March 24, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 29

Top News

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a champion of First Amendment rights, has gained new prominence as campus controversies spread. Yet FIRE has also found itself in the cross hairs of increasingly fraught debates.

Highlights

What philosophy departments can teach their peers in the humanities about surviving cuts and staying relevant.

The Chronicle Review

This little circle of SoCal Straussians became the intellectual hub of Trumpism.

Also In the Issue

The American Philosophical Association’s executive director says the discipline has to be proactive in defending itself.

Find out what departments are doing to help secure their futures.

Carol Swain, a political scientist and a Christian conservative, is retiring early from teaching a year after Vanderbilt students called her a bigot and petitioned for her suspension.

Almost all of the four-year public and private nonprofit institutions that spent the most on instructional spending per full-time-equivalent student in 2014-15 are medical schools or include medical schools.

The University of California at Berkeley appointed its first female chancellor, and a former U.S. secretary of education will be a senior fellow in the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

 

College administrators whose task is making campuses inclusive say recent political trends have made their jobs both much more difficult and much more important.

The nonprofit entities often operate with little or no public oversight, but state legislators are starting to pay attention.

The education secretary often frames issues in terms of school choice — sometimes controversially. That may mean more flexibility in student aid and new opportunity for nontraditional educators.

Today’s political discourse reminds Raymond Crossman of the 1980s, when gay men like himself felt Washington was indifferent to their survival.

The hospitals handle a disproportionate share of indigent patients, and those uncompensated costs would hurt their missions of teaching and research, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Nearly one in three potential applicants say they are less interested because of the current political climate, a survey finds.

Some students and alumni are wearied by a parade of headlines about the university’s handling of sexual assault. But others say the focus should remain until problems are fully acknowledged and fixed.

At least seven states’ legislatures have taken up measures intended to force colleges to cooperate with immigration authorities. Critics say the bills tackle a nonexistent problem.

Commentary

Even when they’re working against you, they deserve your guidance.

When impassioned advocates request your institution’s support for their cause, consider these three questions.

Like it or not, consultants are part of the process, so set aside your antipathy and learn from them.