November 25, 2016
Volume 63, Issue 14
The college presidency is a demanding job that has grown more daunting in a time of strained budgets and fast-moving controversies. Aspiring leaders have a lot to learn.
The Chronicle Review
Matthew Clair on moral persuasion. Dalton Conley on academe's "Frankenstein." Jonathan Freedman on changing minds. Robert Greene II on what "public" means. Nell Irvin Painter on a social problem. Mark Bauerlein on shattering groupthink. Amy Kittelstrom on intellectual pride.
Also In the Issue
Anna Deavere Smith, master of documentary theater, talks about personal narrative, empathy, and colleges’ potential to reach vulnerable students and to disrupt cliques.
To grow as a leader, you have to be willing to fail. That’s the message Tim Davis shares with students through a new project at UVa.
The first wave of borrowers in a program meant to steer students toward public-service jobs will see their debt wiped away next fall. But neither borrowers nor government officials have a good sense of what to expect.
Columbia University has barred students who complain of sexual misconduct from recording disciplinary proceedings. It says it needs to protect privacy, but some students say it is just trying to protect itself.
Such colleges, in the words of one prominent scholar, are the "antidote" to the blight of minority communities that the president-elect criticized on the campaign trail.
Groundbreaking research links anxiety and depression to discrimination or financial woes among the students. Fields that are highly competitive or that subjectively measure performance may breed distress.
Across higher education, executive searches are growing in number and cost. Colleges and their governing boards should exercise caution before signing on the dotted line.