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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA Council Approves 75% Minimum Bar Pass Rate. “The council voted for the stricter standard over the opposition of diversity advocates who warned that schools with large numbers of minority students could lose their accreditation and that the stricter rule would prompt schools to admit fewer minority students. That, in turn, would exacerbate the legal profession’s longstanding diversity problem, they argued.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: HBCU Law Deans Oppose ABA’s Proposed 75% Bar Passage Accreditation Requirement Due To Diversity Concerns.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: FSU Poster: Harambe Costumes Are ‘Cultural Appropriation.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Universities Are Churning Out the Next Generation of Higher Ed Bureaucrats.

The number of non-academic administrators at colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, far outpacing the growth in students and faculty. According to a report from the American Institutes for Research, between 2000 and 2012 the average ratio of full-time faculty and staff per administrator declined 40 percent, to around 2.5 to 1.

Today, there’s an administrative position for everything: marketing, diversity, disability services, sustainability, environmental health, recruiting, technology, fundraising, and so on and so forth. Every year universities seem to find a “need” for new administrators, and each one brings a host of new lower-level staff positions. This trend has resulted in a vast bureaucracy living “high on the hog” at taxpayer expense. Perhaps equally troubling is that it also has resulted in the creation of advanced degree programs aimed at churning out university administrators.

During a period in which many universities are experiencing budget shortfalls and enrollment stagnation, and advanced degree holders in more scholarly fields are working as adjunct professors and underemployed, the rise of higher education administration degree programs should come as a shock to university leaders and to taxpayers. Universities exist to transmit knowledge to new generations and to create new knowledge through research, not to create an army of bureaucrats who have little or no connection to improving student learning, and who enter the profession imbued with the social justice mindset (more on that later).

Several hundred universities now offer programs specifically tailored to train the next generation of orientation directors and student affairs specialists. Students interested in entry-level positions in higher education administration, such as dorm manager and diversity coordinator, typically pursue a master’s degree.

By, of, and for the educrats. Faculty are increasingly an afterthought. Sadly, I was talking to a close friend from another school this weekend, and he was remarking that if his outside income keeps doing well, he might retire early. He’d always thought he’d never retire, but although he still likes the teaching, the administrative hassles are making the job much less enjoyable. Of course, the educrats won’t mind. Since they see faculty as interchangeable units of production, they’d be happy to lose a distinguished full professor, replace him with cheap, underpaid adjuncts — and have more money for educrat travel and conferences.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 39% Fewer Law Schools Participate In AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference (Compared To 2012).

UPDATE: Link was wrong before Fixed now. Sorry!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Going Full Kafka At Brooklyn College.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, AUTOPHAGY EDITION: The University Of California’s Extraordinary Legal Battle With Ex-Berkeley Law School Dean.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Laura Rosenbury Stakes Her Deanship On Raising Florida’s Ranking To #35; Amidst Claims Of Sexism, Her Regime Comes Under Fire, With The Graduate Tax Program Its Flashpoint. “It is a challenge to untangle how Ms. Rosenbury, a former law professor and administrator at Washington University in St. Louis, managed to get crosswise with so many people in the space of just 15 months. Interviews with more than a dozen professors, and with alumni, administrators, and staff members, suggest that the dean’s change agenda has created the impression that she sees the law school and many of its inhabitants as problems to be solved rather than as assets to be mobilized.”

That’s an easy mistake to make, but a toxic one.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Florida Issues Halloween Costume Warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why ADHD Drugs Are the Hottest Study Aid on College Campuses.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students Flood College Mental-Health Centers.

Back when college cost less, and there were a lot fewer “student life” administrators, student life seems to have been less stressful. . . .


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst Declining Enrollment And Budget Deficits, Minnesota Law School Dean Seeks To Shift Narrative.

Well, who wouldn’t? But will the alumni and administration agree?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 65% Of Admissions Offices Want Some Law Schools To Close; 52% Want ABA Stripped Of Its Accreditation Power.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student loan defaults are down. Here’s why that’s a bad thing. I’m not sure I agree that students who quit without graduating shouldn’t be counted in the default rate.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Utah Welcomes 93 1Ls, Down 24% From 2010: Only Top 50 Law School With <100 Students, Audacious Goal Of 100% First-Time Bar Passage, 100% Professional Employment.

