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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale law prof encourages people to ‘hide immigrants from ICE.’ “Gregg Gonsalves is more than willing to disclose the locations of ICE employees, however, encouraging others to release their home addresses and saying he would have ‘no qualms’ about showing up at those homes himself.”

When taxpayers get tired of subsidizing these institutions, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Higher education is in a lot of trouble, barely kept on track by massive price increases, grade inflation that keeps the mostly inattentive customers sedated, and a class of academic serfs, called adjuncts, who work for meager wages…. And what does the money buy?”

Well, a cadre of loyal lefty activists, and a sizable helping of indoctrination.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Activists demand more social justice in Medieval Studies.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont Law School’s Tenured Faculty Purge And What It Portends For Legal Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Thoughts on Mass Tenure Revocation at Vermont Law School in the Shadow of the Market and Beyond Shared Governance. Though legal education is a “market” that is supervised by a cartel.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: School-funded group shares video calling national anthem racist.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: LSAT Adopts 12 Different Gender Identity Options; GRE Only Has Two. So does that mean that law schools that have started accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT are bigoted?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DIVERSITY-PROBLEM EDITION: SUNY Albany only hosted two conservative speakers last year. Out of 85.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Enrollment Soars In College’s Online Program Costing 60% Less Than Regular Tuition.

If only someone had seen this coming.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Shale country is out of workers. That means $140,000 for a truck driver and 100% pay hikes.

In the country’s busiest oil patch, where the rig count has climbed by nearly one-third in the past year, drillers, service providers and trucking companies have been poaching in all corners, recruiting everyone from police officers to grocery clerks. So many bus drivers with the Ector County Independent School District in nearby Odessa quit for the shale fields that kids were sometimes late to class. The George W. Bush Childhood Home, a museum in Midland dedicated to the 43rd U.S. president, is smarting from a volunteer shortage.

The oil industry has such a ferocious appetite for workers that it’ll hire just about anyone with the most basic skills.

“It is crazy,” said Jazmin Jimenez, 24, who zipped through a two-week training program at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, about 100 miles north of Midland, and was hired by Chevron Corp. as a well-pump checker. “Honestly I never thought I’d see myself at an oilfield company. But now that I’m here — I think this is it.”

That’s understandable, considering the $28-a-hour she makes is double what she was earning until December as a guard at the Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs. But when the boom goes bust, as history suggests they all do, shale-extraction businesses won’t be able to out-pay most employers anymore. Jimenez said she’ll take the money as long as it lasts.

And this one could go on for a while. Companies are more cost-conscious than ever, and the evolution of oilfield technology continues to make finding and producing oil quicker and cheaper in the pancaked layers of rock in the Permian. It now accounts for about 30% of all U.S. output. Booming U.S. shale production is fueling record crude oil exports, with shipments reaching an all-time high of 1.76 million barrels a day in April.

And no student-loan debt.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Kentucky Activists Are Mad That Men Won’t Face Double Jeopardy In Campus Kangaroo Court.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Feminist scholar slams hot-wing-eating show for ‘inequitable gender hierarchies.’ Remember, when taxpayers tire of funding this sort of thing, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Wyoming profs protest ‘Cowboys’ slogan. This is stupid and offensive.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF RACISM EDITION: California university works to reduce number of white people on campus. “’In 2011, the campus was 63 percent Caucasian,’ the May 2 report informs readers, ‘in fall of 2017, it was less than 55 percent … but there is still much work to do.'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF SEXISM EDITION: UMich must prove Title IX staff not ‘biased against males.’ I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’ll be difficult.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin College outlook downgraded to ‘Negative’ by credit rating agencies. Get woke, go broke.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Temple Business School Dean Fired For Knowingly Submitting False Data To Inflate U.S. News Ranking Over Several Years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservatives win free speech fight against UMass Amherst.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: STUDY: Fossil fuels contribute to ‘petro-masculinity.’ And this is at Virginia Tech. Remember, when taxpayers tire of paying for stuff like this, we’ll be told it’s due to “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The College Bubble Begins To Deflate.

