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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF CORRUPTION EDITION: How UNC changed its story — and lost its voice on college sports.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: San Jose State University lecturer threatens to ‘beat the s**t out of’ pro-life protesters. Not sure this actually qualifies as a “threat,” but it’s the kind of thing that suggests all the talk about “diversity and inclusion” is pretty bogus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: White, male student under fire for defending diversity of thought: ‘punchable, drag him, expel him.’ “A white, male student at Chapman University has been maligned on social media after penning an op-ed for his school newspaper that argued campus diversity efforts, while seemingly offered with good intentions, actually breed radicalism and silence dissent.” Sounds like he’s got a point.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law School Responses To Speech Protests, From Best (Georgetown), To Worst (Seattle, Thurgood Marshall).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Earlier this week someone vandalized the campus with grafitti about what a racist place Middlebury is.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Students love Trump’s tax plan…when told it’s Bernie’s.

Their feelings are as strong as their ignorance.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof frets that female students don’t feel oppressed enough.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Purge: Scott Yenor and the Witch Hunt at Boise State: A political science professor at Boise State writes a piece about transgenderism and the university tries to tie him to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

When funding for these institutions is slashed due to plummeting public support — and it will be — they’ll blame “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Montana Dean Worried About ‘the Risk of Offending Students,’ Dis-Invites Conservative Speaker. God forbid they should be offended by hearing a view they disagree with.

But when funding for these institutions is cut, they’ll blame “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Evergreen State banned criticism of Black Lives Matter through its bias response team. “A campus spokesman did not respond to repeated recent email and phone call requests for comment from The College Fix to weigh in one whether the team had made a mistake in its determination and if the school would continue to banish public criticisms of Black Lives Matter.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How identity politics divided a campus: Meet the Reed student driven out of college for questioning a protest.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Sander & Steinbuch: Mismatch And Bar Passage: A School-Specific Analysis. “Past research on law school mismatch has been hampered by the absence of school-specific data, thus requiring scholars to estimate individual levels of mismatch through various indirect techniques. In this paper, the authors use data on nearly four thousand students at three law schools to directly measure mismatch levels based on LSAT scores or an academic index. The analysis shows large and statistically significant effects of mismatch; when one controls for mismatch, racial effects lose statistical significance. The results highlight the importance of mismatch in explaining both racial bar passage gaps and individual outcomes on the bar. The results also illustrate the great importance of individual school-level data across a range of schools in studying mismatch.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University Prez ‘surprised’ and ‘shocked’ that University of Florida must allow free speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The 11 college majors with the highest unemployment rates.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Princeton op-ed: Conservatives have no right to free speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: America, Your Campuses Are Madhouses. Why Are We Paying For This? Expect more and more people to be asking this question.

When the people who run institutions care more about their standing within their narrow peer group than about the future of those institutions, things tend to go bad.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When Are You Glued to a Live Stream of a Free Speech Debate?

When your colleague Charlie Cooke is locked in a passionate and heated battle with two university censors, that’s when. In this week’s Liberty Files podcast, I talk to Charlie about one of the more fascinating university debates I’ve ever seen — his battle at Kenyon College. His two opponents vigorously (and emotionally) defended university efforts to silence so-called “hate speech.” Charlie’s responses were outstanding.

The Livestream link is here. Congratulations to Kenyon college for having this debate, though it’s too bad they apparently had to reach outside to find someone willing to take the free-speech side. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Can grad students’ conversation about how gays could be executed in Muslim countries lead to discipline at a U.S. university?

Sooner or later, taxpayers are going to wonder why they’re funding places like this.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers students ‘don’t need no facts’ to heckle speaker. The taxpayers of New Jersey aren’t getting a bargain, here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY EDITION: Professors warn academic intolerance for dissenting views is reaching new highs. But when taxpayers lose patience and won’t fund it, academics will blame “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student protesters shut down University of Oregon president’s speech to ‘stand against fascism.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Do Students Understand Student Loan Debt? Not Really. And schools are counting on that.

15% don’t think they have to pay them back. 34% expect loan forgiveness. They are likely to be disappointed.

Plus: “25 percent of respondents thought that Elizabeth Warren was the Secretary of Education, part of a larger group of respondents (63 percent) who did not know the Education Secretary was Betsy DeVos.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Justice Department confirms Harvard affirmative action probe: The Justice Department has formally launched an investigation into whether Harvard University uses discriminatory policies when admitting new students. And note this disgracefully dishonest response to an investigation of discrimination against Asian students: “It speaks volumes that Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department is prioritizing attacking affirmative action at a time when white nationalists are marching openly in the streets.”

