May 23, 2016

Donald Trump and Higher Ed

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Donald Trump (shown at a National Rifle Association event in Kentucky in May) has not yet announced his education platform. But like other Republican politicians in recent election cycles, he has made clear that he could do without a federal Department of Education.

Read more about Donald Trump's candidacy and how he relates to academe in this collection of Chronicle articles and essays.

Although the president-elect has said little about higher education, interviews with people in and around the incoming administration reveal the contours of some likely directions.

Conservative politicians have had the agency in their cross hairs since the day it was founded, and for now, at least, Donald Trump is carrying the torch. Here are a few scenarios to contemplate.

Donald J. Trump won election as the 45th president of the United States in an astonishing upset of Hillary Clinton, a Democrat who had long led her Republican rival in the polls. Here is extended coverage of the unexpected result of their contest, and news and commentary about the coming Trump administration.

The Republican candidate for president has raised a tiny fraction of the campaign donations from higher-ed employees that the previous two Republican nominees, Mitt Romney and John McCain, pulled in.

Talking politics at work can be a minefield for professors planning to cast their ballots this Tuesday for the Republican presidential nominee.

The Republican nominee’s boundary-defying presidential campaign has political-science professors debating how much to express their views in the classroom.

Psychiatrists have long abided by the "Goldwater rule," which bars them from offering professional opinions on public figures they have not examined in person. This year’s Republican nominee has some specialists wavering.

The GOP presidential nominee floated a plan that surprised policy experts. Some of them lamented the lateness and the lack of substance of his ideas.

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.

The presidential candidate caught many observers off guard by talking about a substantive higher-ed policy idea. Here’s some context to help make sense of his proposal.

Students at the evangelical university have complained that their president’s support of a candidate accused of sexual misconduct damages the university’s reputation.

The Republican nominee for president made his first substantive remarks on academic issues at a speech in Ohio, less than a month before the election.

With the fall semester starting and the November election fast approaching, the chapters are withholding endorsements, focusing on down-ballot races, and sometimes even splintering.

With a social-media strategy that's heavy on anti-Hillary memes and photos of bikini-clad Trump supporters, two Campbell University students have pushed the candidate's message to thousands of college students.

Student researchers from Penn State arrived at the Republican National Convention expecting chaotic — and perhaps frightening — scenes of activism. Instead they got a lesson in the unpredictability of social-science fieldwork.

Why one scientist started a Twitter account that applies the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s style of rhetoric to reforming the sciences.

At Fordham and Penn, the presidential candidate would have studied Islam, seen the first coeds on campus, and skimmed the dull parts.

In a survey of prospective students in 118 countries, 60 percent said they’d be less likely to seek an American degree if the presumptive Republican nominee won election. Only about 5 percent said the same of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Historical analogies should expand our political imagination, not foreclose the future.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn’t released a plan, but he has commented on student loans, international students, and more.

Lucy Ferriss accepts Slate's challenge to diagram a sentence uttered by the Donald — and is surprised by what she learns.

Conventional wisdom says the billionaire’s support comes mostly from the poorly educated. But the scholars who intend to vote for him say they shouldn’t be discounted.

From a more progressive band of conservatives to "Terps for Trump," the University of Maryland at College Park’s Republican groups mirror the national divide.

The candidate's name, scrawled on sidewalks, has left some students feeling threatened. Colleges are now grappling with how to respond to such concerns.

The now-defunct university, which promised to "turn anyone into a successful real-estate investor," is the subject of lawsuits filed by the New York attorney general and former students in California.

The word is clearly on the upswing, says Ben Yagoda, and not just by Donald Trump. He and Sanders pronounce it the same way.

Allan Metcalf introduces a scholarly dictionary of words about Donald Trump.