‘Uncharted Waters’ for Higher Education in the Trump Era

As the president-elect prepares to take office, many questions remain about his education policies. But his rhetoric is already having an impact on campuses.



5 Things to Know About Betsy DeVos

A primer on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for education secretary, whose confirmation hearings begin today.



On Eve of Trump Inaugural, Harvard Official Takes Key Title IX Post at Education Dept.

Mia Karvonides will advise top people at the department’s Office for Civil Rights and will help enforce the federal gender-equity law.

The Ticker

Janet Napolitano, U. of California System President, Is Being Treated for Cancer

She was hospitalized on Monday because of side effects from her treatment, which is nearly complete, according to a statement from her office.

The Ticker

Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President

The university's consolidation of its education programs on the Juneau campus has faculty members at Anchorage worried about the future of their own campus.

The Ticker

Leader of For-Profit College Says He Was Fired for Sheltering Homeless Student

The president of Vatterott College at Kansas City says he allowed the student to stay in the library on a freezing night.



The Fine Art of Sniffing Out Crappy Science

Two professors at the University of Washington want to teach students how to survive the avalanche of false or misleading data shaken loose by shifts in media, technology, and politics.



The Need for More M.D.-Ph.D. Hybrids, and What Colleges Are Doing About It

Physician-scientists are uniquely adept at translating basic discoveries into cures. But graduate programs aren't producing many such scholars.


Graduate Students

A New Panel Tackles a Familiar Challenge: How to Make the Ph.D. Serve a Broader Need

Graduate programs in the sciences serve faculty members, universities, and research agencies very well, says the leader of a committee convened by the National Academies. But too often, students and employers don’t come out ahead.



When Students’ Prejudices Taint Reviews of Instructors

A University of Kansas dispute raises questions about how colleges should respond to evidence of racism, sexism, or other biases in students’ evaluations of teaching.



How Colleges Can Teach Students to Be Good Citizens

After a bruising presidential campaign, many colleges are devoting renewed attention to fostering civic engagement in their students.



Lawmakers in 2 States Propose Bills to Cut Tenure

The efforts have prompted academics to cry foul over assaults on academic freedom.



Missouri Lawmaker Who Wants to Eliminate Tenure Says It’s ‘Un-American’

Legislation proposed by State Rep. Rick Brattin, a Republican, would also fix a "broken" system by requiring public colleges to publish the price of individual degrees and the job prospects for students who earn them.


The Chronicle Review

Citizen Formation Is Not Our Job

The National Association of Scholars is right to oppose the “new civics,” but its solution is wrongheaded.

The Chronicle Review

Google and the Misinformed Public

The truth suffers when search algorithms become our educators.

Lingua Franca

Agency Style, for Your Eyes Only

Geoff Pullum cautiously reveals some of the intelligence he gleaned from a look into the CIA's editorial style guide.


Stop Dismissing Community Colleges

Historically, community colleges have prepared millions of students to successfully enroll in, and graduate from, four-year programs.



Can We Finally End the All-Male Panel?

Plenty of women are earning Ph.D.s in a variety of disciplines, yet too many conference panels still feature only men.



Authenticity and the Job Interview

What do search committees want? Believe it or not, they want you to be yourself.