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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment.

If only there had been some sort of warning available.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMN tells students that ‘privilege’ helps them ‘level up.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Scripps College is standing by its decision to host two Venezuelan diplomats for a speech about the communist country’s “grassroots initiatives.” Hey, it’s not like it’s Milo Yiannopoulos or Kevin Williamson or something.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ENTITLED-TWITS EDITION: Duke protesters upset THEY were scolded, say alumni at event should have been rebuked. “Instead of actually going to the alumni and saying ‘that’s not appropriate’ or removing them from the space, they were more worried about us.” It’s quite revealing that the students just assumed administrators would take their side and “remove” anyone who contradicted them “from the space.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sociology prof swears at conservative student during class. “The student said he had contended that sexual abuse was not a problem exclusively dealt with by women, and that men can be affected too, causing the professor to shout ‘f— your life’ at him.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Purdue University Just Froze Tuition For The 7th Year. Mitch Daniels Explains How.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University fired a conservative professor for blogging. Now it’s denouncing him in Google ads.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs critique ‘white fragility,’ deny reverse racism exists. Sod off, swampy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student faces punishment for posting copies of professor’s email calling conservative students ‘evil.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEGREGATION TODAY, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER EDITION: A student organization at Scripps College will host a pool party Friday night exclusively for people of color, clearly stating that there are “no whites allowed.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale to host rapper who sings about violent sex, deep throating, 8-year-old’s vagina. Hey, it’s not like she suggested that Halloween costumes aren’t actually offensive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Black conservative shouted down for speaking ‘against own people.’ “Students protesters heckled and repeatedly shouted over former NFL star and conservative commentator Burgess Owens when he gave a speech at at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. One student derided Owens as an Uncle Tom, while other protesters asked him accusatory questions and then shouted over him as he attempted to answer.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How ‘White’ Western History Has Become an SNL Skit on Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stanford started a Title IX inquiry into a graduate based on allegations from eight years earlier.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CARTELS AND COLLUSION EDITION: Amherst, Wellesley, other colleges, under investigation for early admissions violations.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard to interrogate profs accused of ‘microaggressions.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Justice Department Probes Colleges’ Early-Decision Admission Practices: Multiple schools received letters inquiring about possible antitrust violations. “The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether colleges’ early-decision admission programs violate antitrust laws, the latest in a series of investigations the federal government has launched into higher education practices in recent months. The Justice Department sent letters to a number of colleges and universities this week asking that they preserve emails and other messages detailing agreements with other schools regarding their early-decision policies, and how they communicate with one another about admitted students.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sociology conference obsesses over hatred of Trump. “The program for the conference features numerous crude drawings of President Trump, depicting him as a diaper-wearing infant enamored with nuclear weapons and the Ku Klux Klan.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A recent resolution introduced by the Virginia Tech Student Government Association argues that talks delivered by popular conservative figures constitute “discriminatory incidents” on campus.. “The resolution proceeds to elaborate on the so-called ‘discriminatory incidents,’ specifically mentioning talks by conservative scholar Charles Murray, political activist Charlie Kirk, and conservative comedian Steven Crowder—even going so far as to label Murray a ‘white-nationalist’ and claim that promotional information for one of Crowder’s events included ‘homophobic language.'”

Virginia Tech needs to hear from its alumni.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof Wins Another Round In Lawsuits Claiming Texas Tech Retaliated Against Him For His Opposition To Tenure.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 25% Of Harvard Law Students Suffer From Depression, 20% Are At Heightened Risk Of Suicide.

Cost of attending Harvard Law School: $95,800 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Arkansas, Kentucky Move To Curtail Tenure. I predict that this will be used to tighten the left’s grip on academia, not loosen it.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law School Applicants From Top Colleges Decreased 7% In 2017, Down 45% Since 2008.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Two professors have written a new book warning of a trend they call “toxic geek masculinity,” which they see evidenced in television shows such as “The Big Bang Theory.”

