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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.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Missouri adopts performance-based funding for higher education.

This performance-based portion of the funding will be determined by metrics such as degree completion, budget practices, and job-placement rates.

Missouri joins a growing list of states that are either developing or using formulas that tie their support to these key performance indicators. Thirty-five states have attempted performance-based funding. Missouri’s higher education board believes that the formula would help schools demonstrate their stewardship of state funds at a time when public trust in higher education is quickly diminishing.

Academic skepticism has been such a pain point for colleges and universities that it emerged as a dominant theme at the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ annual meeting. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the AAC&U, tried to blame the trend on “political jockeying” and a lack of “rational inquiry” on the matter. However, she also admitted that academia needs to demonstrate how it is “teaching students 21st-century skills … within the context of the workforce, not apart from it.”

They have their work cut out for them.

Indeed they do.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As Flow Of Foreign Students Wanes, U.S. Universities Feel The Sting. “The shift comes just as some states also are experiencing a drop in domestic students, partly the result of a decline in birthrates two decades ago. This year, the number of domestic undergraduate students dropped 224,000, or 1 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs blame ‘masculine’ ideals for lack of women in STEM. “According to the professors, these masculine norms include ‘asking good questions,’ ‘capacity for abstract thought and rational thought processes,’ ‘motivation,’ ‘independent’ thinking, and a relatively low fear of failure.”

Remember, when taxpayers get tired of funding this stuff, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The University of Michigan’s Costly and Pointless Diversity Plan.

Read through the official DEI materials and you soon feel overwhelmed by inspiring platitudes and glossy pictures of smiling minorities. As I noted in an earlier Michigan Review article, the administration has a nasty habit of hiding potentially controversial policy decisions deep in a matrix of feel-good fluff and pages of meaningless drivel, such as:

Your passion for making us better, your belief that all individuals deserve an equal opportunity to succeed and your unwavering dedication to the highest aspirations of our university.

Whether DEI will accomplish that is questionable, but the plan certainly succeeded in adding new positions within the administration, including the vice provost for equity, inclusion, and academic affairs. According to UM Salary, the University of Michigan’s open salary database, the provost earned $385,000 during the 2016-2017 school year.

Robert Sellers, who occupies this provost position, wrote an op-ed in the Michigan Daily last April defending those developments. Citing the importance of DEI’s “personal, professional, and educational benefits,” Sellers boasted of over 200 University of Michigan community members “who are devoting all or a portion of their professional lives to this work.”

He didn’t say exactly what are the “historic and contemporary contributions” those staff members provide, that Michigan taxpayers now sponsor. . . .

A major theme of the DEI plan thus emerges: to perpetuate the existence of our school administration’s diversity industry. Committees are formed to produce unreadable diversity pamphlets; these committees recommend more committees, and finally, the diversity provost makes sure everyone gets paid.

Yep. It’s all just an excuse for administrative bloat.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student op-ed: academic freedom is ‘oppressive to the minority.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students required to pay for own ‘social justice’ training.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Judge overturns campus rape finding after officials call accused student ‘motherf—er.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: To help fix college, here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for campus administrators in 2018.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Another college that harassed student for passing out Constitutions changes policies after warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academic: Teachers must prevent ‘assimilation’ of ‘whiteness.’ “Without active, ongoing efforts to cultivate ethnic pride, the paper warns, immigrants and students of color will ‘begin to see how society works’ and learn to emulate those ‘whose behavior is acceptable and rewarded.'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Presidents Say: “Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech:” But there’s no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment. They hope that if they pretend otherwise, their view will eventually come true.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Policing Disability: Our institutions of higher learning have fostered a new paternalism.

In the early stages of academic disability studies there seemed nothing remotely disturbing about efforts to think about embodiment and normalcy. Why not look closely at the works of gifted writers whose experience of disability allowed them to see the common world in original and sometimes shocking ways? Why not probe language itself so as to reveal the relationship between bodies and metaphor and to expose practices built into ordinary speech? Why not, indeed, move on to ask political questions about the rhetoric of diversity and wonder why disability issues are not always cited in conversations built around inclusion? All of that seemed, as I say, not only plausible but valuable, and some of the scholarly research sponsored in the field was rigorous and challenging.

