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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: Princeton Scraps Plan to Return Undergraduates to Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: 20% Of Harvard’s First-Year Class Has Deferred. “Using estimates from Harvard’s reported class of 2023 – which counted 1,650 matriculates – this means that roughly 20% of first-year students have deferred from the top-ranked university in the country. Harvard had also anticipated 40% of their undergraduate population choosing to live on campus; they now expect only 25% based on the number of students who have accepted the invitation to do so. If these are the numbers for Harvard, it’s going to be a wild roller-coaster ride for higher education this year.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tulane cancels event about book condemning white supremacy amid student backlash.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Economics professor barred from teaching class critical of Marxism to student body.

Academia has chosen sides, for the most part. Take note.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLUSION EDITION: Republican lawmakers to universities: Show us your foreign funding.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College students value job-skills training over ‘elite education’: survey.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In age of coronavirus, mother finds UNC-Chapel Hill didn’t even clean son’s dorm room.

While university administrators across North Carolina have spent weeks preparing to bring students back to their campuses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one mother says University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill missed a basic step: cleaning the dormitories.

Amanda Edwards said that, when she walked into the Ram Village 5 building to help her son move in, the filth she saw was a complete disconnect with all of the talk during the pandemic of frequent cleaning and sanitizing surfaces to limit the spread of the virus.

“I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ They did not clean anything, Edwards said. “You figure you’re going to have to do some cleaning because you want to do what’s right for your kid. But given the current times, I was, like, ‘Wait a minute.’ This is just inconsistent. This makes no sense.”

The filthy floor included a condom wrapper. The common area was even worse, she said.

UNC is a dump.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Which Law Schools Will Thrive (46), Survive (65), Struggle (23), Or Perish (18) In The Age Of COVID-19?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Cancel culture’ crew nearly got me ‘expelled’ before I’d even started college.

For every public figure or pundit denouncing cancel culture — the wave of leftist coercion and censorship sweeping America’s institutions — there are many more who deny that such a thing even exists.

Before you believe the deniers, allow me to tell you what it’s like to find yourself in the jaws of this culture as a recent high-school graduate.

I wanted to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., because I sought a faith-based education. The university touts itself as “Catholic and Jesuit,” but I knew that as a conservative and a supporter of President Trump, my views were likely to be controversial. But I never imagined that months before ever setting foot on campus, I’d be subject to ridicule, incendiary comments and even death threats.

I was about to be “canceled” before moving into my dorm.

Cost of attending Marquette University, $60,252.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCAM EDITION: The Ethics (And Tax Consequences) Of a “Scholarship” That 90% Of Students Will Lose After Their First Year Of Law School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Face Historic Summer Admissions Melt Of 25% Or More, With Higher Rates For Students Of Color.

The Dems hope that the coronavirus will cost Trump the presidency, but it’s leaving a swath of destruction through all their key institutions, from education (high and low) to Hollywood, to the woke sports leagues, to the bureaucracy, which nobody on the left or right trusts now. Another circling torpedo.

And if I were a freshman, I’d be strongly inclined to take a gap year. Between the virus and the campus madness, why go?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 14 colleges in NY likely to ‘perish’ in coronavirus pandemic, new analysis says.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Ed and the Fragmentation of America: With everyone’s liberty threatened by cancel culture, it’s time to restore freedom to academia.

The spirit of the Inquisition is alive and well in today’s cancel culture. The objective is not to root out nonbelievers in the church but ideological heretics in newsrooms and universities. These institutions are supposed to be bastions of free speech. But in 2020 any journalist or scholar who strays from progressive orthodoxy is ripe for cancellation.

Unlike Tyndale, no one is being burned at the stake, but plenty are being fired from their jobs. Take the forced resignation of New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet. Mr. Bennet’s crime was not having the “wrong” opinion but allowing someone else to express his—a U.S. senator who, in suggesting the use of federal troops to prevent violence amid protests, articulated a position with which the majority of Americans agreed, according to polls at the time.

