September 16, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 03

Top News

In the often subjective faculty-search process, some colleges are taking new steps to bring a wider spectrum of candidates to the table.

Highlights

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky has drawn intense scrutiny for his efforts to remake the university’s leadership. But the controversy that recently hamstrung the board has deeper roots than the governor’s actions.

As the term has become a political football, its meaning has been obscured. Here’s what students, professors, and administrators actually mean when they discuss it.

The Chronicle Review

Be choosy about how you invest your intellectual energy. You owe it to your field.

Also In the Issue

See what might work at your own institution.

A chart of world temperatures over nine centuries became embroiled in a duel of science and politics in the battle over climate-change theory.

ITT Technical Institutes said it would close all of its locations, blaming "unwarranted" actions by the Education Department. Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus locked out faculty members and blamed their union for not agreeing to a new contract. And you can blame humans for history.

William Brustein says he will look to the Middle East and China as he tries to attract more foreign students to the Mountain State.

A book reinforces the idea that college administrators should avoid feeling content.

A study of more than 900 colleges by Blackboard hints at the potential of harnessing data from learning-management systems as "a real-time indicator of student engagement."

The words mean different things to different people, and often they're not even called "trigger warnings." Whatever their name, here's what they look like in practice.

Jacqueline Stevens has been asked to undergo an evaluation of her "fitness for duty" before returning to her position in political science. She says she's being punished for her outspokenness; a colleague says her presence makes him feel unsafe.

The university’s effort to make amends for its past stands out for its scope, experts say, even though other universities may not be in a position to take similar steps.

A new documentary about some of the most polarizing fights in academe seeks to spur discussion of the financial and political forces shaping higher education.

Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, says a controversial law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates is discriminatory and could damage his campus's standing in the scholarly community.

 

Commentary

Digital technologies can enhance student learning. But they also present dangers, which we should explain to digital natives newly arrived on campuses.

The decision in the Columbia University case will have a profound and unfortunate effect on private education as we know it.

Why you should stop penalizing your students for submitting work late.