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Students Need More Alternatives After High School

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:30pm

After the decades-long march to college-for-everyone-at-18 has actually closed off options for teenagers and 20-somethings.

The New York Times reports.

Giving Young People an Alternative to College

Nearly 40 percent of American workers hold a bachelor’s degree. College graduates are found in virtually every profession: 15 percent of mail carriers have a four-year degree, as do one in five clerical and sales workers and 83,000 bartenders.

Getting a bachelor’s degree is what going to college means to most Americans and is so ingrained in our culture that students who do not march along are often admonished, questioned and considered — or consider themselves — failures.

Yet the decades-long march to college-for-everyone-at-18 has actually closed off options for teenagers and 20-somethings, rather than opened up opportunities.

As recently as the 1970s, a teenager had a number of options after graduating from high school: get a good-paying job right away, enlist in the military, find an apprenticeship in a trade or go to college.


 
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Suffolk University Employee Steals Almost $50,000 in Student Loans

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 5:00pm

An employee at Suffolk University pretended to be a grad student and robbed the school blind while collecting a paycheck.

Red Alert Politics reports.

College employee pretends to be student, is awarded $47K in student loans

It’s not just colleges that are robbing students blind — sometimes “students” take advantage of the system.

An employee at the Registrar’s Office of Suffolk University has spent the last several years pretending to be a graduate student, collecting almost $50,000 in student loans which she used to pay for vacations and her own personal expenses.

According to an Associated Press report, 28-year-old Ashley Ciampa was able to enroll in an MBA program at Suffolk for free as an employee at the school. She abused her position and access to student records to give herself A’s in classes she did not even attend, and was awarded over $47,000 in student loans.

Ciampa has been pretending to be a student since 2014. She recently pled guilty to student loan fraud and could face up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “borrowing thousands in low-rate student loans—which cover tuition, textbooks and a vague category known as living expenses, a figure determined by each individual school—can be easier than getting a bank loan. The government performs no credit checks for most student loans.”

The rise of online education has further increased the prevalence of student debt fraud.

Department of Education inspector general reports from 2014 found students enrolled in online programs often spent more than half of their student loan money on rent, transportation, and “miscellaneous” expenses. The report also found schools were lending thousands of dollars to students who were not even enrolled in classes at the time.


 
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College Closes After Student Makes Threats About Financial Aid

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:30pm

The school was in the middle of final exams.

KOMO reports.

Email from student mad about financial aid closes Grays Harbor College

ABERDEEN, Wash. — A student upset about financial aid sent angry emails to Grays Harbor College here.

And the college took them seriously enough Tuesday to close the school, which was in the...

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Supreme Court Rules for Affirmative Action at University of Texas

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 2:00pm

The nation’s highest court has ruled in favor of Affirmative Action in a major case at the University of Texas.

The New York Times reports.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at...

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Bias Response Team Investigating Northern Colorado Professor For Playing ‘Devil’s Advocate’

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 12:30pm

A student complained that “other students are required to watch the in-class debate and hear both arguments presented.”

The College Fix reports.

Professor investigated by bias response team for playing ‘devil’s advocate’ in class

Teach your students that multiple viewpoints exist and you might be investigated by the bias squad in the bloated, top-heavy...

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UC Irvine Suspends College Republicans for Hosting Milo Yiannopoulos

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:00am

Milo is a conservative who was brought to campus by the College Republicans to speak, nothing more. This case is an illustration in unfairness.

Campus Reform reports.

College Republicans suspended by UC Irvine after hosting Milo

The University of California, Irvine has suspended its College Republicans chapter for an entire year after the group...

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College Campuses Are Having More Anti-Semitic Incidents

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9:30am

And there was a big jump in the number of physical assaults on Jews.

NBC reports.

Anti-Semitic Incidents on College Campuses on the Rise: ADL

Anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses nearly doubled last year and violence against Jews is on the rise, a watchdog group reported Wednesday.

The Anti-Defamation League noted that 90 anti-Jewish incidents...

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University of Arizona to Launch Nation’s First Transgender Studies Program

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Posted by    Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:00am

Do you want to really impress your progressive friends on campus? Change your major to Transgender Studies.

The Daily Caller reports.

Taxpayer-Funded University Will Offer Degree Focusing On Dudes Who Dress Up As Women

The taxpayer-funded University of Arizona will officially launch America’s first transgender studies program.

The program, which will confer master’s degrees, is...

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Over 130,000 Sign Petition For NCAA To Ban Athletes With Violent Pasts

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:30pm

The petition was posted online 10 days ago by Darius Adams, a basketball player at Tacoma Community College.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Petition demands that NCAA ban athletes with violent pasts

More than 130,000 people have now signed a petition demanding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association ban violent athletes from playing intercollegiate sports.

