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Highlights from Higher Ed: Shying Away from STEM and Record University Donations

RJ Nichol
Jan 19, 2018

52%

That’s the percentage of Americans who say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard, according to a new Pew Research survey.

Source: Pew Research

$75 million 

That’s how much investor Bill Miller has donated to Johns Hopkins’ philosophy department. His donation is the largest gift Hopkins has ever received for a humanities department, and possibly the largest ever made to any university’s philosophy program.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

$3.47 billion

That’s how much the Illinois Board of Higher Education is requesting for public universities, community colleges, grants and various higher education divisions for 2018-19. But the school presidents want more, and their rift continues.

Source: Chicago Tribune

22

That’s how many specific instances of “BS” in higher ed that a University of Notre Dame professor highlights in his piece about the systemic problems of American higher education.

His list includes “loss of capacity to grapple with life’s Big Questions,” “the relentless pursuit of money and prestige” and “a tenure system that provides guaranteed lifetime employment to faculty who are lousy teachers and inactive scholars.”

Source: Chronicle of Higher Ed

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