That's long been a theme of mine. "We find ourselves in a situation where universities are failing at their mission, and the People's representatives are questioning our efforts." The Pope Center's Jenna Robinson now asserts, "All over the country, university campuses are out of touch with American culture." She goes on to list ten ways in which higher education breaks the social contract. The root causes include higher education admitting unprepared people and calling it access, and fostering a self-despising multiculturalism that denigrates the very institutions and traditions that make skeptical inquiry, including self-despising multiculturalism, possible, while celebrating all sorts of transgressions against mainstream America. And yet ... it's more of the politically correct atrocities at the institutions that have the U.S. News problem. Until people figure out that it's the interaction of the ambitious students at those institutions that provides the value added, trendy curricula or not, though, there's precious little incentive for the curriculum committees and the administrators to do anything differently.
Meanwhile the shakeout in higher education's subprime sector continues.