If only someone had provided some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont, Minnesota show that law schools are still grappling with budget challenges.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Women’s Studies course assigns ‘action project’ to ‘improve women’s lives.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A University of Northern Colorado professor told students that she hopes they can “find something to celebrate” on Independence Day despite “a ton of ugliness in our nation’s past and present.” When taxpayers tire of supporting this sort of thing, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof claims Hispanic students perpetuate ‘colorblind racism.’ “Maria Isabel Ayala interviewed 50 Latino(a) students at Midwestern University, and was dismayed to find that they attribute their success to hard work and self-reliance while shunning affirmative action.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Online program offers easy, cheap way to ‘earn college credit for what you already know.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Google’s ‘Bias Busting’ spreads to college campuses.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law prof slams AAUP for defending mistreatment of student. It’s as if the AAUP is a pressure group on behalf of professors, not on behalf of academic freedom.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GENDER-HOSTILITY EDITION: University offers ‘safe space’ for ‘fixing’ masculinity.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEXISM-IS-REAL EDITION: Want a raise at this university? You can’t identify as a man.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEGREGATION-TODAY-SEGREGATION-TOMORROW-SEGREGATION-FOREVER EDITION: The University of Vermont is planning to hold its “White Identity Retreat” once again next year, even though the program appears to violate the school’s own equal opportunity policy. Segregation is fine, as long as it’s woke segregation.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Education Department Investigating University of Texas at Austin for Anti-Male Discrimination.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor asks men to send her pictures of their penises to help measure self esteem.

I could’ve gone for an Anthony Weiner joke, but that was too easy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “RAPE CULTURE IS REAL” EDITION: Marymount University settles Title IX lawsuit where adjudicator suggested men enjoy being sexually violated.

Marymount University saw the writing on the wall in March, when a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a student it suspended for two years for alleged sexual assault.

It reached a confidential settlement last week with “John Doe,” who also reached a confidential settlement with his accuser and defendant “Jane Roe.” Each party will bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs.

The Catholic university in Virginia was looking at a very unpleasant trial scenario, based on Judge T.S. Ellis’s findings against it.

Doe raised credible evidence that Prof. Donald Lavanty, the Title IX adjudicator, held “certain gendered beliefs” against men in sexual-misconduct disputes, suggesting they “always enjoy sexual contact even when that contact is not consensual.”

Lavanty had reacted in disbelief when a male student in another sexual-misconduct case, who had reported himself the victim of unwanted female touching, said he was not aroused by it. The professor pressed on: “Not at all?”


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As student appeals suspension over hearsay, University of Denver engages in damage control. “If Addison Puffer may be suspended because some people said that other people said that she said offensive things, then students at DU have no free speech rights at all.”

Cost of attending the University of Denver, where you can be suspended because some people said that other people said that you said “offensive things:” $65,376 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: At college where violence greeted Charles Murray, students say they’re afraid to disagree.

Cost of attending Middlebury College: $69,464 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Frustrated Faculty Struggle To Defend Tenure Before It’s Too Late.

[T]he argument that tenure is the essential protection faculty members need to do their jobs is one that an increasing number of professors have felt compelled to make — and almost always to less-than-receptive audiences. In an era where skepticism about higher education runs high and anti-intellectualism thrives in the political discourse, the concept of tenure fuels perceptions that professors are a protected class isolated from the rigors of the real world.

The argument that tenure is essential to protecting independent thought would be more compelling if universities and their faculties showed more interest in independent thought. And that’s not because of “anti-intellectualism” on the part of the public.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor: Learning Math Can Cause ‘Collateral Damage’ to Society.

According to a new textbook written by a professor at the University of Exeter, learning mathematics can cause “collateral damage” to society because it “provides a training in ethics-free thought.”

