Missed Classes, a Changed Grade, and One Disillusioned Adviser  

Two years ago, Will Collier landed his dream job, overseeing academic services for one of the country's premier programs. His experience illustrates the challenge of protecting academic integrity in big-time college sports.



After Killings in Oregon, Colleges Face Threats — and Take No Chances

This past week several campuses learned of online posts or bathroom-wall graffiti that threatened violence. Almost all of them went on high alert.

The Ticker

Berkeley Astronomers Call for Professor's Departure After Harassment Allegations

"We believe that Geoff Marcy cannot perform the functions of a faculty member," the prominent astronomer's colleagues wrote.


Wired Campus

A Top Proponent of Higher-Ed Disruption Moves to Put His Theories Into Practice

Michael B. Horn, a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, stepped down on Friday as director of its education program to begin working more directly with companies in the education market.

The Ticker

Calif. Governor OKs Bill to Tighten Campus Gun Ban but Vetoes Sex-Assault Bill

The rejected bill had called for standardized policies and punishments for campus rape. Governor Brown said officials needed latitude to use "their better judgment" in disciplinary matters.


Why a Certain $21 Million Is Worth Much More to the U. of Phoenix

For now, the university is barred from enrolling active-duty military personnel under a Department of Defense program. The loss of that ability, and the money that comes with it, could have an outsize impact.

The Ticker

Charges of Harassment by Famous Astronomer Prompt Soul-Searching About Sexism in the Sciences

An inquiry by the University of California at Berkeley found that Geoffrey W. Marcy had repeatedly engaged in "inappropriate behavior" with female students. Many scientists ask why the university didn't do more to punish the professor.



As Federal Investigations of Sex Assault Get Tougher, Some Ask if That’s Progress  

Colleges’ latest settlements with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights divide opinions: greater protection for students or automatic indictment of institutions?



How Fafsa’s New Reliance on Older Tax Data Could Affect Colleges  

The chance to apply for aid earlier, using so-called prior-prior-year tax records, is widely seen as a win for students, but much will depend on how colleges and states respond.


The Chronicle Review

Racism's Toll  

The screening of myriad slights is an emotional tax that minorities pay every day.

Lingua Franca

From Seneca to Self-Help

Amitava Kumar contemplates the rise, and then the fall, of the advice book in academe. Perhaps we ought to temper our criticism of such works, he says, because isn't self-help precisely what we offer students in our teaching?



The Professor Is In: Research Plans, Proposals, and Statements

What search committees really want when they ask for each of those documents.



Job-Market Advice — for Faculty

Let’s not be the sort of advisers who evade responsibility for our students’ career options.



Adding Before Subtracting

How do you live a life that is full without bursting at the seams?