Special Reports

‘Heat Maps’ Give Michigan State a New View of Campus Climate

Visualizations of survey responses show the university where its students feel they belong and where they don’t.



A Challenge for Mental-Health Experts: Should They Weigh In on Trump?

Psychiatrists have long abided by the "Goldwater rule," which bars them from offering professional opinions on public figures they have not examined in person. This year’s Republican nominee has some specialists wavering.



In Pennsylvania, the Strike Is Over, but the Challenges Remain

Limited funding and a narrowing pool of prospective students leave the state’s regional public institutions facing a difficult future.

The Ticker

Harvard's Dining-Hall Workers 'Achieved Every Goal' in Strike

Under an agreement, full-timers will get $35,000 a year, and the university will pay for additional health-care costs.

The Ticker

Brigham Young Will Grant Disciplinary Amnesty to Sexual-Assault Victims

Among other changes in its policies, the university will stop investigating whether students who report being sexually assaulted have violated the Honor Code.

The Ticker

Jackson State U. President Steps Down

During Carolyn Meyers's five years in office, the university ran an $8-million deficit as its cash reserves decreased by 89 percent.



Tuition and Fees, 1998-99 Through 2016-17

A table shows the "sticker prices" — published tuition and required fees — at more than 3,000 colleges and universities for the 2016-17 academic year. Click the institutions' names to see historical data back to 1998.



For Some Republicans, Trump’s Higher-Ed Proposals Reflect ‘Lost Opportunity’

The GOP presidential nominee floated a plan that surprised policy experts. Some of them lamented the lateness and the lack of substance of his ideas.


Graduate Students

When a Grad Student Called on Black Academics to Vent, Hundreds Answered

A Northwestern University graduate student invited other academics on Twitter to air examples of racism and microaggressions in higher education. Here’s what he says is driving him.



Basic Training for Higher Ed

Why colleges might look to the armed forces for guidance on serving low-income students.



A Preordained Presidential Pick Gives Rise to a New Governance Battle

Georgia’s university system skipped a formal search in selecting a controversial state politician to run Kennesaw State University. Professors are fighting the move to keep it from happening again.


Resident Assistants Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Title IX Compliance

College housing’s student workers have long been relied on to resolve roommate disputes, but the heightened enforcement of the federal gender-equity law has made them key reporters of sexual violence.


Leadership & Governance

Video: A Former West Point Official Helps Mount St. Mary’s Find Its Footing

Tim Trainor, interim president of the Roman Catholic institution in Maryland, says he needs to steady the ship, calm faculty fears, and rebuild trust after the tumultuous tenure of his predecessor.

Special Reports

For Real Academic Disruption, Try Empathy

What if, in the next wave of innovation in online learning, colleges tried to provide what students really needed?

Special Reports

If Emotion Aids Learning, Does It Work Online?

Research shows that powerful emotions like awe contribute to lasting knowledge. Two psychologists ask: Can those feelings be evoked from a distance?

Lingua Franca

Just What the Politicians Need: 50,000 More Words of Slang

It's new, it's free, it's online: Allan Metcalf finds a gold mine of colorful vocabulary in Green's Dictionary of Slang Online.



The Postdoctoral Bait and Switch

How to tell if a fellowship is a genuine career-development opportunity or a revolving door to nowhere.



They’ve Got Too Many Choices

Who, really, is served by the proliferation of narrowly specialized courses in the community-college curriculum?