William G. Bowen on Higher Education

He was a higher-education economist who published a series of important books and reports on the challenges facing colleges. He also wrote frequently for The Chronicle. Here's a selection.

The Ticker

Faculty Strike Ends in Settlement at Pennsylvania's State-Owned Colleges

Union members, who had worked without a contract for more than a year, made concessions to reach a deal.



To Improve Student Success, a University Confronts the Email Deluge

Michigan State University is rethinking how it communicates with students, especially those who are freshmen or the first in their families to go to college. Sending hundreds of emails isn’t the best way — but what is?

The Ticker

U. of New Mexico Fires Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct

A university investigation found probable cause that the anthropology professor had made lewd comments about students and touched them inappropriately.



Pennsylvania Professors Dig In for a Long Fight

On the second day of a faculty strike at the 14 state-owned colleges, some professors and students were voicing concerns about how a prolonged walkout might affect them.

The Ticker

NCAA Cites U. of Louisville for 4 Major Rules Violations

The association found, among other things, that a top basketball official had given players "impermissible inducements" and the head coach had failed to monitor his staff.



Trump Said He Would ‘End’ Political Correctness on Campuses. Could a President Do That?

Probably not. But there are ways a president could mitigate the federal government’s role in shaping how colleges define and respond to the sort of criticism that Mr. Trump and many conservatives lament.



How the Harvard Strike Fits Into the Equality Conversation

Dining-hall workers have been walking the picket line for two weeks. The university, with a $35-billion endowment, has been walking a line of its own as concern grows over economic disparity.



Tenure Denials Set Off Alarm Bells, and a Book, About Obstacles for Minority Faculty

After learning about four such cases at one institution, Patricia A. Matthew couldn’t believe that leaders there had failed to see they had a problem. So she gathered essays about the experiences of minority scholars on the tenure track.


University Trust Lets Donors Do the Grant Making

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Trust invites donors to give $100,000 each and then decide as a group how to spend the money to strengthen the student experience.



Title IX Officers Pay a Price for Navigating a Volatile Issue

Two high-profile departures of Title IX administrators underscore the pressures that come with being a college’s "moral compass."



Forget Accreditation. Bring On the College Audit.

As the traditional system of evaluating colleges is increasingly criticized as out of touch with the needs of students and employers, reformers seize a new model.


Costs of Competency-Based Programs Come Into Focus

The programs may be inexpensive to run, but they can also take longer than expected to turn a profit, according to a new study.

Lingua Franca

Orgies, Convoys, and Precision in Word Meanings

The unlikely topic of how many participants it takes to make an orgy leads Geoff Pullum to reflect on the remarkable failure of human languages to provide for exactness of meaning.


The Chronicle Review

Rock 'n' Roll as Racial Dialogue

A new book desegregates artists and songs that belong together.



If Colleges Are Dismantled, Consider the Impact on Their Cities

Our quest for efficiency could sever a crucial connection to the past.



'Dear Forums ...': How Do I Create a Hiring Rubric?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: good extra-credit options for students and fair pay for department chairs.



Why Attend Conferences as a Freelance Academic?

Here are some reasons to go if you can afford it.