January 29, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 20

Top News

As a nation, we’re getting good at turning professors’ work into marketable products. But is that enough for some of our society’s biggest problems?

Highlights

Several trustees, highly skeptical of a report that condemned top university officials for covering up Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, are at loggerheads with those who are ready to move on.

As a monthslong budget deadlock drags on, college officials say it’s only a matter of time before some institutions will have to restructure themselves — or close.

The Chronicle Review

The campus climate of fear imperils academe as an incubator of provocative ideas.

Also In the Issue

Companies that exploit personal information could offer a model for researchers who seek to turn their work into meaningful policy. But many scholars are wary.

Wendy Cukier’s higher-education experience, and her work on gun control, appealed to the university’s board.

Maurice Herzog’s book makes a university chaplain consider how students are like climbers.

Here's a sampling of experts' suggestions of what universities, governments, journals, and private funders of research could do to ensure that they're making the greatest possible efforts toward solving society’s most pressing issues.

Some black academics took umbrage at what they saw as the relatively rapid progress being made by women on campus.

Athletic departments cover millions of dollars in scholarships for players, but set aside a tiny share of their revenue for academic programs.

A student newspaper in Maryland breaks a big story; a president in Ohio rejects students’ demands; and Trump tries to talk about the Bible with students in Virginia.

Dozens of colleges have endorsed a plan to promote — and reward — "ethical engagement" in admissions. Praise for the campaign, though, is hardly universal.

Naomi Zack says she’s embarrassed by the lack of minorities among senior faculty members at the University of Oregon.

A legal fight over workplace training has left thousands of students in limbo and could threaten the international appeal of American universities.

The effort’s successes and failures hold lessons for other colleges interested in transformation from within.

Institutions need to speak up about faculty members who violate misconduct policies and not pass problem employees along to other institutions, says Rep. Jackie Speier.

At the behest of Republican lawmakers, the state’s university system is studying a plan that would route applicants seen as less prepared to two-year institutions.

A controversy at Wheaton College, in Illinois, has some aspiring academics rethinking the advice to apply everywhere, but religious colleges remain confident they can screen out bad fits.

The MOOC provider Udacity pledges that graduates of its four most marketable courses will earn a job in their field within six months of completing the program.

Benjamin Ola. Akande, president of Westminster College (Mo.), is less interested in singing "Kumbaya" than in seeing results.

 

Commentary

By listening and affirming, a college president moves his role from teaching to learning.

For one thing, campus speech rights are unequally distributed among the tenured and everybody else.

How to juggle job interviews and campus visits and stay focused and sane.