February 26, 2017

The 2017 Trends Report

With the current political uncertainties, it’s a dicey business to project what’s next for college campuses. Our 2017 Trends Report can help you stay above the turmoil. It outlines 10 key shifts in higher education, including the movement to protect undocumented students and the cultural divide seen as separating academe from rural America. Case studies, commentary, and more resources will help you to take action or start a conversation on your own campus.

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Teaching students to separate fact from fiction has become a priority after an election in which false "news" played a large role.

Teachers of these courses find themselves positioned as our society’s first line of defense.

A professor of library science at Purdue University talks about efforts there to bring information literacy into the classroom.

Some colleges consider "sanctuary" status for undocumented students. But what effect would that have?

Players test their power with protests on and off the field.

Members of the men’s basketball team went into the stands and invited people of different races onto the court for the national anthem.

Colleges struggle to help their hungry and homeless students.

A homeless student wondered why her college cafeteria didn’t take food stamps. Now she’s part of a nationwide effort to make that happen on more campuses.

Working to meet a national shortage of computer-safety personnel, colleges find customers and complications.

Colleges with programs that go beyond just teaching code may do more for the country than help students find jobs.

Instead of individual sanctuary declarations, colleges and universities need to take collective action to defend DACA and undocumented students.

Some professors see the election as a sign that they should reach out to people who hold different views. Others are doubling down.

A first-generation student from a small, conservative town explains how faculty members hold the key to reaching students like him.

Not everyone in academe is oblivious about what’s happening in middle America.

Without gauges of effectiveness, diversity policies can be legally risky.

Gary Lavergne used qualitative and quantitative evidence to demonstrate the benefits of racial diversity.

American colleges are in a unique position, both practically and morally, to do justice to their own history of slavery.

Other difficult topics may include whether colleges discriminated against Jews and gay men and whether administrators and trustees stood up for academic freedom in the early years of the Cold War.

In what many see as a much-needed shift, colleges are paying more attention to the rights of the accused in sexual-assault cases.

Here’s what’s at stake in several of the legal cases pursued by students who say they were falsely accused of sexual misconduct.

Scholarly societies and academic departments are becoming more vigilant about monitoring and preventing sexual harassment in their profession.

Recent actions by departments and scholarly groups show a new focus on what happens at social events.