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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Overcapacity In Legal Education. “Between 1971 and 2010, the average entering 1L class at an ABA-accredited law school was 246 students with a very narrow band of fluctuation. The high-water mark was 262 in 2010. Every year since 2012 has set a new historical low. As the chart above shows, the average has tumbled by a staggering 31%.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Astronomical Percentage Of Students Willing To Pay For College With Sex. “What does it mean? We don’t know yet, but openness to the idea of becoming a sugar baby is far higher than we had predicted.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The median grade at Harvard College is an A-, and the most frequently awarded mark is an A.

Trump Proposes To Dramatically Cut Law Student Loans.
He should also, however, limit the amount of loans in a given year to about 70% of what it is now, which would have the effect of forcing tuitions down.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale dean loves diversity except for ‘white trash.’ Note that she did not lose her job over these racist, classist comments.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Private College Tuition Discounts Hit All-Time High Of 49%. If you’re paying full freight for college, you’re a sucker. Don’t be a sucker.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pro-life Fresno students sue professor over literal erasure of free speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Comparing the Class of 2016 employment outcomes with the classes of 2015 and 2014. “Because there was a significant decline in the number of graduates across these law schools between 2014 and 2015, and again between 2015 and 2016, however, this modest increase in the percentage of graduates in these positions masks an actual decline in the number of graduates in such positions. . . . In the three-year period, then, between 2013 and 2016, the number of first-time takers from ABA-accredited law schools taking the July bar exam who passed the exam and became eligible for jobs requiring bar passage declined by roughly 12,466, or by 32%. In that time period, however, the percentage of those eligible for full-time, long-term bar passage required positions who landed such positions has increased from 66.6% to 86.8% between 2013 and 2016.”

Plus: “Some geographic differences also are noteworthy. The percentage of graduates of all law schools in states with more than one law school who were in full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required or JD advantage jobs was over 80% in five states (Missouri (82.4%), New York (82.1%), Pennsylvania (81.9%), Tennessee (81.7%), Virginia (81%)). In nine states, however, it was less than 70% (Arizona (69.7%), Ohio (69.4%), Washington (67.8%), Michigan (66.3%), Louisiana (66.2%), Florida (65.5%), California (64.3%), Oregon (63.1%), North Carolina (59.6%)).”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Furor Over Philosopher’s Comments on Violence Against White People.

Of course, most of the story is about the reaction he’s had to endure.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Pepperdine Launches Online Masters Of Legal Studies (MLS) Program, Beginning August 2017.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Artificial Intelligence Closes In On The Work Of Junior Lawyers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, NEST-FEATHERING EDITION: University Of California ‘Recalled Retirees’ Receiving $300,000+ In Annual Pensions. “The revelation that such large pensions are being received by UC retirees — both teaching faculty members and non-teaching staff — comes at a time when the Office of the President faces severe scrutiny after a slush fund of up to $175 million was discovered during an audit.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: I dunno, this strikes kinda close to home.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLATERAL DAMAGE EDITION: U Missouri Doughnut Store Owner Suggests Melissa Click, Protestors Drove Him Out of Business. I recommend suing them. If only there were a Gloria Allred of the right to take these cases. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 350 Colleges Still Have Room For New Undergrads.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Victor Davis Hanson: Potemkin Universities. “One reason that tuition is sky-high is because behind the facade of ‘trigger warnings,’ ‘safe spaces’ and ‘culture appropriation’ are costly legions of deputy associate provosts, special assistants to the dean, and race/class/gender ‘senior strategists’ and facilitators (usually former faculty who no longer teach). Few admit that a vastly expanding and politically correct administrative industry reflects a massive shift of resources away from physics, humanities or biology — precisely the courses that non-traditional students need to become competitive.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dartmouth’s idea of “broadening the ranks.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: This is what a witch hunt looks like. “Usually, an article like this, abstract and argumentatively complex as it is, wouldn’t attract all that much attention outside of its own academic subculture. But that isn’t what happened here — instead, Tuvel is now bearing the brunt of a massive internet witch-hunt, abetted in part by Hypatia’s refusal to stand up for her. The journal has already apologized for the article, despite the fact that it was approved through its normal editorial process, and Tuvel’s peers are busily wrecking her reputation by sharing all sorts of false claims about the article that don’t bear the scrutiny of even a single close read.”

