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Obamacare Causing Colleges to Consider Dumping Student Health Insurance

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 5:00pm

Gee, who saw this coming?

Donna Gordon Blankinship reports for the Associated Press (posted by the Huffington Post):

Colleges Are Getting Out Of The Health Insurance Business

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Experts are divided on whether this change will be good or bad for students. Some call it an inevitable result of health care reform and a money-saver for students since insurance in the marketplace is usually cheaper than the college plans. Others worry that more students will go without health insurance since their premiums won’t be folded into the lump sum they pay for school, and they say college health plans offer more coverage for the money than other options.

The main driver of colleges getting out of the insurance business is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that prevents students from using premium tax subsidies to purchase insurance from their college or university, according to Steven M. Bloom, director of federal relations for the American Council on Education, a Washington, D.C., group representing the presidents of U.S. colleges and universities.

Add to that the provision that allows young people to stay on their parent’s health insurance plans until age 26, plus the expansion of Medicaid in some states and the rising cost of student insurance. The result is cheaper health insurance available for students off campus.

But Bloom worries more schools will decide to drop insurance coverage.


 
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U. Delaware Stands up to Congressman Seeking to Harass Prof Skeptical of Climate Change

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:30pm

Kudos to the university for doing the right thing.

Greg Piper of the College Fix reports.

U. of Delaware stands up to congressman seeking to harass climate change skeptic

Here’s a textbook case of attempted intimidation: A congressman requests a broad range of records from a university about a professor whose views he dislikes.

You’d think some schools would fight the request if it’s a conventionally liberal professor, and acquiesce if it’s someone who leans right.

The University of Delaware showed its integrity by not making distinctions.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education notes that the school only complied with a “narrow portion” of an extraordinarily broad request from Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., ranking member of the Natural Resources Committee, seeking records about climatology professor David Legates.

Inside Higher Ed expands on why Legates is a target:

Legates specializes in statistical methods, specifically related to precipitation, and has been a vocal critic of the general scientific consensus that climate change is a result of humans. He’s also alleged — including in Congressional testimony — that climate change science “dissenters” are systematically “silenced” by threats to their careers.

Grijalva says he’s simply trying to protect the integrity of research by tracking funding sources – such as oil companies – for such skeptics. This is among what he asked for:

The congressman also requested a detailed accounting of Legates’s sources of external funding, including consulting fees, “promotional considerations,” speaking fees, travel expenses and other compensation than his Delaware salary. For each item, Grijalva requested the source, amount, “reason” for receiving the funding, any and all communication about it, and, for grants, a description of the research proposal and copy of the funded grant.


 
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University of Minnesota Student Missing

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Police are searching for 22-year-old Jennifer Houle.

KSTP reports:

Police Search for Missing University of Minnesota Student

Police are seeking help in finding a 22-year-old woman who was reported missing on Friday.
Jennifer Houle was last seen at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown on Friday around 1 a.m., according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Op-ed: Universities Risk Becoming Anti-Intellectual

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

I think we may already be at that point but this piece by Rex Murphy of National Post is still worth a read.

Rex Murphy: The modern university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and anti-intellectualism

Lighthouses of reason, or beacons of folly? Which more readily applies to some modern universities? If you...

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Syracuse Does the “Bare Minimum” on Academic Fraud

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:00am

Syracuse is being heavily scrutinized for for its paltry approach to academic integrity.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

‘The Bare Minimum’

When Syracuse University last week announced the resignation of its athletics director and impending retirement of its revered basketball coach, the university’s supporters and even some of its critics said the moves showed the...

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Is the Left Beginning to Implode on Campus?

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 9:30am

Jonathan V. Last says yes in a new post at the Weekly Standard.

The Campus Left Begins to Implode

If you pay any attention to the ways in which radicalism dominates the culture of the university these days, you’re likely to feel as though you’ve gone through the looking glass. “White privilege.” “Trigger...

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North Carolina Summer College Program May Not be as Successful as Planned

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:00am

Is North Carolina’s multimillion dollar summer program working as well as it should?

National Review reports.

North Carolina’s “Summer Bridge” Program Seems to Work, But…

America’s mania for luring as many young people as possible into college necessitates enrolling lots of very weak, often academically disengaged students who are far behind many others in...

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Moral Standards of Christian Colleges Under Fire

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 5:00pm

Are Christian universities being forced to capitulate to secular demands?

Heather Sells reports for CBN:

Christian Colleges’ Moral Standards Taking Heat

WENHAM, Mass. — More than 450,000 students attend colleges focused on Christ-centered learning. These schools often require students and faculty to sign a faith statement committing to certain beliefs and behaviors.

In the past,...