You may not be interested in the gleichschaltung, but the gleichschaltung is interested in you.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: It’s Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student paper features Jesus Christ in smut column. Now do Mohammed, bold student journos.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Michigan State University Spent Half A Million Dollars Monitoring Nassar Victims’ And Journalists’ Social Media Accounts.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Intolerant leftists drive out founder of Wellesley program that promotes diverse views.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, JESUIT EDITION: During a recent forum at Marquette University, students and faculty members enthusiastically agreed that the university’s seal is a “microaggression” because it depicts a white explorer being guided by a Native American. “According to one professor at the forum, the seal shows how Marquette’s namesake, French explorer Fr. Jacques Marquette, ‘took advantage of an economic disparity to have a Native American as his guide.'”

I agree. Shut down Marquette and give the land back to the Indians.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The University Of Denial — Aggressive Suppression Of The Truth Is A Central Feature Of American Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT EDITION: A Resident Advisor at the University of Pittsburgh recently put up a display warning students about “toxic masculinity” and the “social reproduction of patriarchy.” This sort of thing serves to marginalize and discourage male students, and encourage bullying and micro aggressions against them. I think the Department of Education should investigate.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION: Savannah Law School Sells Building, To Close After Spring 2018 Semester. This is a good place, with good faculty, in a good location, and if it can’t make it it bodes poorly for some other schools.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Indiana University of Pennsylvania has reinstated a conservative student who was temporarily banned from his religious studies class recently for disputing his instructor’s claims regarding the “reality of white male privilege.” “Lake Ingle was initially told that he could not finish the course, which he needs in order to graduate, unless he delivered an apology in front of the entire class and then sat silently while his peers and his professor judged him. . . . The incident appeared in national headlines, stoking public outcry, and Ingle reported in a Facebook status that a ruling on his case would be released on March 19. President Eugene Delgaudio of Public Advocate, an organization that describes itself as ‘a dedicated group of young conservatives in Washington, D.C.,’ filed a Letter of Complaint the morning of March 19 addressed to various federal authorities in response to IUP’s handling of the case.”

They always go full Red Guards, but as a famous American said, punch back twice as hard. And with the change in Administrations, the threat of complaints to the Department of Education and the Department of Justice carries more weight. Elections matter.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Our campus display explained why we’re conservative. Our peers tore it down. “If anyone tries to tell you conservative ideas are allowed on college campuses, show them the before and after pictures in this feed. In under a week we had our modest and uncontroversial display vandalized with hostile responses, and eventually torn down almost completely.”

Cost of attending St. Olaf College: $58,870 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academics reeling as market discipline comes to the University of Wisconsin. “There will be many innocent faculty victims of these closures. I feel sadness for those who devoted many years of their lives to obtaining the graduate degrees necessary for teaching in higher education. But by standing by and allowing their disciplines to decline and ignore relevance and utility to students, they may bear some degree of culpability.”

If only someone had warned them.

UPDATE: More here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PARTY OF SCIENCE EDITION: ‘Feminist Health’ course suggests disease is ‘subjective.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, QUIT LIT EDITION: “A few years ago I quit my Ph.D. program. It was the second best decision I’ve ever made.”


To be honest, I’ve found the for-profit world to be far more supportive of me as a person than academe ever was. Rather than being soul-crushing, working for “the man” has been liberating and allowed me to be who I want to be in the world. Plus, my parents aren’t terrified anymore, which is a nice perk.

Yes, academia portrays the outside world as harsh, cruel, and exploitative, but in fact it’s usually the reverse, because in the outside world few people exercise so much unchecked discretionary power over others’ careers as they do in academia.

And note this from the comments:

I’m a professor in an engineering discipline, and it’s a familiar canard that STEM Ph.Ds easily get jobs. They don’t, and we’re overproducing as well. Further, we’re sacrificing the quality of undergraduate education by channeling money to support these students, which are often from a very small handful of countries, with minimal potential to contribute to ours, or the world’s economy, because our professors need their slave labor, and realize their positions are tenuous without continued research productivity. It’s a very sick system, it’s justified all different ways to Sunday, and it is going to break.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Florida lets students sue colleges for stifling their speech under new law. We need federal free speech protections, too.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: McGeorge Law School To Reduce Faculty By 25% Through Voluntary Buyouts. “According to Law School Transparency, McGeorge’s 1L enrollment has fallen 56% from 2010 (from 346 to 152), and its LSAT median has fallen from 158 to 151.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students don’t know what they’re getting when they pick a college — data can fix that.