Academia is increasingly like middle school, and academics increasingly like middle-schoolers. Question for taxpayers: Why subsidize middle-school behavior? Especially when it’s a middle school in East Germany. . . .

And it’s revealing that a feminist journal won’t defend a woman when the mean girls target her.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Whittier Law School Died Many Years Ago, When It Strayed From Its Founding Mission To Prepare Students To Pass The Bar And Succeed As Lawyers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: It’s not just controversial speakers who are silenced by threats. Students like me are, too. Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education need to pull federal funding from schools that don’t protect students’ free speech rights.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academic Malfeasance: U. Of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler. You might think that red-state universities would be less prone to such things, but most of the faculty and administrators were indoctrinated in elite blue-state schools. And, because they typically suffer from inferiority complexes, they often try extra-hard to be PC.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC President Janet Napolitano hid $175 million while raising tuition, paying excessive salaries.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Temperature Rises In Debate Over Closure Of Whittier Law School; Are 5-25 Law Schools In A ‘Death Spiral’ Leading To Closure Over The Next Five Years?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ace has some thoughts on professors who can’t tell a student paper they disagree with from rape.

Related: David French: Do Some Feminist Professors Even Know What the Word ‘Rape’ Means?

Feminists will dismiss this as “mansplaining,” but that’s okay because mansplaining seems to just boil down to “pointing out obvious facts to hysterical feminists.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ann Althouse on a piece by NYU vice provost Ulrich Baer: “I don’t think I have ever read 4 consecutive sentences containing as much bad writing and bad thinking. I’m a bit awestruck at the badness. I’m certainly glad that it was published. I was going to criticize it, but I think it speaks for itself. I’ll just say thanks for hanging your ideas out where we can see them.”

Our credentialed-but-not-educated elites at work.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Jennifer Bard Sues University Of Cincinnati In Federal Court, Seeks Reinstatement As Law School Dean. Here’s the complaint.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: What Comes After Whittier Shutdown? Plans to close law school spark questions about future shutdowns and worries about impact on student access.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Today’s Posh Victorian Fainting Couches Are Reserved For College Students.

Related: University Students: Chik-Fil-A Makes Us Feel Unsafe.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Whittier Law School Closing Is Another Sad Story Of Generational Wealth Shifting, With Millennial Students Incurring Huge Debts To Subsidize Baby Boomer Faculty Sinecures. That’s basically the whole Higher Education Bubble.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cal State Can’t Explain Why It Needs So Many Bureaucrats.

The California State University system has increased its hiring of managers at a steeper rate than its hiring of other employees over the past 10 years, according to a new state audit.

And in a report on the audit released on Thursday, the state auditor, Elaine M. Howle, wrote that the system could not sufficiently explain why it needed all the new managers, including deans, head coaches, and vice presidents, among other positions. […]

The audit also found that the system’s 23 campuses did not have policies for periodically comparing their spending levels or reviewing their budget limits.


In other words, administrators have been hiring more administrators for make-work positions and giving each other raises without sufficient accountability in a self-perpetuating cycle of bureaucratic decay that is sadly endemic to academia at large.

These findings should give pause to those who think that larger and larger state subsidies are the answer to higher education’s woes. Much of the public money spent on “free college” schemes championed by left-wing populists would end up being pocketed by the ever-expanding bureaucratic class of student services directors, Title IX coordinators, and HR managers, raising costs while steadily diluting quality.

But they all vote and donate Democratic, and organize protests, etc. to boot.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A fraternity was told it was ‘appropriating culture.’ Administrators won’t say which. Learn from the left: Name them, shame them, and demand a public apology/firing. Every single time.