Related: Asians Get The Ivy League’s Jewish Treatment.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Backlash spreads against Black Lives Matter shutting down ACLU free speech event.

A campus Black Lives Matter protest against an American Civil Liberties Union speaker has provoked an internal debate over free speech on the Left.

Students shouted down an ACLU leader visiting the College of William and Mary in Virginia last week, preventing a discussion about free speech by chanting “liberalism is white supremacy” and “ACLU, you protect Hitler too!” for a full hour.

Outrage spread as video of the college Black Lives Matter chapter’s disruption circulated among shocked scholars, progressive leaders, and alumni.

The demonstration — motivated by the ACLU’s litigation allowing for an August rally including white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. — reignited progressive concern about students attacking freedoms that past generations of the Left struggled to establish and expand.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote that suspensions would be appropriate. New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg called it “embarrassing.”

Claire Gastañaga, the shouted-down executive director of the Virginia ACLU, said “a public college like William and Mary has an obligation to protect the freedom of the speaker to speak,” and college president Taylor Reveley wrote the action prevented “hard questions” and a “debate where the strength of ideas” prevails.

The dirty secret is that college administrators usually agree with this bullying. If a right-leaning group engaged in the same tactics, everyone involved would be expelled overnight.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Seattle Law School Latest Flashpoint Over Campus Speech. “The controversy comes on the heels of the Department of Justice’s decision to take an active role in protecting campus free speech, and a Black Lives Matter protest that shut down an American Civil Liberties Union free speech event at the College of William and Mary Oct. 4.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Albion College president allegedly defended assault of white student due to her ‘privilege.’

A private college president allegedly told a student government meeting that a young woman’s assault at the hands of campus protesters was justified on the grounds that the victim had “privilege.” The president, meanwhile, denies that he made such a claim. . . .

Albion’s student newspaper, The Albion Pleiad, identified the young woman as student Ashley Witowski. The Pleiad reported that Witowski “left the Senate meeting visibly upset” following Ditzler’s response to her boyfriend’s question.

A series of tweets by Witowski corroborates Olsen’s version of events: “[T]he president of my college told me I’m of privilege and it’s okay for me to be harassed verbally and physically…There was a protest at my school today and I was physically pushed during it…The president of my college said that it should be a learning experience for me because I am of white privilege…[H]e said this to my face.”

Presented with Olsen’s account of the meeting, President Ditzler told The Fix: “That is not my memory of the conversation. I do not believe your summary is an accurate reflection of my belief or my statement.” . . .

Reached by phone and presented with Ditzler’s statement, Olsen explicitly rejected Ditzler’s version of events, claiming the president did indeed tell a young woman that her assault was justified. Ditzler’s comments at that meeting were so troubling to Olsen, she told The Fix, that she withdrew from Albion the day after the senate meeting.

Well, I don’t know what happened, but sadly those “privilege” remarks are entirely conceivable. And anyway, we all know that in a he-said/she-said situation on campus, we’re supposed to believe the women!

Cost of attending Albion College: $54,150 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Article that Made 16,000 Ideologues Go Wild. “The desire of the anti-colonialist faction to reach beyond Gilley to intimidate other scholars who might pick up his thread is a backhanded acknowledgment of Gilley’s credibility and the force of his argument.”

Honestly, the last 50 years or so are not exactly a slam-dunk case for the virtues of “anti-colonialism.” So I can see why they’re so defensive. And if academics are so eager to shout down and intimidate people whose ideas they don’t like — and by all appearances, many are — then they should not be surprised if the larger society returns the favor. Why lefty academics think they’ll flourish in an environment of mob rule and ideological witch-hunts is beyond me, but I suspect it’s a function of academia’s lack of diversity.

UPDATE: Seen on Facebook: “The settlement of other continents by Europeans is called colonialism. The settlement of Europe by people from other continents is called multiculturalism and emergence of a global society.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Amherst course puzzles over how women become conservative.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “SHOULD WE REALLY BE TAX-EXEMPT AS NONPARTISAN?” EDITION: The president of the University of North Texas personally attempted to derail a scheduled talk by Donald Trump, Jr., according to emails sent to faculty members who raised objections to the privately-sponsored speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student whose MAGA hat stolen presses charges; thief’s peers demand school protect her, pay her rent.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof who wanted ‘white genocide’ for Christmas blames ‘white people and men’ for Las Vegas massacre.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Is there something about adjunct faculty members that makes them prone to outrageous political outbursts?

