The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Round-Up

This past Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities. The 6-to-2 ruling allows for the passage for similar measures in seven other states. The New York Times has an informative set of infographics showing the effects of such bans on affirmative action for minorities throughout the country.

Highlighting the results from a recent study on public college finances, Slate explores the increasing privatization of public colleges. Today, public university students cover almost half the cost of their own educations, on average.

A Brown University student, Lena Sclove, has begun an activist movement to make the campus a safer space for her and other survivors of sexual assault. Her assailant will be allowed to return to the school in the fall, causing Sclove to question whether she will return as well. News of the issue and the current action has been picked up by Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed Opposing Viewpoints, Jezebel and others.

USAToday has published an article with comprehensive coverage of issues of sexual assault on college campuses across the country and the White House’s role in confronting the issue.

In the genteel atmosphere of the College of Charleston in South Carolina, student activism over campus culture and administrative decisions has been disrupting the status quo.

According to a recent poll, 57% of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates this year, a figure that is up from 53% last year and 44% in 2010.

Emails and messages from an unsanctioned fraternity at American University have been leaked, displaying the crude and vitriolic manners in which the members discuss partying, girls and sexual assault. Student activists and Greek members are calling for action against the fraternity. The question remains, is this language only relegated to the forums of illegal fraternities, or is it the same kind of conversation that exists within the sanctioned Greek system as well?

The president of Franklin & Marshall has written an article for Forbes on what universities should be doing to educate the future leaders of the world.

From The Nation’s StudentNation blog, comes another installment of their round-up of student activist movements across the country. This week they highlight various sit-in protests, including a Wash. U. movement against coal investments.

Students at Columbia University filed complaints in demands for rights to safety from sexual violence and access to mental health resources. 23 students filed a federal complaint, alleging administrators discouraging survivors from formally reporting, LGBTQ students facing discrimination in counseling, advising, adjudication, and Greek life, serial offenders remaining on campus, inadequate disciplinary sanctions, and discrimination against survivors, denied accommodations based on mental health disabilities.

And finally, a professor and writer for CounterPunch suggests that institutions of higher education should do away with college athletics completely.



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3 thoughts on “The College Bubble: A Higher Ed Round-Up

  1. figures

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

    The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking race into account in admission decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

    The high court made clear that in ruling on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, it was not deciding the larger question of whether affirmative action admission policies are lawful.

    “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved,” wrote Justice Anthony M. Kennedy for the majority opinion. “It is about who may resolve it.”

    And npr reported like above. Nyt makes it sound like a slightly different story.

    1. Ron Medley

      I’m hoping Ted Shaw will have some interesting things to say about that. It seems to me that by holding that a right given to a minority either by years of common practice or by interpretation of the law – if they deem that it can be taken away by a simple majority of the electorate, that’s a major tipping of the court’s hand. They’re basically leaving it up to each of the fifty states to figure out on their own how to enforce the 1965 Civil Rights Act.

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