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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Number Of Law School Applicants With 160+LSAT Scores Has Declined 61% Since 2010.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Brown University Teaching High School Kids to Be Social Justice Warriors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UPenn Students Study ‘Denial And Unconscious Bias’ in Summer Course.

A year of on-campus living at Penn costs an average of $72,584.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Agreed to Orgy, But Later Called It Sexual Assault, Lawsuit Claims.



HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Proportion Of Law School Applicants With LSATs > 160 Is Down 35% Since 2010; < 150 Is Up 146%.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Chaired Professor Wages Court Battle Against The Institution Of Tenure.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, AT WAR WITH THE STATE LEGISLATURE EDITION: UNC Law School Alums Rally Against Proposed ‘Catastrophic’ 30% Budget Cut As Payback To Liberal Faculty (Especially Gene Nichol). “The school ranks 38th currently in U.S. News & World Report’s ratings. In 2000, it ranked 22nd.”

UPDATE: Eugene Volokh emails: “Might it be useful to note that the budget cut would actually be only about 13% of the school’s budget ($4M out of $31M)? The 30% is the fraction of the school’s state appropriation that would be cut.” Good point. Still a major cut, but not as bad as it sounds.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Eight Of The Twelve Law Schools With The Highest Unemployment Rates Are In California.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: This Is How College Bureaucrats Pettily Tyrannize A Professor Who Crosses Them.

Springfield College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A polite letter or email suggesting that this sort of behavior isn’t consistent with a healthy educational environment is likely to be noticed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Messages indicate UTexas Greek Life feels targeted after stabbing spree on campus. “Various anonymous messages that have popped up after a stabbing spree on campus that left one student dead indicate some members of the University of Texas Greek Life community may feel unsafe and targeted at the school. The murder, in which a knife-wielding black student, 21-year-old Kendrix White, stabbed several white peers before being arrested by police, came on the heels of repeated vandalism targeting Greek Life houses near the Austin campus, such as graffiti stating ‘racist rapists.'”

Well, it can’t be any comfort knowing that the administration would be making a much bigger deal of thing if the races were reversed.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills: Results of a standardized measure of reasoning ability show many students fail to improve over four years—even at some flagship schools, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of nonpublic results.

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging.

At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table, The Wall Street Journal found after reviewing the latest results from dozens of public colleges and universities that gave the exam between 2013 and 2016. (See full results.)

At some of the most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years. . . .

Some academic experts, education researchers and employers say the Journal’s findings are a sign of the failure of America’s higher-education system to arm graduates with analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in a fast-changing, increasingly global job market. In addition, rising tuition, student debt and loan defaults are putting colleges and universities under pressure to prove their value.

A survey by PayScale Inc., an online pay and benefits researcher, showed 50% of employers complain that college graduates they hire aren’t ready for the workplace. Their No. 1 complaint? Poor critical-reasoning skills.

“At most schools in this country, students basically spend four years in college, and they don’t necessarily become better thinkers and problem solvers,” said Josipa Roksa, a University of Virginia sociology professor who co-wrote a book in 2011 about the CLA+ test. “Employers are going to hire the best they can get, and if we don’t have that, then what is at stake in the long run is our ability to compete.”

International rankings show U.S. college graduates are in the middle of the pack when it comes to numeracy and literacy and near the bottom when it comes to problem solving.

Even a pretty cheap state school can run into six figures by the time you graduate; these private schools are typically much, much more expensive. But if there’s no value for the money, what happens?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: To Save Public Higher Education, Defang Public Sector Unions.

In the New York Times last week, David Leonhardt denounced “the assault on colleges—and the American Dream” by state legislatures across the country that are gradually reducing their investments in public higher education. These cuts, Leonhardt says, undermine social mobility by forcing state colleges to pass over low-income students and enroll less economically diverse freshman classes. While there are reasonable objections to the way colleges spend the money they do have, the trend Leonhardt describes is indeed a cause for concern.

But why do public university budgets keep getting the ax? It’s not (at least not primarily) about the selfishness of wealthy taxpayers. The real answer is more inconvenient for the Democratic coalition: Namely, that exploding public pension costs are putting tremendous pressure on state budgets, and higher education is the softest political target for the belt-tightening needed to make up for it. . . .

