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1969: An Academic Year Opens on a Fractious Note

December 13, 2015

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Colleges started the fall term amid portents of conflict on campuses across the country. Rifts among students and professors over politics, culture, and scholarly disciplines were many and varied. There was even disagreement over the extent of the disagreements. "I feel sorry for the poor bastards who've got to run the colleges this year," a federal education official told The Chronicle.