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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT ON ACCOUNT OF SEX EDITION: Penn celebrates Anita Hill, intersectionality founder with ‘man-bashing fest.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ky. faculty, students try and fail to shut down Trump rally. Congrats to the university for refusing to fold.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pro-life group accuses university employee of assaulting them during protest.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEXISM EDITION: Professor who hears Title IX cases deletes ‘frat boy’ tweet, locks account after College Fix inquiry.

Flashback: Bros Are People Too: Title IX enforcers need to fix the toxic environment they have created for men.

References to “testosterone poisoning” should be avoided. This variant on “toxic masculinity” identifies a particular hormone (stereotypically identified with men, though in fact women produce testosterone too, and suffer problems if it’s too low) as poisonous. Again, this is simply a statement of naked gender prejudice whose expression is likely to make students who identify as male feel uncomfortable, unappreciated, and stigmatized. In addition, of course, those students who are transitioning from female to male require regular injections of testosterone to maintain their new gender identity. The term “testosterone poisoning” might make them feel that they are going to their physicians to be injected with poison. This sort of hormone-shaming is not okay.

“Frat boy.” As historians of discrimination know, the term “boy” was used to diminish African-American males during the Jim Crow era. Applying it to members of fraternities — who may, after all, be of any race — is a similar effort to diminish. It is offensive and deeply insensitive to the Greek campus community and should be avoided.

Rape-gendering. It’s racist to pretend that African Americans commit the majority of rapes in America. In the Jim Crow era, exaggerated fears of rape were pinned on black men as a way of perpetuating white privilege.

Likewise, it’s sexist — and in light of data from the Centers for Disease Control showing rough equality here, it’s scientifically inaccurate — to pretend that sexual coercion on campus is strictly, or even largely, a male-on-female phenomenon. Discussions of sexual assault that assume a male perpetrator and a female victim, or the use of phrases like “Teach men not to rape,” constitute the gendering of a crime that is in fact committed by people of all genders. That is not okay.

“Bro.” This is a disrespectful term used to stereotype young males as stupid and superficial. It should be avoided. It is also inappropriate as a form of one-on-one address to male students, unless you are actually their brother.

I hope that members of university communities nationwide will take this advice to heart.

Not so much, I guess.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI EDITION: Kavanaugh flyers torn down, students threatened with violence.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Left-Wing Case Against Tenure.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Canadian Profs Claim STEM Promotes ‘Eurocentrism’ and ‘White Supremacy.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In Defense Of Viewpoint Diversity.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Campus Diversity Swarm. Universities are wasting millions on their ever-expanding staffs of diversity apparatchiks with six-figure salaries. This cottage industry even has its own journal — supported with tuition dollars, of course — which publishes timeless articles like, “The Influence of Campus Climate and Urbanization on Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Faculty Intent to Leave.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONALLY-PERPETRATED RACISM EDITION: Harvard’s Student Body: Hitting the Targets, Spinning the Story. “High schoolers who try to get into Harvard are unique individuals; the applicant pool they make up is unique each year as well. Truly considering applicants on an individual basis ought therefore to produce variability in the racial percentages across the years. Because there isn’t much variability, these numbers prove by themselves that Harvard has a policy of predetermined percentages, regardless of the number or quality of applicants. Such a statistical uniformity is so unlikely that it cannot be explained in any other way. As the Asian American plaintiffs have enunciated in their complaint, Harvard ‘racially balances its entering freshman class to ensure proportional representation of the various racial and ethnic groups in Harvard’s student body.'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student of color risks wrath of campus mob by defending armed campus police.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Columbia Postdocs Unionize. If Trump were mischievous, he could encourage investigations into campus labor practices. . . .

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: At UT Austin, diversity-related staffers cost $9.5M annually. But that’s $9.5M worth of jobs for loyal lefty/Democrat footsoldiers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Campus mob enraged by ‘Confirm Kavanaugh’ display (VIDEO).

Signs ripped up in anger. Chants of “we believe survivors.” Furious finger pointing.

A large group of students became enraged Tuesday afternoon by a pro-Brett Kavanaugh tabling effort at the University of Texas at Austin put together by its Young Conservatives of Texas chapter. A crowd of furious students encircled the group and yelled at its members while chanting obscenities and destroying their signs.

