November 6, 2015

Volume 62, Issue 10

Top News

Hundreds of colleges are exploring the competency-based approach to learning in hopes that it can fix one of their most-pressing ailments.

Highlights

Using the social-media site Tumblr, the University of California system has brought attention to everyday breakthroughs in its labs.

Will a hidebound profession embrace real innovation? How can colleges best reach a diverse cohort of teenagers?

The Chronicle Review

Laurence R. Veysey was an eccentric, a hermit, and an ardent nudist — and author of one of the foundational texts on the history of higher education.

Also In the Issue

Jonathan C. Gibralter, known for his battle against student alcohol abuse, moves to the small liberal-arts college as president.

What you need to know about the past seven days.

Doctoral students from CUNY will teach humanities classes at a local community college, a move meant to prepare them for the country’s changing student population.

A chancellor draws lessons on focus, innovation, and vision from a biography of the electronics entrepreneur and businessman.

Colleges that want to put degree programs online often turn to the companies for help. But success eludes some. The recent breakup of a partnership involving the University of Florida illustrates some of the problems that can crop up.

When universities deem recipients of such degrees to no longer be worthy of the honor, the next question involves how to handle the situation.

Many of them face the same challenge: how to ask for a quiet spot to pray in private. College officials aren’t always sure how to respond.

Experts are divided on whether tensions at the university reflect problems specific to HBCUs or might have cropped up at any college with severe financial challenges.

Faculty leaders continued to criticize a presidential search that they said left them sidelined, as some others scrutinized the former education secretary’s fitness to lead the university system.

The new writing portion of the college-entrance test has slowed down the scoring process, so some students applying early may not be able to use their results.

Weak laws and the competing interests of students, parents, and colleges combine to throw back the curtain on confidentiality. But some argue for even greater transparency.

Purdue University's president began his job in January 2013 with no academic-leadership experience. He's learned since then that small but meaningful changes can lead to big savings for students.

The former education secretary has emerged as the top candidate in a bitterly disputed and politically charged search to lead the university system. Here’s what she could bring to the table.

Commentary

What do we stand to lose by transforming learning into a quest for points?

The games are a perverse form of exploitation that places players — often students at historically black colleges — in the role of sacrificial lambs and their colleges in legal peril.

What would my CV look like if it recorded not just the successes of my professional life but also the many, many rejections?