October 7, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 06

Top News

Marc Edwards, the hero scientist of Flint, Mich., has become a standard-bearer for watchdog scholarship. So why does he feel haunted?

Highlights

Comparing a pair of grad-union votes from more than a decade ago can provide valuable context for the collective-bargaining fights expected this year.

Few college athletes have emulated Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem demonstrations. Athletic directors say it’s because they’re doing a better job of listening to players.

The Chronicle Review

Anthropomorphic thinking is now mainstream science — but not all researchers are happy about that.

Also In the Issue

Founded before the Civil War to educate young women, small-town Mitchell Community College has survived by keeping up with its county’s changing needs.

Judy K. Sakaki quickly assembled a "dream team" of seasoned administrators to be her interim cabinet at Sonoma State.

The Clery Act’s reporting requirements for campus crimes produced too many numbers to crunch.

A psychiatrist’s tales inspire a professor to help her students get in touch with what they don’t know they know.

Selected topics include the digital humanities, work-family conflict in academic science, and the future of credentials.

Amid anxieties over growing disparities, donors and foundations are devoting serious amounts to studies of rich and poor.

Bias-response teams have found themselves under a new wave of criticism, but that’s not why some of them are changing.

A year ago, the Education Department released a revamped version of the online tool as a replacement for President Obama’s college-ratings plan. It’s caught on with some college counselors, if not so much with students.

Two new books seek to add nuance to the public debate about student debt. But can their evidence sway an audience steeped in anecdotes about struggling graduates?

A scholar at UNLV has been examining whether students actually might learn more if their instructor is attractive. For those hoping that brains are all that counts in academe, the picture he paints isn’t pretty.

NACAC’s departing president says he didn’t understand why the phrase “all lives matter” might cause offense.

Ted Mitchell visited The Chronicle’s newsroom to talk about the Education Department’s role in promoting innovation and change, and ways the legacy of that work could endure after the Obama administration.

Commentary

Students who can't understand why racism and anti-Semitism are evil don’t need more STEM classes. They need history and sociology.

How can an educator reassure her worried students when irresponsible legislators have granted a universal right to carry firearms, no training required?

And it’s just as pointless to condemn any ban on electronic devices in the classroom.