December 16, 2016

Volume 63, Issue 17


The cultural challenges of first-generation students, says M. Sonja Ardoin, aren’t easily resolved — even years later, when as faculty members they’re asked, "What wine will you have?"

The Chronicle Review

Historians and economists clash over the role slavery played in capitalism.

Also In the Issue

John (Jay) Ellison took a campus debate national by challenging safe spaces.

Marcia Chatelain used social media to turn a syllabus into a tool for social justice.

Gov. Bruce V. Rauner put public colleges in Illinois on shaky financial ground by holding up the state’s budget.

Julie Kushner guided graduate students behind the scenes as they challenged private colleges.

Rosa Ines Rivera gave voice to struggling campus service workers.

Donald Trump won the country’s highest office by eschewing facts and openly doubting scholarly expertise.

Charla S. Long leads a movement to ensure quality in competency-based education.

Karran Harper Royal and Richard J. Cellini pushed a college to reckon with its slaveholding past.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy changed his opinion of race-conscious admissions and helped secure them in higher ed.

“Emily Doe” spoke up for those who have survived sexual assault.

Talking to people — especially face to face — about what’s happening on a college campus is essential to gaining support.

A college president finds that a new book will serve well to engage colleagues and students in nuanced conversations about race in America.

Landing a grant involves patience, persistence, and a lot of back and forth to hone an idea until it aligns with both sides’ missions and goals.

Useful tips for before and after you receive a grant (or don't), and how to handle the relationship throughout the process.

How many campuses met their goals for enrollment and tuition revenue? Check out the fourth annual Chronicle survey of small colleges and midsize public universities.

Among the topics are student attitudes on race and inequality, and how to fix public universities.

Juan Sanchez Munoz was selected to lead the University of Houston-Downtown; Ohio Northern University appointed a new provost.


The way students form friendships on campuses can hinder or help them academically and socially, says a new book.

While Richard B. Spencer goaded a sometimes raucous audience in the student center, hundreds gathered at a unity event across the street to oppose his racist rhetoric.

Professors tracking the fringe faction’s rise have gotten a lot more attention since Donald J. Trump won the presidency.

New projections of high-school graduates foresee a period of continued stagnation that threatens enrollments. In Pennsylvania, colleges are trying an array of strategies in response to those changes.

The president-elect has called for rolling back many of the college-related regulations enacted under President Obama. State lawmakers may feel compelled to follow or reject the new administration’s lead.

Those traveling overseas are being advised to return before the president-elect takes office. If they don’t, they could be blocked from re-entering the United States.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is the latest campus roiled by an instructor’s criticism of a student online. Scholars disagree on when protected speech becomes unprofessional harassment.


Learning-analytics software can help in judging the effectiveness of online-course techniques.

A former president of Barnard College who now directs the Teagle Foundation, the author has seen meetings from both sides of the table.

These professionals can help researchers make better decisions about copyright, fair use, and how to get their work to the public.

With enrollments flattening and the population becoming increasingly diverse, colleges must improve student support to ensure an educated work force.