What the MIT Dean’s New University Can Learn From Past Upstarts  

Administrators at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Hampshire College reflect on the challenges of shaking up the standard system.



In a Crisis-Stricken City, a Public University Searches for Its Role  

The University of Michigan at Flint has long considered itself loyal to its community. Now campus leaders have been challenged to prove what that loyalty is worth.


An Administrator’s Rape Allegation Shakes Student-Conduct Group

The president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration publicly accused her predecessor of assaulting her. His university placed him on paid leave while it investigates.

The Ticker

Professor Who Expressed Solidarity With Muslims Will Leave Wheaton of Illinois

The evangelical Christian college had been seeking to fire the professor in a theological dispute over her views about Christianity and Islam.



The Week: What You Need to Know About the Past Seven Days

Sweet Briar’s new president says things are looking up, students at the University of Oxford want a statue of Cecil Rhodes to come down, and a Suffolk University squabble hits the newspapers.



In Georgia, a Pioneer of Integration Guides the Merger of an HBCU and a 2-Year College

Arthur Dunning says the newly consolidated institution will emphasize preparing students for jobs.



U. of Wisconsin Faculty Members Fear Gutting of Tenure  

Faculty leaders are criticizing proposed policies that were devised to replace job protections stripped out of state law. They say the proposals leave professors far too vulnerable to layoffs.


‘It’s Terrifying to Do Something Like This’: Ex-Sorority Member Broadcasts Concerns About Greek Life

When a Syracuse University senior wanted to air her grievances about body-shaming among women, she turned to YouTube. She talks about what happened next.



When a Faculty Candidate Has Been Investigated for Harassment, What’s a Hiring Committee to Do?  

That’s a thorny question, as the resignation of a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago demonstrates. Without hard evidence or standard practices, professors struggle to balance the presumption of innocence with a desire to protect their own grad students.



What the Education Dept.’s Security Failures Mean for Students and Colleges  

Congressional hearings on the agency’s vulnerability to hackers have featured plenty of anger and acronyms. Here’s a guide to what’s at stake for students, families, and colleges.


In Airbnb Era, Colleges Count on Housing Contracts to Deter Dorm-Room Rentals

As students post offers on the site, colleges revisit their policies to make sure the practice is forbidden.



Presidents of Small Colleges Bank on Fund Raising to Survive  

Big gifts are critical, but with concerns about the future of the liberal-arts institutions, some would-be donors are asking tougher questions before giving.



Lawmakers Roast the Education Dept.’s Top Technology Officer Over Ethics and Data Security

Danny Harris answered charges that he had committed financial improprieties and failed to secure the agency’s "vulnerable" information systems in a three-hour grilling from a U.S. House committee.



Evangelical Colleges’ Diversity Problem  

A black professor’s tense tenure at Wheaton College of Illinois has raised uncomfortable questions for a movement that has long struggled to reconcile tradition and diversity.


Leadership & Governance

Video: How to Make Public Engagement a Priority at Research Universities

Public universities should deepen their engagement with their communities and make those partnerships part of their core academic missions, says Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany.


The Chronicle Review

Shakespeare’s Badass Quarto  

On the trail of a centuries-old Hamlet mystery.

Lingua Franca

(Your Name), Enabler

Lucy Ferriss tries to pinpoint when when the verb "enable" spawned the noun.



Time Is a Feminist Issue in Academia, Too

The creep of academic work has been met by the creep of caregiving duties.



'Dear Forums ...': Can I Parlay a Tenure-Track Offer Into a Non-Tenure-Track Job?

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