Can the Student Course Evaluation Be Redeemed?  

Amid mounting critiques of the surveys’ reliability and validity, a nonprofit group in Kansas has crafted an alternative.



At One College, Professors Support Students Protesting Racial Inequality

Sympathetic faculty members at Brandeis University are teaching from a syllabus devised by protesters and holding classes at the site of a sit-in.


Graduate Students

How One College Became Ground Zero for Grad-Student Unionization  

What began as a struggle for better working conditions at the New School now has implications for private universities nationwide.

The Ticker

Student Is Arrested in Connection With Threat That Shut Down U. of Chicago

The online threat described a plan to kill 16 white students or staff members in response to the police shooting of a Chicago teenager, Laquan McDonald.

The Ticker

College President: 'This Is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!'

In a blog post, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University says he doesn't want students to think of themselves as victims.


How Much Can Campus-Crime Reports Tell Us About Sexual Assault?  

Nine out of 10 colleges reported no rapes on their campuses in 2014 under the law known as the Clery Act. What that means depends on who's weighing in.


Leadership & Governance

Video: Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital

President Sari Feldman of the American Library Association discusses programs that preserve tweets as well as books.



Torn Over Tactics: Activists Refine Their Demands as Protests Over Racism Spread  

Backlashes on some campuses and compromises on others have prompted some student activists to settle for less.



Why So Many New Graduates of Elite Colleges Flock to the Same Kinds of Jobs  

Sure, financial, consulting, and tech firms recruit heavily. But universities themselves play a key role in structuring the pathways to those careers, according to new research.



'I'm Pretty Sure I’m Gay.' But Please Don’t Ask.

Although the goals may be laudable, college applications should not encourage students to declare their sexual identity.

Lingua Franca

Books and Mortar

When Ben Yagoda needs to fully digest a nonfiction text, reading on paper is the only way to go.



How to Interview for a Joint Appointment

Be aware of which department would be your “tenure home,” and balance your approach accordingly.



Money Matters

What to consider in determining your compensation requirements and evaluating an offer.