Adjunct teaching has been expanding for three reasons. First, it’s much cheaper for colleges and universities. Second, American graduate schools award an enormous number of Ph.D.s, even in disciplines where jobs are scarce. Graduates who can’t find tenure-track positions may take adjunct employment rather than give up on the academic dream. And third, for decades conservatives have railed against the institution of tenure, which they see as protecting ideologues. Their attacks have succeeded in weakening it.

But there’s reason to believe widespread reliance on adjunct faculty may encourage the very radicalism conservatives fear. Social scientists have found that when aspiring intellectuals face highly restricted employment opportunities, they often take refuge in extreme politics.

In the words of Eric Hoffer: “Nothing is so unsettling to a social order as the presence of a mass of scribes without suitable employment and an acknowledged status.”

Trump should address the situation.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Megan Mcardle: It Shouldn’t Be So Easy to Go to Grad School: Universities are milking the huge loan sums from grad students to subsidize the cost of undergraduate degrees. This system is broken.

There is a limit, of course, to how sorry we should feel for people who borrowed lots of money for a graduate degree, and found that it wasn’t a surefire ticket to easy prosperity. I am sympathetic to those people; indeed, I am one of those people. But people with graduate degrees, even not-very-useful-ones, are more affluent, more educated and more skilled than the general population. We should not exaggerate the tragedy of their fate simply because they are more like most of the readers of this article than is an unemployed welder in Flint.

We should, however, be concerned because the cost is spreading. Having finally reached the limits of American parents to bear ever-increasing bills for undergraduate tuition, struggling colleges are now turning to graduate programs to fund their operations. Indeed, schools often encourage graduate students’ naïve faith, painting a rosy picture of future employment prospects that is, to say the very least, highly selective.

It’s bad enough that schools do this; it’s worse still that the American taxpayer is helping them. For it is hard not to suspect that the proliferation of master’s degrees programs has less to do with exploding employer demand for advanced degrees in Jewish studies or public history, and more to do with the availability of student loans to fund those degrees. The government caps the amount that undergraduates can borrow, but offers graduate students considerably more rope with which to hang themselves.

We should either abolish student loans, or put universities on the hook when graduates can’t pay them. Skin in the game.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars: Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures.

See, this is why Betsy DeVos, and the Trump Administration generally, need to halt the exploitation of adjuncts. I think that schools receiving federal aid should have at least 75% of their courses taught by full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty. Sure, that’ll leave less money for “diversity and inclusion” administrators, but is it really fair to have PhD’s forced into prostitution so that people with Master’s in Higher Ed Administration degrees can earn $60K?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Harvard helps its richest and most arrogant students get ahead: What the elite expect, and receive, from an Ivy League education. “Naive as I was as a grad student, I suspected from the start that teachers’ defeat in clashes over standards was built in, as our humiliations served a clear purpose: Undergraduates emerged more powerful the more obnoxiously they behaved; they felt they owned the system — how else could they induce it to give them high grades certifying their excellence when their work was mediocre or nonexistent?”

Kinda makes you wonder if we shouldn’t just abolish the Ivy League or something.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Clemson Student senators sit down during Pledge of Allegiance.

After the past couple of years, it’s going to be hard to take seriously complaints that legislatures are reluctant to fund higher ed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: American University an ‘unsafe space’ for controversial Title IX event.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ‘When Clients Sneeze, Law Firms Catch A Cold; Law Schools Get The Flu; And Law Students Contract Pneumonia.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Disgrace at Hamilton College. Faculty position open: Only leftists need apply. “I don’t think a large research university could actually get through a general requirement like this, though of course some individual departments of social justice studies would require this. But generalized for an entire campus, this represents the end of liberal education.”

Cost of attending Hamilton College: $66,250 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Should Student Evaluations Rate A Professor’s Inclusiveness?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Very Model of a Modern Male Millennial:

Here’s the strangest part: I didn’t start out this way. I was a very industrious kid. I got my first job, working in a nursery, when I was 12 years-old. I worked at a responsible job in a church rectory until I was 17. I have never “not” worked. I’m an Eagle Scout and (nominally) a Knight of Columbus. I went to college, got the quarter-million dollar degree – the diploma hangs above my bed like the Sword of Damocles – and I’m faithfully paying off the student loans by working part-time jobs. There are the “seeds” of traditional masculinity inside me, and I never consciously rejected them.