But it is one thing to identify practices and assumptions and another to suppose that they can or should be eliminated. It’s one thing to open up a lively conversation and another to promote a conversion narrative in terms of which a cadre of language activists teach everyone else to watch what they say and thereby put an end to practices that are neither injurious nor offensive.

The proper response to “language activists” is something along the lines of: “Do the letters F.O. mean anything to you?”

One of the most important things to remember — and to say, loudly and frequently — is that these “activists” aren’t good people who are perhaps a bit overzealous in their efforts to make a better world. They’re horrible, awful people on a conscienceless power trip, whatever cause they purport to be serving at the moment.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Can Mitchonomics Fix The Broken Higher Ed Business? “Under [Mitch] Daniels, things have been generally cheery at Purdue. With return on investment increasingly important to students, given the price of attending and the corresponding debt, Purdue has something to sell: static costs and a good job if you graduate, especially in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof urges ‘abolition of white democracy’ during lecture. Remember, when taxpayers get tired of funding this sort of thing, it will be blamed on “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Massive Higher-Ed Scam You’ve Never Heard About.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Feminist Profs: selfies perpetuate classic ‘gender roles.’

A group of feminist professors recently discovered that Instagram selfies taken by women in college can reinforce “traditional gender roles.”

In a study led by Mardi Schmeichel, a University of Georgia (UGA) professor specializing in “feminist theory,” a team of professors analyzed 233 selfies that were posted in 2013 within 24 hours of the first UGA football home game of the semester.

Schmeichel and her team analyzed these selfies to see if they represented “the idealized symbol of the southern lady,” which they note is an aesthetic trope that “has had significant and enduring consequences on notions of femininity in the South.”

This symbol of the southern lady, they argue, is typified by students’ formal wear, soft and flowy dresses, a significant amount of jewelry, and clothes that emphasize “feminine curves without revealing what might be considered ‘too much’ skin.”

Bright red lipstick and white teeth are also considered emblematic of this southern aesthetic, Schmeichel argues.

After analyzing selfies posted in the time surrounding the first 2013 UGA home game, Schmeichel found that 25 percent of women who posted photos embody this harmful aesthetic.

“The clothing, makeup, posing and editing used in the southern lady images work together to achieve a hyperfeminine gender performance that differs significantly from the images of women in the other selfies,” Schmeichel laments.

“In the southern lady images, attention to a traditionally gendered performance has been emphasized,” Schmeichel writes, lamenting that “the southern lady images that circulate in these selfies reinscribe a traditional femininity organized around/on a binary.”

She also notes that students’ embodiment of femininity can be troubling.

“Harmful aesthetic?” That’s deeply insensitive and insulting to these students’ culture. I think the Bias Response Team needs to look into this.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, WAR ON CHRISTMAS EDITION: ‘Bows’ and ‘wrapped gifts’ now offensive on campus.

An academic department at the University of Minnesota declared that “bows/wrapped gifts” are “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year.”

According a copy of the guidelines obtained by Campus Reform, UMN’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) encouraged its employees “to recognize holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of our community,” recommending a series of steps to take.

“Consider neutral-themed parties such as ‘winter celebration,’” the flyer suggests, adding that “decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”

I believe Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden are still allowed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs propose using classrooms to counter Trump rhetoric.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LAWS-ARE-FOR-THE-LITTLE-PEOPLE EDITION: College ignores judge’s rejection of its Title IX procedures, re-tries student with same approach.

California’s Pomona College got slapped down in court in October for denying a “fair hearing” to a student accused of sexual misconduct.

Its response? Replace the Title IX investigator, but use the same “evidence” and procedures faulted by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel to re-try “John Doe.”

The member institution of the private Claremont Consortium is pursuing the same strategy as Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas when courts found serious problems with their Title IX adjudications, according to Brooklyn College Prof. KC Johnson, co-author of The Campus Rape Frenzy. . . .

Pomona ignored repeated credibility problems with Doe’s accuser, its hired investigator relied heavily on school-requested Title IX investigations for business (suggesting conflict of interest), and it let the accuser skip the campus hearing – meaning she was never asked any questions by anyone in cross-examination.