“Reasoning without meanings provides a training in ethics-free thought,” Paul Ernest writes in “The Ethics of Mathematics: Is Mathematics Harmful?” — a chapter of his book The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today.

In an abstract for the book, Ernest claims that although he does “acknowledge that mathematics is a widespread force for good,” “there is significant collateral damage caused by learning mathematics.”

By “ethics-free” I think he means “not corrupted by social justice ideology.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ohio State closes sexual-assault center, fires 4 after complaints. “SARNCO also wrote that it had received reports that SCE advocates have written student conduct and other legal documents, and have told survivors they needed to embellish their stories because ‘their real experience wasn’t serious enough’ to receive justice or legal protection.”

And that’s just the beginning of the problems.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Federal Judge Denies Florida Coastal Law School’s TRO Bid Against The ABA. “A federal judge has declined to issue a temporary restraining order—at least for now—that would have stopped the American Bar Association from requiring Florida Coastal School of Law to make several public disclosures about its accreditation status and bar pass rates.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cornell denies student his Ph.D. – and may expel him – for allegedly defending professor against rape claim.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The $1.5 Trillion Student Loan Debacle Hits a Tipping Point.

What’s to be done about the large and growing number of Americans who cannot repay their student loans? There are two new developments. The New York Times reports, “Senators Marco Rubio and Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill on Thursday that would prevent states from suspending residents’ driver’s licenses and professional licenses over unpaid federal student loans.”

And The Wall Street Journal explains, “For decades, bankruptcy judges refused to consider reducing student loans. That is now changing, and some judges are throwing lifelines to people struggling to repay their debt.”

The Rubio/Warren bill, though it comes from the oddest of political bedfellows, makes a fair amount of sense. Depriving debtors of the means to repay their debts never seemed the smartest way to collect what they owed. The NYT reported last November that it had found 8,700 cases of student loan defaulters being stripped of their professional licenses, a figure that “most likely understated the true tally.” Tennessee appears to be the worse state in which not to repay student loans. Between 2012 and 2017, it went after the licenses of 5,400 student loan debtors.

Before giving too loud a hurrah for Rubio and Warren, however, it is worth considering why states passed such laws in the first place. Some student loan debtors, for example, do have the means to keep up with their repayments and simply choose not to. I’ve encountered several such individuals in the last few years—encountered because they boasted about it. What leverage does a state have to make such deadbeats pay up?

If only there had been some sort of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Google Now Displays Acceptance, Cost And Graduation Data In College Search Results.

What about the extent of race discrimination in the admissions process?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Human rights prof says Venezuelans ‘better off’ under socialism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CAMPUS SEXISM EDITION: University of Michigan contradicted by the feds in dismissing anti-male complaint.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs deride ‘weight loss’ as a ‘Western value.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Georgetown called out for urging donations to left-wing groups. “Georgetown University’s Law School Library appears to have taken down a web page encouraging students to donate ‘time and money’ to a list of left-wing activist groups after more than 13,000 people signed a petition against it.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, JUST MAKING STUFF UP EDITION: The increasingly absurd Marquette University has reportedly banned “proselytizing” on its campus, but if you think that means “inducing someone to convert to your faith,” slow down, Captain Dictionary. In other news, Marquette has also determined that objects moving in the approximate direction of a vector originating at the center of the earth and aiming outward into space shall be described as “falling,” because why not?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A Marquette University professor says she keeps a diary of “everyday microaggressions” to help her overcome her own “whiteness” in order to “recognize racism.” She’s at Marquette, of course, where the SJW idiocy seems never-ending.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Millennials In The Legal Academy: ‘Innovative Narcissists Lead The Way.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs say female STEM grades don’t reflect ‘perceived effort.’ You could write an entire book promoting patriarchy based solely on feminist statements about female weakness and gullibility.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Freshmen’s Self-Reports Of Psychological Disorders Doubled Since 2010.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont Law School Plans Faculty Cuts. “McHenry said that, in a process that began last October, all faculty positions are being reviewed for efficiency gains to help the law school recover from the effects of a national downturn in enrollment that hit its nadir a few years ago. McHenry declined to discuss details of the restructuring process, which is expected to be completed in late June, but gave examples of expected outcomes that include shifting some professors to professor emeritus status, reducing the teaching and programmatic load for others, and asking others to take on more responsibilities. Several members of the faculty, including some senior professors with tenure, declined comment.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: School commits to ‘freedom of thought,’ but not speech. “A student who has been repeatedly punished for expressing his viewpoints is blasting Lone Star College-Tomball for proclaiming its commitment to ‘freedom of thought’ while censoring speech based on content. Quade Lancaster was demoted from his role as student government president after expressing support for the Second Amendment, and later had an award mysteriously revoked after he had already invited his family to the ceremony.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Will handing curriculum design to industry solve the skills gap?

