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Harvard’s President Faust Expresses Concerns About Obama’s Federal College Ratings Plan

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

In an interview with The Washington Post, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust expresses some serious concerns about the Obama Administration’s new federal college ratings plan.

“I think it raises the issue of what do you rate them for?” Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust told The Washington Post. “It goes back to what is college worth. What are you going to say? Is it all going to be about how much more money an individual makes with a college degree?”

Whatever formula the Education Department devises for ratings, Faust said, should take into account numerous factors. For example: How many graduates go into public service?

“Give a multifaceted, nuanced picture of what colleges do,” Faust said. “Certainly the dropout rate . . . would be something worth understanding about a college. But I think these should be very complex portraits of institutions. And not reduce an institution to a simple metric.”

The federal rating initiative, which President Obama announced in August 2013, was one of several topics Faust discussed in a recent visit to The Post’s newsroom.

Harvard’s 28th president, in office since 2007, has sought this fall to kindle a conversation about what she calls “the case for college.” In a speech in Dallas in October, Faust urged high school students to keep in mind the many reasons — not just economic ones — for going to college.

“There’s a lot of noise in the press and online about college not being worth it — being too expensive, unnecessary, just go start your startup, just go be an entrepreneur,” Faust said. Worried that this view is getting traction, Faust said she wants to provide a counter-argument.

She is well aware that for many Americans going to college is about getting the right credential to launch their careers.

“Which is of course important,” Faust said. “Economic growth is important. People’s ability to support their families and lead lives that are not dogged by financial uncertainty and stress — that is important. But I think we also need to understand that college is about much more than that.” Meeting new people, for instance, and new worlds of thought. Finding new goals. Discovering the value of deliberation.


 
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Columbia Student in Critical Condition After Jump from 8th Floor of Dorm

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

A sad story. Authorities suspect drugs were involved.

Chelsia Rose Marcius and Barry Paddock of the New York Daily News reported.

Columbia University student critically injured in apparent jump from eighth floor of Wien Hall dorm

A Columbia University student believed to be high on drugs was critically injured when he apparently jumped from an eighth-floor dorm room on Monday night, cops and fellow students said.

The 19-year-old man, identified by police sources and fellow students as Brandon Marco, lives on the eighth floor of Wien Hall, a 14-story undergraduate dorm on W. 116th St. and Morningside Drive in Morningside Heights.

He wandered into the room of a fellow student, just down the hall from his, acting irrationally and apparently under the influence of drugs, police sources said. The occupant of that room, a young woman, became alarmed when Marco suddenly removed all of his clothes.

When cops arrived in response to a 911 call about 8:35 p.m., they found the dorm room’s window open, cops said. Marco was found on a third-floor landing below.

He was conscious as paramedics rushed him to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, officials said.

But a police source said late Monday night that Marco was suffering from severe internal bleeding and that his condition was “very critical.”


 
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Minnesota Transgender High School Students can Play on ‘Preferred Gender’ Sports Teams

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:30pm

File this story under “School Choice”.

The Minnesota State High School League has voted to allow boys who identify as girls, and girls who identify as boys, to play and compete on sports teams of their “preferred gender.”

The new rule will take effect in the 2015-2016 season.

Fox News reports:

The policy requires transgender...

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Have You Heard About the Confucius Institutes?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:00pm

I hadn’t heard about them until I read the post excerpted below by Jane S. Shaw of National Review.

There are concerns about socialist propaganda possibly being taught here.

So, What about Those Confucius Institutes?

The government of China is promoting Chinese language and culture at “Confucius Institutes” at 97 schools in the United...

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College Student Notes When “Black Lives Really Matter” in News Coverage

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

The College Conservative’s Kyle Sabo notes that when it comes to news coverage, some deaths are deemed more worthy than others.

On December 1, 2014, the fate of a young man’s life rested with a Brooklyn jury. As grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York handed down no true...

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Florida International U. Students Amazed to Learn Hillary Clinton is 67

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:00am

They also had no idea that she hasn’t driven a car since 1996.

Watch the video below.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reported.

VIDEO: Students shocked to learn Hillary Clinton is 67, hasn’t driven since 1996

College students at Florida International University were shocked recently to discover that not only is Hillary Clinton 67...

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Colgate Faculty Take Over Yik Yak to Drown Out Hateful Comments

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:30am

See, that’s how you deal with negative speech: you don’t silence it, you spread positive speech to take its place.

Kaitlin Mulhere at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

Yik Yak Take-Back

During the September sit-in, associate biology professor Geoff Holm knew faculty members who posted tried to spread some Colgate campus love on...

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Queer Black Artist Group Takes Responsibility for Lynching Effigies Found at Berkeley

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00am

On Monday, I said I was skeptical about this incident. Here you go.

Blake Neff of the Daily Caller reports.

‘Queer Black And Person Of Color Artists’ Claim Responsibility For Lynching Effigies At Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley, already fired up over recent protests related to the deaths of Michael Brown and...

