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Harold Wechsler and the Myth of Meritocracy

Race and ethnicity have always mattered in college admissions, the late education scholar pointed out, but in different ways at different times.

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Amherst’s Problems Are Society’s Problems

Divisions of race, class, gender, and athletics — described in a recent Chronicle article — are hardly limited to the Massachusetts institution, writes its president.

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How Colleges Lost Billions to Hedge Funds in 2016

The disastrous endowment performance was widespread, but it left a handful of elite institutions with most of their wealth intact.

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Colleges Can Help Students Move Up. Let’s Make It Easier.

With the support of state and federal policy makers, more institutions can push more low-income students into the middle class.

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The Hazards and Opportunities Presented by Title IX

Wise college leaders will seize the chance to publicize their successful Title IX compliance — attracting more students who want to feel and be safe.

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Embracing Governance — and Efficiency

Not all faculty committees are created equal. But there are ways to make bad ones better, and to reward the efforts of the good ones.

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Trustees: Pay Attention to the Mission Statement

On a college’s governing board, familiarity with that document, and sometimes a willingness to rewrite it, is crucial.

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Reframing Faculty Criticisms of Student Activism

Instead of reacting negatively to students who mobilize for change, we should suppress our discomfort and recognize what they’ve gotten right.

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My ‘Dear Betsy’ Letter

The new secretary of education hasn’t reached out to the president of Macalester College for advice. But it could happen, he says, and he has some ideas.

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How Canceling Controversial Speakers Hurts Students

We don’t do our undergraduates any favors by shielding them from the views of the big bad conservatives beyond the ivory tower.

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Let Parents Be Parents

First-generation parents don’t need more instruction on the college process. Colleges need to require less of it.

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How Robots Will Save Liberal Education

They can’t take the jobs that require "relationship workers," who exhibit the valuable skills that a liberal education provides.

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The Changing Landscape of Peer Review

University presses must adapt to the rise of digital publishing and the greater reliance on nontenured faculty members.

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How Immigrants Have Made America a Leader in Technology Innovation

Trump’s executive order could break the positive feedback loop that brings foreign students to American universities and creates American jobs.

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How Administrators Can Help Prepare Ph.D.s for Nonfaculty Careers

Graduate programs should foster alumni networks and provide opportunities for students to articulate their skills.

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Beyond the College Earnings Premium. Way Beyond.

A college education is a public good, in ways that are rarely acknowledged, and ought to be treated that way.

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Getting Personal in the Search for Campus Leaders

For diversity to become a truly positive attribute of a college, it must be built into searches for deans and provosts.

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Colleges Must Find Ways to Serve Students Shut Out by the Ban

President Trump’s order runs counter to an established U.S. foreign-policy goal in the Middle East: to develop "informed critical thinkers resistant to extremist appeals."

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How to Help Students When Your College Closes

Administrators should takes solace in knowing that they made a difficult situation more tolerable by communicating clearly and providing good options.

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You Don’t Need to Be Superwoman to Succeed in STEM

The pernicious myth that you need to be a straight-A student to deserve your spot encourages everyone to hide what they see as their failures.

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Don’t Retreat. Teach Citizenship.

It’s possible to cultivate valuable skills and dispositions across the curriculum. And now it’s more crucial than ever.

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The 3 Qualities That Make a Good Dean

A veteran professor-turned-dean who wanted to bring light to "the dark side" explains what worked for him.

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How to Responsibly Close a College

When failure is inevitable, planning becomes crucial: How much cash is available, and how long will it last?