Higher Education | 2002 Archive


May

May. 31st — Of Title IX and 30 years of bureaucratic miasma
Just from reading the preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, one would not suspect it was the preamble to 30 years of controversy, fights over interpretation, compliance tests, and the noxious slew of bureaucratic miasma that followed: No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid.

May. 24th — Today's students get to dictate what constitutes a general education
Universities ostensibly provide students with rigorous training to prepare them for their chosen field. There's more to it than that, however, because if it were only that, the students could skip the addlepated rigmarole that has become an accepted part of what's blithely called "the college experience" (which amounts to hazing or coddling, depending upon one's fealty to the campus's hair-trigger socialist bent) and go directly to a private provider of vocational training.

May. 17th — Sign a form, get college credit
Shortly after winning the glorified popularity contest to be next year's student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jen Daum announced her plans to develop a course to teach students how to lobby the legislature. As reported by The Daily Tar Heel March 8, "Daum said students' lack of knowledge about lobbying is a major reason why the university's governing bodies have not been receptive to students' concern in matters like the recent tuition proposals."

May. 10th — Va. Attorney General says universities can't justify preferences for remediation
Racial and ethnic preferences in admissions and scholarships at Virginia state public universities can no longer be justified on the basis of remedying past discrimination, according to a memorandum from the office of Virginia Attorney General.

May. 7th — Degrees of Public Support
UNC tuition ought to go up dramatically, but won't that be unpopular? A careful reading of opinion polls suggests that while voters favor university aid, they prefer work-study and tax breaks to the kind of direct grants the UNC system gets.

May. 3rd — N.C. State supports civil discourse, embattled professor
Administrators and professors at North Carolina State University have come to the support of embattled Prof. Philip Muoz. Muoz's Political Science 205 class on Law and Justice was the site of an alleged racial attack Feb. 19, when a white female student, angered by the heated comments made about America and its treatment of blacks by a black student, Najja Baptist, told Baptist "go back to Africa."

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