Basic Training for Higher Ed

Why colleges might look to the armed forces for guidance on serving low-income students.



Bill Bowen: Man of Achievement

He never stopped caring, and he never stopped being the most thoughtful and articulate voice on a host of issues central to our educational system and our civic life.



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.


Special Reports

When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot

Artificial intelligence has become more widespread in higher education.


Special Reports

Shadow Those Students, for Their Own Good

This is how colleges — and their students — can benefit from the findings of user-experience teams.

Special Reports

For Real Academic Disruption, Try Empathy

What if, in the next wave of innovation in online learning, colleges tried to provide what students really needed?


The Lasting Impact of William Bowen: An Appreciation

His influence on higher education reached far and wide. But in his later years, his work on two of his great interests — why students drop out, and how well educational technology works — cast an especially long shadow.



William 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.

The Ticker

Faculty Strike Ends in Settlement at Pennsylvania's State-Owned Colleges

Union members, who had worked without a contract for more than a year, made concessions to reach a deal.



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.



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?



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.



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.


Special Reports

3 Easy Ways to Embrace High-Impact Learning

Practices from the software-development world can be adapted to disrupt undergraduate education’s "seat time equals learning" model.

Special Reports

It’s Time to Change What We Mean by ‘Credential’

The way companies evaluate job candidates is evolving, and the certifications that liberal-arts colleges offer must evolve as well.


Misleading for Koch Foundation to Call Pope Center Just a 'Local Nonprofit'

The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has been closely aligned with various Koch network organizations.



Mountain Climbing and Dissertation Writing

What an Everest climber taught me about surviving the post-Ph.D. blues.



'Dear Forums ...': How Do I Create a Hiring Rubric?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: good extra-credit options for students and fair pay for department chairs.