Wherever you are in the world, a constant complaint from industry is that universities are not producing graduates with the skills needed for today’s job market.

In the UK, for example, the latest skills survey conducted by the business lobby group CBI and Pearson found that one in four businesses had had to provide graduate recruits with remedial training in basic skills, and that a third had expressed concerns about university leavers’ attitudes and resilience.

In the developing world, these concerns are often even more pronounced. A recent survey conducted in India found that only a third of employers and industry representatives believed that graduates possessed the skills that they wanted.

How, then, can this problem be solved? The approach adopted by South Korea’s Incheon National University – handing control of curricula to industry and reducing lecturers to tutors tasked with delivering pre-prepared content – is at one end of the scale, but it could become more widely adopted as countries push forward in the global skills race.

Such an approach would appear to pose significant problems for scholars. Not only does it shrink their influence in an area in which they have developed significant expertise, but it also raises questions about whether teaching can be informed by the research being conducted by academics, seen as a key driver of student engagement and the development of critical thinking.

Well, yes. But it’s not clear that “scholars” are creating the value they once did.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professors Claim Evergreen State’s ‘Independent’ 38-Page Report On Riots Was Anything But Unbiased.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof calls for ‘toxic masculinity’ training in kindergarten.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Diversity Policies Are Corrupting the Sciences. “Anyone who believes that the hard sciences could never capitulate to identity politics in the way the humanities and softer sciences have should not read Heather MacDonald’s report just posted at City Journal. It’s too infuriating, and the impacts could be devastating. MacDonald surveys the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and accrediting organizations such as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and finds the quota police alive and well within them.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservative prof claims he was fired over political beliefs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College For Everyone? Even The Left Has Doubts.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, OVERCOMING-INSTITUTIONAL-DISCRIMINATION EDITION: Prof creates guide to challenging anti-male discrimination. “University of Southern California professor Kursat Christopher Pekgoz has created a guide to help others challenge academic initiatives that exclude male students. Pekgoz has already succeeded in getting the U.S. Department of Education to investigate allegedly discriminatory programs at both USC and Yale University, but says much work remains to be done at other universities. Pekgoz argues that affirmative action programs for women, while historically defensible, are no longer justified because women have constituted a majority of U.S. college students since the 1981-1982 academic year.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: USC Alum Is One Of 101 Grads With $1 Million+ In Student Loans. No degree can justify that debt.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMich wants more time to explain how bias response team ensures ‘all voices can be heard.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: NC Central Law School Replaces Dean, Shrinks 1L Class (By 33%), And Imposes Minimum LSAT (142) And UGPA (2.96) Admissions Requirements To Address ABA’s Accreditation Concerns. (Broken link fixed, and bumped.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos got nearly $3M bonus after budget cuts, layoffs.. We see a lot about salary caps for CEOs, but I’d like to see salary caps for administrators at tax-exempt organizations. Why should any of them make more than a Supreme Court Justice?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Maryland Prof claims she was dismissed for pro-Israel, anti-BDS views. “Landa claims that she was ‘ostracized’ by colleagues for taking a public stand against the BDS movement, and that an administrator removed her from teaching a class she had helped create because she took a 10-day trip to Israel.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 2018 Grad Decries Political Correctness At Stanford Law School.