The situation is even direr in academia. Consider the case of Nathaniel Hiers, a math professor at the University of North Texas who ran afoul of the powers that be when he criticized the concept of “microagressions,” a core tenet of the woke gospel. Mr. Hiers argued that the concept inevitably “hurts diversity and tolerance” by encouraging people to see the worst in others. For this blasphemy, he was fired. . . .

Through such strong-arm tactics, newsrooms and universities silence opposition within their own ranks—and in the process expose their own ideological corruption. Americans are waking up to the realization that most media organizations are more interested in advancing their own agenda than reporting the facts. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 41% of adults trust the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly,” and only 48% have confidence in higher education.

The press and the university are the institutions that are supposed to keep us tethered to an objective reality—to help identify truth and differentiate fact from fiction. By embracing political activism, many of these institutions have abandoned their teleological mission. Growing blurrier by the day is the line between news and propaganda, education and indoctrination. No longer trusting traditional information sources—with good reason—an alarming number of Americans turn to fake news and conspiracy theories, accelerating the breakdown of shared reality.

Is there any going back? Most likely not. The secular clerisy can no more turn back the wheels of innovation than Rome could more than five centuries ago. The answer today, as it was then, is reformation.

To address the politicization of our expert class, we need a complete reformation of the system that feeds it—the universities. That entails a radical overhaul of campus culture, including the elimination of safe spaces, trigger warnings, speaker boycotts and other practices meant to stifle debate and honest inquiry. It entails fostering a philosophical counterbalance to the postmodern ethic that has unseated truth as the academy’s ultimate aim. And it entails a renewed commitment to intellectual diversity, which is critical to creating an environment where free speech and heterodox ideas can flourish.

We shouldn’t be afraid to pull the levers of federal and state power to bring about these reforms. For decades, American taxpayers have subsidized public universities, including some whose humanities and social-sciences departments look like political re-education camps. No more.

Legislators control the purse strings, and they can fight back by withholding funds from schools that enforce unconstitutional speech codes. They can go a step further in strengthening academic freedom by tying federal financial support to a university’s willingness to adopt some version of the Chicago Principles, which protect students and professors with divergent views.

Also, lawsuits galore.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Fall LL.M. Enrollment Expected To Plummet, Bruising Law School Finances.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why College Is Never Coming Back. “It’s great for families, who’ll save money and take on less debt putting kids through school. It’s great for kids, who’ll no longer be lured into the socialist indoctrination centers that many American campuses have become.”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Face A No-Win Dilemma: To Cut Or Not to Cut Tuition?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Budget ‘Bloodbath’ As University Of Akron Lays Off 23% Of Full-Time (Including Tenured) Faculty Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers profs, students blame ‘peace’ & ‘law and order’ for death of George Floyd.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law Schools Scramble To Retain Foreign Students Amid ICE Online Education Ban.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stanford Discontinues 11 Varsity Sports Programs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: City University of New York lays off 2,800 adjuncts in wave of austerity.

Wow, this is serious. Soon they may lay off an administrator.

If only they’d had some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: If You Love Anti-American Riots, Thank Our Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Black campus activists demand Pitt fire faculty found guilty of racial bias by committee of black jurors.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law prof wants to scrap US Constitution’s ‘racist’ and ‘gendered’ language.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Is A Law School Meltdown Coming? “The health arguments against live instruction may be seriously overstated.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Fresno State faces calls to remove Gandhi statue.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Williams College Cuts Tuition 15%, Cancels Fall Sports Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC-Irvine Law Admissions apologized for spotlighting the campus’ chapter of the Federalist Society on its Instagram page after students commented on the post claiming that the organization “advocates against marginalized groups.” “The Federalist Society President, Richard Angel, told Campus Reform that not only is his chapter non-partisan but that the majority of its members are people of color.”

As usual, lefties are mostly angry at their own fantasies of what the right looks like.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NYU prof: ‘Hundreds, if not thousands’ of universities will soon be ‘walking dead.’ “An NYU professor of marketing says the coronavirus will result in many schools closing in coming years. Students aren’t getting their money’s worth, and the pandemic has exposed that, he says.”

