Higher education

What Is Going On at Claremont McKenna?

Featured image Claremont McKenna College, scene of the disgraceful disruption of Heather Mac Donald last month, says it is going to discipline students involved in the incident. At least they say they are. Here is the complete memo circulated to the faculty by CMC vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Peter Uvin. I apologize about the length, but it is necessary to present the thing as an example of »

Dartmouth’s idea of “broadening the ranks”

Featured image Dartmouth College sends to alumni a publication called “Dartmouth Life.” The current issue introduces the teachers-scholars who joined the faculty this academic year. The article is called “New Faculty Broaden the Ranks.” The article allows each new faculty member briefly to summarize his or her area of academic interest. The hard science and math professors provided write-ups in line with traditional notions of what’s important in these fields. I discerned »

The suppression of Jewish voices at Tufts and Pitzer [UPDATED]

Featured image Anti-Israel groups on college campuses have come up with a new tactic in their effort to pass BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolutions. They are manipulating the voting to exclude Jews from the process. At Tufts, a group called Students for Justice in Palestine decided to place an anti-Israel divestment resolution on the school senate’s agenda on the evening before the Jewish holiday of Passover, at a time when many Jewish »

Can the Liberal Arts Be Saved?

Featured image Harvey Mansfield likes to say that the job of modern conservatism is to save liberalism from liberals. The educational corollary is that conservatives are the only people who can save the liberal arts from liberalism, which has done its best to ruin them. The post-modern left now dominates the traditional liberal arts disciplines, and wonders why fewer and fewer students want to major in any of those fields any more. »

At women’s college, a student strike for more money and free therapy succeeds

Featured image Here’s a student protest that makes some sense to me. Resident advisers (RAs) at Scripps College went on strike seeking more dough (and I don’t mean play-doh). Sophie Mann, a junior at Scripps, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reports: In a new twist on student protests, a group of resident advisers at Scripps College went on “strike” last week after issuing a list of demands—mostly for more money. Other »

Jean Yarbrough explains

Featured image The great Jean Yarbrough teaches government at Bowdoin College. Professor Yarbrough is the author of the indispensable and award-winning book Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. We have celebrated Professor Yarbrough several times on Power Line, including via Steve Hayward’s induction of her into our (incomplete) Power Line 100. Professor Yarbrough recently explained to a packed house at Bowdoin how she became a conservative and she gave them something »

Can Universities Be Fixed?

Featured image Turns out even The Simpsons has taken aim at the rot in higher education, with this scene from last week’s episode: Yes, I’m sure that eight new deans can indeed get to the bottom of the Halloween costume policy for Yale. When you’ve lost The Simpsons. . . But this video, from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, suggests one method for spreading economic literacy that just might work: »

Out of their minds at Stanford

Featured image Elliot Kaufman is a Stanford junior who writes with great intelligence from inside the asylum. National Review has posted his several pieces for the site here, but he saved his best yet for the Wall Street Journal in “For a Stanford applicant, perseveration pays off” (behind the Journal’s subscription paywall). Following in the footsteps of the late John Updike, Kaufman makes good use of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Kaufman »

Out of “their” “minds” at Brown

Featured image A Wall Street Journal reader forwarded James Freeman a copy of the letter received by the reader’s daughter from Brown University Director of Admissions Logan Powell. The reader, Freeman reports, is still trying to make sense of the letter. The reader’s bright daughter had already received news of her acceptance when a letter arrived that was addressed to her “Parent/Guardian.” Freeman reports: Oddly, the note referred to the accepted student »

Return to Boulder

Featured image Paging all Boulder, Colorado, area Power Line readers: I’m coming back! Not for a whole year like last time—just next week, to participate in the University’s annual, and very gonzo, Conference on World Affairs. I’ll be on nine panels, plus doing a debate at the law school about why we should dump the Paris climate treaty. The ideological balance of the CWA tends to run about 25 to 1 liberals »

Secrets of Princeton

Featured image The principle of equal treatment without regard to race is one that is close to my heart. Accordingly, one of my favorite books on a legal subject is Andrew Kull’s The Color-Blind Constitution. (I learned of the book at the time of its publication through Judge Alex Kosinski’s 1993 New Republic review/essay.) It is a book that is by turns inspiring and maddening. I recommend it without reservation to readers »

The case of Yale

Featured image We the Internet has posted the video below under the title “Silence U Part 2: What has Yale become?” (Part 1 is posted here). WTI provides the following by way of background: In 2015, video of Yale’s “shrieking girl” screaming at professor Nicholas Christakis over a Halloween costume email went viral. A year later, Dr. Christakis and his wife Erika had both left their positions. In this mini-documentary We the »

The ugly news at St. Thomas

Featured image St. Paul’s University of St. Thomas is in the news and the news is ugly. The linked story includes the full text of the messages/statements cited in the column below by Robert J. Delahunty, UST Le Jeune Chair and Professor of Law; Willis Krumholz, UST JD/MBA 2014; and Daniel Berlinger UST JD candidate 2017. Professor Delahunty et al. write: The University of St. Thomas is in the news, and the »

Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket

Featured image The Washington Post reports on what many have recognized for some time as a ticking time bomb: A new analysis of federal student loans reveals the number of people severely behind on repaying their debt has soared in the last year, painting a bleak picture of one of the largest government programs. The Consumer Federation of America released a study Tuesday that found that millions of people had not made »

Fake out!

Featured image Campus Reform reports that Harvard University has created a research guide on “fake news” that identifies dozens of respectable conservative websites as “unreliable” or simply “fake” while rating many of their liberal counterparts as “credible.” Titled Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda, the guide links to a Google document titled “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources. The guide links to the Google document with its “huge list of fake news »

A Middlebury update

Featured image A reader alerts us to an important update on the Middlebury debacle with relevant information we haven’t seen reported elsewhere. Two or three days after the thug brigade assaulted Professor Allison Stanger, she returned to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. The initial incident occurred March 2; we believe the concussion was diagnosed on Sunday, March 5. Below is the undated message distributed to the Middlebury community »

George Washington U. teaches that only whites can be racist

Featured image A friend and Power Line reader sent me this excerpt from a study guide used at George Washington University in the class of one of his children: Prejudice + Power = Racism * Racism, however, requires institutional power * In the U.S. white people alone hold the institutional power to discriminate on the basis of race * Political power (representation, law, judges) * Economic (wealth, income, banks, CEOs) * Social »