Well, if they can achieve those goals, they’ll do very well. It won’t be easy, though.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Kentucky Bar Passage Rates Crater: UK, Louisville Down 15%, 20% Since 2011. “While not every state has released final bar exam results from this summer, most that have released their results saw a similar decline in pass rates in 2016, continuing a downward trend in recent years.” So people who follow these things tell me that this is mostly because the bar examiners are getting more restrictive to hold down competition in a troubled legal market. Kind of unfair to do this at the back end, after people have spent 3 years in law school. But there’s this:

These declining pass rates around the country have been accompanied by a drop in the mean Bar Exam Score, which is derived from a standard multiple choice section from exams in each state. The mean score of July exams slightly increased nationally to 140.3 in 2016, but is still the second-lowest recorded since 1988 and is over five points lower than what it was in 2008. …

Some commentators have blamed the falling bar exam pass rates and scores around the country on law schools increasingly lowering their admissions standards, arguing that this is the inevitable outcome of pushing unprepared students into the field.

Hmm. Plus, from the comments: “These results are disgraceful. Isn’t Louisville the law school that passed a social justice resolution and required the faculty and students to take diversity training? Dean Duncan should concentrate on turning out lawyers not social justice warriors.”

More on Louisville here, here, and here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE WATCH: Three Understandable (But Untrue) Assumptions About Teachers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Christina Parreira worked in Nevada’s legal brothels in order to pursue her PhD. “I decided that I wanted to do it as an insider instead of just, you know, as an outsider.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Kentucky Bar Passage Rates Crater: UK, Louisville Down 15%, 20% Since 2011.

So are the bar exams getting harder, or the graduates getting less-well-prepared? I suspect it’s mostly the former, but all I have is a suspicion.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rick Hills: Is Berkeley Sacrificing Due Process to Appease an Angry Mob? The Sexual Harassment Case Against Sujit Choudhry?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Don’t Ignore Default Rates at Public Colleges.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Brookings: End The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Bonanza For Graduate And Professional Schools. Note that this is Brookings, not a right-leaning think tank like Heritage. The graphics are shocking. Here’s just one:


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: After 57% Enrollment Decline, St. Louis Welcomes Larger 1L Class With Lower LSAT, GPA Medians.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 23% Enrollment Decline, West Virginia Law School Cuts Tuition 44% For Certain Non-Residents.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The newest excuse for shutting down campus speech: ‘Security.’

As always, IowaHawk has it nailed:

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Georgia Welcomes 180 1Ls, Down 5% From Last Year (27% From 2010).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Ohio Northern Welcomes 59 1Ls, Down 15% From Last Year (51% From 2010).

Related: Brooklyn Welcomes 350 1Ls, Down 11% From Last Year (28% From 2010).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof spams student emails to recruit for Hillary, blames ‘hack.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Incoming freshmen get training on ‘microaggressions.’ “Nowadays, students are taught that just about everything they say could be considered a “microaggression” if anyone overhearing it gets offended. These colleges could be teaching incoming students not to be pansies, but no. They’re teaching them to constantly police what they say on the off chance someone in earshot gets hurt feelings.”

Related: Auburn Prof: Political correctness making colleges ‘laughingstock of Western Civilization.’


I highly recommend his Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession, though he is perhaps a bit more optimistic than I am.

OH, THAT HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE. Chart of the day: The astronomical rise in college textbook prices vs. consumer prices and recreational books.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Is The ABA Using Dallas, Ave Maria Law Schools As Scapegoats To Deflect Criticism From Department Of Education?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: San Diego Welcomes 192 1Ls, Down 26% From Last Year’s 261 (42% From 2010’s 330).

If only there had been some sort of warning given.


The number of full-time faculty in the California State University system increased slightly between 1975 and 2008, from 11,614 to 12,019, while the number of administrators nearly quadrupled during the same period, from 3,800 to 12,183.

In short, American colleges are suffering from administrative bloat, which increases every year at the hand of career managers who value standardization and procedures above all else, and who already put a great deal of trust in technology and market solutions. If the relative reduction in the number of full-time faculty per students over the past 30 years did not lead to a more efficient and affordable college education, it’s unclear how further reducing it could.

Do tell.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: What I Learned In My Women’s Studies Classes.

When I first discovered women’s studies, I was lulled into a comforting sense that I had discovered the “truth.” It was as if my veil of ignorance had been yanked away, and I was blissfully seeing the world for what it really was.

