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.



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.



Call to Shut Down a Controversial Accreditor Could Shake For-Profit Higher Ed

The Education Department’s recommendation to strip the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition could carry far-reaching consequences.



Pulse as a Sanctuary  

Most college towns have a club like Orlando’s Pulse. Gay bars play a role that campus pride clubs do not, offering a haven where LGBT students can feel totally free. That’s why, for many, the tragedy in Orlando feels like a violation of sacred space.

Admissions & Student Aid

Many Colleges Don’t Put Testing Requirements to the Test

If students are expected to take high-stakes exams, admissions offices should be working harder to understand what the tests actually predict, a report says.



To Reassure Nervous Students, Colleges Lean on LGBT Centers  

In the aftermath of the shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub, gay students are seeking safe spaces. That’s where resource centers come in.



Orlando's Colleges Offer Solace in the Wake of Tragedy

An attack on a gay nightclub over the weekend left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. Nearby colleges offered counseling, organized blood drives, and gave students a chance to reflect.


Why a Global Education Company Thinks It Can Revive Struggling Dowling College  

Maurits Van Rooijen, chief academic officer of Global University Systems, spoke with The Chronicle about his company and what it sees in a potential deal with the long-troubled private college in New York.