The Ticker

Education Dept. Approves Sale of U. of Phoenix Owner, With Strict Conditions

The department said it was requiring the buyers to post a letter of credit amounting to nearly $386 million.

The Ticker

USA Funds Moves to Further Focus on Education Philanthropy and Investing

The $1-billion organization said it would shed its loan-guarantee affiliates, allowing it to pursue its new mission of ensuring that college leads to meaningful results for students.

The Ticker

NCAA Rules Ex-Official at Cal State-Northridge Committed Academic Misconduct

The university did not investigate and monitor its former director of basketball operations, who provided "impermissible academic benefits" to 10 players on the men's team.

Wired Campus

Looking Back at the Year in Ed Tech

Concerns about Yik Yak and analysis of MOOCs and online teaching were among the most popular stories this past year on our Wired Campus blog.

Wired Campus

Call for Nominations: Who Are the Top Tech Innovators in Higher Education?

The Chronicle is seeking suggestions for our annual feature on people trying to solve big problems facing campuses with the help of technology.

 

Wired Campus

Virtual-Reality Lab Explores New Kinds of Immersive Learning

The technology has powerful implications in distance learning. At the University of Maryland, researchers are using it in projects involving health care, public safety, and education.

ProfHacker

Securing Your Data

Even at the busiest times of the year, it's worthwhile to take basic steps to secure your data. Here are some ways to get started.

ProfHacker

Trailblazer Chrome Extension Tracks Your Research Path

George H. Williams shares a tool that allows researchers to keep track of how they find information, not just what information they find.

ProfHacker

Alphabetizing Books Quickly: QuickSort, Insertion Sort, and Bubble Sort

Here's a handy video on organizing a large series of books, which is either a helpful lifehack or a way to illustrate sorting algorithms.

Lingua Franca

Words for a Year of Fear

Allan Metcalf, executive secretary of the American Dialect Society and founder of its almost 27-year-old Word of the Year contest, describes how the choice for 2016 will be made on January 6, and offers some nominations. Do you have more? Post them here.

Lingua Franca

For Want of an Oxford Comma

Clarity for the reader should take priority over rigid enforcement of an arbitrarily stipulated rule of punctuational table manners, says Geoff Pullum

Lingua Franca

Researching 'Research'

Anne Curzan contemplates whether her pronunciation of a common academic word has become marked as academic.

Lingua Franca

Who You Calling 'Snowflake'?

Ben Yagoda examines the provenance of a recent term for those who feel wronged.

Lingua Franca

Post-Truth and Chaos

Truth, says Lucy Ferriss, is a thing, a bedrock, a provable hypothesis. Post-truth, the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year, is a strategy.