So long as public sector unions have a powerful grip on state legislatures, and so long as they can extract inviolable pension commitments (and paper over the magnitude of these promises by assuming unrealistic rates of return) discretionary programs without guaranteed funding carveouts will continue to be squeezed. You won’t hear many progressive activists making this case, but the single best avenue for ensuring that public colleges are fully funded is to roll back collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees so that pension obligations can be put on a sustainable path.

Or at least, you won’t hear many progressive activists making this case anytime soon.

But in the long-run, the contradiction between state-level Democrats’ loyalty to public sector unions and their desire to expand social welfare programs of various kinds will become increasingly hard to conceal.

But you can bet they’ll try to conceal it as long as they can.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Better School, Better Scholars, Right? Not So Much. “Deadwood blossoms among Ivy. World-class sprinters labor at institutions considered also-rans.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Defunds Regent Parties After Report Exposes Extravagance.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law School Entry-Level Faculty Hiring Down 25% (63% From 2008).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The goal of women’s studies is to train students to become human viruses that infect and disrupt other fields.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Frank Bruni: These Campus Inquisitions Must Stop.

He’s very upset about Evergreen College. Evergreen is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Maybe the accreditors need to hear about how the threats, closings, and other misbehavior that the Evergreen administration has tolerated is impacting the school’s educational environment and reputation.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Florida Dean Resigns After Giving Effusive Reference For Employee Fired For Downloading Porn Through University Email Account. Best bit: “As the University of Florida’s deputy Title IX coordinator, Chris Loschiavo heard complaints of gender discrimination that sometimes included allegations of sexual battery. But it has been learned that using a university-supplied email, he also bought pornographic videos with titles that included erotic torture and rough sex, cyborg sex, threesome sex and more. Loschiavo was fired last year with officials pegging it publicly to a conflict of interest that came to light during the Title IX hearing of UF football player Antonio Callaway.”

Pegging? I see what you did there.

But why are his personal sexual preferences a conflict of interest? Does that mean that gays and lesbians can’t be involved with matters that relate to their sex preferences? Are women who read or saw 50 Shades of Grey similarly disqualified? And what’s wrong with “cyborg sex?” Heck, it’s the only kind I have.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Teenager Gets Into Yale With Essay About Papa John’s Pizza, Then Chooses Auburn.

But as usual, it’s IowaHawk who has the best take:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Judge Says Yeshiva University Cannot Fire Tenure-Track Professors For Financial Reasons.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of California’s Board of Regents Partied Hard, Billed the State, Then Raised Tuition.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Is Arizona Summit’s $36k Stipend To Defer Bar A Lifeline For At-Risk Students Or Ploy To Disguise Abysmal 25% Pass Rate?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: A Law School Should Not Impose Its Faculty’s Social Justice Views On Students Through Mandatory Pro Bono Or Clinics (Unless There Is A Sufficient Variety Of Clinical Offerings).

Mandatory pro bono is just do-good posturing at someone else’s expense. Which, to be fair, is how most do-good posturing works.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Report: Middlebury prof attacked by mob still suffers from concussion. Since the college knows who did this, I’d sue them all personally. You can drag their suffering out for years, damage their credit, and harm their employment prospects, while making the college suffer.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC-Berkeley Adjunct Calls For Renaming Boalt Hall Due To John Boalt’s 1870s Anti-Chinese Racism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Feminist researcher invents ‘intersectional quantum physics’ to fight ‘oppression’ of Newton. “A feminist academic affiliated with the University of Arizona has invented a new theory of ‘intersectional quantum physics,’ and told the world about it in a journal published by Duke University Press. . . . Whitney Stark argues in support of ‘combining intersectionality and quantum physics’ to better understand ‘marginalized people’ and to create ‘safer spaces’ for them, in the latest issue of The Minnesota Review. Because traditional quantum physics theory has influenced humanity’s understanding of the world, it has also helped lend credence to the ongoing regime of racism, sexism and classism that hurts minorities, Stark writes.”

That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The False Promise of “Community” on Campus.

“The primary reason we wanted to do this is we really wanted to come together to celebrate Harvard black excellence and brilliance. … This is really an opportunity for students to build fellowship and build a community.”

That was Michael Huggins, president of the Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance, explaining why the group has organized a separate graduation ceremony for black students this week. There are plenty of reasons to balk at the event — the segregationist tendency, for starters. But there is also reason to wonder why it is that students who have spent four years or more at one of the most comprehensive, most exclusive universities in the country are still struggling to find “fellowship” and “community.”