The conservative group had decided to set up a “Confirm Kavanaugh” display in an effort to show support for the embattled U.S. Supreme Court judge nominee and argue for the need for corroborating evidence, said student Anthony Dolcefino, vice chairman of the group.

They drew up signs stating phrases such as “#MeToo gone #TooFar,” “KavaNotGuilty” and “No Campus Kangaroo Courts in Congress.” They also put up a “Change My Mind” sign, a call to debate peers.

“We did want people to talk to us, but unfortunately it’s hard to do that when you have an angry mob ripping our signs and screaming in our faces,” Dolcefino told The College Fix in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The lefty privilege on display here is disgraceful. They know they won’t be punished, because they know administrators share their political views. Outside powers like the Justice Department, the Department of Education, and the Texas legislature need to force a degree of responsibility here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “We all know that Sen. Susan Collins is a possible swing vote when it comes to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the University of Southern Maine was busted for offering a tuition-free credit to students willing to ride a bus to Washington, D.C. and protest.”

Remember, if you’re tired of subsidizing this sort of thing, it’s because you’re “anti-intellectual.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cornell pays accused student $125,000 to settle double-jeopardy suicide lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More Than 50 Colleges Endorsing The First Ever Holiday Of Zieselves, Xerselves, Eirselves.

I refuse to teach SpellCheck any of those words.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Georgetown prof: White GOP senators in Kavanaugh hearing ‘deserve miserable deaths.’ Plus: “Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”

Remember, feminism is about equality, not man-hating.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The real victims of campus activism are the students. “Just as many Americans describe commercial wants as needs (‘I need a Coke’), so too many students mix up the concepts of safety (which it is the authorities’ job to ensure) with emotional comfort (which is nobody’s look-out). They construe objectionable opinions as invalid, even as a form of violence. They are prone to ‘catastrophising,’ or interpreting as disastrous what is merely undesirable.”

This may explain the burgeoning campus suicide rate.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Western Civilisation “Not Welcome Here.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Berkeley touts ‘smart vibrator’ as one way to address ‘pressing social issues.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ivy League school has little to show for $185 million spent on ‘faculty diversity.’ I dunno, a lot of administrative salaries and jobs for left-wing foot soldiers. But I repeat myself.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Weaponizing Student Evaluations.

Student evaluations are worthless, in general, except as a sign to look more closely. And even then, maybe not: I remember a faculty meeting back in the 90s where the then associate dean for students told the faculty that students gave faculty they didn’t like low marks on the race-and-gender questions because they thought that was the only part the administration cared about.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KANGAROO COURT EDITION: University of Arkansas punishes exonerated student after rape accuser goes on ‘media blitz.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GENOCIDAL LIES ABOUT JEWS EDITION: USC students falsely claim Ben Shapiro touts ‘eradication of entire races.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sanctuary city college rescinds ICE career fair invitation. When taxpayers tire of subsidizing this stuff, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, VICIOUS RACISM EDITION: Yale University Under Federal Investigation for Use of Race in Admissions Practices: Justice, Education Departments looking into allegations of discrimination against Asian-American applicants.

The Justice Department and Education Department have opened an investigation into whether Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian-American applicants, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investigation marks an escalation of the Trump administration’s efforts to challenge the longstanding consideration of race in the admissions decisions of elite colleges. Last year, the Justice Department opened a similar civil-rights investigation into whether Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

The new probe into Yale is based on a complaint filed in 2016 with the Justice and Education departments by a group of Asian-American organizations, led by the Asian American Coalition for Education.

The complaint alleged Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth College were illegally discriminating against Asian-American applicants by treating them differently during the admissions process based on their race.

The complaint said Ivy League universities hold Asian-American applicants to a higher standard than students of other races and use an illegal quota to cap the number of admitted Asian-American students.

