Posts Tagged ‘conservatives on campus’

March 30th, 2023 - 8:23 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

When Republicans take over higher education

New College in Sarasota, Florida, is part of Florida’s public university system. It has no fraternities or football team, but as Florida’s designated honors college, pumps out Fulbright scholars. It’s “a haven for brainy kids who are high-achieving and intellectually curious,” but may not [...]

August 21st, 2022 - 10:27 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Misfit arrested for threatening rightwing group

The FBI arrested a Texas man for making “credible threats” on social media “to carry out a mass attack” against a conservative gathering in Florida in July, ABC News reported on Sunday, August 21, 2022 (read story here). Alejandro Richard Velasquez Gomez, 19, of San Antonio, [...]

June 13th, 2012 - 11:06 pm § in Politics

Inslee and McKenna take very different positions on higher education

After experiencing  THE GRIM, ANTI-ACADEMIC ATMOSPHERE OF THE STATE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION, I am becoming utterly confused by the governor’s race. I am very troubled and want to ask myself what Thomas Jefferson  would do? Is this another choice between centrist conservatives .. like Washingto[...]

June 11th, 2011 - 6:12 am § in Schools & Colleges

Seven Breakthrough Solutions for Higher Ed in Texas

from Huff Post AUSTIN, Texas — When barbecue research is second-guessed in Texas, the turmoil in higher education must be getting serious. Responding to soaring tuitions and sagging graduation rates, a conservative policy foundation and Republican Gov. Rick Perry have stirred a tempest on Texa[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 10:04 am § in Schools & Colleges

Falwell’s University goes Online, Receives $445 Million in Federal Student Aid

“Ramping up on-line courses will likely mean higher revenues for Liberty, because such courses can bring in hefty federal financial aid and student tuition payments at low institutional cost.” from Campus Progress: Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Va., is famous for the fact that [...]

April 6th, 2011 - 10:43 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Kristoff: on faculty unions.

Nicholas Kristoff,  NY Times Teaching is unusual among the professions in that it pays poorly but has strong union protections and lockstep wage increases. It’s a factory model of compensation, and critics are right to fault it. But the bottom line is that we should pay teachers more, not less [...]

April 2nd, 2011 - 6:50 am § in Schools & Colleges

Free Speech Attacks from The Radical Right

Ed. While the progressive world has been distracted by the absurdist attacks on President Obama’s birth certificate, there is a far more serious and relentless attack on academic free speech itself. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Judy Ancel,  a professor of labor studies at the University of Missou[...]

March 28th, 2011 - 1:32 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Letter seeks to reassure alumni that tenured faculty members are not under attack.

from the more on The AVE about the University of Texas, including the effort to lower standards in a medical school. and proposals to arm the faculty. University of Texas System regents, stung by criticism a day earlier from the alumni association at UT-Austin, pledged support Friday f[...]

March 26th, 2011 - 5:57 am § in America, Hypocrisy, UW

Lysenko: The Rad Right Charges Academe with Lysenko-ism.

Ed.  A couple of weeks ago, The AVE published a story from OSU claiming that the University was silencing students because of the scientific claims of their father, a climate change denialist.  The image from the right is of an academic establishment mimicking the Roman Church’s persecution [...]

December 28th, 2010 - 2:08 am § in Politics, UW

UW seen from conservative eyes.

The University of Washington By Michael J. Thompson, on Aug 14, 2010 The UW is seen by many on the right as a frivolity, a place where  elitist profs teach meaningless courses.  This post is part of a more serious consideration by,  Their guide to the nation’s top 100 colle[...]