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50 Years of Headlines


Certain topics in higher education made news across five decades. Survey The Chronicle’s coverage of student protests, the status of the faculty, international education, race on campus, and academic technology.

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    An Era of Protests

    For years after The Chronicle started, student protests, radical movements, and campus violence dominated our headlines.
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    The Faculty

    Contrary to predictions in the 1980s of mass retirements, full-time, tenure-track positions have become the exception. The result: a transformation in the role, influence, and lifestyle of the college professor.
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    The World

    The Chronicle began publication aiming to write about American colleges and universities, but it quickly turned its eyes overseas.
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    Race on Campus

    Though the vocabulary of debates has changed, our coverage shows that campuses still struggle with a reluctance to talk about racist incidents, the pressure on minority faculty members and students to “fit in,” and questions about what responsibility colleges have to foster broader social change.
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    In the era of smartphones and social media, it’s sometimes hard to remember that only 50 years ago, colleges clattered with the sound of typewriters.