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These rabblerousers aren't going to be very employable when they are done... unless Antifa is looking for openings I suppose.

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I just hope it's the bullshit 'social sciences' that get shuttered. Not the real ones.

But it makes me wonder whether they both equally get the axe because the school officials are likely terrified of all the hatred they'll receive from those brainwashed "Studies" types.

The sooner the media, and the moderate left, begin openly calling this bullshit victimhood social politicking what it is - bullying - the sooner their whiny screeching will be irrelevant, and it's end in sight. Unfortunately, these factions have been using & excusing this bullying for their own sensationalist advantage, so it will be a long drawn out divorce.


It doubt it matters. The disciplines which actually contribute substantive knowledge, service or product to society don't actually "need" universities anyway. The death of "The University" honestly is probably long overdue.



You have a point.

I suppose Universities are just profit driven gatekeeper$ nowadays.

More of an expensive toll booth rather than a rare collection of knowledge to be distributed. Now that the information age is in full swing. Selling reputation as much as anything.

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NefariousKoel wrote:
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It doubt it matters. The disciplines which actually contribute substantive knowledge, service or product to society don't actually "need" universities anyway. The death of "The University" honestly is probably long overdue.


You have a point.

I suppose Universities are just profit driven gatekeeper$ nowadays.

More of an expensive toll booth rather than a rare collection of knowledge to be distributed. Now that the information age is in full swing. Selling reputation as much as anything.


Yep. Many (maybe most?) of the "most successful" people in the last 25 years didn't bother with Uni. Certainly many of the best innovators didn't anyway.

Pewdiepie: most successful entertainer of the Youtube era --> dropped out after a year or two because he found it "boring" and useless
Gates: richest man alive, most influential IT figure and quite possibly most influential FIGURE of the last century --> ditto
Zuckerberg: scummy little entrepreneur who had a brilliant notion and it has turned into a social force of global proportions --> same

Now granted, those are just anecdotes, but the evidence about the impact of college education on "success" does not contradict this. Last I knew, something like 60% of people who had some college education or a degree were performing jobs that did not require the level of educational credentials they possessed.

The most important skill set in the 21st century:
1. Critical thinking.
2. Work ethic and discipline.
3. Ability to learn and adapt readily.
4. Ability to contribute effectively to team efforts.

Universities do not teach this stuff AT ALL. In fact, mostly they teach the opposites:
A. Dogmatic thinking.
B. Do what you have to to pass the exam / cheat if possible.
C. You are a subordinate, here to receive my wisdom, so shutup and get prepared to recite the answers I want you to give me.
D. Largely impossible for most semester long courses to represent how teams work in the real world . . . many instructors try to teach team dynamics but as far as I know it is never very effective.

It is quite sad, because the resources to transform post-secondary education into something tremendous and powerful are all there. What is lacking is any vision or desire to innovate, reform or change. Administrator and most faculty mindsets are still in the late 19th century as far as how "education" works and what role education plays in society.

Interesting book that more or less presaged this development (as one possible outcome): The House of Intellect by Jacques Barzun
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5823 ... _Intellect

At least that is my memory of the book. Has been 20 years since I read it . . .

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 Post subject: Re: The Evergreen State College Microcosm
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:23 pm 
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More about the college student named MacKenzie that I previously posted about:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/07/th ... was-white/

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This is Evergreen State College: “I was told that I couldn’t go into the room because I was white”

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 9:26pm

Student: “I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t express my concerns, and I couldn’t ask any questions because I’m white”

McKenzie Kyger is a white Evergreen State College student who made news when she appeared at a public legislative hearing about the problems at Evergreen related to Prof. Bret Weinstein.

Kyger told the legislators about her experience with pervasive anti-white racism being taught as part of the integral model of social justice learning currently foregrounded in American universities.

We covered her testimony in the post Evergreen Student: ‘I’ve been told I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white’.

Here is the moving video of her appearance:

(same video from prior post)

Kyger sat down for an interview with Benjamin Boyce (Patreon page here) and shared her thoughts on “social justice” and the distressing state of Evergreen. (h/t Badger Pundit)

Kyger is the type of student whom colleges embraced only a few years ago. She’s open-minded, has absorbed and speaks fluently the language of the regressive handbook on “diversity” and “social justice,” she’s not a conservative, and she’s definitely not a racist. That she is now experiencing what so many white college students across the country are should sound alarms on the left, particularly among white progressives.

Kyger talked about her experience at the college and how it affected her. For example, she discusses her experiences with the faculty and students who “overgeneralize” and state that “all white people” are the root of all problems, she explains how “social justice” has become a battering ram and weapon that is hurting higher education and students, and she describes her experience being shut out of a student event on campus explicitly because she is white. After walking down a hallway lined with other white students denied admittance, she agreed to the terms (that she not speak and stand in the back).

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Here is a partial transcript of some of her comments in the above interview.

On her experience previously at the Evergreen library:

“Walked in [to the library while a conference was going on] and they were just talking about how terrible white people are.

