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, DARTMOUTH EDITION: “I hate to say this, but many younger colleagues express regret at having agonized over their lesson plans and expended so much effort on honing their skills as classroom instructors, when a talent for teaching simply does not factor into tenure decisions.”
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.
All is proceeding as I have foretold.
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.
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: California Law School To Close Unless A Buyer Is Found.
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.
There will be more cases like this.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Paine College Accreditation to Be Revoked.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Protesters at university with 97 percent women blast its ‘toxic rape culture.’
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: As Law Grads Seethe With ‘Atavistic Rage’ At Their Financial Plight, Many Law Schools Confront Stark Choice: Continue To Admit Marginal Students, Or Shut Down.
All is proceeding, alas, as I have foretold.
If only they’d been warned.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Frank Wu: Higher Education And Legal Education Are Headed Toward Disaster.
If only there had been some kind of warning.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Need Skin In The Game.
Republicans and Democrats have offered two distinct approaches to the student loan crisis. GOP lawmakers have proposed introducing more competition in the higher education sector by breaking the federal monopoly on college accreditation, with the idea that this could shake up the market and lower costs. Democrats have focused on expanding federal subsidies, either by forgiving and refinancing loans, or, in the case of Bernie Sanders, by eliminating tuition altogether.
We generally think the GOP approach is closer to the mark. Colleges really are saddled with regulatory costs, and the cartel-like accreditation process blocks innovative new higher education models from emerging. Meanwhile, further greasing the student loan spigot is likely to drive up tuition even further, and give more relief to upper-middle class students than to poor ones.
But Democrats and Republicans alike ought to be able to agree on a third approach to reducing student loan default rates: Forcing colleges to take on some of the risk associated with their students’ borrowing. . . .
To be sure, a number of specifics need to be hammered out—most importantly, the share of student loan debt colleges would be accountable for. But it’s easy to see how a version of this proposal could win backers on both sides of the aisle. For Democrats, the policy gives debt relief to students in default. For Republicans, it would help slow the growth of tuition without draining federal coffers. . . .
Thanks to misguided federal loan and accreditation policies, low-quality colleges have increasingly been able to get fat at the federal government’s expense without giving students the skills they need to make their education worth it. Time to force colleges to put some of their own money down on this risky operation.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Clemson’s Fake Hate Crime Story Gets Worse:
An email exchange between top Clemson officials suggests that the administration welcomed the opportunity to use the now infamous “banana banner” incident to push a progressive agenda.
On Monday, April 11, a bunch of bananas was found hanging from a banner mounted on campus honoring the history of African Americans at Clemson, resulting in on-campus protests and a sit-in that lead to the arrest of five students.
According to emails released by Clemson under the Freedom of Information Act that were obtained by Campus Reform, key players involved in the incident seemingly regarded its racial undertones as an occasion to suffocate conservative sentiments out of the administration.
Last week, in response to a separate FOIA request, Clemson released emails sent by top administrators in the immediate aftermath of the incident, one of which seemed to suggest that school officials believed that the students who hung the bananas were not racially motivated.
“Two students came forward and told they had done bananas,” Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks wrote in an email to other administrators on the evening of April 11. “Their claim is [that] they had no idea of pole or banner,” she explained, adding, “nobody will believe that tho [sic] our folks think true.”
In a more recent correspondence between Altheia Richardson, executive director of Clemson’s Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center, and Professor Todd May, who apparently has been trying with little success to move conservative administrators away from their “party line,” the two seem to hint at the potential leverage the incident could afford in future conversations with school leaders.
Some Clemson students, who were verbally intimidated at a protest after the incident, commented on the exchange and offered their own theories on its significance.
“From what I read, it seems like Altheia was warning those two professors [another professor was copied to the exchange but did not participate] not to assume that Clements and Almeda were unprogressive,” student Miller Hall, member of a free speech activist group known as “We Roar,” told Campus Reform, saying it is likely that Richardson was “convincing them that they could get them to cooperate with the progressive agenda.”
Zach Talley, another WeRoar member who also serves as editor-in-chief of The Tiger Town Observer, explained that May has in fact been trying for years to infiltrate the administration with his liberal ideologies, but has been repeatedly stonewalled by a reluctant president.
