The Ticker

Student Is Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of U. of Southern California Professor

A detective with the Los Angeles police department said the assault on Friday was most likely the result of a personal dispute.

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Students

With Trump’s Rise, Undocumented Students Fear for Their Futures

The president-elect has pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s actions on immigration. Students who benefited from those protections suddenly find themselves living in a much scarier world.

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Leadership & Governance

Supporting Undocumented Students

David W. Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, recently spoke with The Chronicle about his advocacy on behalf of undocumented immigrant students and what advice he has for new college presidents.

 

The Ticker

Harvard Places Men's Cross-Country Team on 'Athletic Probation'

But what that means isn't quite clear. The captain says the punishment will not affect competition.

The Ticker

Virginia Foxx Is House GOP's Choice to Lead Education Committee

The North Carolina Republican, a former community-college president, will succeed Rep. John P. Kline Jr. in January, when the 115th Congress convenes.

The Ticker

UNLV Instructor Apologizes for Saying He Would Report Undocumented Students

George Buch said he was joking when he told a student in a Facebook conversation, "No safe spaces in my classes :)."

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Leadership & Governance

Building a Network to Help First-Generation Students Succeed

Students from homes or high schools where few others have gone on to college don’t have peers they can turn to for advice when times get tough, explains Carl Strikwerda, president of Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania.

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Technology

If You Had $45 Billion, What Would You Do to Improve Education?

Jim Shelton, now heading up the education portfolio at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, isn’t giving any details yet. But in this podcast, he emphasizes the value of bringing learning scientists together with educators to improve learning and increase equality.

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Government

Blocked Overtime Rule Sows Uncertainty for Colleges

A federal judge’s injunction has forced institutions to either postpone pay increases and adjustments to hourly employment status or proceed as planned — even though the changes may be moot.

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Labor & Work-Life Issues

Greasing the Retirement Wheel

How to help faculty members view retirement as an opportunity, not a threat.

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Labor & Work-Life Issues

A Guide to Navigate the Retirement Wilderness

For UCLA’s new faculty liaison, retiring "doesn’t mean you walk into the forest and die for the sake of the tribe."

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The Chronicle Interview

The Case for Trading Identity Politics for ‘Intellectual Humility’

Charles C. Camosy, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, talks about why academics are out of touch and what they should do about it.

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Administration

When College Was a Public Good

Why has state support for higher education dwindled as enrollments have grown more diverse?

Lingua Franca

Post-Truth and Chaos

Truth, says Lucy Ferriss, is a thing, a bedrock, a provable hypothesis. Post-truth, the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year, is a strategy.

Letters

The Myth of Sports Revenue

Saying that football and basketball bring in the most money is seriously misleading.

Commentary

DeVos Is Clearly No Pushover

Despite her lack of a higher-ed portfolio, Trump’s pick for education secretary combines a passion for education and impressive political skills.

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Vitae

'Dear Forums ...': Can My Partner and I Share a Position?

Also in our weekly roundup of conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: managing the advance-copy blues; how to know when you're done writing; and a question about delaying tactics in negotiations.

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Vitae

The Death of Cursive Writing

Turns out, my poor penmanship isn’t the reason students have trouble reading my comments on their essays.