Related: Asians Get The Ivy League’s Jewish Treatment.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE; University in trouble with lawmakers for demanding professor sign away free-speech rights.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor Defends a Woman Accused of a Sex Crime, University Forces Him to Undergo Sexual Harassment Training.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “WAIT, WHAT?” EDITION: Ole Miss prof: Trump’s ‘juicy booty’ is ‘proof that god is white.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How I was hounded off campus for saying ‘women don’t have penises.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Georgetown prof: ‘Kreepy Kavanaugh,’ ‘GOP doesn’t care about women…F*** them.’ But here’s the best part: “Update: Dr. Fair responded to Campus Reform’s story about her previous Twitter comments after publication by personally attacking the reporter of this article. Fair also tweeted political talking points regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assault accusations against him, as well as her political disagreements with President Donald Trump. Fair did not take issue with the accuracy of Campus Reform’s article.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tulane mandates new students take “Race and Inclusion” course.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student editor who retweeted article pointing out that that ‘women don’t have penises’ is fired from university journal.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The New Color Line At The University Of Texas.

Civil rights leaders once dreamed of a day when Americans would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, but today a different message is being spread at the University of Texas and other college campuses. “Diversity” means singling out certain races for special treatment.

UT’s extensive diversity bureaucracy effectively creates a separate education experience for “students of color,” with programs like the African American Male Research Initiative, the Black Student Leadership Institute, the Black Male Education Research Collection, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the African & African Diaspora Studies Department. . . .

Higher education, integrated even in the Jim Crow south with the support of federal troops in 1963, is returning to racial separation. Some colleges have separate dorms—designated “safe spaces”—for black students. At the University of Texas–which the Supreme Court forced to desegregate in 1950, prior to Brown—colorblindness is being replaced with racial division. The mind-bending irony is that this return to the odious color line is being led by African-American students and academics in the name of diversity!

In the interest of promoting solidarity, UT offers black students a separate lounge area on campus in which to congregate, study, and socialize. The lounge, which serves as a hub for UT’s black community, is, appropriately, named after black separatist Malcolm X. UT’s Multicultural Engagement Center, a student resource office within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, hosts a number of black-only events, including a separate graduation ceremony (dubbed Black Graduation), described as “an annual program that gives graduates the chance to commemorate and cherish all the accomplishments, memories, and challenges throughout their college years. Furthermore, it is an occasion for parents and families of graduates to meet with Black faculty and staff to gain a greater insight on the journey of their students.”

The MEC was founded in 1988 in response to the anti-apartheid movement at UT. To protest South Africa’s discriminatory racial policies, black students at UT incongruously insisted on their own center to “centralize academic, social and financial information for African American and Hispanic students.” Promoting diversity, it turns out, requires treating students differently on the basis of race and ethnicity: “The MEC continues to serve as a resource for students of color at The University of Texas at Austin as well as empowers them to be the agents of social change.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University offers whites-only meetings to help staff, students ‘work toward white consciousness.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Columbia freshmen required to undergo 3-hour identity politics workshop during orientation.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Scholar: ‘Kinky people’ should be a protected class.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Feds Spend $1,009,762 Training ‘Social Justice’ Math Teachers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Moritz Family Fights Ohio State Over Undisclosed 1% Annual Development Fee Charged Against Naming Gift To Law School, As Endowment Has Shrunk From $30m To $22m In 17 Years. Money drained to pay for administrators and their travel/dining? Go figure.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Boston U. honors college abandons Socratic method, Western canon in favor of social justice curriculum.

The freshman seminar included readings by Friedrich Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf and Sigmund Freud, and stood as a prime example of an attempt by the honors college to offer students an education grounded in a classical liberal arts tradition.

But “Modernity and its Discontents” is gone, and so is a popular professor who used to co-teach it, Anna Katsnelson.

In late May, she was abruptly dismissed from her post as assistant director of academic affairs for the honors college at the private university, and for many students enrolled in the program, it was the last straw.

A large contingent of students and recent grads of Kilachand Honors College say the program has taken a wrong turn in recent years. They argue it has largely abandoned its original mission to offer a challenging curriculum anchored in a Western canon and has lost its close-knit community feel centered on a passion for academic rigor and diversity of thought.

In other words, the Socratic method of learning has been scrapped and the honors college has become just another typical liberal arts program with an echo chamber of leftism, its critics say.

Some 120 students and alumni of the honors college — roughly one-third of its enrollment — recently demanded answers, saying they are “devastated” by the termination of Katsnelson, who embodied “the community and spirit of the college” with her open-door policy, personal investment in students’ lives, and passion for intellectual debate.

