October 20, 2017

Volume 64, Issue 08

Top News

How the wooing of students, and the cultivation of their desires, shifts the priorities and the role of the modern university.


Colleges need the good will of legislators and the public. To get it, they must explain what they do and why it’s important. Michigan State University is training faculty members to do that.

The Chronicle Review

Graham Spanier rolled out the red carpet for the intelligence services to conduct covert operations involving colleges.

Also In the Issue

A growing number of institutions offer opportunities for faculty members to learn how to talk to the general public about their research in a way that is easy to understand.

For students, stepping out of comfort zones and interacting across racial and ethnic lines is key to their education, says Beverly Daniel Tatum.

A General Electric executive will lead the University of Montana; 15 academics are among the winners of the MacArthur awards.

City University of New York campuses made a strong showing on a measure of how far college students rise above their parents’ economic circumstances.

A heavy police presence? Check. Logistics for a Milo Yiannopoulos appearance? Definitely. A sense of security across campus? That’s much harder to come by.

The university's 11 campuses were hard hit by Hurricane Maria. Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, a professor of the humanities at one of them, describes his experience of the storm.

In the spotlight of a Supreme Court case over whether Wisconsin lawmakers drew the state’s districts unconstitutionally, the discipline sees both its power and its limits.

Obama-era guidance led to more lawyers representing accused rapists on campus. Now that the guidance has been rescinded, even more lawyers may get involved.

Student protesters stopped the head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Virginia office from speaking. She called their actions a “classic example of a heckler’s veto.”

Students on the Ann Arbor campus want the perpetrators caught, and administrators more vehement in their condemnation.

A recent move by a school at George Washington University raises the question of how to best encourage gender diversity at the events, whether on campuses or at academic conferences.

The education secretary’s aversion to the national news media and her communication style have created a knowledge gap for college leaders seeking to understand her philosophy on higher ed.


Take control of the ways that you and your work are perceived.

An expert on civil discourse suggests three ways to set aside grand political theory and focus on your institution’s needs.

As the latest scandal shows, the NCAA isn’t doing its job. Let’s tear it down and start over.