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Higher Education Has Violated its Contract With Society

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:00am

Writing at National Review, Victor Davis Hanson suggests that the relationship between colleges and American society has changed and that higher ed now deserves more scrutiny.

The Outlaw Campus

Two factors have so far shielded the American university from the sort of criticism that it so freely levels aga...

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Applying the “JC Penny” Approach to College Pricing

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:30pm

Aleister recently reported that an “educational leadership” leader asserted that “we Are creating Walmarts of Higher Education.”

Proof that the free market forces currently popping the “Higher Education Bubble” are unsettling progressives is offered in a Huffington Post piece by ProPublica’s Marian Wang:

…The growing discount rates and...

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“US Higher Ed has a product that does not work”

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:00pm

In a new piece at Forbes, Todd Hixon suggests it’s time for serious reform in American higher education. I’m sure many people agree with him.

Higher Education Is Now Ground Zero For Disruption

Why? US Higher Ed has a product that does not work, ridiculous costs, and an antiquated business model. For many...

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Despite Federal Warnings “Rainbow” Chemistry Experiment Results in Student Burns

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:30pm

The US Chemical Safety Board recently issued a video warning of the dangers of the “Rainbow” experiment, a common one across the country.

Despite this waning, a Manhattan high school ran that experiment — resulting in an accident that sent a plume of fire across the science lab, engulfing two students and leaving...

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University of Missouri Basketball Game Chants Deemed Offensive

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:00pm

We can’t have college students hearing chants at sporting events that might offend their delicate sensibilities, can we?

Christopher White of the College Fix reports.

Longtime MU Fan Chants Deemed Offensive, Banned From Arena

Scum, scum, scum – go back to where you’re from . . .” is a chant th...

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Historians dream of government jobs

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:30pm

When Megan McArdle suggested those with doctoral degrees go after real jobs when tenure wasn’t an option, I suspect this is not quite what she meant.

Seminars on landing tenure-track jobs are common at annual gatherings of academic associations. And the recent meeting of the American Historical Association was no exception, with...

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Far Left Demagogue Harry Belafonte to Speak at U. Michigan on Martin Luther King Day

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:00am

Harry Belafonte, who used to be known for his music, in recent years has repeatedly lashed out at the Tea Party, urged Obama to be more like a dictator and sung the praises of Hugo Chavez.

He hardly seems like an appropriate choice to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther...

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Glenn Reynolds: Nobody ever got shot or pregnant from online or home schooling

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:30am

In his newest USA Today column, Professor Glenn Reynolds (author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself) shares his thoughts on modern alternatives to the traditional school approach.

…Public schools were designed to be rigid. Back in the 19th century, when Massachusetts Board of Education...

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Modern Language Association Blocks Jewish News Service from Covering Convention

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:00am

Yesterday, we linked to a piece by Eric Owens in which he reported that the Daily Caller was being blocked from covering the MLA convention.

Now, he is reporting that the Jewish News Service is also being blocked.

Now Modern Language Association bans Jewish wire service from anti-Israel rant session

It turns out that...

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Wilmington College boots frat that hazed student who lost testicle

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:30pm

The last time we checked on Ohio’s Wilmington College, the state police were investigating a college fraternity hazing incident that left a 19-year-old pledge short one testicle.

The school has now acted on the findings.

A fraternity at a southwest Ohio college has been kicked off campus following what officials said was a...

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When Politicians Join Academia

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm

Libby A. Nelson of Politico has written a new piece which examines the trend of politicians making the switch to higher education.

Universities hire politician presidents

Mitch Daniels self-deprecatingly describes himself as a freshman in higher education. If that’s the case, Janet Napolitano is his classmate.

The former Indiana governor and former secretary of...

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Richard Vedder: Colleges Wage “Athletics Arms Race” at Expense of Academics

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 3:30pm

Richard K. Vedder is a distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Ohio University and author of Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much.

He crunches the numbers...

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Southern New Hampshire University Flourishes With Online Programs

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:00pm

Gabriel Kahn of Slate reports that Southern New Hampshire University has dramatically expanded its student body and revenue through an active online learning program.

The Amazon of Higher Education

Five years ago, Southern New Hampshire University was a 2,000-student private school struggling against declining enrollment, poor name recognition, and teetering finances.

Today, it’s the...

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Illegal Immigrants Complain About Getting Student Loans Instead of Grants

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:30pm

File this story under “Give in Inch, Take a Mile.”

Some students in the country illegally have complained that the millions of dollars the University of California system recently pledged to help them earn a college degree will come by way of student loans instead of grants.

As UC officials discuss specifics on how the...

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Modern Language Association Blocks the Daily Caller from Covering Convention

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:00am

It seems the left wing organization doesn’t want any honest reportage of their activities.

The Daily Caller’s Eric Owens has the story.

Modern Language Association’s fascist douchebags outlaw The Daily Caller from convention

The Daily Caller has been banned from the convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), an annual showcase for academic douchebags.

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Winter Storm Hercules Forces Stop to Search for Missing Brown U.Student

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:30am

Winter storm Hercules is pummeling the East Coast and mid-West, closing many campuses amid holiday breaks.

The freezing weather has also forced a stop to the search for a missing Brown university student.

Law enforcement officials suspended their search Thursday afterno...

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Moody’s Gives Negative Outlook Rating to Several New York Colleges

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Posted by    Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:00am

On Sunday, the editorial board of the New York Post chose as its subject, a recent report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Moody’s wake-up call to colleges

It wasn’t so long ago Occupy Wall Street was putting faces to people holding up signs listing the staggering amounts of debt they owed from their college...

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State Court gives temporary reprieve to City College of San Francisco

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Posted by    Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 5:00pm

A California court has just blocked an accreditor from closing the City College of San Francisco until a lawsuit filed by the city attorney goes to trial.

Interestingly, a portion of that judgement hinged on declining student enrollment, which is becoming an issue nationwide.

Supporters of City College of San Francisco have won a...

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What Do You Do if You Can’t Get Tenure?

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Posted by    Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:30pm

Megan McArdle has the answer to that question.

Can’t Get Tenure? Then Get a Real Job

The last few days have seen the eruption, among academic bloggers, of a tense discussion over tenure. These discussions have been going on for a while, of course, as the situation for newly minted PhDs keeps getting...

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Obama’s Community College Agenda Gets Solid F-plus!

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Posted by    Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:00pm

It looks like Obamacare isn’t the only presidential program full of fail.

The push to support community colleges, as exemplified by President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative in 2009, is one more Obama agenda that is failing.

Obama said in 2009:

But today I’m announcing the most significant down payment yet on reaching the goal...

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