At Stanford Law School, no more than three of approximately 110 full-time faculty publicly identify as conservative or libertarian. (By way of contrast, Stanford Law School touts on its webpage 23 full-time faculty under the inartful rubric of “minority.”) As a consequence, many of my classmates will graduate having never engaged with a law professor whose worldview and convictions track those of nearly half the voting public.

It would require nothing less than willful blindness to presume this state of play does not affect the education that students receive. Probably for obvious reasons, my classmates demonstrate little willingness to identify publicly with anything associated with conservatism or, God forbid, President Trump, no matter how trivial. By way of extraordinary example, the Law School Republicans will soon cease to exist as a student organization because — after a campaign of intimidation and opprobrium — not one underclassman would volunteer to serve on its board next academic year.

An almost unspoken agreement seems to exist among many students that all of us will soon be fabulously successful, so long as everyone remains a “team player” and nobody rocks the boat too earnestly. Political, moral, and religious convictions are, for the most part, accessories best deployed for instrumental purposes, rather than values to be espoused or explored for their own sake. In much the same manner that all respectable people may speak or dress or eat a certain way, students at Stanford Law School have come to believe — and not entirely without reason, given their surroundings — that all respectable people should think the same way. …

For the past two years, I have repeatedly beseeched the dean of Stanford Law School to follow the example set by the leaders of my undergraduate alma mater — the University of Chicago — and publicly affirm the centrality of viewpoint diversity to the aims of education. Each time, she has refused, citing squeamishness at the prospect of overstepping her portfolio. Yet during that same period, she has nonetheless offered schoolwide commentary on public topics as diverse as the violence in Charlottesville, the rescission of DACA, and the Trump administration’s efforts to ban transgender individuals from military service.

Beyond the Office of the Dean, Stanford Law School has staged programs aimed at helping students to #resist more effectively, celebrating International Workers’ Day and offering advice on “progressive lawyering” in the Trump era. Professors have sent schoolwide emails condemning anyone who supported President Trump as either an outright racist or an enabler who is #complicit. One professor even saw fit to join a student/alumni Facebook group for the purposes of criticizing the Law School Republicans.

When the taxpayers get tired of supporting this narrowmindedness, they’ll be accused of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION EDITION: Why does MIT have so few Asian Americans compared to Caltech? Study blames ‘holistic’ admissions.

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

UPDATE: From the comments: “Why the GOP doesn’t hold senate hearing[s] and put force these Ivy League presidents to defend racial discrimination on camera, is beyond me.”


Allard’s abrupt departure is unusual in legal education, where law deans typically announce their intention to step down months or even a year in advance. Even when law school leaders clash with university officials or faculty, they are typically allowed to plan graceful exits out of the dean’s office. …

Allard’s deanship coincided with the national downturn in law school applications, and the school struggled with financial issues during that time. It has sold a number of its residential properties in the highly sought-after Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, and in 2016 sold off an office building across the street from its downtown Brooklyn campus for $76.5 million.

But those sales don’t appear to have been enough to keep the school in a strong financial position.

Last month, Moody’s Investors Service lowered the law school’s outlook from stable to negative, citing, “ongoing tuition pricing challenges and operating deficits that are deeper than previously projected and will continue for a period longer than anticipated, leading to a likely deterioration of spendable cash and investments.” But Moody’s also noted that the school’s unrestricted reserves give it time to “move to operating equilibrium.” Moody’s reported that the school generates $43 million annually.

More at the link.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF BIGOTRY EDITION: What’s Wrong With Being From the South? Just Ask an Academic in the North.

