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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Elephant in the Room: A Fat Woman in Academe. “In spite of the growing attention given to body positivity and fat acceptance movements, Bobbi Reidinger writes, weight-based discrimination affects the levels of power and influence afforded such a scholar.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Two Tsunamis are About to Hit Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student loan debt soars as colleges spend millions on diversity efforts, illegal aliens.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University refuses to let Antifa critic speak because Antifa has used violence against him. Throughout the West, the higher ed sector seems determined to make itself ridiculous. And to be fair, it’s doing a damn good job!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA Approves Thomas Jefferson Law School’s Teach-Out Plan. That is, a way to let existing students graduate as the school shuts down.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UBIQUITOUS ANTI-SEMITISM EDITION: Federal complaint: Georgia Tech. faculty turned away from socialist event for being Jewish. I guess our national Socialist movement wants to be judenfrei.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, NAZI BARBIE EDITION: Public university’s sexual harassment policy could ban famous Farrah Fawcett poster.

Dry up, you sorry little prudes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMich prof: ‘We have a mad bomber in the White House.’

Meanwhile, President Droney McPeacePrize bragged that he was really good at killing people, and none of the usual “antiwar” people made a stink.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Bankruptcy case could make it easier to erase student debt.

Cecelia G. Morris, chief bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of New York, ruled in favor of Kevin Jared Rosenberg, who sought to erase more than $220,000 in loans accumulated during his undergraduate and law school years.

Morris argued in the sharply worded document that courts have misapplied “the Brunner test,” a three-pronged standard for determining whether college debt poses an “undue hardship” on the borrower, which is notoriously difficult to pass.

“Brunner has received a lot of criticism for creating too high of a burden for most bankruptcy petitioners to meet … The harsh results that often are associated with Brunner are actually the result of cases interpreting Brunner,” Morris wrote. . . .

According to the Brunner standard, to have college debt discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding, borrowers must demonstrate that making loan payments would prevent them from maintaining an acceptable living standard. They also must show that their financial condition is likely to last for most of the remaining loan period and prove that they made a “good faith” effort to repay the loans.

Morris, in her ruling, illustrated how many cases have added punitive standards to the Brunner test not contained in the original decision.

“Those retributive dicta were then applied and reapplied so frequently in the context of Brunner that they have subsumed the actual language of the Brunner test. They have become a quasi-standard of mythic proportions so much so that most people … believe it impossible to discharge student loans,” Morris wrote. “This Court will not participate in perpetuating these myths.”

Stay tuned. I think that student loans should be dischargeable in bankruptcy, but I also think that the institutions that got the money should have to disgorge some or all of it when that happens.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: To Stop Spread of Hateful Messages, Iowa State University Restricted Sidewalk Chalk.

They talk about “hate speech,” but that’s constitutionally protected too. I think they’re really worried about a 2020 version of The Chalkening. Flashback: “It began at Emory University, but has quickly spread across the country like a calcium carbonate plague. #TheChalkening has now terrorized college students from the University of Michigan to Arizona State, with temporary, hand-scrawled messages of support for Donald Trump on public sidewalks and stairways. While various campuses have dealt with the scourge in different ways—some creating safe spaces for the triggered teens, some encouraging the free exercise of ideas in temporary outdoor media—one school, DePaul University in Chicago, is turning to extreme measures. They’re banning chalk. Or, at least, they’re banning the use of chalk. Whether the campus intends on performing door-to-door dorm searches for paraphernalia remains to be seen.”

More here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student at Center of ‘Napping While Black’ Furor Lashes Out at Yale Officials and ‘Woke Intersectional Feminists.’

The student whose complaint to the Yale Police Department ignited the 2018 “napping while black” controversy tore into administrators, the campus police, and fellow graduate students in an essay published late last month on the social-media website Medium. Sarah Braasch wrote that she had been “vilified on a global scale as something akin to a genocidal villain” as a result of the incident.

In the early hours of May 8, 2018, Braasch, a philosophy graduate student, called the campus police after finding Lolade Siyonbola, a black graduate student in African studies, asleep in a dormitory common room. The incident, which received national media attention after the black student posted viral videos of the women’s encounters, prompted the university to hold listening sessions and reaffirm its commitment to inclusivity.

Backlash from the episode has essentially ruined Braasch’s career prospects, she writes in the Medium essay. Her lawyers filed a legal brief on Friday asking the police department to release body-camera footage of the incident, which, she writes, “exposes them as liars.”

