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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: George Washington To Reduce Enrollment By 20% To Increase Quality.

By “quality,” they mean “US News rankings.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UNIVERSITIES AS CESSPITS OF SEXISM EDITION: ‘Gender stereotypes’: Judge rules Harvard sanctions on single-sex clubs may violate Title IX.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, UNIVERSITIES AS CESSPITS OF RACISM EDITION: UT-Austin instructor doubles down on claim that Republicans want ‘ethnic cleansing.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Univ. BANS BURGERS to ‘tackle climate change.’ Where could it happen next?

Remember, higher ed was sold on the idea that it would make people critical thinkers who are less subject to mass hysteria.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My Son’s Freshman Orientation At Virginia Tech Was Full Of Leftist Propaganda. “The school constantly defined and showcased identity group politics, but certainly not all identities. It’s apparently way cooler to be a minority trans woman with food allergies than simply to be an American college student. Interestingly, the university offered Halal food but no certified kosher meals. Religiously observant Jewish students, tough luck, but if you are vegan, you’re in business.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Do Faculty Have A ‘Sweet Racket? Or Do They Work 60 Hours/Week For Less Pay Than They Could Get Elsewhere?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Flowchart tells non-minority students they could be ‘taking up space.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dozens of public university presidents make more than the U.S. president: Report. People talk about capping CEO pay, but never about capping the pay of administrators at taxpayer-subsidized institutions. Weird.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student Frustration With the Flawed Textbook Market Is Justified.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Has College Gotten Too Easy? Yes, yes it has.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: An Escalating Tenure Fight Catches Students in the Crossfire: A professor says Macalester College is continuing a yearslong pattern of retaliation and discrimination against her.

In January, Wang Ping, an English professor at Macalester College, planned to invite a Native American spiritual leader to her creative-writing course, to lead students in a drum-making workshop.

“I’m teaching a new course, ‘Migration, Immigration, and Home,’ and the major theme is to bring the indigenous value of the land, water, and earth to the students,” Wang wrote to Proud Indigenous People for Education, a student group at the Minnesota college, describing the drum-making workshop. “I’d like to invite you to be a part of it, if you’re interested.”

For a week, there was no response. Then a student replied from the group’s account. She also copied eight other people, including college officials overseeing multicultural life and Wang’s department.

The student wrote that she had read the course description and syllabus, and she thought the course’s attempt to cover Native ceremonies and practices was not appropriate for a non-Native instructor to teach to non-Native students. “These are cultural practices,” she wrote, “and I am personally livid about this whole situation.”

The proper response from administrators was to tell the student that she’s an idiot and should be ashamed to express such bigoted views. Naturally, that’s not what happened next.

Also, a “drum-making workshop” in an English class? Cost of attending Macalester College: $69,127 per year.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: Today’s Students and Professors ‘Know Hardly Anything about Anything at All.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CESSPITS-OF-HATE EDITION: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Prof says he received threats after calling out campus bias.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DISGRACEFUL VULTURES EDITION: WATCH: Oberlin College accused of trying to wait out bakery owner’s cancer death.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: New comedic novel ‘Campusland’ skewers progressive university politics.

I haven’t read it, but it’s here.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: George Mason prof: ‘Why are white parents producing so many white terrorists?’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof calls to get rid of grades because they are ‘capitalism in action.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Re-sinking CUNY: The City University of New York moves to eliminate objective testing—reversing the very reforms that had pulled it out of a long decline. Objective testing limits the freedom of professors and administrators to reward the people they like.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: American University official says it plans to mandate use of preferred pronouns.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Journalism school prof: ‘I’m sick to death of the Second Amendment.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Law School Applicants Increase 3%; Applicants Refusing To Reveal Their Race/Ethnicity Increase 112%.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More student loan borrowers carry six-figure balances.

