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New study suggests student evaluation results are playing key role in promotion and tenure decisions

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Posted by    Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 11:00am

At the end of another academic year, students might be heartened by the results of a new study that shows their opinions of professors matter!

Additionally, the findings show some interesting trends in how promotion and tenure decisions are made.

To the many professors who say that student course evaluation data play too...

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Prof Sues Student Over Bad Online Reviews

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Posted by    Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 9:30am

Some teachers are just better at giving grades than receiving them.

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Rating or Defaming?

Many professors dislike instructor review websites, saying they attract disgruntled students in particular and thus offer a skewed – but very public – account of their teaching abilities. O...

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Sallie Mae Harasses Student Borrowers After Deaths of Their Loan Co-Signers

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Posted by    Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8:00am

We recently reported that Sallie Mae was overcharging active-duty soldiers For student loans.

Now, The Huffington Post’s Shahien Nasiripour has a chilling tale of harassment being experienced by several recipients of government student loans.

Seven borrowers who had been paying their Sallie Mae student loans on time for years were unexpectedly threatened with...

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Michigan State U. students offer online “summer school” tips and tricks

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 5:00pm

The editorial staff of The State News, the Michigan State University student newspaper, offer some tips and tricks for making the summer count!

The focus of their timely piece is on wisely using the time to get ahead academically via online courses.

…Online classes aren’t for everyone, even if you might need the...

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William and Mary Student Notes the White House’s Indifference Towards Veterans

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

Elizabeth Marcello has written a new post for the College Conservative which is worth your time.

If I were driving and took a wrong turn, one of the last places I would want to end up is Mexico. Yet this is exactly what happened to  Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a U.S. Mar...

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Question: What is the net worth of today’s college graduates?

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

Answer: $8700, for those under 40 with student debt.

Hopefully, recent college graduated who paid their way through school using student loans are rich in knowledge.

A new survey reveals that they don’t seem to be rich in much else.

College graduates who are under 40 years of age and who have accumulated student debt have a median net worth of just...

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Jewish Students in Chicago Say They Don’t Feel Safe

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

The College Fix points to a troubling story at Breitbart. Read more about the situation at DePaul at Legal Insurrection.

Jewish Students in Chicago: ‘We Don’t Feel Safe’

Breitbart reports:

This week, students at DePaul University are being asked...

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NYU, home of the “Facebook Hook-Up Page,” explores new electronic communications policy

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:00am

New York University, the home of the Facebook Hook-Up page, is exploring new electronic communications rules for students and faculty.

We wish them tons of good luck. They’re going to need it!

As New York University nears the end of a years-long process to regulate electronic communication, the institution is caught in a...

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DOE Attacks Students’ Due Process Rights

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 9:30am

Frequent College Insurrection contributor Hans Bader has written a new piece for the Daily Caller.

Punishment Without Trial: The Department of Education Attacks Students’ Due Process Rights

How would you feel if you could be expelled from your dorm, or prevented from attending a class, just because someone accused you of something —...

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Harvard axes “difficulty scores” from course evaluation guide

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Posted by    Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8:00am

Harvard University is removing the “difficulty scores” from its course evaluation guide.

Given that the most common grade is an “A” at the institution, perhaps the administrators thought the information was now irrelevant.

The Q Guide, the College’s course and instructor evaluation system, will no longer publicly display course difficulty scores, Dean of...

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Fiscal Justice: UCSD’s “Che Café Collective” Broke and May Shut Down

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6:30pm

Furman University student Lauren Cooley files this report on a communist-inspired cafe from my alma mater, University of California – San Diego.

A student-run cooperative building at UC San Diego called the Che Cafe Collective may shut down after 34 years of “non-profit business operations” and rock n’ roll because it doesn’t...

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Jonah Goldberg Offers Trigger Warning Before Making Fun of Trigger Warnings

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:00pm

If you don’t get the absurdity of trigger warnings, this column by Jonah Goldberg should help.

Via the LA Times.

