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Marco Rubio Proposes Overhaul for Higher Education

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00am

Republicans would be wise to get more of their party leaders talking about higher ed reforms.

Allie Bidwell of US News and World Report has the story.

Marco Rubio Calls for ‘Student Investment Plan,’ More Choice in Higher Education

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., proposed an overhaul of America’s higher education system Monday that would...

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Dartmouth Freshman Applications Plummet by 14%

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Applications to Dartmouth College dropped 14 percent, and the reasons for the steep decline are being scrutinized.

Bloomberg’s Michael McDonald has the details:

Applications for the Class of 2018 fell to 19,235, prompting a study into the unexpected decline, the Hanover, New Hampshire-based school said on its website.

The trend mirrors one reported last...

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College Students Become Focus of Obamacare Enrollment Push

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:00pm

Washington doesn’t seem to understand that if Obamacare was truly a good program for college students, no one would have to encourage them to join.

FOX News Latino reports.

As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Full-Court Press To Sign Up Young Americans

White House officials have minimized the slow enrollment by young people, saying they always...

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Zombies Featured as Part of Central Michigan U. Religious Study Course

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:30pm

This isn’t your parents’ religious studies program!

Some Central Michigan University students are getting schooled in the undead this semester, thanks to a religion course that’s exploring apocalyptic themes in biblical texts, literature and pop culture.

Philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy says she always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic...

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Randolph College Raises Over $25 Million by Selling Famous Painting

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:00pm

Here’s one way to deal with the higher ed bubble – sell some really expensive stuff.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Art vs. Endowment

More than six years after announcing plans to sell a masterpiece of American painting — the 1912 work “Men of the Docks,” by George Bellows — Randolph College...

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Popular Ohio college senior freezes to death after falling asleep outside

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

Given the recent spate of deaths and lost limbs involving the combination of alcohol and the “Polar Vortex”, it is not surprising that drinking may be a contributing factor in the tragic death of an Ohio college senior.

A popular Ohio college senior has frozen to death after he fell asleep outside...

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Prager University Video – Feminism 2.0

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:00am

This new video from Prager University is about a new approach to feminism and features radio talk host Tammy Bruce.

Here’s the description from YouTube.

We hear it all the time: “America is patriarchal!”, “American women are oppressed!”. Well, a lifelong feminist and former National Organization for Women member, Tammy Bruce, is tired...

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Gender Equality Alert! “Dick Dialogs” Debuts at UCLA

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:30am

Kudos to some clever University of California – Los Angeles students for striking a blow for real gender equality on campus!

You’ve heard of the The Vagina Monologues? Well … penises want some of that V-Day action, too.

Student activists at UCLA recently debuted the inaugural Dick Dialogues, a production that aimed to fill...

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College Fix Contributor Interviewed by Fox News Over al-Qaeda Freedom Fighters Story

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00am

Last month we brought you a story from the College Fix by Aaron Bandler about a textbook that describes al-Qaeda as freedom fighters.

Bandler’s story was picked up by national media and he was interviewed by Tucker Carlson of FOX News last weekend.

College Fix contributor Aaron Bandler, a student at Cal Poly...

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American U. Student Likens College Meal Plans to Obamacare

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:30pm

American University student Josh Kaib makes a damning analogy for campus meal plans, likening them to Obamacare.

Across America, college kids are ripped off by campus meal plans.

It goes a little something like this: Students are faced with limited choices, high prices, and business monopolies on campuses. The quality is low, the...

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Howard University to Cut 200 From Staff

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:00pm

Howard University has had a number of financial problems in recent years but these cuts sound like the effects of the higher ed bubble.

Nick Anderson of the Washington Post reports.

Howard University to cut about 200 staff positions

Howard University is cutting about 200 staff positions during the next several months, a university...

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FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month: University of Richmond

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:30pm

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has given the University of Richmond the dubious honor of having the Speech Code of the Month for February 2014.

The University of Richmond’s Standards of Student Conduct (PDF) prohibit “disruption,” which includes, among other things, “inappropriate behavior or expression.” This extraordinarily broad and...

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Struggling College Students in the UK Turn to Selling Sex

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00pm

At what point do you decide college isn’t worth it? Hopefully, sometime before you start selling sex.

Michael McKenna of the Mirror UK reports.

Struggling students sell sex to pay their way through university and avoid being saddled with debt

Struggling university students are turning to the sex trade to fund their education.

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States Reeling over High Cost of Common Core

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

Given the problems already discovered with Common Core math problems, it is not surprising that states are now reeling over cost calculations related to its implementation.

Some are now reconsidering their participation.

States are learning the cost of Common Core is uncommonly high.

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Why Do Successful College Students Take Their Own Lives?

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:00am

In a recent piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Susan Snyder examined a sad aspect of campus life.

Addressing suicide among seemingly successful college students

Christopher Aiello broke into tears – again – when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to...

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New Report Shows Administrator Hiring Expanded while Faculty Numbers Declined

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:30am

A new report underscores a troubling trend we have chronicled at College Insurrection: Campus administrators and bureaucrats supported at the expense of faculty positions and student needs (hat-tip,

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Professor of Leisure Studies Asks, Why do Republicans Want us to Work all the Time?

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Posted by    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:00am

Over the weekend, Politico ran a piece by Benjamin Kline Hunnicut about Republicans and work.

Why Do Republicans Want Us to Work All the Time?

This week, America’s political class has been consumed by an intense, vitriolic debate over a single number: 2.5 million.’

That’s the amount by which, according to the Congressional Budget...

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Southern Methodist U. Student: Protecting Citizens and Second Amendment

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Posted by    Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5:00pm

Eastern Florida State’s rescinding its ban on guns after a student was attacked is a hopeful sign that the tide is turning on campus attitudes toward the Second Amendment.

Southern Methodist University student Hayley Waring offers some related observations, based on another incident.

Have you heard or read about the terrible shooting that...

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New York Education Officials Think College Students Need Common Core

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Posted by    Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:30pm

Apparently, too many students are unable to meet academic standards when they enter college. The solution? Common Core, of course!

Michael Gormley of Newsday reports.

Educators: lack of Common Core hampers college students

The furor over New York’s move to the higher standards of a Common Core curriculum in public schools found a new...

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Dartmouth Skier Dies During Cross-Country Race In Vermont

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Posted by    Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

A member of Dartmouth College’s ski team collapsed and died over the weekend while competing in a cross-country ski race in Vermont.

Torin Tucker, 20, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho, was climbing an uphill stretch of a rugged 25-kilometer course in northeast Vermont on Saturday morning when he fell to the ground....

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Obama Protested by College Students During Michigan State Visit

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Posted by    Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 12:30pm

This story from Vivian Hughbanks of The College Fix is a fine example of real College Insurrection.

College Students Protest Obama During Michigan State Visit

EAST LANSING – About 50 college students braved subfreezing weather on Friday afternoon to line a snowy sidewalk where President Barack Obama’s motorcade passed by and lodge their...

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Baltimore teachers upset over union demands regarding emails, mailboxes

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Posted by    Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:00am

Baltimore teachers believe a clause in a new union contract is designed to silence dissenters.

Based on the report filed by Rachel Stoltzfoos in The Daily Caller, they have plenty of reason to be concerned.

The Baltimore Teacher’s union has demanded exclusive rights to teachers’ interdepartmental emails and mailboxes in a new contract...

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