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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The U.S. News Law School Rankings As A ‘Roach Motel’ (You Can Check In But You Can Never Check Out).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: $147,000 for a One-Year Master’s? In Journalism?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professors advised to treat racial microaggressions in classrooms like assault. So much for understanding what “micro” means.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst Controversy Over Proposed Changes In Reporting Of Law School-Funded Jobs, ABA Defers Decision Until Late Fall.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Applicants Plunged 52%, And Acceptance Rates Increased 20%, At Non-T14 Law Schools From 2008 To 2016. Here at Tennessee, we’ve managed to increase our class size while holding numbers steady, but that seems to be counter to the general trend.

Plus, from the comments: “Depending on where we look in the T14, the drop in applicants has had a more pronounced effect. At Georgetown, for instance, the 25th / median 75th percentile LSAT splits have gone from 168 / 170 / 172 for matriculants in 2010 to a 162 / 167 / 168 this past fall. In other words the 25th percentile LSAT score at Georgetown six years ago is equal to the 75th percentile LSAT score there last year.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ted Balaker: This University President Can’t Take a Joke.

A university president recently addressed his campus community about an incident that had shaken his Wisconsin school.

“The last few days have been painful ones for many members of our community, as they have also been for me,” wrote Lawrence University’s Mark Burstein. “The event and its aftermath have left many students wondering whether the University cares about their safety.”

Again and again, Burstein returned to the issue of safety: “We are working closely with the Appleton Police Department to investigate all instances where physical safety is threatened. If there is anyone who has an immediate safety concern, please contact Campus Safety….”

Television news crews captured the aftermath of an event so disturbing that Burstein never identifies it specifically. So what was it? A spate of muggings? A murder?

No. The disturbing event was a campus screening of my documentary, Can We Take a Joke? The film examines the clash between comedy and outrage culture, and in it comedians ranging from newbie college jokesters to successful veterans such as Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Adam Carolla, Lisa Lampanelli, and Jim Norton push back against the “Outrage Mob” and stand up for comedy and free speech.

The film includes a variety of free speech scholars, and pays special attention to the college scene. It explains how universities have taught generations of students that they can shut down opinions they don’t like simply by declaring they’re offended.

Read the whole thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amid Criticism, ABA Pulls Back On Change To How Law Schools Report Jobs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Texas Student Sues President Over Sexual Assault Suspension:

A University of Texas student claims in a lawsuit that UT President Gregory L. Fenves misapplied the school’s sexual assault policy and suspended him for five semesters even though his accuser agreed to have sex after a sorority formal in spring 2016.

The case, which raises questions about the rights of the accused, comes amid national and local concern over the prevalence of campus sexual assault.

According to the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Austin, Fenves on April 12 overruled a university hearing officer who determined that there had been no assault. In a letter informing the student of his suspension, Fenves asserted that the woman was highly intoxicated and “someone who is intoxicated cannot give consent to sexual activity because they are incapacitated.” . . .

The lawsuit accuses Fenves of coming up with his own standard for incapacitation and ignoring the university’s standard, which defines it as “a state of being that prevents an individual from having the capacity to give consent” and “could result from the use of drugs or alcohol.”

The lawsuit also says Fenves has a possible conflict of interest because the father of the woman is a university donor who gave a significant sum within a month of her allegations. And, while the school’s investigation was ongoing, the lawsuit says the university brought on the father to be an adviser at the school.

Sounds shady, to say the least. Here’s the complaint. It notes that the hearing officer found consent. One of the woman’s friends is quoted as saying “I think she might have been using being drunk as an excuse.”