Most students don’t know how much they’ll pay prior to enrollment, let alone where their predecessors landed jobs after graduation. Were they able to pay off their debt? How meaningful did they find the work they were doing after they had graduated?

Besides slick brochures, television advertisements, and highway billboards, little exists beyond U.S. News and World Report’s often criticized rankings to help students and families make sense of what is often one of the largest investments of their lives.

Hidden for most is the fact that while 88 percent of freshman now say that “getting a good job” is their primary motivation for going to college, only 27 percent of alumni report having a good job upon graduation

Although three-quarters of college presidents believe their institutions should publish data to help “consumers” understand critical outcomes like debt load of graduates or job placement rates, few, if any U.S. institutions willingly offer up such information.

It should, therefore, be no surprise that there is a growing sense of buyer’s remorse among consumers of higher education.

Yeah, but the check has already cleared.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KICKBACK EDITION: University of Michigan pours billions into funds run by contributors’ firms.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The 5 Worst Things About College in America.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As academics struggle, UNC chancellors prosper. “While students are easily ensnared by tuition and fees and leave the university saddled in debt, while adjuncts and grad students work for next to nothing and professors lose their jobs to floundering newbies like me, administrator pay continues to skyrocket, exacerbating an already dire higher ed wealth gap.”

We need federal legislation, capping administrator pay at institutions receiving federal funds. Why should any college administrator make more than a Supreme Court justice?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, STUPID-IRONY EDITION: Male Student Punished For Questioning “Reality Of Male Privilege.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, THEY’RE REALLY THIS STUPID EDITION: Law Prof Is Reprimanded For Emailing Colleague Link To Inside Higher Education Article With The Word ‘Penis’ In it.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Miami University paying students to promote ‘radical feminism.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Enrollment Data, Public Opinion Suggest The College Bubble Is Popping.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College dropout refuses to leave her dorm room. “She loves the college life — just not the classes. Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room some two years after dropping out. Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the school’s 425 E. 25th St. co-ed dormitory, according to an eviction lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The 32-year-old ‘racked up a staggering $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges on account of her continued occupancy, all the while ignoring Hunter College’s service of additional vacate notices,’ said the suit.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Should Law Schools Shift Scholarship Money From Merit (LSAT & UGPA Medians) To Need?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WATCH: Leftist Students Freak Out When Panel Agrees Men And Women Are Different.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Consultant Charged $1.5 Million To Get Student Admitted To Ivy League College.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stanford Review: Read My Lips: No New Administrators.

Stanford’s bureaucracy has snowballed out of control. Accompanying the increase in university administrators, tuition has risen, student traditions from Full Moon on the Quad to the Stanford Band have been strangled, and accountability in the bureaucracy has decreased. Perhaps most egregiously, over the past few months, FoHo exposed corruption within Stanford’s Office of Community Standards (OCS), charged with implementing the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.

We should be enraged that the office responsible for enforcing students’ moral standards cannot even follow basic ethics. Only through the investigative reporting of an anonymous newspaper did we learn the full scope of its bureaucratic incompetence: the office has operated without a director for almost a year, and its entire staff vanished at the end of last August, even while it was embroiled in multiple campus probes. The OCS’s investigation of a student’s concussion at “Blood Bath,” a Sigma Nu–Alpha Phi event, was laden with medical privacy violations and poor evidentiary standards.

Though the FoHo’s assiduous coverage of these events was admirable, it raises a much larger question: who is charged with holding the OCS accountable for its hiring and investigative mishaps? The answer is not clear. The recent OCS debacle reveals a much more worrying trend: the rise of an unaccountable, ballooning university bureaucracy that threatens Stanford’s academic commitment to teaching and learning.

Unknown to most Stanford students, the OCS is only one out of the 25 offices that comprise the Student Affairs division of the Office of the Provost. This office, which oversees the university’s academic program and is headed by Persis Drell, has over thirty deans, vice provosts, directors, and special assistants. Many of these positions were only recently established: the Vice Provost for Graduate Education was established in 2007, while the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning was established in 2015. The Office of the Provost, however, is only one small part of administrative bureaucracy: others include the Stanford Alumni Association, Business Affairs, the Office of Development, and Land, Buildings & Real Estate. The web grows even more intricate as one moves down the bureaucratic ladder. For example, within the Office of the Provost, the VP for Student Affairs oversees six associate vice provosts (AVPs), in addition to its 25 offices.