University administrators like to throw around the word community. There is the African-American community, the Latino community and the mixed-race community, not to mention the Jewish community, the Muslim community and the Wiccan community. There is the LGBT community, the athletic community, the scientific community and the arts community.

Unfortunately, most students do not seem to feel that they are part of the college community. UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that only 28.7 percent of seniors graduating from baccalaureate institutions strongly agreed that they have a sense of belonging to their college community.

And university administrators, perhaps partly because they are so busy dividing students into various racial or sexual affinity groups, are not fixing the problem.

Well, that’s because they don’t want to. They are not fostering this division by accident. Years ago an ex-girlfriend of mine who had spent time in Tito’s Yugoslavia took a job at Berkeley’s admissions office. Her take on the PC culture then was that it was exactly like Tito’s — “you’re all hopelessly divided and only by submitting to me can you have peace.” It’s kind of self-fulfilling. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Bret Weinstein Meets The Downward Spiral of Social Justice.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 88% Of Law Firms Have ‘Chronically Underperforming Lawyers’: ‘Decreasing Demand For Legal Services Is Endemic In The Profession.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GRATUITOUS SELF-DESTRUCTION EDITION: University of Missouri to Raise Tuition, Cut Jobs, Close Halls Amidst Declining Enrollment. Basically, the administration wrecked their university in an effort to satisfy a few dozen loudmouth students who, by their very nature, will never be satisfied. Nice work.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Number Of Law School Graduates Has Fallen 28% Amidst Declining Demand For Legal Services.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Universities, Free Speech and the Rise of the Spit-Viper Left.

Free speech on campuses has come on hard times. By now, we are all too familiar with the litany: invited speakers disinvited, talks by honored guests disrupted by shouting protesters, vandalism and riots forcing the cancellation of events, campus security announcing it cannot guarantee public safety.

The disruptions and attacks come almost entirely from an emergent Spit-Viper Left (as I call it), drawn from a motley collection of campus grievance groups that are angry, uninformed, anti-intellectual and uniformly illiberal in their attitudes and beliefs. They may describe themselves as feminists, defenders of civil rights, or advocates for sexual minorities, but they are very different from the older, and more tolerant versions of such advocacy groups, and far removed from any manner of liberalism by their authoritarian ways and intemperate rage.

Whatever else may be among the concerns of this newly emergent Left, furthering its cause through rational discussion isn’t one of them. The 60s-era radical Todd Gitlin, distraught at this transformation of the campus Left, suggests it may subconsciously feel that reason and argument are no longer on its side. Free speech, a fruitful exchange of ideas, mutual intellectual enrichment — these are not its modus operandi. And those among the most illiberal segments of the Left on college campuses often attract to their protests even more radical and more illiberal supporters from beyond the university, who bring with them a love of violence, confrontation and disruption. Mayhem can be exhilarating for some people — especially young males — and outside anarchists and nihilists come to join in the fun.

It is important to realize just how far this newly emergent Left has strayed from the American Left of the immediate post-WWII decades. During the Cold War, it was often Social Democrats and other anti-Communist leftists who were leaders in the struggle to defend free speech, whether on college campuses or within the broader society.

In retrospect, it seems like that was really just a way of defending communists at universities, one that’s been discarded now that the communists are in charge.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Overcapacity In Legal Education. “Between 1971 and 2010, the average entering 1L class at an ABA-accredited law school was 246 students with a very narrow band of fluctuation. The high-water mark was 262 in 2010. Every year since 2012 has set a new historical low. As the chart above shows, the average has tumbled by a staggering 31%.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Astronomical Percentage Of Students Willing To Pay For College With Sex. “What does it mean? We don’t know yet, but openness to the idea of becoming a sugar baby is far higher than we had predicted.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A.

Trump Proposes To Dramatically Cut Law Student Loans.
He should also, however, limit the amount of loans in a given year to about 70% of what it is now, which would have the effect of forcing tuitions down.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale dean loves diversity except for ‘white trash.’ Note that she did not lose her job over these racist, classist comments.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Private College Tuition Discounts Hit All-Time High Of 49%. If you’re paying full freight for college, you’re a sucker. Don’t be a sucker.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pro-life Fresno students sue professor over literal erasure of free speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Comparing the Class of 2016 employment outcomes with the classes of 2015 and 2014. “Because there was a significant decline in the number of graduates across these law schools between 2014 and 2015, and again between 2015 and 2016, however, this modest increase in the percentage of graduates in these positions masks an actual decline in the number of graduates in such positions. . . . In the three-year period, then, between 2013 and 2016, the number of first-time takers from ABA-accredited law schools taking the July bar exam who passed the exam and became eligible for jobs requiring bar passage declined by roughly 12,466, or by 32%. In that time period, however, the percentage of those eligible for full-time, long-term bar passage required positions who landed such positions has increased from 66.6% to 86.8% between 2013 and 2016.”

