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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.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: California offers training for ‘stranded workers.’ “California is moving ahead with an online college for ‘stranded workers,’ reports Mikhail Zinshteyn on EdSource. It will offer short-term vocational certificates, but not degrees. The online college will advance students when they demonstrate competency: Those who’ve learned skills on the job should be able to move quickly to a credential.”

It was opposed by university faculty, who rightly see it as potentially deadly competition.

Related: ‘Work colleges’ go urban. “When he took over the struggling college, Sorrell instituted a dress-for-sucess code: Students must wear ‘business casual’ clothing to classes.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Is Climbing The Research Rankings Worth The Price Tag? The Case Of St. Louis University. “‘Attracting more research-focused faculty does not mean they will be spending more time with undergrads,’ Kuh says. ‘Teaching undergraduates is not a strong sell for researchers.'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UCLA To Use Student Activity Fees To Pay for Social Justice Interns.

If workers can’t be forced to pay for politicized union activities, why should students be forced to pay for this?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Mark Pulliam: Cronyism 101 at the University of Texas. “The Burnt Orange Mafia at the University of Texas–the inner circle of overpaid administrators, influence-wielding donors, supplicant vendors, and political hacks who approve UT’s inflated budget in exchange for preferential admission for their (and supporters’) unqualified children–want to raise ‘protection money’ to ensure friendly treatment in the upcoming legislative session.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Reforming ‘Toxic Masculinity’ at University of Texas.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, DIVERSITY-PROBLEM EDITION: Testing a Beckerian-Arrowian Model of Political Orientation Discrimination on the U.S. Law Professor Labor Market: Measuring the “Rank Gap”, 2001-2010.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UCLA makes students pay classmates to promote ‘social justice.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Efforts to blacklist conservatives at UVA persist.

For the second time in seven days, the University of Virginia has pushed back against critics of the hiring of President Trump’s former legislative chief and an effort to blacklist conservatives from the school founded by former President Thomas Jefferson.

In a statement from the school’s Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate that specializes in presidential scholarship, Alice Handy said the university is sticking to its decision to appoint Marc Short as a senior Miller Center fellow despite the protest resignations of two educators.

“While the current administration certainly has created a fair amount of controversy, and despite the intense response to this appointment from both sides, we support the decision to bring Marc Short on as a senior fellow at the Center and feel he will bring valuable insights to our work,” she wrote.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CANCER-ANALOGY EDITION: The University Run Amok! Higher education’s insatiable appetite for doing more will be its undoing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, INSTITUTIONAL-RACISM EDITION: Economists approve statistical model that finds Harvard discriminates against Asians.

Harvard University has the support of the higher education establishment, and Students for Fair Admissions has the support of statistics that the establishment would prefer to ignore.

That’s the narrative told in friend-of-the-court briefs that side with SFFA in its lawsuit against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy, which claims that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

Both parties are seeking summary judgment from the U.S. District Court in Boston ahead of trial this fall. Most of the briefs recently filed by outside parties are siding with Harvard, portraying race as essential to “holistic” admissions policies designed to produce a diverse student body.

They were challenged by a group of “leading economists and econometrics scholars,” who told the court that the statistical model used by the Asian-American plaintiffs’ expert witness is “methodologically sound.”

One of them is Prof. Glenn Loury of Brown University, who hosts a YouTube interview show that often deals with racial controversies in higher education.

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

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UW-Madison encourages students to report ‘microaggressions.’ So many American institutions seem to be going out of their way to make themselves ridiculous.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Dreams from my father: A story of a blacklisted conservative black scholar.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College offers course advocating ‘wages for housework.’ What about rent? Will housewives have to pay rent out of those wages?

As for the absurd notion that women should be paid for “emotional labor,” anyone who thinks that only women perform emotional labor has never lived with a woman.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, FELONY & FRAUD EDITION: Temple’s Ranking Scandal Spreads To Six Additional Programs; University Also Admits To Three Errors In The Data It Submitted For Its Undergraduate College Ranking.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Academic journal duped by author of ‘dog rape culture’ article. Well, it’s not as if there was anything there to raise suspicion.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, KAFKA EDITION: UCLA fired a conservative professor last year. It’s still refusing to tell him why.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of professor Keith Fink’s filing of a grievance over his ousting from UCLA—an ousting UCLA remains silent about despite multiple requests for an explanation.

Signs of friction emerged between the communication studies lecturer and his department chair a year and half ago, when the chair effectively blocked students from enrolling in Fink’s “Free Speech on Campus” class.

Since then, UCLA has been uncooperative with the conservative professor’s attempts to receive the documents relating to his termination.

“In all instances, UCLA is stonewalling at every juncture,” Andrew Litt, Fink’s former teaching assistant of two years, wrote in an email to The College Fix, speaking on the professor’s behalf. “They don’t want us to uncover the discussions held amongst administrators about Fink’s speech, political beliefs, and advocacy for students.”

I have a pretty good idea why.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: UC Berkeley offers six-figure salary for ‘diversity’ recruiter.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Course disputes idea that heterosexual sex is ‘natural.’

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Claremont Closes Philosophy Department, Fires Its Two Tenured Professors. Notice they aren’t laying off “diversity” educrats.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Sad State Of Higher Education.