Braasch filed a request for the release of the footage last summer. The police department initially denied her request, claiming that the video includes uncorroborated allegations. Braasch then filed a Freedom of Information Act request, which led to a review by Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission. That body plans to decide by July whether the police must release the footage, the Yale Daily News reported.

Braasch wrote the essay in response to a widely read Medium piece by James Hatch, 52-year-old Yale freshman and U.S. Navy veteran. While he arrived at the university expecting to find liberal “snowflakes,” Hatch wrote in the December 21 essay, he instead discovered curious, tolerant classmates.

In contrast, Braasch refers her Yale peers as “woke intersectional feminists” who “tried to destroy me.”

I’m sure there are both kinds of students, but I know which variety feels safe in attacking others, knowing it will be supported by Yale’s terrible administration.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DARTMOUTH IS EVIL EDITION: Dartmouth refused to let an accused professor defend himself publicly. He committed suicide. “Three of his accusers showed up to his memorial reception, according to several people there. They aren’t named, but six of the seven women who filed the initial suit identified themselves: Kristina Rapuano, Vassiki Chauhan, Sasha Brietzke, Annemarie Brown, Andrea Courtney and Marissa Evans. Dartmouth’s notice of Bucci’s passing does not mention his suicide or the college’s role in it.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A university ‘welcomed’ everyone but men in STEM events. A professor filed a Title IX complaint.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA 509 Report Data: 73% Of Law Students Receive Scholarships (Up From 49% In 2012). This is just a disguised form of tuition discounting, and it’s something I predicted years ago.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. New Hampshire prof: Black antisemitism is the fault of white gentiles. Well, to be fair, what isn’t?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers student told not to quote Bible in essay because of ‘separation of church and state.’ That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNH ​Prof: Asking black people to speak out about anti-Semitism makes you a ‘garden variety racist.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Appeals court orders Arizona State to reinstate male student expelled for having a threesome.

According to James Rund, ASU senior vice president for educational outreach and student services, a rational woman would not consent to a threesome. You’re a sad little weenie, James, but just because a rational woman wouldn’t consent to a threesome involving you . . . . Or even a twosome, methinks.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Dupe Parents and Taxpayers. If you think of today’s higher education apparat as a machine for transferring money from parents and taxpayers to lefty activists and causes, you won’t be far wrong.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LOAD SIXTEEN TONS EDITION: Meet the two professors leading the way in ‘fat studies.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How An Unlimited Supply Of Borrowed Cash Is Destroying Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Has The Master’s Degree Bubble Burst?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges are dropping testing, curriculum standards in order to create ‘diversity.’ “These alterations typically hinge on the notion that students from underrepresented groups require extra help, or are less capable of achieving the same scores as their peers on standardized tests.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Lecturer uses word ‘negro’ from black-authored source material, university apologizes to students.

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make ridiculous. The gods must really hate higher education lately.

Related: Taxpayers Losing Interest In Funding Campus Kooks.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law prof: Justice Anthony Kennedy advanced ‘white nationalist’ agenda on Supreme Court.

On the other hand, I saw this example of White Supremacist imagery out in public on the streets of Manhattan this weekend, so maybe the rot has gone even deeper than we know.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservative student group alleges smear campaign by college employee.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Ethnic Studies Now!”: Harvard students demand new department, tenure for ‘underrepresented’ profs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Yikes, nope, denied’: Nonpartisan free speech org. calls out college’s ‘discrimination’ against conservatives.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ST. OLAF COLLEGE EDITION: Conservative students ‘swatted’ as officers swarm dorm over false report.

The officers came to the College Republicans’ pod after an anonymous report they had guns and were a danger to campus. A campus spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from The College Fix.

However a public statement to students put out by a dean on Tuesday actually praised those who called in the false threat, this despite the fact that officers had found nothing and the College Republicans told administrators they suspect they were targeted for their beliefs.

“We know this is a stressful time on campus,” reads the statement, authored by Dean Rosalyn Eaton. “We appreciate the individuals who alerted the college to these concerns, the residents who were cooperative during the search, and the college staff members who acted quickly.” . . .

The contents of their trash cans were dumped on the floor, sheets pulled from beds, closets emptied. During the search, which lasted more than an hour, anybody who entered or exited the pod was frisked and had their bags searched, the students told The Fix.

“They made a huge mess,” Chris said. “They trashed our home and left stuff all over the floor.”

This seems like Dean Rosalyn Eaton is being deliberately indifferent to the welfare of students, based entirely on their politics.

