Volume 62, Issue 11: November 13, 2015

November 08, 2015

This week's highlights.

What you need to know about the past seven days.


The hands-on attention that minority faculty members willingly provide to a diversifying population of students is an unheralded linchpin in helping them succeed.


Professors and students have fiercely criticized the former executive and the process that brought him to Iowa City. Campus critics say it won’t be easy for their new chief to prove that he’s his own man.


Ideas that push the status quo can sometimes run afoul of the law. More institutions are stepping up to help their entrepreneurs defend their work.


Not long ago, it was the big activist movement at many colleges. Now, not so much. Believers hope to bring the buzz back.


Faculty members and students at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning find plenty to do, on scales from citywide to highly personal.


All the editors and their entire editorial board resigned after Elsevier refused to make Lingua fully open access and to transfer ownership of the 66-year-old journal to them.


When a group of Renaissance scholars said that ProQuest had canceled its members’ access to a key database, academics raised questions about whether private companies have too much power over scholarly research.


"This plan is not simply, Here’s a bunch of money; go find faculty," said a university official. But diversity efforts can require broad collaboration and careful planning.


The more researchers study "food insecurity" on campuses, the more serious the problem appears to be.


Tennessee’s embrace of a "corequisite" approach put it at the forefront of a national movement. But some experts worry that the state moved too fast and might leave some students behind.


The latest data on college costs, released on Wednesday, show that they continue to climb. But what’s an ordinary person to make of that news? Here are four experts’ views.


Speakers sought to demystify the group of selective colleges’ plan for improving the admissions process. But details of how the system would actually work remained in short supply.


Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand have for more than a year pushed a competing measure that they said would better protect the rights of accused students and their accusers.


Recent graduates of for-profit colleges were no more likely to generate hiring interest than their community-college peers, or even those who had completed only high school, a new study found.


A Federal Trade Commission event will explore the practice, including its murky but significant role in higher education. We take stock of the industry.


Institutions are expanding the scope and role of their academic-technology centers to put more focus on student success, a survey of center directors finds.


An increase in donations to colleges in 2014 continues a long trend in that direction, according to the Philanthropy 400 project, conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


In an arena already crowded with opinions, a panel organized by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences will try to produce a document that doesn’t die on the shelf.


Scott Samuelson, winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, draws connections between the hardships of his students and Plato.


A book about the use of tests in China persuades a physics professor that inequality cannot be remedied that way.


Ana Mari Cauce’s own life has been touched by prejudice and racial violence. At Washington, she’s pushing for a frank dialogue about diversity and inequality. 


The mass digitization involved in Google Book Search rescues countless books from the obscurity of print library collections.


It doesn’t seem like something you can do online.


A small but growing number of Ph.D.s are earning full professorships before they turn 40.


Research shows that they share a feeling of marginalization. Colleges can make that work toward a community of understanding.


The "balance of nature" is a concept that's hopelessly vague if not meaningless.


Is every healthy child a potential prodigy?


Breastfeeding’s benefits are exaggerated, a new book argues. Researchers beg to differ.


Social-learning and instinctivist views still vie to explain human violence.


A philosopher questions scholars' ethical guidelines for drone warfare.


A suicide is tragic but not shameful.