Plus: “Some geographic differences also are noteworthy. The percentage of graduates of all law schools in states with more than one law school who were in full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required or JD advantage jobs was over 80% in five states (Missouri (82.4%), New York (82.1%), Pennsylvania (81.9%), Tennessee (81.7%), Virginia (81%)). In nine states, however, it was less than 70% (Arizona (69.7%), Ohio (69.4%), Washington (67.8%), Michigan (66.3%), Louisiana (66.2%), Florida (65.5%), California (64.3%), Oregon (63.1%), North Carolina (59.6%)).”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Furor Over Philosopher’s Comments on Violence Against White People.

Of course, most of the story is about the reaction he’s had to endure.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Pepperdine Launches Online Masters Of Legal Studies (MLS) Program, Beginning August 2017.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Artificial Intelligence Closes In On The Work Of Junior Lawyers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, NEST-FEATHERING EDITION: University Of California ‘Recalled Retirees’ Receiving $300,000+ In Annual Pensions. “The revelation that such large pensions are being received by UC retirees — both teaching faculty members and non-teaching staff — comes at a time when the Office of the President faces severe scrutiny after a slush fund of up to $175 million was discovered during an audit.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: I dunno, this strikes kinda close to home.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLATERAL DAMAGE EDITION: U Missouri Doughnut Store Owner Suggests Melissa Click, Protestors Drove Him Out of Business. I recommend suing them. If only there were a Gloria Allred of the right to take these cases. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 350 Colleges Still Have Room For New Undergrads.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Victor Davis Hanson: Potemkin Universities. “One reason that tuition is sky-high is because behind the facade of ‘trigger warnings,’ ‘safe spaces’ and ‘culture appropriation’ are costly legions of deputy associate provosts, special assistants to the dean, and race/class/gender ‘senior strategists’ and facilitators (usually former faculty who no longer teach). Few admit that a vastly expanding and politically correct administrative industry reflects a massive shift of resources away from physics, humanities or biology — precisely the courses that non-traditional students need to become competitive.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dartmouth’s idea of “broadening the ranks.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: This is what a witch hunt looks like. “Usually, an article like this, abstract and argumentatively complex as it is, wouldn’t attract all that much attention outside of its own academic subculture. But that isn’t what happened here — instead, Tuvel is now bearing the brunt of a massive internet witch-hunt, abetted in part by Hypatia’s refusal to stand up for her. The journal has already apologized for the article, despite the fact that it was approved through its normal editorial process, and Tuvel’s peers are busily wrecking her reputation by sharing all sorts of false claims about the article that don’t bear the scrutiny of even a single close read.”

Academia is increasingly like middle school, and academics increasingly like middle-schoolers. Question for taxpayers: Why subsidize middle-school behavior? Especially when it’s a middle school in East Germany. . . .

And it’s revealing that a feminist journal won’t defend a woman when the mean girls target her.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Whittier Law School Died Many Years Ago, When It Strayed From Its Founding Mission To Prepare Students To Pass The Bar And Succeed As Lawyers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: It’s not just controversial speakers who are silenced by threats. Students like me are, too. Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education need to pull federal funding from schools that don’t protect students’ free speech rights.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academic Malfeasance: U. Of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler. You might think that red-state universities would be less prone to such things, but most of the faculty and administrators were indoctrinated in elite blue-state schools. And, because they typically suffer from inferiority complexes, they often try extra-hard to be PC.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC President Janet Napolitano hid $175 million while raising tuition, paying excessive salaries.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Temperature Rises In Debate Over Closure Of Whittier Law School; Are 5-25 Law Schools In A ‘Death Spiral’ Leading To Closure Over The Next Five Years?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ace has some thoughts on professors who can’t tell a student paper they disagree with from rape.

Related: David French: Do Some Feminist Professors Even Know What the Word ‘Rape’ Means?