In this case, the officious offender is Colin Gerker, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at American University. The university has apologized, but he has not been heard from.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Experts: Whittier Law School’s Collapse Won’t Be The Last.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Tenured Faculty Sue To Stop Closure Of Whittier Law School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Study: Ivy League Universities Received $41.59 Billion in Taxpayer Funded Payments and Benefits Over Six Years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Whittier Law School To Close, Will Not Admit A 1L Class This Fall. “We believe we have looked at every realistic option to continue a successful law program. Unfortunately, these efforts did not lead to a desired outcome.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Laura Kipnis, Rape Culture, and the Disappearance of Sex.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PERPETUATING-INEQUALITY EDITION: Why Do Ivy League Schools Get Tax Breaks? How The Richest US Colleges Get Richer.

Given that inequality is the worst problem facing American society, except maybe for climate change and misgendering, there’s only one thing to do: Abolish the Ivy League!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: How ‘ideologically uniform’ is the legal academy? “How much more liberal are law professors than members of the legal profession? A new paper by Adam Bonica (Stanford University), Adam S. Chilton (University of Chicago), Kyle Rozema (Northwestern University) and Maya Sen (Harvard University), ‘The Legal Academy’s Ideological Uniformity,’ provides some answers. Their bottom line: The legal academy is significantly more liberal than the legal profession, which is notable because the legal profession itself is more liberal than the public at large.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Activists: Searching For Truth Makes You A Racist: Do you believe there’s an objective truth? Well, you’re a white supremacist then, at least according to a small number of black Pomona College students. It’s sad that a small number of idiots think this sort of thing. It’s sadder that college administrators take them seriously.

Cost of attending Pomona College: $65,857 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Arizona State U Lets Students Organize Anti-Trump Protest Instead of Taking Final Exam. Higher education has chosen sides, but will be shocked and outraged — and genuinely surprised — when the people who fund it do the same.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Stunning College Dorms, Preposterous Luxury. I was talking to my mom not long ago about this, and she commented that back in her day, people sent kids off to colleges with spartan dorm rooms, communal baths, and bad food as a way of toughening them up and building character. Of course, that was before college was $60K a year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The De-Professionalization of the Academy. “Over twelve years, I have watched with increasing dismay and incredulity as academic integrity, fairness, and intellectual rigor have eroded, with the implicit endorsement of administration and faculty alike. I have witnessed the de-professionalization of the professoriate—hiring policies based on tokenized identity politics and cronyism, the increasing intellectual and ideological conformity expected from faculty and students, and the subsequent curtailment of academic freedom.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Gene Nichol Criticizes ‘Nakedly Ideological’ Attack On UNC Center For Civil Rights, Calls Out ‘Cowardly’ Dean, Provost, And Chancellor. This will end well.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Are Record Low Multistate Bar Exam Scores The Result Of Declining Law School Admissions Standards?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDITION: 64% Of Law Grads Want Law Schools To Raise Admissions Standards; 58% Say Their Debt Load Is ‘Unmanageable.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservatives Aren’t the Only Voices Silenced by Academia’s Intellectual Orthodoxy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 71% Enrollment Decline, Florida Coastal Seeks To Avoid Fate Of Its Sister Law Schools Arizona Summit And Charlotte.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, EXPLOITATION EDITION: You won’t believe how much money colleges make on rejected applications. “Harvard alone makes nearly $3 million in gross profits off of rejected applications each year, according to a new study conducted by UCEazy, a company that assists first generation immigrants with the college application and admission process.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 5 Free Classes That’ll Earn You More Money This Year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Cooley Law School Enrollments (68%), Revenues (49%) Fall While Tuition Rises 48% (To $50,790); 60% Of Faculty Terminated, Dean’s Pay Cut 20% (To $537,000). “It didn’t help that, in 2012, the American Bar Association began requiring schools to report employment figures for their recent graduates with greater precision. Those figures made clear, for instance, that just 38% of the students who graduated from Cooley in 2011 found full-time, long-term work within nine months of graduation. The numbers for 2015 graduates were worse, only 27%.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: The Bar Exam: What’s The Right Number To Flunk? “Having given no thought whatsoever to how a ‘cut score’ was determined, I had always assumed that there was some empirical basis, some firm, rational measure, below which a bar exam taker was just too pathetically stupid to be allowed near clients. After all, if a couple of people hanging out in a bar somewhere, drinking some boilermakers, said to one another, ‘hey, let’s cut them off at 133,’ and they all laughed and nodded, that would seem kinda arbitrary. Would all those really smart law deans let that happen? . . . So the law examiners, the law school deans, the law professors, the American Bar Association, the courts, took some random number and used it as the cut rate for passing the bar exam? So we thought you folks weren’t blithering idiots were smart enough to figure out a pass rate that would establish minimal competency and protect the public from a guild of goofballs? And what you’re telling us is that there really was a grand conspiracy of dunces who shrugged and mumbled, ‘I dunno, 133 sounds about right. Okay with youse guys?'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Try to Get Rid of Inconvenient Professors. “What these cases (and many similar ones) demonstrate is the weakness of oversight in higher education. College officials shouldn’t think they have free rein to pursue petty vendettas against faculty members or fire those who want to uphold standards, but often they do.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: February 2017 MBE bar scores collapse to all-time record low in test history. Are the takers getting worse, or is the test getting harder? Answer: “And it’s not because the MBE was ‘harder’ than usual. Instead, it primarily reflects continued fall-out from law schools accepting more students of lower ability, then graduating those students who go on to take the bar exam.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor: ‘Trump Must Hang,’ Republicans Should Be Executed For Each Immigrant Deported.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale punished male student for writing essay that said rape is an ‘irrational act,’ lawsuit says.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SELF-DESTRUCTION EDITION: Mizzou Enrollment Plunge Continues: Three More Dorms Shutting Down Next Year. Wreck your university to please a few dozen angry students and faculty who will never actually be happy? Smart move.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Wayne State Moves To Fire Five Tenured Faculty Who Have Not Published In Five Years.