She says “As your dean, I am one person to whom you may turn to for support.” Well, you know, unless you’re an icky Republican.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Calif. grad students take over dining hall, steal food because school is ‘starving’ student workers. Nobody looks underweight to me.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Spongebob, Tom Brady, & cow ‘rape’: The 5 most insane academic works of 2019.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Loans A Lot Like The Subprime Mortgage Debacle, Watchdog Says. When I first wrote on this we had just crossed the $1 trillion mark. Now we’re at $1.64 trillion.

But you can’t say you weren’t warned.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cat Lewis: Why Universities Suck At Online Classes. “The typical Youtube success story involves months, if not years, of ‘failing’ content. Every time the creator tries something new, they are rewarded or punished for it immediately. Successful Youtube educators learn painstakingly, video by video, what works and what does not. This does not happen at universities.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academics chide article on quantum computing for using term ‘supremacy’: it’s ‘for racists.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Political diversity in professors dwindling: Report. And it’s not like it was ever that great. But how can an industry that represents maybe 10-20% of the population expect to serve — and, more importantly, be supported by — the rest?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Leftist students storm classes of profs they disagree with as part of ‘art’ project. The photo says it all about the value of a Yale education today.

I’m reminded of one of my now-retired Tennessee colleagues, a former Marine whose class was “occupied” during the 1960s. He picked up the occupiers and bodily pitched them out, with help from his TA, also a former Marine. I’m sure that would count as genocide or something today. But I’m frankly tempted to offer a bounty for such conduct at Yale. . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DIVERSITY-AND-INCLUSION EDITION: Yale Prof Estimates Faculty Political Diversity at ‘0%’; Pressure to join the “herd groupthink” in New Haven.

According to computer science professor David Gelernter ‘76, faculty political diversity at Yale is low: “0%,” he wrote in an email. He added that while there are a “few conservatives, including prominent ones,” their numbers are not high enough to have a significant impact on campus culture.

Readers might assume that Mr. Gelernter, an occasional contributor to the Journal, is poking fun at the school’s overwhelming leftism rather than expressing mathematical precision. But via email, another Yale faculty member who chooses to remain anonymous tells this column, “I agree with the calculation.”

A third Yale faculty member, a self-described liberal, says the faculty is “moving further to the left” and has become increasingly intolerant of conservative viewpoints. This faculty member, who also requests anonymity, says that some faculty bias is subconscious: “They think people who agree with them are smarter than people who disagree with them.” This professor adds: “Universities are moving away from the search for truth” in favor of a search for “social justice.”

This is similar to the critique offered by former Yale Law School dean Anthony Kronman, another liberal who’s been mugged by “progressive” reality. In July this column noted his analysis of how ideology is “killing” important conversations on campus.

Yale today is a disgrace, and Peter Salovey — probably Yale’s worst president ever — has played a major role in allowing and encouraging it to reach such a state.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More Evidence Emerges That Federal Government Is Funding Worthless College Degrees.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How to Cope With Your Prof’s Left-wing Bias.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION” EDITION: Nearly 50% of Republican students say they’ve had a prof go on anti-Trump tangent.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More Evidence Emerges That Federal Government Is Funding Worthless College Degrees.

Really? Do tell. If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, MASS HYSTERIA EDITION: UC employee accused of nazism forced to apologize for ‘unfortunate’ numbers combo. “Her ‘unfortunate’ usage of the numbers 14 and 88 in an email to students prompted the apology.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: LRW Professor’s Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination In Non-Renewal Of Contract After Teaching At Wake Forest Law School For 19 Years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Today’s Yale grads aren’t qualified to lead in the 21st Century. Analysis: True. “This sense of immunity from the real world could be heard at last Saturday’s protest, where some students shouted ‘My father is a lawyer!’ to police officers trying to persuade them off the field. These protesters did not sound like people who have faced true hardship or even learned the basics of a proper argument. But then again, why would they? They were taught to avoid all that at Yale.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: New Lawyers Are Swimming in Debt.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: California’s Disappearing ABA Law Schools.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BIGOTRY EDITION: Law professors question university’s punishment of Christian professor for ‘vile and stupid’ views. “A university spokesperson emphasized to The Fix that [Provost Lauren] Robel was not attacking Christian beliefs in her criticism of Rasmusen’s expressed views. But some of those views are hard to separate from the professor’s orthodox Christian faith, particularly on sexuality.”

