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GOP Senator Proposes Rewrite of “Higher Ed Act” with Eye Toward Deregulation

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Posted by    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 3:30pm

Academic leaders have serious problems with the Obama Administration’s new college rating system, mostly about the level of regulation.

One Republican is proposing new legislation, with an eye to “deregulation.”

The response to his proposal by the academics should be….fascinating.

Senator Lamar Alexander on Tuesday committed to finishing a rewrite of the Higher...

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NYC’s “Free School Lunch Program” Dreams Hit Wall of Fiscal Reality

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5:00pm

Showing there is no such thing as a “free lunch.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s administration has no plans to expand a free-lunch program to elementary and high school students, New York City’s schools chancellor said Wednesday, setting up a battle with the City Council and advocates who have been championing free...

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Innovative “All-Boy High School” proposal questioned by ACLU

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00pm

Given how poorly America’s public education system serves our boys and young men, an innovative proposal for an all-boys high school sounds sensible.

However, the usual suspects are lining up to challenge the plan. The Washington Times reporter Andrea Noble files this report:

With D.C. Public Schools graduating less than half of its...

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CA Lawmakers Propose Increasing Penalties For Possessing Date-Rape Drugs

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 11:00am

The newest piece of legislation from California a least makes more sense that the “Yes Means Yes” affirmative consent rules for campuses it recently passed.

Illegal possession of so-called date-rape drugs would become a potential felony under a bill in California to reverse what supporters say is an unintended consequence of a...

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Berkeley Student-Feminist Opines on “50 Shades of Grey” Style BDSM

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8:00am

We recently reported that a University of Illinois at Chicago student leader was arrested and charged with raping a fellow student, saying that he used “50 Shades of Grey” as inspiration.

For another take on “50 Shades of Grey” and its impact on campus/feminist lifestyles, here is the perspective from University of...

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Western Nevada College Benches Baseball and Softball Teams Over Finances

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

These student athletes are the latest victims of the Higher Education Bubble.

The Western Nevada College baseball and softball teams will fold after the 2016 season because of funding cuts, college officials said Tuesday.

“It’s the toughest decision I made,” WNC President Chet Burton said. “These are gre...

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Common Core Fallout: Students opt out of standardized testing

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

Common Core continues to create unintended consequences on America’s educational system.

The numbers are in, and it looks like there is a jump in the number of students opting out of standardized exams to protest the “toxic culture of testing.”

When it comes to standardized tests, parents across the country are (a) concerned;...

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Boston’s Winter Storms Chilling College Scholarship

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

The students in Boston have even more reason to doubt “global warming” as a series of winter storms slam the area and impact campus life.

USA Today’s Dani Marrero files this report:

With sub-zero wind chills, minimal sidewalk space and more snow likely to come, Boston has been struggling to keep running....

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Philadelphia University Student Creates Real ‘Bat Suit’ for Combat

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

Holy education, Batman!

An innovative creation by a Philadelphia University student is a perfect blend of fantasy and practicality.

University Herald reports.

Jackson Gordon, a student at Philadelphia University, recently took to Maryland’s Katsucon anime convention to show off his (almost) fully functional Batsuit.

Speaking with USA Today College, Gordon said he invited people he...

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Purdue University gets $40 Million Grant to Support STEM Projects

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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:30pm

Given that some of the best career options for students are in science and engineering, it’s good to see one university rewarded for enhancing its efforts in those vital areas instead of squandering funds in social justice or campus beautification efforts.

University Herald reported.

Purdue University in Indiana has received the largest in...

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Northern Arizona University Students and Faculty Air Rescued After Being Stranded in Snow

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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:30pm

Some of these students and faculty are probably rethinking “climate change” in light of their recent visit to the Grand Canyon.

Sixteen Northern Arizona University students and four faculty members were rescued by air after becoming stranded at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

“There’s nobody in danger. Nobody has any health...

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Law banning tobacco purchases to those under 21 angers U. Missouri students

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:30pm

University of Missouri graduate student Christopher White reports on a smoking controversy involving a recently passed law.

Students can legally vote, purchase handguns, join the military and be tried as an adult at the age of 18.

But according to the political elite in Columbia, the home of the University of M...

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Colorado schools tempt kids with fun prizes to eat Michelle Obama’s “healthy lunches”

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 3:30pm

I suspect that no matter the prizes, bureaucrats are going to discover that when food isn’t tasty, it still won’t be eaten.

Over the past two years, First Lady Michelle Obama has been pushing to make school lunches healthier. But, the result has been fewer students buying lunch nationwide. In Jefferson County,...

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Drexel prof says Obamacare wasn’t passed through deception

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:30pm

We have an early nominee for the “Dumbest Statements from Professors, 2015!” list.

I suspect that by the time this year ends, the competition will be fierce.

In an article titled “The five dumbest health care statements of 2014,” Robert I. Field, professor at Drexel’s School of Law and School of Public Health,...

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2014 List of Top Schools, According to Their Achievements

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:30am

While it can be easy to despair of the actual education obtained by college students on today’s campuses,  there is a list of  schools with some of their remarkable achievements for the year 2014.

Here is a sampling from list, which features some College Insurrection favorites, and are heavy on sports...

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Columbia Student’s 2015 Resolution: Free Speech Renewal

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

Columbia University’s latest drama involved administrators attempting to get its marching band to cancel its traditional “Orgo Night,”when it mocks virtually every group on campus.

It is a target-rich environment.  Happily, the band failed to change its plans.

One Columbia student hopes that 2015 may be the year that the rest of the...

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Marquette U. Now Denies Suspending Conservative Professor

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:00pm

There is a fascinating update to the Marquette University professor who was banned from the school in wake of his conservative response to another professor’s gay marriage blog-post.

Marquette University’s administration appears to be unfamiliar with its own faculty handbook, because it’s denying that conservative professor John McAdams has been “suspended.”

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Ball State faculty fail to quickly embrace “chronic low performer” rules

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 11:00am

The professors at one university obviously have studied British philosopher Bernard Williams, who once wrote, “I like the word ‘indolence’. It makes my laziness seem classy.”

Ball State University faculty are taking their sweet time to approve procedures for firing “chronic low performers” in their ranks, The Star Press reports.

The university is trying...

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Bowie State University Student Files $3M Lawsuit Against Frat Over Hazing

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:00am

A threat against his mother may have inspired a Bowie State University student, who has been a Maryland Army National Guard member since 2013, to file a $3 million lawsuit against a fraternity.

…Student Kevin Hayes on Monday sued the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Prince George’s County Circuit Court for alleged...

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Texas A&M assistant coach pulled from Liberty Bowl after hitting 2 WVU players

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 5:00pm

A Texas A&M student assistant coach would benefit from a lesson in sportsmanship.

Texas A&M student assistant coach Michael Richardson was sent home early from the Aggies’ appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after hitting West Virginia players in the first half of Texas A&M’s 45-37 win on Monday at Liberty Bowl...

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TV sitcom ‘Seinfeld’ now a psychiatry professor’s teaching tool

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00pm

File this story under “Entertainment as Education.”

“Seinfeld” — the long-running sitcom billed as being about nothing — has resurfaced at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as a psychiatrist’s teaching tool to help students identify certain disorders.

NJ.com reported that Anthony Tobia is offering medical students at the facility a “Psy-feld” class that...

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Piano stores closing across US as students opt for other extracurricular activities

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11:00am

Piano lessons, a staple of American extracurricular activities, may be another tradition that is dying in the age of soccer and social media.

“When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.

When he closed Foster Family Music in late December, not one was still...

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