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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.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE EDITION: Instructors at Australian university told to teach creation myth instead of science.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Reimagining Legal Education: Why Shouldn’t Law Schools Be Run As Trade Schools?

Well, mostly because that would hurt the self-esteem of law professors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: South Carolina Law School Reduces Tuition By 17%, To $25,000.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, 21ST CENTURY BLUENOSE EDITION: VSU forbids student organizations from violating ‘public morals.’ Applicable to frats, but not to pride parades, of course, because that would be bigotry.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Busting the college-industrial complex.

Yet even as reformers have pushed to remove a variety of barriers to employment, the biggest and most significant barrier to employment in American life — the use of the college degree as a default hiring device — has gone blithely unremarked. Indeed, even as reformers target employment obstacles for felons and florists, the pervasive use of college-degree requirements, despite its dubious legality and profound costs, has bizarrely escaped serious consideration.

At its best, higher education can be a powerful engine of opportunity and socioeconomic advancement. And that’s the way it’s almost universally described — at least in college brochures, think-tank reports, campaign stump speeches, and legacy media. Nevertheless, for too many Americans, the truth is that post-secondary education is principally a toll: an ever-more-expensive, increasingly mandatory, two-, four-, or, more accurately, six-year pit stop on the way to remuneration.

Which is profitable for the toll-takers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Liberals and the Looming Big Money Problem Facing Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Inventing Victimhood: Universities too often serve as “hate-crime hoax” mills.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOORAY-FOR-THE-SHAKERS EDITION: ‘Having one less child’ best way to reduce CO2 emissions, former prof says.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, BILLION-DOLLAR-SLUSH-FUNDS EDITION: California State University hid a $1.5 billion surplus while raising tuition. Where is the accountability?

Here we go again: Another scandal involving a state-funded entity hoarding a secret stockpile of money. This time, an investigation by California State Auditor Elaine Howle discovered $1.5 billion in surplus funds hidden in outside accounts controlled by the California State University system.

Yes, that’s billion with a “b.” While CSU was squirreling away this massive fortune, it was simultaneously raising tuition costs for students and begging the California State Legislature for more money.

“CSU put the money, which primarily came from student tuition, in outside accounts rather than in the state Treasury,” according to a story by The Sacramento Bee’s Sawsan Morrar.

We’ve seen this story before. In 2017, Howle’s office busted the University of California Chancellor’s Office for hiding a $175 million slush fund from public view – while also hiking tuition on students.

People should do jail time for this mishandling of funds. The Sacramento Bee asks: “How many more times will we learn of secretive massive funds, hidden from view by so-called public servants who apparently consider themselves above the rules?”

The answer is, as long as there’s no penalty for doing so.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Feminist TA suggests men are not women and UCSB students are NOT happy.

In 2019, the proper feminist answer is that men can be women whenever they want — and they’re better at it than regular women when they are.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF CORRUPTION EDITION: University of Texas admissions still plagued by ‘cheating at a very high level,’ whistleblower says.

Wallace Hall made himself persona non grata with both the University of Texas System and state lawmakers by aggressively seeking to document an admissions scandal.

Not the one you’re thinking about. The one that stretches back 15 years and implicated Texas lawmakers.

Now the former regent – unsuccessfully impeached but successfully censured for his whistleblowing – is sowing doubt about the UT System’s commitment to root out fake placement on athletic teams, among other methods for admission of unqualified students.

Our moral superiors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: ‘Nasty, naughty little Republicans’ try to ‘pimp God.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Government-Guaranteed Student Loans Killed the American Dream for Millions.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SURVEY: Most college grads say campus climate prevents them from expressing beliefs. “A recent study found that 70 percent of students wish for a learning environment open to all speech and viewpoints. A separate Gallup poll shows that two-thirds of recent college graduates do not ‘strongly agree’ with the statement that they were comfortable voicing minority opinions in class.”

Related: Sen. Marsha Blackburn is ‘restoring sanity’ to campus free speech. Faster, please.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: AAUP Adds Vermont To List Of Schools Sanctioned For ‘Serious Departure’ From Shared Governance In Detenuring 14 Of 19 Law Profs To Close $2 Million Budget Gap.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why is UNC funding ‘Hub for Social Justice?’

