A new survey conducted by a bipartisan congressional group has found that 40 percent of American colleges and universities reported that they have not conducted an investigation into a single sexual assault case in five years. Considering that it is estimated that 20 percent of female college students are the victims of sexual assault, this is very troubling news. Sen. Claire McCaskill—whose office oversaw the study—told CBS News, "On first blush, a parent would think that's good, they don't have a problem with sexual assault on their campus, but it's not good, it's very bad because that means they are either in denial or incompetent." The Education Department is currently investigating how more than 50 colleges handled—or mishandled—reports of assaults on campus. McCaskill’s team is also looking into new forms of legislation that would equip victims and help colleges communication with local law enforcement more effectively ... Discuss


According to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, despite national concerns about soaring student debt numbers, a college education is still worth the money. In their research, economists Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz determined that an individual who had a college degree could expect to make $1.2 million more from ages 22-64, than their peers who have just a high school diploma. The report also noted an increase in career earnings for students who had associates degrees compared to those who stopped school after completing high school. The team found that even employees of jobs that don’t require a college degree, will end up making more having completed a high education program than co-workers who did not ... Discuss


According to a disturbing new Education Department survey, even has overall crime rates fell on campuses around the country, the number of sex offenses rose by an astounding 51% in the last decade. In 2011, there were 3,330 “forcible sex offenses” reported at colleges across the country; in 2001, that number was 2,200. Notably, crimes in every other category—from burglary to car theft—fell. In April, the Education Department began an investigation of 55 universities, examining how they handle—or mishandle—sexual assaults that are reported on their campuses ... Discuss


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Researchers at Texas A&M University have turned their attention to a very significant academic and scholarly pursuit: creating a paper called "Reading Religion in Internet Memes." Of course, by “reading religion” they evidently mean “browsing low-brow one-liners posted on funny cat pictures.” An associate professor of communication at the school told The Houston Chronicle, "Memes require an interesting level of literacy. You need to understand visual images, have basic digital literacy, have a fluency in memes culture so you understand how different memes work." Is it just us, or does that just sound like a high-minded way of saying, "Hey, look at this funny caption I put on this cat picture" ... Discuss