Narrowing the University/Private-Sector Gap.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Political Economy Of Administrative Bloat in American Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NY Times: Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid. “The thousands of approval letters that have been sent by the administrator, FedLoan Servicing, are not binding and can be rescinded at any time, the agency said. The filing adds to questions and concerns about the program just as the first potential beneficiaries reach the end of their 10-year commitment — and the clocks start ticking on the remainder of their debts. …”

It’s as if you can’t trust the government.


Poor women. Now that the industry is running on fumes, they get the keys to the cockpit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Free Speech and Silly Speech on Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WSJ: 100 Colleges Offer Loan Repayment Assistance To Graduates, As Do 100 Law Schools. But it’s the graphic of total student loan debt that’s scary. If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Cincinnati Law Dean Is Put on Leave After Proposing Ways to Cut Budget. I think something’s missing from this account: How likely is it that the university’s Provost would step in and remove a dean who was hired to cut budgets just because faculty complained that she was . . . cutting budgets? And you don’t mandate mediation to “restore mutual trust and respect” just because of budget cuts. But although I feel like we’re missing something, I don’t know what’s going on.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Meaning of Middlebury: Why the cultivation of the mind is at odds with “passion” and “engagement.”

Though the authors and signatories of the statement do not say so explicitly, attending to the purpose mentioned in the first principle will go a long way toward securing the intellectual modesty emphasized in the second principle. That is to say, a “good education” is one whose primary purpose is the cultivation of the mind. This might seem like a truism—universally acknowledged and undisputed. Yet the authors of the document know otherwise, and they are correct to emphasize it. They understand that, however uncontroversial the sentiment, the people who matter most in this context (college administrators especially) tend not to allow that sentiment to inform their behavior. There are too many other competing interests vying for their support.

The cultivation of the mind has an increasing number of competitors for the purpose of higher education. Frank Bruni of the New York Times and the Jonathan Haidt of New York University produced a very illuminating discussion of the Middlebury incident on Charlie Rose. Haidt explained that students today do not really learn to argue; rather, they are “trained” to discredit their interlocutors. What happened to Charles Murray, Haidt suggested, was a “modern auto-da-fé: the celebration of a religious rite by burning the blasphemer.” The word “training” is particularly apt. Campuses now serve as training centers for the production of “correct opinions” on subjects like race and gender. The “long march through the institutions” having long since been completed and reified, the benighted and unenlightened must have their consciousness raised, and then must adopt the ideology that will set aright the wrongs of the world. And a heretic like Charles Murray, someone whom one cannot hope to “train,” must be publicly shamed and cast out.