If only someone had warned them.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PRC EDITION: The growing ranks of unemployed graduates worry China’s government.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Of the 200 top-paid public employees in Arizona, 199 work in higher ed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘Universities are trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University questions former student’s sexuality after he accuses gay professor of sexual assault. “Sexual history is supposed to be off-limits when interviewing parties in a sexual-assault legal proceeding, unless the questions are relevant to the accusations. The University of Michigan, however, is making sexual history front and center in its fight against a lawsuit by a former student that accused the school of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct by a gay professor. The Detroit Free Press reports that the taxpayer-funded institution asked Andrew Lipian a series of questions in his deposition intended to ferret out whether he’s a closeted gay man.”

That’s different because shut up.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KAMPUS KANGAROO KOURT EDITION: College hid evidence that accuser invented rape to get out of punishment for drinking: lawsuit.

A Minnesota liberal arts school hid exculpatory evidence from a student it found responsible for sexual assault, even though it knew his accuser had ulterior motives, according to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Carleton College withheld evidence that “Jane Doe asked campus security if she could face discipline for underage drinking before filing her complaint” against “John Doe,” he alleges in the suit.

John was also left in the dark about the fact that a Title IX coordinator told Jane she wouldn’t be punished if her underage drinking was disclosed “as part of a sexual assault claim,” the suit claims.

He and his attorney only learned about the existence of exculpatory evidence after Carleton had expelled him, while he was under criminal investigation for sexual assault. (The Pioneer Press named him based on this criminal proceeding.)

Cost of attending Carleton College: $71,300 per year. That’s a lot to pay to a bigoted college that’s willing to hang you out to dry — and lie to do it — just because you’re a male.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Greedy colleges’ not off the hook for latest college admissions scam, scholar says.

Related: John Kass: Latest college scandal is another canary in the coal mine. “Once again, the elite get the breaks, and use the poor as shields to protect their leverage. And the middle class? They’re laughed at. Meritocracy is a myth that the republic cannot live long without. History tells us that when the middle class not only stops believing in a nation’s myths, but also has its face rubbed in the mess while being mocked by the elite, bad things can happen.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In Virginia, 80 percent of the highest-paid public employees are in higher education: Six-figure salaries for deans, directors, vice presidents.

You know, at this rate, some cynics might conclude that “higher education” is mostly about transferring taxpayer money to the Democrat overclass.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard med school remains tight-lipped about transgender overhaul of curriculum.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin’s Effort To Fight Judgment Backfires Bigtime.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: 41 Law Schools Now Accept The GRE For Admissions (The Latest Are Seattle And Yale).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CRUEL LIES EDITION: University claims accused students love Title IX process with no cross-examination or hearing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KANGAROO COURT KAFKAS EDITION: Penn State retroactively redefined ‘consent’ after accused student won a new hearing: lawsuit.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Is Disability The New Normal? On some elite US campuses, as many as one in four students are classified as ‘disabled’.

In recent times, the tendency to medicalise human experience has encouraged a growing number of young people to interpret their lives through the narrative of mental health. When a student’s ups and downs are interpreted through medical language, then experiences like disappointment, pressure and stress come to be seen as pathological. Feelings and emotions that were once considered normal seem more threatening in our medicalised culture.

Young people who have been educated and socialised to understand their experiences through the prism of mental health easily develop a disposition to interpret every problem they face through a medical diagnosis. In such circumstances, they quite naturally believe that they are entitled to some form of medical support and special treatment. Moreover, once disability is depicted as the new normal, many will embrace it as an identity.

The institutionalisation of disability does no favours to young people. It diminishes their capacity for independence. It also does no favours to those who suffer from serious disabilities. The normalisation of disability trivialises these conditions and channels resources away from those who really need them.

It does allow people whose parents can afford a compliant doctor to get a leg up in the rat race.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘I’m Drowning’: Those Hit Hardest By Student Loan Debt Never Finished College.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: As Whittier Law School Prepares To Close, Dean Tries To Soften Blow For Students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Report Recommends Sweeping Changes At Maine Law School In Face Of $2.67 Million Budget Deficit Despite 38% Reduction In Faculty.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Here are 18 ridiculous bias complaints filed on college campuses.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Oberlin ordered to pay $6.5 million in attorney’s fees and expenses to bakery it defamed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tufts ‘art project’ aims to help illegals evade law enforcement.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Senator pledges to ‘break up the higher education monopoly’ with new laws.

Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, “is introducing two pieces of legislation this week that will expand federal aid for people pursuing vocational education and will put higher education institutions on the hook for students unable to repay student loans,” his office stated in a press release.

“[W]e have a system that preferences students who want to attend a four-year college over Americans who want to learn a skill,” Hawley stated, claiming that the current system “protects higher education institutions that have been padding their endowments with taxpayer money while they raise tuition.”

Hawley’s two proposed bills would address these purported defects. One would “make more job-training and certification programs, like employer-based apprenticeships and digital boot camps, eligible to receive Pell Grants through an alternative accreditation process.” This policy would “reduce reliance on debt and maximize opportunities for students to pursue their dreams.”

The second, more significant bill would force colleges to foot the bill for students who default on their loans.

Good ideas, both. I wonder where he got them?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: Colorado State University lists “America” and “American” as words to avoid.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UT Austin to give free tuition to low-income students…and illegal immigrants.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Adults Need To Help Students Stay Away From Colleges They Can’t Afford.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University investigates feminist grad student for saying men can’t become women.

Title IX has been stretched so far beyond its original meaning, we should probably just repeal it.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Sugar Daddy’ business thrives as more coeds sign up to pay off student debt.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Minnesota town’s Pledge of Allegiance ban shouldn’t shock. It’s now commonplace on campus. The reason why this campus stuff matters is that it gradually leaks out to stain the rest of society.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As Dems push ‘free’ college, study shows PARTYING draws alarming number of students to college.

We’re all paying for the party.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tuition freeze: Pa. state-owned universities avoid hike for first time in 21 years.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Over Past Three Years, Seven Law Schools Have Tried To Be Acquired By Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UNC-Asheville Should Divest Itself from Irresponsible Political Posturing. “So, rather than some great accomplishment, fossil fuel divestment is mere political posturing in defiance of state law, and the UNC-Asheville trustees have foolishly fallen for it.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “From the tops of ivory towers, they condemn our country while they live on its fruit.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LIVES OF OTHERS EDITION: California public university threatens to punish students for jokes.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Female athlete alleges retaliation by coach because her mother complained about transgender policy.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Guilford College is changing the way it does most everything in an effort to stem its enrollment decline.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE EDITION: Instructors at Australian university told to teach creation myth instead of science.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Reimagining Legal Education: Why Shouldn’t Law Schools Be Run As Trade Schools?

Well, mostly because that would hurt the self-esteem of law professors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: South Carolina Law School Reduces Tuition By 17%, To $25,000.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, 21ST CENTURY BLUENOSE EDITION: VSU forbids student organizations from violating ‘public morals.’ Applicable to frats, but not to pride parades, of course, because that would be bigotry.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Busting the college-industrial complex.

Yet even as reformers have pushed to remove a variety of barriers to employment, the biggest and most significant barrier to employment in American life — the use of the college degree as a default hiring device — has gone blithely unremarked. Indeed, even as reformers target employment obstacles for felons and florists, the pervasive use of college-degree requirements, despite its dubious legality and profound costs, has bizarrely escaped serious consideration.

At its best, higher education can be a powerful engine of opportunity and socioeconomic advancement. And that’s the way it’s almost universally described — at least in college brochures, think-tank reports, campaign stump speeches, and legacy media. Nevertheless, for too many Americans, the truth is that post-secondary education is principally a toll: an ever-more-expensive, increasingly mandatory, two-, four-, or, more accurately, six-year pit stop on the way to remuneration.

Which is profitable for the toll-takers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Liberals and the Looming Big Money Problem Facing Higher Education.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Inventing Victimhood: Universities too often serve as “hate-crime hoax” mills.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, HOORAY-FOR-THE-SHAKERS EDITION: ‘Having one less child’ best way to reduce CO2 emissions, former prof says.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, BILLION-DOLLAR-SLUSH-FUNDS EDITION: California State University hid a $1.5 billion surplus while raising tuition. Where is the accountability?

Here we go again: Another scandal involving a state-funded entity hoarding a secret stockpile of money. This time, an investigation by California State Auditor Elaine Howle discovered $1.5 billion in surplus funds hidden in outside accounts controlled by the California State University system.