What I love is that this is done under a program called “Yes Means Yes,” but the actual finding is that “yes” can mean “no,” if the University President later so decides.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KAMPUS KANGAROO KOURT EDITION: Rape case against USC student dismissed after judge sees security video. “In May a USC student named Armann Karim Premjee was charged with rape after a sexual encounter with a female student. This week the charges against Premjee were dismissed after video surfaced showing the woman in question had signaled to her friend that she was going to have sex with him.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Mike Adams: My Resignation From UNC-Wilmington. “In a nutshell, as of last week, I have now accomplished the five main objectives I have set out to accomplish since the administration started to aggressively fight against the free speech and due process rights of professors and students in the UNC system. Having accomplished all of those goals, I have decided that it is time to start enjoying life instead of fighting against my employers in federal courtrooms and state legislative halls.” Read the whole thing to see what he’s been up to. And read to the end for the kicker.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Grad Class Of 2016 Secured Fewest Private Practice Jobs Since 1996, But Employment Rose 1% Due To Reduced Class Size.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: UNC Votes To Block Law School Civil Rights Clinic From Taking On New Clients. A state university can only function for so long in opposition to its own state government. From the comments: “They can still offer litigation clinics. They just can’t run a public interest law firm under the UNC name any longer. They can even start a civil rights clinic. The disinformation campaign against this proposal was disgraceful.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Following 20% Decline In UNLV Bar Pass Rate (To 63%), Nevada Lowers Cut Score By 2 Points (To 138).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GOLDEN PARACHUTE EDITION: UC Davis’ Katehi will teach one course per quarter, conduct research in $318,000 position.

Former UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will teach one engineering course per quarter over the next nine months in her new $318,000 faculty position, school officials said Monday.

Her first course this fall is a one-unit graduate seminar scheduled to meet 50 minutes each Friday, according to a listing on the Office of the University Registrar website. . . .

Katehi, 63, resigned as chancellor last August after months of controversy, culminating with a $1 million, four-month investigation launched by University of California President Janet Napolitano. She was granted a year of paid leave and is scheduled to return as a professor in September.

Besides her salary, she will get research funding of $150,000 that does not serve as personal compensation, according to a July 6 letter signed by Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter. That comes from a total of $400,000 allocated for her research through June 2021.

Katehi is supposed to use the $150,000 on a student to help her with scientific proposals, a student assistant to help her put content online, research-related travel and an open source website.

Resigning in disgrace can be a good move.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Female student: USC threatened me because I said my boyfriend didn’t beat me up. Sounds like a hostile educational environment on account of sex to me. I hope the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNC’s arrogance over academic scandal has tainted the school’s once-great image.

In 2011, the newspaper obtained a transcript of UNC football star Marvin Austin showing a B-plus grade in a senior level African studies class he took before his freshman year began. UNC officials were at a loss to explain how he got into a high-level course before his first football practice.

Reporters and investigators began digging, and the results were appalling.

From 1993 through 2011, about 3,100 UNC students – nearly half of whom were athletes – took African studies classes that proved to be bogus. Classes generally did not meet; homework was not assigned.

Most required little work – a simple term paper at the end of the semester often sufficed.

UNC hired attorney Kenneth Wainstein to investigate, and he found that about 40 percent of those term papers were at least in part plagiarized, yet were accorded an average grade of A-minus.

Many of the term papers were graded by Deborah Crowder, a former academic administrative assistant and an avid Tar Heels fan. She gave A and B grades, Wainstein found, regardless of the quality of the work. Never mind that she was not a faculty member and was not supposed to grade papers.

These “fake” courses helped athletes remain eligible, Wainstein wrote, including members of UNC’s 2005 national championship basketball team.

The News & Observer later reported that five members of that team took a combined 52 fake courses. Rashad McCants, a starter on that team, has said (his claims are disputed by former teammates) that tutors wrote term papers for athletes.

Here’s what an academic counselor told Wainstein about fake classes: Athletes “didn’t go to class. They didn’t have to take notes, have to stay awake. They didn’t have to pay attention or necessarily engage with the material.” . . .I’d feel some sympathy for UNC officials if they had earnestly tried to get to the bottom of all this. But instead of opening up, they lawyered up and stonewalled investigators. They blamed a false “media narrative” for forcing the NCAA to investigate and have distanced themselves from the Wainstein report

The school already has spent $18 million on the academic scandal, mostly in legal fees.

And yet any effort by the legislature to bring some adult supervision to this clown show is treated as some sort of fascism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: California Considers Lowering Passing Score On July Bar Exam. “I’d like to thank the deans of law schools around the state who provided invaluable input.”

