April 7, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 31

Top News

In 2015, Sweet Briar College’s new president arrived to face a daunting task: resuscitate a campus that the previous administration had left for dead. Here's the inside story of how he did that.


Dual-enrollment courses are growing in popularity as a way to solve some of higher education’s most vexing problems.

The Chronicle Review

Northwestern University’s prosecution of Peter Ludlow was a purification ritual dressed up as a civilized hearing.

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Wide access, high quality, and easy transferability of credits are among the characteristics that can help programs succeed.

Research done in Colorado, Oregon, and elsewhere suggests that the programs help more students enroll in college and get their degrees.

"Speed up" strategies like dual enrollment are vital, but they must be accompanied by "catch up" strategies for the students who need more support.

Conceived and managed effectively, good parking plans can do wonders for campus safety, comfort, sustainability, and revenue.

The state’s Move on When Ready plan has tripled the number of dual-credit enrollments in technical-college courses over five years.

Successful dual-enrollment programs are built on strong partnerships, like the ones between Boise State University and the high schools it works with.

The first woman to lead one of the nation’s elite military institutions says the way to improve campus climate is to "be open to being uncomfortable."

Vermont Technical College appointed its first female president, and a former U.S. secretary of defense will join Harvard University.


The top 50 institutions granted more than 60 percent of the 5,600 doctorates in the humanities and arts that were awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.

After Graham Spanier’s conviction last week, a Penn State trustee said he was "running out of sympathy" for Jerry Sandusky’s abuse victims. Those remarks and a furious statement by Louis Freeh suggest anything but calm.

The president has spoken out about putting Americans back to work, but college leaders fear that his budget plan would sharply undermine that goal.

The top job is changing rapidly, and a number of long-tenured leaders are retiring. That has put their offices in a state of flux.

Some professors at the historically black university complain of racial disparities in promotion and tenure, but the incoming president vows to strive for reconciliation.

As University of North Carolina officials try to make a building renaming into a teaching moment, some students describe a lingering discontent over the campus climate.

Students and faculty are still divided over whether the controversial political scientist should have been given a platform on their campus. They view the dialogue that has emerged as important work.

President Trump wants to cut the agency’s budget by nearly 20 percent. Like other directors before him, Francis Collins is now thrust into a position at odds with his president.

A recent graduate who was working for the philosopher accuses him of sexual misconduct and says the university failed to take action after she reported it.

Attempts to replicate high-profile scientific studies can be a valuable way to hold scholars' feet to the fire. But some scientists worry that those efforts could be exploited by skeptical lawmakers.

For nearly seven years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken on student-loan companies, big banks, and for-profit universities. With Republicans in charge, what lies ahead for the agency?


Every culture borrows from every other one. It’s not "appropriation" — it’s life.

For starters, they can ask that question. And then earnestly look for answers.

We need to stop focusing on deadwood tales and overlooking the posttenure success stories.