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. Wisconsin-Madison professor cheers protesters tearing down abolitionist, women’s progress statues.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Facing revenue shortfall, Georgia Tech implementing furloughs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Trump wants federal hiring to focus on skills over degrees. If this really happens it’ll be brutal for my industry.



More than three-quarters of respondents reported government funding is a “big challenge” for their institutions. A primary driver for this is the decline in the belief that public education is a public good, according to a report on survey findings, which also said that the reputation of public higher education has been damaged by the Varsity Blues admissions scandal and various sexual assault and athletics scandals.

Sophia Laderman, a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers association, has observed similar trends in her research.

“When state governments are faced with reduced tax revenues and increased needs in health care and other essential areas, it’s difficult to allocate funding to higher education over another budget area even if you understand that higher education is essential to future economic development and contributes greatly to our democracy, etc.,” Laderman wrote in an email.

Related: States are cutting university budgets. Taxpayers aren’t interested in funding campus kooks. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy. And higher education has become objectively crazy.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rising 2L Sues Harvard Law School, Demands Lower Tuition For ‘Inferior’ Online Classes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FACULTY AS SERFS EDITION: Faculty Want A Say In Whether They Teach Face To Face. The Conversation Is Not Going Well.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCAM-ALERT EDITION: Moritz Family Seeks To Reopen Estate To Enforce Terms Of Ohio State Law School Naming Agreement. “Moritz’s son, Jeffrey Moritz, sought to reopen the estate in 2017, after he discovered the $30.3 million gift his father gave to Ohio State in 2001 had shrunk by $8.4 million over the years to $21.9 million, a decline of 28%. University officials said an annual development fee, which cumulatively totaled about $3 million in 2017, had been taken from the endowment since its inception. Such fees go toward pursuing and entertaining potential donors, and pay the salaries of university fundraising employees.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 87% of Students Say Online-Only Legal Ed Is Overpriced; 61% May Reconsider Legal Career Or Take A Hiatus If Law Schools Cannot Be On Ground Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Princeton poll presents potential problem for enrollment this fall. “In a survey by Princeton University’s Undergraduate Student Union, 63.4 percent of those surveyed said they would ‘seriously consider taking a leave of absence’ if fall 2020 classes were online or remote. The poll, published in May, was based on responses from 2,237 students.”

You might go online to save money, but if you’re paying Princeton tuition, why?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Alaska cuts dozens of degree programs as enrollment dwindles.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College ‘deeply sorry’ for letting police use restrooms.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academics nationwide #ShutDownSTEM because science is ‘weaponized against black people.’

When taxpayers get tired of funding this sort of thing — and they’re already starting to — we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: She called him a white supremacist. He accused her of doxxing threats. Inside a University of Texas tempest.

Message to Lauren Luveras: If you hear the whistle, that makes you the dog.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof at Hillary Clinton’s alma mater makes the case for political violence.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: I chose a community college. It was the best decision I’ve ever made, and it saved me $80,000 too.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University to Investigate Lecturer for Reading MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Over 40% Of Colleges Project A 10% Or More Decline In Fundraising Due To COVID-19 (20% Project A 20% Or More Decline).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, STASI EDITION: Syracuse invented evidence to find fraternity guilty of racial slur after investigation cleared them: lawsuit.

When Syracuse University found Alpha Chi Rho collectively responsible for shouting a racial slur at a black female student, it not only ignored the woman’s family but overruled its own appeals board, according a lawsuit by the fraternity last week. . . .

The allegations would mean the administration had continually defamed AXP going back to last fall, when Chancellor Kent Syverud said four members had been placed on interim suspension for “a verbal assault.”

The suit provides details from the past several months that Syracuse does not appear to have previously acknowledged, including that the members were quickly exonerated back in December, owing to video evidence and “consistent” testimony.

Make ’em pay. Also, why is it only fraternities and sports teams that are subjected to collective punishment?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Examples of anti-Semitism on campuses abound — enough is enough.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, STASI EDITION: Texas A&M thanks account targeting, publishing information of conservative students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Lower The Boom On Faculty/Staff Retirement Plans.