That kind of crass regionalism creates well-earned suspicion of ivory-tower elites. The stereotyping works in both directions. Each sustains the other, leading to electoral results that help neither the professors up north nor the pig farmers where I grew up. Regionalism creates openings for populists to exploit and worsen these divides. These attitudes pit rural against urban, college-educated against non-college-educated. If those of us in academe are truly so smart, we ought to be the ones taking the first step toward bridging this divide.

Unfortunately, the opposite is occurring. In the age of Trump, anti-Southern attitudes seem to have crystallized and worsened throughout higher education. Any Trump-voting area, in fact, seems to be fair game for ridicule. These attitudes undercut the efforts of those seeking to advance the rights of marginalized groups in regions of the country where evidence-based scholarship might be needed the most. . . .

It is strange to me that so many academics cannot see when they show prejudice against the rural, the religious, and the less formally educated. We are trained to recognize systematic bias in terms of race and gender — but we remain too often unaware of our geographic prejudices. . . .

Intellectual laziness is on the rise with disturbing results. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I spoke with a student who was bothered that she felt no sympathy at first for the victims. As we talked, she began to realize the rash of assumptions she had made about them: If they were attending a country-music concert, they must have voted for Trump, which meant they loved guns and thus deserved death. It’s an extreme example of our discourse of dehumanization — a vivid one in my memory. But it isn’t rare for me to hear similar assumptions expressed by students or faculty members, often without the critical self-reflection.

Looking down on the flyover people, and the unearned feeling of moral superiority it brings, is the coin with which the left pays its foot soldiers. Without that, many of them would be gone.

UPDATE: From the comments: “What’s most laughable is that the fans believe they are part of the team.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Bend the Rules for More Students, Give Them Extra Help: With an influx of students classified as disabled, schools move to accommodate their needs.

As many as one in four students at some elite U.S. colleges are now classified as disabled, largely because of mental-health issues such as depression or anxiety, entitling them to a widening array of special accommodations like longer time to take exams.

Under federal law, students can be considered disabled if they have a note from a doctor. That label requires schools to offer accommodations depending on the student’s needs. A blind student, for example, would have access to specialized software or a reader for an exam.

The rise in disability notes for mental-health issues has led to a surge in the number of students who take their exams in low-distraction testing centers, are allowed to get up and walk around during class or bring a comfort animal to school, among other measures. . . .

At Pomona, 22% of students were considered disabled this year, up from 5% in 2014. Other elite schools have also seen a startling jump in disabilities, according to data from the federal government and from the schools. At Hampshire, Amherst and Smith colleges in Massachusetts and Yeshiva University in New York, one in five students are classified as disabled. At Oberlin College in Ohio, it is one in four. At Marlboro College in Vermont, it is one in three.

Small, private schools have the greatest concentration of students with disabilities. Among the 100 four-year, not-for-profit colleges with the highest percentage of disabled students, 93 are private, according to a WSJ analysis of federal data.

Public schools have also seen a significant uptick in test accommodations. From 2011 to 2016, the number of students with special accommodations increased by an average of 71% among 22 flagship state schools, according to data obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

The most common accommodations come during testing. Students who receive extended time may get twice as long as their classmates to take an exam.

Some professors question how this affects the fairness of exams.

With reason.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Frustrated Profs Shut Down A Chancellor Search, Leaving President ‘Mortified.’ “The search for a new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Boston was shut down on Monday after the three finalists for the job dropped out. The candidates made their decision following faculty criticism of both the finalists and the search process. That’s an unusual outcome to a very common controversy. The widespread use of search consultants, the decline in shared governance, and the politicization of higher education have all contributed to the marginalization of faculty input in searches.”

Outside search firms are all the rage, but they don’t seem especially good at what they’re hired for. In fact, at my own institution, I think it’s fair to say that the quality of our administration has dropped since we started using them as opposed to promoting internally.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNH prof gloats about disrupting conservative speaker. “One of the protesters who temporarily disrupted a speech by Dave Rubin at the University of New Hampshire on May 1 turns out to be a Women’s Studies professor at the school. Shortly after the event, Dr. Joelle Ruby Ryan gleefully tweeted that ‘we were able to disrupt this man’s hate speech as much as possible,’ declaring that ‘”civil discourse” with him is impossible.’ Ryan will be teaching a course called ‘Trans/forming gender’ next fall, which is reserved exclusively for incoming freshmen and will ‘explore the multiple ways in which gender is constructed.'”

