January 13, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 19

Top News

What one semester reveals about Native American students’ struggle to succeed in college.

Highlights

Antioch College and other small institutions rethink their real estate to generate revenue.

The Chronicle Review

To fight assault, the feds have made colleges clumsy monitors of students’ sex lives. Will the Trump administration reverse that trend? 

Also In the Issue

Higher education needs to make significant changes if it wants to overcome the obstacles that face Native American students, says Carmen Lopez, executive director of College Horizons.

Cultural lessons, animal societies, and Soup Wednesday: The University of Montana and Blackfeet Community College take different approaches to serving Native students.

Real-estate deals are just one way these institutions are trying to diversify their sources of income.

The president of Chattanooga State Community College will lead the Tennessee Board of Regents system, and a former University of Illinois chancellor will head the Colorado Longitudinal Study.

 

After going a few rounds in the political arena, Penn’s Zeke Emanuel wants to turn academics loose on crucial international issues.

Some colleges have raised the publicity issue as an argument against releasing information. Anti-rape activists say the public should know more about sexual violence — but not too much.

Critics of campus speech codes, race-conscious admission practices, and other perceived liberal excesses in higher education see opportunity in Republicans’ gains.

The economic and psychological costs of campaigning are high, but at stake is a healthy democracy, says the political scientist Shauna L. Shames.

A donor may have a college’s best interests at heart, but sometimes in-kind gifts are more trouble than they’re worth. After all, says one college official, "we’re not running a flea market."

Although the president-elect has said little about higher education, interviews with people in and around the incoming administration reveal the contours of some likely directions.

Commentary

The president-elect’s nativist rhetoric doesn’t give students license to engage in hostile classroom debate. But the boundaries are far more contestable and contested than they once were.

Even public universities should be prepared to demonstrate that they are properly managing their employees’ benefits.

The mission of faculty development has begun to broaden beyond the traditional focus on teaching.