Contract Cheating’s African Labor

If clients ask, Solomon, from Nairobi, Kenya, is supposed to say he is American or British.


A Brief Guide to the Battle Over Trigger Warnings

A message to incoming students from a University of Chicago dean has touched off a debate about the use of the warnings on college campuses. Here's what you need to know about them.



Trading One Marathon for Another, an Olympic Runner Returns to the Classroom

After his summer in Rio, Jared Ward is hitting the ground running for another semester of teaching and researching statistics at Brigham Young University.



2004: Psst. Wanna Buy a Ph.D.?

Diploma mills had become a multimillion-dollar, worldwide industry, attracting some memorable characters.



What I'm Reading: ‘Arctic Dreams’

A president gains new understanding from a book on the Arctic that he first read as a student at the college he leads.



Colleges Brace for Impact of Overtime Rule

A change in federal labor law that takes effect in December has institutions scrambling to sort out which salaried employees will be due extra pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week.



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.


Graduate Students

A New Era for Grad-Student Organizing

Changing realities in higher education and the broad scope of a decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board are feeding a growing appetite among graduate students to fight for better working conditions.

The Ticker

Education Dept. Cuts Off Federal Aid to New Students at For-Profit ITT

The department's move may be its most substantial action against a single for-profit educator since its heightened scrutiny of Corinthian Colleges caused that company to fold.



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.



You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That.

Michael Wesch, an associate professor of anthropology at Kansas State University, joins his students for an unusual tour of their lives beyond the classroom.


Graduate Students

Ruling Pushes Door to Grad-Student Unions ‘Wide Open’

The National Labor Relations Board’s decision in a case involving Columbia University has made clear that graduate-employee unions are legal at private colleges. Experts predict a surge in organizing similar to what has taken place among adjuncts.

Lingua Franca

'Shenanigans' in Rio

The swimmer Ryan Lochte, and many media stories about him, referred to his vandalism at a Brazilian gas station using that Irish-sounding word. Lucy Ferriss and Ethelbert Miller ask, would that word be used if the perpetrator were black?



What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed

The new economics of higher education are harsh, but institutions that listen to the needs of their undergraduates can get them to the finish line.



Reimagining College as a Lifelong Learning Experience

The value of college is increasingly found in the connections it creates. We should embrace that role, aiming for deeper and more lasting ties to graduates.



'Dear Forums ...': Should I List Job Talks on My CV?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: first-day-of-class rituals, and vanishing job ads.



Why Am I Teaching Again?

Two years after leaving academe, a former adjunct rediscovers her love for the classroom.