I have taken seven women’s studies classes; initially at a nondescript state university and later at a women’s college in Manhattan. After taking those classes, I realize that not only was I deluded, but I was led into an absurd intellectual alcove where objective truth is subordinate to academic theories used as political propaganda.

Indeed, since knowledge itself is considered a patriarchal construct, feminist theories are the organizing principles of classes.

The theoretical backbone of women’s studies is grounded in three main conjectures: that of the patriarchy, intersectional oppression, and social constructionism.

None of these contentions can be proven or falsified. Yet, as a student, good grades are contingent on agreeing with them. So what do they actually represent?

Indoctrination, and cushy sinecures for SJW troops.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Richmond Welcomes 112 1Ls, Down 36% From Last Year’s 175.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Minnesota (-33%), Oregon (-43%) Law Schools Welcome Much Smaller 1L Classes Compared to 2011.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Dallas College Of Law Is Either a Brave Little Law School That Could or a School for Scoundrels.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Number Of Prospective Law Profs Drops 7% From 2015 (42% From 2010).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC-Berkeley Chancellor Resigns Following Widespread Faculty Criticism; Latest Revelation: Amidst Widespread Budget Cuts University Paid $200,000 To Improve His Image. As I say in my book, there’s always money for the administration’s pet priorities, no matter how tight budgets get.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Grad Class Of 2015 Secured Fewest Private Practice Jobs Since 1996.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Arizona State Law School Opens New $129 Million Building Today In Downtown Phoenix.

Well, to be fair, their old building — where I spent a fair amount of time some years ago — was a 1970s relic that looked like a UFO. On the other hand, while the downtown location may be better for getting students part-time employment, the ASU campus is really nice.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Slow And Painful Death Of Academic Freedom At Arkansas-Little Rock Law School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Prof: Law School Deans Are ‘Running A Bait And Switch Operation.’ Apparently, this is happening all over.


When the housing bubble burst and sent the economy into a tailspin, the college bubble started to inflate even more rapidly. Desperate to compete in a brutal labor market, workers faced intensifying pressures to rack up degrees. Colleges (even marginal institutions) found a pool of captive consumers willing to pay high prices for their dubious credentials. And businesses, which had a dominant edge in the slack labor market, had the luxury of tossing out applicants without impressive educational histories.

But now that the labor market is tightening, each of these dynamics is changing, and the artificially inflated value of a college degree may be starting to come back down to earth. . . .

This trend couldn’t be more welcome. As we’ve noted before, college—at least for many students, and in many areas of study—”functions more and more as a signaling device for employers and a networking tool for the middle and upper classes rather than as a rigorous educational program.” There are a number of interests that would like to see this system sustained—academic bureaucracies, downwardly mobile children of the rich, and investors in student debt chief among them. But employers, students, and the public at large are all better served by a job market that allocates opportunities based on actual skills and knowledge, rather than empty letters on a resume.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Davis chancellor resigns following probe into ethical violations. Why are leftist-run institutions such cesspits of nepotism and unethical behavior?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sweet Briar president: More than miracles needed to save small colleges.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Allowing Law Students To Fail The Bar Exam Is NOT A Good Way To ‘Diversify’ The Legal Profession. Well, it’s good for law schools’ bottom lines.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Campuses Encourage Racial Balkanization.

Normally, “deans of diversity affairs” are not in the position of fending off accusations of racial insensitivity. It’s their job to make sure that trigger warnings and speech codes expunge every last drop of bigotry from campus life. But Concordia’s mandatory minority orientation session struck many students as discriminatory in and of itself. And understandably so.
As the article notes, Concordia has hosted a similar minority orientation session every year. The practice is widespread throughout the American higher education, and it is representative of the way that academic-left ideology believes in fighting bias: Through ethnic studies programs, racially exclusive housing, and safe spaces—that is, cordoning women and minority students off from the sea of bigotry that allegedly surrounds them.

We’ve previously highlighted the evidence that this approach is woefully ineffective. Social science research suggests that self-segregation efforts often exaggerate racial tensions. Instead of creating a sense of solidarity and common identity among students, campus bureaucracies often encourage division and mistrust.

Concordia’s diversity bureaucracy is convinced that the outrage from students of color of the racially segregated orientation event is a misunderstanding, because the aim is merely to welcome minority students and make them feel at home. How could anyone possibly object to that? Well, this seems like an instance where a 2007 quote from Chief Justice John Roberts seems particularly apt: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

Insufficient opportunities for graft.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student informs school he was being falsely accused, school investigates him.

