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Are Rich Colleges and Universities Getting Richer?

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:30pm

A new study suggests richer schools continue to amass wealth.

Nick Anderson writes for The Washington Post:

Rich colleges and universities are getting a lot richer, study finds

The 10 richest universities in America hold nearly a third of the total wealth, in cash and investments, amassed by about 500 public and private institutions. The 40 richest hold almost two-thirds of the total wealth.

And their financial edge is widening. These schools are drawing an outsized share of gifts to colleges and universities. Their assets grew at at a far faster rate from 2009 to 2014 than the portfolios of schools in the middle and bottom of the pack.

Those are the findings from Moody’s Investors Service, released Thursday, in a study of the balance sheets of 503 institutions in the portfolio of the credit-rating firm. The study illuminates the disparity between the haves and the have-nots in higher education.

“This growing gap will pose increasing competitive challenges for institutions that do not have the resources to invest in facilities, financial aid, and other strategic initiatives at the same level as their wealthier counterparts,” Moody’s said.


 
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Study Reveals Gender Bias Against Men in Academia

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:00pm

This seems to conflict with the preferred narrative of the left.

Sharon Begley of Reuters reported.

Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study

When hundreds of U.S. college faculty members rated junior scientists based on scholarly record, job interview performance and other information with an eye toward which should be hired, they preferred women over identically qualified men two-to-one, scientists reported on Monday.

The “candidates” were invented in order to see which factors – professional ones as well as things like gender and parental status – affect the evaluation of potential hires, part of an effort to explain women’s underrepresentation in academic science.

The bias toward women “was totally unexpected,” said psychologist and co-author Wendy Williams of Cornell University. “We were shocked.”

Women have always been scarce in academic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), now making up one-fourth of full professorships in science, engineering and health, according to the National Science Foundation.

That has been attributed to gender bias, prejudice against women who take maternity leave and other discrimination.

Recently, however, women with advanced STEM degrees have had a better chance of getting university jobs. For example, out of 96 mathematics hires from 1995 through 2003, 20 percent of applicants were women, but 32 percent of those offered jobs were female.

Some scholars have said this apparent female advantage was because women who overcome the hurdles to a STEM Ph.D. are generally stronger candidates than male counterparts.


 
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What the Class of 2015 Needs to Know to Get a Job

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 3:30pm

This is how to get a job today.

Bloomberg reports.

Four Things the Class of 2015 Needs to Know to Get a Job

Good news for the class of 2015: Recruiters filling positions this spring are planning to hire 9.6 percent more college graduates this year than they did last year, a new report...

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Indiana Elementary School Offers College Field Trips for African American Students Only

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00pm

What about all the other kids? It’s a great idea to bring little kids to see a college campus but it should include everyone.

ABC News Indiana reports.

School field trip causes controversy among some parents

A South Bend school field trip turned into a conversation about race after students at local primary schools...

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College of DuPage Under Federal Criminal Investigation

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:30pm

Big problems at this college.

The Chicago Tribune reports.

College of DuPage under federal investigation

In a sign of intensifying scrutiny of the College of DuPage, federal prosecutors have opened a wide-ranging criminal investigation at the embattled community college, issuing two subpoenas this week that seek documents tied...

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U. Pittsburgh Profs Warned That Their Students’ Genders Could Change

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00am

I’m sorry, but I will never refer to a single person as they. Ever.

Katherine Timpf reports at National Review.

University Warns Professors That Their Students’ Genders May Change Over Time

The University of Pittsburgh has released a set of “Gender-Inclusive/Non-Sexist Language Guidelines and Resources” informing instructors how they should be talking in their...

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Protestors Disrupt ‘American Sniper’ Showing at Eastern Michigan University

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:30am

And are promptly arrested…

Jessica Chasmar writes for The Washington Times:

Protesters arrested after disrupting ‘American Sniper’ showing at Eastern Michigan University

Four students were arrested at Eastern Michigan University on Friday after disrupting a screening of “American Sniper.”

Roughly 35 students walked onto the stage at the Student Center Auditorium to protest the 8...

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College Students Sign Petition to Raise the Minimum Wage to $50 an Hour

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Posted by    Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00am

To their credit, not all the students who were asked would sign the petition.

Watch below.

Via Soopermexican of The Right Scoop.

WATCH: College students happily sign petition...

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Students for Justice in Palestine to Host Event on Holocaust Remembrance Day at U. Pittsburgh

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30pm

What could possibly go wrong?

