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College credit downgrades outnumber upgrades according to Moody’s

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Posted by    Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00pm

Another higher ed bubble brewing?

Nick Anderson of The Washington Post reports:

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades

Howard University’s credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely on concerns about money woes at its hospital.

But the historically black university...

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50 Colleges in America Now Charge More Than $60,000 Per Year

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Posted by    Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 12:30pm

I’m sure all that sweet money from government sponsored student loans has nothing to do with it.

Peter Jacobs of Business Insider reported.

There Are Now 50 Colleges That Charge More Than $60,000 Per Year

As the average cost of higher education in America continues to rise, at least 50 American colleges and universities...

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British Academics: ‘Paedophilia is natural and normal’

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Posted by    Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:00am

In the 1970s and 1980s, many gay rights activists and organizations — including the International Gay and Lesbian Association — supported and marched with NAMBLA, which (as you’d know if you’ve watched South Park) stands for the North American Man/Boy Love Association: quite literally, advocates for paedophiles.

In 1994, GLAAD and other...

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Claire McCaskill’s War on Due Process on Campus

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Posted by    Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:30am

In a new post at Minding the Campus, KC Johnson examines Senator Claire McCaskill’s curious disdain for due process when it comes to sexual assault cases on campus.

Claire McCaskill Declares War on Due Process

Over the past several months, Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has emerged as the Senate’s most ferocious opponent of campus...

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Class of 2008 Grads: From the Depths of Recession to $52,000/yr

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Posted by    Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:00am

In terms of getting a good job, the Class of 2008 graduated at the worst of all possible times in recent history. A new study shows that four years after graduation, the Class of 2008 was earning on average $52,200 a year in 2012, about a thousand more dollars than the...

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Feminist Ad Campaign Smears Top Universities with ‘Rape Problem’

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Now, when prospective applicants search for the names of eight top universities, one of the first things they’ll see is an advertisement which simply states that the university they are searching for “has a rape problem.”

A gross distortion of facts? Yes. A blatant misrepresentation of these universities’ work to curb sexual...

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Starbucks’ Free College Tuition Program to be Funded by Taxpayers

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:00pm

I guess we should have known this program from Starbucks was too good to be true. Isn’t it funny how so many things that are described as ‘free’ are actually funded by taxpayers?

Andrew Desiderio of the College Fix reported.

Taxpayers To Foot Bill For Starbucks’ ‘Free’ College Tuition Program

Starbucks’ recently announced partnership...

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British professor performs striptease in class, still has job

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 3:30pm

Dr. Ian Lamond of Leeds Metropolitan University was just trying to teach his events management class how to make a good sales pitch.

But I think Dr. Lamond should take this lesson: Always be closing, and always wear clothing when closing.

Richard Spillet of the Daily Mail has more (warning, clicking to...

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Poll Says Millennials Find Government Inefficient and Abusive of Power

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 2:00pm

These would be the same Millennials who voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Maybe there is hope after all.

Reason reports.

Millennials Think Government Is Inefficient, Abuses Its Power, and Supports Cronyism

A Reason-Rupe survey of 2,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 finds 66 percent of millennials believe...

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Washington and Lee University Forced to Apologize for Owning Slaves in Early 1800s

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

This past April, a group of black law students at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who call themselves ‘The Committee’ demanded that the University, among other things, formally apologize for having been a part of the slave trade between 1826 and 1852.

On Tuesday, the President did just that in a...

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Campus Rape Crisis Figures May Not be Accurate

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00am

In a new column at the Daily Beast, Eleanor Clift notes that the numbers being cited for campus rapes may be wrong.

Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college is as widely known as it is startling. Countless media reports repeat and...

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Huffington Post not Ready to Accept College Republican Who Switched to Democrats

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:30am

Last week College Insurrection featured an article about Evan Alvarez, the former chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans who switched parties after that state’s highly controversial Senate primary runoff.

While many conservatives and Republicans expressed bewilderment of Alvarez’s abrupt, public resignation and party crossover–but seem to have quickly gotten over...

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Union Severs Ties to United Negro College Fund for Accepting Donation from the Koch Brothers

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:00am

AFSCME is a union for government employees and is known for it’s nearly exclusive support of the Democratic Party.

This news is pathetic. Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.

Jacob Fischler of BuzzFeed reported.

Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs

One of the nation’s largest public-sector unions is severing...

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Emmanuel College Prays for Donations in Massive Cash Shortage

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 6:30pm

After some of the employees of Emmanuel College (a Pentecostal college in Georgia) concealed financial problems from the administration, the school has been left $1.5 million in debt. Now, it turns to the entire Pentecostal denomination, begging for donations to help save it from financial disaster.

Charlie Tyson has the story at...

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Family of John Wayne Fights with Duke University Over Name

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 5:00pm

Wayne’s heirs want to market a new brand of bourbon called Duke but the school worries it will tarnish their image.

FOX News reported.

John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

John Wayne’s heirs are taking Duke University to court over the family’s right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the...

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Stepping stone: International students coming to US for high school first, then college

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3:30pm

A week ago I posted a link to an article alleging systematic cheating on college applications from Chinese students applying to US universities.

Now, reports are surfacing that record numbers of international students are first coming to the US for high school, thereby increasing their chances of acceptance to US universities.

Mary Beth...

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Ohio State Sued by Gun Rights Groups

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2:00pm

Can a university tell students what they can do off campus? Ohio State seems to think so.

Stephen Adkins of University Herald reports.

Gun Rights Groups Sue Ohio State over Weird Anti-Firearms Policy

Gun rights advocates have filed a civil lawsuit against Ohio State University for bizzare anti-gun rules.

Students for Concealed Carry and another...

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Redskins Game at UMN Could Cause Campus-wide Protests

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

A blast from the past: the Redskins’ name is once again stirring up controversy. This time, it’s from Students at the University of Minnesota, who claim that the Redskins playing on campus would violate campus policies against racism and other forms of intolerance.

Here’s more from Andrew Desiderio at The College Fix:

CLAIM:...

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University’s Football Clinic for Women Offends Feminists

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00am

College Insurrection readers may find this story difficult to believe.

Jennifer Kabbany of the College Fix reports.

University’s ‘Football 101 for Women’ Clinic Upsets Some Feminists (Surprise, Surprise)

A story in the Daily Camera on Tuesday described how some “CU Boulder alums” are upset about the school’s upcoming “Football 101 For Women” clinic. The...

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A bright future? NYT says teenagers might grow up to be conservatives

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 9:30am

The seemingly overwhelming dominance of liberalism and progressivism among teenagers and millennials casts a bleak outlook for the future of this country.

But the bleakness of today, according to a New York Times editorial, might make more and more teenagers grow up conservative.

As David Leohardt of the New York Times writes:

Why Teenagers...

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Widow of Recently Deceased Law Prof Says Devotion to His Work Came at a Price

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:00am

Work is important but we must never forget to enjoy life along the way. Debra Cassens Weiss of ABA Journal tells the story of professor Andrew Taslitz.

Was law prof’s ‘frenzied output’ worth it? His widow says work devotion came at a price

When American University law professor Andrew Taslitz died in February,...

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Tanning centers, spas, golf-simulators: luxury resort-style living at Univ. of Central Florida

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:30pm

Where there’s a demand, there’s a supply.

At the University of Central Florida, the demand so happens to be resort-style living at relatively affordable prices, and the supply is courtesy of Landmark Properties’ Retreat at Orlando, who have gone from being a laughingstock to serious money makers. Now, other developers are copying...

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