An Augustana University student is suing his school after being expelled following an accusation of campus sexual assault.

The student says in his lawsuit that he initially told the school that a fellow student had been falsely telling people he had raped her. He “asked the school to intervene.” Instead, the school went to the accuser and suggested she go to the police. The accuser did so and on Aug. 4, 2015, the accused student was arrested and charged with sexual assault. (The full filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota can be found by subscribers to Pacer.)

Just 24 hours after the accused presented evidence that showed he couldn’t possibly have committed the rape as described, the charges were dismissed, according to the lawsuit. Most notably, the accused had lost his feet in a car accident and couldn’t physically have committed the rape. He also mentioned that this particular accuser had previously falsely accused other Augustana students of rape, including an ex-boyfriend.

The day after the accused student was arrested, the accuser filed a complaint with the school. Augustana immediately suspended the accused student. Even though police dismissed the charges, the school continued with its investigation and adjudicated the accusation on Oct. 8, 2015.

Colleges should face heavy damages for this.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Tougher Bar-Passage Standard For Law Schools Sparks Objections.

Bar-exam passage rates and racial diversity are two flashpoints in the legal industry. The two are now bumping against each other as the legal establishment weighs a proposal to tighten law school accrediting standards. …

The ABA is considering a plan that would require 75% of a law school’s graduates who sit for a bar exam to pass the test within two years. The proposal has been floated amid a perplexing trend of declining bar exam scores nationwide and increasing attention on the racial make-up of the profession.

A number of law school deans and the largest nationwide black law student association are objecting to the proposed standard, expressing concern about its potential impact on schools with larger minority student populations.

Related: Raising The Stakes In The Fight Over The LSAT:

The LSAT may not be the rite of passage all lawyers share much longer, but LSAC, the organization that administers the exam, is not going to take that lying down.

You may recall Arizona Law has decided to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. They claim it is a move designed to increase diversity, but some see increasing the school’s applicants as another nifty benefit. While most schools aren’t ready to make the move to the GRE just yet, the LSAT’s dominance may be in jeopardy. The first move LSAC made to stem the tide was to threaten to take away Arizona Law’s membership (and the application data that comes with it), but that move was wildly unpopular with law school deans, and LSAC backed off.

Now LSAC has announced another ramification of moving away from the LSAT.

In a letter sent to admissions professionals at all law schools yesterday, LSAC announced it intends to stop certifying matriculant admissions data. Amid concerns about the accuracy of law school admissions data, beginning in 2011, LSAC began certifying the accuracy of the data (i.e., average LSAT scores). Now LSAC intends to stop that.

What law schools want is to be able to accept warm, tuition-paying bodies without taking too much of a hit in accreditation or U.S. News rankings. That’s all this is about.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Via Sebastian Thrun on Facebook.


I don’t think you’ll see many traditional universities making this offer.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Hunger Games – Valparaiso Law Edition. “Schools like Valparaiso essentially face the following choice: Admit a large number of marginal students, or shut down.”


I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.

Howard Zinn: Mission Accomplished.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College learning takes 2.76 hours/day.

The average full-time college student spends only 2.76 hours per day on all education-related activities,” according to a Heritage study. No wonder few complete a four-year degree in four years, write Lindsey Burke, Jamie Bryan Hall and Mary Clare Reim.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s American Time Use Survey from 2003–2014, full-time college students average 1.18 hours in class per day and 1.53 hours studying for a total of 19.3 hours per week.

By contrast, they spend 31 hours a week on socializing and recreation.

Sixty percent of full-time college students have jobs, Heritage reports. They average 16.3 hours per week of work. That doesn’t add up to a very tough schedule, the authors point out. “Why are taxpayers heavily subsidizing a period in some people’s lives when combined education and work efforts are at their lowest?”

