October 16, 2015

Volume 62, Issue 07

Top News

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.

Highlights

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

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

The Chronicle Review

Incivility is the only civilized response to barbarity.

Also In the Issue

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.

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Commentary

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.

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

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

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