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Has “Hook-Up Culture” Fallen Victim to Student Debt Crisis?

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Posted by    Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:30pm

Slate writer Jessica Grose asserts that reports of the “campus hook-up culture” are greatly exaggerated.

Professor Glenn Reynolds writes, “Wait, we had hookup culture when I was in college. Where did it go?”

Grose indicates that young scholars are working...

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Notre Dame Prof – Should the Pope Rethink Abortion?

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Posted by    Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:00am

Gary Gutting is a philosophy professor who apparently skipped Sunday school.

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey of Hot Air.

Should Pope Francis Rethink Abortion?

Pope Francis has raised expectations of a turn away from the dogmatic intransigence that has long cast a pall over the religious life of many Roman Catholics. His question “Who...

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The Snowiest Colleges in America

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Posted by    Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:30am

In the midst of the “Polar Vortex”, some Americans are probably wishing for a little global warming.

However, many are experiencing just a little more winter “climate change” than others. Accuweather took a look at snowfall levels and rated the Top 10 Snowiest Colleges.

Unsurprisingly, Pr...

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Randolph Macon College Student – Voter ID Laws, Election Fraud, and the Stakeholders

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Guest Post by Tyler Weisman    Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:00am

Whether or not voter fraud happens or voter ID necessary or unjust, it’s fairly easy to see who has an invested interest in the issue: politicians.

Even if voter fraud is nonexistent or even if voter ID laws don’t disenfranchise anyone, politicians still have much to gain from the conflict itself. Both...

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Scholarships Available for UCSD’s Beer School

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:00pm

One of the few growth industries in California is microbrewing.

So, for a student who wants to “Major in Fun” and enjoy Golden State sunshine, the University of California – San Diego may have a scholarship for you.

San Diego brewer Karl Strauss Brewing Company announced last week that will offer two scholarships to UC...

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Mitch Daniels Pens An Open Letter to the People of Purdue

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:30pm

Purdue president Mitch Daniels lays out numerous reforms for higher ed in this letter.

An Open Letter to the People of Purdue

One year ago today I took up my new assignment as your Purdue colleague. I did so with the deepest respect for Purdue’s great history and traditions, but also in the...

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State Funding For Colleges Beginning to Rebound

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00pm

One reason colleges and universities have had to tighten fiscal belts in recent years was a decline in funding obtained from the states.

However, recent numbers show that the money belt may be loosening a bit.

State support for higher education is coming back. Slowly.

Spending by legislatures on colleges ticked up nearly 6%...

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Prof Describes al-Qaeda As Freedom Fighters

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:30pm

The saddest part of this story is that there are probably plenty of other professors who agree.

Aaron Bandler writes at The College Fix.

Professor Describes al-Qaeda As Freedom Fighters

How would you define al-Qaeda? Most would use the word “terrorists.”

But here is my professor’s stab at it: “The Al Qaeda movement of Osama...

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100 educators targeted in Philadelphia school cheating probe

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00am

It looks like the Atlanta school system is not the only one plagued by cheating teachers.

Just days after three Philadelphia school principals were fired for alleged cheating, news comes that the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is conducting a criminal investigation into widespread cheating involving more than 100 educators around the city.

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“Many of the ‘best universities’ produce the worst employees.”

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:30am

Robert Paquette of See Thru Edu has an interesting new post that explores the value of a college education through the eyes of employers.

Employer: “Many of the ‘best universities’ produce the worst employees.”

Middle American parents, hardest hit by higher education’s inflation, comparing Penn with Penn State, might want to know how...

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Students Choking Over at American U.’s Plastic Bag Ban

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Posted by    Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:00am

American University banned plastic bags from campus’ retail stores one year ago, but the eco-activist policy is getting a big thumbs down from students.

Josh Kaib, a student at the school, reports that his classmates deem the rule “onerous, unnecessary and invasive.”

The start of each semester is an unwelcome reminder of the...

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Common Core Math Worksheet Doesn’t Add Up

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:30pm

We recently reported that a Common Core test featured a completely unsolvable math problem.

Now, some tweets featured in Twitchy discussions are centering on a worksheet that would befuddle a math savant.  It is being given to fourth graders.

…The incomprehensible directions tell the poor nine-year-old souls forced to endure the worksheet to...

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San Diego State Wants Students to Pay More to Fund Faculty Hires

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:00pm

If this passes, student fees will increase by more than 100 percent, per semester.

Kyla Calvert of KPBS reports.

SDSU Students Asked To Fund Faculty Hires

San Diego State students are back on campus for the start of spring semester Wednesday. One of the first questions they’ll face is whe...

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Yale admits it was wrong to unplug student course evaluation website

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

We recently reported that Yale University blocked a student-developed course and instructor evaluation website.

Now, school administrators are saying they were wrong to do so.

CourseTable, created by...

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Multiple Polls Suggest Millennials are Unhappy With Obama

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner used a recent article to outline Obama’s cratering support among young people.

Millennials unhappy with Obama’s war on the young

What do young Americans want? Something different from what they’ve been getting from the president they voted for by such large margins.

Evidence comes in from various polls....

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Ohio State Students Revolt Over $100K For No-Smoking Signs

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

Some students at Ohio State University are upset over $100,000 from a “benefits” fund that they feel just went up in “smoke”.

Ohio State has spent roughly half its $100,000 signage budget to make sure when visitors come to campus, they remember to put out their cigarettes.

OSU’s tobacco ban went into effect...

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FIRE Study Shows American Universities Severely Limit Students’ Free Speech

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00am

Samantha Harris of The FIRE was on FOX News recently to describe the findings of a new study on free speech.

American Universities Severely Limit Students’ Free Speech, Study Finds

American Universities are severely infringing on students’ freedom of speech, according to a new report.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) found...

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Student Debt Solution: U of M Student Sells Ad Space on Graduation Cap

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:30am

One Michigan college senior is looking to recoup some of his school costs during graduation in a delightfully free-market way.

One has to wonder if the school administrators will let him go forward with his innovative marketing scheme.

By the time Alex Benda graduates from the University of Michigan-Flint this spring, he’ll have...

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Obama’s College Ratings Plan Could Create “Perverse Incentives”

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Posted by    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:00am

So says the president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. They’re less than thrilled with Obama’s college ratings plan.

Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Public universities propose alternative to Obama ratings plan

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Wednesday took issue with certain parts of the Obama administration’s...

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American U. of Afghanistan Specialist Killed in Taliban Suicide Bombing

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Posted by    Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:30pm

A specialist with the American University of Afghanistan was one of 21 people killed in a suicide attack staged by the Taliban.

Friends and family of a Chicago woman killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, say the 27-year-old was committed to helping others despite potential dangers, telling friends it was “something she was meant...

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