April 8, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 30

Top News

For a long time, disciplinary content was king. Now just about everyone agrees that students should learn skills like critical thinking. What's trickier is how.


When the College of Charleston told Robert T. Dillon that a quote from 1896 wouldn’t cut it as a statement of his course’s learning outcomes, no one was prepared for the mess that ensued.

Incidents involving the Baptist university’s powerhouse football team have unsettled many students. Now the administration is taking action on a problem that activists say runs deeper than sports.

The Chronicle Review

The relationship between political diversity and intellectual diversity is, at best, tenuous.


Also In the Issue

The National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a report whose sting was felt for years.

For most of the scientists who are in charge of a growing number of universities, leadership is a continued form of experimentation.

A new adult-education dean finds a helpful paper about the blurring of distinctions between traditional and nontraditional students.

Isiaah Crawford, who will leave his job as provost at Seattle University, has done research on human sexuality and minority stress.

Critics worry that a new North Carolina law they see as anti-LGBT could affect colleges; California’s state auditor worries about out-of-state students; and Microsoft worries about a bot that learned bad manners.

Many colleges brag about rising numbers of applicants, even as they see a drop in students who enroll. Here’s what the numbers really mean.

The Princeton Open Campus Coalition formed in response to a movement that, its founders felt, was stifling constructive dialogue.

As legal challenges to House Bill 2 loom, here’s a look at what it means for the state’s public and private colleges.

MOOC sequences that lead to certificates can also be the ticket into some master’s programs. Educators say that’s one way of easing barriers and cutting costs for students.

Day-care centers, disciplinary hearings, and faculty offices are among the settings where Texas and Georgia have wrestled over whether to allow guns.

A recent expulsion highlights questions about how colleges handle such allegations and whether the process is impartial.

In an interview with The Chronicle, Phillip C. Stone talks about how he hopes to dig out and rebuild the Virginia college stronger than ever.


As technology and machines consume more and more of life, perhaps theater can help us remember what it means to act like a human being.

How could an apparently minor disagreement over wording on a syllabus escalate so far, so fast?

The real culprits are wealth inequality and the political leaders who allowed it to become so extreme.

A job offer is not the culmination of the hiring process; it’s the beginning of negotiations.