By Duke Cheston
Originally Posted from the Pope
Center for Higher Education Policy
About a year and a half
ago, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro attempted to hire a new
chief diversity officer. The university sought an administrator who would focus
on increasing appreciation for racial differences on campus–even though UNCG
already had five administrators in its Office of Multicultural Affairs tasked
with a similar mission. When the news surfaced, many people (some of them
writing in the Greensboro newspaper) expressed anger, arguing that the new
administrator was unnecessary, especially in a time of financial hardship.
Initially, UNCG chancellor Linda Brady
defended the new position (which would have cost the school roughly $200,000 in
salary and benefits) as a cost-cutting measure. In a letter to a local lawyer
obtained by the Pope Center, Brady wrote that the new position would save money
by fixing “an environment that doesn’t sufficiently embrace inclusion and
equity.” Without that fix, she wrote, UNCG would continue to lose money through
additional spending on remediation programs, responding to grievances, and the
cost of students dropping out. By March 2011, however, Chancellor Brady
officially abandoned the search for a new chief diversity officer, maintaining
the office’s current staff level.
Continue reading In Hard Times, Diversity Bureaucracies Do Well
Columnist Mike Adams has some fun today with the strange decision of his college, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, to lump together two serious academic departments (because of a shortage of funding) while once again expanding the campus diversity bureaucracy (for which no funding shortage ever seems to appear).
As Adams figures it, the university will save $80,000 a year lumping together the Physics and Physical Oceanographic Department with the Geography and Geology Department, while committing more funds to five diversity-multicultural offices, each apparently run by someone commanding a hefty salary.
Continue reading Yes, We’re Broke, But Leave the Diversity Machine Alone
Here’s a disturbing news item from North Carolina: The state university system uses its well-regarded medical school and its generous taxpayer subsidies to purchase, compete with, and potentially crowd out private non-profit hospitals and health systems. This is the story that Duke Cheston, a writer for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, tells in a carefully reported article for the Pope Center’s website. Cheston narrates the alarming growth of the University of North Carolina Health Care System (UNCHCS) from the 1940s, when it was merely a medical school with an affiliated teaching hospital at the public university’s main campus in Chapel Hill, to today’s “semi-autonomous medical/hospital/research apparatus that stretches throughout a significant part of the state.” UNCHCS is now a $2 billion-a-year-behemoth, with an apparent goal of limitless expansion well beyond the teaching and research that constitute the typical mission of medical schools.
Continue reading Should Universities Crowd Out Private Health Systems?
At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, students can minor in social and economic justice without taking a single economics course.—Reported by E. Frank Stephenson on the Division of Labor blog.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finally got it right. Instead of letting radical protesters chase an invited conservative speaker out of his lecture hall–as they did with former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo on April 14– when the radicals tried the same stunt a little over a week later, on April 22, against another conservative former congressman, Virgil Goode, UNC-Chapel Hill had enough campus police in place to make prompt arrests of six protesters who tried to drown out Goode’s speech, forestalling further disruption.
The university had also moved the venue of Goode’s speech from the crowded lecture hall where Tancredo had appeared to a large auditorium in the student union that allowed some physical distance (along with a lectern) between Goode and his antagonists. According to Jay Schalin, who reported on Goode’s speech for the American Thinker, Goode, who served as Republican congressman from Virginia from 1997 to 2009, was able to finish his speech setting forth his opposition to illegal immigration and racial preferences and even win the respect of some non-protesting students in the audience who said they didn’t agree with most of Goode’s views but disapproved of the rudeness of the radicals who disrupted his talk.
Both Goode and Tancredo, a former Colorado congressman who briefly ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2007 on an anti-illegal immigration platform, had been invited to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus by a new conservative student group, Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), which currently has chapters on seven college campuses. YWC opposes both racial preferences and multiculturalism, which means that it has been branded as racist and white-supremacist by several left-of-center organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, which put the group on its “Hatewatch” list as an alleged ally of white nationalists. Regarding YWC’s stated commitment to America’s Western heritage, Frank Dobson Jr., director of a black cultural center at Vanderbilt, where a YWC chapter protested the university’s failure to include Western culture in its Multicultural Awareness Month celebration in March, told the Nashville Tennessean, “When I hear a statement like that, I have to wonder—is it a euphemism for white civilization?”
Continue reading How To Prevent Speech From Being Suppressed
Rockingham Community College in North Carolina has shifted the schedule of all of its course offerings to reduce the cost of commuting. Classes held five times a week will be held four times, while classes held three times a week will now be held twice. If only larger colleges showed a comparable attention to cost…
Feminists Say The Darndest Things, Mike Adams, Sentinel, February 2008
Mike Adams, Professor of Criminology at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, is nothing if not a provocateur; few other impulses can explain a book entitled Feminists Say The Darndest Things. Adams, as the title amply demonstrates, has an eristic disposition massively ill-suited for the modern academy; this is why the average reader is fortunate that Adams perseveres in his profession, and writes about it. Feminists Say The Darndest Things is a selection of Adams’ correspondence to colleagues that furnishes an illuminating portrait of pious academic feminism that’s not merely thin-skinned but actively censorious and relentlessly proselytizing.
Adams writes a lot of letters, and given what goes on around him, you can understand why. He wrote to question the tolerance of a colleague who commented, about a faculty candidate: “This guy went to West Point. He may be too conservative to teach here.” He wrote another colleague who stormed out when he questioned allegations of sexual harassment leveled against his department chair. She declared, in response to his comment “I will not sit here and listen to a police interrogation.” He wrote a colleague who believed that a student who lodged a fake rape accusation (to get out of an exam) should suffer no punishment. And those are just the people with whom he works. Missives also go out to the Northern Kentucky University professor who encouraged her students to destroy an anti-abortion display on that campus, and the Duke Professor who resigned from her committee assignments in indignation at the re-admittance of the falsely-accused Duke Lacrosse players.
That’s just a sampling; there are 61 letters in the book (one, to Abigail Adams, presumably went unread). Most aren’t as consequential as the examples I noted above, but point out both a reflexive hostility to criticism on the part of their targets, and a relentless presumption that the academy should reflect their own values in even the most trivial cases. It’s good to see, gathered in one volume, stories from a professor canceling classes to protest the Iraq War and offering extra credit to her students to protest, to Adams’ removal from a faculty senate email list after he complained about political discrimination on the campus (see, Adams was completely wrong!). Stories about the political character of the academy are often dismissed as mere anecdotes; Adams’ dossier makes clear that they’re common responses from an entrenched academic community intensely jealous of any threats to the primacy of their worldview.
Continue reading Review: “Feminists Say The Darndest Things”