March 10, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 27

Top News

At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, it involves hard numbers and a human touch.

Highlights

It’s the help students get outside the classroom that often gets them through a course.

The Chronicle Review

How Craig Steven Wilder became a one-man truth-and-reconciliation commission on colleges and slavery.

Also In the Issue

Their ASAP program is considered one of the nation’s most successful examples of intensive support, much of it nonacademic, for underprepared students.

Learning communities and other approaches can make the crucial difference.

Although minority students are underrepresented at liberal-arts colleges over all, some individual colleges serve a substantial share of students from a particular racial or ethnic group.

On issues like immigration, free speech, and transgender rights, the president’s first month in office has proved a whirlwind for higher ed.

While several college leaders had wanted to see an "aspirational" funding goal, they welcomed the president's focus on their institutions as a step in the right direction.

Lacy MacAuley, a prominent anarchist activist with ties to "black bloc" militants, predicts more civil unrest intended to shut down campus speakers.

More than half of the states have legalized medical marijuana, but researchers say they are still limited in their efforts to test its health benefits.

Gov. Scott Walker’s recent budget proposal would allow students to opt out of paying specific student fees. Some students like the idea, while others fear their organizations will go out of business.

Over the past year they've signed open letters on climate change, immigration, academic freedom, and college controversies. Do their efforts make any difference?

Steps colleges are taking include offering additional counseling, providing legal-aid services, and creating spaces where students can share their frustrations and fears, or simply vent.

When, if ever, is it OK for an alma mater to speak out against one of its graduates?

Divisions of race, class, gender, and athletics — described in a recent Chronicle article — are hardly limited to the Massachusetts institution, writes its president.

"The 2016 election is pretty well settled," says J. Alex Halderman, "but I am extremely worried about what is going to happen in 2018 and 2020."

Moon Duchin has helped create a program to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses in court cases over redrawn electoral districts. She explains why it’s "the right moment" to pursue this new approach.

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, scientists heard warnings about the threats to American workers posed by computerized automation.

Russian studies has watched its funding and student interest decline over the past two decades. Could President Putin’s meddling in the presidential election inspire a resurgence?

Science supporters are marching not just to demand funding and evidence-based research in policies, but also to promote awareness about what scientists do.

Commentary

There is consensus on the need for changes, if not on the details of the best loan-repayment policies.

Facing attacks on their research mission, scientists who serve with integrity and purpose can demonstrate the economic and social benefits of their work to the public.