Campus protests started in the 1960s, but protests on today’s college campuses have a different vibe. While protests in the past pitted students against university leadership, protests in the present are supported and accommodated by presidents and administrators.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for example, college officials waste resources on political activism and social justice projects housed within the Campus Y, Chapel Hill’s “hub for social justice.”

Although a substantial portion of its revenues come from gifts and the University Foundation, the Campus Y benefits from its status as an official part of the university as well as generous university funding. Its primary purpose is to push progressive politics to all students on campus, from freshman orientation through graduation. If UNC-Chapel Hill bankrolled a right-wing campus organization that encouraged students to hold pro-life protests, take gap years to work for conservative politicians, and otherwise shaped students to teach them about “conservative philosophy and activism,” the outrage would be constant. Yet, when all the above is done for “social justice” and left-wing causes, nothing seems amiss….

As a school known for its liberal bias, UNC-Chapel Hill further inserts social-justice rhetoric into the lives of its students with the Campus Y. By funding and supporting it, UNC-Chapel Hill sends the message to its students that leftist politics are the only acceptable views on campus.

The existence of the Campus Y, as a publicly funded and official university institution, is a clear violation of UNC-Chapel Hill’s legal responsibility to uphold institutional neutrality. It’s a misuse of public funds and an insult to students who pay tuition to pursue truth, not politics.

So who’s going to do something about it?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ACADEMIC MCCARTHYISM EDITION: Legal immigrant prof’s criticisms of illegal immigration result in calls for his ouster.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More Universities Close Their Full-Time MBAs Programs, Shift To Online. “If you were able to get every dean in the U.S. under a lie detector, outside of maybe the top 20 M.B.A. programs, every one of them would admit they were struggling to maintain enrollment and losing money on the program.”

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Richard Vedder: Let’s Privatize State Colleges.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SURVEY: Majority of students admit conservatives face at least ‘some’ discrimination.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When The Tassel Isn’t Worth The Hassle.

There may also be space, though, for some new innovations. For instance, there could be demand for a kind of hybrid college, which combines serious scholastic study with sustained instruction in a trade or practical skill. Let’s call this the “Thales Model,” in honor of the Greek philosopher who (according to legend) once took a short hiatus from his life of contemplation just to demonstrate that he was perfectly capable of running a successful business.

According to the Thales Model, students would complete a serious classical curriculum with a strong emphasis on writing and textual analysis. Depending on the size of the faculty and student body, it might make sense to have a single Great Books-oriented curriculum for everyone, or there might be room for a stronger disciplinary focus in the later years.

At the same time, all students would receive extended instruction in carpentry, gardening, the culinary arts, and other practical pursuits. The goal would be to spend roughly half of the day reading books and the other half working with one’s hands. By the time they graduated, students would have a solid grounding in the Western canon, but they would also be able to build tables, grow tomatoes, and make decent French omelets.

Throw in welding and I’m on board.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The College Bureaucracy That Never Shrinks.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM EDITION: Williams College under federal investigation for discriminating against Jewish students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEGREGATION EDITION: ‘The intention was to be separate’: Researcher Blasts Yale’s treatment of minority students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Roger Kimball: Will the Universities Start to Collapse?


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor accused of ‘hostile learning environment’ for assigning male authors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KURT SCHLICHTER EDITION: Students, Here’s A Plan To Solve Your Debt Problem (You Won’t Like It).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Diversity makes college more expensive, economics professor argues.

Why has the price of college increased so rapidly in the past 30 years?

Among the many theories proffered by scholars and researchers at a Cato Institute event Wednesday, one jumped out: Diversity is expensive.

“Students today are more expensive to educate” than past generations, said Douglas Webber, an economics professor at Temple University who identifies as politically progressive.

They are “much more diverse” than the “traditional demographic” that paid relatively little for their educations, he said. Thus, college costs and tuitions are apt to increase as schools transition away from educating monolithic student bodies.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Historian Celebrates Grant Of Tenure With Tweetstorm Decrying ‘History Of Racism And Anti-Semitism At University Of Minnesota.’

She thinks she’s being bold, but she’s actually demonstrating that the filter worked as designed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cracks in the Ivory Tower: A Dispiriting Assessment of Higher Education.

