November 06, 2016

50 Years of The Chronicle of Higher Education

Over the years, our coverage has informed and influenced national conversations about higher education among academics and in the broader society. As The Chronicle helped to define the higher-education community, it also became an enduring home for some of the finest reporting and writing of the past half-century.

In assembling this anthology, we chose from an impressive variety of articles. Here you’ll find portraits of scholars and presidents, explorations of the lived experience of students and faculty members, investigative reporting, data-driven journalism, provocative opinion articles and essays, and documentary photographs and original illustrations. They represent the range and depth of our reporting over the years.

The Chronicle’s story has been about being in the right place at the right time. It’s our ambition to continue that narrative in the decades to come.

Download The Chronicle's 50th-Anniversary Anthology.

Fifty years ago this month, The Chronicle of Higher Education began life with an unprecedented and audacious vision: to produce great journalism about every facet of American colleges and universities.

From the student protests of the 1960s through the culture wars of the 1980s and the budget cuts of the 2000s, The Chronicle has been there.

Certain topics in higher education made news across five decades. Survey The Chronicle's coverage of student protests, the status of the faculty, international education, race on campus, and academic technology.

This special collection includes portraits of scholars and presidents, explorations of the lived experience of students and faculty members, investigative reporting, data-driven journalism, and provocative opinion articles and essays.

Revisit the photos and illustrations that brought Chronicle coverage to life.

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on events in higher education and the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

In looking back at our headlines, we’re most amused at the variety of those announcing, or questioning, the end of things. Here’s a sampling.

This special issue of The Chronicle offers some of the best and most representative journalism of our first 50 years — from the turbulence of the 1960s to the present moment of financial constraint and accountability. And it's all yours, free for downloading.