Campus Cancel Culture–Pernicious and Widespread

“I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” While Voltaire apparently did not say exactly that (the phrase seems to have come from a biographer), it is still a perfect description of the mindset of a rational human. Of course people will disagree, but … Continue reading “Campus Cancel Culture–Pernicious and Widespread”

Did You Know? Of Students Seeking Mental Health Help, 33% Cite the Pandemic

The mental stress for college students sparked by COVID-19 is showing up in campus mental health centers. New data from Penn State University’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) found that, between July and November 2020, 33 percent of students seeking help from campus counseling centers said they were there for COVID-19 related problems. The … Continue reading “Did You Know? Of Students Seeking Mental Health Help, 33% Cite the Pandemic”

Universities Spend Big Money on Public Relations

Recent studies reveal a disturbing trend in higher education: colleges, both private and public, are increasingly devoting a significant amount of time and money to public relations. In a time of tight state budgets, rising tuition rates, and growing concerns over the “corporatization” of higher education, it’s troublesome that universities are finding plenty of money … Continue reading “Universities Spend Big Money on Public Relations”

Doubts about the integrity of Confucius Institutes lead to mounting criticism

What are the limits of the partnerships that a public institution of higher education may form? A growing number of critics, including university officials and faculty, argue that accepting funding and academic influence from the communist Chinese government crosses a line.