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Alleged racist incident at Duke leads to social media campaigns on campus

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:30pm

Surely, a clever hashtag campaign is enough to battle racism. Right?

The Duke Chronicle reports.

Campaigns emerge to address racism at Duke

In social media campaigns and in physical spaces on campus, some students are calling to change the way issues of race are recognized and addressed at Duke. What do you think?

A number...

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The Cost of Tuition at Some Schools is Out of Control

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:00am

The amount of money some colleges charge per year boggles the mind.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post.

What happens when you find out a year of college costs $71,000

Private colleges are expensive. Many are double, if not triple, the price of public universities. Still, $71,000 a year is a lot of money....

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Northeastern University Defaced With Swastikas — Again

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:30am

About that whole anti-semitism on college campuses thing…

Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta reports for the Boston Globe:

Swastikas found at Northeastern University

For the second time in the past four months, swastikas were discovered scrawled at Northeastern University early Sunday morning, according to a letter sent to students by university President Joseph E. Aoun.

A resident assistant...

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Ted Cruz Rallies College Crowd in New Hampshire

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Posted by    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 8:00am

Ted Cruz seems to understand that Republicans need to appeal to young voters in 2016.

Alexander Marlow of Breitbart reported.

The Disrupter? Ted Cruz Lays Out ‘Grassroots Guerrilla’ Strategy for College Audience

NASHUA, New Hampshire — With a speech peppered with pop culture references, Texas Sena...

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Obamacare Causing Colleges to Consider Dumping Student Health Insurance

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 5:00pm

Gee, who saw this coming?

Donna Gordon Blankinship reports for the Associated Press (posted by the Huffington Post):

Colleges Are Getting Out Of The Health Insurance Business

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Experts are divided on whether...

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U. Delaware Stands up to Congressman Seeking to Harass Prof Skeptical of Climate Change

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:30pm

Kudos to the university for doing the right thing.

Greg Piper of the College Fix reports.

U. of Delaware stands up to congressman seeking to harass climate change skeptic

Here’s a textbook case of attempted intimidation: A congressman requests a broad range of records from a university about a professor whose views he dislikes.

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University of Minnesota Student Missing

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Police are searching for 22-year-old Jennifer Houle.

KSTP reports:

Police Search for Missing University of Minnesota Student

Police are seeking help in finding a 22-year-old woman who was reported missing on Friday.
Jennifer Houle was last seen at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown on Friday around 1 a.m., according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

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Op-ed: Universities Risk Becoming Anti-Intellectual

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

I think we may already be at that point but this piece by Rex Murphy of National Post is still worth a read.

Rex Murphy: The modern university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and anti-intellectualism

Lighthouses of reason, or beacons of folly? Which more readily applies to some modern universities? If you...

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Syracuse Does the “Bare Minimum” on Academic Fraud

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:00am

Syracuse is being heavily scrutinized for for its paltry approach to academic integrity.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

‘The Bare Minimum’

When Syracuse University last week announced the resignation of its athletics director and impending retirement of its revered basketball coach, the university’s supporters and even some of its critics said the moves showed the...

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Is the Left Beginning to Implode on Campus?

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 9:30am

Jonathan V. Last says yes in a new post at the Weekly Standard.

The Campus Left Begins to Implode

If you pay any attention to the ways in which radicalism dominates the culture of the university these days, you’re likely to feel as though you’ve gone through the looking glass. “White privilege.” “Trigger...

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North Carolina Summer College Program May Not be as Successful as Planned

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Posted by    Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:00am

Is North Carolina’s multimillion dollar summer program working as well as it should?

National Review reports.

North Carolina’s “Summer Bridge” Program Seems to Work, But…

America’s mania for luring as many young people as possible into college necessitates enrolling lots of very weak, often academically disengaged students who are far behind many others in...

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Moral Standards of Christian Colleges Under Fire

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

Are Christian universities being forced to capitulate to secular demands?