Cost of attending Boston University: $70,302 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student: School ‘covered up’ prof who shot himself to ‘protest’ Trump. Not very successfully. But remember, Trump’s the crazy one.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Agender’ academic wants to ‘liberate gender identity.’ As usual when the term is used by leftists, “liberate” actually means “conquer.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Colleges Teach Students to See Bias Where It Doesn’t Exist. If they didn’t, how would diversity administrators keep their jobs?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Dems host TA who compared whites to ‘autistic kids.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: St. John’s College announces plan to lower tuition by $17,000 a year. “Elizabethtown College, a liberal arts school in central Pennsylvania, also announced plans Wednesday to reduce tuition by 32 percent, to $32,000, for the 2019-2020 academic year. Officials say it is a move to address the rising cost of higher education.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Penn State math course covers ‘imperialism’ and ‘cultural intolerance.’

The professor begins with a positive review of Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in section two of the midterm, entitled “Red Party Politics Shifts and Cracks,” before asking students to analyze voting statistics between male and female voters during the 2008 presidential election.

“The emergence of the Tea Party played a central role in the 2008 U.S. presidential election,” [the Tea Party emerged in 2009 in response to Obama’s stimulus bill -Steve] the document reads. “The victor was Barack Obama who, like Bill Clinton, served as U.S. president for 8 years – the two men guided always by the strength of character and force of intellect of First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

[Professor Marc] Fabbri is slated to teach three sections of the course this fall.

Penn State spokesman L. Reidar Jensen told Campus Reform that the school is “aware” of the exam materials and is “in the process of looking into this situation further.”

While Jensen referenced the professor’s right to academic freedom, he noted that the university seeks to “encourage any student who believes that an instructor has acted beyond the limits of academic freedom to consult the policies and procedures in place for seeking a faculty conference and mediation.”

Is Fabbri teaching any actual math to his students?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More than 1 in 5 college students so stressed they considered suicide.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Barbara Bush-bashing prof cheered and applauded on first day back at school.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 20-Year-Olds Are Making Six Figures In West Texas And There Still Aren’t Enough Workers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A Mathematics Paper Two Math Journals Were Mau-Maued into Suppressing: Academic discourse is increasingly under threat from activist professors.

When taxpayers grow tired of subsidizing this clown show, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.” Meanwhile, the paper they were trying to suppress is here. Abstract:

An elementary mathematical theory based on “selectivity” is proposed to address a question raised by Charles Darwin, namely, how one gender of a sexually dimorphic species might tend to evolve with greater variability than the other gender. Briefly, the theory says that if one sex is relatively selective then from one generation to the next, more variable subpopulations of the opposite sex will tend to prevail over those with lesser variability; and conversely, if a sex is relatively non-selective, then less variable subpopulations of the opposite sex will tend to prevail over those with greater variability. This theory makes no assumptions about differences in means between the sexes, nor does it presume that one sex is selective and the other non-selective. Two mathematical models are presented: a discrete-time one-step statistical model using normally distributed fitness values; and a continuous-time deterministic model using exponentially distributed fitness levels.

This is what some professors thought too right-wing (or whatever) to be published. Because punch Nazis.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard Prof: Merit-based admissions ‘reproduce inequality.’

I agree. The Ivy League should have to admit students based on lottery.

Because inequality is wrong, and the Ivy League is a major reproducer of inequality.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA: Florida Coastal Remains Out of Compliance With Law School Accreditation Standards.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: Ohio State employs 88 diversity-related staffers at a cost of $7.3M annually.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Colleges Are Ripping Off a Generation of Ill-Prepared Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: THE BIG LIE: A professor schemed to get a raise and win his department’s respect. Instead, he wrecked his career. The amount of money involved is sadly small, proving the truth of the old saw that academic politics are so vicious because there is so little at stake.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Evergreen State College president apologizes for professors who used state vehicles to shuttle students to a protest. “It’s not clear to me from how this is written if Bridges himself was involved in this protest or even knew about it at the time. In any case, I wonder what a strong reprimand looks like at Evergreen State. I’m guessing there’s a lot of winking and nodding involved but who knows. You would think a school already in the process of cutting staff because of a possible 20% drop in enrollment might be able to work up some genuine anger over another story that makes the school look like an anything-goes home for aging lefties.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Apple, Google, et al. Strike a Blow against the College Cartel.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Gun activists praise court ruling in favor of campus carry.