Despite Judge Strobel telling the school that this failure to even indirectly cross-examine the accuser was unlawful, and that it violated its own rules by inventing an unwritten procedure to accommodate the accuser, Pomona is going forward with a new hearing against Doe.

Title IX Coordinator Sue McCarthy told Doe last month that the “same Investigation Report, Investigation Notes, and Statement of Alleged Policy Violation” issued before the May 2016 hearing would be used in the rehearing.

If I were Judge Strobel, I would not be amused.

Cost of sending your son to Pomona College to be abused: $69,725.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservative group has funding suspended after hosting Dennis Prager.

IT HAPPENS SLOWLY, THEN ALL AT ONCE: Is The Higher Education Bubble Starting To Pop?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin’s budget woes should worry all of higher ed. Weird, I wonder what caused that “dip in enrollment?”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Arkansas State sued for banning students from telling peers they have First Amendment rights.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Rutgers University labor rights group blamed for ‘xenophobic’ graffiti.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Atlantic: The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone: Students don’t seem to be getting much out of higher education.

Somebody should write a book about this problem.

George Washington Shrinks Incoming Class Size To Stop Rankings Slide.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Catholic School Under Fire For Celebrating Christmas. “Some students are complaining that Loyola University Chicago puts a greater emphasis on Christmas than on other religious holidays, such as Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Fall 2018 Law School Admissions Season Opens With A Bang: Applicants Are Up 14.2%.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ithaca College violates own policy for Palestinian flag.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Chancellor faces no-confidence vote over sanctuary campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Grad student who showed debate on gender-neutral pronouns: My class was canceled with no explanation.

“I wonder if my mere presence is simply too triggering now.”

That’s how graduate student Lindsay Shepherd, who caused an uproar at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University by showing undergraduates a gender-neutral pronoun debate, makes sense of the unexplained cancellation of her department-wide class this week.

As she has become a campus celebrity among defenders of free speech, Shepherd has taken to Twitter to joust with critics who call her a white supremacist and threat to students who do not identify with their birth sex.

Wilfrid Laurier’s critics are calling on the school to reckon with its speech codes – under which Shepherd faced possible discipline – as the university launches a task force on freedom of expression.

When taxpayers tire of funding this sort of thing, it’ll be blamed on “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof slams OkCupid for privileging ‘white, heterosexual’ men.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FREE SPEECH EDITION: FIRE files amicus brief with Wisconsin Supreme Court in McAdams v. Marquette.

FIRE has filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the case of John McAdams, the tenured Marquette University professor who was fired after criticizing a graduate student instructor’s pedagogical techniques on his personal blog. FIRE filed the brief this afternoon, along with a request that the court consider it as it decides whether to hear McAdams’ case.

McAdams said in May that he would appeal the decision of a Milwaukee circuit court judge who ruled that, despite Marquette’s contractual promises of free speech and academic freedom, Marquette was within its rights when it effectively fired McAdams back in 2014 by suspending him indefinitely without pay.

McAdams’ attorneys at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty appealed the ruling in September. But earlier this month, they took the additional, rare step of asking the Supreme Court of Wisconsin to hear McAdams’ case on bypass, meaning that the Supreme Court would hear the case directly before waiting for the appeals court to rule on the case first.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court can elect to hear such cases when, among other considerations, it believes the matter is one it would ultimately decide to hear, regardless of the outcome at the appellate level, in order to develop the law at issue in the case.

FIRE’s brief supports McAdams’ position that his appeal warrants this unusual and important step.

FIRE does excellent work. If you’re looking for a place to make a year-end donation, keep them in mind.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Video: University of Florida Campus cops defend vandalism, destruction of property. It’s amazing how consistently useless campus police seem to be in protecting the ability of people on the right to speak.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Jack Goldsmith & Adrian Vermeule: Elite colleges are making it easy for conservatives to dislike them.

First is the obvious progressive tilt in universities, especially elite universities. At Harvard, for example, undergraduate students overwhelmingly identify as progressive or liberal and the faculty overwhelmingly gives to the Democratic Party. Even Harvard Law School, which has a handful of conservative scholars and a new conservative dean, is on the left end of law school faculties, which are themselves more progressive than the legal profession.

