This week's highlights.
Intimations of long-term controversies were apparent when The Chronicle reported on tenure under attack, sex bias in hiring and pay, and the value of distance education (which will "depend primarily on television"). Meanwhile, a former university-system chancellor predicted, "Within 15 years you won't recognize the American university. ... It will embrace all segments of society in ways that would make us uncomfortable today."
To shed light on the Education Department’s enforcement process, The Chronicle has built a tool to track hundreds of cases. Search by college or keyword, learn the context, and sign up for alerts.
Nearly 250 cases are open now or have been resolved since the Education Department stepped up the pressure on colleges, in April 2011. How colleges end up under scrutiny and how long they will remain there can seem mysterious.
Campus activists are increasingly pushing their institutions to require classes that explore race, ethnicity, or cultural awareness. But giving those requirements teeth can be a challenge.
With an emphasis on leadership and global awareness, Agnes Scott College has tried to reinvigorate the appeal of a liberal-arts institution for women.
Australia has long operated a fully income-based repayment program, which countries like Britain have adapted. Now experts want the U.S. government to do the same.
Even as campus activism has intensified, popular dissent sometimes seems to go no further than the mouse pad. But it's worth taking even those lightweight protests seriously, says a professor who studies "slacktivists."
Wheaton College of Illinois referenced its statement of faith in explaining its response to a professor who wore a hijab in solidarity with Muslims who "worship the same god." At similar colleges, such statements are common, but their forms vary. Here’s a sampling.
On the contrary, it acknowledges that history is irreducibly contradictory, bloody, and shot through with injustice — as well as with courageous resistance to oppression.