November 25, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 14

Top News

Allison Goldblatt and her family believed that her elite status as a swimmer would pay her way at the college of her choice. But they found out the truth.


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

Many believe the association’s aid system is flawed — but not in the way you might think.

Cornell University names president; Ozarks Technical Community College gets new provost.


Anna Deavere Smith, master of documentary theater, talks about personal narrative, empathy, and colleges’ potential to reach vulnerable students and to disrupt cliques.

Eight presidents consider what they wish they had learned before taking the top job.

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.

Three colleges explain what went wrong and how they changed course.

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.

If students, alumni, board members, and other leaders pull together, they can help launch a renewal in the sector.