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New report says overdue student loans have hit all time high

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:30pm

Could the timing for this news be any worse? Young people all over America just completed graduation exercises.

John Hechinger of Bloomberg has the story.

Overdue Student Loans Reach Record as U.S. Graduates Seek Jobs

Overdue student loans reached an all-time high as students struggle to find work after college, according to a government...

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The College Conservative analyzes Elizabeth Warren’s game of loans

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:00pm

As you may know, Legal Insurrection has covered Elizabeth Warren’s ridiculous and ineffective ideas for dealing with student loans.

In a new post at the College Conservative, writer Christine Rousselle takes Warren to task.

Elizabeth Warren’s Game of Loans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is definitely not an economist. Her recent student loan interest rate...

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The Anti-Southern Bias Of Pro-Race Preference Arguments

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:00pm

The heated and hostile reaction to evidence that there is greater black participation in politics in Southern states covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act than in non-covered states, even liberal Massachusetts — especially to Chief Justice Roberts’ pointing to that evidence during the recent oral argument in Shelby County  v....

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Did you know Republicans have a student loan bill?

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:00pm

When it comes to doing the right thing by America’s college students, the GOP may be calling Obama’s bluff here.

Nathan Harden of The College Fix reports.

Republican Student Loan Bill Will Test Obama’s True Intentions

Republicans passed a student loan bill last week that would permanently tie student interest rates to the market...

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New Poll Sheds Light on Grim Reality for College Graduates

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:00pm

A new poll shows that college graduates’ realities are out-of-line with their expectations.

Paired with a recent survey showing almost half of today’s graduates are underemployed, it paints a grim picture of the job market for young Americans. (Hat-tip, Instapundit).

A new poll by consulting firm Accenture shows some striking gaps between the...

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University of Illinois hikes student fees to cover sex-change operations

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:30pm

The progressive agenda at some public universities is clearly out of control. Student fees for gender reassignment surgery? Really?

Jennifer Kabbany of The College Fix reports.

Public University Hikes Student Fees To Fund Sex-Change Operations

Leaders of the University of Illinois at Chicago have agreed to hike student fees to help fund sex-change operations.

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Feds attempt damage control over campus speech codes

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:00am

Here’s some news that should surprise absolutely no one. Most people aren’t thrilled about the federal government’s new campus speech codes.

We detailed the problem at Legal Insurrection, The FIRE: “The government has mandated speech codes on all campuses”.

Greg Lukianoff of The FIRE reports.

Facing National Criticism, Feds Attempt to Defend Controversial...

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The “Liz Warren Effect”: Colleges get “A” in Hiking Costs

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:30am

Unless you’re a mathematician or scientist, having a term based on your name is rarely a good thing.

Proving the point, Boston herald Op-Ed columnist Michael Graham analyzes higher education’s new prime directive and rechristens the “Higher Education Bubble” (hat-tip, Instapundit):

Call it the “Liz Warren Effect.”

You remember Faux-cahontas’s days as a “token...

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Men on Strike – Why Men are Fleeing Colleges

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:00am

I recently reviewed Dr. Helen Smith’s new book, Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream — and Why It Matters for Legal Insurrection.

Now, I would like to focus on Smith’s chapter, “The College Strike – Where the Boys Aren’t”.  In this section, she takes a...

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Spelling Bee winner and nerd role model reflects on post-bee life

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:30pm

Do you ever wonder what happens to those amazing kids who win major spelling bees?

Wonder no longer:

Of the 85 kids who have won the National Spelling Bee, only one became an instant movie star.

For the millions who watched back in 1999, her face is frozen in time. She’ll always be the...

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Baylor U. Student: Make Economics Less Math-Based

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:00pm

Conservatives often note there is too much theory and not enough common sense in many economic proposal.

Baylor University student Danny Huizinga discusses an assertion from a noted economics expert that the field may rely too much on math and not enough on human interactions.

Does ec...

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Student fees are play money for progressives on campus

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:30pm

Nathan Harden is the editor of the College Fix and College Insurrection has linked that site many times.

Recently, Mr. Harden wrote an essay for Minding The Campus in which he offered numerous examples of abusive use of student fees on college campuses.

Student Fees, Snooki, and a Drag Queen Superstar

Like a creeping...

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Illinois high school teacher faces discipline for teaching constitutional rights

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00pm

A high school teacher administering a school survey advised students that they have a right not to answer. He’s now dealing with professional consequences for doing so.

Robby Soave of The Daily Caller reports.

Teacher advises students against self-incrimination, faces punishment

A high school teacher may lose his job after advising his students not...

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Harvard dean at center of email scandal to step down

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:30pm

Perhaps Dean Hammonds has a future at the Department of Justice.

Steve Kolowich of the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Harvard Dean Steps Down Following Secret Searches of E-Mail Accounts

Less than three months after Harvard University administrators admitted to signing off on secret searches in the e-mail accounts of more than a dozen...

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Student accuses Ohio State of political indoctrination

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:00am

The student is Patrick Seaworth and he recently told his story at The College Fix.

How Ohio State Failed Me

There is a motto at Ohio State University emblazed on its crest: “Disciplina in civitatem.” Translation: Education for Citizenship.

Unfortunately, the school does not live up to its creed.

J...

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NYC Launches Sex App for Teens

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 9:30am

In the Big Apple, teens can’t purchase a Big Gulp.

Yet New York City is now offering an app that gives them directions to sexual health services such as abortion, as well as links to videos covering complex and mature subjects. Penny Starr of CNSNews.com files this report:

The New York City Health...

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George Washington U. Students Gleeful at Bachmann Retirement

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:00am

Minnesota Congresswoman and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann is leaving the House after she completes her term, though speculation remains that she will remain involved in the political process in some fashion.

The news was received with a great deal of joy at progressive campuses across the country, including George Washington University....

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Video – Ted Cruz gives commencement speech at Hillsdale College

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:30pm

Hillsdale is one of the most reliably conservative colleges in America so it’s no surprise they invited Ted Cruz to speak.

Erika Johnsen at Hot Air reported.

Ted Cruz at Hillsdale: “Economic freedom and the prosperity it generates reduces poverty like nothing else”

President Obama’s lecture commencement speech to the Naval Academy graduates on...

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‘Do what you love’ isn’t always the best advice for college grads

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:00pm

Writer and teacher Carl McCoy has written a new piece for the Wall Street Journal in which he offers some advice for recent college grads. Don’t believe everyone who tells you to do what you love.

Carl McCoy: Dear Grads, Don’t ‘Do What You Love’

This month, commencement speakers across the country are...

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Georgia Tech stuns higher ed with $7,000 Masters Degree

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 3:30pm

This is the sort of innovation and competition that is desperately needed in American higher education.

Troy Onink of Forbes has the story.

Georgia Tech, Udacity Shock Higher Ed With $7,000 Degree

Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a partnership with Udacity to offer an online Masters Degree

in Computer Science for $7,000, down 80%...

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Some Atheists feel bullied by prayer at Kentucky High School graduation

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:00pm

A high school in central Kentucky decided to hold onto its tradition of including a prayer at their graduation ceremony. Not everyone was pleased.

Eric Owens of The Daily Caller reports.

Graduation prayer at rural Kentucky high school irks atheists, delights Christians

As another year of high school comes to a close in communities...

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Student loan debt grows, but delinquencies drop slightly

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:30pm

Good news / bad news related to the Higher Education Bubble crisis. Debt is growing, but delinquencies down a bit.

Contributor Phil Izzo of The Wall Street Journal files this report:

While student-loan debt continues to grow, delinquency rates dropped a bit in the first quarter, according to new data from the...

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