July 21, 2017

Volume 63, Issue 41

Top News

Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic’s leader, has presided over the demoralization of a fund-raising office that is critical to the realization of her grand vision.

Highlights

After the University of Dayton cut out surprise expenses, its students graduated at a higher rate — and with less debt.

Great Colleges to Work For

Ease of communication, the rise of dual-career households, and an unrelenting pressure to produce scholarship have rewoven the social fabric of academic departments.

Also In the Issue

The president of Williams College will step down to lead a foundation, and the University of Michigan has appointed a dean for its new School for Environment and Sustainability.

After befriending a janitor at Georgetown University, Febin Bellamy engaged the help of his classmates to recognize and humanize the “Unsung Heroes” who keep colleges running.

Among the largest gifts announced since April are several for medical research, and others for scholarships and fellowships.

Advocates for students fret over the education secretary’s loosening of the regulatory reins. But fewer colleges are complaining.

Candice Jackson stirred outrage ahead of a Title IX summit by asserting that the vast majority of sexual-assault complaints “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk.’”

Depending on your college’s situation, it might not be the right move.

Some colleges have changed the way they set and communicate their prices to make sure students know what they’ll be paying.

Conservatives have long viewed higher education less favorably than liberals do, but with campus controversies increasingly in the headlines, a new study finds the gap has widened.

In a region beset by job losses, poverty, and poor infrastructure, what can colleges realistically do?

The state has its first budget in more than two years, and campus leaders are excited to move forward, even though not all the long-term effects of the budget crisis are yet known.

Beginning with demographics and ending with a lack of real authority, there are a number of reasons why the governing bodies sometimes struggle to leave a mark.

Commentary

Only when they are allowed to teach and research unencumbered by a need to advocate for access will they be able to see the possibilities of a career that extends beyond their disability.