Feminists will dismiss this as “mansplaining,” but that’s okay because mansplaining seems to just boil down to “pointing out obvious facts to hysterical feminists.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ann Althouse on a piece by NYU vice provost Ulrich Baer: “I don’t think I have ever read 4 consecutive sentences containing as much bad writing and bad thinking. I’m a bit awestruck at the badness. I’m certainly glad that it was published. I was going to criticize it, but I think it speaks for itself. I’ll just say thanks for hanging your ideas out where we can see them.”

Our credentialed-but-not-educated elites at work.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Jennifer Bard Sues University Of Cincinnati In Federal Court, Seeks Reinstatement As Law School Dean. Here’s the complaint.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: What Comes After Whittier Shutdown? Plans to close law school spark questions about future shutdowns and worries about impact on student access.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Today’s Posh Victorian Fainting Couches Are Reserved For College Students.

Related: University Students: Chik-Fil-A Makes Us Feel Unsafe.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Whittier Law School Closing Is Another Sad Story Of Generational Wealth Shifting, With Millennial Students Incurring Huge Debts To Subsidize Baby Boomer Faculty Sinecures. That’s basically the whole Higher Education Bubble.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cal State Can’t Explain Why It Needs So Many Bureaucrats.

The California State University system has increased its hiring of managers at a steeper rate than its hiring of other employees over the past 10 years, according to a new state audit.

And in a report on the audit released on Thursday, the state auditor, Elaine M. Howle, wrote that the system could not sufficiently explain why it needed all the new managers, including deans, head coaches, and vice presidents, among other positions. […]

The audit also found that the system’s 23 campuses did not have policies for periodically comparing their spending levels or reviewing their budget limits.


In other words, administrators have been hiring more administrators for make-work positions and giving each other raises without sufficient accountability in a self-perpetuating cycle of bureaucratic decay that is sadly endemic to academia at large.

These findings should give pause to those who think that larger and larger state subsidies are the answer to higher education’s woes. Much of the public money spent on “free college” schemes championed by left-wing populists would end up being pocketed by the ever-expanding bureaucratic class of student services directors, Title IX coordinators, and HR managers, raising costs while steadily diluting quality.

But they all vote and donate Democratic, and organize protests, etc. to boot.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A fraternity was told it was ‘appropriating culture.’ Administrators won’t say which. Learn from the left: Name them, shame them, and demand a public apology/firing. Every single time.

In this case, the officious offender is Colin Gerker, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at American University. The university has apologized, but he has not been heard from.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Experts: Whittier Law School’s Collapse Won’t Be The Last.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Tenured Faculty Sue To Stop Closure Of Whittier Law School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Study: Ivy League Universities Received $41.59 Billion in Taxpayer Funded Payments and Benefits Over Six Years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Whittier Law School To Close, Will Not Admit A 1L Class This Fall. “We believe we have looked at every realistic option to continue a successful law program. Unfortunately, these efforts did not lead to a desired outcome.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Laura Kipnis, Rape Culture, and the Disappearance of Sex.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PERPETUATING-INEQUALITY EDITION: Why Do Ivy League Schools Get Tax Breaks? How The Richest US Colleges Get Richer.

Given that inequality is the worst problem facing American society, except maybe for climate change and misgendering, there’s only one thing to do: Abolish the Ivy League!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: How ‘ideologically uniform’ is the legal academy? “How much more liberal are law professors than members of the legal profession? A new paper by Adam Bonica (Stanford University), Adam S. Chilton (University of Chicago), Kyle Rozema (Northwestern University) and Maya Sen (Harvard University), ‘The Legal Academy’s Ideological Uniformity,’ provides some answers. Their bottom line: The legal academy is significantly more liberal than the legal profession, which is notable because the legal profession itself is more liberal than the public at large.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Activists: Searching For Truth Makes You A Racist: Do you believe there’s an objective truth? Well, you’re a white supremacist then, at least according to a small number of black Pomona College students. It’s sad that a small number of idiots think this sort of thing. It’s sadder that college administrators take them seriously.

