Alexander C. Kafka
Alexander C. Kafka is a senior editor who has been with The Chronicle since 1998. Previously he worked for Newsday and other daily newspapers and was senior press officer at the Brookings Institution. He has also written about books and the arts for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect, and many other publications. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Follow him on Twitter @AlexanderKafka, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by this Author
When Building a Diverse Leadership, Emphasize Culture, Not QuotasColleges have many tools to create an inclusive campus culture, among them equity audits and job-specific, anti-bias education. Shaming and blaming don’t help.
Campus Counselors Are Burned Out and Short-StaffedMore students are asking for help; their suffering is more acute; and the pandemic has made it harder for centers to recruit counselors and even directors.
Does Tenure Impede Diversity?Yes, some scholars say, but they have ideas on how to fix that.
Could Political Rhetoric Turn to Campus Violence?College leaders should be ready for protests, provocations, and lone attacks, experts say.
Academic Freedom Is on the RopesAcademics are caught in a pincer grip from the political right and left.
The Vaccination DilemmaShould colleges mandate Covid-19 shots? Encourage? Incentivize? All of the above?
The Cost of Insuring Colleges Continues to Rise. And Covid’s Not the Reason.Two of the biggest risks? Data breaches and sexual abuse.
Politics and Curriculum
The Pandemic and Racial Turmoil Are Changing Curricula. Here’s How.The nation is traumatized, and academics say the content of academic programs, not just how they are delivered, must reflect that reality.
Covid Obstacles Abound, but Colleges Can Successfully Recruit for Fall 2021When they can’t meet face to face, how can colleges and applicants get to know each other? Sophisticated websites with virtual tours can help, but don’t forget time-tested one-on-one phone conversations.
Why the Fall Will Be a Liability MinefieldColleges face lawsuits at every turn, and waivers won’t protect them.