I was just kind of shocked that that was allowed, like not that I was personally offended, because if that’s what you think, that’s what you think, but I was just really concerned that that was allowed to be taught in this public space, just people talking about how white people are the root of every problem, how terrible we are. Overgeneralizing and saying this about all white people.

I’ve overheard faculty saying different things about white people, I mean, even if you just look at the signs on like faculty’s windows and stuff, you can kinda see that’s kind of the way everyone thought.”


On her experience at the campus-wide meeting about Bret Weinstein:

“Entering the library and riding the elevator up to the fourth floor of the library, getting off that elevator and then it was just a hallway lined up with white students, immediately when I got off the elevator I was told that I couldn’t go into the room because I was white.

I was not okay with that, so I just kind of ignored it and kept on walking down this hallway. Somebody else stopped me and said I couldn’t go in without a police escort. But I could see the room and there were white people in there, so I was a little confused, so I also just ignored that person and kept walking.

And then I was told that I was allowed to go in, but I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t express my concerns, and I couldn’t ask any questions because I’m white. And I had to stand in the back. So, I went in, and I didn’t say anything like they asked of me, but was pretty disgusted with the way the meeting was going.”


On lack of diversity of opinion at Evergreen:

“The fact that I don’t focus on color, that’s part of the reason people [at Evergreen] see me as a racist. And for some reason a lot of people have issue with the fact that people say I don’t see race, but that’s really interesting to me, because focusing on the color of somebody’s skin, or treating them differently based on their skin color, which is what they’re asking for, that to me is racism.”


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http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/36145/

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Evergreen State College faces $2.1M budget shortfall, cites enrollment drop, issues layoff notices

JENNIFER KABBANY - FIX EDITOR •AUGUST 29, 2017

Administrators at The Evergreen State College have announced that the embattled school faces a massive $2.1 million budget shortfall due in part to a drop in enrollment, and the institution has already handed out some temporary layoff notices as officials grapple with balancing the books.

In an Aug. 28 memo to the campus community titled “Enrollment and Budget Update,” officials report that fall 2017-18 registration is down about 5 percent, from 3,922 students to 3,713. But the problem is nearly all of the students they lost are nonresidents, who traditionally pay a much higher tuition to attend, officials explained in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.

Combined with a shortfall in funding from state coffers to shoulder a mandatory cost-of-living salary increase and a rise in the general cost of operations, and the school must find a way to resolve a $2.1 million shortfall for the fiscal year that began July 1, according to the memo.

“This creates the need for significant budget cuts in the immediate future,” the memo states, adding that the university late last month already handed out temporary layoff notices to 17 facilities staff members.

“Some notices were rescinded as we try to use scarce local dollars to keep people employed,” the memo states. “… However, if the capital budget crisis at the state level continues indefinitely, layoffs will become impossible to avoid.”

“… In a college where 89 percent of the operating budget is in salaries and benefits, it is impossible to reduce the budget by substantial amounts without giving up positions. In anticipation of this, we will soon be announcing a hiring freeze.”

Although the memo does not reference it, the drop in student enrollment can likely be traced back to the national uproar caused after a rowdy group of progressive students took over the school in May and June.

First they cornered white biology Professor Bret Weinstein and shouted him down over his choice not leave campus during a “Day of Absence,” in which white students and employees were asked to stay off campus for the day. The aggressive actions against the professor forced him to hold class off campus at a nearby park.

Next, students accused the university’s administration of racism during a contentious meeting, during which they yelled at and belittled President George Bridges. At this meeting, some white students were told to stand in the back of the room because of the color of their skin. The progressive student protesters also issued a string of demands to combat the alleged racism on campus, most of which the university agreed to implement at an unknown fiscal cost.

The college was also shut for multiple days in early June because of threats it received. Student vigilantes even took to patrolling campus with bats. Later reports about the school revealed that radicalism and anarchy had been pushed at Evergreen State College since at least 2008.

Emails obtained by The College Fix show that some parents pledged to keep their kids away from Evergreen in a development that’s known as the “Mizzou Effect.” The term references the situation at the University of Missouri, which faced severe financial struggles after a student Black Lives Matter protest in 2014 took over the campus and ruined the school’s reputation, prompting a huge decline in enrollment.

But in a somewhat tone deaf part of the Aug. 28 memo from Evergreen, administrators state that “we must continue our efforts to make Evergreen a student-ready college. Our work in equity and inclusion is an important step in this process.”


So real life economics threatens to burst the fantasy world that some of these college administrators, faculty and students have been trying to build.

Evergreen: teach more economics classes and fewer "xxxxxx-studies" classes.

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The Evergreen State College has sanctioned about 80 protesters who disrupted school activities, held administrators hostage, and harassed Professor Bret Weinstein this spring.
Administrators have been reviewing 120 incident reports involving 180 students since spring, and also gave criminal trespass warnings to several non-students.

The Evergreen State College has sanctioned about 80 protesters who disrupted school activities, held administrators hostage, and harassed Professor Bret Weinstein this spring.

According to The Olympian, the school made the decision after reviewing approximately 120 incident reports that involved a total of 180 students accused of violating the student-conduct code.

