Volume 62, Issue 12: November 20, 2015

November 15, 2015

This week's highlights.


What you need to know about the past seven days. 


How college students are funding the athletics arms race.


A professor asks, "Can our university, or any university, exist without a football team?"


Across the country, students are demanding that colleges become more inclusive of minorities. But changing a racial climate is a long-term struggle.


A series of controversies has boiled over into angry accusations that the university has not sufficiently supported minority students and has not done enough to eliminate racism from the campus.


The law has helped democratize college in America, and its symbolic value is undeniable. But it hasn’t met Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious vision of college for all.


The dominant player, having just handled nearly 1.1 million applications for more than 600 colleges, isn’t standing pat, with a new effort to help students apply for financial aid.


Plagiarism-detection software is catching on in graduate programs. At some institutions, it’s required.


Not everyone’s benefiting from the international-enrollment boom, a Chronicle analysis shows.


A study based partly on fake solicitation letters finds that whether alumni will give to their alma mater depends mostly on their trust in it.


Although some college boards suggest that "you get what you pay for" when it comes to presidential compensation, the argument that high salaries drive giving "appears dubious," a new study finds.


A consultancy formed by "disruptors" offers a framework that they say will better assess quality by measuring actual student outcomes. Coding boot camps could be its first test.


A work group on competency-based education in Texas employs strategies similar to those used by a fictional character stranded on Mars.


Thomas Kunkel, whose biography of the writer Joseph Mitchell came out this year, says he will turn his attention to the college’s eponymous saint.


The courageous football players at the University of Missouri used their status to bring attention to injustice in the world.


How do you recognize when a department with a job opening is not the place for you?


Do you really need to see my transcripts and references in the first round?



Humanities departments have been structured for failure, and like those Greek pensioners being lectured by Angela Merkel, we’ve been told it’s our fault.


That's what makes it great.


Yes, some writers had secret patrons like the CIA. But who was using whom?


Five practical concepts to jump-start students' critical-thinking skills.


I’ve forgotten more books than many people have read. That’s an accomplishment of sorts, right?