What Did You Read Most at in 2010?

January 06, 2011

As dedicated citizens, we here at The Chronicle are glad to see that our tally of top stories for 2010 indicates that society recognizes the importance of beard science. But as professional journalists, we're also a little relieved to see that our story about a professor-dominatrix doesn't appear until No. 6, beat out by some soul-searching about the state of higher education.

Following are the 10 most-viewed articles on The Chronicle's Web site published in 2010. We expected some of these to do well: the think pieces that got passed around departments ("The Big Lie About the Life of the Mind"), the unique data presentations (the National Research Council's doctoral-program rankings), and the breaking news that seemed to have everyone talking ("Document Sheds Light on Investigation at Harvard"). Then again, sometimes our hit stories were inexplicable, even to Chronicle staffers (the beards again).

Either way, here are the popular favorites, selected from the approximately 8,600 pieces of content we published online last year in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle Review, and our Chronicle blogs:

1. "The Shadow Scholar"

2. National Research Council Rankings of Doctoral Programs

3. "Why Did 17 Million Students Go to College?"

4. "The Trustworthiness of Beards"

5. "The Big Lie About the Life of the Mind"

6. "In Professor-Dominatrix Scandal, U. of New Mexico Feels the Pain"

7. "The Pleasures of Imagination"

8. "Professors: Hot at Their Own Risk"

9. "We Must Stop the Avalanche of Low-Quality Research"

10. "Document Sheds Light on Investigation at Harvard"

Note: Numbers were tracked using Omniture and were compiled by The Chronicle's Web-production staff.