June 9, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 38

Top News

Apprenticeships are no longer an alternative to the college path but a supplement that prepares students for careers while they earn a degree.

Highlights

Tips for the academic leader — and those who aspire to be one — on how to cultivate donors, ask for money, and land the big gift.

Also In the Issue

As college finances grow tighter, it's all hands on deck.

Deans can reap the benefits of working closely with their college’s development team.

Twenty-five public and three private nonprofit universities employed more than 3,000 graduate assistants each in 2015.

Two organizations honored history scholars, and the John Templeton Foundation named its 2017 Templeton Prize Laureate.

New presidents were appointed to lead Barnard College and Bowie State University.

When the University of Southern Maine cut its classics department, it also eliminated Jeannine D. Uzzi’s job. Little did she know she’d end up helping to guide the institution out of dire budgetary straits.

The Obama administration told students in January that their federal education debts would be wiped away because their institutions had defrauded them. Now thousands of students are stuck in a holding pattern.

The University of Oregon will no longer require professors to notify authorities if students divulge that they’ve been raped. The new approach is notable for its detail and the debate that surrounded it.

The government is banned from collecting and reporting the earnings of graduates. But that’s exactly what would-be college students need to know, say supporters of the latest push to make it happen.

Colleges are hiring professional staff members to respond to broader forces that are changing higher education, experts say.

The controversy over Bruce Harreld’s hiring has quieted, but many faculty members remain dispirited by challenges facing the university.

The government has pledged to get a key Fafsa-filing resource back online by the time the next financial-aid season begins. But for many students, the current season hasn't even started yet.

University of Missouri at Columbia officials were bracing for a decline, though not this significant, given the fallout from protests there in 2015. Now, they say, its public image needs a makeover.

Commentary

Contrary to the advice given in two recent reports, prospective executives should be skilled in strategic leadership, organizational design, and team building — not multitasking.

The university, torn by conflict, built trust and crafted a workable campus-speech policy by relying on openness and the combined wisdom of faculty and administrators.

We should have debated a dual-track tenure system 15 years ago. It’s not too late.