PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | News http://www.chronicle.com/section/News/6/ 2017-03-23T22:06:11-04:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education A Public University Mends Fences With Its State http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Public-University-Mends/239570 2017-03-23T11:26:00-04:00 The University of Wisconsin at Madison has endured several years of budget cuts and a stronger hand by the state government in its policies. Chancellor Rebecca Blank discusses winning back some funds, repairing dings to its reputation, and navigating the Trump administration.   By Lee Gardner Energy Secretary Rick Perry Attacks Texas A&M Election as 'Stolen' http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/energy-secretary-rick-perry-attacks-texas-am-election-as-stolen/117389 2017-03-23T04:55:39-04:00 In an extraordinary op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor said a student-government election at his alma mater had "made a mockery of due process and transparency." Remorseful, Spanier’s Lieutenants Say They Failed Children http://www.chronicle.com/article/Remorseful-Spanier-s/239568 2017-03-23T04:55:00-04:00 Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, both high-ranking former administrators at Penn State, were confronted in court with the fact that Jerry Sandusky kept abusing boys after they decided not to report that the coach was seen showering with a child. By Jack Stripling Your Daily Briefing, a New Feature for Chronicle Subscribers http://www.chronicle.com/article/Your-Daily-Briefing-a-New/238091 2017-03-23T04:55:00-04:00 We've started a new email, for subscribers only, that briefs readers on everything they need to know in higher ed to start the day. Here's a sample. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez and Adam Harris In Early Moves, Education Department Erodes Some Student Protections http://www.chronicle.com/article/In-Early-Moves-Education/239566 2017-03-23T04:55:00-04:00 While Betsy DeVos’s department hasn’t laid out specific policy goals on higher education, a pair of early moves — and charges of conflicts of interest — indicate a possible pattern. By Adam Harris In the Trump Era, Even Commencement Politics Are More Charged http://www.chronicle.com/article/In-the-Trump-Era-Even/239567 2017-03-23T04:28:04-04:00 President Trump will give the keynote at Liberty University’s commencement this year, and Vice President Pence will speak at the University of Notre Dame. Students at both institutions have voiced opposition. By Alex Arriaga Trump Will Deliver Keynote Address at Liberty U. Commencement http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/trump-will-deliver-keynote-address-at-liberty-u-commencement/117378 2017-03-22T11:28:06-04:00 The university's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been a strong supporter of the U.S. president, to the dismay of some students. Gender Pay Gap Persists Across Faculty Ranks http://www.chronicle.com/article/Gender-Pay-Gap-Persists-Across/239553 2017-03-22T04:55:00-04:00 Although women’s salaries have grown at a slightly higher rate than men’s, the latest figures show that academe still hasn’t remedied a perpetual problem. By Joshua Hatch Spanier Trial Opens With Former Penn State President Facing Charges With Few Precedents http://www.chronicle.com/article/Spanier-Trial-Opens-With/239557 2017-03-22T04:55:00-04:00 Testimony in a Pennsylvania courtroom, while familiar, was for the first time squarely aimed at the university’s former chief. By Jack Stripling Trump’s Actions on Immigration Bring Uncertainty to English-Language Learners http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-s-Actions-on/239552 2017-03-22T04:55:00-04:00 Programs that teach English as a second language are seeing enrollments fluctuate because of immigrant students’ rising anxieties. By Kelly Field Here's Where Charles Murray, Whose Presence Inflamed Middlebury, Is Speaking Next http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/heres-where-charles-murray-whose-presence-inflamed-middlebury-is-speaking-next/117371 2017-03-21T11:47:32-04:00 The controversial sociologist has visits booked at Duke University, Columbia University, New York University, the University of Notre Dame, and Villanova University. Meet the Professor Who Looks Up ‘Top Chef’ Spoilers — and Studies Them http://www.chronicle.com/article/Meet-the-Professor-Who-Looks/239541 2017-03-21T04:55:00-04:00 A professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has examined whether spoilers enhance or diminish readers’ or viewers’ enjoyment. Spoiler alert: The research is inconclusive. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz In the Age of Trump, Scientists See Reproducibility as Risky Business http://www.chronicle.com/article/In-the-Age-of-Trump/239542 2017-03-21T04:55:00-04:00 Attempts to replicate high-profile scientific studies can be a valuable way to hold scholars' feet to the fire. But some scientists worry that those efforts could be exploited by skeptical lawmakers. By Paul Basken U. of Texas at El Paso Watches Warily as Trump’s Budget Threatens Its Needy Students http://www.chronicle.com/article/U-of-Texas-at-El-Paso-Watches/239544 2017-03-21T04:55:00-04:00 The main obstacle is not the 30-foot-tall wall that the president wants to build on the Mexican border. It’s his plan to scale back a host of programs that help the university’s impoverished enrollment. By Katherine Mangan Former For-Profit Lobbyist Quits Job at Education Dept. http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/former-for-profit-lobbyist-quits-job-at-education-dept/117355 2017-03-20T15:25:09-04:00 Taylor Hansen left his new post just days after the Trump administration reversed a regulation that limited fees charged by student-loan-guarantee agencies. The Clock May Be Ticking on Graduate Unions http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Clock-May-Be-Ticking-on/239535 2017-03-20T04:55:00-04:00 Under President Trump, the National Labor Relations Board could soon take a dimmer view of Ph.D. students’ bids to unionize. Some say colleges are using litigation as a stall tactic. By Vimal Patel In Spanier Case, College Leadership Goes on Trial http://www.chronicle.com/article/In-Spanier-Case-College/239537 2017-03-20T04:55:00-04:00 The prosecution of Penn State’s former president, charged with covering up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse, will scrutinize administrative decision-making and feed on a growing culture of accountability. By Jack Stripling In a Polarized Climate, Free-Speech Warriors Seize the Spotlight http://www.chronicle.com/article/In-a-Polarized-Climate/239530 2017-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a champion of First Amendment rights, has gained new prominence as campus controversies spread. Yet FIRE has also found itself in the cross hairs of increasingly fraught debates. By Sarah Brown Spreading the Word About Philosophy’s Value http://www.chronicle.com/article/Spreading-the-Word-About/239518 2017-03-19T18:35:00-04:00 The American Philosophical Association’s executive director says the discipline has to be proactive in defending itself. By Robin Wilson 3 Ways to Support Philosophy on Your Campus http://www.chronicle.com/article/3-Ways-to-Support-Philosophy-/239517 2017-03-19T18:33:00-04:00 Find out what departments are doing to help secure their futures. By Robin Wilson