Brian Albert reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Anti-Semitism 101 at University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine plans to host an event on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls this year on Thursday. The purpose of this event is not to commemorate the...

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Islamic Feminist Claims Students at Duke Tried to Cancel Her Speech

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:00pm

This sounds very similar to what happened to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Asra Nomani told her story at Time.

Islamic Feminist: Duke Students Tried To Cancel My Speech. That Made It Even More Important.

This past week, University of Michigan students watched American Sniper after the university first c...

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Corinthian’s Heald College Fined by Department of Education

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 3:30pm

This is a big hit to for-profit colleges.

The Wall Street Journal reports.

Department of Education Fines Corinthian’s Heald College

The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday it is fining Corinthian’s Heald College system nearly $30 million for overstating the job prospects of its graduates.

Following a review, the Department said the college had paid...

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Knoxville College to Close for Fall Semester of 2015

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:00pm

The school is having an enrollment problem so they’re going to take a semester off to address the issue.

Peter Jacobs of Business Insider reports.

A college with 11 students just canceled all of its classes for next semester

A struggling historically black college has suspended all of its classes for...

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Two Alabama College Students Charged With Sexual Assault

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

A horror story that took place during spring break.

The New York Times reports.

2 Alabama College Students Charged in Sexual Assault on Florida Beach

Two Alabama college students have been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman over spring break on a crowded Florida beach, law enforcement officials said.

Delonté Martistee,...

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Swastika and Other Racist Graffiti Found at Northwestern University

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11:00am

I’ll never understand the mindset of a person who does such a thing.

CBS News in Chicago reported.

Swastika, Racist Graffiti Reported At Northwestern University Library

Police at Northwestern University were investigating after someone scrawled racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in the school library.

University police said a swastika and disparaging remarks about African Americans were...

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This New Jersey College Became the First to Utilize Police Body Cams

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:30am

Are police body cameras the wave of the campus police future?

Andy Polhamus reports for the South Jersey Times:

Rowan University becomes first N.J. college to use police body cameras

Rowan University announced on Tuesday that its police department had been issued body cameras, making it the first New Jersey college to use the...

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‘Racketeer’ Attorney Speaks at Harvard Law School

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Posted by    Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8:00am

As Jazz Shaw of Hot Air says:

Harvard University may be sending a none too subtle message regarding their feelings about capitalism and successful businesses in America.

Paul M. Barrett of Bloomberg reported.

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Also Speaking at Liberty University? Jeb Bush

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:30pm

Several weeks after Senator Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign at the iconic university, Jeb Bush is scheduled to speak.

Nick Gass writes at Politico:

Jeb Bush to speak at Liberty University

Jeb Bush will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on May 9, the school announced Wednesday.

He is the...

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Some Georgia Colleges to See Significant Rise in Tuition Cost Next Year

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:00pm

It’s almost like some colleges haven’t heard of the higher ed bubble.

Keith Farner of the Gwinnett Daily Post reports.

Tuition to rise significantly for Georgia Gwinnett College, UGA, Ga. Tech

Education leaders in Georgia call it an investment, and this year students and families paying for college across the state will notice a...

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One Fourth of Part-Time Faculty Need Government Aid of Some Kind

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3:30pm

Just when you thought universities couldn’t be a bigger tax dollar suck…

Sonali Kohli writes for Quartz:

25% of part-time university faculty in the US need government aid

Half the teachers in US universities and colleges are part-time faculty. And 25% of those are receiving government aid because their paltry salary isn’t enough, according...

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Texas Tech Prof Goes to Court to End Tenure

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2:00pm

This professor thinks tenure is bad for higher education and he’s taking his case to court.

Susan Svrluga of the Washington Post reported.

A professor hates tenure so much that he’s making a federal case of it

James Wetherbe, a professor of information technology at Texas Tech University, used to hear this kind of...

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One Fatality After Gunman Attacks NC College

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:30pm

Tragedy occurs at a North Carolina community college.

Fox News reports.

1 person dead after shooting at North Carolina community college

Authorities were searching for a person of interest Monday after a North Carolina community college employee was shot and killed on campus.

Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, was placed on lockdown after the shooting.

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Neighbors of Manhattan College Complain That Students Are Out of Control

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:00am

Neighbors of this city based school claim that the students’ night time activities are a disruption.

CBS News in New York reported.

Neighbors Say Manhattan College Nightlife Has Gotten Out Of Control

Manhattan Collegeis located right in the heart of the Riverdale section of the Bronx,...

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