Feb. 17, 2023 The Chronicle of Higher Education Volume 69, Issue 12 Cover Story Opening the Gates Congrats! You Didn’t Apply, but We Admitted You Anyway. By Eric Hoover New experiments are short-circuiting the admissions process. Here’s why they matter. Highlights The Changing Classroom Students Demand Endless Flexibility — but Is It What They Need? By Beckie Supiano There are limits — practical and philosophical — on how much faculty members can bend. The Gloves Are Off Flagships Across the Country Prosper While Regional Colleges Wither By Lee Gardner The gap is widening. Who wants to attend a hollowed-out college? Chasing a Feeling Everyone Is Talking About ‘Belonging,’ but What Does It Really Mean? By Adrienne Lu It’s everywhere: in college swag, job titles, grants, training. Yet a sense of belonging is elusive. A 21st-Century Curriculum The Climate-Conscious College By Katherine Mangan Faculty members across disciplines are updating curricula in ways that inspire action, not just fear. Trends of Note Other Developments You Should Watch The Chronicle covers trends year round. Along with those highlighted in our special issue, here are some others we’re tracking. also in the issue Statewide Shake-Up DeSantis’s Higher-Ed Push Just Got Bigger. Fresh Resistance Is Starting to Bubble Up. By Francie Diep and Emma Pettit Florida’s governor announced a slate of proposed “reforms” that would encroach on campuses’ autonomy. The Fading For-Profits What a Possible U. of Phoenix Sale Says About the State of Higher Ed By Taylor Swaak It would mark the “culmination of the era,” even as demand for online learning persists. 'Investing' in the Work Force A College Hopes Its Home-Buying Program Will Attract Employees By Megan Zahneis Virginia State University is offering $10,000 toward a down payment or closing costs for local homes. Data After Years of Drops, Undergraduate Enrollment Shows ‘Signs of Recovery’ By Audrey Williams June Freshman enrollment, up 4.3 percent, is a big reason why. The Review | Essay The Sad Humiliations of Academic Ghosting By Alicia Andrzejewski The academy is a haunted house. The Review | Opinion They’ve Been Scheming to Cut Tenure for Years. It’s Happening. By Jacques Berlinerblau We’re in the execution phase of the profession’s demise. The Review | Opinion Faculty Workloads Are Unequal. That Must Change. By Rafael Walker If service isn’t made more fair, people will stop doing it. Advice On the Teaching Tenure Track By Ashley Juavinett What to know about becoming a “teaching professor,” an increasingly common faculty position at large universities.