Can a Single Course Jeopardize an Academic Department?

The chairman of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says higher-level administrators raised concerns about a class taught by a prominent faculty critic. The class was then canceled.



Do Your Students Learn by Rote? Or Can They Recognize Patterns?

A tool developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis shows whether chemistry students tend to extrapolate from concepts or rely on memorization. The difference can predict how well they fare academically.



How a University Helped Save a Failing High School

The University of Rochester is overhauling a local high school in hopes of developing strategies and solutions for challenged urban schools.


An Instructor Saw Digital Distraction in Class. So She Showed Students What She’d Seen on Their Screens.

A graduate student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor cataloged every instance of students getting distracted in class, and then presented her findings to them.



To Teach the Business of Marijuana, One Professor Faces the Challenges of a New Industry

There’s plenty of demand in Colorado for instruction on selling legal cannabis. But building a course around a fast-changing, heavily regulated industry is a tall order, as Paul Seaborn has found out.



Math Gets a Makeover

The latest push to improve mathematics courses seeks to transform them from a gatekeeper to a gateway.


A Professor Reflects on Her Time in the Eye of a Social-Media Storm

Areej Zufari says she gave a failing grade to a troublesome student; he told the media he was unfairly singled out for his Christianity. The professor talks about the digital pillorying that came next.



Why Politicians Love to Talk About Training Welders

In recent years the trade has become a prime example when political leaders talk about the skills gap. What gives?



How Colleges Can Open Powerful Educational Experiences to Everyone

Experiential-learning opportunities help students apply the classroom to the real world, but many of them don't get the chance.



Meet the Professor Using March (Mammal) Madness to Draw Students to Science

Katie Hinde created an NCAA-tournament-style contest that pits 64 animals against one another. It has succeeded even in the distraction-heavy business end of college basketball’s season.



Building Remedial Ed’s Support Structure

It’s the help students get outside the classroom that often gets them through a course.