You could fire 90% of these people and nobody would notice.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CIVIL RIGHTS EDITION: Iowa bill aims to protect belief-based student groups.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Did NYU serve a racist dinner to celebrate Black History Month? The black students complain, and two black dining-service employees lose their jobs. From the comments: “She got 2 low level black workers fired. Her tuition is probably more than their annual wages (used to be). I hope she’s proud.”

Diversity and inclusion!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Gallup: Only 23% Of Law School Grads Say Their Education Was Worth the Cost. But none of the degrees measured, which include PhDs, MDs, MBAs, etc., do very well.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers: Schools that struggle to prepare students for success losing ground; ‘The shake-out is coming.’

For generations, a swelling population of college-age students, rising enrollment rates and generous student loans helped all schools, even mediocre ones, to flourish. Those days are ending.

According to an analysis of 20 years of freshman-enrollment data at 1,040 of the 1,052 schools listed in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking, U.S. not-for-profit colleges and universities are segregating into winners and losers—with winners growing and expanding and losers seeing the first signs of a death spiral.

The Journal ranking, which includes most major public and private colleges with more than 1,000 students, focused on how well a college prepares students for life after graduation. The analysis found that the closer to the bottom of the ranking a school was, the more likely its enrollment was shrinking. . . .

“In the same way the bookstores fell when Amazon took over, now it’s higher education’s turn and it’s been coming for a while,” said Charles Becker, Concord’s vice president for business and finance. “The shake-out is coming. It’s already here.”

Demographics and geography have some influence on which side of the fault line a school lands, but quality is also a big factor. The Journal uses 15 metrics to determine quality and rank. They include return on investment, student engagement and academic resources.

At Clemson University, the Journal found, graduates on average earn $50,000 a year 10 years after entering college and the default rate on student loans is 3%; the average Concord graduate earned $32,000 and the default rate is 15%.

Richard Vedder, the director of Center for College Affordability and Productivity and a teacher at Ohio University, believes dark days are ahead for the nation’s poorest ranked schools.

And it will be no picnic for those higher up, except perhaps for the very top.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Event on ‘white supremacy’ organized in response to Shapiro. And they’re really weaselly about it: “‘We do not know whether Ben Shapiro is a white supremacist,’ organizers of the event told Campus Reform. ‘What we know is that we have received an outpouring of support.'”

I don’t know whether the organizers of this event are child molesters, but I do know that Ben Shapiro’s will draw a bigger crowd.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Minnesota legislation takes on ‘intellectual bullying’ on campus. “A Republican state senator in Minnesota is proposing legislation to ensure that public colleges and universities adhere to their constitutional obligation to allow freedom of speech on campus. The bill would specifically forbid administrators from imposing restrictions on speech, ‘including ideas and opinions they find offensive,’ and would also outlaw so-called ‘free speech zones.'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Admissions Officers Personally Deliver Acceptances To Applicants (Sometimes With A Dog).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Former prof recounts her ‘escape’ from political correctness.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Diversity efforts cost NC universities nearly $17M per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: What students know that experts don’t: School is all about signaling, not skill-building. “The main reason firms reward education is because it certifies (or “signals”) brains, work ethic and conformity. It’s therefore sensible, if unseemly, for students to focus more on going through the motions than acquiring knowledge. Almost everyone pays lip service to the glories of education, but actions speak louder than words.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UW-Stout students must appreciate ‘social differences’ to graduate.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Universities Are Using Disguised Hecklers To Shut Down Free Speech.

Just as those opposed to a speech cannot lawfully stop it by engaging in illegal conduct – everything from shouting it down to engaging in rioting – schools may not use the threat of wrongful conduct by one group as an excuse to prevent speech by a group with opposing views.

But the First Amendment does generally permit colleges to impose reasonable and limited restrictions on speech provided that they are not based on the content. Such limits – often called time, place, and manner restrictions – can be used to prevent too much noise, overcrowding of facilities, etc. – but they must be neutral and not impose more burdens on those voicing views which are controversial. Otherwise, they would unconstitutionally chill unpopular views.

