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Higher ed in the headlines.
BY John Lilly
Professors and Politics
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, March 7 — Almost half of the students recently
surveyed for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni at the nation’s top 50
universities say their professors, most of them left-leaning, comment often on
politics in their classrooms, even if the course they are teaching has nothing
to do with politics.
a feature on “The New Radicals: How Liberal Campuses Harass Conservatives,” the
weekly magazine quoted Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory
University: “On campuses, conservative opinion doesn’t qualify as respectable
said some subjects — affirmative action, abortion — are just not open to
debate. This intellectual cliquishness, says Bauerlein, a political
conservative, has blinded many faculty members to differing views.
LIFESITENEWS.COM, March 1 — Instead of discriminating
against homosexuals, good seminaries foster “a healthy, intelligent and manly
clergy,” said Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, according to the Canadian pro-life website.
cardinal said that the Church does not automatically close the door to
homosexuals who, more than ever, can be helped to “correct and manage” the
cardinal also emphasized, above all, the need to form “serious men with all of
the attributes that God has given them so that they may exercise their ministry
ASSOCIATED PRESS, March 2 — While a referendum in
favor of adopting a hiring policy against “discriminating” on the basis of
sexual orientation was approved by a majority of Boston College students, “that
isn’t swaying the school’s administration,” reported the wire service.
religious institutions are exempt from discrimination laws, “other Jesuit
schools, including the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, already have
added sexual orientation” to their policies, reported AP.
a Catholic university in a state with a history of anti-Catholic bias, we
choose not to forfeit the protections afforded us,” said college spokesman Jack
CHRONICLE.COM, Feb. 28 — The Catholic University of
America will cut $80,000 in scholarship money that it had previously allocated
to students involved with the student newspaper, student government and
editor of the newspaper said he thought the change stemmed from the
university’s annoyance with articles he had published, reported the website of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
officials denied that and said the money would be used to support needs-based
Now a For-Profit
CHRONICLE.COM, March 3 — Bridgepoint Education, a
California company that offers online college courses, has purchased
87-year-old Franciscan University of the Prairies in Iowa from the Sisters of
Saint Francis and will change its name to Ashford University.
Andrew Clark said the university will become a for-profit institution and lose
its religious identity. “They were aware from the very beginning that that
would be going away,” he said.
Michael Kaelke, Franciscan’s lay president, said the sale will “assure our
heritage,” and that the university would continue to require the current six
credits of religious studies and maintain many of its religious traditions.
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