“He has been for years and years and years pushing a liberal agenda,” Talley remarked. “May is the brain behind the operation, and he tries to accomplish his liberal agenda through minorities on campus because he is a straight white male.”
Notably, one of the student protesters involved in April’s sit-in is the son a top administrator at Clemson, Alesia Smith, who later recused herself from leading the investigation into the banana banner incident due to a conflict of interest. The date of her recusal is noted as April 14, which is in the middle of the date range for records released in the latest Freedom of Information Act response, yet while the dump does include emails from other administrators concerning the university’s conflict of interest policy, no mention of her recusal is included in the release.
I imagine the South Carolina legislature will look into this.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law Grad Responds To Fundraising Appeals From ‘Greedy’ Law School: ‘Go To Hell, You Parasite.’ “I’m not blaming you for the collapse of the legal job market. … I’m blaming you because you lied to us. You reported employment statistics — even back in 2007, when things were decidedly rosier — that led prospective students to believe that a huge portion of your graduates walked out of your hallowed halls and right into lucrative associate positions at fancy law firms. The reality, as we now know, is that you were counting everyone with any kind of job at all — from the guy working just a few hours per week at the 7-Eleven to the girl who took your perennial temporary position in the student affairs office — as employed, for the purposes of bragging about postgraduation employment.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Still in law school? Artificial intelligence begins to take over legal work.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The focus on extreme political correctness at Oberlin and other elite colleges risks obscuring what less privileged undergraduates are dealing with. “Nadeau was one of 15 students in a class I’d visited the previous day. When I asked how many of them would be graduating with debt, 13 of the students raised their hands. If few seemed concerned about ‘microaggressions,’ it’s perhaps because they were too busy trying to keep up with their coursework while earning money in their limited spare time. The very real aggression they experienced was their financial bind.”
A cynic might say that universities foment the race-gender stuff to distract students from what’s really going on.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UCSD Official: Satirical Anti-Safe-Space Publication ‘Crosses the “Free Speech” Line.’
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: A specter is haunting law schools: the specter of bankruptcy.
YOU CAN HEAR ME talking about campus diversity offices, political correctness, the War On College Men, and the higher education bubble on the latest Old Row Podcast. My part starts at about 22:45.
I was using the Blue Yeti USB microphone and I think it sounds really good. That’s the first time I’ve used this for a podcast. They record via Zencastr, which I hadn’t used before but which is a really cool platform. (Bumped).
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Only a small percentage of law school graduates actually make big money — here’s a simple way to tell if you’ll be one of them.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Loans Increasingly Backfire, Leaving Borrowers Worse Off For Going To School.
If only there had been some sort of warning.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: If You Don’t Want To Study White Writers, Don’t Major In English.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Loan Glut Worries Policymakers. “The government financed a large share of these educations through grants, low-interest loans and loan guarantees. Total outstanding student debt—almost all guaranteed or made directly by the federal government—has quadrupled since 2000 to $1.2 trillion today. The government also spent tens of billions of dollars in grants and tax credits for students. New research shows a significant chunk of that investment backfired, with millions of students worse off for having gone to school. Many never learned new skills because they dropped out—and now carry debt they are unwilling or unable to repay.”
If only someone had foreseen or foretold this, and could have warned them.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: An Impending Coup at St. John’s College.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The knowledge economy is a myth. We don’t need more universities to feed it. “The idea of the knowledge economy is appealing. The only problem is it is largely a myth. Developed western economies such as the UK and the US are not brimming with jobs that require degree-level qualifications. For every job as a skilled computer programmer, there are three jobs flipping burgers. The fastest-growing jobs are low-skilled repetitive ones in the service sector. One-third of the US labour market is made up of three types of work: office and administrative support, sales and food preparation.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Education in Illinois Is Dying. “Faculty and staff are nervous, too. Public universities across the state are laying people off at alarming rates. Chicago State University, the predominantly African-American school that has made national headlines lately for its rapid dismantling, laid off 300 employees this spring. A full 30 percent of its budget comes from the state; it now says it may not be able to open come fall if the impasse continues. Downstate, in the hamlet of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University has laid off 261 employees. Over in Macomb, at Western Illinois University, the number is 110.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A University Asked Alumni For Donation Money. One Grad Sent Them Back This Brutal E-mail.