The good news is, I don’t have a generous pension for them to take away. In fact, I don’t have a pension at all, just a 401k type plan.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Lawsuit: UCLA official filed false Title IX complaint on behalf of student who refused to accuse professor.

Updated to make clear that this is a claim in a lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONAL GREED EDITION: California State University: ‘no plans to reduce’ fall tuition despite keeping classes online.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Faculty Cuts Begin, With Warnings Of More To Come.

It’s hard not to think that some of the left’s interest in shutting down the economy comes from a desire to hurt Trump, but once again the torpedoes seem to be circling back around.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Before COVID-19, Tuition Discount Rate Hit All-Time High Of 52.6%; Pandemic May Force 340 Colleges Out Of Business.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard sued over ‘subpar’ online learning amid pandemic. “The university’s handling of the pandemic has not satisfied students on an academic or financial level.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Universities with large student populations and capacious class enrollments are essentially cruise ships on steroids.”

Meh. If you believe the CDC’s newest infection fatality rate estimate, we’re looking at something moderately worse than a bad seasonal flu. Of course, I wish I had more confidence in the CDC.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ELITE STANDARDS EDITION: University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT: Admissions tests, allegedly biased against minority students, will be phased out over five years. “The University of California board of regents voted Thursday to stop using the SAT and ACT college admissions exams, reshaping college admissions in one of the largest and most prestigious university systems in the country and dealing a significant blow to the multibillion-dollar college admission testing industry.”

The actual purpose here is to facilitate racial discrimination.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: COVID-19 May Cause Higher Ed To Finally Confront Runaway Academic Spending, Including 67% Of Tenured Faculty Who Are Underproductive. Hmm. “Underproductive” senior faculty are usually underproducing research and publications; the higher ed bubble is more about teaching. I doubt many senior faculty teach fewer classes, as teaching loads are usually fairly uniform.

HIGHER EDUCATON BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Valparaiso Graduates Its Last Law School Class Of 14 Students. “In the last three years, Valparaiso University’s final class of law school graduates have studied under extraordinary circumstances — first learning their school, a 141-year-old institution, would be closing upon their graduation, then completing their legal education in the midst of a sweeping global pandemic.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Education At The Covid-19 Crossroads.

The Covid-19 pandemic is placing many universities under extreme budget pressure, owing to the loss of high-margin international students. And, if schools cannot open on campus this fall, many may be forced to discount their tuition to students. Some observers think it likely that many universities will be forced to close, as a result of these pressures.

The longer term picture is not much better. Higher education costs have been rising at an unsustainable rate for decades. Tuition at four year private schools now runs above $40,000 per year, while tuition at public universities runs above $15,000 per year, not including living costs. Public universities were free in the 1960s, and tuition at UC Berkeley ran about $500 per semester as recently as the late 1970s. “Working your way through college” was quite feasible in those days, with a 10 hour per week job and a summer job. No more. The rate of increase has been much higher than inflation, and has even been higher than medical inflation in the US, which is really saying something. The Covid-19 pandemic is merely accelerating a reckoning in higher education, a reckoning that has been coming for quite some time.

I agree.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FINANCIAL NIGHTMARE EDITION: Incoming freshmen urged to take gap year as COVID-19 uncertainty looms.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Incoming Auburn U. prof won’t say school chant because it contains the word ‘war.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GREED RULES EDITION: Georgetown gives raises after getting millions in coronavirus aid.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLUSION EDITION: Former Emory U. professor pleads guilty of hiding ties to Chinese government.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLUSION EDITION: University of Arkansas professor arrested for hiding ties to China.

According to a Justice Department press release (via the Arkansas Times), Professor Simon Ang, head of the UA High Density Electronics Center, did not reveal his connections to China when he applied for grants from NASA.

“These materially false representations to NASA and the University of Arkansas resulted in numerous wires to be sent and received that facilitated Ang’s scheme to defraud,” the release said.

Ang has worked at UA since 1988 and is a 1980 graduate of the school. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

40/29 News reports the investigation began when a UA employee discovered a hard drive in the school library’s lost-and-found. On it were emails allegedly from Ang which stated “there are things that are becoming very difficult for me recently because of the political climate” and “I have to be very careful or else I may be out of my job from this university.”