If only there had been some kind of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Goodbye Humanities—Hating White Males Is Not a Curriculum.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dog Days In Dorms As Emotional Support Animals Proliferate On Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Death of Merit and the Race to Mediocrity in Our Increasingly Marxist Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: USC was told gynecologist could be preying on Asian women, secret records show. “After decades of complaints about a campus gynecologist, USC administrators hired a team of medical experts to evaluate him. The experts came back with a disturbing report saying there was evidence Dr. George Tyndall was preying on vulnerable Asian students and had signs of ‘psychopathy.’ Still, the university did not fire Tyndall or notify the state medical board. Instead, lawyers for USC arranged a secret deal with the doctor that allowed him to leave his post with a financial payout and a pristine professional record.” Why are leftist-run institutions such cesspits of abuse?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Some faculty members argue that surrendering the ‘professor’ title to some academic staff will further confuse students and the public.” “Colleges across the country have shrunk the share of tenured labor force for more financial flexibility. Institutions then offset those positions with instructors who operate on short-term appointments with heftier teaching loads, lower salaries and less academic freedom. ‘I believe what we are being asked to do today is to relinquish that,’ physics professor Lisa Everett told the Faculty Senate last month. ‘And no matter what statements are there in bold at the end (of these resolutions) about how we don’t want this to be used as arguments against hiring more faculty positions, I think it’s very clear that that’s already going on.'”

From the comments:

A minor element of ongoing decadence.

A decaying institution will steadily add more process and overhead, creating more tail to tooth, more staff to line. And they will act according to internal rather than external incentives.

Its all in Schumpeter. It is also inevitable, until something external comes along to destroy the entire minimally functional system.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Illinois Will End Residential M.B.A. in Favor of Online Program.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Corruption of the College Board: How Bill Gates Destroyed The SAT. “After nearly a century of trying to measure intelligence, instead of class, the SAT will collude in a college admission system where class overwhelms merit to a degree unseen since 18th century Harvard. . . . The downfall of the College Board began when it picked David Coleman, a Gates alumnus who had played a significant role in writing Common Core standards, as its new president. Coleman, a Rhodes Scholar, the son of a Bennington College president and New School dean, had degrees from Yale, Cambridge and Oxford. By the age of 25, he was working at McKinsey as an educational consultant. The rest of the story was an escalator ride through the consulting industry that destroyed education.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Portland State rejects ‘Conservative Political Thought’ course because it’s not inclusive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA legal ed section’s council adopts tighter bar pass standard; clock for compliance starts now.

Following multiple years of discussion, and two rejections from the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted a proposed revision to tighten an accreditation standard regarding bar passage Friday.

To be in compliance with the revised version of Standard 316, at least 75% of a law school’s graduates who sat for a bar exam must pass within two years of graduation. Under the previous rule, there were various ways to meet the standard, and no law school had been found to be out of compliance with it.

Those ways include:

• Having a 75% pass rate for all graduates over the five most recent calendar years;

• Having a 75% pass rate for at least three of those five years;

• And having at least 70% of its graduates pass the bar at a rate within 15 percentage points of the average first-time bar pass rate for ABA-approved law school graduates in the same jurisdiction for three out of the five most recently completed calendar years.

Under ABA rules, the House of Delegates can send a proposed revision back to the section’s council twice, but the council has the final decision on matters related to law school education. The House of Delegates voted against the proposed revision in February 2017 and this past January.

This is going to hurt some places.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Public univ. sponsors social justice conference to address ‘white accountability,’ ‘microaggressions.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale women’s studies professor: Gay white men are symbols of heterosexuality.

Cost of attending Yale College: $72,775.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Enrollment Shortfalls Spread to More Colleges.

A broad swath of private colleges across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions are expected to miss their enrollment goals for the fall semester. That growing trend now includes some institutions that have rarely, if ever, had to worry about filling classes.

Bucknell University, for example, expects that its freshman class this fall will be about 2 percent smaller than planned, or a total of roughly 960 students, said William T. Conley, its vice president for enrollment management. . . .

