December 9, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 16

Top News

The Chronicle's annual analysis of executive compensation at the institutions finds that the average pay of their presidents in 2014 was $489,927.


The white supremacist Richard Spencer sees college campuses as an important recruiting ground and hopes to visit "all the major ones."

The Chronicle Review

Power poses became the hottest thing on the internet. But the science doesn’t hold up.

Also In the Issue

Flipping the classroom has gotten the most attention, but professors have a variety of approaches in their toolkits to improve the student experience.

Students have complained for generations of feeling like nameless specks in a cavernous lecture hall. Faculty members often dread such a sea of blank faces. Now universities are experimenting with ways to liven up those classes.

The University of Minnesota at Morris selected Michelle Behr as its next chancellor; Saint Louis University appointed a new dean for its law school.


The University of Georgia organizes faculty learning communities to help professors rethink the lecture.

A federal judge’s injunction has forced institutions to either postpone pay increases and adjustments to hourly employment status or proceed as planned — even though the changes may be moot.

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick to head the Education Department, has no track record in higher education. But that’s hardly unusual over the post’s short history.

Donald Trump’s choice for education secretary has well-established views on elementary and secondary education, but virtually no track record on higher education. Friends and observers say her support for school choice may provide clues to her vision.


It’s called education. A campus climate of demands, protests, and unrest is a laboratory for learning from people from different walks of life.

When students are in crisis, sometimes it’s enough to simply let them know they’re not alone.

A huge loan system and day-to-day campus complications can humble any education secretary, no matter how ideologically ardent she is.

What she’s advocated for in elementary and secondary schools in Michigan has implications for her approach to American colleges.