The Real Story Behind the U. of Connecticut’s ‘Scholars House’

The university’s new residential community was created in an attempt to put more African-American men on a path to graduation. But some critics have depicted the program as a step toward segregating black students.



College Republican Chapters Are Trying to Keep Trump From Tearing Them Apart

With the fall semester starting and the November election fast approaching, the chapters are withholding endorsements, focusing on down-ballot races, and sometimes even splintering.



A Provocative Protest Pits Pro- and Anti-Gun Activists

Concealed handguns are now legal in public-college classrooms in Texas. On the first day of classes at the University of Texas at Austin since the law took effect, opponents and supporters expressed their views with signs, slogans, and sex toys.


Duke U. Lays Claim to $10 Million From Oilman’s Estate

The university filed probate-court papers on Tuesday seeking more than $9.9 million in what it says were unfunded pledges made by the oil and gas magnate Aubrey McClendon before his death, in March, reports The Wall Street Journal.



Meet the Sex Shops in Austin, Tex., That Put the Cocks in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’

The University of Texas flagship prohibits dildos in public but, thanks to the state’s new campus-carry law, allows guns. Students are protesting, and local proprietors are lending a hand.


Leadership & Governance

What It’s Like to Be Interim President — Again

The current interim leaders of Baylor, Cornell, and Temple are all in their second go-round in that job on their campuses. Here’s a look at some of the challenges they face.



What Will College Be Like for a Transgender Student in North Carolina?

The recipient of a prestigious scholarship talks about how he will navigate his freshman year after the passage of the state’s controversial "bathroom bill."



A New Academic Year Brings Fresh Anxiety at Illinois’s Public Colleges

A state-budget stalemate means the colleges haven’t seen permanent funding in over a year. Administrators now wonder if the crisis will reverberate for years to come.



What Has Welfare Reform Meant for Students' Higher-Education Dreams?

The law, signed 20 years ago today by President Bill Clinton, has had a complex impact on poverty — and on educational attainment, according to Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy.


Admissions & Student Aid

A Wider Lens on the ‘Match’ Between Students and Colleges

Many people worry that high-achieving, low-income students too often don’t attend top colleges. A new book explores the challenge of helping more students succeed at a broader range of institutions.


Leadership & Governance

Video: Top U.S. Higher-Education Official Says Innovation Will Best Serve the ‘New Normal’ Students

Ted Mitchell visited The Chronicle’s newsroom to talk about the Education Department’s role in promoting innovation and change, and ways the legacy of that work could endure after the Obama administration.


Helping Students Seek Social Services

Even at colleges that try to keep tuition and fees under control, it's other living expenses that often delay or derail adult students. Explore how some institutions are connecting students with public benefits.


Leadership & Governance

With a Sudden Vacuum at the Top, What’s Next for Berkeley?

The abrupt announcement on Tuesday that Nicholas B. Dirks will step down as chancellor leaves professors and others wondering how the campus will pick up the pieces.



Experiment With New Education Providers Also Tests New Ways to Measure Quality

The Education Department’s pilot program extends federal student aid to eight projects in which an unaccredited provider teams up with a college. It also assigns a "quality assurance entity" to each partnership — including some not traditionally thought of as evaluators of higher ed.



The Students Behind ‘Students for Concealed Carry’

The national gun-rights organization has grown significantly since its inception on social media almost a decade ago.



How 3 College Presidents Are Trying to Move Their Campuses Past Racial Tensions

Student activism and demands at Towson University, Oberlin College, and the University of Washington took different shapes. But the leaders of all three institutions are searching for common ground between protesters and administrators.



Meet Higher Education's Newest Players: 'Education Sherpas'

Under a new model, guides help students navigate the higher-ed process, from college entrance to career path.

Leadership & Governance

State Higher-Education Officials Wrestle With Calls for Diversity and Inclusion

Expecting more student protests this fall, leaders discuss ways they can promote a goal of their own: making diversity and inclusion part of the fabric of their institutions.



For the Wealthiest Colleges, How Many Low-Income Students Are Enough?

Colleges with large endowments have long faced criticism for not serving more of the neediest students. But there’s no clear standard on how many they should enroll.


Leadership & Governance

After an Unusually Public Clash of System and Campus Chiefs, UC-Davis Surveys the Damage

In a battle where neither would back down, faculty members find fault in both Linda Katehi, who resigned this week as chancellor at Davis, and Janet Napolitano, the system's president.



How Technology Could Change Reporting of Campus Sexual Assault

College Title IX officers say new web platforms could encourage more victims to come forward. But they also worry that third-party sites might complicate communication or present privacy risks.


Admissions & Student Aid

The Patterns Behind Summer Melt, and What Colleges Are Doing to Stop It

A college student noticed a gap in the research on people who plan to attend college but don’t matriculate. So she set out to fill it.


Leadership & Governance

The 5 Missteps That Toppled Linda Katehi

The embattled chancellor of the University of California at Davis resigned Tuesday as the system released its investigation into accusations that she had engaged in nepotism, unauthorized service on corporate boards, and extraordinary efforts to manipulate social-media.