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University at Buffalo Launches New Program to Assist Young Entrepreneurs

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

It’s a Christmas miracle!

One New York university is now offering a free-market friendly program for enterprising students.

The University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) has launched a new program for assist early-stage entrepreneurs, officials announced Thursday.

The Startup CEL program will provide specialized support and guidance to young,...

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Report Shows Many Freshmen Have no Idea How Much Debt They’re Taking on

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

A new report from the Brookings Institution found that many college freshmen are oblivious to the amount of debt they’re taking on in college.

Christopher Ingraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Most college freshman seen as ignorant on debt

A majority of first-year undergraduates can’t correctly estimate how much student loan debt they’re taking...

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College Conservative – Keystone Pipeline Should Fuel 114th Congressional Agenda

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

College Conservative contributor Jim Hinton has a proposal to fuel the congressional agenda during its next session.

Congress is about to head into its Christmas Recess, and will soon be closed for business until January. When Congress returns, it will be the Republican-led 114th Congress calling the shots instead of the...

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Colleges and Students in Virginia Lobby Governor Over Expected Budget Cuts

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

Some students even got together and made a video.

It’ll be interesting to see how Governor McAuliffe responds.

Kristin Musulin of USA Today reported.

‘Save our Slice’: 13 Va. colleges fight higher...

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Rape is Plummeting in Frequency, But Campus Rape Hysteria Won’t Go Away

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

Glenn Reynolds at USA Today explains why claims of a “rape epidemic” just won’t go away despite so much evidence that there is no “epidemic”:

The great campus rape hoax

For months we’ve been told that there’s a burgeoning “epidemic” of rape on college campuses, that the system for dealing with campus rape is...

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Michigan State Protesters Call George Will ‘Rape Denier’

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:00am

Classy. Some of them even had signs that said not to politicize rape. Hello?

Derek Draplin of the College Fix reported.

Angry protesters denounce George Will at MSU; called ‘rape denier,’ backs turned

EAST LANSING – Conservative columnist George Will faced major opposition Saturday as a commencement speaker at Michigan State University, where he...

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Prospective Teachers in NYC Fail Academic Literary Skills Exam

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:30am

“If you can’t do, teach.”

Carl Ampanile at The New York Post reports:

Majority of city’s trainee teachers flunked literacy tests

How do you spell illiterate?

A majority of students training at scores of New York colleges to become teachers flunked a literacy test they have to pass to be licensed, new figures show.

The state...

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Judge Rules That Years-Old Sex Abuse Case Against Harvard Can Proceed

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00am

The case goes all the way back to the 1960′s and involves a swim coach who is now deceased.

From Truth Revolt.

Child-Rape Case Against Harvard Can Proceed: Judge

Harvard University will have to defend itself against allegations of child rape at the campus now that a Massachusetts judge has reinstated a lawsuit against...

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Study Shows Many College Students Think Smoking a Hookah is Safer than Cigarettes

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

Never doubt the ability of American college students to rationalize away any hazards associated with risky behavior they want to engage in.

Many college students consider hookah smoking safer than smoking cigarettes despite emerging evidence suggesting otherwise, according to a recent study.

Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke specially made tobacco that...

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College Student Gets Kisses With Mistletoe Contraption

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:00pm

This kid gets an A for creativity.

I completely lost track of how many kisses he gets in the video.

WABC in New York reported.

College student’s ‘mistletoe contraption’ gets him all the Christmas kisses

Maybe he was looking for love or maybe he was just hoping to spread a little holiday cheer, but either...

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Georgetown Student Defends His “I deserved to be mugged” Post

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 3:30pm

When Georgetown student Oliver Friedfeld wrote his op-ed, in which indicated that he deserved to be mugged because of “white privilege”, he experienced a significant opinion backlash.

And, like Jonathan Gruber, he is now going back and explaining when he really meant.

…I hope this letter clarifies some of the points that have...

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Lynching Effigies Found on UC Berkeley Campus

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 2:00pm

Call me a skeptic but I suspect this was done by students who want to keep stoking the protests happening at the school.

Peter Holley reports at the Washington Post.

Berkeley students find cardboard cutouts of black lynching victims hanging on campus

Students at the University of California at Berkeley awoke Saturday morning to...

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New Jersey Co-ed Sues Parents Again for Failing to Pay College Tuition

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 12:30pm

The parents haven’t complied with the first legal order for payment.

In November, we reported that a New Jersey judge ordered parents to pay their estranged 21-year-old daughter’s college tuition.

It appears that the parents didn’t take the legal order seriously.

A 21-year-old woman, Caitlyn Ricci, who’s already been to court once to get her parents to pay her college tuition is now back...

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Oregon State University Gets High Marks for Free Speech

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:00am

Congrats to Oregon State. May other schools follow their lead.

Brad Schmidt of Oregon Live reported.

Campus free speech? Oregon State University earns high marks in new report

Oregon State University is one of 18 colleges across the United States without restrictive free-speech policies, according to a report released S...

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