Because the higher education industry is a major source of funding, propaganda, and footsoldiers for the Democratic Party.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont Law School Seeks $15 Million Federal Loan To Restructure Its Debts Via Sale-Leaseback With Related LLC.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Exclusive: How Cal State Canceled on Ben Shapiro After Liberal Students Compared Him to “The KKK.” “But once Cal State canceled the event, they faced a massive backlash from students, parents and alumni concerned that the University was infringing on free speech. The Shapiro situation has since become a cautionary tale for campus administrators who single out conservative thinkers for censorship and cancellation.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Ugly Truth Behind a College’s “Diversity” Requirement.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Georgetown 3L: Law School Is A Terrible Idea For Most People. Of course, that’s true of any graduate program. Or college major.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Amazon Prime’s latest perk is discounted student loans.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 38% Enrollment Decline, Nine Thomas Jefferson Faculty Retire.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Grads Of Mid- And Low-Tier Law Schools Hang Out Their Shingles To Survive In Brutal Job Market.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “I feel I kind of ruined my life by going to college.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Public College President Salaries, 2014-15.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Revised Bar Passage Law School Accreditation Standard Threatens Compliance With Diversity Standard.

On the one hand, the amendment to Standard 206 (Diversity and Inclusion) would strengthen the obligation that law schools “demonstrate by concrete action a commitment to diversity and inclusion.” On the other hand, the revised Standard 316 (Bar Passage) would hamstring the ability of law schools to comply with Standard 206 by toughening the bar passage requirement for accreditation.

Consistent with changes enacted in August 2014, proposed Standard 206 reinforces that law schools must provide an environment embracing diversity and inclusion; offer members of underrepresented groups, especially racial and ethnic minorities, the opportunity to study law and enter the profession; and have a diverse faculty, staff and student body. . . .

In short, what Standard 206 would giveth, Standard 316 would taketh away.

Our institutions are big on demanding incompatible things, then claiming unfairness when the contradictions strike.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Albany Is 16th Law School To Offer 2-Year J.D., But First To Charge Only 2 Years Of Tuition.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Former University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas is accusing U.Va. of maintaining “a $2.3 billion slush fund” for pet projects with money that instead should have been used to reduce tuition.” “University spokesman Anthony P. de Bruyn issued a statement in response that did not directly address Dragas’ allegations.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Public university now requires applicants pledge commitment to ‘diversity and inclusion.’

I’m old enough to remember when loyalty oaths were considered bad. But of course, those were oaths pledging loyalty to America.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Public Colleges Chase Out of State Students for Higher Tuition.

All is proceeding as I have foretold.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘I Kind of Ruined My Life by Going to College’: 4 Student Debt Horror Stories.

If only someone had foreseen this.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: More On A Law Review Publishing Drama Over The LSAT And Discrimination.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, IT’S-STARTING-TO-LOOK-LIKE-A-RACKET EDITION: UC Berkeley’s Income Inequality Critic’s Faculty Salary Puts Him In The Top 1%.

Scholars from the University of California at Berkeley have played a pivotal role in making income inequality a major political issue. But while they decry the inequities of the American capitalist system, Berkeley professors are near the top of a very lopsided income distribution prevailing at the nation’s leading public university. . . .

Public employee compensation data allows us to measure income inequality on campus. The State Controller’s Public Pay database contains salaries for all UC employees, indicating which campus each employee is on. The Gini coefficient for the 35,000 UC Berkeley employees in the data set is 0.6600 – higher than that of Haiti. . . .

According to 2014 data from Transparent California, Center Director Emmanuel Saez received total wages of $349,350.

Its three advisory board members are also highly compensated Cal professors: David Card (making $336,367 in 2014), Gerard Roland ($304,608) and Alan Auerbach ($291,782). Aside from their high wages, all four professors are eligible for a defined-benefit pension equal to 2.5% times final average salary times number of years employed. It is also worth noting that all four are in the top 2% of UC Berkeley’s salary distribution, and that Saez is in the top 1%. … Robert Reich receives somewhat lower compensation than the four CEG economists, collecting $263,592 in pay during 2014. But Reich’s salary was likely not his only source of income in 2014. Reich makes himself available to give paid speeches through a number of speaking bureaus, charging a fee estimated at $40,000 per talk. He is also likely to receive some income from his books, movies and pensions from previous employers.

And people wonder why the working class is abandoning the Dems.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Mom Still Paying Off Murdered Son’s Student Loans.


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If only someone had seen this coming. But this statement appearing on the cover of a magazine that caters to the Volvo/NPR demographic is still a major indicator.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Amidst 26% Enrollment Decline, West Virginia Law School Accelerates Faculty And Staff Downsizing With Buyouts.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Highly-Ranked Law Schools Like Minnesota, Washington & Lee Cut Enrollment, Costs To Survive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Berkeley Spends $1 Million To Refurbish Chancellor’s Home; Assistant Claims She Was Fired For Refusing To Lie In IRS Reporting About Time Spent Doing Personal Chores.

