September 15, 2017

Volume 64, Issue 03

Top News

Many academics are drawn to the philosophy’s reputation as a fount of innovation. But can colleges really get on board with “a bias to action”?


An effort to measure academic units passes the test at Oklahoma State University.

The Chronicle Review

One university’s quest to curb sexual assault.

Also In the Issue

The idea shows promise even in tougher campus settings — like the faculty senate.

Enrollment, finances, and more: Here are some examples of how colleges assess a department's viability.

Michael A. Baston is the new president of Rockland Community College, and Robert Blouin is the new provost of the University of North Carolina.

At colleges where enrollment is stagnant or falling and public funding is scarce, some administrators have responded by measuring the financial viability of each academic unit.

Major gifts from Chinese-Americans and their foundations has soared in recent years, and higher education has benefited.

After a speech by the education secretary, a spokeswoman said that, until the revision of the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, the department would “make clear to schools how to fulfill their current obligations under Title IX.”

Although the president later appeared to ease his hardline stance on undocumented “Dreamers,” many remained worried about a memo directing them to “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States.”

The impact of President Trump’s policies and other issues may not have been “catastrophic.” But about 40 percent of respondents said undergraduate enrollment had declined. And next year could be worse.

In the short term, institutions are moving to provide students with financial help and mental-health services. For the longer haul, they’re researching their legal options.

Three months after its new president started, the women’s college refocuses its academic program and resets its tuition in an effort to widen its appeal.

Last week the Rochester Institute of Technology caused a stir during an orientation for new students on sexual-assault prevention.

The internet went wild over a student’s tale of the professor who got mad when no one showed up in the classroom for an online course.

The Campus Anti-Fascist Network is a new coalition of faculty, staff, and students who want to push back against far-right speakers and websites that call out their peers for perceived liberal bias.

Julian Schmoke Jr., a former dean at DeVry University, will lead enforcement activities at the Department of Education, which cracked down on fraud among for-profit colleges.

Students on or around the autism spectrum are enrolling in ever greater numbers. Colleges are trying to identify them, set them up for success, and figure out how to pay for it all.

Uncertainty and unfulfilled promises have made several black-college leaders wary of attending a Washington event they have found useful in the past.

The university is reported to have spent $500 million on two new residential colleges. What does a sum like that buy these days?

Moises Serrano tells the story of his unlikely journey to college in a new documentary film, "Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America."


Anonymous hotlines undermine collegiality and pose a threat to academic freedom.

Career centers haven’t been very effective, surveys show, but some colleges are trying to shift the status quo.

Our career lexicon for graduate students is in need of a makeover.