May 5, 2016
Meanwhile, at Oxford…
I hate to say “I told you so.”
Actually, no – I don’t hate saying that.
What the hell did you think was going to happen?
Britain’s best universities are slipping down university rankings because they are forced to focus on diversity and recruiting from disadvantaged backgrounds, experts say.
Top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have been under huge political pressure to take on minority students after the Prime Minister, David Cameron, attacked them for racial bias and not working harder to broaden their student mix.
Earlier this year Mr Cameron said universities would be forced to disclose the proportion of ethnic minority applicants that get places as he encouraged more transparency.
It now seems that this pressure is leading universities to “take their eye off the ball” in terms of improving quality of research and teaching, in favour of implementing recruitment policies to appease political pressures.
All the professors are so focused on the diversity program, they just can’t get around to teaching anyone anything!
An annual ranking, published by the Times Higher Education (THE), showed Cambridge has fallen to fourth place, down from second last year while Oxford to fifth having been third in one of the most prestigious world university rankings.
The number of UK universities in the top 100 has also dropped from 12 to 10 this year with Bristol and Durham falling out of the list, the table showed.
The table, which is based on the largest invitation-only survey of senior academics across the world, placed only three other UK universities in the top 30 (Imperial, UCL and LSE).
The decline in British institutions is partly to do with institutions not recruiting enough high-quality staff from abroad due to increasing restrictions on visas.
The problem is diversity… but really maybe also the problem is that there isn’t enough diversity, because of the fascist government blocking all the high IQ Africans from coming to work at the schools.
It also to do with the pressures on universities to meet quotas to increase the proportion of disadvantaged and ethnic minority students which is distracting them from focusing on research and high-calibre teaching.
Really hard to report this stuff, huh?
The implication here is literally that the problem is that too many resources are being spent on diversity programs. Which makes absolutely no sense. Obviously, the professors themselves are not going on quests to find diverse students.
The problem is diversity itself, but they aren’t allowed to say that, so they have to come up with this ridiculous nonsense.
What a disaster.
London School of Economics, graduating class 2016