Volume 62, Issue 20: January 29, 2016

January 24, 2016

This week's highlights.


A student newspaper in Maryland breaks a big story; a president in Ohio rejects students’ demands; and Trump tries to talk about the Bible with students in Virginia.


As a nation, we’re getting good at turning professors’ work into marketable products. But is that enough for some of our society’s biggest problems?


Some black academics took umbrage at what they saw as the relatively rapid progress being made by women on campus.


As a monthslong budget deadlock drags on, college officials say it’s only a matter of time before some institutions will have to restructure themselves — or close.


Several trustees, highly skeptical of a report that condemned top university officials for covering up Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, are at loggerheads with those who are ready to move on.


Dozens of colleges have endorsed a plan to promote — and reward — "ethical engagement" in admissions. Praise for the campaign, though, is hardly universal.


Institutions need to speak up about faculty members who violate misconduct policies and not pass problem employees along to other institutions, says Rep. Jackie Speier.


Athletic departments cover millions of dollars in scholarships for players, but set aside a tiny share of their revenue for academic programs.


The effort’s successes and failures hold lessons for other colleges interested in transformation from within.


A legal fight over workplace training has left thousands of students in limbo and could threaten the international appeal of American universities.


Naomi Zack says she’s embarrassed by the lack of minorities among senior faculty members at the University of Oregon.


The MOOC provider Udacity pledges that graduates of its four most marketable courses will earn a job in their field within six months of completing the program.


At the behest of Republican lawmakers, the state’s university system is studying a plan that would route applicants seen as less prepared to two-year institutions.


Wendy Cukier’s higher-education experience, and her work on gun control, appealed to the university’s board.


Maurice Herzog’s book makes a university chaplain consider how students are like climbers.


Benjamin Ola. Akande, president of Westminster College (Mo.), is less interested in singing "Kumbaya" than in seeing results.



The campus climate of fear imperils academe as an incubator of provocative ideas.


On the contrary, it acknowledges that history is irreducibly contradictory, bloody, and shot through with injustice.


They offer arguments that produce and galvanize new audiences.


To consider divinity and humanity is to ponder the power of language itself.


A history of deconstruction falls prey to it.


That student you just creeped out is writing about you on the web.