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To help fix college, here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for campus administrators in 2018

Say NO to campus crybullies
Young parents quickly learn that giving in to a toddler’s tantrum means the promise of one thing: more tantrums. Likewise, student social justice warriors came to understand in recent years that all they have to do is cry racism and lodge a list of grievances and demands with administrators and these campus leaders crumble and cave and often agree to most everything, responding to each demand like it’s a line-by-line audit from the IRS. Slowly but surely administrators have started to notice the beast is never appeased. It’s ravenous and will continue to demand and devour. Enough is enough. Grow a backbone, give these crybullies a lesson in perspective, and stand your ground. They will never stop complaining anyway, so there’s nothing to lose.

Stop using PC platitudes to appease
The notion that “diversity, inclusion and tolerance” is the savior of higher education has been debunked. Let’s stop pretending that the progressive Left supports any of those things. Let’s stop pretending programs and offices launched to install such platitudes have been anything but a dismal failure. Look around. Tribalism on campus is at an all-time high. The victimless “victims” on campus have absconded with these terms and manipulated them into serving their ultimate purpose of turning universities into their ideological domains with no room for dissent. The terms “diversity, inclusion and tolerance” have jumped the shark. We all know it’s BS.

Withhold judgment on campus ‘hate crimes’ until verified
Every year, The College Fix compiles a list of hate-crime hoaxes seen over the last 12 months (see here, here, here and here). Over the years, the number of examples is truly staggering. The fact is campus hate crime hoaxes are nothing short of an epidemic. And yet, when something suspect occurs on campus we get the typical hand-wringing, yellow-bellied jumps to conclusion from campus presidents who practically beg the student body to forgive them and promise to implement a litany of programs to address the racism that all too often turns out to be a big, fat hoax. How about let campus police investigate before apologies professed, conclusions made, and programs launched?

Direct Title IX offices to allow due process
The College Fix once interviewed a father whose son was railroaded by an overzealous Title IX investigation. His son’s promising athletic career was derailed as a result. The father asked us: “How many lives have to be destroyed before something is done?” We continue to ask the same question. It’s time to let the accused be able to cross examine witnesses and mount their own defenses. Campus leaders need to require Title IX offices to implement the recent guidelines rolled out by the education department. It’s time to recalibrate the scales of justice toward Constitutionality backed equality — and sanity.

Stop feeding the beast
When will higher education realize the ginormous bubble it’s in? When will campus leaders start to see the writing is on the wall? Parents and students have wised up. It’s a racket. On an anecdotal level, more and more families we talk to are choosing community colleges, vocational schools, online education, military and other avenues rather than paying through the nose for what amounts to indoctrination instead of education. As technology improves, higher education is morphing slowly but surely before our very eyes. (E.g. How many of you still get a daily newspaper delivered to your door everyday anymore? Exactly.) Higher ed needs to give families something of value or suffer the consequences. Evolve or die.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.

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  • Larry Moran

    Excellent article, Jennifer!

  • doctorweird

    It could be simplified to one simple rule:
    The Constitution… Read it…

  • Totally agree! Let’s stop the campus craziness! You made the excellent point, that giving in will only make them whine harder! The PC platitudes do nothing, and the pendulum has swung too far the other way!

  • Kyle Hood

    I go through SNHU online (the campus is a cesspool of PC culture), and have only had 2 instructors out of 35 that were ideologues. They just don’t have time when you get 8-10 weeks to teach a serious subject like Criminal Procedure or Public Administration.

  • Jimpithecus

    It is not clear to me that the administrators think it is in their best interest to curtail the whining. As long as they have subservient infants, they can pretty much impose any policy they want with little resistance.

    Aside: Please don’t use GIPHY. Animated gifs are incredibly distracting and there is no way to turn them off without making a browser-wide change to the settings.

    • Mike Clarke

      Were you being sarcastic about the GIFs?

    • tkdkerry

      A mild annoyance, yes. But “incredibly distracting?” Surely that was tongue-in-cheek?

  • John G. Maguire

    I would add a sixth resolution–start teaching college students how to write readable and clear prose in the first semester. Conscientious administrators could take the lead on this.

    Today’s comp courses are confused and ill-designed and many are burdened with left-wing and PC themes, at least from what I read. Every hour in a writing course that goes to ideas about social change, community activism and the like is an hour not available for writing instruction and practice. Students come into college with bad writing skills and the colleges misuse the 39 or so contact hours available. I’d further suggest that colleges need to change and drop the current emphases in Writing 101 on library research and the MLA or APA style. Students are, in general, so far behind in their ability to write clear sentences on demand that no other focus but the production of clear prose is appropriate. Very few comp courses, however, focus on readable prose. (An exception, a course in “readability,” is described at readablewriting.com.)

    Maybe 2018 will be different! One can hope.

  • Mike Clarke

    Number 6: Educate not indoctrinate.

  • Morrill Turpitude

    Number 6: Hire no new faculty or administrators who have zero experience outside education. A wise friend has pointed out one of the biggest problems in American education is the growing number of educators who have been in school since they were 4 years old and have little idea of what the real world is.

  • creativeusernamehere

    More colleges should stop apologizing or giving into ridiculous demands. My favorite news items on this website have to do with people saying No, we’re not going to do that.