January 6, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 18

Top News

St. Cloud State University spent 15 years trying to become a beacon of diversity and tolerance while its city fought over the arrival of Muslim refugees. Then Donald Trump came along.

Highlights

Colleges are making changes to simplify the steps a student must take to move from a two-year to a four-institution.

The Chronicle Review

How the physicist Alan Sokal hoodwinked a group of humanists and why, 20 years later, it still matters.

Also In the Issue

Andy Hedrick, who started at a community college and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, says he could have used more guidance from the institutions on course credits and other topics.

An arts dean at a State University of New York campus will lead the California Institute of the Arts. Pomona College has appointed its first female and first African-American president.

The views of students are diverging from those of professors and administrators, fueled by a changing cultural and legal landscape.

Rage over racial, gender, and sexual identity has no sense of proportion and creates a damaging spectacle, says Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University.

A landslide pro-union vote at Columbia is likely to motivate similar drives at other private colleges. But the legal support for collective bargaining will be less certain under a Trump administration.

New attention to hyperpartisan or misleading information online has prompted some people in higher education to scrutinize how they teach students to navigate the web.

More of them are starting their own campus publications. Tied to activism, it's a matter of asserting control over their lives.

A proposed union at the university, which would be the first of its kind at a private institution, is caught up in a familiar debate over whether such employees should be considered students or workers.

Commentary

Making higher education possible for students who could not otherwise afford to enroll — not necessarily just the poorest — should be a priority for colleges.

Women lead nearly half of Minnesota State’s colleges and universities. That not only adds diversity at the top level but also inspires other women to dream beyond the future they thought they had.

The key for transfer success is academic preparation and transparency, writes a University of California admissions officer. Two national trends suggest that both are gaining ground.