But something has changed, and it hasn’t changed only for me, but for my contemporaries, too. Most of us are still living at home; a few of us have married, but we’re mostly still single. Why haven’t we moved on?

Why, indeed?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: How a change in the bar exam cut score could alter California legal education. With projected pass-rate improvements for each school.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stop giving to your alma mater until they commit to these common-sense reforms.

Yale University, with more than $25 billion dollars in its endowment, is about to launch a new capital campaign to raise several billion dollars more. For decades, Yale and other elite university alumni, grateful for the education they received, gave back to help their alma maters build their financial war chest. The idea was simple: With greater resources, the elite schools could make financial aid more generous, hire more professors, and upkeep their infrastructure.

But in recent decades, universities have changed. They have prioritized politics and social justice activism over education. In the name of combating racism, they encourage it; indeed, campuses have become ground zero for 21st century segregation in the name not of conservatism but rather of progressive theory. And they have hired administrators at rates far greater than they have professors. For all their talk about diversity, they are superficial in its application: Skin color and sexuality count toward diversity, economic background less so. Intellectual diversity and respect for alternate viewpoints – what should be the basis of any serious education – hardly merits university consideration.

In 2012, for example, 97 percent of Yale faculty political donations went to Democrats. Three-quarters of Yale faculty members consider themselves liberal or very liberal, and the proportion is likely above 95 percent in the humanities and social sciences.

And the problem is only going to get worse: Humanities and social science programs are producing record numbers of Ph.D.’s, many in narrow, obscure, politicized fields so consumed with theory that they have little to no real-world relevance. There simply are not enough teaching jobs in universities to offer graduates of these programs, nor do they have much qualification to work outside. To have an ever-expanding administrative class hiring from the pool of failed or failing academics solves that problem, and the politicized academics, sheltered from real-world accountability, then begin to impose their racial, gender, or political agendas upon college students, essentially treating them as postmodern lab rats.

So, what to do? It’s reasonable to question why Yale, whose endowment surpasses Estonia and Nepal’s gross domestic product, or Harvard, whose endowment surpasses Bahrain’s GDP and is equivalent to oil-rich Azerbaijan’s, need to solicit additional donations, especially given that they charge upwards of $60,000 per year in tuition, room, and board. Even with financial aid factored in, the inflow of cash is impressive.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC is handing out generous pensions, and students are paying the price with higher tuition.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Adriana Cohen: Diversity, inclusiveness fraud in academia.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Not To Recover From A Crisis, Mizzou Edition.

The University of Missouri, where I teach and which I dearly love, is in crisis. Freshman enrollment at the university’s Columbia campus (Mizzou) is down by a whopping 35% from two years ago. Missouri’s governor and legislature slashed Mizzou’s state appropriation by $22 million this year.

Administrators have responded by cutting Mizzou’s operating budget by 12% and laying off 307 employees (474 across the entire University of Missouri system). They’ve also closed seven dormitories to students, instead renting out the rooms for football games and special events like the recent solar eclipse.

Suffice it to say, morale on campus is low.

The primary culprit, of course, is Mizzou’s reaction to the student protests of 2015. In November of that year, a group of students, justifiably angered by three racist incidents on the 35,000-student Columbia campus, presented administrators with a number of unreasonable demands. Among other things, they insisted that the president of the 77,000-student University of Missouri system publicly acknowledge his “white male privilege” and resign his post and that the university adopt patently unconstitutional racial quotas for faculty and staff.

Instead of leading like compassionate, wise adults—joining the protestors’ rightful condemnation of racist conduct but working to convince them that their demands were unreasonable—many Mizzou officials either succumbed to or actively perpetuated the frenzy.

Mizzou’s football coach publicly supported a player boycott by the members of his team. The chancellor encouraged the protestors by allowing them to erect a tent city on a university quad and providing them with electricity generators. One administrator bullied a student reporter and attempted to prevent him from documenting the protests. A professor actually battered a reporter and famously called for “some muscle” to remove him from the protestors’ camp.

Watching Mizzou’s leadership abdicate to the loudest voices from the radical left, most Missourians were aghast. Many decided that their children, donations, and tax dollars should go elsewhere. Hence, Mizzou’s current situation.

One might think, then, that the university’s administration would be doing all it can to get back in the good graces of the people of Missouri.

Not so much. As I keep saying, if some evil genius of the right wanted to destroy the reputation of the academy, xe couldn’t do better than the academy is doing to itself.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Princeton’s campus newspaper disbands editorial board after string of right-leaning opinions.