Knowing that they could not ban controversial Joey Gibson from speaking just because many are likely to object, Washington tried to do an end run around the First Amendment, says Banzhaf.

Instead of banning the speaker, they simply required the student group sponsoring him to pay a huge “security fee” based upon so-called objective criteria: e.g. an analysis of violence and threats to public safety by the invited speaker, attendees at previous events or the sponsoring group, etc. Thus, the university claimed, the restriction was not based directly on a speaker’s or group’s ideology or political positions.

So the students acted in accordance with a motto Banzhaf made famous – “Sue The Bastards” – and took their university to court with the aid of the Freedom X group. A federal judge agreed that this disguised heckler’s veto was an illegal violation of the First Amendment since it would have a chilling effect on controversial groups and viewpoints, while having no such effect on completely inoffensive speech.

But, notes Banzhaf, it is speech which is unpopular, and therefore likely to offend some campus groups and/or the college administration, which needs protection from the university, whereas bland unobjectionable speech usually needs none. Speakers in favor of apple pie and motherhood have little to fear from the administration or unlawful agitators, whereas those who advocate that American women should stay home to bake apple pies for their husbands obviously need such protection, says Banzhaf.

Professor Banzhaf urges more student groups to stand up for their First Amendment rights by suing their university.

I agree.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Socialist students protest memorial to fallen police officers.

You know, trolling the left into this sort of thing is a good way to turn their idiocy into Trump votes. Some College Republicans seem to have caught on to that. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dartmouth student accused of ‘violence’ for op-ed on diversity.

Cost of Attending Dartmouth: $72,853 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Northeastern prof says he ‘wouldn’t mind’ seeing Trump dead.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, MANDATORY-INFLATING EDITION: New Mexico considers forcing students to apply for college. “Two state legislators in New Mexico are looking to make high school students submit a college application in order to graduate. Students who do not wish to file an application–which costs $25 at the University of New Mexico–would have to document alternative post-graduation plans, such as an internship or military service.”

Remember, kids, you belong to the state, not to yourselves.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Is Half of College Education Wasted?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Would A Federal Student Loan Overhaul Bring Down Law School Tuition?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Law prof: says Department of Justice a ‘sh*thole.’

More than a dozen of students and professors blasted the Illinois College of Law last week, labeling it a “sh*thole” for hosting an event that featured a Department of Justice official.

According to the school’s calendar, the college of law sponsored last week’s lecture by Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart, who was invited by the university to discuss various topics relating to the justice system.

Students for Economic Empowerment UIUC organized the protest, using it as a platform to speak out against president Trump, despite the fact that Stewart has held his role since 2008.

The video footage obtained by Campus Reform depicts a visibly frustrated law professor, Francis Boyle, berating the Department of Justice and leading the protesters in an anti-Trump chant outside of the law building, with The Daily Illini confirming that it in fact Boyle who is featured in the video.

“And I say, it is the College of Law here, the ‘Trump College of Law,’ that brought out this high-level Trump henchman,” the professor said into the megaphone. “They are the s—-holes too. And I want everyone in there to hear exactly what we think about them.”

We keep hearing about how Trump has lowered the tone of public debate in America. I guess this is what people are talking about.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Nebraska pres of AAUP resigns amid pressure to support embattled lecturer. “The American Association of University Professors Nebraska state president resigned after only one month due to pressure to support a lecturer who harassed conservative students on campus last year. Donna Dufner claims that she found the university’s disciplinary actions appropriate, and thus felt it was necessary to resign.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Kenyon professor calls off original play about cultural insensitivity amid criticism that it’s culturally insensitive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Students hate Trump’s SOTU…before it even happens!

