1989: A ‘Disturbing Pattern’ in Black and White

May 23, 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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In a six-page report, The Chronicle visited four campuses — the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, Pennsylvania State University, and Oberlin College — to describe what has come to be called the racial climate. We found, among other things, that "many white students believe that racial equality has already been achieved in society, and they question the validity of black students’ concerns." The problem of race relations on campus has persisted, of course, and we have continued to cover it, most recently in an article on activism regarding issues of tenure.