April 21, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 33

Top News

The latest push to improve mathematics courses seeks to transform them from a gatekeeper to a gateway.

Highlights

As more students with young children enroll, colleges find ways to help them succeed.

The Chronicle Review

The supply of intellectuals has increased far beyond the academy, so that promoting ideas in the public sphere has become big business.

Also In the Issue

Professors should make the effort to help nontraditional students, especially those with children.

A $250,000 award highlights how positive disobedience encourages creativity and change.

Bard College, known for its prisoner-education programs, has pioneered a liberal-arts degree geared toward young mothers.

To begin with, make them feel welcome. Then provide the specialized care and services they need.

Rutgers University at New Brunswick and the University of Minnesota at Crookston have named new chancellors.

 

Of the 40 top doctoral institutions sending students to study abroad for academic credit in the 2014-15 academic year, 13 were in the South and 11 in the Midwest.

The secretary’s withdrawal of Obama-era memos focused on consumer protections is the latest in a string of bad signs for borrowers, some advocacy groups say.

In the 1930s, students at the City College of New York protested an Italian student delegation representing Benito Mussolini. That protest, like many today, also turned violent.

Leaders of private colleges worry that the plan could put a dent in their enrollments, and that it may entice students who don’t understand the fine print.

The American Association of University Professors’ latest salary survey warns of the end of a recent rebound in the pay of instructors.

Alana Van Gundy is studying a universal and knotty topic: incivility and bullying in the academic workplace. She shared her early findings with The Chronicle.

"Dreamers" are often advised not to leave the country, for fear that they won’t be allowed to re-enter. Some of them are taking the risk anyway.

Some people question why such students don’t obtain permanent legal residency. The answer? It’s extremely difficult.

The hit podcast highlights a long-running friendship between Thomas F. Moore, who led the University of South Carolina Upstate, and an eccentric polymath who was once his student.

The project’s purpose isn’t just to oppose President Trump, one organizer says. It’s about defending progressive values for years to come.

At the University of Southern California, faculty members are trying to change what it means to be a professor in the Trump era.

Creators of a free tool that locates open-access versions of research articles are hoping to make scholarly publishers rethink their business models.

Commentary

With U.S. foreign-policy making under threat from the Trump administration’s shortsightedness, the voice of the American university has never been more important.

It’s possible to help them graduate at higher rates. The president of Smith College shares lessons she’s learned in giving students a leg up.

Recommendation letters don't generally reflect candid professional judgments, but here are some tips on making them at least a little more helpful.