September 22, 2017

Volume 64, Issue 04

Top News

Purdue University has won praise for embracing all expression. What risk does that posture bring in an era of violence?


A complicated set of challenges put these students at high risk in college. Some programs provide them with a better chance of success.

Diversity in Academe

Here are four ways in which these generations differ from one another, and how administrators, faculty members, and students might bridge those gaps.

Also In the Issue

The student and faculty projects universities tout are built on research. Interlibrary-loan managers help make sure that research is available.

For the modern residential university, image can be everything. These are the unseen, unacknowledged workers who keep a university’s campus clean.

The secretary of a college’s governing board is often called upon to ferry information between the college’s administration and the board.

The corporate outsider as college president has become a faculty boogeyman, but Scott Beardsley, dean of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, can defend him (yes, usually him).

Most colleges have social-media accounts with multitudes of followers. The staff members who run those accounts have an outsized influence on the institution’s image.

Behind a university’s research, class field trips, and student recruitment is “a virtual smorgasbord of vehicles.” Meet the mechanics who keep them running.

Ball State University’s program has an 80-percent freshman-retention rate. Here’s how it works.

John C. Hernandez is named permanent president of Santiago Canyon College, and Sherry Zylka is the new president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Students who have been through foster care are often reluctant to accept help.

Only 10 of the 40 public universities that granted the most degrees in 2014-15 did not count business among their top three majors.

Cornell Tech, an applied-sciences school, blends studio teaching techniques with tech-startup tactics. Its first three splashy buildings aim for a similarly boundary-free approach.

Nine months ago, a librarian abruptly shuttered a blacklist of journals he deemed untrustworthy. But while Jeffrey Beall’s project has ended, debates over its merit and impact live on.

“People are listening,” says Armando Bustamante, who works at the University of New Mexico. So he’s making every minute count.


Higher-education leadership has changed. Here’s what search committees and governing boards should be keeping an eye out for.

A former college president explains why U.S. News’s version is imperfect and where families should look to choose a college.

There’s a lot more that your graduate program could be doing to prepare you.