The peculiar madness of ‘trigger warnings’

Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of “trigger warnings.”

Of course, if you’re the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don’t read...

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San Diego State U. student says Beyonce’s faux feminism hits all the wrong notes

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 3:30pm

Pop icon Beyonce has been in the news recently, after her sister’s attack 0n her her husband, rapper Jay Z, was captured on video.

San Diego State University student Briana Alford says the singer is really off-key, in terms of being a proponent of “feminism.”

I know speaking ill of Beyonce nowadays is...

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P.J. O’Rourke tells Rutgers Grads to ‘Go Forth and Fail’

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2:00pm

As usual, the always humorous libertarian writer doesn’t disappoint.

The College Fix has the story.

P.J. O’Rourke to Rutgers Grads: ‘Go Forth and Fail’

No, the noted cultural pontificator didn’t personally speak to the New Jersey college’s graduates (who didn’t get the chance to hear Condoleezza Rice due to a few vocal protesters). But...

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Internet posse corrals Yale prof for alleged sexual harassment, attempted assault

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12:30pm

Crowdfunding Site: “Help us sue the school protecting a known rapist.”

One Yale professor is being targeted by an Internet-based posse for alleged sexual harassment and attempted assault on students.

Inside Higher Ed’s Colleen Flaherty files this report.

…An Internet campaign seeking to bring the professor to justice – legally and in ways more abstract – has philosophers talking about and even contributing financially...

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‘America’s College Kids Are a Bunch of Mollycoddled Babies’

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:00am

Chester E. Finn Jr. of the Hoover Institution is a bit concerned about America’s future and he’s looking right at you, college kids.

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or...

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Harvard joins list of schools giving its commencement speaker the “brownshirt” treatment – Update Added on 5/27/14

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:30am

Harvard University is joining the list of schools (which include Brandeis, Smith, Haverford, and Rutgers) that are giving the proposed keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony the “brownshirt” treatment.

Over 100 students, alumni, and faculty at the Graduate School of Education signed a petition to rescind the invitation to Colorado State Senator...

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Common Core Author Says He Did it to End White Privilege

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Posted by    Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:00am

But don’t worry, there’s absolutely no leftist political agenda in Common Core.

Caleb Bonham writes at Campus Reform.

VIDEO: Teacher says he helped write Common Core to end white privilege

A teacher told attendees at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Monday night that he helped write the controversial Common Core education standards to...

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U. of Vermont “not renewing” faculty based on “incentive based budgeting”

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Posted by    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:30pm

““There are courses where it is not the end of the world if we don’t have them.”

The University of Vermont is joining an ever-expanding list of schools that is cutting faculty and staff.

Interestingly, they have developed some fun new phrases to describe the act of termination: “Not renewing” based on “Incentive Based Budgeting”.

The Dean of College of Arts and Sciences has made cuts in four areas across...

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Law Prof Says Obamacare More a Penalty Than a Tax

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Posted by    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:00pm

Maybe someone could forward this post to Chief Justice Roberts.

Spencer Irvine of Accuracy in Academia reports.

ObamaCare is a Penalty

Ilya Somin, law professor at George Mason University, said that the ObamaCare mandate is more of a penalty to Americans than a tax as the U.S. Supreme Court held in its past decision....

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U. of Illinois Student Mysteriously Vanishes at Chicago Airport

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Posted by    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

Investigators are attempting to locate a 19-year-old University of Illinois student who vanished from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shortly after checking in for a flight, family members said.

Hye Min Choi, a 19-year-old student at the University of Illinois, has been missing since Saturday evening. Choi vanished after checking in his luggage...

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Atheist Prof Mocks Dinesh D’Souza’s Christian Faith After Guilty Plea

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Posted by    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza worked in academia. I can’t imagine him saying such mean things about a fellow academic if the situation was reversed.

Jennifer Kabbany of The College Fix reports.

Atheist Professor Mocks D’Souza’s Christian Faith In Wake of Guilty Plea

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza plead guilty Tuesday to breaking federal campaign...

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