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University Asks Professors to Call Students on Break, Plead for Their Return

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Posted by    Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 9:30am

If your teaching skills don’t convince students to re-enroll, then do you really think calling them on their breaks and begging will?

Ry Rivard at Inside Higher Ed reports:

Faculty at one public university are asked to get involved in student retention

The new interim president of the University of Southern Maine has advice...

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Rape Culture Panic Hurts Small Businesses

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Posted by    Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00am

Frequent College Insurrection contributor Hans Bader has written a new article for Liberty Unyielding which highlights the effect rape culture has on small businesses.

Small business and consumers harmed by ‘rape culture’ panic

Scheming politicians, opportunists, and grifters have latched on to the recent panic over a supposed campus “rape culture” to clamp...

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Prof Takes Heat for Defending Ferguson Cops in Article

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 6:30pm

Whether or not you agree, he has a right to his opinion and he is a criminal justice professor.

Dave Huber of the College Fix reported.

Prof Gets Heat for Article Defending Cops in Ferguson

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Boston City Council Requires Colleges to Reveal Students’ Off-Campus Addresses

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5:00pm

And of course… it’s for the safety of the students.

Jenn Abelson of the Boston Globe reported.

Colleges in Boston required to release off-campus addresses

The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to require colleges with a presence in Boston to provide a list of off-campus addresses where students are residing, in a step...

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More Than Half of College Student Loans Aren’t Being Repaid on Time

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

It’s difficult to repay a loan of any kind when you can’t find a job.

Wynton Hall of Breitbart reports.

Over Half of College Student Loans Not Being Repaid on Time

With U.S. wages plunging and the nation’s over $1 trillion in student loan debt soaring, U.S. Department of Education data reveal that over...

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6th Grade Teacher Suspended for Having Students Perform Michael Brown Death Skit

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

You really have to scratch your head when something like this happens.

What was the teacher thinking?

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reported.

Teacher On Leave After Instructing Sixth Graders To Perform Michael Brown DEATH SKIT

Officials at Brantley Elementary School in Selma, Ala. placed a sixth-grade teacher on paid administrative leave on Wednesday...

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Beard Ban Inspires Some Students to Fake Skin Conditions at BYU

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 12:30pm

Sounds like a hairy situation. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Greg Piper of the College Fix reports.

BYU Beard Ban Inspires Aficionados To Fake Skin Conditions, Debate ‘Apartness’

I’ve had a beard in some form since I was 16. Another student dared me to grow one, so I did, and never looked back. Sort of.

Movember hadn’t...

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George W. Bush Could Teach Something to Anti-Israel Campus Activists

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00am

In a new post at Minding the Campus, Jonathan Marks has some advice for aspiring BDS activists on campus.

Anti-Israel Campus Activists Could Learn Something from George Bush

In a speech delivered to a joint session of Congress fewer than two weeks after September 11th, the much maligned President Bush repeatedly distinguished between the...

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Is a Hard Liquor Ban in Dartmouth’s Future?

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:30am

It sure sounds that way. Hope you enjoyed a martini on campus last year.

Joseph Asch of Dartblog reports.

A Grand Bargain on Alcohol?

Word is floating around campus that the administration might try to ban hard liquor (anything other than beer and wine) when the new social life rules are announced in the...

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Northern Illinois U. Blocks Access to Websites it Deems ‘Unethical’

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:00am

It doesn’t matter where your politics are, this is plain wrong.

Susan Kruth of the FIRE blog reports.

Northern Illinois U. Blocks Access to ‘Unethical’ Websites

Northern Illinois University (NIU) has enacted a stunningly restrictive network use policy and is enforcing it through a filter that blocks or tags websites based on content—including speech...

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An Argument for Bringing the Bible Back to Public Education

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

A prominent scholar argues that leaving the Bible out of public schools stunts the students’ educations.