If you say, as Robel does, that you’re protecting someone’s first amendment rights, and then subject them to differential treatment based on their views, you’re not protecting their first amendment rights. Robel should know better, and, I fear, probably does.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Impact Of The SAT Adversity Index On Median SATs — A School-By-School Analysis.

This is eerily like the People’s Republic’s “privilege score” in Kurt Schlichter’s books.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why is there more intellectual freedom in Bucharest than Cambridge? “The students in Bucharest were doing what students are supposed to do: hearing each side of the argument. They didn’t show any of the symptoms of intellectual decay that I often encounter among students in the Anglosphere.”

Donald Rumsfeld’s comments on the superiority of “New Europe” to “Old Europe,” though mocked at the time, now seem prescient.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Even Harvard Is Not Immune. “The university has new revenue streams. Officials are in the process of restructuring the endowment-management company. And an American culture of greater skepticism toward higher education means that universities may bear the brunt of any downturn on many fronts.”

To their credit, a lot of their planning looks like stuff I recommended.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof asks teachers to combat ‘whiteness’ in art education as form of ‘reparation.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Can Storied Williams College Be Saved From Itself?

How did Williams, founded in 1793, the cradle of captains of industry, ever get to this point of intellectual dysfunction? Look at the Wikipedia entry and weep at the roster of distinguished alumni: 3 chairmen of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 71 members of the United States Congress, 22 U.S. Governors, 4 U.S. Cabinet secretaries, an associate justice of the Supreme Court and a president of the United States. And now the very thought of living by the First Amendment on campus proves grounds for a hit squad of students to disrupt a faculty meeting, while courses on anything European inspire a boycott.

Cost of attending Williams College: $75,520 per year. Most of it funded by taxpayer money, one way or another. But when taxpayers get tired of funding it, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

Related: Whatever the Left touches, it ruins.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION” EDITION: A professor joined the Trump administration and faced systemic bias when she returned, lawsuit says.

Whitney Bailey’s career at Oklahoma State University was going great – until the professor accepted an appointment to the Trump administration.

When she returned to campus after her public service, Bailey says she faced political discrimination from administrators, whom a review committee found had engaged in “systematic failure to follow university policy” regarding Bailey. It resulted in her also losing paid gigs she put on hold for public service.

Bailey filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the taxpayer-funded institution, as well as its provost, dean, department and assistant department heads, News 9 reports. The officials were in charge of her promotion request when Bailey returned.

Good. Punch back twice as hard.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Judge approves Title IX suit against university for saying women can’t consent to threesomes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: College Republicans president hit in face for holding ‘All Lives Matter’ sign.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Which law schools have the best and worst debt-to-income ratios among recent graduates?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Two arrested after ‘Antifa’ shuts down campus conservative event. Some readers yesterday were wondering why Trump isn’t prosecuting these people. One possible answer is that they’re helping to re-elect him.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Today Is Tampon Tax Day At Two Dozen Law Schools.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: After backlash, UVA pres. says scrapping Veterans Day 21-gun salute was ‘mistake.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SHOCK VIDEO: Aggressive, frenzied mob attacks conservative students, destroys their display.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University invites students to ‘Decolonize your Thanksgiving.’ Meh. We should be celebrating colonialism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ongoing free speech lawsuit against UIllinois draws broad support.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FAKE NEWS EDITION: The Rolling Stone campus rape hoax turns five: Lessons from the journalism scandal that rocked the nation. “The story immediately went viral and resulted in a swift suspension of all campus Greek life at UVA, touched off a national debate about the alleged campus rape epidemic, and raised the specter of a callous, dismissive university administration that cared little for victims of horrific sexual assault. It was also a hoax.”

Related: Questions raised on role Obama White House played in UVA rape hoax.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UChicago, on the defense, says students won’t have to pay full $100k sticker price. Sure, our price is high, but we make up for it with price discrimination!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Women’s college now only requires applicants to ‘identify as women.’

I suspect that this has more with Hollins being desperate for warm, tuition-paying bodies than any special degree of wokeness.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pity the poor avocado-eating graduates: University-educated millennials have absorbed elite values but will never enjoy the lifestyle.

Countless articles have rehearsed the class insecurities of the “left behind” Brexiters. Generally these unfortunates are depicted fulminating over pasties and ale in shabby market towns and grim post-industrial cities outside the London area. The object of their antipathy is the shiny “elite”, plugged into a promise-filled, multicultural urban life and the knowledge economy, seemingly buoyant in the new, frictionless modern world.