At least some of it seems to be constructed out of shrieking harpies with no regard for the rights of others.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: George Washington University blocks appeal by accused student after accuser caught inventing evidence: lawsuit.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOSTILE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT EDITION: College course explores ‘feminist critique of masculinity.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GET-WOKE-GO-BROKE EDITION: Rough Social Justice at Evergreen State: The Washington college’s enrollment plummets as even the left sours on protest-mob politics.

Here’s the math behind an academic hemorrhage: Between 500 and 600 fewer students will attend Evergreen State College next fall than in 2017, according to internal estimates. That means projected full-time enrollment is down as much as 17% from 3,500 last fall. When President George Bridges saw an internal email outlining these numbers, his impulse was to get the public-relations department to finesse them. Otherwise, he wrote, they “might end up appearing elsewhere in ways that will be used against us.”

Mr. Bridges has himself to blame. Nationwide, after administrators have capitulated to disruptive student activists, colleges have lost the support of donors, alumni, parents and prospective students. If there was one school you’d expect to defy this trend, it would be Evergreen, in Olympia, Wash. Founded in 1967, the college is proudly to the left of Berkeley and Middlebury. Its motto is literally “let it all hang out”—omnia extares—and radical activism has always been part of the pitch. But new records show that Evergreen hasn’t been spared the backlash that has plagued schools like the University of Missouri. This time, it’s coming from the left.

Applications for fall 2018 are down 20%. Sandra Kaiser, Evergreen’s vice president for college relations, claims the low application and enrollment numbers may not be as bad as they look because many students commit to Evergreen “at the last moment.” She added that “we normally expect enrollment to decline in a full-employment economy,” given that working adults, veterans and community-college transfers account for about half the student body.

At least someone is sick of all the winning. But an independent report on the protests, commissioned by Evergreen last October, reached a different conclusion. Published in April, it said that the declines in applications and enrollment were indeed “understood to be at least in part the result of the disruptions of last spring.” Moreover, current students were fleeing. Retention rates had long been “relatively stable,” the report said, but after the protests, undergraduate retention “reached its lowest performance in over a decade.” Only 60% of first-time, first-year students who enrolled last fall stayed through the end of the school year, “a full 8 percentage points below the prior year,” the report said.

All of this to placate a small group of students and faculty and “student life” administrators who will never be placated. A few firings and expulsions early on, coupled with strong statements about free speech, would have prevented this debacle.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sociology prof convicted for smearing fake blood on NRA lobbyist’s home. “A professor of sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was convicted of vandalizing the home of a National Rifle Association lobbyist this week, with the judge ordering her to pay $500 in fines and stay away from the home in question.” Her name is Patricia Hill. And what gives with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln? It’s been one crazed-PC thing after another lately.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Kent State Admits Grad’s Open AR-10 Carry On Campus Was Perfectly Legal. “The statement strongly implied, however, that Kent State would prohibit all firearms if it could, noting that state law only allows it to regulate the ‘privileges’ of those affiliated with the university.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Today’s higher education implosion news comes from my graduate alma mater, Claremont Graduate University, which emailed everyone yesterday about the imminent closure of its graduate program in philosophy. I’ll update this if I get any better inside information, but I suspect declining enrollment is the main cause, though I hear many programs at CGU are running deeply in the red, so this may be just the first program to go under. . . . Maybe the university is indeed committed to the humanities, but somehow we never hear of business or computer science programs being shrunk or discontinued.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Pomona students: Campus climate chills speech.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SELF-PARODY EDITION: Liberal prof tries to ban book about Robert E. Lee’s horse.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: This professor is beloved for making his students intellectually uncomfortable. Duke just dumped him.

