Why Do So Many College Presidents Call Their Campuses a ‘Family’?

The Baylor Family. The Ole Miss family. The Rutgers family. When leaders want to convey a sense of community, experts say, they often resort to this well-worn metaphor.


The Chronicle Review

The Vanishing Big Thinker

Scholars have come to value academic progress over public benefit.


Admissions & Student Aid

The Enrollment Manager as Bogeyman

In the eyes of their many critics, they are faceless, pragmatic technocrats with too much power. But it’s worth imagining what higher education would look like without enrollment managers playing a critical role.

The Ticker

For-Profit Giant Cautions That New-Student Enrollment May Drop by Half

ITT Educational Services Inc. said in a corporate filing that the figure could decrease by 45 to 60 percent over the next six months.

The Ticker

Judge Blocks Kentucky Governor's Order Abolishing U. of Louisville Board

The order marks the latest development in the odd saga that has ensued since the governor announced last month that he was dissolving the university's board. The new board has already accepted the resignation of James R. Ramsey, the university's president.

The Ticker

Suffolk U. and Its President Abruptly Part Ways

The chairman of the Boston institution's Board of Trustees announced on Thursday that Margaret A. McKenna was no longer president.



How Clinton’s ‘Free College’ Could Cause a Cascade of Problems

The Democratic nominee’s proposal might sound great, but it could close many colleges, pressure some flagships, and disappoint students.



A University Makes a Rare Call to Ditch Its Title IX Exemption

Since 1985, Pepperdine University has been exempt from certain provisions of Title IX. But early this year it decided to waive that status. It’s not clear what prompted the shift.



For Native Students, Education’s Promise Has Long Been Broken

President Obama wants more American Indian students to graduate from college. But look at the challenges these high schoolers face, and it becomes clear why that is a tall order.


Native Students Face a Deepening Divide

Data show that the achievement gap between Native American students and their peers starts young and persists through college.



Leaving the Reservation

As she prepares to graduate from high school, Charnelle Bear Medicine contemplates her future at the University of Montana. A photo essay details the final weeks of her senior year.



‘Stereotypes Are at the Center’: a White House Official on Why Native Students Often Struggle

William Mendoza, director of the Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, had several false starts before completing college. He discusses how tribal colleges helped him find his way, and why they remain relevant to students today.



One Idea to Ease Faculty Into Retirement: the ‘Terminal Sabbatical’

At Widener University, administrators hope that a year of research and service will help professors make the transition.

Lingua Franca

'To Boot'

Anne Curzan investigates the oddities of a phrase that prefers the end of a sentence.



Texas Picked an Ominous Date to Arm Its Public Colleges

Fifty years after the first mass shooting on a campus, is this really the best that we can do?

The Chronicle Review

‘Trump Syllabus’ Ignores Race, Xenophobia

A contributor to the "Trump Syllabus" voices her disapproval of the project.



'Dear Forums ...': Jedi Mind Tricks in the Classroom

In this special edition of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: 14 ways to get your students to work hard and stop whining.



On Confidence

It's the Goldilocks of personality traits. We want just the right amount.