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Books

Weekly Book List, March 3, 2017

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

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Commentary

Advice for New Presidents

Two veteran college leaders share their lessons learned, including how to deal with becoming "the man" you’ve spent your whole life fighting against.

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The Chronicle Review

A Study That Released Me From Myself

Taking an interest in shyness helped assuage the self-preoccupation that comes with it.

Commentary

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.

Commentary

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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The Chronicle Review

Don’t Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis

The broader economy explains the exploitation in the humanities.

Letters

Article on Title IX Repeated Common Misconceptions

For one, the "Dear Colleague" letter was not the first from the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to give detailed directions meant for all colleges.

Commentary

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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The Chronicle Review

An Economic Prophet for Our Time

Karl Polanyi knew the market couldn’t solve all ills. History is proving him correct.

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The Chronicle Review

Lessons in Perspective

Some you learn over weeks, others you learn over decades.

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The Chronicle Review

History in a Time of Crisis

To counter autocracy, question inevitability and practice empathy.

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The Chronicle Review

How a New Field Could Help Save the Humanities

A cohesive history of the humanities would complement the history of science.

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The Chronicle Review

Comics Studies Comes of Age

But is the existence of a canon calcifying the field?

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The Chronicle Review

Against Relevance

When educators desperately pursue it, what are we lionizing?

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Commentary

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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Commentary

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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Books

Weekly Book List, February 24, 2017

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

Letters

For Many Students, College Is Not a Good Investment

Comparing high-school graduates to college graduates is like comparing apples to oranges.

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The Chronicle Review

How Not to Fight Islamophobia

Where was the outrage when spying on mosques became commonplace, or when it became legal for the president to assassinate anyone he deemed an "imminent threat"?

Letters

Not All Court Rulings Consistent With 'Dear Colleague Letter'

Prior to 2011, the clear-and-convincing standard was widely used by colleges without any objection from the Office for Civil Rights.

Letters

Social Scientists Have Researched the Far Right for Decades

While a new center to study extremism is welcomed, we shouldn't forget the existing body of scholarship on the subject.

Commentary

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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Commentary

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.