Second, the distinctive progressive ideology of elite universities is relentlessly critical of, to the point of being intolerant of, traditions and moral values widely seen as legitimate in the outside world. As a result, elite universities have narrowed the range of acceptable views within their walls.

Third is the rise of anti-conservative “mobs,” “shout-downs” and “illiberal behavior” on campus, as New York University social psychologist Jonathan Haidt describes it. Conservative speakers of various stripes are being harassed and excluded with increasing frequency. “Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas,” noted former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Harvard address a few years ago. Harvard is actually somewhat better on these issues than many universities — it hasn’t had anti-conservative mobs, and it has been relatively respectful of conservative speakers. But even at Harvard, the pervasive progressive orthodoxy chills conservatives’ speech in the classroom and hallways.

Fourth is the public contempt of so many university academics for those who fund their subsidies. Paul Krugman, an emeritus professor at Princeton University now at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as a New York Times op-ed columnist, offered a self-described “deep thought” in reaction to a Washington Post article about rising conservative anger at American universities: “Maybe conservatives are turning against learning because learning is incompatible with modern conservative ideology.” Krugman’s statement was a mere tweet. But in our experience it reflects an attitude that is widespread at elite universities.

Yep. Plus: “Conservative politicians and their constituents hear, on the one hand, that government owes universities a continuance of largesse and, on the other, that conservatives are ignorant, unworthy or corrupt. This sounds suspiciously like special pleading by an intellectual elite that wants to indulge in social criticism at the expense of the criticized, in both figurative and literal senses.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: House GOP To Cap Amount Of Student Loans For Law School, Eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University shuts down bias reporting system after complaint. “According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Longwood was one of many universities with a bias reporting system that ‘call[s] upon students to report fellow students and faculty for protected speech, including political speech,’ but stood out for its particularly broad definition of ‘bias incident,’ which raised red flags at FIRE.” Bias is not a crime.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. Texas president caves rather than tell judge why he personally overturned student’s exoneration. “Did University of Texas President Greg Fenves unilaterally overturn a finding in favor of a student accused of rape because the accuser’s father gave the university a hefty donation? We’ll never know, because the public university settled with ‘John Doe’ rather than risk Fenves having to testify earlier today in the accused student’s lawsuit against him and the school.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PECULATION EDITION: Another Evergreen State Employee Quits, Alleging Illegal Use Of Taxpayer Money.

Michael Radelich, who worked as a learning resource specialist and a record keeper at the school’s writing center for 14 years, said that the center used financial aid money meant for students to hire non-student employees, reported The College Fix.

The school told Sandra Yannone, director of the writing center and Radelich’s boss, that she must dedicate no less than 90 percent of the center’s budget each year to student salaries, alleged Radelich. But the writing center spent only 27 percent of its budget on that item for the 2016-2017 school year, according to documents Radelich gave to The College Fix.

I’d borrow Sara’s shocked face, but I’m afraid of wearing it out.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Report: Having ‘white nuclear family’ promotes white supremacy, says New York professor.

Remember, when people get tired of funding this stuff, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U. Michigan students involved in BDS motion: ‘Jews not a nation,’ Zionism a ‘dirty ideology.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, STUDENT JOURNALISM EDITION: Columbia newspaper refuses to publish Republican op-ed.

Well, I’d say the folks at the Columbia Spectator are ready for a career at the NYT:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SUNY Albany event calls Thanksgiving ‘a day of mourning.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries and food stamps. “More than 500 UC Berkeley students have applied for food stamps since January, up from 111 in all of 2016, and just 41 the year before, said Michael Altfest, spokesman for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which helps students fill out the forms. Last year, food bank representatives showed up once a month to help the students. Now they have to come every week to meet the need.”

Maybe Berkeley’s tuition is too high.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom Under Attack in Arkansas.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Gillman & Chemerinsky: Professors Are Losing Their Freedom of Expression.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: UC-Hastings Law Dean Calls Bar Exam Failure For Top Schools ‘Unconscionable.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos. They’re all into “social justice” though.