Leaders of the student newspaper at Princeton University have disbanded the publication’s independent editorial board, a move that comes after the group put forth a string of right-leaning opinions, including denouncing the women’s center for its radical feminist agenda and arguing in favor of due process.

“The top editors of the Prince have no involvement in what we write,” said Jack Whelan, a member of the dissolved editorial board, in an interview with The College Fix. “The reason why were we were destroyed is the opinions we published on a regular basis were more conservative than the opinions published on a daily basis in the Princetonian as a whole.”

While most campus newspapers’ editorial boards consist of top editors, the Princetonian had a unique set-up in which its editorial board was made of students representing a wide and diverse swath of campus life, as well as students who leaned left, right and center.

So basically this was an attack on diversity.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Controversy Over Law Profs’ Op-Ed On The Breakdown Of The ‘Bourgeois Culture’ Shifts From Penn To San Diego. If some evil genius of the right wanted the destroy the academy’s reputation, he/she couldn’t do better than the academy is doing for itself.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORNHUSKER EDITION: Profs rally for colleague who bullied conservative student. “The demonstration was organized by the American Association of University Professors, which ostensibly advocates for academic freedom generally, but has been accused of favoring liberal causes over conservative ones.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 25% Of Law Schools Plan To Accept The GRE. I’m pretty sure this is just about getting more warm bodies while finagling the U.S. News rankings.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONAL SEXISM EDITION: UNC: Masculinity contributes to ‘perpetration of violence.’ UNC sounds like a hostile educational environment for male students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UMN EDITION: A campus conservative’s year facing anger, doxing, and intimidation. “As the protests grew, so did violent threats against the College Republicans and Madison, in particular. The group’s members were scared for their safety on campus. Madison and the rest of the executive board didn’t go out at night and tried to never be alone on campus. Many used campus security to walk home. Rather than condemning vandalism and standing up for the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, many supposed adults in the administration instead lashed out at the College Republicans.”

And higher ed folks think the decline in public support is because the American public suffers from “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Campus Rape and Why Liberals are to Blame for Trump’s Election. Actually, this piece explains a lot about what’s wrong, on and off campus, that led to Trump’s win.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Berkeley Faculty Calls for Campus-Wide Boycott of Class: Faculty, staff claim ‘there are forms of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment.’

Okay, you’ve persuaded me. Now, you’re fired for boycotting class. . . .

Meanwhile, I’ll repeat: If some evil genius on the right set out to destroy the reputation of the academy, he couldn’t have done better than the academy is doing for itself.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DIVERSITY-AND-INCLUSION EDITION: Worse than excluding conservative speakers: “the profound alienation of professors who don’t hold the mainstream political views and are treated as outsiders as a result.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “INCLUSION” EDITION: How a young conservative navigates liberal IU.

As a young conservative, Zack Chambers has learned a valuable life lesson on Indiana University’s far left Bloomington campus.

Pick your shots.

“You have to choose which hill to fight on,” the 2015 Westfield High graduate said.

So one day, when an English professor called out students in class for not being more active in liberal causes, Chambers had to decide whether to challenge the instructor’s assumptions. He chose, probably wisely, to stay quiet.

“You have professors here or there who are hostile to your world view. Some professors will go out of their way to insult conservatives and Republicans. That’s their right; the classroom is not a democracy,” Chambers said. “You just try to get through it, and you hope it won’t have an affect on grades.”

I’m sure the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and all the people who want a “safe welcoming atmosphere for all students” on campus will be right on this.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University promises ‘disciplinary action’ for students who engage in ‘hateful demonstrations.’ Campus official implies that ‘hate speech’ is not protected by the First Amendment. Anyone that constitutionally illiterate should be fired from a position of any responsibility.

Related: Professors told to report students who make campus ‘less inclusive’ to Behavior Assessment Team.

Weird how polls show that Americans have a lower opinion of higher ed than they used to.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Freshmen say Clemson safe space is ‘divisive,’ ‘misguided.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Have Colleges Completely Lost Their Minds? “You do have to wonder sometimes if these idiots were actually recruited by Steve Bannon as a covert part of the Trump 2020 campaign.”

Nah, Putin’s behind it. The lefties are all under his control anyway.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Anti-US Banner at Amherst College on 9/11 sparks outrage.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus: Once ladders of social mobility, universities increasingly reinforce existing wealth, fueling a backlash that helped elect Donald Trump.