The best lack all conviction; the worst are full of passionate engagement. The problem for the academy is that it runs on Other People’s Money, and the Other People are getting tired of this.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Giving Up a Seat for a Soldier Makes Drexel Professor Want to ‘Vomit.’ “A radical Drexel University professor who once wished for ‘White Genocide’ for Christmas and hoped to ‘Abolish the White Race’ is under fire again. This time, he said he wants to ‘vomit or yell about Mosul’ after someone gave their seat to a uniformed soldier.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How To Make College As Bad As High School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More of the Education World Should Look Like This.

The traditional four-year college model puts all the risk on the consumer: Students borrow to make huge tuition payments, and may be forced into default if they can’t find a well-paying job after graduation. But a number of coding academies are experimenting with a different concept: The educational institution should have skin in the game. . . .

Cheaper alternatives to college with a guaranteed job offer? More of this, please. It’s not a serious liberal arts education, but then neither is most of the thin gruel served up at many four year, high-priced colleges. Ten months of code camp beats four years of ‘business communications’.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Marquette, a Catholic university, hosts radical communist Angela Davis as ‘distinguished lecturer.’

To be fair, it’s a Jesuit school, and the Jesuits went commie decades ago.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Society Of American Law Teachers Opposes ABA Proposal To Allow Adjuncts To Teach More Law School Courses.

The American Bar Association is considering deep-sixing a rule requiring full-time faculty to teach at least half of every law school’s upper-level courses—a proposal likely to ruffle the feathers of professors who fear it would allow schools to essentially outsource the second and third year to adjuncts.

Eliminating the requirement would provide law schools more room to experiment with how they deliver classroom instruction and would also allow them to cut costs, according to the ABA committee that proposed the change. “This is another way in which the standards are moving toward looking at outcomes rather than inputs,” said Barry Currier, who oversees the ABA’s section of legal education. “What if a school graduates 100 percent of its students and 100 percent of them pass the bar? Should the accreditation standards say, ‘Sorry, still no good because you don’t have a majority of your upper years taught by full-time faculty?’”

But at least one organization of law professors has already said it will oppose reducing the amount of course offerings that must be taught by full-time faculty in order to preserve the quality of students’ educational experiences. “Students need to have access to faculty members outside of classroom time to be able to go over things that confuse them, to be counseled on how their education fits with their career aspiration and things like that,” said Denise Roy, the director of externships at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, the largest group of law faculty in the country. “Adjunct faculty typically are not available on campus outside their teaching hours.” …

Some professors see potential in the idea of rolling back full-time faculty requirements, however. Law schools wouldn’t have to change their teaching models should the ABA do away with the upper-level full-time teaching requirement, wrote University of Alabama School of Law professor Paul Horwitz in a post on PrawfsBlawg, but they would have new flexibility to do so. “If some law schools adopt a more practice-driven approach and rely more on practitioners to achieve it, while others are or can afford to emulate the model of a few elite schools, so much the better for institutional diversity and student choice,” Horwitz wrote.

Prof. LePetomane is calling a meeting.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA Places Arizona Summit Law School On Probation After 25% Bar Passage Rate.

Related: How To Con Black Law Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: California College Alleged to Be Hiding Hate Crime Against Conservative Student. “The situation was not classified formally as a hate crime, which is part of what has Recalde-Martinez speaking out.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: UC-Hastings Dean: The California Bar Exam Flunks Too Many Law School Graduates. On the one hand, yes, California’s bar pass rate is absurdly low, and it’s that way purely as a barrier to entry, protecting California lawyers from competition. On the other hand, California law school deans didn’t care much until it started imperiling the flow of warm, tuition-paying bodies to their institutions. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: From the American College of Trial Lawyers, a White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations.

