What Should Colleges Do to Discipline Students Who Spew Hate?

In response to racist incidents, colleges can suspend or expel. But some professionals advocate restorative justice as a more effective alternative.



Clinton Wants to Show What Her College Plan Would Save You. Here’s What Some People Learned.

The Democratic presidential nominee promoted a calculator displaying her higher-education proposals. Voters who used it said they liked seeing that they’d save money, but some still had concerns.


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.



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.


Leadership & Governance

Video: At Marlboro College, Everybody Gets a Vote

President Kevin F.F. Quigley talks about the college's Town Meeting governance structure and a scholarship program designed to bring one student from every state to this New England campus.


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.



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.