The lack of economic diversity extends far beyond the Ivy League, and now includes scores of private and public universities, according to the Equality of Opportunity Project, which used tax data to study campus economic trends from 2000 to 2011, the most recent years available. For instance, the University of Michigan enrolls just 16 percent of its student body from the bottom 60 percent of earners. Nearly 10 percent of its students are from the top 1 percent. . . .

Class-based anger was a driving factor in the 2016 presidential campaign, as white voters without college degrees vented their frustration by voting for Donald Trump in record numbers; it was the single best statistical predictor of a Trump voter. In the wake of Trump’s election, the majority of Republicans say colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, according to the latest polling by the Pew Research Center. Young people still see college as necessary to get a good job and move up in society. But the vast majority don’t believe the higher education system is helping them do that, according to a recent report by New America, a Washington-based think tank.

“Elite colleges are part of the apparatus that produces Trumpism and produces working class, white resentment,” said Walter Benn Michaels, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“It fits perfectly into Trump’s narrative … Basically, if you’re a low-income or working-class white student who works hard and you find out that what matters in admissions is who your daddy is, or what your race is, you’re completely left out,” said Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation. “When a politician like Donald Trump comes along and says the system is rigged, you’re very likely to believe that. In this case, it is rigged — against those students.”

Well, we need to do something about that. For starters, we can abolish the Ivy League. But the real answer is to take away higher education’s role as gatekeeper to the upper-middle and upper classes.

Plus: “If you could deliver the same quality at lower cost, you’d go down in the rankings.”

Related: Me: America’s New Class System.

Also: Abolish The Ivy League.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Fewer Humanities Courses, More Ph.D.’s. “A new report says that humanities departments in the United States produced 5,891 doctorates in 2015, the largest since the numbers were first tracked in 1987. Meanwhile, the chief market for those grad school grads, a tenure-track position at a decent school, has steadily contracted. Things just keep getting worse.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University denies promoting masturbation as deterrent to rape.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Radical fallout: Oberlin College enrollment drops, causing financial problems. “At both the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College, an atmosphere of aggressive ‘Social Justice’ activism damaged enrollment and contributed to financial difficulties. Apparently, even liberal students don’t want to attend institutions where student and faculty social justice warriors have turned the campus into a battleground. The same thing may be happening at Oberlin College in Ohio.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The latest term deemed offensive by college administrators: ‘last name.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Americans Losing Faith in College Degrees, Poll Finds. Gee, I wonder why?

If only someone had warned them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Activists March on the Cafeteria: What Do We Want? Hydroponic Cilantro!

College students across the U.S. are making some precise demands of school chefs and dining halls. For a generation animated by a desire to make a difference and raised to believe personal wellness is paramount, a meaningful academic experience begins with minding what you eat.

That’s inspired the University of Houston to spend $6,500 to build two hydroponic grow towers, vertical gardens that use nutrient-rich waters to cultivate cilantro and oregano indoors, without soil. The University of California, Los Angeles has installed aeroponic grow towers that grow plants with just mist. Thyme, butter lettuce and microgreens are flourishing in the breeze on the roof of UCLA’s Bruin Plate dining hall.

“If you’re not eating good things, how do they expect your brain to grow?” said Hannah Logan, a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in sustainable food and farming.

They’ll be happy to roll the cost into your student debt, Hannah.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof hands out white privilege checklist, then warns students who stereotype will be punished.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCOTTISH EDITION: Edinburgh Student Accused of ‘Hate Crime’ for Making Fun of ISIS.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More than 40 percent of colleges don’t challenge lawsuits filed by railroaded students.


Amy Wax, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and contributor to our magazine, has angered her law school colleagues. The statement they have written appeared in The Daily Pennsylvanian under the title “Open letter to the University of Pennsylvania community.”

The opening reads,

We write to condemn recent statements our colleague Amy Wax, the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at Penn Law School, has made in popular media pieces.

The infinitive in this sentence is telling. Professor Wax has made some pointed remarks, but the 33 respondents don’t wish to disprove, dispute, or disagree with them. They condemn them. We know from the start, in other words, that we are not to witness an academic debate. The trial is over, the verdict is in. We are now in the sentencing phase. . . . If you read their brief statement in full—it’s only a few paragraphs long—you won’t find any disconfirming facts and exposures of invalidity. The authors of the letter don’t bother with refutation. The first and last aim is, as noted above, condemnation.