Related: Yale student says classmates insist on ‘leftist viewpoints.’ “A Yale University student recently criticized her peers for shunning ‘alternative voices’ after she was ‘roasted’ for defending British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie in class.
Anushree Agrawal, who comes from a similar culture as Rushdie, says her classmates blasted Rushdie as a ‘woman-hater,’ then attacked her for explaining that he was simply depicting the world that he was writing about.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rankings Scandal Unfolds At Temple Business School. “U.S. News has announced what may be the most egregious case yet: Temple’s online MBA has been ranked #1 for the past four years, based in part on its reporting that 100% of its entering students took the GMAT. Only 20% of its 2017 entering class did so.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University Of Texas Faculty Rebels Against Use Of Metrics To Assess Scholarly Performance.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The University of California, Berkeley student who was detained by immigration officials over New Year’s should never have been allowed to enroll in the first place, according to ICE. “In order for a non-citizen to legally attend a U.S. college, that person must have DACA status or posses a student visa. ICE confirmed that Mora does not have DACA status, which his lawyer previously made public. According to ICE, government records also indicate that Mora does not possess a student visa. When Mora overstayed his temporary visa in 2009, breaking federal law, he became ineligible to obtain a student visa.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UA recruiting ‘feminist’ interns to fight ‘heterosexism.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UConn offers counseling, restricts access to Shapiro event. If you treat conservatives as an invasive species, you’re not really promoting the “diversity and inclusion” you’re always yammering about:

YAF Spokesperson Spencer Brown asserted that the review process was adopted by the public university after a controversial scuffle between Gateway Pundit journalist Lucian Wintrich and a protester at his on-campus lecture in November.

“This level of review was imposed upon the conservative students at UConn who are hosting Shapiro due to the school’s inability to maintain the rule of law at a previous lecture hosted by the campus conservative club,” Brown remarked.

“Student safety may seem a noble cause for UConn to cherish, but why isn’t the same level of restraint imposed on speaking events by prominent leftists?” he asked, noting that “just last week, Anita Hill spoke on campus at UConn in an event advertised as ‘free and open to the public,’ with ‘no tickets required for entry.’”

Think of universities as politicized leftist redoubts and you won’t go far wrong.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students earned $11/hour to complain about Halloween costumes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Police have to protect Trump supporters from mob at USC. Sadly, these days it’s cause for celebration when the police don’t just stand back and let the mob have its way.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Court denies college’s request to dismiss free speech case.

On Wednesday, California District Court rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Los Angeles Pierce College and the Los Angeles Community College District on the grounds of First Amendment violations.

Pierce College is a part of the largest community college district in the United States, the Los Angeles Community College District, yet it provides only .003 percent of its 426-acre campus to exercise free expression. In November 2016, Pierce College student and Young Americans for Liberty member Kevin Shaw was handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution when he was approached by a campus administrator and told he could not distribute literature outside of the free speech zone, a space of approximately 616 square feet. Shaw filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Community College District with the help of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and co-counsel Arthur Willner, a partner at Leader & Berkon LLP, on March 28, 2017.

LA Pierce asked the court to dismiss the case on the grounds of their campus policy, but the court ruled that open spaces on LA Pierce’s campus are public forums, “regardless of Pierce’s regulations.” Thus, the policy regarding the free speech zone is moot.

The purpose of a university is to encourage free and open discourse and a healthy exchange of ideas. In a press release, FIRE Director of Litigation Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon said, “The campus is a college student’s public square. It’s their space to be engaged citizens. The public recognizes this. So do courts across the country. Now it’s time for LACCD to follow suit.”

Since the motion to dismiss was pre-discovery and was rejected, now the case will move into discovery and proceed forward.

Schools keep losing these cases. I think it’s clear enough now that officials shouldn’t enjoy qualified immunity.


After enjoying an enrollment surge in the first decade of the new century, many law schools have more recently struggled mightily amid a dearth of jobs for young lawyers, dwindling student interest, worries schools were encouraging students to take on high debts they would struggle to repay, and intense criticism that many schools had been admitting students who never had the academic chops necessary to become practicing lawyers. At the same time, the accreditation world has been grinding toward greater transparency, placing some institutions under an unwelcome harsh light.

Resulting developments epitomize the fallout from an admissions bubble. Some schools have resisted changes in the legal education market and regulatory world. Others have moved to shrink in size or exit the market entirely. Observers worry that the most vulnerable students and minority students, who have been taken advantage of in the past, are now being shut out of law schools as the market contracts.

It all comes together in a pressure cooker, because success in legal education and the legal field is so closely tied to students passing the bar examination.