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U. Mary Washington Disregards Free Speech and Due Process in Punishment of Rugby Team

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 3:30pm

Things like free speech and due process are old tired ideas anyway, right?

Samantha Harris of the FIRE blog reports.

UMW’s Punishment of Rugby Team Disregards Free Speech, Due Process

Another week, another public university president defying the First Amendment.

Declaring that his university (unconstitutionally) prohibits “derogatory statements of any form,” University of Mary Washington...

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Are Fraternity Problems Hurting the Higher Education Business?

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

A wave of fraternity problems is causing reaching ramifications for affected universities.

News9 reports:

Fraternity Woes Impact Business Of Higher Education

NORMAN, Oklahoma – It’s been a bad month for the nation’s university Greek fraternity system. The last few weeks saw allegations of racist slurs at a University of Oklahoma fraternity, suspension of a...

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Under New Bill, CA Community Colleges Could Punish Off-Campus Sexual Assault

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:30pm

What business do these school’s have with anything that happens off campus?

The College Fix reports.

Calif. community colleges could punish off-campus sexual assault under new bill

Saying she just wanted to give all state colleges the same treatment, a Santa Barbara Democrat introduced a bill to let community colleges punish students for off-campus...

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The Best States for College Grads

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00am

Get your degree and head over to these states.

Time reports.

These States Have the Most Jobs For College Grads

New college grads looking for work online have the best shot at getting jobs in Massachusetts and Delaware, a new study finds.

Since as many as 90% of jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or...

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Early Reports Say Review of Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Story is Brutal

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:30am

Columbia Journalism School was charged with reviewing Rolling Stone’s botched story of rape at UVA and sources tell Dylan Byers of Politico that it doesn’t look good.

Review of Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story is long and damning

The highly anticipated review of Rolling Stone’s disputed story about a University of Virginia gang...

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Cornell Denounces Video that Claims University Supports ISIS

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00am

ISIS is not coming to Cornell anytime soon.

Cornell Daily Sun reports.

University Decries Undercover Video Featuring Assistant Dean

The University denounced Wednesday a viral video that claimed an assistant dean at Cornell provided advice on how to support and fund terrorist groups and invite them to campus.

In the video, which was released Tuesday,...

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Chinese Student Organization Shut Down at Columbia

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:30pm

Reportedly, multiple policy violations resulted in the closing of one of the largest Chinese student organizations.

Johan Nylander reports for Forbes:

Columbia University Closes Chinese Student Organization

One of the largest Chinese student organizations in the United States has been shut down due to violations of financial and organizational policies.

A short statement on...

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Stanford University Probes Academic Dishonesty Allegations

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:00pm

These are heavy charges. Cheating is taken pretty seriously in academia.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

Prominent university probes ‘high number of academic dishonesty’ allegations

A swath of students at one of the nation’s most prominent universities stand accused of cheating.

At Stanford University – considered an unofficial Ivy League school on the West Coast –...

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Racist Chant Findings Released by University of Oklahoma

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:05pm

Weeks after a private recording of a racist fraternity chant surfaced, the University of Oklahoma has released the findings of their investigation.

Just in, Sean Murphy reports for the Associated Press:

University of Oklahoma Unveils Racist Chant Probe Findings

The University of Oklahoma’s president says members of...

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University of Virginia Students Locked Out of Meeting About Large Tuition Hike

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00pm

I can understand not wanting students to take over the meeting but would it hurt to have some student representatives there?

Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Campus Reform reports.

Students surprised with monumental tuition hike while locked out of tuition meeting

As the University of Virginia announced a plan to increase tuition by 11 percent—one of...

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Blogs and Essays Can Complement But Not Replace Each Other

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:30pm

Should students write in only a blog format?

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Blogs, Essays or Both?

Asking students to blog for an audience of their classmates instead of writing an essay for a professor can bring out different qualities in their writing, according to a study published in next month’s volume of Teaching Sociology....

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Colleges Found to be Risky for Students and Taxpayers Kept Secret by Education Dept.

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00am

The most transparent administration ever.

Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed reported.

U.S. Keeps Scrutiny of Risky Colleges Secret

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those inst...

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Cash in On The Right College

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:30am

How do you get the most for your college investment?

Forbes reports.

Cashing In On The Right College

Some 40 million Americans have gone into debt to finance a college education for the right reason: They wanted to improve their economic prospects and learn something new.

But it’s always debatable if that money was well...

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Two People Have Filed Over 1,700 Sex Discrimination Complaints with the Dept. of Education

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00am

Exactly two people – as in one, two – have filed over 1,700 sex discrimination complaints to the Dept. of Education and the Obama administration won’t say who they are.

Does this sound a little fishy to you?

Lindsey Layton reports at the Washington Post.

Civil rights compl...

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