September 9, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 02

Top News

The humble computer protocol, developed by an upstart team of programmers at the University of Minnesota, paved the way for the online world of today, then quietly slipped back underground.


Student, professors, and administrators at the university, which bills itself as a stalwart of vigorous intellectual debate, now find themselves split over definitions and principles.

Higher education is a good investment, on average, but some students leave it worse off than when they started. That makes giving general advice a challenge.

The Chronicle Review

Two new books try to take down the father of modern linguistics. Is this any way to treat an intellectual icon?

Also In the Issue

Academics multiply their impact as their students go out into the world, says Ronald J. Brachman.

Teaching assistants weren’t the only ones celebrating the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling in the Columbia University graduate-unionization case.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s flooding, months of difficult efforts by colleges saved higher education in New Orleans.

The University of Chicago took a stand against trigger warnings, while Georgetown University took steps to acknowledge a 19th-century slave sale, and the scholarly-journal giant Elsevier took out a patent that worries its critics.

After revoking a job offer to Steven G. Salaita, in 2014, the University of Illinois’s flagship felt repercussions on a global scale. The dwindling fortunes of its American Indian-studies program show there were internal consequences, too.

Professors have long struggled with getting students to read the syllabus thoroughly. Now they are trying different tricks to engage students.

Administrators at the College of New Jersey say they had to create an inclusive environment not only for those students but also for any students who choose to live substance-free.

The Federal Trade Commission, in its first such foray into scholarly publishing, has filed a civil complaint against one of the largest publishers of online science journals.

The university’s new residential community was created in an attempt to put more African-American men on a path to graduation. But some critics have depicted the program as a step toward segregating black students.

With the fall semester starting and the November election fast approaching, the chapters are withholding endorsements, focusing on down-ballot races, and sometimes even splintering.

Allison Garrett, president of Emporia State University, in Kansas, talks about how her institution is dealing with a challenging state budget.


The academy is merely another realm of economic life, the NLRB ruling tells us. It’s time to drop the sentimental pretensions.

The president of Marist College defends his institution’s decision to play a basketball game in North Carolina, despite calls to boycott the state to protest its controversial "bathroom law."

A spirit of collective enterprise in scientific research is being replaced by a rush to assign precise credit for who did what.