March 4, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 25

Top News

A year after an infamous video, a former student leader nurtures diversity at the University of Oklahoma.

Highlights

The assistant professor of communication, who was caught on camera in November trying to prevent a student journalist from covering a protest, had been vilified by state lawmakers.

Candace Thille says colleges shouldn’t let proprietary “black boxes” control the future of personalized learning.

Many state lawmakers say they remain embarrassed by the turmoil that shook the Columbia campus last fall. Their anger has placed the university on the defensive.

Also In the Issue

Angela Evans, who leads the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, is working to strengthen its ties to Washington.

Fareed Zakaria’s book, a president says, has one shortcoming: It doesn’t say enough about less-selective nonprofit colleges.

More colleges are allowing dissertations to take digital or other nontraditional forms, but students need to prepare for the career consequences.

In 1978, the Supreme Court’s "Bakke" decision limited the purposes to which colleges could put such policies.

Algebra and other theoretical-math courses are barriers to college and prevent students from graduating while offering little tangible benefit, a political scientist argues in a new book.

For cash-strapped institutions that want to increase enrollment, such deals can be a boon. But if done poorly they could leave colleges "stuck with an albatross."

She leaves an organization that is in strong financial shape as a result of its digital publishing but continues to struggle to serve a changing academic work force.

The Faculty Senate president at the University of Houston suggests that his colleagues "drop certain topics" from their curricula after a campus-carry law takes effect in Texas.

Small grants, coupled with other strategies, can help keep low-income students on track to a degree. An official at Georgia State University describes how the approach is working on his campus.

Texas A&M’s chief has done many things right in the wake of a recent incident at his campus, experts say. But they see challenges ahead for most colleges as they examine racial climates and seek to build a sense of inclusion for minority groups.

The University System of Maryland has some innovative teaching approaches that help retain students. Robert Caret, its chancellor, describes how they work
and why they are key right now.


Commentary

Low-income students know that education is vital to improving their lives. Colleges must provide the support services they need.

Stony Brook debuts a program to train faculty members and graduate students to become public intellectuals.