November 20, 2015

Volume 62, Issue 12

Top News

Across the country, students are demanding that colleges become more inclusive of minorities. But changing a racial climate is a long-term struggle.

Highlights

Not everyone’s benefiting from the international-enrollment boom, a Chronicle analysis shows.

In the past five years, public universities pumped more than $10.3 billion in mandatory student fees and other subsidies into their sports programs, according to an examination by The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post.

The Chronicle Review

That's what makes it great.

Also In the Issue

Thomas Kunkel, whose biography of the writer Joseph Mitchell came out this year, says he will turn his attention to the college’s eponymous saint.

A professor asks, "Can our university, or any university, exist without a football team?"

A work group on competency-based education in Texas employs strategies similar to those used by a fictional character stranded on Mars.

What you need to know about the past seven days. 

A consultancy formed by "disruptors" offers a framework that they say will better assess quality by measuring actual student outcomes. Coding boot camps could be its first test.

Plagiarism-detection software is catching on in graduate programs. At some institutions, it’s required.

A series of controversies has boiled over into angry accusations that the university has not sufficiently supported minority students and has not done enough to eliminate racism from the campus.

The law has helped democratize college in America, and its symbolic value is undeniable. But it hasn’t met Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious vision of college for all.

Although some college boards suggest that "you get what you pay for" when it comes to presidential compensation, the argument that high salaries drive giving "appears dubious," a new study finds.

A study based partly on fake solicitation letters finds that whether alumni will give to their alma mater depends mostly on their trust in it.

The dominant player, having just handled nearly 1.1 million applications for more than 600 colleges, isn’t standing pat, with a new effort to help students apply for financial aid.

Commentary

The courageous football players at the University of Missouri used their status to bring attention to injustice in the world.

How do you recognize when a department with a job opening is not the place for you?