U of Iceland, Casino Host?
"According to leaked proposals, the University of Iceland Lottery (HHÍ) suggested to a ministerial working group that operators be allowed to open a gambling hall and offer online bingo games, despite a university expert group warning of the current harms caused by the lottery." – Inside Higher Ed, 12/9/22
Who’s to Blame When Students Fail a Course?
"There was a time when college administrators paid little attention to student dissatisfaction. Their opinions were largely written off as a sign of their immaturity. But things have changed because of the high stakes involved. Students believe that they are entitled to all A’s while putting in little effort because they are paying soaring tuition." – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 12/9/22
New Campaign Wants to Prove ‘College Is Worth It’
"The National Association of System Heads, which represents the leaders of 65 university systems, unveiled the 'College Is Worth It' campaign Wednesday ... The campaign aims to push back on years of declining public confidence in the value of higher education, and their negative impact on enrollment ... " – Inside Higher Ed, 12/9/22
The Political Cost of Opposing School Choice
"Parents’ frustration created a wave of advocacy in support of school choice, and their voices were heard on Election Day in 2021 and now 2022. Governors were elected who supported parents and their right, as Shapiro said, to put their kids in the best position to succeed." – RealClearEducation, 12/9/22
Is a Deal Between 44 Texas Colleges and Elsevier ‘Historic’?
"As pandemic-weary U.S. colleges face strained library budgets, many seek creative ways to lower costs and preserve access to scholarly content. That shared goal brought 44 colleges in Texas together to negotiate a deal with Elsevier, the behemoth publisher of over 2,500 scientific journals, including The Lancet and Cell." – Inside Higher Ed, 12/9/22
This university says it cut emissions by 19% since 2019. Was it all changes in commuting?
"As the climate movement has grown, more attention has been paid to colleges’ significant contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. ... While Vanderbilt has an endowment of more than $10 billion and resources to dedicate to such a greenhouse gas reduction, experts say huge spending isn’t necessary for every college that wants to make an impact." – Higher Ed Dive, 12/9/22
College Vaccine Booster Mandates Don't Make Any Medical or Ethical Sense, New Study Concludes
"Around 300 American colleges and universities, according to the website Best Colleges, mandate that students receive some form of a COVID vaccine booster. According to a new study from the Journal of Medical Ethics, whether thinking of the mandates as a matter of overall societal health or ethics, those particular vaccine mandates likely shouldn't exist." – Reason, 12/8/22
Duke University Surgeons Deny 14-year-old Girl a Kidney Transplant Because of Her COVID Vaccine Status
"Doctors at Duke University Hospital are refusing to perform a life-saving kidney transplant operation on a 14-year-old girl because she has not received a COVID injection, even though she has natural immunity from a previous bout with the virus. Yulia Hicks was adopted by a Christian family in North Carolina in January of 2021 after she came to the United States from Ukraine ... " – American Greatness, 12/8/22
Putting Tocqueville's Remedies into Practice
"Ewa Atanassow’s Tocqueville’s Dilemmas, and Ours: Sovereignty, Nationalism, Globalization is modest, yet aspirational and bold. ... her book is defined by an interest in Tocqueville’s theory and how his practice of politics enlightens three modern democratic dilemmas: popular sovereignty, nationhood, and globalization." – Law & Liberty, 12/8/22
Why do top universities produce more research than others? Their people have more labor backing them up.
"Faculty at elite colleges generate a disproportionate share of published research, in part because they have consistent access to more academic labor, according to peer-reviewed research published in Science Advances, an open-access journal. Prestigious institutions ... are more likely than their more accessible counterparts to have graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on the payroll." – Higher Ed Dive, 12/8/22