Volume 62, Issue 21: February 5, 2016

January 31, 2016

This week's highlights.


It seems 2015 was a good year for raising money, and for raising hackles, but not a good year for Jeffery Amherst or John C. Calhoun.


A black professor’s tense tenure at Wheaton College of Illinois has raised uncomfortable questions for a movement that has long struggled to reconcile tradition and diversity.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, in all its complexity, has become part of the fabric of campus operations.


Heated debates about terrorism and immigration are making many Muslims wary. The charged climate is a challenging backdrop for a course meant to introduce undergraduates to the religion.


Facing a dire budget situation, Western Illinois University had proposed to lay off more than 40 professors. It has taken a dozen tenured faculty members off the list, but that hasn’t allayed concerns about its process or goals.


A push for new facilities and increased aid for athletes has fueled a boom in gifts. But some donors are growing weary of the appeals.


The University of Oregon grabbed headlines by ending a multimillion-dollar branding campaign. But such efforts to build a national brand are far from over at Oregon and elsewhere.


A post that attacks feminism and paints men as victims has been widely condemned in the field as an unwelcome window back to a time when it was less open to women.


Many of the recent protests over campus diversity have focused on the concerns of black students. But Latino and Asian students are raising their voices, too, and their interests can differ.


The author of a new book on Christian colleges and academic freedom says the institutions could uphold their faith without unnecessary clashes with instructors.


Student-acquisition costs are lower and retention rates are higher for institutions that team up with companies to give tuition discounts to workers.


Mary Lyn Hammer, who runs a default-management company, argues that the agency massaged data to make for-profit institutions look bad and direct lending look better. That’s not the case, critics say. But Republican lawmakers are listening.


The Chronicle spoke with three experts about ways colleges can use technology to reduce instructional costs.


Stanford University sees such integration as a way to bring in students who are drawn to the arts but feel that they need computing skills for their careers.


Jorge Gonzalez says their admissions officers have more time to consider how applicants "have risen" from their circumstances.


When the goals at a religious college get especially challenging, a campus executive turns to a book on prayer.



Students of color often say they are tired of explaining their situation to others. But dialogue is the only way forward.


"Ideally you want to be an id on the first draft and a superego on the second."


Imagine a world where employers actually believed that career breaks enhanced your employment qualifications. A German program is testing that.


Our students have grown up with the toxic free-for-all of social media. We need to provide examples of civilized discourse.


How a Duke imam became a lightning rod in the campus Israel wars.


The flawed metaphor reflects a misunderstanding of history and a lack of economic imagination.


An understanding of intellectual disability can transform the way we read.


Maybe, but a new book may mischaracterize its causes.


Academics are a wandering tribe, and may be the better for it.