May 13, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 35

Top News

Santa Clara University goes to great lengths to evaluate — and win over — its most accomplished applicants.

Highlights

The celebrity businessman and ed-tech mentor says education "is a mess." He hopes to help turn it around with investments in start-ups and sharp criticism of bloated administration, glitzy facilities, and "easy money" in student loans.

The decision to retain the name of Calhoun College has touched off a passionate reaction at a university that has faced months of racial unrest.

The Chronicle Review

We must decide what knowledge to save for future generations — and how to save it.

Also In the Issue

The university replaced its traditional program in Western culture with one that also takes up issues of race, gender, and class.

The Education Department publishes church-related colleges’ appeals for Title IX exemptions, while the Justice Department says North Carolina’s bathroom law stinks.

The book by Fareed Zakaria reinvigorates a president’s hopes for what his college can do for students.

Zach Messitte pitches in on his college’s recruitment efforts by handwriting 100 letters to prospective students a year.

The university was under no obligation to disclose a student's report that he was attacked off-campus. But some students say they should have learned about it from their institution, not TV coverage.

Criticizing plans to rename the university's law school for Justice Antonin Scalia, the Faculty Senate called for the suspension of a pact between the school and the Charles Koch Foundation.

Even taking small steps, like posting lecture slides online, can help an instructor better connect with international students, say experts.

This year, the university told students from six states they could pay the same tuition and fees charged by their in-state flagship university. That led to a boost in enrollment from those states.

Nathan Deal, a Republican, had supported expanding gun rights to bars and churches. But he said the legislation failed to give campuses flexibility to set their own rules.

Ambassador Martin Dahinden explains why two-thirds of his nation’s high-school graduates serve as apprentices and describes how America could import elements of the Swiss plan.

In keeping John C. Calhoun’s name on a college, Yale University says it welcomes the chance to teach American history. Here’s how that has worked out on three other campuses.

Despite her mounting controversies, many faculty members say Linda P.B. Katehi should stay on as the campus leader, while others are using the opportunity to voice different concerns.

Dennis Di Lorenzo, dean of New York University’s School of Professional Studies, describes how recent changes at his institution aim to help more students get jobs. 

Commentary

A swirl of forces has drawn public and private universities into convergence. But onerous regulatory obstacles leave public institutions unable to compete.

Sure, it’s wonderful to get more than one offer, but it’s not stress-free.