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.



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.



Where the College Scorecard Has Gained Traction So Far — and Where It Hasn’t

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.


Leadership & Governance

Video: How One Institution Went From a Vocational School to a University

The United States needs more-inclusive campuses, where students can complete one credential and move on to the next, says Matthew S. Holland, president of Utah Valley University, which now offers several master’s programs but isn’t embarrassed by its vocational ethos.




The Worst Roommate Horror Stories, From Those Charged With Playing Peacemaker

We asked residence-life officials to share outstanding tales of bad blood between college roommates. They did not disappoint.



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?


A University Draws Fire for Its Communications to Students About Suicidal Thoughts

Northern Michigan University has stopped warning students that they could be punished if they discuss fears of self-harm with peers. Free-speech advocates say the university hasn’t gone far enough.

Admissions & Student Aid

How 3 Words Roiled an Education Conference

NACAC’s departing president says he didn’t understand why the phrase “all lives matter” might cause offense.



2008: Hard Times on Many Campuses

The Great Recession forced hundreds of colleges to scramble for cash to pay their bills.



What You Need to Know About the Past Seven Days

A community college in Tulsa, Okla., mourns a would-be student. DeVry Education Group pledges to trim its reliance on federal aid, and MOOCs take the form of "micro-masters" programs.



Obama’s Legacy: An Unlikely Hawk on Higher Ed

Behind the "Professor President," advisers executed an accountability agenda driven by economic worry and national skepticism about the value of college.



At Tennessee, Women’s Fears Go Beyond Campus Sex Assault

The flagship university warns students about a higher incidence at the start of the semester, but they’re already preoccupied with other dangers.



Election Casts Spotlight on an Unusual For-Profit With Global Ambitions

In the news lately over its ties to the Clinton family, Laureate Education seems to be reaping the benefits of a substantially different business model.



Sports Programs Draw Up a New Playbook for Student Activism

Few college athletes have emulated Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem demonstrations. Athletic directors say it’s because they’re doing a better job of listening to players.



In San Francisco, the Fates of a College and Its Accreditor Are on the Line

A long battle involving the City College of San Francisco and the commission that accredits it is about to enter a pivotal stage.

Admissions & Student Aid

Who’s Got the Time to Train​ ​​Admissions​ ​Officers?

For a profession that practitioners often just fall into, many colleges find it difficult to provide adequate training and continuing education to new hires.


Admissions & Student Aid

So Long, for Now: A Former Admissions Officer Looks Back

How one black alumnus of a majority white university tried to paint a positive but realistic picture for prospective students.



As Reformers Take Aim at Remediation, Community Colleges Feel the Squeeze

Some states have cut back on remedial education, saying it’s broken. But more and more students are packing into the classes, and questions about college readiness still linger.



Colleges Add Mental-Health Awareness to Crowded Orientation Lineup

As campus rates of depression and anxiety soar, administrators say they want to make sure students know where to find help on Day 1.


Admissions & Student Aid

The People Who Deliver Your Students

How the ever-escalating competition for applicants, revenue, and prestige affects the front line.



2007: ‘Gunshots on Campus’

The shooting deaths at Virginia Tech stunned the nation and led colleges to re-examine their policies on campus security.



What You Need to Know About the Past Seven Days

The University of Texas chancellor wants players and coaches to stand up straight and face the flag during the national anthem. The NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference say they will move championships out of North Carolina to protest the "bathroom bill." And a North Carolina student goes public with a rape accusation against a football player.



Innovation — Everyone Says It’s the Answer, but Is It What Colleges Need?

Many people in higher education are working to make college more accessible and effective. Even some who are succeeding, though, acknowledge that praise and money tend to follow what’s "new" more than what works.