Volume 62, Issue 17: January 8, 2016

January 03, 2016

This week's highlights.


What you need to know about the past seven days.


Students on the flagship campus say they are used to feeling invisible at times, singled out at others. They are hardly alone.


Black students at Missouri talk about racial divides and how to fix a broken campus.


A presidential commission examined fatal shootings during protests on two campuses.


Classes resumed at the Oregon college 11 days after the shootings in October. For many, teaching and learning where gunshots rang out has remained a struggle.


A panel at the University of Texas at Austin said guns should be allowed in such settings, in order to comply with a new state law expanding campus-carry at public universities.


While firing off a few rounds during target practice, Jerry Falwell Jr. explains that he never intended to be a spokesman for gun rights. But he is not backing down from his controversial remarks.


Debate has flared up over how the 2011 incident is portrayed in The Hunting Ground, a prominent documentary about campus rape.


Hint: Rewarding academics isn’t one of them. Coaches have negotiated for new facilities, bigger budgets, and increasingly generous perks.


With an eye to Europe, the Obama administration is touting apprenticeships as a way to tackle unemployment and a shortage of skilled workers. Could the concept take root in a country that’s fixated on college completion?


Meet three people — an Ohio State student, a young alumnus, and a local high-school student — who have embarked on an extraordinary mentoring partnership.


When Georgia Tech unveiled its online master’s degree in computer science, in 2013, it sent ripples all the way to the White House. Last week some of its first students met their professors, and one another, just hours before graduating.


The experiment, which tested the reliability of companies that purport to do students’ work, shows how easily online education can be exploited.


Jonathan Flint has moved to California from the University of Oxford to follow up on the findings of his groundbreaking study on Chinese women.


A book about bullying offers insights into some students’ struggles, says a college librarian.


David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, says the protests in Baltimore, following the death of Freddie Gray, gave the institution an opportunity to help the city heal.


The commitment to tuition-free public higher education is central to building a vital new social compact.


What do you do when you realize your devotion to your institution is not reciprocated?


Let’s try an experiment: Just one college should cut its administrative staff in half and use the money to hire good teachers. We’ll check back in 10 years.


Tom Lutz's Los Angeles Review of Books seeks to infuse literary judgment with a democratic spirit.


One way to keep the discipline relevant is to make scholarly work accessible to a popular audience.


Stories keep the departed from disappearing, applying the balm of remembrance to the pain of grief.


In contemporary fiction, domesticity is deadly.


The renowned linguist’s longtime personal aide describes the view from the front row.