Related: The Arrogant Ignorance of the ‘Well-Educated.’ All too often, they’re more credentialed than educated.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale School of Art Launches New Art and Social Justice Initiative.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: White inventor of ‘white fragility’ tells University of Texas: Whites must stop becoming teachers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: After 86% Enrollment Decline, Valparaiso Law School Stops Admitting Students And Will Likely Close. “When it hit us, it came fast.” That’s how it works.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student sues UC San Diego for injuries in anti-Trump election night protest shutting down freeway, claiming university ‘organized’ it. “The claim that university organized the protests is explosive. In order to prove it, plaintiff’s attorneys will subpoena university documents that could prove highly embarrassing or worse. A public university has no justification for organizing a protest against any politician.”

Well, if UCSD actually did organize a partisan political protest, shouldn’t it lose its nonprofit status?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Western Michigan-Cooley Law School Seeks TRO To Prevent ABA From Releasing A Letter About Its Accreditation Status.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard Business School professor: Half of American colleges will be bankrupt in 10 to 15 years.

Wow. If only someone, somewhere, had provided some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, TURNABOUT EDITION: Female student sues Pitt for Title IX after it finds she beat up her boyfriend.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The End of the Modern Academy. Universities have abandoned the three ideals that once defined their mission, according to Richard Shweder, the cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, writing at Project Muse. Once upon a time, these were the core values:

Ideal #1: “Research done primarily in anticipation of profit is incompatible with the aims
of the university.”
Ideal #2: “The basic principles of the university include complete freedom of research
and the unrestricted dissemination of information.”
Ideal #3: “There must be no consideration of sex, ethnic or national characteristics, or
political or religious beliefs or affiliations in any decision regarding appointment,
promotion, or reappointment at any level of the academic staff.”

Unrestricted discourse and no identity politics? Why, these days on campus that’s hate speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A Hedge Fund That Has A University: Taxing endowments’ investment income would help higher ed.

Whatever you may hear, the Republican tax-reform proposal isn’t an assault on higher education. The House and Senate plans include a new 1.4% excise tax on the net investment income of university endowments, but the levy applies only to private colleges with at least 500 students and endowments of more than $250,000 a student. Schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton—which together hold over $100 billion—are predicting doom. Yet this long-overdue tax will benefit higher education in the end.

Over the past 30 years universities have chased higher returns on their endowments, leading them to take greater risks. Our research shows that more than 75% of the assets in university endowments are now in risky investments: securities, hedge funds and private equity. Think of Harvard as a tax-free hedge fund that happens to have a university.

The proposed levy on investment income—dividends, interest and capital gains—is fundamentally a tax on this risk-taking, not on the endowments themselves. By taxing risk-driven income, the GOP plan doesn’t target higher education. It goes after hedge funds masquerading as university endowments. . . .

A large and risky endowment also reveals a university’s poor assessment of its internal investment opportunities, such as scholarships and research. If Harvard and Stanford have educational and research projects that could benefit from additional funds, why put their money at risk in the stock market? Perhaps the answer is that the opportunity to run a tax-free hedge fund is too attractive. In that case, why should taxpayers subsidize their activities?

Why, indeed?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor details how a ‘cancerous disease’ has ruined liberal arts colleges.

Much ado has been made about administrative creep and bloat at big universities across the country, the proliferation of vice presidents and deans and assistant directors and supervisors and others with executive-sounding or middle-manager puffed-up titles. That cancerous disease has infected small colleges too, and its damaging effects are particularly pernicious there.

An autonomous managerial class has emerged whose immediate and ulterior motives are occupational as opposed to educational (a distinction that ought not to be collapsed), and whose mission is to serve administrative as opposed to teaching purposes. Perhaps worse of all, the managerial model of organization, in trying to bring small colleges into the fold of purportedly national “best practices” is destroying the distinctiveness, the very raison d’etrê, of small colleges.

Plus: “Regarding administrative bloat, Seery reports that at Pomona College the number of administrative positions has climbed from 56 in 1990 to 271 in 2016.”

And most poisonously, many of those additional administrators are “student life” educrats who are ginning up the protests and behavior that are destroying higher education’s brand.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CENSORSHIP EDITION: University Of Arkansas Profs Bash Proposal That Could Fire Profs For Not Being ‘Cooperative.’

