Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’
Praising Chicago’s example, Purdue President Mitch Daniels laid out the stakes in a telephone interview: “If universities want to embarrass themselves with their behavior, allowing people to be shouted down or disinvited, that’s their problem.
A liberal calls out intolerant leftists who smother free speech on campus
From their silent role models on the faculty and in university leadership, students learn that silencing works. The mob learns that colleges like Brandeis, which disinvited women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali from campus due to intolerant complaints about her activism, will succumb to criticism rather than defend freedom.
The Real Cost Of College
When considering government support for American higher education as a whole, subsidies for colleges and universities are—even on a per-student basis and despite the enrollment explosion—greater than ever before.
Columbia Multicultural Advisors: Put Trigger Warning on Ovid’s Metamorphoses
The Trigger Warning Warriors . . . likely consider themselves immune to criticism. In fact, in their minds criticism of their Trigger Warning and re-education demands likely reinforces their view that the Western classics are oppressive.
Big-name commencement speakers: revered tradition or a waste of time and money?
Bills in New Jersey and Illinois have proposed banning public universities from using public funds to pay for commencement speakers.
The Future Of An Illusion: The Higher Ed “Funding Cuts” Myth
“If over the past three decades car prices had gone up as fast as tuition, the average new car would cost more than $80,000.”
New Arizona State-edX MOOC: Another Blow To Traditional College
ASU-edX courses and low-cost microdegrees are a pincer movement against the traditional four-year degree. The combination of a for-credit transferable MOOC freshman year and the core classes offered by partnerships like Google and Coursera strike at the heart of the traditional university business model.
To Stem Or Not To Stem? That Is Not The Question
Until our academic culture embraces again what is truly higher in higher education—our capacity to discover Truth—expect still more exoduses from the liberal arts, regardless of how much attention STEM studies receive.
University Online-Compliance Officer: “I Wish My Job Didn’t Exist”
A few states have taken a reasonable approach to regulating online education. An example is Wyoming. Wyoming requires two things before we can offer our programs to its residents: we must be regionally accredited and pay a $100 fee. . . . Most states, however, take a different approach.
Free Speech in Peril
Oberlin has supplied teachers with a trigger-warning guide, advising them to consider not assigning works that could spark upset because of their “racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression.”