trump, my views were likely to be controversial. But I never imagined that months before ever setting foot on campus, I’d be subject to ridicule, incendiary comments and even death threats.

I was about to be “canceled” before moving into my dorm.

Cost of attending Marquette University, $60,252.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCAM EDITION: The Ethics (And Tax Consequences) Of a “Scholarship” That 90% Of Students Will Lose After Their First Year Of Law School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Face Historic Summer Admissions Melt Of 25% Or More, With Higher Rates For Students Of Color.

The Dems hope that the coronavirus will cost Trump the presidency, but it’s leaving a swath of destruction through all their key institutions, from education (high and low) to Hollywood, to the woke sports leagues, to the bureaucracy, which nobody on the left or right trusts now. Another circling torpedo.

And if I were a freshman, I’d be strongly inclined to take a gap year. Between the virus and the campus madness, why go?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 14 colleges in NY likely to ‘perish’ in coronavirus pandemic, new analysis says.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Ed and the Fragmentation of America: With everyone’s liberty threatened by cancel culture, it’s time to restore freedom to academia.

The spirit of the Inquisition is alive and well in today’s cancel culture. The objective is not to root out nonbelievers in the church but ideological heretics in newsrooms and universities. These institutions are supposed to be bastions of free speech. But in 2020 any journalist or scholar who strays from progressive orthodoxy is ripe for cancellation.

Unlike Tyndale, no one is being burned at the stake, but plenty are being fired from their jobs. Take the forced resignation of New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet. Mr. Bennet’s crime was not having the “wrong” opinion but allowing someone else to express his—a U.S. senator who, in suggesting the use of federal troops to prevent violence amid protests, articulated a position with which the majority of Americans agreed, according to polls at the time.

The situation is even direr in academia. Consider the case of Nathaniel Hiers, a math professor at the University of North Texas who ran afoul of the powers that be when he criticized the concept of “microagressions,” a core tenet of the woke gospel. Mr. Hiers argued that the concept inevitably “hurts diversity and tolerance” by encouraging people to see the worst in others. For this blasphemy, he was fired. . . .

Through such strong-arm tactics, newsrooms and universities silence opposition within their own ranks—and in the process expose their own ideological corruption. Americans are waking up to the realization that most media organizations are more interested in advancing their own agenda than reporting the facts. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 41% of adults trust the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly,” and only 48% have confidence in higher education.

The press and the university are the institutions that are supposed to keep us tethered to an objective reality—to help identify truth and differentiate fact from fiction. By embracing political activism, many of these institutions have abandoned their teleological mission. Growing blurrier by the day is the line between news and propaganda, education and indoctrination. No longer trusting traditional information sources—with good reason—an alarming number of Americans turn to fake news and conspiracy theories, accelerating the breakdown of shared reality.

Is there any going back? Most likely not. The secular clerisy can no more turn back the wheels of innovation than Rome could more than five centuries ago. The answer today, as it was then, is reformation.

To address the politicization of our expert class, we need a complete reformation of the system that feeds it—the universities. That entails a radical overhaul of campus culture, including the elimination of safe spaces, trigger warnings, speaker boycotts and other practices meant to stifle debate and honest inquiry. It entails fostering a philosophical counterbalance to the postmodern ethic that has unseated truth as the academy’s ultimate aim. And it entails a renewed commitment to intellectual diversity, which is critical to creating an environment where free speech and heterodox ideas can flourish.

We shouldn’t be afraid to pull the levers of federal and state power to bring about these reforms. For decades, American taxpayers have subsidized public universities, including some whose humanities and social-sciences departments look like political re-education camps. No more.

Legislators control the purse strings, and they can fight back by withholding funds from schools that enforce unconstitutional speech codes. They can go a step further in strengthening academic freedom by tying federal financial support to a university’s willingness to adopt some version of the Chicago Principles, which protect students and professors with divergent views.