University of Arkansas is receiving heated criticism for a policy proposal that professors claim could make it possible to fire professors for not being “cooperative” or simply being conservative.

Professors allege that the university is using non-academic attorneys to draft the changes and that there is evidence suggesting that the school is trying to move swiftly to implement the changes before university faculty can sufficiently challenge them, according to correspondence obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The policy actually goes much further than using collegiality as a standalone factor in annual reviews: it uses collegiality as a standalone basis for termination (writer’s emphasis),” said Joshua Silverstein, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in an email to UA faculty. “Here again is the language from the proposal: ‘A faculty member may be…dismissed…for cause on grounds including…unwillingness to work productively with colleagues.’ That smuggles in collegiality and a whole lot more. And thus collegiality is a basis for dismissal independent of the annual review process.”

Key signs of non-collegiality: A Trump bumper sticker, NRA membership, possible pro-life sympathies.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Millions of college students are so terrified of loans they’re turning to ‘Sugar Daddies’ for help paying for school.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Columbia newspaper silent after College Republicans doxing.

Well, they’re prepared for a career in professional journalism:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, TAXES-ARE-FOR-THE-LITTLE-PEOPLE EDITION: NY Times: Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Texas & USC Are Among Colleges Using ‘Blocker Corporations’ To Avoid Taxes On Endowment Income. “Establishing another corporate layer between private equity funds and endowments effectively blocks any taxable income from flowing to the endowments, the reason they are called blocker corporations. The tax is instead owed by the corporations, which are established in no-tax or low-tax jurisdictions like the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands.”

Related: The Ivory Tower Tax Haven.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale removes white men’s portraits from hall to promote diversity – then says it’s temporary.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Duke University offers scholarship that excludes heterosexual students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College expelled male student after coordinated sexual assault claims fell apart, suit says.

A jealous boyfriend convinced four female students to falsely accuse a graduating male of sexual misconduct years after the alleged behavior, according to the former student’s lawsuit against a small New York liberal arts school.

“John Doe” accuses Hamilton College of changing its sexual-misconduct investigative procedures so drastically in response to Obama administration Title IX “guidance” – since rescinded by the Trump administration – that it effectively denied him due process and discriminated against him based on his gender.

As with other lawsuits alleging procedural and gender-related violations by colleges in response to Title IX investigations prompted by accusers, Doe’s complaint alleges Hamilton ignored his text-message evidence that the accusations were a setup.

“Hamilton was under enormous pressure to show it was willing to take a hard line against male students accused of sexual assault in order to dispel the notion that its campus was an unfriendly and unsafe environment for women,” the suit reads.

Cost of attending Hamilton College: $66,250 per year. That’s a lot of money to pay to be presumed a rapist if you possess a penis.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard Just Hosted an Anal Sex Workshop Called ‘What What in the Butt.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, BLOOD LIBELS EDITION: Prof regrets tweeting that GOP, NRA ‘want mass shootings.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Arkansas Admits That New Tenure Policy Is Designed To Muzzle Faculty.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof bemoans ‘toxic masculine capitalism’ in Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.” Plus: “We need ‘men’ to become human, perhaps not again but for the first time in history on a mass scale.”


Restless and anxious as a student of the No Child Left Behind-era in public schools, I wondered why we were spending so much time sitting in assemblies about the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) tests and how to properly answer multiple-choice questions when that had no bearing on what I wanted to learn about. Why were we focusing on some ridiculous state-enforced standards that the teachers themselves admitted were totally arbitrary? Why did we take several weeks per year to do these exams? Why were the classes I enjoyed getting cut back for the ones that were enforced through testing regimens? High school became little more than jumping through hoops for state administrators.

School took me away from the learning I wanted to engage in and made me focus on things I didn’t want. I loved learning; I just hated school.

That was pretty much the Insta-Daughter’s story. The first semester of high school she tracked how they used her time and found that shockingly little of it — like 2-3 hours a day — was on actual learning. The rest was busywork, assemblies, etc. That’s why she quit and went to online (Kaplan) high school, graduating early at 16 after taking far more AP courses than her allegedly fancy public high school offered.