In another, Ang wrote “You can search the Chinese website regarding what the US will do to Thousand Talent Scholars. Not many people here know I am one of them but if this leaks out, my job here will be in deep troubles.”

Full criminal complaint at the link.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UDPATE: Higher Education: The Coming Disruption.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen, only faster all of a sudden. (Bumped).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, the University of Alaska system announced significant furloughs, including its own university president. “In the statement, Johnsen noted that a total of 166 system employees are being furloughed, including himself, the chancellors, senior executives, and top administrators. He also stated that faculty who lead departments and hold other leadership positions will be furloughed for eight days. Designated officers, such as himself, will have a longer ten-day furlough.”

If they’re furloughing administrators, you know that it’s serious.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard Faces $1.2 Billion Shortfall Due To COVID-19.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University Of Chicago Students Demand 50% Tuition Cut Due To Coronavirus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Face 15%-20% Drop In Enrollment; S&P Lowers Credit Rating Of 25% Of Colleges. “For many schools, the pandemic is exposing flaws in their own business models. Even before the virus hit, many colleges and universities were running on razor-thin margins.” That’s weird, given the skyrocketing tuition costs. But Vice Chancellors for Diversity and Inclusion don’t come cheap, and neither do their staffs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: RealClearInvestigatons: ‘Where the Federal Corona Bucks Are’: Spring Break for Iffy Schools.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor says university trying to fire her by ‘racializing’ criticism of black colleague.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Official GW University Twitter account fond of hashtag calling Mike Pence an ‘idiot.’

Related: Rutgers prof: ‘F*ck each and every Trump supporter.’ Remember when they told us higher education was an important part of maintaining a civilized polity?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Coming Gap-Year Gap: The entire economic model of campuses could be undermined. “Nearly one in six graduating seniors, according to a poll by the Baltimore-based Art & Science Group, now indicate that due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will likely revise their plans of attending a four-year college in the fall and take a gap year.”

That will be an economic debacle for higher ed if it happens.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges get creative to boost fall enrollment.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: For The First Time, Fewer Than 25% Of Law Students Pay Full Tuition.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Diversity officer slams Trump for ‘inflaming’ ‘mostly conservative white’ lockdown protesters.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges nationwide cut costs with hundreds of layoffs, furloughs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: British Women’s studies lecturer worries a UK-developed COVID-19 vaccine will increase patriotism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Johns Hopkins University cuts salaries, expects layoffs as school projects $375 million in losses. “The university also will suspend its contributions to employees’ retirement plans for one year in fiscal year 2021 and place a freeze on employees’ salaries through June 2021, holding the faculty’s base pay at their current levels for at least a year.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Arizona Law School Dean: Due To COVID-19, International Student Enrollment ‘Is Not Going To Slow Down—It’s Going To Shut.’ “There is no plausible scenario for [international law students] to be here, even if they have the resources, schools are open, and they want to be here. If you can’t get a visa—unless you can start digitally—it doesn’t matter. And it’s not clear that people can start in January either. We may be talking about a year delay, or more, imposed by the realities of immigration policy and the availability of international air travel.”

UPDATE: People in the comments are wondering why this is a big deal. Well, if you click through and read the actual post, it’s this: “International students have become an ever-more-important component of law school admissions and finances, and a major decline in their enrollment numbers will have negative implications for many campuses. Schools rapidly added LL.M. programs in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis when the number of domestic applicants plummeted dramatically. The tuition dollars of foreign students [have] helped to fill the financial gap caused by smaller J.D. classes.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CORONAVIRUS EDITION: University of Michigan makes cuts, forecasts losses of up to $1 billion.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard University is not ruling out the possibility of closing campus until 2021.

MICHAEL BARONE: Colleges and universities threatened by COVID-19.

American higher education has been in serious trouble for the past two decades. Yes, it’s true that American universities science and technology departments lead the world, and the (increasingly unscientific) social sciences and (often inhumane) humanities departments can still boast some brilliant scholars. But at some point, too much of a good thing stops being a good thing. People have observed for years that college graduates make more money over their lifetimes than non-college graduates. But it doesn’t follow that people not headed to college will make more money if they go there.