“Of those 180 students, approximately 80 were found responsible for their actions,” Evergreen spokesperson Sandra Kaiser told the publication. “They received sanctions ranging from formal warnings, community service and probation, to suspension.”

Kaiser said the college has been reviewing the incident reports since spring, and noted that protesters who did not attend Evergreen were given criminal trespass warnings, with one being “permanently barred from campus.”

The protests first engulfed the college in May following Weinstein’s decision to challenge the administration-backed event that asked for white faculty and students to leave campus for a “Day of Absence.”

After learning about Weinstein’s objections, roughly 50 student protesters swarmed his classroom, accused him of being a racist, and allegedly barred police officers from assisting the professor.

Later that same day, the students demanded that Weinstein either resign or be fired during a large protest attended by the president of the college and the chief of campus police.

Last month, Weinstein settled a $3.8 million lawsuit with Evergreen, accusing the college of failing to protect him and his wife from the "verbal and written hostility" that drove Weinstein to temporarily flee the campus for his own safety.

The lawsuit culminated in a $500,000 settlement with the college admitting “no liability” and rejecting all of the allegations that were made in the initial tort claim.

“The educational activities of Day of Absence/Day of Presence were not discriminatory,” the school wrote in an email to faculty and staff that was first reported by The Seattle Times. “The college took reasonable and appropriate steps to engage with protesters during spring quarter, de-escalate conflict, and keep the campus safe.”

According to the publication, Weinstein and his wife also resigned from Evergreen following the settlement.

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These "punishments" sound pretty minor, but it is a start.
I'm surprised the school did anything at all.

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Evergreen State College Warns Of 18% Drop In Enrollment Next Year

JOHN SEXTONPosted at 7:21 pm on February 21, 2018

I’ve been waiting for this story for months but missed it last week when it finally appeared. President George Bridges of Evergreen State College has warned his school that enrollment may drop sharply next year. From the College Fix:

President George Bridges has told the campus community that the school’s 3,800 student population is predicted to hover at about 3,100 when the 2018-19 school year begins. This 700-student loss represents an 18.5 percent decrease.

This estimate sent shock waves among faculty, and some speculate it spurred an anonymous call for Bridges’ resignation by way of flyers recently inserted into faculty mailboxes declaring “Please Resign,” among other disparaging comments…

An official with Evergreen State who agreed to an interview with The College Fix on the condition of anonymity emphasized that Bridges’ estimated enrollment numbers are “for the purposes of planning” and a “projection that will not get better only if nothing is done to change it.” He likened it to a “worst-case scenario.”


Recall that Evergreen announced enrollment had dropped about 5% for the current academic year. That relatively small drop resulted in a hiring freeze and a $2.1 million budget deficit. So you can imagine what an 18.5% drop on top of that would do. Even if this really is a worst case scenario and the actual enrollment turns out better than expected, the trend definitely looks bad. Would a 10% drop and another huge deficit be considered good news at this point?

We’ve seen this same pattern before. After the University of Missouri campus was rocked by Black Lives Matter protests, enrollment at the school dropped sharply the following year (23%) and the year after that (16%). The New York Times pointed out that the school had been growing before the disruption led to the shuttering of dorms and mass layoffs:

Before the protests, the university, fondly known as Mizzou, was experiencing steady growth and building new dormitories. Now, with budget cuts due to lost tuition and a decline in state funding, the university is temporarily closing seven dormitories and cutting more than 400 positions, including those of some nontenured faculty members, through layoffs and by leaving open jobs unfilled.

Last fall, Slate looked at the so-called Mizzou effect and found there was evidence it was real, at least at Mizzou. The piece suggested evidence for a Mizzou effect at other schools was mixed at best:

It’s hard enough to get a handle on these sorts of statistical effects in enrollment ex post facto, said Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Doing so in real time is pretty much impossible. “I don’t think we can dismiss the potential causality [of the Mizzou Effect],” he told me. “There’s no question that campus turmoil of any kind is not a selling point for parents.” But if the effect exists, he’s inclined to think that its amplitude would vary greatly from one institution to another and that its duration would be short, as a rule. It’s likely to be little more than a “hiccup,” he said.

This strikes me as a less than serious argument. Of course disruptions to enrollment are not going to be permanent. As the school recovers, assuming it doesn’t have a repeat of the same behavior, people will gradually put the disruption behind them. Ten years from now, this could look like a blip in the rearview mirror for Evergreen.

That doesn’t mean the disruption is a “hiccup.” If Evergreen State College does see another enrollment drop of 18.5% or even 8%, the impact on the school is going to be significant. Jobs will be lost, money will be tight, and future plans will be put on hold. Awareness that the entire organization is struggling to survive may cause an increased focus on performance over protest. In short, Evergreen may well recover in a few years but only by putting this mess behind them.

Former Evergreen provost Michael Zimmerman told the College Fix, “The enrollment crisis at Evergreen, and make no mistake about it, it is a crisis, will not be fixed until the actions of last spring are acknowledged and their underlying causes addressed.” He added, “A fix, if even possible after the damage already done, will come only be returning Evergreen to its roots as a college steeped in the concept of open inquiry inherent in a true liberal arts education.”

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