After repeatedly insisting that a First Amendment lawsuit endorsed by the federal government was based on “mistaken premises,” the University of Michigan has revised its speech policies.

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UMich caves after DOJ calls speech policies ‘unconstitutional’

(From campusreform.org): By Grace Gottschling The University of Michigan revised its policies to “add additional safeguards for free speech” Monday, the same day that the Department of Justice endorsed a First Amendment lawsuit against the school. UM had repeatedly insisted that both the original lawsuit and the DOJ’s assessment of the case misinterpreted its policies, but […]

The Harvard Letter

By Mark Bauerlein Whenever a college president issues an official statement, you must ask a simple question.  The question is not “Is it true?”  Nor is it “Is this ideological?”  Instead, you ask, “How does this statement protect the brand?” If you sit at the top of an institution, your success depends first on how […]

Professor says feminists have ‘every right’ to ‘hate men’

(From campusreform.org): By Grace Gottschling The director of Northeastern University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program claims it is “logical to hate men,” asserting that it is time for feminists “to go all Thelma and Louise…on their collective butts.” In her op-ed for The Washington Post, Suzanna Danuta Walters argues that men can only redeem themselves […]

Feminist course questions if science can be ‘objective’

(From CampusReform.org): By Toni Airaksinen Hobart and William Smith Colleges will offer a feminist theory course next year that questions whether science can truly be “objective.” “Philosophy 250: Feminism: Ethics and Knowledge” is a sophomore-level course taught by Karen Frost-Arnold, a philosophy professor who also teaches classes such as “Power, Privilege, and Knowledge” as well as “Introduction […]

Disruption Of Nikki Haley Speech At UH: Freedom Of Expression?

(From The Jewish Herald-Voice: jhvonline.com) By Aaron Howard When U.S. Amb. to the U.N. Nikki Haley was invited to speak by the University of Houston, she was to speak to students about leadership and global challenges, and then take part in a Q&A session. On May 22, Haley opened with Hurricane Harvey and Santa Fe, Texas, […]

When The Higher-Ed Business Model Meets Economic Reality

(By William Murchison): Follow the money, goes the time-honored advice about learning why so-and-so does such-and-such. Accordingly, economics professor Douglass Webber of Temple University followed the money – specifically comparing the sums state and local government formerly poured into higher education with the government money presently flowing into it. Bad news.  That is, if you’re […]

College drops national anthem from commencement ceremony

(From TheCollegeFix.com): By Jennifer Kabbanny An elite college in Southern California did not play the national anthem during its commencement ceremony this year, breaking from an apparent tradition of playing the Star-Spangled Banner at the annual event.  CONTINUE READING HERE

The Cost of Appeasing the “Progressives” – One University’s Struggle

(By George Leef) With the evident failure of their big policy moves to transform America into a collectivist, egalitarian land (such as Obamacare, fair housing regulations, high minimum wages and so on), “progressives” have retreated into complaints about symbolism. Flags, statues, names on buildings, and the like have taken center stage in the leftist campaign […]

Profs claim Evergreen State report whitewashed campus meltdown

(From CampusReform.org):  By Adam Sabes Evergreen State College released a 38-page report on the wave of protests that engulfed campus last spring, but several professors and a former administrator say the report was manipulated to portray the school in a better light. The commission that produced the report was handpicked by college President George Bridges, and […]