F.I.R.E. has more. I’m glad that good sense is beginning to assert itself here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, IT’S HARD TO GET GOOD HELP EDITION: SUNY-Buffalo Law School Dean Finalist Charged With Embezzling $7 Million. “The former UB Law School dean, Makau W. Mutua, resigned in 2014 [amidst perjury allegations in lawsuit by former professor].”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Yale is becoming a kind of jail which hands out professional credentials to those hardy enough to serve out their term.”

Plus: “The Chinese Cultural Revolution is now forgotten history. Yet important thing about the ‘Red Guard’ movement was how artificial it was. It was astroturf all the way. Behind the youthful Chinese faces was the aged figure of Mao Tse Tung and his political cabal. Like some malevolent spirit he projected his voice through a million gullible dummies carefully nurtured on propaganda and paranoia.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Shaming, scapegoating, and periodic ritual exorcisms are a prime feature of campus life.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Documentary on Yale Reveals How Scary U.S. Campuses Have Become. “These are moves of power, not of reason.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why College Graduates Still Can’t Think.

Traditionally, the “critical” part of the term “critical thinking” has referred not to the act of criticizing, or finding fault, but rather to the ability to be objective. “Critical,” in this context, means “open-minded,” seeking out, evaluating and weighing all the available evidence. It means being “analytical,” breaking an issue down into its component parts and examining each in relation to the whole.

Above all, it means “dispassionate,” recognizing when and how emotions influence judgment and having the mental discipline to distinguish between subjective feelings and objective reason—then prioritizing the latter over the former.

I wrote about all this in a recent post on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae website, mostly as background for a larger point I was trying to make. I assumed that virtually all the readers would agree with this definition of critical thinking—the definition I was taught as a student in the 1980s and which I continue to use with my own students.

To my surprise, that turned out not to be the case. Several readers took me to task for being “cold” and “emotionless,” suggesting that my understanding of critical thinking, which I had always taken to be almost universal, was mistaken.

I found that puzzling, until one helpful reader clued me in: “I share your view of what critical thinking should mean,” he wrote. “But a quite different operative definition has a strong hold in academia. In this view, the key characteristic of critical thinking is opposition to the existing ‘system,’ encompassing political, economic, and social orders, deemed to privilege some and penalize others. In essence, critical thinking is equated with political, economic, and social critique.”

Suddenly, it occurred to me that the disconnect between the way most people (including employers) define critical thinking and the way many of today’s academics define it can be traced back to the post-structuralist critical theories that invaded our English departments about the time I was leaving grad school, in the late 1980s. I’m referring to deconstruction and its poorer cousin, reader response criticism.

Just more Gramscian Damage.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Everything You Think You Know About Campus Sexual Assault Is Wrong.

It’s a review of K.C. Johnson & Stuart Taylor, Jr.’s The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities, which is a must-read.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Want To Buy A Law School (or Three) On The Cheap? InfiLaw May Have A Deal For You.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students.

While paying lip service to free speech, the email is remarkable in its contempt for free and open dialogue on campus. Asserting that controversial speakers “impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley,” the committee members lament the fact that such speakers negatively impact students by forcing them to “invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.”

And here we thought learning to effectively challenge views with which one disagreed was an important part of the educational process!

They don’t do education at Wellesley. They do indoctrination

Cost of being indoctrinated at Wellesley: $63,390 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In a Polarized Climate, Free-Speech Warriors Seize the Spotlight. “The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a champion of First Amendment rights, has gained new prominence as campus controversies spread. Yet FIRE has also found itself in the cross hairs of increasingly fraught debates.”

Well, people who hate free speech will naturally attack people who support free speech. And since people who hate free speech are horrible human beings, bereft of morals or standards, they will often do so unfairly.

Because they suck.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Will Dropping The LSAT Requirement Create More Miserable Lawyers?