The tension is between two self-interested groups: Law deans who want a higher pass rate to help their applications and rankings, and the bar which wants a lower pass rate to ensure that there’s not competition that might — shudder! — drive down fees.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Not even sexual assault counselor who talked to ‘Mattress Girl’ thinks she was raped.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: U. Michigan Hiring Bias Administrator for ‘Cultural Appropriation Prevention.’ The job “comes with a starting salary range of $46,000 – $57,000.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: It’s not just people on the right complaining, as this from The New Republic demonstrates: Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League: The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies. “Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it. . . . There are exceptions, kids who insist, against all odds, on trying to get a real education. But their experience tends to make them feel like freaks. One student told me that a friend of hers had left Yale because she found the school ‘stifling to the parts of yourself that you’d call a soul.'”

The Ivy League’s position appears unassailable, but it ultimately depends on prestige, and that can evaporate quickly, leaving you with an overpriced product that doesn’t sell nearly as well without the prestige.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor Who Called for ‘White Genocide’ Says Leftist Profs Are Being Targeted.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University to spend full week promoting ‘resistance’ to Trump policies.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Historically Black College Offers $25,000 Scholarships for ‘Self-Identified LGBTQ Advocates.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, I-TOLD-YOU-SO EDITION: In Reversal, Colleges Rein In Tuition: Prices of higher education are rising in line with inflation as enrollment stagnates.

U.S. college tuition is growing at the slowest pace in decades, following a nearly 400% rise over the past three decades that fueled middle class anxieties and a surge in student debt.

Tuition at college and graduate school—after scholarships and grants are factored in—rose 1.9% in the year through June, broadly in line with overall inflation, Labor Department figures show. By contrast from 1990 through last year, tuition grew an average 6% a year, more than double the rate of inflation. In that time, the average annual cost for a four-year private college, including living expenses, rose 161% to about $27,500, according to the College Board.

Some schools are offering more discounts and cutting prices.

Abundant supply is running up against demand constraints. The number of two-year and four-year colleges increased 33% between 1990 and 2012 to 4,726, Education Department data show. But college enrollment is down more than 4% from a peak in 2010, partly because a healthy job market means fewer people are going back to school to learn new skills.

Also because the craziness on campus has damaged higher ed’s brand. If only someone had warned them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA Censures Texas Southern Law School Following Gender Discrimination Complaint By Associate Dean.

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law was publicly censured and must pay $15,000 for not complying with an American Bar Association standard that prohibits schools from discriminating against faculty members. . . .

James Douglas, interim dean of Thurgood Marshall Law, denied that there is sex discrimination or sexual harassment happening at the school.

“There were people who said, ‘I think that there is sexual discrimination in the law school.’ But no one has been able to find that to be a fact. The allegation and what the ABA is critical of is that that is what some of the females believe, and because some of the females believe it, we have an obligation to deal with it,” Douglas said. “They did not find that there was any truthfulness to the allegation, just the fact that the allegations existed and we didn’t respond in a manner they though the law school should have responded.”

Sorry, fella. Once there’s a complaint of sex discrimination, you’re presumed guilty.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: EVERGREEN COLLEGE, FREE SPEECH, AND THE MEANING OF SOCIAL JUSTICE. “It is no accident that the students’ own speech is so foul and disrespectful, indeed, dehumanizing.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The California Bar Exam Is The Tip Of The Lawyer Licensing Iceberg. “Traditional bar exam and licensing practices have outlived their sell-by date. In their present state they are increasingly hard, if not impossible, to justify as serving the best interests of the profession or the public.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCHOLARLY DEBACLE EDITION: Even Rick Perlstein Questions the Merits of “Democracy in Chains.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Toni Airaksinen: Prof alleges rampant anti-Christian discrimination in academia.

Maranto claims that religious discrimination impacts Christians at all rungs of academia, from undergraduate students to tenured professors, but says that “compared to racial and gender discrimination, this kind of religious discrimination gets little attention from researchers,” whose disinterest in the subject he considers revealing in and of itself.