Also, lawsuits galore.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Fall LL.M. Enrollment Expected To Plummet, Bruising Law School Finances.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why College Is Never Coming Back. “It’s great for families, who’ll save money and take on less debt putting kids through school. It’s great for kids, who’ll no longer be lured into the socialist indoctrination centers that many American campuses have become.”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Face A No-Win Dilemma: To Cut Or Not to Cut Tuition?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Budget ‘Bloodbath’ As University Of Akron Lays Off 23% Of Full-Time (Including Tenured) Faculty Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers profs, students blame ‘peace’ & ‘law and order’ for death of George Floyd.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law Schools Scramble To Retain Foreign Students Amid ICE Online Education Ban.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stanford Discontinues 11 Varsity Sports Programs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: City University of New York lays off 2,800 adjuncts in wave of austerity.

Wow, this is serious. Soon they may lay off an administrator.

If only they’d had some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: If You Love Anti-American Riots, Thank Our Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Black campus activists demand Pitt fire faculty found guilty of racial bias by committee of black jurors.

Related!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law prof wants to scrap US Constitution’s ‘racist’ and ‘gendered’ language.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Is A Law School Meltdown Coming? “The health arguments against live instruction may be seriously overstated.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Fresno State faces calls to remove Gandhi statue.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Williams College Cuts Tuition 15%, Cancels Fall Sports Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC-Irvine Law Admissions apologized for spotlighting the campus’ chapter of the Federalist Society on its Instagram page after students commented on the post claiming that the organization “advocates against marginalized groups.” “The Federalist Society President, Richard Angel, told Campus Reform that not only is his chapter non-partisan but that the majority of its members are people of color.”

As usual, lefties are mostly angry at their own fantasies of what the right looks like.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NYU prof: ‘Hundreds, if not thousands’ of universities will soon be ‘walking dead.’ “An NYU professor of marketing says the coronavirus will result in many schools closing in coming years. Students aren’t getting their money’s worth, and the pandemic has exposed that, he says.”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. Wisconsin-Madison professor cheers protesters tearing down abolitionist, women’s progress statues.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Facing revenue shortfall, Georgia Tech implementing furloughs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Trump wants federal hiring to focus on skills over degrees. If this really happens it’ll be brutal for my industry.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Concordia Is Sixth Law School To Close Since 2017.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HEIGHTENING-THE-CONTRADICTIONS EDITION: Pandemic Worsened Public Higher Ed’s Biggest Challenges.

More than three-quarters of respondents reported government funding is a “big challenge” for their institutions. A primary driver for this is the decline in the belief that public education is a public good, according to a report on survey findings, which also said that the reputation of public higher education has been damaged by the Varsity Blues admissions scandal and various sexual assault and athletics scandals.

Sophia Laderman, a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers association, has observed similar trends in her research.

“When state governments are faced with reduced tax revenues and increased needs in health care and other essential areas, it’s difficult to allocate funding to higher education over another budget area even if you understand that higher education is essential to future economic development and contributes greatly to our democracy, etc.,” Laderman wrote in an email.

Related: States are cutting university budgets. Taxpayers aren’t interested in funding campus kooks. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy. And higher education has become objectively crazy.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rising 2L Sues Harvard Law School, Demands Lower Tuition For ‘Inferior’ Online Classes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FACULTY AS SERFS EDITION: Faculty Want A Say In Whether They Teach Face To Face. The Conversation Is Not Going Well.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCAM-ALERT EDITION: Moritz Family Seeks To Reopen Estate To Enforce Terms Of Ohio State Law School Naming Agreement. “Moritz’s son, Jeffrey Moritz, sought to reopen the estate in 2017, after he discovered the $30.3 million gift his father gave to Ohio State in 2001 had shrunk by $8.4 million over the years to $21.9 million, a decline of 28%. University officials said an annual development fee, which cumulatively totaled about $3 million in 2017, had been taken from the endowment since its inception. Such fees go toward pursuing and entertaining potential donors, and pay the salaries of university fundraising employees.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 87% of Students Say Online-Only Legal Ed Is Overpriced; 61% May Reconsider Legal Career Or Take A Hiatus If Law Schools Cannot Be On Ground Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Princeton poll presents potential problem for enrollment this fall. “In a survey by Princeton University’s Undergraduate Student Union, 63.4 percent of those surveyed said they would ‘seriously consider taking a leave of absence’ if fall 2020 classes were online or remote. The poll, published in May, was based on responses from 2,237 students.”

