March 11, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 26

Top News

Student poverty, homelessness, and hunger didn’t used to be colleges’ problem. Now they are grappling with how much to help.

Highlights

A trove of nearly 2,000 pages of communication obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows increasingly difficult negotiations, with UVa ratcheting up the pressure on the Education Department to soften its findings.

Simon Newman’s "drown the bunnies" comment triggered the crisis that led to his resignation as the college’s president. But it was his temperament as a hard-nosed private-equity executive that may well have doomed his tenure from the start.

The Chronicle Review

A young sociologist lands a big book deal, wins a MacArthur Fellowship, and seeks to avoid the controversy that engulfed Alice Goffman.

Also In the Issue

A former dean’s book describes how students at elite universities are overparented. Adult students elsewhere may not have that burden.

Saint Mary’s College of California has had a few smirches on its reputation for inclusiveness, but Tomas Gomez-Arias is leading it forward.

Recent studies, many of them by early-career scientists, are teasing out a more nuanced story than the one in the headlines.

Donald Trump speaks to college students, or at least those whom his campaign lets stay in the audience.

Books shelved at Winthrop College’s library were threatened by an effort to save energy.

The now-defunct university, which promised to "turn anyone into a successful real-estate investor," is the subject of lawsuits filed by the New York attorney general and former students in California.

The sudden announcement that nonstudents would not be permitted to sit for the test on Saturday has provoked a raft of speculation. FairTest’s Robert Schaeffer offers his views.

The state’s fiscal problems are once again putting the squeeze on higher education, leaving colleges bracing for another round of sharp cuts.

The company says it is trying to thwart fraud, but test-prep tutors say it is blocking their access to the SAT because it wants to limit scrutiny of the test's revamp.

As presidential turnover roils historically black colleges, a new executive-search firm hopes to help solve their leadership woes.

The former education secretary has been the target of loud protests and questions about her background, but some faculty members are wary of alienating her.

Pretty much everybody agrees that grades are not an effective measure of learning. So what are they good for, and what might be better?

A PowerPoint slide that circulated last week stirred fears that the presence of guns in Texas classrooms could cause professors to avoid sensitive subjects.

Commentary

A recent study found that black students are underrepresented in majors that lead to high-paying jobs. But the progress being made is coming from historically black institutions.

To be called a "popularizer" is the kiss of death for an academic only if the actual writing is sloppy and sensationalized.