Yes, that’s billion with a “b.” While CSU was squirreling away this massive fortune, it was simultaneously raising tuition costs for students and begging the California State Legislature for more money.

“CSU put the money, which primarily came from student tuition, in outside accounts rather than in the state Treasury,” according to a story by The Sacramento Bee’s Sawsan Morrar.

We’ve seen this story before. In 2017, Howle’s office busted the University of California Chancellor’s Office for hiding a $175 million slush fund from public view – while also hiking tuition on students.

People should do jail time for this mishandling of funds. The Sacramento Bee asks: “How many more times will we learn of secretive massive funds, hidden from view by so-called public servants who apparently consider themselves above the rules?”

The answer is, as long as there’s no penalty for doing so.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Feminist TA suggests men are not women and UCSB students are NOT happy.

In 2019, the proper feminist answer is that men can be women whenever they want — and they’re better at it than regular women when they are.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF CORRUPTION EDITION: University of Texas admissions still plagued by ‘cheating at a very high level,’ whistleblower says.

Wallace Hall made himself persona non grata with both the University of Texas System and state lawmakers by aggressively seeking to document an admissions scandal.

Not the one you’re thinking about. The one that stretches back 15 years and implicated Texas lawmakers.

Now the former regent – unsuccessfully impeached but successfully censured for his whistleblowing – is sowing doubt about the UT System’s commitment to root out fake placement on athletic teams, among other methods for admission of unqualified students.

Our moral superiors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof: ‘Nasty, naughty little Republicans’ try to ‘pimp God.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Government-Guaranteed Student Loans Killed the American Dream for Millions.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SURVEY: Most college grads say campus climate prevents them from expressing beliefs. “A recent study found that 70 percent of students wish for a learning environment open to all speech and viewpoints. A separate Gallup poll shows that two-thirds of recent college graduates do not ‘strongly agree’ with the statement that they were comfortable voicing minority opinions in class.”

Related: Sen. Marsha Blackburn is ‘restoring sanity’ to campus free speech. Faster, please.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: AAUP Adds Vermont To List Of Schools Sanctioned For ‘Serious Departure’ From Shared Governance In Detenuring 14 Of 19 Law Profs To Close $2 Million Budget Gap.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why is UNC funding ‘Hub for Social Justice?’

Campus protests started in the 1960s, but protests on today’s college campuses have a different vibe. While protests in the past pitted students against university leadership, protests in the present are supported and accommodated by presidents and administrators.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for example, college officials waste resources on political activism and social justice projects housed within the Campus Y, Chapel Hill’s “hub for social justice.”

Although a substantial portion of its revenues come from gifts and the University Foundation, the Campus Y benefits from its status as an official part of the university as well as generous university funding. Its primary purpose is to push progressive politics to all students on campus, from freshman orientation through graduation. If UNC-Chapel Hill bankrolled a right-wing campus organization that encouraged students to hold pro-life protests, take gap years to work for conservative politicians, and otherwise shaped students to teach them about “conservative philosophy and activism,” the outrage would be constant. Yet, when all the above is done for “social justice” and left-wing causes, nothing seems amiss….

As a school known for its liberal bias, UNC-Chapel Hill further inserts social-justice rhetoric into the lives of its students with the Campus Y. By funding and supporting it, UNC-Chapel Hill sends the message to its students that leftist politics are the only acceptable views on campus.

The existence of the Campus Y, as a publicly funded and official university institution, is a clear violation of UNC-Chapel Hill’s legal responsibility to uphold institutional neutrality. It’s a misuse of public funds and an insult to students who pay tuition to pursue truth, not politics.

So who’s going to do something about it?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ACADEMIC MCCARTHYISM EDITION: Legal immigrant prof’s criticisms of illegal immigration result in calls for his ouster.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: More Universities Close Their Full-Time MBAs Programs, Shift To Online. “If you were able to get every dean in the U.S. under a lie detector, outside of maybe the top 20 M.B.A. programs, every one of them would admit they were struggling to maintain enrollment and losing money on the program.”

