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Cal State San Marcos makes an intriguing pitch for students

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Posted by College Insurrection    Monday, December 31, 2012 at 4:30pm

With declining enrollment and young Americans opting for gainful employment instead of higher education, some administrators have resorted to unsavory tactics to make their institutions more appealing.

Recently, discussions focused on

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St. Louis U. student on 2012 — conservatives “live to fight another day”

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Posted by College Insurrection    Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:47pm

2012 was a very hard year for independent conservatives, especially those on progressively-oriented college campuses across the country.

For an uplifting ending to this year, St. Louis University student Amy Lutz lists some silver linings to this otherwise stormy year:

As 2012 comes to a close, many conservatives look back on the year...

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Student loan debt is the new herpes

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Posted by    Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:52pm

Some may wonder why sexual scholarship seems to be popular on college campuses nationwide (e.g., Incest Fest, Facebook “Hook Up” groups, fetish clubs).

The answer may be that relationships will be difficult to make after graduation, when student loans must be repaid.

New York Times writer Jessica Silver-Greenberg shares reports on the romantic...

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When Tuition Funds Bureaucracy the Students Lose

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Posted by College Insurrection    Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:15am

This tale of wasteful spending and pointless bureaucracy in higher education sounds exactly like what’s currently happening in Washington, DC. Coincidence?

Douglas Belkin and Scott Thurm of the Wall Street Journal report.

Deans List: Hiring Spree Fattens College Bureaucracy—And Tuition

MINNEAPOLIS—When Eric Kaler became president of the University of Minnesota last year, he pledged...

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Tennessee Virtual Academy — an Example of Real Educational Reform

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Posted by College Insurrection    Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:50am

The role of online courses at all levels of education is being considered nationwide.

For instance, Brian Kelsey, a Republican from Germantown,Tennessee serving as secretary of the Senate Education Committee, has this analysis of one school system’s innovative use of online instruction:

If the best teachers in the world are available on Internet...

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American campus “civility” policies encourage incivility

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Posted by College Insurrection    Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:00am

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE; thefire.orgreleased its 2013 report on campus speech codes, which shows that three-fifths of American campuses have speech policies that impinge upon students’ First Amendment rights.

Atlantic columnist and FIRE Board of Advisors member, Wendy Kaminer, offers her assessment of the unintended consequences of campus civility...

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Harvard Professor on Short List for Defense Secretary

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Posted by College Insurrection    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 5:43pm

William F. Buckley, Jr. once said he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 people on the faculty of Harvard University. Surely, he would have appreciated the irony of this news.

Steven R. Watros of the Harvard Crimson reports.

Kennedy School Professor...

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MOOCs

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Posted by College Insurrection    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 3:00pm

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) may be shaking up the world of higher education.

So it makes sense that the foundation started by Microsoft pioneer Bill Gates would be interested in investigating the role of online courses in college degree programs.  Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich offers the details.

The new agreement...

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Duke Student Pens Heartfelt Reaction to Newtown Shooting

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Posted by College Insurrection    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 1:00pm

Daniel Strunk of The Chronicle, Duke University’s independent student newspaper, has written a powerful and moving piece in reaction to the Newtown shooting.

A Response to the Newtown, Conn. shooting

Upon reading the first story of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting that came up on my Facebook newsfeed today, I said a prayer to...

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Ohio College Student Gets Protection Order Against Her Parents

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Posted by College Insurrection    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:00am

For stalking. This sounds like an unfortunate situation all around. Either that or the plot of an interesting movie.

The College Fix reports.

Ohio Student Gets Stalking Protection Order Against Parents

Via WLWT in Cincinnati:

A suburban Kansas City woman studying music theater at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has won a stalking...

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U. of Maryland Squanders $15,000 Fighting “Non-inclusive Language”

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Posted by College Insurrection    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 9:30am

The state of Maryland experienced a $1.4 billion budget shortfall in 2012.

Maryland taxpayers will then be shocked to learn that the state’s flagship educational institution, The University of Maryland, squandered  $15,000 to fight “non-inclusive language” on campus.