They don’t want to debate, because they know their ideas would lose. They want to silence their critics. Sometimes they succeed, but at the cost of looking both ridiculously self-important and childishly mean.

Honestly, if some evil genius of the right had invented a scheme to discredit academia, xe couldn’t have done better than academia has done itself.

And how ridiculous is it that half the faculty of an Ivy League law school couldn’t muster a single argument? Pretty damn ridiculous, but not, these days, especially surprising.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PENN LAW SCHOOL EDITION: “Nearly half the professors at the University of Pennsylvania law school have published an open letter condemning their colleague Amy Wax for her by now (in)famous op-ed on bourgeois values. The result? The quality of reasoned debate at the University of Pennsylvania has dramatically worsened, even below the already abysmal standards set by the graduate student and alumni screeds which preceded this latest open letter.”

Plus: “Do the authors rebut these arguments? Do they offer counterevidence? No. Apparently the thesis of Wax’s op-ed is so patently beyond the pale that it is enough for the signatories to assert: ‘We categorically reject Wax’s claims.’ In the absence of any attempt at refutation, that is simply a case of virtue signaling.”

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If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why I’m Leaving The Political Science Association.

Looking forward to a lively annual conference of the American Political Science Association, due to start this week in San Francisco, I proposed a panel on “Viewpoint Diversity in Political Science.” After all, I thought, wasn’t the 2016 election a signal lesson in the continuing relevance of diverse viewpoints in the American body politic?

My submission featured four of the most prominent political scientists in the country who have written on the issue of political diversity in the field. They included Joshua Dunn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, whose co-authored 2016 book entitled Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University has been a focus of the national discussion among academics interested in the issue; and April Kelly-Woessner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies at Elizabethtown College, whose co-authored 2011 book The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power Politics and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education is the gold standard on how to promote respectful political dialogue on campus.

Now, granted, every major conference receives far more submissions than it can accept. Still, I was surprised when the panel was rejected. I assumed that it had been bested by superior panels submitted to the jointly-organized teaching and educations sections of the conference. But when the official program came out, I could see that it was not. Instead, it was crowded out by APSA’s serious lack of political diversity.

A total of 11 full panels or roundtables were accepted in the teaching and education sections. Of these, 7 are on mainstream teaching topics. Another 4 were set aside for, shall we say, more politicized topics. One, entitled “Let’s Talk about Sex (and Gender and Sexuality)”, is on how to restructure the classroom around ideas of being “genderfluid, transgender, or gender nonconforming.” Another, on “Tolerance, Diversity, and Assessment” will focus on how to use administrative coercion to enforce various group identity agendas.

The third, called “Taking Advantage of Diversity,” will help scholars to understand why their quaint notions of cutting edge knowledge are merely expressions of white identity. Another, “Teaching Trump”, is composed of left-wing feminist scholars. Final score for political science education at this year’s APSA conference: left-wing approaches to diversity and difference: 4; conservative or classical liberal approaches: 0.

They don’t see themselves as academics, ultimately, but as ideological soldiers. But now the taxpayers they soldier against are asking why they should foot the bill.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ACADEMIA-KEEPS-DIGGING EDITION: Scandal Erupts over the Promotion of ‘Bourgeois’ Behavior.

Were you planning to instruct your child about the value of hard work and civility? Not so fast! According to a current uproar at the University of Pennsylvania, advocacy of such bourgeois virtues is “hate speech.” The controversy, sparked by an op-ed written by two law professors, illustrates the rapidly shrinking boundaries of acceptable thought on college campuses and the use of racial victimology to police those boundaries.

On August 9, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and University of San Diego law professor Larry Alexander published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for a revival of the bourgeois values that characterized mid-century American life, including child-rearing within marriage, hard work, self-discipline on and off the job, and respect for authority. The late 1960s took aim at the bourgeois ethic, they say, encouraging an “antiauthoritarian, adolescent, wish-fulfillment ideal [of] sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll that was unworthy of, and unworkable for, a mature, prosperous adult society.”

Today, the consequences of that cultural revolution are all around us: lagging education levels, the lowest male work-force participation rate since the Great Depression, opioid abuse, and high illegitimacy rates. Wax and Alexander catalogue the self-defeating behaviors that leave too many Americans idle, addicted, or in prison: “the single-parent, antisocial habits, prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants.”

