February 24, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 25

Top News

An ugly episode of locker-room talk at Amherst College exposes deeper divisions of class and race.


College leaders searching for transformative change must avoid letting ambition — or caution — imperil their institution.

The Chronicle Review

To counter autocracy, question inevitability and practice empathy.

Also In the Issue

One way to obtain buy-in from wary faculty members is to highlight how a project would improve teaching and learning.

Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College, was hired to lead Pace University, and Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States, will head new academic centers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.


Thousands of details and endless meetings are involved in any new program or construction project. But some principles can help keep a strategic initiative manageable.

Mr. Kennedy’s words resonate with a college president who wants to empower young people to change the course of events.

Two new books about the Bard Prison Initiative argue for the wisdom of offering liberal-arts-degree programs in prisons.

The latest topics include hookup culture on Catholic campuses and the influence of the German model on the rise of American research universities.

Nine bachelor's-degree colleges had at least 10 students who won a Fulbright award for the 2016-17 academic year.

A Mexican immigrant who had been granted protections was detained and threatened with deportation. People like him say they’re growing tired of living in limbo.

In its search for a chancellor, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities passed on all three finalists for the job. Starting over offers challenges, but also a chance to get it right.

HBCU leaders say the attention is welcome, but they are moving cautiously to ensure the focus is on helping students, not scoring political points.

New bills try to put new pressure on the colleges to uphold the First Amendment. In two states, legislators want to require such institutions to punish students who attempt to shout down speakers.

The Indiana college’s leaders said suspending operations would preserve what resources remain, allowing them to work on "a future, re-engineered Saint Joseph’s College."


With the support of state and federal policy makers, more institutions can push more low-income students into the middle class.

Wise college leaders will seize the chance to publicize their successful Title IX compliance — attracting more students who want to feel and be safe.