The University of Maryland (UMD) allocated $15,000 in 2012 to combat the use of language...

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Campus Reform’s 12 Most Outrageous Stories of 2012

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Posted by College Insurrection    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 8:13am

College Insurrection has linked Campus Reform many times since launching. Below, you can read a sample of CR’s most outrageous stories of 2012.

Throughout 2012, Campus Reform reported hundreds of stories of waste, fraud, and abuse on America’s college campuses.

Here is a list of our 12 most bizarre and outrageous stories...

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George Mason student — don’t fear the “common good”

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Posted by College Insurrection    Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 7:00pm

In reviewing the Republican losses during this months election, many college conservatives have noted that the party paid too much attention to the social issues.

Brian Miller of George Mason University disagrees — to a point.  He takes a look at the concept of “the common good” and how it can be...

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Clarion University Budgets the Old-Fashioned Way

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Posted by College Insurrection    Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 5:30pm

State budget cuts nationwide have forced many institutions of higher education to raise tuition and fees.

Bill Schackner of the Pittsburgh Gazette takes a look at one Pennsylvania campus that takes a fiscally conservative approach to finances in a way that brings big benefits to its students instead.

Clarion University has an attractive,...

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Actor Lamman Rucker Tells Talladega College Students To Embrace Self Determination And Discipline

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Posted by College Insurrection    Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 4:13pm

Actor Lamman Rucker deserves credit for delivering such a refreshingly positive message to the students of Talladega College in Alabama. Many members of the Hollywood community are currently urging students to embrace dependence on government. It’s nice to hear a message like this for a change.

TALLADEGA, Alabama — Actor Lamman Rucker...

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Disbarring Law School Deans for False Advertising?

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Posted by College Insurrection    Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 2:19pm

The higher education bubble is popping especially loudly for law schools across the country.

To attract students, who now seem to be gravitating to real jobs instead of further eduction, some law school administrators have...

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How dare you get a job instead of going to college!

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Posted by College Insurrection    Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:56am

The New York Times has a new piece which profiles high school graduates opting for high paying jobs in the oil fields of Montana instead of pursuing higher education. Here’s a key excerpt.

SIDNEY, Mont. — For most high school seniors, a college degree is the surest path to a decent job...

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Number of California College Grads Working in Retail and Restaurants Doubles

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Posted by College Insurrection    Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 7:30am

When George W. Bush was president, many people in the media referred to positions like these as McJobs. In Obama’s lackluster economy, the same people often seem surprised by news like this.

CBS 5 in San Francisco reports.

Number Of California College Grads Taking Jobs In Retail, Restaurants Doubles

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) —...

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USDA Gives Five Universities Pork for Christmas

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Posted by College Insurrection    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 7:00pm

Never doubt the innovative capacity of our government agencies…to squander taxpayer dollars.

Campus Reform writer Oliver Darcy reports on the gift of pork one of the biggest culprits has given five universities this Christmas season.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved $1.3 million in funds for research on “Christmas tree...

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Howard Zinn – The Historian Liberals Love

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Posted by College Insurrection    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 5:30pm

As we noted at College Insurrection recently, American History isn’t getting much play on college campuses these days. When it is taught however, Howard Zinn is the go-to guy.

Mary Grabar of Minding The Campus explains why.

Howard Zinn in the College Classroom

The left cannot get enough of the late Howard Zinn. The...

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The College Conservative – Remember The War in Afghanistan?

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Posted by College Insurrection    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 4:00pm

Remember when the media used to cover the war in Afghanistan almost daily? Back then it worked to the media’s advantage to report those stories because the president was a Republican. In the age of Obama, this war has become a footnote.

Christian Lopac of The College Conservative shares some thoughts here.

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U Arizona students to Poli Sci defender — You’re too indoctrinated to figure out you’re indoctrinated

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Posted by College Insurrection    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:30pm

Recently, University of Arizona political science major Nyles Kendall wrote an article, which had as its theme the countering a conservative pundit’s assertion that students are undergoing liberal indoctrination:

There are some who would also ask you to consider whether you’ve been ideologically indoctrinated by your radical, leftist college professors. K...

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