November 13, 2015

Volume 62, Issue 11

Top News

The hands-on attention that minority faculty members willingly provide to a diversifying population of students is an unheralded linchpin in helping them succeed.

Highlights

The more researchers study "food insecurity" on campuses, the more serious the problem appears to be.

Professors and students have fiercely criticized the former executive and the process that brought him to Iowa City. Campus critics say it won’t be easy for their new chief to prove that he’s his own man.

The Chronicle Review

Is every healthy child a potential prodigy?

Also In the Issue

Faculty members and students at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning find plenty to do, on scales from citywide to highly personal.

Ideas that push the status quo can sometimes run afoul of the law. More institutions are stepping up to help their entrepreneurs defend their work.

A book about the use of tests in China persuades a physics professor that inequality cannot be remedied that way.

Scott Samuelson, winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, draws connections between the hardships of his students and Plato.

What you need to know about the past seven days.

 

Speakers sought to demystify the group of selective colleges’ plan for improving the admissions process. But details of how the system would actually work remained in short supply.

"This plan is not simply, Here’s a bunch of money; go find faculty," said a university official. Diversity efforts can require broad collaboration and careful planning.

All the editors and their entire editorial board resigned after Elsevier refused to make Lingua fully open access and to transfer ownership of the 66-year-old journal to them.

Recent graduates of for-profit colleges were no more likely to generate hiring interest than their community-college peers, or even those who had completed only high school, a new study found.

The latest data on college costs show that they continue to climb. But what’s an ordinary person to make of that news? Here are four experts’ views.

In an arena already crowded with opinions, a panel organized by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences will try to produce a document that doesn’t die on the shelf.

Research shows that they share a feeling of marginalization. Colleges can make that work toward a community of understanding.

Tennessee’s embrace of a "corequisite" approach put it at the forefront of a national movement. But some experts worry that the state moved too fast and might leave some students behind.

When a group of Renaissance scholars said that ProQuest had canceled its members’ access to a key database, academics raised questions about whether private companies have too much power over scholarly research.

A Federal Trade Commission event will explore the practice, including its murky but significant role in higher education. We take stock of the industry.

Ana Mari Cauce’s own life has been touched by prejudice and racial violence. At Washington, she’s pushing for a frank dialogue about diversity and inequality. 

Commentary

The mass digitization involved in Google Book Search rescues countless books from the obscurity of print library collections.

It doesn’t seem like something you can do online.