Jace Gregory at Accuracy in Academia reports:

Bible and Prayer in Schools

Imagine an ancient record—by far the most published book in humanity—quoted by Shakespeare (1,200 times) and Abraham Lincoln—a book that has inspired political movements and religious...

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The Howard Zinnification of American History

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:00pm

In a new post at Minding the Campus, Peter Wood writes of the College Board’s new AP US History exam.

It seems some folks on the left don’t like having their agenda questioned.

Pushing American History as a Long Tale of Oppression

The Republican National Committee adopted a resolution on August 8 criticizing the...

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Another New Sexual Assault Support Group on Campuses

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3:30pm

As if there weren’t enough groups dealing with sexual assault on college campuses, there’s now another one: FAR — Faculty Against Rape.

Colleen Flaherty at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

Group wants to help professors fight against sexual assault on campus

Most faculty members aren’t trained counselors, but...

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College Leaders Turn on Each Other as Higher Ed Implodes

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:00pm

If they think things are bad now, just wait until the bubble bursts.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

As Higher Ed Implodes, College Leaders Accuse Peers of Dereliction of Duty

As higher education faces a crisis of epic proportions, a group of respected campus leaders from across the nation have called on...

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Notre Dame Football Mired in Scandal Over Academic Cheating

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

Four football players at Notre Dame are suspected of cheating and getting away with it, adding more fuel to the belief that student athletes get pampered academically.

The College Fix reports:

Notre Dame Rocked by Charges of Academic Cheating

The Fighting Irish are fighting for their reputations. The New York Times reported on Tuesday:

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The FIRE Provides Free Speech Resources for Students, Faculty, and Administrators

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:00am

Are you concerned about free speech on your college campus this fall? If so, The FIRE has you covered. Check out all the resources they provide below.

Susan Kruth of the FIRE blog reports.

Don’t Miss These Resources for Students, Faculty, and Administrators!

With the new academic year almost here, we at FIRE want...

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Women Enjoy Porn Just as Much as Men, Just as Likely to be Addicted

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:30am

There goes the “women are pure and all men are pigs” myth.

The College Fix reports:

Women Enjoy and are Addicted to Porn as Much as Men, Study Says

Researchers at Germany’s Duisburg-Essen University say that pornography as the exclusive, or virtually exclusive, domain of men is a myth: Females dig viewing porn, too....

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Was it Right for U. Illinois to ‘Unhire’ Professor Steven Salaita?

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:00am

In a new post at See Thru Edu, George Leef reminds us that free speech applies to all.

Should We Fear Academic Blacklisting?

One of the hottest academic controversies of the year involves the decision by the University of Illinois to “unhire” Professor Steven Salaita. He had been tentatively awarded a position in...

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Teachers are No-Shows in San Francisco

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:30pm

Jill Tucker of SFGate reports:

S.F. teachers miss more school than students on average

Education officials like to say that kids can’t learn if they aren’t in school.

But what if teachers aren’t in school?

While absenteeism is usually considered a student matter, in San Francisco – and many other districts – the average teacher...

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New Poll Suggests Pretty Much Everyone Hates Common Core

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

That didn’t take long. While parents in America have been complaining about Common Core for quite a while, now even many teachers don’t like it.

Blake Neff of the Daily Caller reports.

Poll: Public, Teachers Souring On Common Core

A new poll from the group Education Next indicates that support for Common Core education...

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Almost No Overlap in ‘LGBT-Friendly’ Rankings from Princeton Review and Campus Pride

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:30pm

Two sources attempted to rank the top colleges in ‘LGBT friendliness’ and turned up with two wildly different results. Maybe these lists say more about how bogus these college rankings are, or even the biases of Campus Pride and the Princeton Review, than it does about the ‘tolerance’ of the...

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Brown University to Change Name of ‘Third World’ Center

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

Apparently, the term ‘third world’ is no longer politically correct.

Dante O’Connell of the Brown Daily Herald reported.

Third World Center likely to receive new name

The Third World Center will likely have a new name as early as September 2014, said Mary Almandrez, director of...

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