I ran into a former student yesterday who wasn’t miserable. She likes her job, but says that most of the people she deals with aren’t happy to be seeing a lawyer. I told her that there aren’t many areas of law where clients are really glad to need your services. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, TOLERATED ANTI-SEMITISM EDITION: St. Paul’s University of St. Thomas is in the news and the news is ugly. “Several days ago it came to light that Mayzer Muhammad, the head of UST’s student government, had a long record of making anti-Semitic remarks on social media, including an implicit call for the genocide of the Jewish people.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION, RISE-OF-THE-ADJUNCTS EPISODE: ABA Proposes To Eliminate Requirement That More Than 50% Of Law Teaching Be Performed By Full-Time Faculty.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Federal Government’s Student-Loan Fraud. “President Obama had a great idea back in 2010: nationalize the student loan program, and its problems would soon go away. It didn’t happen. Instead, more people are refusing to pay their student loans than ever before. . . . By taking over the student loan program, Obama in essence politicized it. Last year on the campaign hustings, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders repeatedly talked about making college ‘free.’ That is, they want to socialize the costs, but privatize the benefits, of a college education. Still surprised people aren’t paying their loans?”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UW-La Crosse backs down after firing employee for supporting Trump policy.

Higher ed has been pretty open about choosing sides. This strikes me as unwise.

Or maybe it’s just that La Crosse is a cesspit of anti-Republican hatred: La Crosse man admits throwing nails in driveways of Republican supporters.

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This encounter soon came to an end—John was too incapacitated to maintain an erection—and the pair ventured into the house. At this point, their accounts are hazy, confused, and contradictory. John remembered passing out in his bed and Jane telling him she was leaving. Jane remembered collapsing into a bean bag chair and waking up to discover John on top of her, wearing a condom. Her pants were pulled down. She claimed she told him to stop, he did, and she left. (Whether this actually happened is in serious dispute.)

But Jane did not go straight home. She went to another fraternity house, uninvited, and climbed into bed with an unsuspecting person. She “jumped on top of him,” and he told her to leave, according to the lawsuit.

She then headed to a different bedroom, removed her shirt, and initiated oral sex on a third person. She spent the night there, and went home in the morning.

And then decided she had been raped.

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The incident at Middlebury isn’t isolated—far from it. Last year, it seemed that barely a day would go by without a progressive student protest or incident on some college or university making the news for all the wrong reasons. The aftermath of Donald Trump’s election has unleashed even more anxieties and fears on campuses, as well as ideas like the sanctuary movement. All of this is now coming on top of regular student protests and violence aimed at forcing universities to take stands on questions of social justice, microaggressions, safe spaces, Black Lives Matter, political correctness, and freedom of speech

Liberal students and ideas typically take center stage in media accounts of these episodes; faculties, aside from a few one-off cases, are an afterthought in the narrative. This is a huge mistake. College professors are tasked not only with shaping the minds of their students but also setting the tone for the intellectual climate and cultivating a fully contextualized, long-term outlook when it comes to current issues. In many cases, professors have influenced or even directed student responses to controversies like the election of Donald Trump. (All of these trends, furthermore, are even more pronounced in our nation’s liberal arts colleges.)

So why should this set off alarm bells? It should do so because our nation’s professors have moved ideologically so far to the left over the past few decades that they have fundamentally broken with the broader American polity, and even incoming freshman that they hope to guide and influence.

We need a professoriate that looks like America.

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That social science research now comes with a health warning is testimony to the ascendancy of therapy culture in Western institutions of higher education.

Since the 1960s, universities have been in the forefront of promoting theories and practices that encourage people to interpret their anxieties, distress, and disappointment through the language of psychological deficits. Until recently, however, how students and faculty coped with their existential problems remained a personal matter. Today, the therapeutic outlook pervades campus culture so thoroughly that it influences how courses are taught, which topics are discussed, and how verbal exchanges are regulated. Teaching, some educators believe, can be trauma inducing, and so they have adopted an explicit “trauma-informed perspective.”

Outside of hospitals, the university has arguably become the most medicalized institution in Western culture. In 21st-century Anglo-American universities, public displays of emotionalism, vulnerability, and fragility serve as cultural resources through which members of the academic community express their identity or make statements about their plight. On both sides of the Atlantic, professional counselors working in universities report a steady rise in demand for mental-health services.

Among academics there is widespread agreement, too, that today’s students are more emotionally fragile and far more likely to present mental health symptoms than in the past. There is little consensus, however, about why this is so.

You get more of what you reward.