September 23, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 04

Highlights

The university’s Brooklyn campus locked out hundreds of faculty members in anticipation of a strike. Some professors say the administration will have a hard time regaining their trust.

Pending rulings, politics, and the economy are among a number of factors still playing out that could have ramifications for all or part of the sector.

Also In the Issue

Khanjan Mehta, an engineer, will encourage students to use their imaginations to help solve global problems.

An article on disruption inspires a university’s geology professors to work high-impact learning practices into their curriculum.

The shooting deaths at Virginia Tech stunned the nation and led colleges to re-examine their policies on campus security.

The University of Texas chancellor wants players and coaches to stand up straight and face the flag during the national anthem. The NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference say they will move championships out of North Carolina to protest the "bathroom bill." And a North Carolina student goes public with a rape accusation against a football player.

Robert Sternberg shares his vision for "what universities can be."

Some institutions have pushed to send admitted students earlier notifications of their aid — even if that means setting tuition earlier. Others are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Colleges that have contracts with the online retailer stand to profit by pocketing 2 percent of every purchase delivered.

Agricultural researchers — and the companies that support them — say it's time for Congress to boost its investment in their work.

They’re adopting alcohol and drug policies focused on harm reduction rather than punishment, taking cues from first responders and even underground party culture.

Scholars in the field are holding what’s billed as the first conference of its kind as transgender issues become more mainstream than ever.

Community colleges have often balked at accepting credits from for-profit colleges. But many of them are trying to aid the thousands of displaced students who now face a crisis.

Shane Mauss, a stand-up comic who likes picking professors’ brains, has become an unlikely but engaging science educator.

As attention to the problem grows, colleges are being urged to give more details. What information are officials allowed to disclose, and what do they do in practice?

Being a low-income student is difficult, but it’s even more difficult if you’re also a woman. Barbara Gault, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, says colleges’ schedules and services have long catered to traditional, childless students. They should change to accommodate a new student population.

Commentary

Despite overblown warnings from university administrators, collective bargaining does not damage the mentor-mentee relationship.

The burden we impose on ourselves by forgoing limits on speech is the responsibility to engage in the debate, on campus as in the larger society.

Three tactics you should definitely not pursue in organizing a staff retreat.