Volume 62, Issue 7: October 16, 2015

October 11, 2015

This week's highlights.

Administration October 11, 2015

What you need to know about the past seven days.

Athletics October 11, 2015

Two years ago, Will Collier landed his dream job, overseeing academic services for one of the country's premier programs. His experience illustrates the challenge of protecting academic integrity in big-time college sports.

Government October 05, 2015

John B. King Jr., who will take over for Arne Duncan in December, isn’t well known in higher-ed circles. But his track record offers some clues about how he will lead the Education Department.

Government October 04, 2015

Assessments of the education secretary’s seven-year tenure credit him with changing the culture of the department to one of accountability and transparency.

Students October 08, 2015

Colleges’ latest settlements with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights divide opinions: greater protection for students or automatic indictment of institutions?

Research October 11, 2015

Making the process open and giving academics more credit for doing reviews are two of the methods meant to fix what some call a broken system.

Students October 06, 2015

Even as it draws praise for shielding academic freedom, the skeptical stance taken by American University professors is also being denounced for potentially undermining students who are psychologically vulnerable.

Labor & Work-Life Issues October 04, 2015

Some advisers say young scholars should expect to spend several years looking for tenure-track positions; others emphasize the need to strike quickly. Vitae's JobTracker project tries to get a read on the reality.

Leadership & Governance October 06, 2015

Eric T. Schneiderman, New York’s top law-enforcement officer, took an activist role in forcing the struggling Cooper Union to submit to state oversight. His office plans to steer other institutions away from trouble, too.

Faculty October 06, 2015

The Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage has caused religious institutions to reiterate, or redefine, their stances.

Government October 07, 2015

A brief filed in the closely watched Fisher v. Texas case says universities are becoming "steadily less transparent" when faced with open-records requests. Many institutions beg to differ.

Administration October 02, 2015

The mass shooting in Oregon shows how two-year colleges respond to a crisis with limited means at hand.

Research October 05, 2015

Two university researchers say they’re optimistic that their work will have long-term benefits. But the sometimes-vitriolic response they receive can be deeply frustrating.

People October 11, 2015

Brian W. Casey, president of DePauw University and a former varsity swimmer, quickly became the top choice to lead Colgate University.

People October 11, 2015

A lecturer in English had no idea whether her teaching practices were helping students learn, until she found a valuable guide.

Leadership & Governance September 24, 2015

The Lumina Foundation's chief executive discusses his new book, his take on modernizing higher education, and immigration.

The Chronicle Review October 11, 2015

In a land of state censorship, intellectuals prize unfettered speech. Can the same be said of their American counterparts?

The Chronicle Review October 05, 2015

Incivility is the only civilized response to barbarity.

The Chronicle Review October 11, 2015

Data alone can’t plumb the unpredictable mysteries of disease.

The Chronicle Review October 07, 2015

Freed from his day job, the anxiety-plagued supercritic George Scialabba begins his next chapter.

The Chronicle Review October 11, 2015

The new realists are rescuing philosophy from one epistemological extreme only to sacrifice it to another.

The Chronicle Review October 11, 2015

The screening of myriad slights is an emotional tax that minorities pay every day.

Commentary September 28, 2015

Intellectual freedom is what enlightens the world. Now students’ demands to stifle that freedom put higher education’s mission at risk.

Commentary September 28, 2015

The decision whether or not to warn them about powerful material belongs in the classroom, with the instructor.

Advice September 28, 2015

The truth is: You don’t need a Ph.D. for most of the available teaching jobs.

Commentary October 05, 2015

Academe has been ill served by "one size fits all" mandates, outsized foundation and corporate influence, and a disregard for the people who know what it takes to help students succeed.