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Administration

How One University Worked to Get Ahead of the Curve on Title IX

Though the University of Central Missouri wasn’t facing high-profile allegations or a federal investigation, it instituted some novel reforms in how it handles sexual assault.

Students

Amid Concerns About Stifling Speech, Colleges Take a New Look at Bias-Response Teams

Bias-response teams have found themselves under a new wave of criticism, but that’s not why some of them are changing.

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Government

Economists Offer Unconventional Wisdom on Student-Loan ‘Crisis’

Two new books seek to add nuance to the public debate about student debt. But can their evidence sway an audience steeped in anecdotes about struggling graduates?

The Ticker

Chapel Hill Football Player Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

A fellow student recently went public with her allegation that Allen Artis raped her in February. Mr. Artis, who has been suspended from the football team, maintains that the encounter was consensual.

The Ticker

U. of Wisconsin, Responding to Affordable Care Act, Limits Student Workers' Hours

Some students, speaking to a local newspaper, said the reduction in hours will disturb their studies and force them to find second jobs.

The Ticker

Chicago State U. Enrolls Just 86 Freshmen This Fall

The struggling institution's undergraduate enrollment has dropped by a third over the past year.

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Faculty

How Skin-Deep Judgments of Professors Might Influence Student Success

A scholar at UNLV has been examining whether students actually might learn more if their instructor is attractive. For those hoping that brains are all that counts in academe, the picture he paints isn’t pretty.

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Students

The Worst Roommate Horror Stories, From Those Charged With Playing Peacemaker

We asked residence-life officials to share outstanding tales of bad blood between college roommates. They did not disappoint.

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Leadership & Governance

Video: How One Institution Went From a Vocational School to a University

The United States needs more-inclusive campuses, where students can complete one credential and move on to the next, says Matthew S. Holland, president of Utah Valley University, which now offers several master’s programs but isn’t embarrassed by its vocational ethos.

 

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Government

Obama’s Legacy: An Unlikely Hawk on Higher Ed

Behind the "Professor President," advisers executed an accountability agenda driven by economic worry and national skepticism about the value of college.

Students

A University Draws Fire for Its Communications to Students About Suicidal Thoughts

Northern Michigan University has stopped warning students that they could be punished if they discuss fears of self-harm with peers. Free-speech advocates say the university hasn’t gone far enough.

Admissions & Student Aid

How 3 Words Roiled an Education Conference

NACAC’s departing president says he didn’t understand why the phrase “all lives matter” might cause offense.

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Special Reports

Judge What I Say, Not How I Talk

Everyone has a dialect and an accent, and one isn't better than another. A program at North Carolina State teaches students and faculty to respect how others speak.

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The Chronicle Review

Did Obama’s Blackness Matter?

How race affected nearly everything the president touched.

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The Chronicle Review

Making History

The first black Ivy League president reflects on the first black U.S. president.

Lingua Franca

Lies, Damn Lies, and Trump

The candidate's repeated contradictions — along with what seems like his awareness that he has been saying completely conflicting things on different occasions — emboldened the media to deploy the l-word. Ben Yagoda approves.

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Vitae

Who Gets the Credit for the Collaboration?

That is a particularly tricky issue for assistant professors assembling their tenure case.

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Vitae

Applying As an Assistant Professor

How should your job talk differ if you’re on the market again for a tenure-track job?