November 18, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 13

Top News

The president-elect's resonant skewering of elites, political correctness, and immigration policy resonates with the country’s longstanding skepticism of academe.

Highlights

Why endowed chairs often succeed in luring faculty talent.

The Chronicle Review

Forty years ago, George H. Nash created the field of conservative intellectual history. What can he tell us about the right today?

Also In the Issue

American colleges enroll more foreign students than ever before, says the latest Open Doors report. But the plunge in Iranian students after 1979 offers a lesson on the need for geographic diversity.

City College of the City University of New York names an interim president; Stanford University chooses its engineering dean as provost.

A University of California professor who just wrote a book about public higher education in shambles talks about restoring support, kludging administrators, and California noir.

New research on presidents charts a rise in the number being ousted and finds that hires from outside academe generally stay longer.

Macomb County voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Despite the local community college’s model work-force-training programs, many residents feel the economy has passed them by. In 2016 the county went for Donald Trump — helping tip the election in his favor.

Conservative politicians have had the agency in their cross hairs since the day it was founded, and for now, at least, Donald Trump is carrying the torch. Here are a few scenarios to contemplate.

Six athletes who were physically ranked by their male peers chose not to remain anonymous. Instead, they have positioned themselves as activists, pressing for broader change.

A news report about an alleged repeat offender prompts a look at the research and the reality on reducing campus sexual assaults.

While a researcher’s productivity generally declines with age — possibly because of the distraction of administrative duties — creativity and impact do not, a new study has found.

The Education Department penalized the university $2.4 million after an investigation sparked by the Sandusky scandal. Its findings in the case could hold lessons for other colleges.

Commentary

Colleges could improve their plans — and maybe avoid litigation, too — by making use of an expanding body of research by academic economists.

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

Those in the academy should focus on getting more women and faculty of color into the influential professorships. We can make the pipeline.

Let’s not spend the next four years whining. Let’s raise our voices for justice, equity, and the liberation of the American psyche from the demons that haunted us in this election.

By nature, they are imperfect and varied, but successful ones share some traits.