If only someone had seen this coming.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Faculty Salaries And The Extraordinary Cost Of Research At A Top 25 Law School. “Second, these gaps reveal that tenure-track law faculty are comfortable with high levels of income inequality. We may criticize income inequality in other contexts, but we are comfortable with that inequality in our own workplaces. We work daily with colleagues who share our academic and professional backgrounds, as well as our institutional aspirations and much of our workload, but who earn substantially less than we earn. It surely bothers them, but it doesn’t trouble us much.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: Valuing ‘emotion as knowledge’ fights ‘white identity.’ When taxpayers get tired of funding this stuff, we’ll be told it’s because of anti-intellectualism. But now taxpayers can just tell us they’re valuing their emotions as knowledge.


In the private sector, bubbles, like those in the housing or stock markets, usually lead to “crashes” and sharp falls in prices along with diminished volumes of activity. In higher education, massive government subsidies mute the decline in volume (enrollment) and prevent big price (tuition fee) crashes, but some sort of correction is nonetheless observable.

Lots of signs show the bursting of the bubble is underway. Enrollments are down, lower today than six years ago –a first decline of that duration in modern peacetime American history (including the Great Depression). Tuition increases are moderating and a few colleges are even starting to cut published tuition fees (sticker prices). Even some prestigious schools such as Oberlin College are having financial problems because their freshman class is smaller than anticipated. Student loan delinquency is high and rising, remarkable since the economy has been having the best performance in years, with real output growing at over a three percent annual rate and the unemployment rate at a very low 4.1 percent. . . .

Even more ominous is a clear decline in public support for colleges. This is critical because higher education depends on governments, directly through grants or indirectly through the student financial assistance programs, for a large portion of their financial support. If higher education loses political appeal, declining public financial subsidies will quickly follow. Three surveys in 2017 show many are skeptical of higher education’s contribution. For example, a Pew Research Center survey showed 36 percent of Americans believed higher education had a “negative effect on the way things are going in this country.” A strong majority (58 percent) of Republicans had that opinion, which is no doubt one reason why a number of provisions in the recent Republican-led tax reform bill adversely impact on universities.

There are even potentially some legal clouds on the horizon. Universities are populated by lots of attractive young persons, so the possibility of sexual harassment lawsuits is certainly high. To cite an example, at my own school, Ohio University, an English professor recently lost his job (after a good deal of legal maneuvering), and the university faces potential meaningful damages in civil proceedings brought by female graduate students who allege they were sexually harassed and that university officials did nothing to stop it. Prominent faculty at other schools (for example, Columbia) are facing accusations of misconduct. Also, as evidence mounts that football head injuries have significant long-run adverse effects on human cognitive function, the potential of expensive lawsuits against universities rises dramatically.

Enrollment demand is not likely to surge soon, in large part because of a demographic reality: a stagnant population in the 18 to 24 age group, along with a longer-term problem of general declining population growth.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Georgetown advisor hopes Allie Stuckey has ‘#metoo moment.’

A Georgetown University Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) advisory board member tweeted Saturday afternoon that he wishes Allie Stuckey has a “#metoo moment.” Jeff Bernstein made the comment after Stuckey tweeted that “The #metoo moment is a symptom of a broken world,” to which Bernstein replied by expressing hope that Stuckey would be victimized, herself.

“Wishing you a #metoo moment,” he wrote. “Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive.”

What a putz.

Related: Male feminists are just pursuing ‘sneaky fucker’ strategy to bed women.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student files bias report after peer hogs weights at campus gym.

It’s rude to hog equipment at the gym, but most would attribute such behavior to poor etiquette.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, however, one student went so far as to file a bias report after a peer hogged weights at the campus gym then yelled at him to back off.

That incident is one of many a Wisconsin think-tank uses to contend that the university’s “Hate & Bias” reporting system is actually “clogged with pettiness and tattling.”

The MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a free market think tank in Wisconsin, recently obtained copies of 88 bias incident reports filed at the university during the first nine months of 2017 through public records act requests to determine they largely consist of a “cacophony of classroom disagreements, roommate squabbles, personal vendettas, arguments over workout room equipment, and Facebook fights.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Scholars claim that statistics ‘serve white racial interests.’


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Moving Beyond White Privilege Towards Action.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Even Elite Business Schools Discount MBA Degrees By 50% Or More.