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.
The news, announced on a Wednesday night during the football season, was both sudden and perhaps inevitable: After several emergency sessions of the Board of Trustees, Penn State’s longtime football coach, Joe Paterno, and its president, Graham B. Spanier, had been dismissed, as the police investigated accusations of serial sexual abuse of children by an assistant coach. The scandal raised questions about institutional oversight and failures of communication in a program long praised for its honorable record. The assistant coach was found guilty and jailed, but litigation against officials continues, as have repercussions from the case.