And this on college seems dead-on, too:

Universities and colleges weren’t causes of aristocracy and wealth; they were products of aristocracy and wealth. Aristocrats didn’t send their children to universities to make sure they got the tools necessary to stay aristocrats — they sent them because it was essentially several years of leisure and only the most well-off could afford such a lifestyle.

The university was never intended to train people for high-wage jobs or to lift them up the economic ladder. At best it was an institution to train the clergy in the Middle Ages and then academics in the industrial age. This is why liberal-arts schools place such heavy emphasis on academic subjects — they were designed to create professors.

As global wealth increased through the Industrial Revolution, aristocrats who were already comfortable in their wealth had two options for their children who were coming of age: A) send them to work, or B) give them some leisure among their same class. The university evolved into an institution to help young aristocratic men to transition into adulthood by moving away from home and studying subjects only the most well-off had the leisure to study. The backgrounds of elite American universities make this obvious. Princeton has “eating clubs”; Penn has “the Philomathean society”; and Yale’s secret society culture is a relic of this era.

This isn’t a conspiracy. It’s simply saying that the universities were never intended or designed for the use to which Americans of the mid-20th century put them.

Yep. Read the entire essay, which is excellent.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Multicultural’ office hosts ‘stab a Trumpkin’ display.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Aggressive Reed College student sit-in shuts down school’s finance office.

Reed College has placed no-contact orders against a group of student protesters after they allegedly harassed a staff member during an occupation of the university treasurer’s office and blocked the office’s employees from doing their jobs.

The aggressive sit-in has resulted in the finance office being closed for three days and prompted officials to quickly relocate sensitive financial documents so they could not be absconded with.

The demonstration, led by members of a student protest group known as “Reedies Against Racism,” began Oct. 26 and stems from the group’s demand that the university divest from Wells Fargo because of what protesters allege are the banking company’s ties to private prisons, mass incarceration and the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Students have occupied the university’s administrative building, Eliot Hall, for about 10 days now. As of Wednesday, a campus spokesman told The College Fix that student protesters were still occupying the hallways of Eliot Hall, the president’s office and the treasurer’s office.

Expel a few and this will stop.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University cancels play accused of criticizing Black Lives Matter. “The play, a work of fiction, chronicles the pushback stemming from a student’s plan to perform a controversial comedy bit on the Brandeis campus. It was written by famous playwright and Brandeis alumnus Michael Weller. The playwright researched and drafted the play’s script during a residency appointment at Brandeis in 2016.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Three Nebraska State Senators are demanding answers after professors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were caught on tape harassing a conservative student on campus. “The senators question whether the school is ‘hostile toward conservative students,’ noting that the professors have not been punished, while the student was made to feel ‘outnumbered and intimidated’ in a meeting with administrators.”

Expect more of this sort of thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professors from across the political spectrum are expressing concerns about a proposal to weaken tenure protections in the University of Arkansas system.

Several scholars are pushing back against policy changes that would make it possible to fire tenured University of Arkansas faculty for “unwillingness to work productively with colleagues.”

The change to the UA system Board of Trustees tenure policy was submitted to the Faculty Senate in late October, and includes a controversial provision that expands the list of justifications, or “cause,” for terminating employment.

“Cause is defined as conduct that demonstrates the faculty member lacks the willingness or ability to perform duties or responsibilities to the University,” the proposed policy reads, noting that tenured faculty can be disciplined or dismissed for eight core reasons, including “unsatisfactory performance” and demonstrating a “pattern of disruptive conduct or unwillingness to work productively with colleagues.”

University spokesman Nate Hinkel told The Chronicle of Higher Education that the proposed language is part of an effort to align the broader policy with “current law and best practices.”

Critics of the provision, however, argue that the new language is too broad and constitutes an attack on the academic freedom of professors who may hold contrarian political viewpoints.

“I think this is an awful change,” UA Little Rock law professor Josh Silverstein told Campus Reform. “The proposed revisions dramatical increase the power of the university to terminate tenured faculty. And the changes also limit the scope of academic freedom in ways that will both silence faculty and create additional potential grounds for dismissal should faculty speak out on issues of public policy and on matters internal to the university.”