“I do get the sense that more than a handful of highly selective colleges missed their enrollment targets this year,” said Robert Massa, who still talks with enrollment professionals across the country after a 45-year career in financial aid and admissions. He retired from Drew University in February.

Ithaca College, which enrolls nearly 5,500 undergraduates, is larger and less selective than Bucknell, admitting about 70 percent of its undergraduate applicants. But the college, in upstate New York, will have some 175 fewer freshmen and $4.6 million less in tuition revenue than planned, said its president, Shirley M. Collado.

Several other college officials and higher-education consultants confirmed that they are seeing enrollment problems at numerous institutions.

The reasons for the enrollment shortfalls, said Massa and others, are complex and tied to several factors. Those include the declining number of high-school students across the regions, families’ increasing sensitivity to tuition and other costs, questions about the overall value of a college degree, and the ease with which students can apply to and consider multiple colleges.

If only there had been some sort of warning. It’s telling, though, that the idea of increasing sensitivity to costs, and of questions about the value of a college degree, now get matter-of-fact treatment, where these ideas were controversial not long ago.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FOREIGN EDITION: Canadian Government Imposes ‘Social Justice’ on All Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background.

The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background, jumping into the debate raging over race and class in college admissions.

This new number, called an adversity score by college admissions officers, is calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood. Students won’t be told the scores, but colleges will see the numbers when reviewing their applications.

Fifty colleges used the score last year as part of a beta test. The College Board plans to expand it to 150 institutions this fall, and then use it broadly the following year.

How colleges consider a student’s race and class in making admissions decisions is hotly contested. Many colleges, including Harvard University, say a diverse student body is part of the educational mission of a school. A lawsuit accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian-American applicants by holding them to a higher standard is awaiting a judge’s ruling. Lawsuits charging unfair admission practices have also been filed against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California system.

So basically this is a dodge to allow them to continue unlawful race discrimination. And as I recall, the lefty regime in Kurt Schlichter’s People’s Republic used something like that, which is unpromising.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: A New Growth Vision For Legal Education, Part I: Sustainable Growth Or Dead Cat Bounce?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOLOCAUST-REVISIONIST EDITION: Rep. Rashida Tlaib has 99 problems. Donations from faculty, admin. aren’t one.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF CORRUPTION EDITION: Former USC coach pleads guilty in college admissions scandal. “A former University of Southern California assistant soccer coach pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a college admissions scandal. Laura Janke, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering with William ‘Rick’ Singer, the mastermind of the scheme, and agreed to cooperate in the government’s investigation into the admissions scandal. Janke is one of five USC coaches charged in the case, but the first to plead guilty.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Here’s how much student debt Americans with PhDs have on average.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Private College Tuition Discount Rate Hits All-Time High Of 52%.

Way back in The Higher Education Bubble, I warned that this was a major trouble sign to watch. Now it’s here. And if you’re paying full freight, you’re a sucker.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: This public university will spend nearly $3 million on diversity this year alone.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Nearly 40 percent of graduating college seniors feel unprepared for a career: survey.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, WIMPY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS EDITION: Texas Christian college student gov votes to ban Chick-fil-A.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof likens Trump and NRA to Nazis over UN arms agreement. When everyone is a Nazi, no one is a Nazi.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Prolonged Institutional Failure’ at Harvard.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ROUNDUP: The campus free speech stories this week you may have missed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof asks whether students should learn ‘dead white man’ Thoreau at ‘Whiteness of Walden’ event. Racism and thanatophobia all in one.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Subsidies, not profits, have crumbled the ivory tower.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student’s claim professor charged for recommendation letter goes viral. “Along with the tweet was a screenshot of an email in which a person said to be a professor said he charges $20 per recommendation letter.”

It’s probably a hoax. But these days, who knows?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College presidents say public doesn’t understand how affordable college is.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In College Admissions Scandal, Families From China Paid the Most: Families that allegedly paid $1.2 million and $6.5 million show the reach of the cheating ring.

Families from China were among those who allegedly paid the most in the college admissions scandal, a new sign of the reach of the cheating ring.