The...

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VIDEO: What If Our Constitution Were Written Like Campus Speech Codes?

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 5:00pm

This short but brilliant video was created by FIRE.

Be sure to watch the whole thing.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

 
 
 
 

Taking 2 Extra Years In College Is Common And Costs Around $300,000

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 3:30pm

When you’re mapping out your undergraduate career, consider how much additional years in school could cost you.

USA Today reports.

2 extra years in college could cost you almost $300,000

Taking an extra year or two to complete a bachelor’s degree is common these days, but that additional time could cost a student nearly...

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Could This Be The Campus Rape Lawsuit That Destroys Title IX?

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 2:00pm

If it doesn’t, we’ll probably see more lawsuits like it in the coming years.

Robby Soave of Reason has the story.

The Campus Rape Lawsuit That Could Destroy Title IX Has Finally Arrived

A University of Virginia law student who was accused of sexual misconduct and banned from campus—years after...

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UC Berkeley’s Senior Staff Writer Blames White Supremacy For Orlando Attack

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 12:30pm

The writer is also quite confused about whether his own existence signifies “oppression” or “privilege.”

The College Fix reports.

Orlando tragedy ‘culmination of white supremacy and heteropatriarchal norms’ — student op-ed

Opining in UC-Berkeley’s The Daily Californian, Senior Staffer Trevor Greenan details his personal struggles with identity while simultaneously holding the country’s dominant culture...

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VIDEO: Millennials Shocked by Hillary Clinton Quotes

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:00am

Campus Reform recently played a game of “who said it?” with some young people. Nearly every person got all the questions wrong and were shocked by what they learned.

Here’s more:

VIDEO: Young people shocked by Hillary’s infamous quotes

Throughout the 2016 campaign, one of the biggest problems facing Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been...

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New York’s Problematic Student Organization Bill Dies

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 9:30am

Had the bill passed, it would have infringed on the expressive rights of those attending college in New York.

FIRE reports.

New York’s Problematic Student Organization Bill Dies

Last week, my colleague Adam Steinbaugh informed Torch readers about a bill, S8017, introduced in the New York legislature, that would prohibit state universities, city universities,...

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College Professors Investigated for Presenting Opposing Viewpoints

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 8:00am

The thought police are as active as ever on today’s college campuses.

The Washington Examiner reports.

Professors investigated for presenting opposing viewpoints

Two professors at the University of Northern Colorado were investigated after students complained that they were forced to hear opposing viewpoints.

The complaints were made to Northern Colorado’s “Bias Response Team,” an Orwellian...

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Some Professors Are Now Embracing Wikipedia

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:30pm

In sum, more than 14,000 students have created or edited 35,000 Wikipedia articles as part of a program run by the Wikipedia Education Foundation.

Los Angeles Times reports.

Why some college professors are telling students to use Wikipedia for class

Most college freshmen learn on Day 1 that they shouldn’t use Wikipedia. It’s framed...

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Los Angeles City College Holds Transgender Career Fair

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:00pm

Transgender mania has arrived on another college campus.

Campus Reform reports.

LA City College hosts transgender career fair

A government-funded career fair for transgender workers was held on the Los Angeles City College (LACC) campus Monday.

Attendees were able to meet representatives from more than 50 companies, including Amazon, NBC Universal, and Target. Anyone could...

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Skills Coach Claims When Millennials Live At Home It’s “Robbery”

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 3:30pm

It’s parents who may be doing the robbing, as many underestimate the readiness of their children to live on their own.

Red Alert Politics reports.

Skills coach: When Millennials live at home, it’s “robbery”

Recent polling shows a historical, and troubling, trend for millennials. More millennials (32 percent) live at home with their parents...

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New Campus Carry Policy in Tennessee Starts in July

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2:00pm

As you’ll see from the report below by the Tennessean, not everyone is ready for this new policy to take effect.

Tennessee colleges scramble as law allowing guns on campus nears

At 8 a.m. Monday, police at the University of Tennessee will start registering employees who want to carry guns on the Knoxville...

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New Program Can Help Students Save $1,300 A Year On Textbooks

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 12:30pm

The initiative is expected to benefit at least 76,000 students.

Red Alert Politics reports.

New program rids students of text books, saving thousands

Students at some community colleges will have the opportunity to save money on textbooks by replacing them with open-source materials, thanks to a new initiative.

Achieving the Dream launched the “open educational...

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Protesters at U. Southern Mississippi Kicked Off Campus for Flying State Flag

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:00am

Part of the state flag includes the Confederate Flag so it’s anathema now.

The Daily Caller reports.

Protesters Kicked Off Campus For Flying Their Own State Flag

Protesters at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) were kicked off campus Sunday by a police officer who incorrectly told them the Mississippi state flag was prohibited...

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