I’m sorry to hear that the university’s $750 million endowment has fallen in value to $500 million because of the recession and because your bank died. I’m also sorry to hear that you’re dealing with declining enrollment due to the fact that middle-class families are no longer willing or able to bet their homes on a $45,000-a-year higher education for their children. I really am.
So, what I want to know is, why are you wasting money on glossy fundraising brochures full of meaningless synonyms for the word “excellence”? And, why are you sending them to ME? Yes, I know that I got a master’s degree at your fine institution, but that master’s degree hasn’t done jack shit for me since I got it! I have been unemployed for the past TWO YEARS and I am now a professional resume-submitter, sending out dozens of resumes a month to employers, and the degree I received in your hallowed halls is at the TOP of it, and it doesn’t do a f*cking thing.
You know, maybe if you wanted a little bit of money from me (and these days you’d get about $3), maybe you should send me a fancy color brochure admitting your role in the bubble economics that got us all into this mess.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Forms Replace Lawyers In Maryland.
At the lower levels of the profession, general-practice lawyers are being eaten up by things like LegalZoom and RocketLawyer. At the top, OCR technology and databases and AI are shriveling the once-lucrative discovery process. All of this is explored and explained in my colleague Ben Barton’s book, Glass Half Full: The Decline And Rebirth of the Legal Profession, which is a must-read if you care about this stuff.
I’M NOT SURE WHETHER TO FILE THIS UNDER HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, OR 21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Villanova Law Graduate: One Degree, 2+ Sugar Daddies, Zero Debt.
I wonder how she was able to pull this off?
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Who Disappeared From Columbia Explains Why She Fled.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: SLU Law School ‘Right-Sizes’ Via 47% Enrollment Reduction, 5 Faculty Buyouts; Faculty May View Consultant’s Report Only In Presence Of Dean’s Assistant After Signing NDA.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: George Korda: UT’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion: legislators reach their limit, the governor goes along, and an opportunity to learn. It’s the learning that’s key.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When Protests Obstruct Free Speech. This is not a hard question. Students who block others’ events should be arrested, and expelled. It’s only a hard question if you’re troubled by the idea of lefty activists facing consequences for their actions.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PROGRESSIVE AUTOPHAGY EDITION: Letter From Oberlin: The Big Uneasy.
During this academic year, schools across the country have been roiling with activism that has seemed to shift the meaning of contemporary liberalism without changing its ideals. At Yale, the associate head of a residence balked at the suggestion that students avoid potentially offensive Halloween costumes, proposing in an e-mail that it smothered transgressive expression. Her remarks were deemed insensitive, especially from someone tasked with fostering a sense of community, and the protests that followed escalated to address broader concerns. At Claremont McKenna, a dean sparked outrage when she sent an e-mail about better serving students—those of color, apparently—who didn’t fit the school’s “mold,” and resigned. In mid-November, a thousand students at Ithaca College walked out to demand the resignation of the president, who, they said, hadn’t responded aggressively enough to campus racism. More than a hundred other schools held rallies that week.
Protests continued through the winter. Harvard renamed its “house masters” faculty deans, and changed its law-school seal, which originated as a slaveholder’s coat of arms. Bowdoin students were disciplined for wearing miniature sombreros to a tequila-themed party. The president of Northwestern endorsed “safe spaces,” refuges open only to certain identity groups. At Wesleyan, the Eclectic Society, whose members lived in a large brick colonnaded house, was put on probation for two years, partly because its whimsical scrapbook-like application overstepped a line. And when Wesleyan’s newspaper, the Argus, published a controversial opinion piece questioning the integrity of the Black Lives Matter movement, some hundred and seventy people signed a petition that would have defunded the paper. Sensitivities seemed to reach a peak at Emory when students complained of being traumatized after finding “TRUMP 2016” chalked on sidewalks around campus. The Trump-averse protesters chanted, “Come speak to us, we are in pain!,” until Emory’s president wrote a letter promising to “honor the concerns of these students.”
Such reports flummoxed many people who had always thought of themselves as devout liberals. Wasn’t free self-expression the whole point of social progressivism? Wasn’t liberal academe a way for ideas, good and bad, to be subjected to enlightened reason? Generations of professors and students imagined the university to be a temple for productive challenge and perpetually questioned certainties. Now, some feared, schools were being reimagined as safe spaces for coddled youths and the self-defined, untested truths that they held dear. Disorientingly, too, none of the disputes followed normal ideological divides: both the activists and their opponents were multicultural, educated, and true of heart. At some point, it seemed, the American left on campus stopped being able to hear itself think.