Maranto told Campus Reform that he believes Christians face an unusual level of religious discrimination in academia, especially compared to observant followers of religions like Islam or Hinduism, remarking that “we’re not at all critical of those traditional faiths, but we are often very critical of traditional Christianity, and I think there’s a double standard there.”

Well you have to discriminate against some people, or you’re not being inclusive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My University Treated Me Like A Criminal Over A Joke.

For the past six years, I have taught an undergraduate course on international economics at Johns Hopkins University. Most of my students thought it was a very good course. So I was shocked when, on December 6, 2016, I was met at the door of my classroom by Johns Hopkins security personnel and barred from entering.

The next day, I received a letter from my dean suspending me from my teaching duties—just three classes before the end of the semester.

What had I done to cause such a reaction by the administration? I had told a joke when discussing off-shoring, the practice of firms shifting work abroad, often in search of lower wages. Here it is:

An American loses his job due to his work being off-shored. He is very depressed and calls a mental health hot line. He gets a call center in Pakistan where the call center employee asks, “What seems to be the problem?” The American responds that he has lost his job due to the work being sent overseas and states, “I am really depressed and actually suicidal.” The call center employee says, “Great. Can you drive a truck?”

The lecture on off-shoring took place several weeks earlier. The stated reason for my suspension was that three students (out of 68) complained that my joke had created a “hostile learning environment” in the class. That’s a charge most college administrators now take with the utmost seriousness.

At the time of my suspension, the investigation into those complaints by Johns Hopkins’ Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) had not even started, but still the administration somehow concluded that my teaching had to be terminated immediately.

I believe that the real reason I was barred from class and suspended was that in response to being informed two weeks earlier that a complaint had been made, I had noted the Orwellian characteristic of the OIE.

Two points: Of course it’s Orwellian, but you’re not supposed to rub their noses in it. Second, they didn’t treat him like a criminal. If he were an actual criminal, they’d probably have offered him a scholarship.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Free Robot Lawyer Helps People Tackle Over 1,500 Legal Issues.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA Meets To Consider Elimination Of 49% Adjunct Professor Cap And Use Of GRE In Law School Admissions. Easier admissions, cheaper faculty — problem solved!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of then-USC med school dean.

She said it seemed odd that someone with Puliafito’s responsibilities could devote so much time to her. She said he would spend the night with her in apartments or hotel rooms he paid for, leave early in the morning to go to his home and then return to her with breakfast.

“He was always with me,” she said. “It was as if he had nothing else to do.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley student who cried racial profiling & mistreatment is arrested for hate crime, vandalism.

Police said last week that they had tallied more than 35 instances of vandalism, including graffiti on cars and fences, and slashed tires on at least 17 vehicles, in the Southside neighborhood along several blocks of Prospect Street near Hillside Avenue that appeared June 28. The graffiti included phrases such as “fuck white people,” and is therefore considered a hate crime, BPD said. …

Details about the June 28 vandalism appeared on private social network Nextdoor: “Multiple cars, and fences were spray painted with Anarchist symbols, painting out license plates and slogans such as, F$%# white people, Class Warfare sometime during the night,” one local resident near Hillside Avenue and Prospect Street wrote.

The messages also included “FTP,” an anti-police term. Another resident who saw the original Nextdoor post initially brought it to Berkeleyside’s attention.

Another Antifa twerp, sounds like. Plus: “Another Berkeley student, Peter Estrada, was arrested on Friday and faces the same charges as Chamu. Both are to be arraigned on Monday.”

So this looks like it could be federally prosecuted as a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights, if the Department of Justice wants to get involved. And I think it should, to send a signal that this sort of behavior isn’t tolerated.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Pay Diversity Officers More Than Professors, Staff.

Top public universities pay administrators with jobs related to diversity initiatives an average of $175,088 per year, substantially more than other professors and faculty members, according to a Campus Reform investigation Wednesday.

A sheet compiling the salaries of the top diversity administrators at 43 of America’s top public universities finds that virtually all are paid at least $100,000, with some going well beyond $300,000.

The average of $175,088 per year is more than three times the average American’s salary of $44,980. The lowest salary identified by Campus Reform is $83,237, still almost twice as much as the average American salary.

