Accreditors Rarely Lose Lawsuits, but They Keep Getting Sued. Here’s Why.

Without accreditation, colleges are not eligible for federal student aid, and much more likely to have to close their doors.



Big Money Comes to Inequality Research

Amid anxieties over growing disparities, donors and foundations are devoting serious amounts to studies of rich and poor.



Mizzou Incident Rekindles Anger Over Treatment of Black Students

The flagship again has been plunged into controversy after racist epithets and obscenities were shouted at black students. For many, the latest incident painfully recalls the events that led to demonstrations that rocked the campus last year.

The Ticker

HBCU Investigates Photo of White Student in Blackface

The case, at Prairie View A&M University, is the latest of several images of white students in blackface to go public, but the first at a historically black institution.

The Ticker

Education Dept. Is Sued Over Debt Collection From Former Corinthian Students

Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren reminded the department of its promise to forgive debts owed by students of the defunct chain of colleges.

The Ticker

Jury Orders San Diego State to Pay Fired Women's Coach $3.35 Million

After a monthlong trial, jurors agreed that the university had retaliated against Beth Burns, the women's basketball coach, for complaining about Title IX violations.



Teaching Diversity Online Is Possible. These Professors Tell You How.

Talking about racism, privilege, and other sensitive topics can be tough online. Here’s how some faculty members make it work.



Boise State’s Innovation Guru Pushes a Start-Up Approach as a Model for Change

Gordon Jones, who moved to Idaho after experience at Harvard and in business, explains how to avoid the "immunological rejection response" to change and why to take more responsibility for what happens to graduates.



Where the College Scorecard Has, and Hasn't, Gained Traction

A year ago, the Education Department released a revamped version of the online tool as a replacement for President Obama’s college-ratings plan. It’s caught on with some college counselors, if not so much with students.



How One University Worked to Get Ahead of the Curve on Title IX

Though the University of Central Missouri wasn’t facing high-profile allegations or a federal investigation, it instituted some novel reforms in how it handles sexual assault.


Amid Concerns About Stifling Speech, Colleges Take a New Look at Bias-Response Teams

Bias-response teams have found themselves under a new wave of criticism, but that’s not why some of them are changing.



Economists Offer Unconventional Wisdom on Student-Loan ‘Crisis’

Two new books seek to add nuance to the public debate about student debt. But can their evidence sway an audience steeped in anecdotes about struggling graduates?



How Skin-Deep Judgments of Professors Might Influence Student Success

A scholar at UNLV has been examining whether students actually might learn more if their instructor is attractive. For those hoping that brains are all that counts in academe, the picture he paints isn’t pretty.

Lingua Franca

To Seek Out New Vowels

Geoff Pullum's undergraduate teaching this semester includes a voyage of space exploration: the space used for representing vowel quality.


Carnegie Math Pathways Have Been Shown to Work

Research has found that students in the programs fare better than those who are offered only the traditional developmental-math sequence.


Accelerated Remedial Math Programs Offer Effective Alternative

Statway and Quantway can adequately prepare students for courses of study that do not lead to calculus.



'Dear Forums ...': My Doctoral Program Is Closing. Help!

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: how to write a second book when you have a heavy teaching load, and tips on getting students to read.



Community-College FAQ: What's a 'Comprehensive Community College'?

One size does not fit all when it comes to two-year institutions.