One Chinese family allegedly paid $6.5 million to William “Rick” Singer, the California-based college counselor who has admitted to masterminding the scheme, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Another was the family of a student—referred to in court filings as “Yale Applicant 1”—who paid $1.2 million to secure her admission to Yale University. The student is 21-year-old Sherry Guo, who moved to Southern California from China to attend high school, her lawyer confirmed.

The families have been of particular interest in the case because they allegedly paid far more than nearly all of the 33 parents currently facing criminal charges in the scheme. Many parents paid $250,000 to $400,000 for the illegal admissions services, including securing fraudulent test scores and bribing coaches to have their children designated as recruited athletes, prosecutors say.

Ms. Guo had her eye on Columbia University or Oxford University, said her lawyer, James Spertus of Spertus, Landes & Umhofer LLP in Los Angeles.

But Mr. Singer told her she would go to Yale University. It was a sure thing, he said, according to Mr. Spertus. An attorney for Mr. Singer, who has pleaded guilty to four felony charges, including racketeering conspiracy, declined to comment.

Related: During all the Russia hacking hype, China is rising in influence: While Russia’s role in the 2016 election dominates the news, China’s spying and alarming influence within our borders is too little noticed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Colleges Are Ripping Off a Generation of Ill-Prepared Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT EDITION: Men ‘don’t deserve opinions,’ tweeted new director of gender relations.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University hosts no-whites-allowed faculty and staff listening sessions — to promote inclusivity.

They told me if Donald Trump became President, illegal race discrimination would be normalized. And they were right!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Nine Universities Pander To Radical Groups.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University employees steal bundles of campus newspaper to stop ‘bad publicity’ on Welcome Day.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Schools Clamber To Raise Bar Pass Rates. “ analyzed the bar pass rates reported by schools to the American Bar Association between 2013 and 2017—the 2018 results aren’t yet available—and found that 35 of the 203 ABA-accredited law schools had pass rates decreases of more than 20 percent in those four years. Further, 42 of the ABA-accredited law schools saw their pass rate fall anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. There is plenty of debate about why pass rates have fallen, but most experts agree that the 36-percent decline in law school applicants between 2010 and 2016 played a major role. Many schools dipped deeper into their applicant pool and enrolled students with lower LSAT scores and undergraduate grades. Other elements such changing law school pedagogy and the rise of online bar exam preparation are also at play, they say.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: An Idea for Student Loans: Get Rid of Them. Student loans aren’t a subsidy for students. They’re a subsidy to the academic class, and mostly to administrators.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ohio State University Salaries Exposed: More Than 5,000 Employees Made Six-Figures or Higher While More Than a Dozen Top $1 Million. What’s really shocking is that the university has nearly 50,000 employees.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Big Money, No Debt: The Blunt New Pitch for Blue-Collar Workers.

SAD: Storm Clouds Over Tulsa: Inside the academic destruction of a proud private university.

A Harvard Business School professor recently predicted that up to half of all American colleges and universities will go bankrupt in the next ten to 15 years. While this may be a worst-case scenario, universities have for years been offering an increasingly inferior product at unsustainably high prices to an ever-more skeptical group of prospective students. Many institutions below the top tier are scrambling to respond to the collapse of the higher-education bubble by jettisoning the liberal arts and pumping up the practical ones: health care, computer science, business, and other technical fields that promise to yield jobs immediately after graduation. This approach has been employed in a particularly crude and short-sighted manner at the University of Tulsa, where a new administration has turned a once-vibrant academic institution with a $1.1 billion endowment and a national reputation in core liberal arts subjects into a glorified trade school with a social-justice agenda. Our story is worth telling, because we have been hit by a perfect storm of trends currently tearing through the American academy: the confident ignorance of administrators, the infantilization of students, the policing of faculty, the replacement of thinking with ideological jargon, and the corporatization of education.

There’s a lot of that going around. But if you’re going to be a trade school be a real one, without a social justice agenda.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Penn makes conservative students pay security fees to protect Candace Owens from empty threats.

As always, IowaHawk nailed it:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Big Fail: Why Bar Pass Rates Have Sunk To Record Lows. It’s mostly due to the decline in credentials of incoming law students, but there’s also the absence of Prof. Kingsfield: “The way we used to teach wasn’t as good for caring for the student, but it made sure you could take a closed-book exam.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Go to a Cheap College — or None at All.