October 9, 2015

Volume 62, Issue 06

Top News

The founders of Retraction Watch have made themselves impossible to ignore.

Highlights

A federal appeals court finds the NCAA violated antitrust laws, but strikes down a prior ruling that would allow for annual $5,000 payments to athletes.

The default rates on federal student loans fell at all types of colleges, but thousands of borrowers still struggle to repay their loans.

The Chronicle Review

Human interaction and sustained introspection? There are no apps for those.

Also In the Issue

What if music were taught without ever having students listen to it, an English instructor wonders after reading a math teacher’s lament.

David Kirkland, who has studied the literacy of urban youth, would like to bring results of the center’s research directly to instructors.

Even as rising real-estate prices make house hunting more of a challenge, only a few colleges offer real assistance.

When applicants and institutions push for "fairness," they aren’t even talking about the same thing.

The program extended aid to students with "exceptional financial need." Sen. Lamar Alexander blocked a bill that would have kept it alive.

A handful of instructors have recently drawn fire for issuing guidelines on the use of certain words. The debate is a critical one, scholars say.

The group hopes its innovations will put more young people on the path to college earlier. But some experts question whether the effort will really expand access.

A confrontational preacher’s group stirred up students at DePauw University last week. After the clash, the real issue for some became how police officers had interacted with the counterprotesters.

And among young alumni, only 38 percent viewed their college experience positively, according to national survey results in the 2015 Gallup-Purdue Index.

Students are questioning where to draw the line between freedom of speech and ensuring that minority students do not feel devalued.

The findings of a nine-state study will help policy makers and colleges compare academic quality across institutions, say researchers.

Commentary

Hard decisions are getting even harder for boards to make, thanks to interference from donors, alumni, and local politicians.

In an online marketplace, don’t overlook the old-fashioned book exhibit.