A 2016 report by American Association of University Professors found that the average professor salary across ranks was $79,424.

In one example, an administrator at Rutgers University named Jorge Schement, vice chancellor of the office of diversity and inclusion, made $253,262 in 2016, while most faculty at Rutgers in 2015 made less than $50,000 a year.

I hope that Betsy DeVos will look into this wage gap. Since higher education in America — whether at public or private schools — is largely federally funded, some scrutiny on where the money goes is justified.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: It’s not just Republicans who feel increasingly sour on colleges and universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: American University Provost Denies Tenure To Latina Prof Based On Standard Deviation Of Her Student Evaluations, Rather Than The ‘Tyranny Of The Mean.’ “By American’s own standards on tenure, assessments of one’s teaching should not hinge on students’ evaluations alone. That’s partly because numerous studies suggest that student ratings are inherently biased, particularly against women and minority faculty members.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: This New MIT Master’s Program Doesn’t Require A College Or High School Degree. “Ten percent of the students are from China, and then there is a big group of them from India. In total, there are 182 countries represented as part of the program, even some from the U.S.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: San Jose State Freshmen Charged $250 for Mandatory ‘Diversity And Inclusion’ Training.

Don’t worry, they’ll just roll it into your student loan.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Moral Case For Renaming UC-Hastings Law School Due To ‘Indian Hunting’ By Serranus Hastings In The 1850s. The brand-destruction caused by this sort of renaming is enormously expensive. Right-wing conspiracists could never have done as much damage to higher education as it’s doing on its own at the behest of the Left.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Wages of the Campus Revolts.

Colleges have been perceived as liberal bastions for decades, but the latest round of campus culture warring—beginning around 2014 and continuing through the present day—has had a sudden and dramatic impact on conservatives’ perceptions of the Ivory Tower. According to a new Pew survey, Republicans saw colleges and universities as having a “positive effect on the way things are going in the country” by about a 20 point margin until 2015. In the last two years, however, GOP esteem of America’s higher education institutions started to collapse. Today, Republican 58 percent of Republican voters say colleges have a negative effect on American society, compared to just 36 percent who say they have a positive effect.

Given what colleges have been saying about Republicans, and what college administrators have been allowing on campus, it’s amazing that it took this long, and that it isn’t worse.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Are The Social Sciences Undergoing A Purity Spiral?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University offers students funding for social justice projects. By which they mean “leftist politicking.”

Related: College faculty and administrators encourage racial protests, academic writes. Yep. These aren’t spontaneous outpourings reflecting general campus sentiment. They’re a politically weaponized fraction of students, promoted by the administration.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Chico State Staff May Have Broken State Law by Removing Controversial Newspaper.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Trustees Are Largely to Blame for Today’s Campus Madness. “Unfortunately, most trustees are wealthy businessmen who are busy and aren’t interested in spending time on university matters. They become trustees for the prestige it brings, and as such, they are little more than yes men for the university president and provost. If trustees want better knowledge about university goings-on, they should hire a campus ombudsman who is independent of the administration and accountable only to the board of trustees.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Southern Mississippi Slashing Faculty, Staff.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Brown Is Completely Off the Table:’ Private counselors report that, since the election, more parents are ruling out their children applying to some colleges, based on political reputations.

The parents were distraught. Their daughter, a top student, had her heart set on a college that was, in their view, dangerously liberal, an institution to be avoided. They wanted options besides her daughter’s choice at the time … Yale University.

This was the situation a private college counselor shared here at the annual meeting of the Higher Education Consultants Association, one of the two national associations for private counselors. Others in the audience nodded their heads in agreement. Parents were vetoing children’s choices based on the parents’ (not the would-be applicants’) perceptions of the campus political climate. The situation has gotten worse, many said, since last year’s election.

Well, it should.