Over the past three years, UC Berkeley has spent more than $1 million sprucing up the official home of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, school records show. …

Estimated total cost for the in-home work: $428,000. Campus officials hasten to add that none of it came out of state or tuition funds. Gift funds were used to pay for all the work done ahead of the chancellor’s arrival, while investment income and other revenue sources paid for the rest.

In addition to all this, the university spent close to $700,000 — 2½ times the original budget — to install a security fence after protesters sprayed graffiti on the house. And every year, it provides the chancellor with a $179,000 budget to maintain University House.

News of this spending comes as the university struggles with a $150 million deficit.

If you need to save money, you cut faculty. Not perks for administrators. Everybody knows that.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 57% Enrollment Decline At Valparaiso Law School, 10 Tenured Faculty Accept Buyouts And 3 Junior Faculty Will Be Terminated.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: More On The Possible Suspension Of The ABA’s Power To Accredit Law Schools.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin College Offers Buyouts To Faculty And Staff.

If only someone had seen this coming.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A University Without Professors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Temperature Rises In Debate Over New York Times Coverage Of The Law School Crisis.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CAN’T BUY A CLUE EDITION: Interim Mizzou President: Those Who Didn’t Support Race Protests Were ‘Just Bitter, Angry People.’

Last fall, the University of Missouri was rocked by race protests that helped topple the president and chancellor, and sparked a backlash that included drops in enrollment and a retreat by some donors.

On Tuesday, the University of Missouri’s interim president addressed the tumultuous protests: There are “some very, very progressive people [who are] supportive of the students… and eager to make changes,” Michael Middleton said—and then there are “people who think that it was out of control… just bitter, angry people over the fact that this happened in the first place.”

Perhaps Middleton, who was speaking to the National Press Club, shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss that latter group of people, which includes scores of dismayed donors, alumni, parents and prospective students. Mizzou’s interim president acknowledged that the university is facing a $30 million funding shortfall because of decreased enrollment in the fall, which is, in part, a reaction to the protests.

New records reviewed by Heat Street suggest Mizzou’s dearth of support may run even deeper. Wholesale purchases of Mizzou-branded apparel and gear (sold via retailers that are licensed by the college) are down after the protests, as are ticket purchases to sporting events.

In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016, which began last July, wholesale sales were $19.8 million. Over the same stretch of FY2015 and FY2014, they were $22 million and $21.8 million.

Football season-ticket purchases were also down, though the fiscal year will end next month.

I’m sure clueless, insensitive remarks like Middleton’s will make alumni, donors, etc. far more willing to offer support.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 2 extra years in college could cost you almost $300,000.

Taking an extra year or two to complete a bachelor’s degree is common these days, but that additional time could cost a student nearly $300,000, according to a new study by NerdWallet.

NerdWallet examined how much one or two “victory laps,” as extra years are sometimes jokingly called, would cost students by factoring in:

Real costs: Out-of-pocket tuition plus interest paid on student loans over a 10-year standard repayment period.

Opportunity costs: Lost entry-level income and forgone retirement savings.

Just more evidence of how higher education, often sold as promoting economic mobility and equality, can do just the opposite.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Schools Go Online In Wake Of ‘Marked Declines In Enrollment, Revenue And Jobs.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Muzzled Professors: An Inside Look at How One College Lets Students Censor Classroom Debate.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Above The Law: University of Arizona Law School Preying On Low-Information Prospective Law Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academic Brownshirts On The March Again. “Apparently even the academic crusaders against the neo-liberal cis-patriarchy don’t actually want people reading their junk either, because, as the Daily Caller reports, the RealPeerReview Twitter feed has been shut down amidst threats to expose the identity of the person behind it (who is apparently an academic social scientist).”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. of Wyoming’s President Declares Financial Crisis.

The University of Wyoming’s president has declared a financial crisis and plans to reduce or cut academic programs and review the institution’s structure, according to a letter on Thursday from the president, Laurie Nichols, to the campus.

According to Wyoming’s financial-exigency policy, if the university is in a dire financial situation, it should follow guidelines to navigate the financial constraints fairly.

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