Heather Sells reports for CBN:

Christian Colleges’ Moral Standards Taking Heat

WENHAM, Mass. — More than 450,000 students attend colleges focused on Christ-centered learning. These schools often require students and faculty to sign a faith statement committing to certain beliefs and behaviors.

In the past,...

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U. Mary Washington Disregards Free Speech and Due Process in Punishment of Rugby Team

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

Things like free speech and due process are old tired ideas anyway, right?

Samantha Harris of the FIRE blog reports.

UMW’s Punishment of Rugby Team Disregards Free Speech, Due Process

Another week, another public university president defying the First Amendment.

Declaring that his university (unconstitutionally) prohibits “derogatory statements of any form,” University of Mary Washington...

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Are Fraternity Problems Hurting the Higher Education Business?

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

A wave of fraternity problems is causing reaching ramifications for affected universities.

News9 reports:

Fraternity Woes Impact Business Of Higher Education

NORMAN, Oklahoma – It’s been a bad month for the nation’s university Greek fraternity system. The last few weeks saw allegations of racist slurs at a University of Oklahoma fraternity, suspension of a...

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Under New Bill, CA Community Colleges Could Punish Off-Campus Sexual Assault

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:30pm

What business do these school’s have with anything that happens off campus?

The College Fix reports.

Calif. community colleges could punish off-campus sexual assault under new bill

Saying she just wanted to give all state colleges the same treatment, a Santa Barbara Democrat introduced a bill to let community colleges punish students for off-campus...

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The Best States for College Grads

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00am

Get your degree and head over to these states.

Time reports.

These States Have the Most Jobs For College Grads

New college grads looking for work online have the best shot at getting jobs in Massachusetts and Delaware, a new study finds.

Since as many as 90% of jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or...

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Early Reports Say Review of Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Story is Brutal

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

Columbia Journalism School was charged with reviewing Rolling Stone’s botched story of rape at UVA and sources tell Dylan Byers of Politico that it doesn’t look good.

Review of Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story is long and damning

The highly anticipated review of Rolling Stone’s disputed story about a University of Virginia gang...

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Cornell Denounces Video that Claims University Supports ISIS

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Posted by    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00am

ISIS is not coming to Cornell anytime soon.

Cornell Daily Sun reports.

University Decries Undercover Video Featuring Assistant Dean

The University denounced Wednesday a viral video that claimed an assistant dean at Cornell provided advice on how to support and fund terrorist groups and invite them to campus.

In the video, which was released Tuesday,...

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Chinese Student Organization Shut Down at Columbia

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

Reportedly, multiple policy violations resulted in the closing of one of the largest Chinese student organizations.

Johan Nylander reports for Forbes:

Columbia University Closes Chinese Student Organization

One of the largest Chinese student organizations in the United States has been shut down due to violations of financial and organizational policies.

A short statement on...

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Stanford University Probes Academic Dishonesty Allegations

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:00pm

These are heavy charges. Cheating is taken pretty seriously in academia.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

Prominent university probes ‘high number of academic dishonesty’ allegations

A swath of students at one of the nation’s most prominent universities stand accused of cheating.

At Stanford University – considered an unofficial Ivy League school on the West Coast –...

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Racist Chant Findings Released by University of Oklahoma

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:05pm

Weeks after a private recording of a racist fraternity chant surfaced, the University of Oklahoma has released the findings of their investigation.

Just in, Sean Murphy reports for the Associated Press:

University of Oklahoma Unveils Racist Chant Probe Findings

The University of Oklahoma’s president says members of...

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University of Virginia Students Locked Out of Meeting About Large Tuition Hike

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00pm

I can understand not wanting students to take over the meeting but would it hurt to have some student representatives there?

Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Campus Reform reports.

Students surprised with monumental tuition hike while locked out of tuition meeting

As the University of Virginia announced a plan to increase tuition by 11 percent—one of...

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