March 25, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 28

Top News

Whether they like it or not, many of the women in the United States on Saudi  study-abroad programs find themselves representing the Muslim world to curious, sometimes wary Americans.

Highlights

The University of Evansville sends six buses to bring admitted students to the campus for a weekend known as Road Trip. If all goes well, students find friends, and Evansville finds its freshman class.

Amid increased student activism, college officials have been forced to grapple with whether — and for what reasons — they should cancel contentious speeches.

The Chronicle Review

Her gender change may be the least iconoclastic thing about her.

Also In the Issue

A new dean at Rutgers, coming from Britain, found a novel that helped him understand his students’ lives.

A Supreme Court ruling could affect contraception coverage for thousands of college employees and students.

March Madness is upon us: Elizabeth Warren is mad at for-profit colleges that defraud students, legislators in Tennessee and California are mad at state universities, and Melissa Click is mad that she’s not getting her job back.

Critics warned of a relaxing of academic standards on many campuses. And a professor, accused of sexual harassment, sued his accusers.

A student is more likely to die on campus than overseas, a new report finds. But the perception that international study comes with risk is widespread.

At dozens of colleges, men’s basketball coaches are eligible for bigger academic bonuses than are their counterparts in women’s basketball. Legal experts say the discrepancies could expose colleges to discrimination claims.

Many members of student protest groups have found it hard to balance coursework and advocacy, or to process the social-media invective they face. But the stigma of discussing mental-health issues may slowly be lifting.

James Kvaal, who stepped down last week, was involved in nearly every college issue of the Obama years. The upshot? No "walk-off home run," but "a series of singles."

Howard University, for instance, stands to gain millions if it sells. But supporters and alumni of the historically black institution are concerned about what it would lose.

Hot topics at the gathering, an offshoot of the South by Southwest festival, centered on how technology is changing the college experience, and what that means for students, professors, and administrators.

For experts in artificial intelligence, the program’s defeat of a human champion of one of the world’s most complex board games holds big implications for society.

How community colleges gauge students’ readiness, place them in courses, and guide them through developmental education reveals some promising but not yet widespread innovations, says Evelyn Waiwaiole, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

Commentary

"I can’t tell whether any improvement is because I became a woman, or because I finally grew up."

John Derbyshire’s rhetoric on race seeks only to provoke and would serve no educational purpose.

Provocative speakers should be regarded as a learning opportunity, not banned.

Yes, it’s important that students know how to write. But standardized tests are not the right way to assess that ability.