October 14, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 07

Top News

Its lightning speed and broad reach have college leaders scrambling to keep controversies from spinning dangerously out of control.


A report of racial slurs at the University of Missouri at Columbia has renewed tensions over race relations there. Some people are suggesting that white students, faculty, and staff have yet to do their part.

The Chronicle Review

College should prepare students not only for a rich life but also for a meaningful death.

Also In the Issue

Any statement released by a university is parsed "almost at a Talmudic level," one communications director laments.

At Baylor, the Title IX coordinator resigns (but wants to keep book and movie rights to her story). At Harvard, the endowment managers have a bad year (and the dining-services employees go on strike). And the rapper Drake visits Drake University — but so late at night that almost no one’s awake to see him.

Paula A. Johnson, a medical doctor, has a long history of breaking barriers to leadership.

One-fourth of private colleges do business with companies run by members of their governing boards. Whose interests come first?

A book about 1930s Alabama reminds an English professor of the unalloyed racism that still exists today.

Some departments at Montana State University had just one female professor, or none at all. But in the last four years, half of all STEM hires have been women.

The seal features images of a frontiersman and a conquistador. For decades, critics have protested it as racist. Now, there’s hope it might finally be changed.

Western Carolina University faced a faculty rebellion over plans to use funds from the conservative Charles Koch Foundation to create a new research center on free enterprise. It found ways to render the gift agreement much easier for critics to swallow.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, the pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have invested $600 million in a new lab space for universities in the Bay Area. The Chronicle talks to one of its directors.

The Supreme Court's action lets stand lower-court rulings that allow college athletes to be compensated up to their full cost of attendance.

Some observers dismiss a year of bad returns as of little consequence for the world’s richest university. Others see a cautionary tale over how elite institutions use and invest their endowments.

Instead of prompting violence or dividing the campus, an offensive stunt at East Tennessee State University led to a larger conversation about race relations.

In response to racist incidents, colleges can suspend or expel. But some professionals advocate restorative justice as a more effective alternative.

Without accreditation, colleges are not eligible for federal student aid, and much more likely to have to close their doors.

The group's protests against racism at predominantly white colleges have led to a different set of conversations on historically black campuses, says Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.


To help students find their way in the new arts economy, we must teach them to market, produce, and present their own ideas.

Conversations about what a student truly needs and what a college can reasonably offer should be part of the admissions process.

Should they be barred permanently from teaching?