That’s because it stopped thinking. Mouthing dumb slogans and taking offense at trifles doesn’t require thought. Mizzou, as I’ve said, was a harbinger. For those who don’t take the warning, there will be the opportunity to learn from their own experience.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, POLITICAL AUTOPHAGY EDITION: More professors subjected to Title IX investigations.
This week brought news of two more college professors who faced Title IX investigations for allegedly sexually harassing a student and an executive assistant. Both learned the hard way that due process is no longer allowed on college campuses, even for professors and administrators.
First we learned of Oberlin theatre and dance professor Roger Copeland, who was subjected to a brief Title IX investigation (which was dropped) because he spoke sharply to a female student. That’s it. That’s all he did, but because Copeland is a male and the student was a female (and no man can ever criticize a woman these days) Oberlin considered, however briefly, that the situation might have been caused by sexism.
Even though the Title IX investigation was dropped, Copeland was still investigated for hurting the student’s feelings. He was allegedly told by an administrator that it didn’t matter if witnesses could say the alleged verbal abuse didn’t happen the way the accusing student described, because “what matters is that the student felt unsafe.”
This opens the door for a whole new set of accusations against professors and other administrators, as any student who gets verbally reprimanded can claim abuse, thanks to the federal government’s dumbing down of what constitutes a “hostile environment.” Conduct need no longer be “pervasive” or even ongoing, a single incident, involving a particularly sensitive student, is enough to ensnare a professor in a due process-free investigation.
Copeland hired a lawyer (a right most students across the country are denied or can’t afford) and was told by the university that if he didn’t meet with them without his attorney present, they would bring him before the Professional Conduct Review Committee. Copeland and his attorney told them to go for it (I’d like to imagine they were laughing), and they never heard back from the administration.
We also learned this week about University of California Berkeley law professor Sujit Choudhry, who essentially faced double jeopardy for his alleged offense because UC President Janet Napolitano was facing criticism. Choudhry was accused of hugging his female executive assistant and kissing her on the cheek. The assistant, Tyann Sorrell, told administrators that Choudhry hugged and kissed her in this manner “five to six times a day.”
She apparently never told Choudhry she was uncomfortable by his actions, which he said he only did once or twice a week to show support. When Sorrell finally did mention the conduct to Choudry — after she complained to the school and had an investigation launched — she told him in an email: “I know you do not mean anything by [your actions] other than, perhaps a warm and friendly greeting.”
She gave the school the names of two witnesses, who backed up Choudhry’s version of events that the hugging and kissing was rare.
No matter, the school sanctioned Choudry by cutting his pay 10 percent for the year, forcing him to pay out of pocket for workplace coaching, writing an apology to Sorrell and constantly having those who investigated him looking over his shoulder.
Lesson: Lawyer up, and punch back twice as hard.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA EDITION: UA hires two diversity officials instead of one.
The University of Arizona has doubled down on diversity by hiring two top people instead of one and paying each of them more than the previous person earned.
Faced with choosing between two finalists for the recently advertised post of chief diversity officer, UA officials decided to hire both, creating a new, unadvertised position in the process.
Jesús Treviño will be paid $214,000 a year as the UA’s new senior diversity officer, and Rebecca Tsosie will be paid $215,000 as a law professor and special adviser to the provost on diversity.
Previously, the UA paid $118,000 to an assistant vice president in charge of diversity. But that person’s duties were more limited in scope than those of the two new hires, UA officials said.
The median salary for a chief diversity officer at a U.S. research university is less than $165,000, according to a March salary survey by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the national association for human-resource professionals in higher education.
The hirings come on the heels of a publicly announced ramp-up of UA’s efforts to combat racism and other forms of discrimination on campus. It was driven in part by recent feedback from minority students who recounted racial epithets and other problems they faced while pursuing a UA education.
If I were an Arizona taxpayer, I would not be amused.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Western universities are opening campuses in some odd places where they really don’t need to be.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: More On Canaries In The Law School Coal Mine.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FATCAT EDITION: A Look At University Endowments.
