May 5, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 35

Highlights

How colleges are making career-focused education more interdisciplinary. 

 

The Chronicle Review

Demographics and budgets are forcing the workhorses of higher education to reinvent themselves. But political realities have a way of hampering change.

It’s part of a broader attack on public services that’s channeled through state legislatures to avoid the national spotlight.

Also In the Issue

Several veterans of the process share some advice.

Professors experiment with teaching teams of students in a variety of health sciences.

A former U.S. under secretary of energy will succeed Nancy Zimpher as chancellor of the State University of New York system.

A co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy warns artificial-intelligence luminaries that if technological-unemployment trends continue, "the people will rise up before the machines do."

Thirty-five scholars who are researching topics in the social sciences and the humanities were awarded Andrew Carnegie Fellowships.

The University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania led other Association of American Universities members in diversity of new tenure-track teaching faculty.

The conservative commentator Ann Coulter canceled her planned speech, prompting a new round of recriminations on a campus known as the birthplace of the free-speech movement.

A group of students and alumni of Pomona College, which named her a visiting professor, argues that it should. Scholars and administrators say that demand treads on dangerous territory.

The program helps prepare low-income high-school students for college. Some members of Congress are urging the Education Department to "apply some common sense" and reconsider the rejected applications, putting more focus on substance than format.

The U.S. Senate education committee has been able to work on bipartisan legislation in the past. But will early disputes jeopardize lawmakers’ ability to come to the table?

Western Illinois University says a state budget impasse and enrollment woes forced it to cut back. Now, Holly A. Stovall and Sherry Lindquist are fighting for their jobs.

Critics say H-1B visas allow citizens of other countries to take American jobs, but their university sponsors regard them as entrepreneurs creating opportunity for American students and workers.

The Internal Revenue Service’s data-retrieval tool is out of commission. That threatens to undermine important changes in financial aid, which took effect only months ago.

Commentary

If neither side is entirely happy with the result, that might indicate that the process was sound.

 

Who are governing boards protecting with such requirements?