Well, of course the squares of academia are shocked. Bourgeois is the new transgressive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEFTIST-SELF-DESTRUCTION EDITION: Evergreen State College faces $2.1M budget shortfall, cites enrollment drop, issues layoff notices. As with Mizzou, you can wreck your university trying to make lefty activists happy, but they’ll never be happy because they don’t want to be happy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Newly hired dean was chastised by judge for hiding evidence from accused in Title IX case.

Ignored his accuser’s retraction, led a ‘nonsensical’ investigation

Pitzer College is a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five elite private schools in Southern California that is struggling to mollify racial-grievance activists.

It may have a new fire to put out when those activists learn the background of its new dean of students, who is also a Title IX coordinator.

The Claremont Independent uncovered a March court order that found Sandra Vasquez hid “material evidence” from an unnamed male falsely accused of “relationship violence” when she was associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

The Independent said it also learned the Department of Education is investigating Vasquez’s alleged discrimination against the “low-income, minority student” as potential Title IX and Title VI violations.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle’s order against UCSB makes Vasquez and other officials who handled the “John Doe” case sound almost like cartoon villains.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Profs bully TPUSA prez while she recruits on campus.

Professors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln harassed the president of the school’s Turning Point USA chapter Friday afternoon while she was tabling on campus grounds.

According to chapter President Katie Mullen, at least three professors circled the table while carrying signs and yelling things like “f**k Charlie Kirk” and “TPUSA Nazis.” . . .

Mullen told Campus Reform that a university administrator eventually came out and told her she could not table because she was in a free speech zone. Campus police were called, however, and after assessing the situation they informed Mullen that she had the right to stay and table.

“I was honestly shocked and scared. I was there for a couple hours and had no real issues but a couple debates,” Mullen told Campus Reform. “They came with posters screaming profanities at me and people passing by.”

“I didn’t even engage, but I kept tabling as I wasn’t going to let them silence me,” she continued, but conceded that after a while, “I got overwhelmed and scared and started to cry,” at which point the professors “screamed [that] I was crying for attention.”

“It shocks me that these are professors that are supposed to teach and support students and they were bullying me,” she remarked.

It wasn’t “bullying,” it was “peace through violence” because shut up you Nazi. It may also have been a conspiracy to deprive her of her civil rights, a federal felony.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Back to school — and to kangaroo Title IX courts.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students are the new masters – and the result is campus tyranny. Especially as it’s not all students, but a noisy minority.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The hidden cost of college: rising student fees. “During their college search, many prospective students tend to pay attention to tuition. But in the last decade, fees have started to make up a larger share of the overall bill, particularly at public campuses. Since 2000, student fees have actually grown faster than tuition in percentage terms. Fees rose 95 percent at public four-year colleges (and 61 percent at private colleges).”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Safe spaces and ‘ze’ badges: My bewildering year at a US university. “As a child in Glasgow, I learned that sticks and stones might break my bones but words didn’t really hurt. I’m now at New York University studying journalism, where a different mantra seems to apply.”


The student in front of me, an Australian, found this hilarious: ‘Last time I checked, I was a girl.’ Her joke was met with stony silence. Later I realised why: expressing bewilderment at the obsession with pronouns might count as a ‘micro-aggression’. Next stop, ‘transphobia’.

It was soon obvious to my fellow students that I was not quite with the programme. In a class discussion early in my first semester, I made the mistake of mentioning that I believed in objective standards in art. Some art is great, some isn’t, I said; not all artists are equally talented. This was deemed an undemocratic opinion and I was given a nickname: the cultural fascist. I’ve tried to take it affectionately.

American higher ed is rapidly becoming a worldwide joke. What if the high-dollar foreign students stop coming?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CLEMSON EDITION: ‘All Republicans are racist scum,’ Clemson professor declares.

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Cost of attending USC: $69,711 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Mizzou suffering brutal long-term impacts of 2015 protests. “As classes begin this week, freshmen enrollment is down 35% since the protests, according to the latest numbers the university has publicly released. Mizzou is beginning the year with the smallest incoming class since 1999. Overall enrollment is down by more than 2,000 students, to 33,200. The campus has taken seven dormitories out of service.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Valparaiso Enrolls 28 1Ls, Down 73% From Last Year (87% From 2013).


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Alumni take Trinity to task over free speech ‘double standard.’ “‘We’re back, again, to a discretionary rule-of-man and not rule-of-law, applied equally,’ he said, noting that Trinity’s ultimate tolerance of Williams’ remarks stood in stark contrast to its draconian student speech codes, summarizing the college’s attitude as ‘academic freedom for me, speech and behavior codes for thee.'”

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