You might go online to save money, but if you’re paying Princeton tuition, why?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Alaska cuts dozens of degree programs as enrollment dwindles.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College ‘deeply sorry’ for letting police use restrooms.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academics nationwide #ShutDownSTEM because science is ‘weaponized against black people.’

When taxpayers get tired of funding this sort of thing — and they’re already starting to — we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: She called him a white supremacist. He accused her of doxxing threats. Inside a University of Texas tempest.

Message to Lauren Luveras: If you hear the whistle, that makes you the dog.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof at Hillary Clinton’s alma mater makes the case for political violence.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: I chose a community college. It was the best decision I’ve ever made, and it saved me $80,000 too.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University to Investigate Lecturer for Reading MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Over 40% Of Colleges Project A 10% Or More Decline In Fundraising Due To COVID-19 (20% Project A 20% Or More Decline).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, STASI EDITION: Syracuse invented evidence to find fraternity guilty of racial slur after investigation cleared them: lawsuit.

When Syracuse University found Alpha Chi Rho collectively responsible for shouting a racial slur at a black female student, it not only ignored the woman’s family but overruled its own appeals board, according a lawsuit by the fraternity last week. . . .

The allegations would mean the administration had continually defamed AXP going back to last fall, when Chancellor Kent Syverud said four members had been placed on interim suspension for “a verbal assault.”

The suit provides details from the past several months that Syracuse does not appear to have previously acknowledged, including that the members were quickly exonerated back in December, owing to video evidence and “consistent” testimony.

Make ’em pay. Also, why is it only fraternities and sports teams that are subjected to collective punishment?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Examples of anti-Semitism on campuses abound — enough is enough.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, STASI EDITION: Texas A&M thanks account targeting, publishing information of conservative students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Lower The Boom On Faculty/Staff Retirement Plans.

The good news is, I don’t have a generous pension for them to take away. In fact, I don’t have a pension at all, just a 401k type plan.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Lawsuit: UCLA official filed false Title IX complaint on behalf of student who refused to accuse professor.

Updated to make clear that this is a claim in a lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONAL GREED EDITION: California State University: ‘no plans to reduce’ fall tuition despite keeping classes online.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Faculty Cuts Begin, With Warnings Of More To Come.

It’s hard not to think that some of the left’s interest in shutting down the economy comes from a desire to hurt Trump, but once again the torpedoes seem to be circling back around.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Before COVID-19, Tuition Discount Rate Hit All-Time High Of 52.6%; Pandemic May Force 340 Colleges Out Of Business.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard sued over ‘subpar’ online learning amid pandemic. “The university’s handling of the pandemic has not satisfied students on an academic or financial level.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Universities with large student populations and capacious class enrollments are essentially cruise ships on steroids.”

Meh. If you believe the CDC’s newest infection fatality rate estimate, we’re looking at something moderately worse than a bad seasonal flu. Of course, I wish I had more confidence in the CDC.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ELITE STANDARDS EDITION: University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT: Admissions tests, allegedly biased against minority students, will be phased out over five years. “The University of California board of regents voted Thursday to stop using the SAT and ACT college admissions exams, reshaping college admissions in one of the largest and most prestigious university systems in the country and dealing a significant blow to the multibillion-dollar college admission testing industry.”

The actual purpose here is to facilitate racial discrimination.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: COVID-19 May Cause Higher Ed To Finally Confront Runaway Academic Spending, Including 67% Of Tenured Faculty Who Are Underproductive. Hmm. “Underproductive” senior faculty are usually underproducing research and publications; the higher ed bubble is more about teaching. I doubt many senior faculty teach fewer classes, as teaching loads are usually fairly uniform.