DISPATCHES FROM THE HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE: Ten Things You Can Really Screw Up When Applying for College.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Small Bar Prep Company Files $50 Million Antitrust Action Again BARBRI, 11 Law Schools.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities With Highest-Paid Leaders, Study Finds.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Neal Boortz Commencement Speech.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers Faculty Rebels Against Use Of Metrics To Assess Their Scholarly Performance.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor Run Out of Classroom for Offending Students Will Lose Job: University of Kansas Communications Professor Andrea Quenette is a victim of political correctness in the classroom. Even though she was cleared of any wrongdoing, she still upset lefty students. Some sorry leadership from the KU Administration here. They should look next door to Mizzou to see where this sort of cowardice leads.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Northern Kentucky University to cut 105 jobs to help fill $8 million budget gap. “The university’s payments into the state pension system have skyrocketed from $3.9 million in 2010 to $15.3 million this year. The projected cost for 2018 is $19.4 million. Mearns, who laid out the budget situation in a presentation here, said 2 percent of NKU’s operating budget went into pension costs in 2010 and that nearly 10 percent of the budget will be dedicated to the pension fund by 2018.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Private Colleges Offering Record Tuition Discounts to Lure Students.
All is proceeding as I have foretold.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: As Law School Enrollments Drop, Decline In Legal Jobs Keeps Law Grads Struggling To Find Work.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sociologist studies helicopter parents in higher education.
OH, THAT HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE: The Celebrity College Commencement Takeover.
DISPATCHES FROM THE HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE:
Shot: Vanita “Bathroom Czar” Gupta to Minnesota Law Grads: “Efforts like House Bill 2 in North Carolina not only violate the laws that govern our nation, but also the values that define us as a people.”
(Suggested by an Insta-reader.)
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Why Are There So Few Conservative/Libertarian Law Profs, Even Though They Are More Productive Scholars Than Liberal Law Profs?
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Most Under-Represented Groups In Law Teaching Are Whites, Christians, Republicans, Males.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 33% Enrollment Decline (From 260 1Ls To 174), University Of Minnesota Funds $16 Million Law School Operating Deficit.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, BRITISH WAR-ON-MEN EDITION: Men Are Fleeing UK Universities’ War on Fun.
According to the daunting study by the Higher Education Policy Institute, women are now 35% more likely to go to university than men. Men are also more likely to drop out, or get a lower degree mark when they graduate.
The gender gap is even greater among the least advantaged: young girls are 51% more likely to attend university than boys.
A mere 9% of young white men from disadvantaged backgrounds make it to higher education.
This shouldn’t surprise us. Who would actually go to a place that has waged a war against young men?
Universities that are exquisitely sensitive to the needs and concerns of everyone else change their approach entirely where non-minority men are concerned. This will end poorly.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: AI2 CEO calls for ‘full disclosure’ in artificial intelligence after students learn their TA is really a bot.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Richard Epstein: Harvard’s Final Clubs Debacle.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Meet Mizzou Protestor Jonathan Butler: Stealing, Misogyny, Crack Songs.
Don’t miss the videos.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Future Is ‘Bleak’ For Law Students And Law School Graduates.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SIU braces for enrollment drop in the fall, points fingers at Springfield. You didn’t used to worry so much about losing students to other states, but now everyone is fighting for enrollment.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Recent ABA Jobs Data Show That Boom Times For Lawyers (And Law Schools) Are Not Around The Corner.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Muslim Students Want San Diego State President to Resign for Failing to Protect Their Feelings: Students surrounded SDSU President Elliot Hirshman and prevented him from moving. Expel them all.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 148 Deans Demand LSAC Rescind Threat To Expel University Of Arizona Over Use Of GRE In Law School Admissions. Once US News starts counting GRE scores in its rankings, I predict that this problem will go away.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University admits paying $17,570 for a dining hall table was a mistake.
The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef’s table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake.
Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy cooking techniques.
But word soon got out about the $17,570 price tag on the 16-seat table, which was installed several weeks ago. The school newspaper wrote about it, and other media outlets picked up on it.
The table costs nearly as much as in-state students pay annually for tuition and fees.
I don’t think I’ve seen a TV chef with a table that nice, and presumably those shows make money.