February 10, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 23

Top News

Colleges that have prided themselves on working across borders now confront a president who has pledged to build a wall.

Highlights

Helping moms and dads help their first-generation students succeed.

The Chronicle Review

Carrie Jenkins makes the philosophical case for polyamory.

Also In the Issue

Don’t lecture to parents, and offer them scholarships as attendance incentives.

Michael Mann has been fighting climate-change deniers since the late 1990s. Now he’s telling his fellow scientists to warm up for a new round of attacks.

For Con Mi Madre, a college-prep group in Texas, the "parent cannot be secondary."

The former U.S. secretary of health and human services was appointed American University’s president, and the University of California has hired a systemwide Title IX coordinator.

 

In all three sectors, business and health professions were among the most popular majors for distance-education students.

At the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, some students commute daily from northern Mexican cities. People there say the president’s action threatens the university’s reputation as a welcoming place.

As the White House signals that it may clamp down on communications between federal agencies and the public, some scientists feel pressure to become more politically engaged and even run for office themselves.

Neil M. Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge who teaches at the University of Colorado Law School, could help shape academe for decades to come.

The focus of the group, the Liberty University president says, will be to respond to “overreaching regulation” and micromanagement by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Iranian and U.S. governments have long been at odds, but the academic relationship between the two countries runs deep.

"I felt like, that could not happen in a country like America," an undergraduate told us. Another said, "It’s kind of humiliating."

As a new semester and a new presidential administration begin, the fraught political climate has some professors grappling with how, or if, to talk policy and politics in class.

The "early Fafsa" could help students make better college decisions, but admissions officials are still sorting out what the change means for them.

Hundreds of colleges are paying for help responding to campus sexual assault. Will the trend persist under the Trump administration?

Studies organized by Brian Nosek’s Center for Open Science have once again sounded an alarm about whether research can be replicated. But the authors of those studies take issue with the approach.

Commentary

First-generation parents don’t need more instruction on the college process. Colleges need to require less of it.

They can’t take the jobs that require "relationship workers," who exhibit the valuable skills that a liberal education provides.

University presses must adapt to the rise of digital publishing and the greater reliance on nontenured faculty members.

What are the best ways to ask and answer questions about race, ethnicity, and inclusion?