Education

"Purdue Made It Through the Fall. Does That Mean Mitch Daniels Was Right?"

The answer appears to be a resounding "Yes!" but The Chronicle of Higher Education is really loathe to admit it. Consider, for example, this bit:

Deborah L. Nichols, chair of the University Senate and an associate professor of human development and family studies, said that students, too, are showing signs of stress, mostly by not showing up for classes. Most courses do not have an attendance policy or participation component for their grade, she said, and students have told her that without those incentives, they are less motivated.

Now suppose Purdue had maintained its usual attendance and participation policies in the face of the pandemic. Can you imagine the yelling and screaming, almost entirely from the Left, that would have resulted? So here we have a Liberal favorite: damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't.


"Texas A&M has been a real problem school lately. What’s up with the Aggies?"

I was hoping Instapundit's readers had a good answer. But aside from "administrators"--who appointed them and why do they still retain office?--there wasn't any.

But I did learn that A&M is "1st in nation for most graduates serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies" and that it, as of Fall 2020, enrolls 56,272 undergraduates and 71,109 students total. That's a lot of folks.


"Race and Social Panic at Haverford: A Case Study in Educational Dysfunction"

Even by 2020 standards, this is pretty amazing.

When campus meltdowns of this type occur, you often see conservative culture warriors demand that administrators take a hard line, demonstrate backbone, “grow a spine,” and so forth. But what is their incentive for doing so? It was once the case that a university president was able to balance different constituencies against one another as a means to achieve some kind of policy equilibrium—liberal students versus more conservative professors, administrators against alumni, this department versus that. But that doesn’t happen anymore: Thanks to the homogenizing effects of social media, all of these constituencies tend to be drinking the same bathwater from the same troughs, and so get caught up in the same social panics at the same time.