A dismaying number of American freshman college students never end up graduating — not after four or six or 20 years. And an even more dismaying number of non-graduates and graduates end up with daunting amounts of college loan debt, nondischargeable in bankruptcy, which reduces or prevents significant wealth accumulation. Americans today have more college debt than credit card debt.

And for what? In his new book, The Breakdown of Higher Education, John M. Ellis, an emeritus professor at the notoriously left-wing University of California at Santa Cruz, cites multiple studies showing that half of graduates make no intellectual gains — “no statistically significant gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning or writing skills,” as one study puts it. As the American Council of Trustees and Alumni surveys have shown, many schools don’t teach the basics of American history or government. College degrees are not so much evidence of learning as of plodding persistence.

And a willingness to put up with left-wing agitprop, force-fed by “tenured radicals,” in Roger Kimball’s phrase, in traditional academic disciplines as well as grievance studies departments. American universities keep grinding out more Ph.D.s (and more theses no one may ever read) than they have tenure-track teaching jobs, so that an increasing number accept hourly wages as adjuncts and look forward increases in the minimum wage.

Meanwhile, administrators now outnumber teachers at American colleges and universities. Many spend their time in meetings and conferences promoting “equity, inclusivity, and diversity.” Some spend time enforcing speech codes prohibiting free expression that colleges and universities at one time fostered. Others are occupied in regulating adult students’ social behavior, conducting kangaroo courts in which those accused of sexual harassment or assault are denied any presumption of innocence, the ability to call witnesses, or knowledge of any charges.

The notion that adults, who are eligible to vote and serve in the military, need such guidance is rooted in the Latin phrase in loco parentis, the notion that students at residential colleges need something like parental supervision — even if that supervision is irksome and increasingly expensive.

The fact is that the residential college, the model of American higher education since its 17th century foundations, is the exception rather than the rule in most of the world. University students live typically in parental homes or with roommates in cheap nearby apartments. That’s true of most undergraduates in Britain, where Cambridge and Oxford and their beautiful quads were the models for Harvard and William & Mary.

The Higher Education Bubble was kept inflated in no small part by inertia. Now we’re seeing what’s likely to be a transformative change in attitudes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Universities begin considering canceling in-person classes until 2021. This is going to be a big boost for online education, particularly as universities have to argue that online classes are equivalent to in-person instruction when defending against tuition lawsuits . . .


Also: After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back?

NICE: Stuck At Home With Your New Gun? Some Gun Owners Want To Help You Stay Safe.

Jon Ogawa, a sales associate at Grandpa’s Pawn & Gun in Longmont, Colorado, says sales in the past few weeks have been higher than ever.

“More first-timers than, generally, we’ve ever seen before,” Ogawa said. “They’re worried about looters, people breaking in, looking for toilet paper, food, water…”

It’s vital that new gun owners understand what they’re getting into, Ogawa says.

“It’s a little bit concerning because it tends to be uneducation or ignorance that ends up being the reason why people end up getting hurt,” he said. ”It’s important that we all understand the responsibility.”

Ken Constantine, the owner of Elk River Guns in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, described his sales as “skyrocketing.”

“The majority of customers coming in the door in this increase are new customers,” Constantine said. “My guess is that many of these first-time buyers are people who had been thinking about it for a while, on the bubble as to whether or not to spend money, and now they’re coming in because of this virus and they’re nervous. They’re deciding to spend the money on personal protection.”

New gun owners represent an opportunity for the gun rights community, eager both to keep people safe and to add to its ranks.

Not only are firearms a constitutionally protected right, but shooting is fun — and I’ve never met nicer or more generous people than I’ve met at the range.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University Of Wisconsin Faces $100 Million Loss Due To COVID-19 Pandemic.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Coronavirus could keep Boston University campus closed til 2021. “The plan recognizes the start of the fall 2020 term may have to be delayed and that a January reopening might be necessary.”