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Richard Vedder: Let’s Privatize State Colleges.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: SURVEY: Majority of students admit conservatives face at least ‘some’ discrimination.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When The Tassel Isn’t Worth The Hassle.

There may also be space, though, for some new innovations. For instance, there could be demand for a kind of hybrid college, which combines serious scholastic study with sustained instruction in a trade or practical skill. Let’s call this the “Thales Model,” in honor of the Greek philosopher who (according to legend) once took a short hiatus from his life of contemplation just to demonstrate that he was perfectly capable of running a successful business.

According to the Thales Model, students would complete a serious classical curriculum with a strong emphasis on writing and textual analysis. Depending on the size of the faculty and student body, it might make sense to have a single Great Books-oriented curriculum for everyone, or there might be room for a stronger disciplinary focus in the later years.

At the same time, all students would receive extended instruction in carpentry, gardening, the culinary arts, and other practical pursuits. The goal would be to spend roughly half of the day reading books and the other half working with one’s hands. By the time they graduated, students would have a solid grounding in the Western canon, but they would also be able to build tables, grow tomatoes, and make decent French omelets.

Throw in welding and I’m on board.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The College Bureaucracy That Never Shrinks.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM EDITION: Williams College under federal investigation for discriminating against Jewish students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEGREGATION EDITION: ‘The intention was to be separate’: Researcher Blasts Yale’s treatment of minority students.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Roger Kimball: Will the Universities Start to Collapse?


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor accused of ‘hostile learning environment’ for assigning male authors.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KURT SCHLICHTER EDITION: Students, Here’s A Plan To Solve Your Debt Problem (You Won’t Like It).

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Diversity makes college more expensive, economics professor argues.

Why has the price of college increased so rapidly in the past 30 years?

Among the many theories proffered by scholars and researchers at a Cato Institute event Wednesday, one jumped out: Diversity is expensive.

“Students today are more expensive to educate” than past generations, said Douglas Webber, an economics professor at Temple University who identifies as politically progressive.

They are “much more diverse” than the “traditional demographic” that paid relatively little for their educations, he said. Thus, college costs and tuitions are apt to increase as schools transition away from educating monolithic student bodies.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Historian Celebrates Grant Of Tenure With Tweetstorm Decrying ‘History Of Racism And Anti-Semitism At University Of Minnesota.’

She thinks she’s being bold, but she’s actually demonstrating that the filter worked as designed.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Cracks in the Ivory Tower: A Dispiriting Assessment of Higher Education.

If only there had been some kind of warning.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Goodbye Humanities—Hating White Males Is Not a Curriculum.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dog Days In Dorms As Emotional Support Animals Proliferate On Campus.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Death of Merit and the Race to Mediocrity in Our Increasingly Marxist Universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: USC was told gynecologist could be preying on Asian women, secret records show. “After decades of complaints about a campus gynecologist, USC administrators hired a team of medical experts to evaluate him. The experts came back with a disturbing report saying there was evidence Dr. George Tyndall was preying on vulnerable Asian students and had signs of ‘psychopathy.’ Still, the university did not fire Tyndall or notify the state medical board. Instead, lawyers for USC arranged a secret deal with the doctor that allowed him to leave his post with a financial payout and a pristine professional record.” Why are leftist-run institutions such cesspits of abuse?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Some faculty members argue that surrendering the ‘professor’ title to some academic staff will further confuse students and the public.” “Colleges across the country have shrunk the share of tenured labor force for more financial flexibility. Institutions then offset those positions with instructors who operate on short-term appointments with heftier teaching loads, lower salaries and less academic freedom. ‘I believe what we are being asked to do today is to relinquish that,’ physics professor Lisa Everett told the Faculty Senate last month. ‘And no matter what statements are there in bold at the end (of these resolutions) about how we don’t want this to be used as arguments against hiring more faculty positions, I think it’s very clear that that’s already going on.'”

From the comments:

A minor element of ongoing decadence.

A decaying institution will steadily add more process and overhead, creating more tail to tooth, more staff to line. And they will act according to internal rather than external incentives.

Its all in Schumpeter. It is also inevitable, until something external comes along to destroy the entire minimally functional system.