William Bowen, Influential Higher-Ed Thinker and President of Princeton and Mellon, Dies at 83

The former head of a top university and leading foundation in the arts also was a powerful thinker on a range of academic issues, including affirmative action, athletics priorities, and technological change.



Admissions Offices Scramble to Comply With New Overtime Rule

An update to labor law requires colleges to give raises to some employees in the time-intensive field, pay them overtime, or scale back their hours.



William G. Bowen on Higher Education

He was a higher-education economist who published a series of important books and reports on the challenges facing colleges. He also wrote frequently for The Chronicle. Here's a selection.



Trump Said He Would ‘End’ Political Correctness on Campuses. Could a President Do That?

Probably not. But there are ways a president could mitigate the federal government’s role in shaping how colleges define and respond to the sort of criticism that Mr. Trump and many conservatives lament.



To Improve Student Success, a University Confronts the Email Deluge

Michigan State University is rethinking how it communicates with students, especially those who are freshmen or the first in their families to go to college. Sending hundreds of emails isn’t the best way — but what is?



What You Need to Know About the Overtime Rule and Higher Ed

A change in federal labor law that takes effect in December 2016 has colleges and universities scrambling to sort out which salaried employees will be due extra pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week. Here's a look at how colleges are coping.



How the Harvard Strike Fits Into the Equality Conversation

Dining-hall workers have been walking the picket line for two weeks. The university, with a $35-billion endowment, has been walking a line of its own as concern grows over economic disparity.


University Trust Lets Donors Do the Grant Making

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Trust invites donors to give $100,000 each and then decide as a group how to spend the money to strengthen the student experience.



How One University Went All-In on Restorative Justice

Many colleges have embraced conflict-resolution tactics that emphasize reconciliation, not punishment. But few have invested as heavily as the University of Michigan.


2 Foundations Plan Renewed Focus on More Credentials and Student-Aid Reform

Among other priorities for the Lumina Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are competency-based education, improving quality assurance, and removing barriers to student progress.



Title IX Officers Pay a Price for Navigating a Volatile Issue

Two high-profile departures of Title IX administrators underscore the pressures that come with being a college’s "moral compass."



What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days

In a turnabout, a Title IX investigation at Wesley College focuses on the rights of a student accused of misconduct. Plus Northwestern University is forced to rethink its handbook for football players, and Liberty University students rethink their president’s support for Donald J. Trump.



A Closer Look at Income-Based Repayment, the Centerpiece of Donald Trump's Unexpected Higher-Ed Speech

The presidential candidate caught many observers off guard by talking about a substantive higher-ed policy idea. Here’s some context to help make sense of his proposal.


Leadership & Governance

As Tension Mounts Over His Support of Trump, Liberty U.’s Falwell Stands Firm

Students at the evangelical university have complained that their president’s support of a candidate accused of sexual misconduct damages the university’s reputation.



Donald Trump Actually Talked About Higher Education on Thursday. Here's What He Said.

The Republican nominee for president made his first substantive remarks on academic issues at a speech in Ohio, less than a month before the election.



Sonny Vaccaro Plans One Last Push Against the NCAA

The former shoe marketer, now an influential advocate for college athletes, looks to enlist new plaintiffs to challenge NCAA restrictions.



Michigan Gave Colleges $500,000 to Fight Sex Assault. Here’s How They Spent It.

Through a grant program, 22 institutions got a chance to move beyond "tried and true" programs and experiment with new approaches to training faculty and students and changing campus culture.



What a Landmark Finding in a Title IX Case Means for Colleges Wrestling With Sex Assault

The Education Department has cited a Delaware college for failing to protect the rights of a student accused of sexual assault. Experts say the case sends a message to colleges about the importance of conducting fair investigations.



After 4-Year Delay, Kansas Colleges Move to Carry Out Campus Gun Law

Public colleges in the state have drafted policies on how to put into effect the law, which allows concealed handguns to be carried on campuses by nearly anyone over 21.



Kentucky’s Governor Has Raised Hackles Across Higher Ed. What’s His Plan?

The Republican has played rough with public colleges and state lawmakers, but so far his attempts to remake academe have mostly been struck down.


Admissions & Student Aid

How College Recruiters Are Using Snapchat, the App That Half of High Schoolers Use

Potential applicants may not want to hear a rehearsed pitch from an admissions officer. But put them in touch with an actual student on Snapchat, and a different dynamic comes into play.



As U. of Florida Law Dean Calls Out Sexism, Her Rankings-Driven Regime Comes Under Fire

Laura Rosenbury has promised big leaps in the U.S. News lists, but some professors say her ambitious and despotic approach incites fear and threatens the school's culture.



An Innovative Program Guides Former Gang Members From Prison to Promise

College Bound Dorchester takes young men and women from one of Boston’s most dangerous neighborhoods and helps them plot a path to higher education. But getting students in the door is only part of the challenge.