Wave of Campus Activism Brings Fresh Challenges for College Lawyers

Protests over race relations and debates over the rights of transgender people are among the campus issues fueling new conversations on longstanding civil-rights issues.



Arkansas’ ‘Pathways’ Program Could Be a Model for Spurring Completion

With enough financing from state and federal sources, the program could help many more disadvantaged students graduate and prosper, officials say.



Law Schools Cut Back to Counter Tough Financial Times

Many were once a boon to their universities, with revenues that subsidized money-losing parts of the institution. Now the money is frequently going in the opposite direction.



Police Confront the Price Tag of Prepping for Guns on Campus

As campus carry becomes legal in Texas and active-shooter scenarios loom in the public consciousness, security officials are grappling with costs both big and small.



Is Student-Loan Debt Really Holding Would-Be Entrepreneurs Back?

Hillary Clinton wants to help aspiring business creators with their loans. Higher-education experts don’t think that’s the best way to help them out.



4 Ways Cleveland’s Colleges Are Bracing for the Republican Convention

Amid concerns over protests and other potential unrest, institutions like Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College are expanding their police presence and advising students on how to stay safe.



Washington U. Is Fixing Its Economic-Diversity Problem. Its Next Challenge Is Parity.

The university is making progress in enrolling more students eligible for Pell Grants. Now it is wrestling with how to better support low-income students once they enroll.


Israel's Ben-Gurion U. Lands $400-Million Gift for Water Research

The bequest, to the university's fund-raising arm in the United States, is from a couple who escaped from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Leadership & Governance

Gay College Leaders Reflect on Barriers, and How Far They’ve Come

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education held its second annual conference in the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay Americans. Even in the aftermath of that tragedy, some members saw encouraging signs.



Why an Ex-Mayor Sees Minority Students as Assets for Globally Competitive Businesses

A former mayor of Minneapolis says "different schools" will help close the achievement gap between white and minority students.


Leadership & Governance

Video: N.C. ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Discriminatory

Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, says a controversial law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates is discriminatory and could damage his campus's standing in the scholarly community.




Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plan — and to Hopes of ‘Dreamers’

A deadlocked vote by the justices preserves a lower court’s ruling against a proposal that would have shielded from deportation many parents and siblings of college students.


Admissions & Student Aid

As ‘Fisher’ Churned, Conversations About Campus Diversity Evolved

Shifts in economics and student demographics, along with resurgent activism, have altered the tenor of the discussion about affirmative action over the past eight years.


Federal Panel Votes to Shut Down an Accreditor Blamed for Failures of For-Profit Higher Ed

The recommendation to strip the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition won’t be the final word. But it starts a process that could lead to the agency’s demise.



Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Just Got Easier to Defend

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the University of Texas both fleshes out how colleges can stay out of legal trouble and blunts some of the weapons used to attack affirmative action.


South Carolina Calls Proposal to Abolish Pledging a 'Game Changer'

As it tries to confront hazing and a student’s death, the state’s flagship university proposes a new recruitment and initiation process for campus Greek life.



Fine-Tuning the 'Nudges' That Help Students Get to and Through College

A researcher describes her group’s work to design and test behavioral interventions that colleges can use to help students find and stay on their path to a degree.



Can a City's Compassion Remedy Educational Inequity?

Louisville, Ky., wants to be known for sending its kids, all of them, to college. And it has a plan to make that happen.



2 High-Profile Cases Offer Glimpse of Future Trends in Campus Sex Assaults

Court proceedings catapulted Brock Allen Turner and Jack Montague, both athletes at prestigious colleges, into the national news. But the differences between their cases are as instructive as the commonalities.



The Week: What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days

Colleges in Florida and Pennsylvania mourn students killed in the Orlando shooting. A six-month sentence for a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault sparks outrage. And the Department of Education comes down hard on an accreditor of for-profit colleges.


Leadership & Governance

As U. of Louisville’s President Steps Down, Kentucky Governor Seeks to Upend Its Board

Gov. Matt Bevin disbanded the Board of Trustees, put an interim board in place, and sought to create a new governance structure. One faculty member called the moves "political gangsterism."



A University Touched by Tragedy Ponders How to Recover

The University of Central Florida had a crisis plan in place and responded quickly after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. But coping with the aftermath is a longer process.

Leadership & Governance

What Are College Governing Boards Getting From Their Search Firms?

A new analysis finds that contracts frequently give headhunters wide latitude to operate, and impose few specific requirements.



A University’s Struggle With Honor

Brigham Young searches for a sexual-assault plan that respects both its students and its principles.


Leadership & Governance

A New Scholarship Inspired by the Founding Father of Finance, via Broadway

The award at Wesleyan University honors the two men behind Hamilton, the smash-hit musical. Michael S. Roth, the university's president, explains how it came together.