Cost of attending Pomona College: $65,857 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Arizona State U Lets Students Organize Anti-Trump Protest Instead of Taking Final Exam. Higher education has chosen sides, but will be shocked and outraged — and genuinely surprised — when the people who fund it do the same.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stunning College Dorms, Preposterous Luxury. I was talking to my mom not long ago about this, and she commented that back in her day, people sent kids off to colleges with spartan dorm rooms, communal baths, and bad food as a way of toughening them up and building character. Of course, that was before college was $60K a year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The De-Professionalization of the Academy. “Over twelve years, I have watched with increasing dismay and incredulity as academic integrity, fairness, and intellectual rigor have eroded, with the implicit endorsement of administration and faculty alike. I have witnessed the de-professionalization of the professoriate—hiring policies based on tokenized identity politics and cronyism, the increasing intellectual and ideological conformity expected from faculty and students, and the subsequent curtailment of academic freedom.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Gene Nichol Criticizes ‘Nakedly Ideological’ Attack On UNC Center For Civil Rights, Calls Out ‘Cowardly’ Dean, Provost, And Chancellor. This will end well.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Are Record Low Multistate Bar Exam Scores The Result Of Declining Law School Admissions Standards?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDITION: 64% Of Law Grads Want Law Schools To Raise Admissions Standards; 58% Say Their Debt Load Is ‘Unmanageable.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservatives Aren’t the Only Voices Silenced by Academia’s Intellectual Orthodoxy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 71% Enrollment Decline, Florida Coastal Seeks To Avoid Fate Of Its Sister Law Schools Arizona Summit And Charlotte.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, EXPLOITATION EDITION: You won’t believe how much money colleges make on rejected applications. “Harvard alone makes nearly $3 million in gross profits off of rejected applications each year, according to a new study conducted by UCEazy, a company that assists first generation immigrants with the college application and admission process.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 5 Free Classes That’ll Earn You More Money This Year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Cooley Law School Enrollments (68%), Revenues (49%) Fall While Tuition Rises 48% (To $50,790); 60% Of Faculty Terminated, Dean’s Pay Cut 20% (To $537,000). “It didn’t help that, in 2012, the American Bar Association began requiring schools to report employment figures for their recent graduates with greater precision. Those figures made clear, for instance, that just 38% of the students who graduated from Cooley in 2011 found full-time, long-term work within nine months of graduation. The numbers for 2015 graduates were worse, only 27%.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Bar Exam: What’s The Right Number To Flunk? “Having given no thought whatsoever to how a ‘cut score’ was determined, I had always assumed that there was some empirical basis, some firm, rational measure, below which a bar exam taker was just too pathetically stupid to be allowed near clients. After all, if a couple of people hanging out in a bar somewhere, drinking some boilermakers, said to one another, ‘hey, let’s cut them off at 133,’ and they all laughed and nodded, that would seem kinda arbitrary. Would all those really smart law deans let that happen? . . . So the law examiners, the law school deans, the law professors, the American Bar Association, the courts, took some random number and used it as the cut rate for passing the bar exam? So we thought you folks weren’t blithering idiots were smart enough to figure out a pass rate that would establish minimal competency and protect the public from a guild of goofballs? And what you’re telling us is that there really was a grand conspiracy of dunces who shrugged and mumbled, ‘I dunno, 133 sounds about right. Okay with youse guys?'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Try to Get Rid of Inconvenient Professors. “What these cases (and many similar ones) demonstrate is the weakness of oversight in higher education. College officials shouldn’t think they have free rein to pursue petty vendettas against faculty members or fire those who want to uphold standards, but often they do.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: February 2017 MBE bar scores collapse to all-time record low in test history. Are the takers getting worse, or is the test getting harder? Answer: “And it’s not because the MBE was ‘harder’ than usual. Instead, it primarily reflects continued fall-out from law schools accepting more students of lower ability, then graduating those students who go on to take the bar exam.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor: ‘Trump Must Hang,’ Republicans Should Be Executed For Each Immigrant Deported.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale punished male student for writing essay that said rape is an ‘irrational act,’ lawsuit says.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SELF-DESTRUCTION EDITION: Mizzou Enrollment Plunge Continues: Three More Dorms Shutting Down Next Year. Wreck your university to please a few dozen angry students and faculty who will never actually be happy? Smart move.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Wayne State Moves To Fire Five Tenured Faculty Who Have Not Published In Five Years.

Narrowing the University/Private-Sector Gap.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Political Economy Of Administrative Bloat in American Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NY Times: Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid. “The thousands of approval letters that have been sent by the administrator, FedLoan Servicing, are not binding and can be rescinded at any time, the agency said. The filing adds to questions and concerns about the program just as the first potential beneficiaries reach the end of their 10-year commitment — and the clocks start ticking on the remainder of their debts. …”

It’s as if you can’t trust the government.