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1971: Signs of Transformations to Come

January 10, 2016

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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Intimations of long-term controversies were apparent when The Chronicle reported on tenure under attack, sex bias in hiring and pay, and the value of distance education (which will "depend primarily on television"). Meanwhile, a former university-system chancellor predicted, "Within 15 years you won't recognize the American university. ... It will embrace all segments of society in ways that would make us uncomfortable today."