UPDATE: A lot of people in the comments at Inside Higher Ed trying to pretend that this is about people on the right being close-minded. But there’s also this:

The lesson we get from this is: “Don’t trust guidance counsellors; they don’t know what they’re talking about and give bad advice.” I’m a Yale alum and a college professor, and I, in sadness, told my daughter not to apply to Yale last year. I discovered that Baylor, despite lower prestige, has an amazing Honors Great Books program and probably is better than Yale for any student, liberal or conservative, interested in the humanities. She did apply to U. Chicago and Princeton, but was rejected and so didn’t have to make a hard prestige decision. She was accepted to Hillsdale, Wash. U., St. Olaf’s, Carleton, Baylor, and Virginia, I think, but Hillsdale and Baylor were really the only contenders there. Quality of students, prestige, and intelligence of professors are three important criteria, but all college profs are pretty intelligent and how they use their brains in teaching dominates research reputation.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As Trump administration promises end to Title IX witch hunts, witch-hunters cry foul.


A faculty member who sat on the Equity Council explicitly called him a racist in two different faculty meetings. When Professor Weinstein asked for an opportunity to defend himself, he was told that a faculty meeting was not the appropriate venue for such a defense. When he asked what the appropriate venue was, he was told that no such venue existed because he was a racist. Neither the president nor the interim provost interceded to make it clear that leveling such charges against a fellow faculty member was unacceptable within the college community. When Professor Weinstein spoke privately with both of those administrators about these incidents, they both acknowledged the inappropriateness of the behavior but each said that it was the responsibility of the other to do something about it. Neither administrator took any public action in response.

Some people are arguing that folks on the right are cherry-picking stories to make higher education look bad. But there’s an awfully big basket of cherries here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why Did a UCLA Instructor With a Popular Free-Speech Course Lose His Job?


Connecticut has passed a law protecting colleges against lawsuits alleging that they failed to provide students with a valuable education in exchange for their hefty tuition charges. . . .

But surely the services that colleges offer are so obviously worthwhile that such lawsuits should fall flat on their face…right? On the contrary, the courts are in many cases ruling for the plaintiffs in such cases, suggesting that those who argue college is often a ripoff are not so far off the mark.

But instead of doing something to make sure that colleges do provide value for money, the State of Connecticut has apparently concluded that the only way to protect college revenues from pesky lawsuits is to make it illegal for consumers to sue them on those grounds. Another sign that things are not well in American higher ed.

One of many.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: UW-Madison hiring admin to ‘advance social justice’ on campus. You know what’s justice? Not making students and taxpayers sacrifice to advance university apparatchiks’ political agenda.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Public College President Salaries, 2015-16. Over $1.5M per year at a state university?

We need federal legislation capping administrative salaries at any university — public or private — that receives federal funds. I think no university administrator should make more than a Supreme Court justice.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My University Wastes Time and Money on Sexual Assault Training.

I am on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater (UWW), where I teach English. Last February, all members of the campus community were informed by our Title IX Coordinator, Paige Reed, that all members of the campus community would have to complete an online training program because the university’s newly approved “Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment and Intimate Partner Violence Policy” requires it.

Further details, I read, would be forthcoming from the university’s office of human resources and diversity.

I found it a curious fact that, six years after having received the “Dear Colleague” letter, the issue remains so severe as to warrant this anachronistic reeducation on workplace discrimination. And it had never occurred to me that I might need to be “trained” how to avoid committing a crime, or that there is any need to reprise rudimentary lessons in refraining from boorishness in public life.

Although the training seemed unnecessary, UWW wasn’t asking for my time—it was demanding it.

Soon, the follow-up email arrived. I found out that the training required me to go through a program devised by a company named LawRoom. This company is cashing-in on the training market, but I have not been able to find out how much UWW paid for its program.

Why are higher education institutions such cesspits of sexual coercion and administrative overreach?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Trump And Devos Deliver One-Two Punch On Law School Loans. “For young lawyers hoping that public service loan forgiveness could be an answer to a lifetime of student debt burdens, President Trump has some bad news. Rather than remedy the problems with a program that can provide enormous help to many recent grads and the organizations for which they work, he wants to eliminate it altogether.”

That’s a good idea, actually. This is just a subsidy for the left, and one that encourages students to underestimate the damage done by student loan debt. Next, make student loans dischargable in bankruptcy, but with a portion charged back to the institutions that received the money.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dean Who Called White People ‘Trash’ Leaves Yale.

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.