Leaving aside its substantive, real-world pros and cons, Europhilia has become a mark of devotion to the culture and worldview associated with this “elite” and the modern world it navigates. It is a value set strongly correlated with tertiary education and that has come to be called “openness”. . . .

Meanwhile, the boom in openness-promoting tertiary education produced not so much a boom in graduate jobs as inflation in the qualification levels required to do the jobs we already had. This has left many young people struggling to service a mountain of debt on salaries that are never likely to show much of the “graduate premium” they were promised.

Today, thanks in part to the “open” economy whose values form the foundation of the “cultural Remain” identity, the cost of living — and especially home ownership — has rocketed. Simple aspirations that were within the reach of the working class in the 20th century are an unattainable dream today for millions of young people far higher up the sociocultural pile. And yet those young graduates have all, in the course of moving away to get their degree, absorbed the “open” value set now explicitly taught in tertiary education.

The result is an Everywhere precariat, that has absorbed the values of a world that has little to offer it in terms of concrete benefits, and resolves this conflict by renting the heavily-subsidised and internet-enabled perks of a smarter lifestyle than it can afford to buy. Where once rentals might have just been housing and cars, today that can even include clothing.

Related: Kenneth Anderson: The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility.

n social theory, OWS is best understood not as a populist movement against the bankers, but instead as the breakdown of the New Class into its two increasingly disconnected parts. The upper tier, the bankers-government bankers-super credentialed elites. But also the lower tier, those who saw themselves entitled to a white collar job in the Virtue Industries of government and non-profits – the helping professions, the culture industry, the virtueocracies, the industries of therapeutic social control, as Christopher Lasch pointed out in his final book, The Revolt of the Elites.

The two tiers of the New Class have always had different sources of rents, however. For the upper tier, since 1990, it has come through its ability to take the benefits of generations of US social investment in education and sell that expertise across global markets – leveraging expertise and access to capital and technological markets in the 1990s to places in Asia and the former communist world in desperate need of it. As Lasch said, the revolt and flight of the elites, to marketize themselves globally as free agents – to take the social capital derived over many generations by American society, and to go live in the jet stream and extract returns on a global scale for that expertise. But that expertise is now largely commodified – to paraphrase David Swenson on financial engineering, that kind of universal expertise is commodified, cheaply available, and no longer commands much premium. As those returns have come under pressure, the Global New Class has come home, looking to command premiums through privileged access to the public-private divide – access most visible at the moment as virtuous new technology projects that turn out to be mere crony capitalism.

The lower tier is in a different situation and always has been. It is characterized by status-income disequilibrium, to borrow from David Brooks; it cultivates the sensibilities of the upper tier New Class, but does not have the ability to globalize its rent extraction. The helping professions, the professions of therapeutic authoritarianism (the social workers as well as the public safety workers), the virtuecrats, the regulatory class, etc., have a problem – they mostly service and manage individuals, the client-consumers of the welfare state. Their rents are not leveraged very much, certainly not globally, and are limited to what amounts to an hourly wage. The method of ramping up wages, however, is through public employee unions and their own special ability to access the public-private divide. But, as everyone understands, that model no longer works, because it has overreached and overleveraged, to the point that even the system’s most sympathetic politicians understand that it cannot pay up.

The upper tier is still doing pretty well. But the lower tier of the New Class – the machine by which universities trained young people to become minor regulators and then delivered them into white collar positions on the basis of credentials in history, political science, literature, ethnic and women’s studies – with or without the benefit of law school – has broken down. The supply is uninterrupted, but the demand has dried up. The agony of the students getting dumped at the far end of the supply chain is in large part the OWS. As Above the Law points out, here is “John,” who got out of undergrad, spent a year unemployed and living at home, and is now apparently at University of Vermont law school, with its top ranked environmental law program – John wants to work at a “nonprofit.”

Read the whole thing(s).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard hosts ‘Anal Sex 101,’ ‘Oral Sex 101’ and ‘fatphobia’ workshops.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Their colleges closed — but their student loans didn’t disappear. Then, they sued.

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CRAZY YEARS EDITION: Iowa State professor reported to administration for allowing students to say only women have abortions.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Western Connecticut State puts itself at legal risk by promising to punish ‘It’s OK to be white’ perps. Want to make white nationalism a thing? Because this is how you make white nationalism a thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Elite Colleges Reconsidered. “The first problem on these campuses—and probably the most important one—is that the students, on the whole, aren’t terribly happy. . . . But when the Boston Globe is reporting that MIT’s suicide rate is nearly double the national average on college campuses—much like what has been taking place at Harvard (for undergraduates)—it’s probably worth considering that something has gone wrong. At Yale, a full 50 percent of undergraduates reported needing to avail themselves of mental health resources during their time as students.”

