July 8, 2016

Volume 62, Issue 40

Top News

How one university is changing a sink-or-swim culture to broaden the appeal of a Ph.D.

Highlights

For one thing, they are more likely to want careers that serve their communities.

They know a lot about creating a sense of belonging for people from underrepresented groups, says Marybeth Gasman.

After sex-harassment scandals, increased vigilance has prompted new rules for interactions between professors and graduate students.

Shifts in economics and student demographics, along with resurgent activism, have altered the tenor of the discussion about affirmative action over the past eight years.

The Chronicle Review

The one broadly marketable skill a humanist might acquire in graduate school is the ability to teach.

Also In the Issue

Martha Tedeschi will direct the museums, which recently went through an architectural transformation.

A writing professor is captivated by a book that tells students their dreams of a creative life need not be derailed.

Topics include college for people with autism and the reimagination of academic libraries.

As back-to-back campaigns grew more common, so did criticism — and defense — of their wisdom.

The university is making progress in enrolling more students eligible for Pell Grants. Now it is wrestling with how to better support low-income students once they enroll.

Research from Harvard suggests that measuring "reach" — how closely one journal author is connected to others — could be a key factor in career advancement.

A former mayor of Minneapolis says "different schools" will help close the achievement gap between white and minority students.

The Fisher II decision signals, in a time of deep unrest, that race matters.

In a year when student activists pushed colleges to reconsider racially charged monuments and building names, researchers who investigate campus history have found new momentum.

As distance learning goes mainstream, colleges are rethinking how they train faculty members.

Philip B. Stark found that student evaluations of teaching can be tainted by gender bias. He’s spearheading an effort among his peers to rely on those evaluations less, and to use other methods instead.

Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon, also talks about his plans to focus marketing efforts more on academics and less on athletics.

Commentary

To her colleagues and students at Trinity College, Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher mattered deeply. The feeling was mutual.

A search for a new provost proved that many applicants fail to keep their readers in mind.