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Purdue Trashes All of its Free Speech Codes

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:00pm

Maybe there’s hope yet…

Purdue’s recent elimination of all campus speech codes, codes that serve to restrict first amendment rights, earned the university the top spot on on the Foundation for Individual Rights and Education’s (FIRE) free speech list.

From FIRE’s blog:

Purdue University Eliminates All of Its Speech Codes, Earns FIRE’s Highest Rating

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Kennesaw State Student Accused of Harassment While Waiting for an Advisor

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 12:30pm

This is just bizarre. I can’t figure out what the problem is here.

From the Huffington Post.

Kennesaw State Student Told That Waiting For An Advisor Is ‘Harassing’

Kennesaw State University is looking into a video circulating online of a staff member threatening to call security on a student who said he was waiting...

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Fewer Americans Feel A College Degree is Worth It

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11:00am

Fewer people think going to college is worth it.

Rasmussen Reports reports.

Is A College Degree Really Worth What You Pay?

More Americans think it’s a good idea for everyone to get additional schooling after high school, even though they’re less convinced than they were several years ago that a college degree is worth...

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Complaint Says Harvard Discriminates Against Asian-Americans

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 9:30am

Are Asian-Americans discriminated against for doing too well in academics?

FOX News reports.

Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans

A complaint Friday alleged that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.

The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university...

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Columbia Student Complains About Going to An Ivy League School

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 8:00am

An article criticizing and praising the Ivy experience.

Vice reports.

Going to an Ivy League School Sucks

There have been few things in my life that I’ve wanted as bad as admission into an Ivy League school. Many students, especially children of immigrants (like me), conflate the American dream with going to an Ivy....

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University of Arizona Complaint Causes Ohio High School to Change Logo

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5:00pm

A dispute over an all too familiar logo resulted in this Ohio high school’s graphic change.

USA Today High School Sports reports:

Ohio school to change logo after complaint from University of Arizona

Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, Ohio, is in search of a new logo, and it wasn’t the school’s choice.

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Maryland Bill Protects Online Privacy for Students

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:30pm

Online privacy is an issue that’s very important to college students today.

Shelby Emmett of the FIRE blog reports.

Maryland Passes Bill to Protect Students’ Online Privacy

On April 10, the Maryland legislature passed legislation to protect the online privacy rights of students enrolled in institutions of postsecondary education. The law was signed by...

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U. of Southern California’s First-Year MFA Class Drops Out in Protest

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00pm

And entire first year class dropped out because of, “the University’s unethical treatment of its students.” All seven of them…

According to Matt Stromberg at Hyperallergic:

Entire First-Year MFA Class Drops Out in Protest at the University of Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Citing “the University’s unethical treatment of its students,” the entire...

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Obama Administration Wants New Rules for Campus Financial Products

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

The Obama administration sure is fond of creating new rules and regulations.

Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Fight Over Campus Banking

The Obama administration is taking on banks and other financial firms with new rules that would ban certain fees they can charge college students as well as restrictions on how they...

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Sweet Briar College President Will Not Attend Final Commencement

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00am

He says disruptions will occur if he attends.

Fox News reports.

Sweet Briar College president to be absent from final commencement, cites possible disruption

SWEET BRIAR, Va. – Sweet Briar College’s president has told students he will not participate in what is scheduled to be the school’s final commencement because he says there are...

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Student Accepted to All Ivy League Schools Chooses University of Alabama

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9:30am

It’s good to have choices.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

Student accepted into all 8 Ivy Leagues – why he turned them all down is brilliant

This. Is. Awesome.

Ronald Nelson was accepted into all eight Ivy League universities. Ronald Nelson then turned down every Ivy League school.

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Menlo College is Home for Saudi Elites and Royalty

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Posted by    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:00am

Why are the Saudi elites and royalty heading to this small California college?

SF Gate reports.

Tiny Menlo College is like home for Saudi elite

More than half a century ago, a professor from Menlo College in Atherton took a vacation to Saudi Arabia, a struggling young country despite recent oil wealth, and spent...

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Hackers in China Target Penn State

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:30pm

Someone in China, maybe more than one someone, attempted to hack into Penn State’s engineering school.

NBC News reports:

Penn State Hit by China-Based Hacker, University Says

The engineering school at Penn State was the target of two sophisticated hacking attacks, one of which cybersecurity experts say originated in China, the university announced...

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Brookstone College of Business to Close

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:00pm

The higher ed bubble strikes again.

The Charlotte Observer reports.

For-profit Brookstone College of Business closing down

A small for-profit college with campuses in Charlotte and Greensboro said Wednesday that it is shutting down.

Brookstone College of Business cited the impact of federal regulations that aim to make career-training programs prove they lead to jobs...

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University of Colorado-Boulder Launches Online Tattletale System

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 3:30pm

The University of Colorado-Boulder has taken this whole “nanny state” thing a little too literally. Students at the University of Colorado-Boulder can now report “hurtful statements” in an online system that records alleged offenders social security numbers.

Katherine Timpf reports for National Review:

University Launches Insult-Reporting System That Records Offenders’ Social...

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Popular College Dean Among Those Killed in Amtrak Crash

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:00pm

Sad news. It seems this man touched many people’s lives.

Susan Svrluga of the Washington Post reports.

From the projects to college dean, Amtrak victim was ‘inspirational,’ ‘extraordinary’

Derrick Griffith used to wander around the housing projects in New York, where he worked for a nonprofit, calling to kids by name, teasing...

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Arizona Has Deepest College Cuts and Highest Tuition Hikes

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:30pm

Arizona students and families won’t like this.

AZ Central reports.

Arizona tops nation in college cuts, tuition hikes

Arizona has put a tighter squeeze on university students than any other state in recent years, making the deepest cuts to higher-education spending coupled with the steepest tuition hikes since the Great Recession, according to a...

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College Enrollment Down 2% Over Last Year

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:00am

The good news is that this might be because people are getting jobs instead of going to school.

Douglas Belkin of the Wall Street Journal reports.

U.S. College Enrollment Has Dropped Nearly 2% Over Past Year

The number of students at U.S. colleges and universities fell nearly 2% between May 2014 and this month,...

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173 Cited at College Party Busted by Police

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9:30am

Sorry, the party’s over.

The York Daily Record reports.

College party busted by York police, 173 cited

Four York College students were charged with giving alcohol to minors, and 173 other people — mostly college students — were cited for patronizing a speakeasy, after York City Police used a search warrant to bust a...

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University in Wales Bans the Bible for ‘Not Being Multicultural Enough’

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:00am

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that this could happen here too. Some would go so far to suggest that this is the goal for many on the left.

The Express reported.

Bibles banned from university for ‘not being multicultural enough’

Students at Aberystwyth University, the former university of Prince Charles, voted to...

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Is Stanford University Dying?

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Posted by    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:30pm

Despite its reputation, Jim Russell writes that Stanford may have seen better days.

The Pacific Standard magazine writes:

Stanford University Is Dying

Parents work hard and will do whatever it takes to put their children in the best preschool. Such parents should relax. Two graduate degrees in one household is an air-tight predictor of...

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Edinburgh University Students Occupy Building to Protest Decision on Fossil Fuel Divestment

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Posted by    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:00pm

These students didn’t get their way, so now they’re acting out like bratty children.

BBC News reports.

Students occupy Edinburgh University in protest at fossil fuels stance

On Tuesday, the institution said it would continue investing in companies that produce fossil fuels, but would work with them to reduce emissions.

The students said calls for...

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