Mental health problems do seem to be pervasive at elite schools: Williams College students boycott English Department, claim it’s ‘whitewashed,’ ‘racist.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: In viral video, student exposes instructor’s ‘anti-white,’ anti-academic’ comments. What the hell is wrong with Utah?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Self-identified teacher caught on camera berating conservative students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University Of Maryland To Restructure, Terminate Contracts Of 100 Faculty Who Can ‘Recompete’ For Their Jobs. Having to “recompete” for your existing job is an old thing in the corporate world, but now it’s coming to academia.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University cuts humanities program even as it employs over a dozen people ‘with the title of VP or higher.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMaryland warns ‘cultural appropriation’ costumes have ‘no place’ on campus. I love the unselfconscious use of the phrase “have no place in an inclusive community.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, TITLE IX EDITION: ‘They treat my autistic son like a caged animal’: student takes university to court over Title IX ruling.

Marcus Knight—a student with autism and cerebral palsy—will face in court the Title IX officer who found him guilty of two Title IX sexual misconduct violations later this month.

Knight first came to my attention in 2018 after his attempts to make friends landed him in the school’s Title IX office, not just once but twice. According to the lawsuit, Marcus Knight asked one female student for a fist-bump, and another for a selfie.

While these may seem trivial, two female students at Saddleback College were so uncomfortable with Knight’s attempts to make friends that they reported him to the Title IX office, with one student claiming Knight made her “uncomfortable.”

But what’s caused two years of “absolute heartbreak,” according to Knight’s mother, is how the Title IX officer handled the accusations.

Considering Knight’s disability, both students decided not to follow-through with any charges. . . .

At the time, 2018, Juan Avalos was the school’s Title IX counsellor. Though Avalos does not seem to have formal as a Title IX law training, Avalos nonetheless investigated and adjudicated Knight’s case.

Despite that no students formally testified against Knight, he was still found guilty.

I like that names are being named.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: La Verne May Be Sixth Law School To Close Since 2017.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: UNH Law School Budget Deficit Exceeds 100% Of Revenues.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NYU refuses to share its files in kangaroo-court lawsuit, tells student to seek gossip instead.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Students hate cultural appropriation…until asked about Elizabeth Warren.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Michigan has spent $2.25 million on lawyers in two kangaroo-court lawsuits.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Leftist UBuffalo student removes conservative group’s posters.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor says grading, good grammar are examples of white supremacy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard groups encourage student paper to ignore journalism ethics in stories involving ICE.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Intimidation Game: Bullying and Retaliation at the University of Tulsa.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Fliers single out Asian-American conservative activist at University of Michigan as ‘white supremacist’.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UConn students ARRESTED for ‘ridiculing’ speech in viral video. That’s ridiculous.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Veteran accuses instructor of marking grade down due to anti-military bias: report.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Advice to Faculty Candidates: How To Write An Effective “Diversity Statement.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Leftist student arrested for battery after confrontation with conservative activist.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why does UNC have such a high sexual assault rate? Because it defines nearly everything as sexual assault.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Schools celebrate ‘International Pronoun Day’ with ‘ze’ buttons, advice on pronoun ‘privilege.’

Remember, when taxpayers don’t want to fund this stuff, it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Public university tells professors not to grade based on merit. That’s at the University of Texas, but this is troubling: “BSU’s event has the exact same name as a previous University of Tennessee-Knoxville faculty workshop.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Gig Academy. “Over the past two decades, higher education employment has undergone a radical transformation with faculty becoming contingent, staff being outsourced, and postdocs and graduate students becoming a larger share of the workforce. For example, the faculty has shifted from one composed mostly of tenure-track, full-time employees to one made up of contingent, part-time teachers. Non-tenure-track instructors now make up 70 percent of college faculty. Their pay for teaching eight courses averages $22,400 a year—less than the annual salary of most fast-food workers.”

As I’ve said before, if Trump were smart he’d make an issue of this. It would divide a major source of his opposition.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The taxpayer noose is tightening on kooky universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University refuses to say if it would intervene if students ‘blockaded’ dorm against federal agents.

So weird that taxpayer support for higher ed is falling.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Students stage sit-in at Thomas Jefferson U. after emails about unpaid tuition.

Related: What Would Thomas Jefferson Losing Its ABA Accreditation Mean For Its Students?