“Disruptive conduct:” A Trump or NRA bumper sticker.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Miami art professor turns American flags into KKK hoods causing outrage. “Billie Grace Lynn, a University of Miami associate professor of sculpture, calls it ‘American Mask,’ a work, she writes on her personal site, that suggests ‘bigotry and racism are hiding behind our flag.'” Well, with this project she’s right, but not in the way she thinks.

When taxpayers cut funding for higher ed, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA Notices To Law Schools About Potential Non-Compliance With Accreditation Standards.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GENDER HATRED EDITION: A feminist professor at Occidental College recently argued that men must renounce their masculinity and “denounce anyone who chooses to identify with it.”

“isa Wade rejects the notion of ‘toxic masculinity,’ saying it is time to recognize that ‘it is masculinity itself that has become the problem.'” Remember a few years ago when they were still trying to claim that feminism was just about equality?

Cost of attending Occidental College: $69,442 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Philosophy Professor Tells Bisexual Student Who Criticized Islam ‘We’re Not Going to Let You Damage the Program.’

A bisexual male student at the University of Texas–San Antonio said during an informal conversation outside class that he was uncomfortable with Islam because people still receive the death penalty for being gay in 10 Muslim-majority countries.

For expressing this thought, the student—Alfred MacDonald, who no longer attends the school—was instructed to meet with the chair of the philosophy department, Eve Browning. Prof. Browning told MacDonald in no uncertain terms that he had committed the crime of “offending” someone, and she warned him that his habit of saying what he thinks could bring down the entire program. She threatened to call the Behavior Intervention Team and refer MacDonald to counseling. She did everything but send him to Room 101.

Unfortunately for Browning, MacDonald secretly recorded their conversation. The transcript, first publicized by Gay Star News, is incredible.

Well, Eve Browning certainly damaged the program far more than anything this student could have. Of what use is an academic philosophy program whose chief concern is avoiding ideas that might offend? “That’s the difference between a university and a madrassa.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Private Law School Tuition Discount Rate Rose To 39% In 2016.


“The idea that the only people who voted for Trump have missing front teeth is really so extraordinary, and yet I think that’s largely what people in the academy think,” said Jean Yarbrough, a conservative professor of political science at Bowdoin College who voted for him herself. These faculty members, she added, consider 2016 “an illegitimate election, so they’re not worried about their being out of touch with America.”

But others are rightly concerned, and that includes parents. Inside Higher Ed published an article recently in which college-placement advisers said that some clients wanted to steer clear of certain elite schools — Yale and Brown were singled out — that struck them as overzealously progressive.

Lynn Morton, the president of Warren Wilson College, publicly expressed dissatisfaction with its reputation as a bohemian enclave and made an explicit appeal for conservative students.

Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “to create deeper intellectual and political diversity, we need an affirmative-action program for the full range of conservative ideas and traditions, because on too many of our campuses they seldom get the sustained, scholarly attention that they deserve.” He said that in addition to Wesleyan’s commitment to admitting at least 10 military veterans to every freshman class, it would welcome senior military officials as instructors and would tweak its curriculum to offer, for example, a course on the philosophical underpinnings of free enterprise.

For educators open to such changes, the election was both an illustration and a consequence of how polarized our country had become and how poorly Americans in separate cultural and ideological camps communicated with one another. And they aren’t content simply to put “Hillbilly Elegy” on the summer reading list for incoming students (which many colleges have done).

Hence the Inside Higher Ed survey’s discovery of a heightened interest in applicants whose demographic and geographic profiles dovetail with those of Trump voters. If colleges are serious about the educational benefits of diversity, the thinking goes, they need to factor in those students, and they can’t promote respectful, elevated debate if the campus is one big blissful love-in of like-minded liberals. Affluent teenagers from Brooklyn Heights, Brookline and Bethesda need to hear from evangelicals, from young men and women who did tours of duty in Afghanistan, from those whose relatives thrilled to Trump.

Well, if you take diversity seriously, you need to be diverse.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNC Chapel Hill is shameful for dodging punishment for fake classes. “After thousands of students took advantage of an unethical professor and secretary who administered nonexistent paper classes and handed out unearned grades, the NCAA observed that Carolina’s position was to embrace that academic sham as a legitimate class.”