Volume 62, Issue 10: November 6, 2015

November 01, 2015

This week's highlights.

What you need to know about the past seven days.

Hundreds of colleges are exploring the competency-based approach to learning in hopes that it can fix one of their most-pressing ailments.

Will a hidebound profession embrace real innovation? How can colleges best reach a diverse cohort of teenagers?

Faculty leaders continued to criticize a presidential search that they said left them sidelined, as some others scrutinized the former education secretary’s fitness to lead the university system.

The former education secretary has emerged as the top candidate in a bitterly disputed and politically charged search to lead the university system. Here’s what she could bring to the table.

Experts are divided on whether tensions at the university reflect problems specific to HBCUs or might have cropped up at any college with severe financial challenges. 

Many of them face the same challenge: how to ask for a quiet spot to pray in private. College officials aren’t always sure how to respond.

The new writing portion of the college-entrance test has slowed down the scoring process, so some students applying early may not be able to use their results.

Doctoral students from CUNY will teach humanities classes at a local community college, a move meant to prepare them for the country’s changing student population.

Using the social-media site Tumblr, the U. of California system has brought attention to everyday breakthroughs in its labs.

Colleges that want to put degree programs online often turn to the companies for help. But success eludes some. The recent breakup of a partnership involving the University of Florida illustrates some of the problems that can crop up.

Weak laws and the competing interests of students, parents, and colleges combine to throw back the curtain on confidentiality. But some argue for even greater transparency.

When universities deem recipients of such degrees to no longer be worthy of the honor, the next question involves how to handle the situation.

Even though officials say their top priority is integrating information technology into teaching, only 17 percent of campuses include instructional IT efforts in their faculty review and promotion processes, a survey found.

Jonathan C. Gibralter, known for his battle against student alcohol abuse, moves to the small liberal-arts college as president.

A chancellor draws lessons on focus, innovation, and vision from a biography of the electronics entrepreneur and businessman.

Purdue University's president began his job in January 2013 with no academic-leadership experience. He's learned since then that small but meaningful changes can lead to big savings for students.

Laurence R. Veysey was an eccentric, a hermit, and an ardent nudist — and author of one of the foundational texts on the history of higher education.

The American Century’s not what most Americans think it is. Historians need to set them straight.

They’re coming for our jobs, our money, our culture. Will they take our humanity as well?

John Harlan’s minority opinion in Plessy has informed court rulings for more than a century. We might see it cited again in Fisher revisited.


Stanley Fish claims not to have a viewpoint. But that's just his point of view.


All students are reporters now. Let’s make them responsible ones.


The games are a perverse form of exploitation that places players — often students at historically black colleges — in the role of sacrificial lambs and their colleges in legal peril.


What would my CV look like if it recorded not just the successes of my professional life but also the many, many rejections?


What do we stand to lose by transforming learning into a quest for points?