January 27, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 21

Top News

How colleges are retaining female undergraduates in engineering and computer science.

The Chronicle Review

Harvard’s Project Implicit website has informed millions of visitors about their racial prejudices. It has also fueled a decade-long academic feud.

Also In the Issue

Many colleges seek to bridge the "skills gap," but no one really agrees on what it is, what institutions need to do about it, or if fixing it is even higher education’s job.

A book by Adam Smiley Poswolsky opens up classroom discussions about the road to meaningful work.

Mark William Roche, a former dean, says universities can distinguish themselves by remedying higher education’s shortcomings.

The latest topics include the value of liberal-arts education for prison inmates and why students resist learning.

The pernicious myth that you need to be a straight-A student to deserve your spot encourages everyone to hide what they see as their failures.

Virginia Tech’s living-learning community includes social activities and visits to high schools to help spur female interest in becoming an engineer.

A vice president at a Virginia college will lead Pennsylvania State University at Wilkes Barre, and a former dean at a Russian university will be education dean at Sacramento State.


A campus activist reflects on how sexual-assault survivors organized to change the discussion under the Obama administration and how they plan to meet the challenges under President Trump.

Faculty and administrators at the University of California at Riverside are wrestling with how to heal a rift caused in part by fallout from an ambitious expansion plan.

Republicans in Congress are working to roll back the Affordable Care Act. What its replacement could mean for higher ed and its work force is anybody’s guess.

The case of a Trump aide who bowed out of a White House post after reports that she had plagiarized parts of her dissertation raises questions about what actions an institution can take.

The education-secretary nominee avoided specifics as senators pressed for her positions on issues including student debt, regulations on for-profit-colleges, and Title IX.

A primer on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for education secretary, whose confirmation hearings begin today.

Mia Karvonides will advise top people at the department’s Office for Civil Rights and will help enforce the federal gender-equity law.

A University of Kansas dispute raises questions about how colleges should respond to evidence of racism, sexism, or other biases in students’ evaluations of teaching.

After a bruising presidential campaign, many colleges are devoting renewed attention to fostering civic engagement in their students.


Administrators should takes solace in knowing that they made a difficult situation more tolerable by communicating clearly and providing good options.

It’s possible to cultivate valuable skills and dispositions across the curriculum. And now it’s more crucial than ever.

Now more than ever, colleges should be teaching contemplative listening, the learning outcome that’s not on the list.