About 100 students and alumni have asked Duke University to reinstate a professor whose teaching style encourages students to think critically about their opinions and opposing views.

They believe that the private university refused to renew a contract for Evan Charney, associate professor of the practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy, because he made some students feel uncomfortable by playing devil’s advocate on sensitive issues.

“In a time when political tribalism and divisiveness keep us from engaging fruitfully with one another, the skills Charney teach us are necessary to train the next generation of citizens,” they wrote in an open letter published by The Duke Chronicle.

The College Fix reviewed two other letters defending Charney (below), including one from ethnically Chinese students who disputed that his classroom is not a “safe space” for minorities.

Hannah Beiderwieden told The Fix she believes a lot of students are “unprepared to have their views challenged” because “no professor has this kind of discourse.”

Cost of attending Duke University: $72,554 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: One Surefire Way to Stop Outrageous Student Demands.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, OPEN SEXISM EDITION: STEM prof offers to boost female students’ grades. “The University of Akron says it will not allow a STEM professor to conduct an ‘experiment’ by artificially boosting the final grades of female students by a ‘level or two.’ Professor Liping Liu described the grade inflation policy as part of a ‘national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences,’ asserting that his female students might not pass without the boost.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, OPEN RACISM EDITION: Student group bars white ‘allies’ from forum on arming police.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Bullshitization Of Academic Life. “In most universities nowadays — and this seems to be true almost everywhere — academic staff find themselves spending less and less time studying, teaching, and writing about things, and more and more time measuring, assessing, discussing, and quantifying the way in which they study, teach, and write about things (or the way in which they propose to do so in the future).”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GET-WOKE-GO-BROKE EDITION: Plummeting enrollment prompts $6M budget cut at Evergreen State.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students blast ‘intimidating’ endorsement of Nobel for Trump.

When a committee chair issued an unauthorized statement on behalf of the Student Bar Association at Rutgers Law School and refused to rescind it, SBA President John DeLuca decided to give him a taste of his own medicine.

DeLuca issued a statement endorsing President Trump’s nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize, which was quickly denounced as “harmful,” “dangerous,” and “intimidating.”

As always, it’s different when we do it.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Commencement speaker slammed for criticizing #MeToo movement. “Nella Gray Barkley caused a stir with her commencement speech at Sweet Briar College, during which she said she has only ‘partial sympathy’ for the #MeToo movement. Barkley argued that women must stand up for themselves by setting ‘high expectations’ and ‘ground rules,’ which some students and alumni called a ‘shameful and disgusting’ display of ‘internalized misogyny.'”

Expecting women to display agency and take responsibility is now anti-feminist.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College May Not Be Worth It Anymore.

It’s a cruel irony that a college degree is worth less to people who most need a boost: those born poor. This revelation was made by the economists Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein. Using a body of data, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which includes 50 years of interviews with 18,000 Americans, they were able to follow the lives of children born into poor, middle-class and wealthy families.

They found that for Americans born into middle-class families, a college degree does appear to be a wise investment. Those in this group who received one earned 162 percent more over their careers than those who didn’t.

But for those born into poverty, the results were far less impressive. College graduates born poor earned on average only slightly more than did high school graduates born middle class. And over time, even this small “degree bonus” ebbed away, at least for men: By middle age, male college graduates raised in poverty were earning less than nondegree holders born into the middle class. The scholars conclude, “Individuals from poorer backgrounds may be encountering a glass ceiling that even a bachelor’s degree does not break.”

The authors don’t speculate as to why this is the case, but it seems that students from poor backgrounds have less access to very high-income jobs in technology, finance and other fields. Class and race surely play a role.

I wrote about these problems a while back. And I wonder, if you take out the institutions that are primarily signaling devices for the overclass, whether most of the gains attributed to higher education in general would vanish. This suggests that the answer is yes.