March 31, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 30

Top News

Six decades ago, North Carolina banked on its research universities to revive its economy. The plan worked, but it left much of the state behind.


More private colleges want to form partnerships to share administrative expenses. But such coordination isn’t easy.

The Chronicle Review

How a seemingly innocent blog post led to serious doubts about Cornell’s famous food laboratory.

Also In the Issue

A new president will lead Yale-NUS College, in Singapore, and the University of Oregon’s School of Law appointed a new dean.


After reading a book about what drives people, a professor turned his attention to his students’ internal motivations.

How they started, what they focus on, and what they have to suggest.

Eugenia Cheng, an accomplished pianist, mathematician, and YouTube personality, proposes that learning advanced math has value beyond calculating your mortgage.

Among the latest titles are guides on how to become a public scholar and how to do undergraduate research.

A professor of theology delves into how the cultural pressure to engage in casual sex affects students at different religious institutions.

See who has been awarded tenure at Albright College, Macalester College, Wheaton College, in Illinois, and other institutions.

While Betsy DeVos’s department hasn’t laid out specific policy goals on higher education, a pair of early moves — and charges of conflicts of interest — indicate a possible pattern.

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, both high-ranking former administrators at Penn State, were confronted in court with the fact that Jerry Sandusky kept abusing boys after they decided not to report that the coach was seen showering with a child.

Programs that teach English as a second language are seeing enrollments fluctuate because of immigrant students’ rising anxieties.

Although women’s salaries have grown at a slightly higher rate than men’s, the latest figures show that academe still hasn’t remedied a perpetual problem.

The main obstacle is not the 30-foot-tall wall that the president wants to build on the Mexican border. It’s his plan to scale back a host of programs that help the university’s impoverished enrollment.

The Trump administration wants to hire 5,000 new Customs and Border Protection officers, and colleges are a prime recruiting ground.

The president’s budget plan may never be enacted, but the call to eliminate the endowments plays to his base and sends a signal about what his administration values.

Faculty members who studied at top research universities discuss the trade-offs of not teaching at one.


Scientists should seize the opportunity to share their exciting discoveries so that taxpayers can see the benefits of their investment.

Leadership on expressive rights is more important now than at any time in the history of American higher education.

Individual colleges have distinct cultures and needs, writes the leader of a consortium in Ohio. But they can still find beneficial ways to work together.

Technology and family-friendly policies gave us freedom, but has the cost been departmental life?