Activists with pro-gun groups are applauding a federal appeals court’s recent dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a Texas campus carry law. The ruling dealt a blow to the three professors who sought to nullify the law on First Amendment grounds.

This is the second time the professors have lost the case in court. The suit was thrown out, and the concealed carry law upheld, by a federal district judge in July of 2017. Now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld that decision, Inside Higher Ed reported, with the court stating that “none of the cited evidence alleges a certainty that a license-holder will illegally brandish a firearm in a classroom.”

Gun rights activists have applauded the decision.

As they should.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Illinois makes massive free-tuition ‘commitment.’

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

If only someone had warned them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale’s Sex Assault Report Is A Fabrication.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University demands professor sign away his free-speech rights if he wants his job back.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College deems students’ 9/11 ‘Never Forget’ posters a bias incident for highlighting Islamic terrorism.

A group of conservative students at Ripon College have been told their 9/11 “Never Forget” posters violate the school’s bias policy, citing the fact that its imagery is exclusively focused on Islamic terrorism.

At a meeting Tuesday between members of the Young America’s Foundation and the campus bias response team, a school official said the posters focus “relentlessly on one religious organization, one religious group, one religious identity–in associating that one religious identity with terrorist attacks which go back far before 9/11 and after 9/11–creates for some students here an environment which they feel like they are not able to learn,” according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by YAF.

A school official said the posters create an “environment” where “students from a Muslim background would feel singled out” or “harassed,” according to the recording.

“There is nothing that this poster, in particular, adds to the conversation about 9/11, or about the politics of terrorism, or about national security or responses to it that couldn’t be done easily and more constructively without it,” one administrator reportedly said.

Remember, if you’re upset by this, it’s because you’re an “anti-intellectual.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Task Force Suggests ‘Compulsory Social Justice Training.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: At campus orientation, speaker bashes Fox News, rugged individualism, says America not that great.

Also: Judge orders Syracuse to re-enroll fraternity students who were punished for satirical videos.

As much as it would like to be, Syracuse University is not above the law.

A New York State judge ordered the private university to re-enroll “at least two” students who were punished for their participation in privately made videos of satirical skits at a Theta Tau gathering, The Daily Orange reports.

The four fraternity pledges and one brother filed federal suit against Syracuse in April, claiming it violated its own rules and deprived them due process in punishing them for leaked “roast” videos that did not represent their own views.

Remember, if you are appalled by this sort of thing, it’s because you’re “anti-intellectual.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Illinois grad students declare ‘sanctuary union.’ “According to the resolution, the designation means that faculty members will engage in public activism to oppose immigration enforcement, refuse cooperation with ICE agents, and lobby the university to do the same.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My professor canceled office hours because KU allows concealed carry, says he ‘no longer feels safe.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont Law School Is the Tip Of The Spear. “The legal Academy must “do more with less.” Vermont Law School—and others—must face the reality that their model of ever-escalating tuition, fancy new buildings, arcane new courses that fascinate their instructors but don’t add much value to students, and a faculty wholly unfamiliar with the marketplace are over. The sad story of Vermont Law School is not new and no doubt will be reprised by others. It’s time to face the numbers and take some painful steps to reduce the cost of tuition and to provide students with the tools required to succeed in today’s marketplace. That’s the lens that matters.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Avital Ronell and the End of the Academic Star.

Academe is not what it used to be. Once upon a time, the university was an efficient machine for converting a certain kind of cultural capital into financial capital. The most famous phenomenologist or the most famous Marxist theorist in the world might not be recognized in the wider public sphere, but the largess of the American university system could ensure that that scholar enjoyed a comfortable, even somewhat glamorous lifestyle. . . .

Shumway identified the rise of academic superstars with a larger shift in academic values: from “soundness,” represented by the generation of literary scholars who were most prominent before the 1970s, to “visibility,” represented by many of the same celebrity scholars who signed the letter in defense of Ronell (Butler, Žižek, Spivak). . . .

No new theoretical school has replaced High Theory, and the machinery of the academic star system has been forced to confront the uncomfortable reality of the shrinking job market. Long gone are the days when Ronell could deliver on her promises — and her threats — to make or destroy the career of a young scholar.

Plus: “What the signatories of the letter in Ronell’s defense most fear, I suspect, is that the university has less and less place for people like them.”