The state of the American university remains precarious for several reasons. College costs and student debt have reached a level beyond which they cannot keep rising indefinitely. Colleges keep expanding their use of badly paid adjunct professors hired after only a perfunctory look at their credentials. These adjuncts increased from about 13 percent of the faculty in 1988 to about 51 percent in 2011; in 2011 another 29 percent were instructors not eligible for tenure, and only 21 percent were tenured professors.

Meanwhile, a growing number of courses are available on the Internet, many for free, raising the question of why students should pay as much as $4,000 for a classroom course when they can take a better course for much less or for nothing. At the same time, many American voters, state legislators, and governors who have a low opinion of professors and their ideas are becoming still more reluctant to subsidize higher education through taxes. Between 1987 and 2012, state and local spending on higher education per full-time student fell by 30.6 percent in constant dollars, while tuition at state and local institutions rose by 100.5 percent.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Can’t — Or Won’t — Track Where Ph.D.s Land Jobs.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: When colleges say ‘inclusive,’ what they really mean is no conservatives.

Need more evidence that US campuses actively silence conservatives? Then take a look at a stunning new report by the higher-ed watchdog Campus Reform.

The report notes that at SUNY-Albany last year, 64 speakers identified as liberal were handed the podium, vs. just two conservatives.

Many of the speakers were officials who’d worked in the Obama administration, including two Environmental Protection Agency regional directors and the head of Customs and Border Protection.

Events included discussions on “marginalized communities,” “barriers to naturalization for low-income immigrants” and “gender and sexuality from a Jewish lens.”

Part of the reason for the skew, the report says, is the school’s “Strategic Plan,” which calls for a more “diverse” and “inclusive” campus. By “inclusive,” SUNY apparently means: Let almost no conservatives speak.

SUNY-Albany is hardly unique: In 2016-17, liberal speakers outnumbered conservatives 44-4 at the University of Indiana, 30-9 at George Washington University, 9-2 at Alabama and 44-2 at Vermont, Campus Reform also found.

And colleges don’t just favor left-wing speakers: A study last April by Brooklyn College’s Mitchell Langbert of 8,688 tenure-track professors at top liberal-arts colleges found that, of those enrolled in a political party, 10 times as many were Democrats as Republicans. Some 39 percent of the colleges had no GOPers at all.

When taxpayers tire of subsidizing all this partisan indoctrination, we’ll be told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Asian-Americans are showing people how absurd affirmative action is.

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

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NYC college offers course on the ‘fall’ of masculinity.

Much like the courses offered on the “Occupy” movement, a course like this could be intellectually deep. But, you know, that’s probably not the way to bet.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Speech tariffs’: Cornell cops decide security fees by predicting reaction to speaker.

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?”



Well, my criticism in the last 30 years of the institution, obviously a lot of us who voiced those concerns, it fell on deaf ears. So progressive thinkers and institutional administrators within the university got their way. And now we’re sort of at the end of that experiment, and the question we have to ask is what did they give us? Well, they gave us $1 trillion in student debt. They created a very bizarre system in which the federal government — subsidized through student loans, constantly increasing tuition beyond the rate of inflation — the result of which is that we’ve had about a 200 percent growth in administrative costs, and administrators and non-teaching staff within the university. We’ve politicized the education.

So when I started there were … I think I looked in the catalog in 1984. There were things, maybe like the Recreation Department’s “Leisure Studies” course. Maybe one environmental class, “Environmental Studies.” But you take the word “studies” with a hyphen, and now that can represent about 25 percent of the curriculum. And that’s usually a rough, not always a reliable guide, to show that that class is not — it’s not disinterested. Its aim is to be deductive. We start with this premise that men are sexist, or capitalism destroys the environment, or America’s racist. Then you find the examples to fit that preconceived idea.

And the result of it is that we’ve turned out students that are highly partisan and highly mobilized, and even sort of arrogant, but they’re also ignorant … that came at a cost. They did not learn to write well. If you ask them who’s General Sherman, or what’s a Corinthian column, or who was Dante, all of the building blocks that they could refer to later in life to enrich their experience, they have no reference. And then they don’t know how to think inductively. So if you point out the contradictions in free speech the way they shout down some speakers and not others, or the way that they hate capitalism, but they love Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, they’re not able … they haven’t been trained philosophically to account for that, because they’re indoctrinated. And it’s quite sad to see the combination of ignorance and arrogance in young people, but that’s what we’ve turned out. A lot of people who are indebted and they’re arrogant, and they’re ignorant and they’re not up to the task of moving the United States forward as a leading country in the world.

And you can see the reaction to it. We have tech schools now that grow up around these campuses, where they just say to people, “If they’re gonna cut out Western civ and they’re gonna cut out the core and politicize it, then let’s be honest. Just pay us a cheaper tuition and we’ll train you to be a nurse, or we’ll train you to be a computer encoder,” or whatever. And so, we have alternates, for-profit online alternatives, podcasts.

And so, the university failed in its mission. And it will be replaced by open free society. People are trying to find alternatives to it. And they kind of committed suicide. And they’re in decline.

Get woke, go broke. But it’s been a good several decades for the people running those institutions, and living out Rhett Butler’s adage that there’s as much money to be made in tearing down a civilization as in building one up.

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.