Conversations about higher education
The corporate outsider as college president has become a faculty boogeyman, but Scott Beardsley, dean of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, can defend him (yes, usually him).
Newly retired as Purdue University’s enrollment chief, Pamela Horne reflects on the importance of explaining all that data — and the value of college.
After befriending a janitor at Georgetown University, Febin Bellamy engaged the help of his classmates to recognize and humanize the “Unsung Heroes” who keep colleges running.
In the wake of yet another hazing death, a woman whose son died nine years ago in a similar ordeal reflects on what has and has not changed since she became an activist.
Nancy Zimpher, who steps down in June as chancellor of the State University of New York, says that rather than focusing on the lack of state funding, public-college officials should be talking about how higher education can do a better job.
An academic who wrote a book on single mothers in college describes the struggles such women face and recalls her own experience getting a Ph.D. as an unmarried mom.
A co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy warns artificial-intelligence luminaries that if technological-unemployment trends continue, "the people will rise up before the machines do."
Zachary Wood wants to ensure that conservative voices are heard along with progressive ones at Williams College. His classmates don’t always agree.
Hungary’s bid to shut down the institution is part of a larger battle that pits the cosmopolitan values of liberal democracy against an ascendant wave of nationalist authoritarianism in Europe and elsewhere.
The first woman to lead one of the nation’s elite military institutions says the way to improve campus climate is to "be open to being uncomfortable."
Eugenia Cheng, an accomplished pianist, mathematician, and YouTube personality, proposes that learning advanced math has value beyond calculating your mortgage.
Carol Swain, a political scientist and a Christian conservative, is retiring early from teaching a year after Vanderbilt students called her a bigot and petitioned for her suspension.
A higher-education researcher knows that determination is just one of the ingredients low-income students need to have a shot at succeeding in college.
The author of a recent book on transgender college students worries about Trump's rollback of Obama-era protections and advocates moving beyond "best practices" for inclusion.
Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, faced criticism after declining to block Milo Yiannopoulos from her campus. She talks to The Chronicle about free speech, tolerance, and student safety.
Michael Mann has been fighting climate-change deniers since the late 1990s. Now he’s telling his fellow scientists to warm up for a new round of attacks.
A campus activist reflects on how sexual-assault survivors organized to change the discussion under the Obama administration and how they plan to meet the challenges under President Trump.
George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who caused a furor by tweeting "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide," says academe must brace for the fight of its life.
Rage over racial, gender, and sexual identity has no sense of proportion and creates a damaging spectacle, says Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University.
The cultural challenges of first-generation students, says M. Sonja Ardoin, aren’t easily resolved — even years later, when as faculty members they’re asked, "What wine will you have?"
Charles C. Camosy, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, talks about why academics are out of touch and what they should do about it.
Anna Deavere Smith, master of documentary theater, talks about personal narrative, empathy, and colleges’ potential to reach vulnerable students and to disrupt cliques.
A University of California professor who just wrote a book about public higher education in shambles talks about restoring support, kludging administrators, and California noir.