Looks like the elections haven’t really changed the scenarios for higher education that I laid out on Monday. Media outlets that reported on the scene after the elections — such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed — had no firm prognostications. Uncertainty still reigns, as the Chronicle of Higher Read more →
Is the hassle to register and vote a whiny gripe among lazy students — or are they actually onto something? The Minnesota Daily has two pieces about student complaints with the current election: 1) Documentation requirements. The documents needed to register are too restrictive for many students and the rules behind them are a bit Read more →
So what happens if Republicans take over the Congress? Both the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed have pieces on potential changes. In the Chronicle‘s podcast, journalists look at the backgrounds of the people who would be coming into (and out of) power in politics’ higher education scene. Here are my notes:
Jessica Kirsner, 21, a junior from Houston and vice president of the College Democrats gives a New York Times reporter one reason students aren’t energized anymore by President Barack Obama: “It’s not the fad anymore. It’s not the fad to be politically knowledgeable and active.” (Apparently, his administration hasn’t been reaching out to them, either.)
Timely reporting for the election season. Found this chart on for-profits’ political donations, which was produced by the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Go here to see it on its Web site.) Interesting that Minneapolis-based Capella University (#10) is the only one giving a majority of its donations to Republicans.
Hoping the state might slide a little more money higher ed’s way? Little chance, writes MPR’s Tim Post: None of Minnesota’s three major party candidates for governor sees money being available for an increase in light of the state’s $5.8 billion deficit. Emmer appears to be the only one planning significant, concrete cuts — $312 Read more →
It’s almost too easy to make videos like these — man-on-the-street interviews that show how little college students know about government. (Especially when the interviewer draws from the same small number of uninformed students for his show.) Still, they’re always worth a laugh — or a grimace — and the use of quiz-show buzzers give Read more →
This from the Minnesota Daily student newspaper: Due to the chance of rain, President Barack Obama will speak at the University Field House on Saturday instead of Northrop Mall. The venue is the only aspect of the event that will change; doors will still open at 12:30 pm and all other restrictions remain in place. Read more →