February 17, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 24

Top News

How a polarizing election, a free-speech fight, and a real-life internet troll made the University of Washington turn on itself.


Serving on faculty panels is often seen as a thankless task, but colleges can make it more rewarding by agreeing on goals and spreading the work fairly.

The Chronicle Review

How the humanities survive on exploitation.

Also In the Issue

When the 130-year-old Virginia Intermont College had to shut its doors, an executive business consultant stepped in to settle its affairs.

The academic-advice columnist has often cast her skeptical eye on the academic committee; here are some of her pointed observations.

A higher-education researcher explains what some colleges are doing to remedy inequities in faculty service.

Fretting about faculty service has a long history, yet change is slow in coming, says a veteran English-department chair.

A new report from The Chronicle explores the future of enrollment and where colleges will find their next students. Here’s an excerpt.

The U.S. secretary of education under President Obama will lead the Education Trust, and a former University of Virginia dean will be the next president of Sweet Briar College.


The colleges that employed the largest percentages of nonresident aliens as instructional staff were scattered throughout the country.

A panel of appellate judges affirmed that states have legal standing to challenge the executive order, specifically because of its impact on students and researchers at their public universities.

Some experts wonder how much lawmakers will be able to get done on higher education, given their competing priorities and the bitterness over the new secretary’s selection.

The Obama administration’s influential “Dear Colleague” letter on sexual assault reflected a desire to make assault prevention a national issue. Here’s how that document was born.

A court ruling on Friday opened a window for some who had been caught off-guard by President Trump’s travel ban.


Not all faculty committees are created equal. But there are ways to make bad ones better, and to reward the efforts of the good ones.

On a college’s governing board, familiarity with that document, and sometimes a willingness to rewrite it, is crucial.

The new secretary of education hasn’t reached out to the president of Macalester College for advice. But it could happen, he says, and he has some ideas.

My journey from a liberal-arts Ph.D. program to a career in the tech world.