Their ideas are, for the most part, puerile and uninteresting, when they are intelligible at all. Their teaching is usually self-indulgent and irrelevant. They are the scholarly equivalent of the $180 wagyu steak sandwich, served to Wall Streeters when an economic bubble is at its height. Those excesses go away when the market falls, and the higher education market is in steep decline. And the sandwich is actually nourishing.

If only someone had warned them.

And what the academic world has in common with Harvey Weinstein’s world is a lack of objective standards, a huge reliance on overlapping back-scratching networks, and the consequent ability of powerful people to wreck careers. Or, for the right consideration, to advance them. It is probably not a coincidence that all this dirt — which has been around for a while — is coming out, now that the networks are dying.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Google, Apple and 13 other companies that no longer require employees to have a college degree.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Instructor tries to quarantine gun owners in back of class. “A teaching assistant at the University of Utah tried to create a ‘Second Amendment zone’ in a classroom, forcing students who legally carry to stand in a tiny, taped-off area with no desk during class.”

This is the sort of mean-spirited abuse of power one expects from today’s campus left. When taxpayers lose interest in subsidizing it, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tenured Faculty Purge Is A Good Move By Vermont Law School.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT EDITION: Brown University is working to help its male students “unlearn” and “unpack” their masculinity.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Researchers ask: ‘Can there be capitalism without racism?’

A better question is “can there be academia without racism?”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, WUSSIFICATION EDITION: Public university forbids students from throwing snowballs.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMich in trouble with appeals court for not letting students cross-examine rape accusers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard prof: Universities should not ‘respect’ Trump officials.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Undercover Researchers Quizzed School Administrators On Sex Assault Policies. What They Found Is Disturbing.

Cost of attending schools with these administrators? Too damn high.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Morgan State prof defends Antifa, likens police to white supremacists.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Scholars claim Asian Americans used to perpetuate racism in STEM. Scholars. Scholars claim that.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Deflation of the Academic Brand.

America was never meant to be a place that valued people based on where they went to school.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Identifying the Real Haters on Campus.

While radical feminism in the 1960s called for challenging existing gender roles and abolishing what the feminists saw as the pervasive patriarchy that permeated social institutions, churches, politics, and schools, today’s radical feminists call for the elimination of men.

In an offshoot of the #MeToo movement, the #YesAllMen campaign rejects the goodness of all men. Sociologist, Suzanna Danuta Walters, a lesbian gender studies professor at Northeastern University, published an op-ed in the Washington Post last month titled: “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” Walters advised men to “Step away from the power…Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything…And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you.”

Walters believes that gender is a social construct—one that privileges men unfairly. To remedy this, she suggests that gender be simply eliminated. In an interview published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Walters said that “the world would be a better place for men and for women if we did away with gender altogether—gender nouns, gender binaries, and so on. And God knows men would be happier and better people if we did away with that.” Believing that we can “break apart the binary oppositions” to create more “fluidity,” Walters concludes that “gender demeans, constructs, produces power, constrains.”

Rejecting any criticism of her thesis that all men deserve to be marginalized, Walters has attacked those who voiced some concerns about her proposal to eliminate gender—and men.

When taxpayers tire of subsidizing this sort of thing, we’ll be told that it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PRIORITIES EDITION: Gender, Ethnic Studies profs earn about $12k more than peers. “A new report based on salary data from the 2017-2018 academic year reveals that professors of ‘Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies’ earn almost $12,000 more than the average professor, overall. Notably, professors of subjects like Gender and Ethnic Studies also made about $15,000 more per year than their counterparts in fields like Math, Biology, and the Physical Sciences.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONAL SEXISM EDITION: Another university forced by judge to hand over its Title IX training materials. “The University of Mississippi found itself on the wrong side of a federal judge when its long-hidden training materials for Title IX adjudications showed that it makes endless excuses for rape accusers caught lying. Now Yale University is looking at a similar scenario as the defendant in expelled basketball team captain Jack Montague’s due-process lawsuit, which is scheduled for trial this fall unless the parties settle.”


Related: Asians Get The Ivy League’s Jewish Treatment.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges May Reject You Based On Whom You Follow On Social Media.

Remember, when taxpayers tire of subsidizing this industry, we’ll be told it’s because of close-minded anti-intellectualism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Christian Campus Group Sues for Right To Choose Christian Leaders.