The Ticker

Suffolk's President and Its Board Chair Will Step Down

The board chair, Andrew Meyer Jr., will leave the board in May, while President Margaret A. McKenna will step down no later than the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

The Ticker

Keuka College to Change 'Wolfpack' Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

The college's teams will compete as the Wolves when the 2015-16 year concludes.

The Ticker

Accreditor Threatens to Step In as Illinois Colleges Wait for State Funds

The Higher Learning Commission says it is "obligated to move swiftly to protect Illinois students" if the state's budget impasse doesn't end soon.

Wired Campus

Looking Back at the Year in Ed Tech

Concerns about Yik Yak and analysis of MOOCs and online teaching were among the most popular stories this past year on our Wired Campus blog.

Wired Campus

Call for Nominations: Who Are the Top Tech Innovators in Higher Education?

The Chronicle is seeking suggestions for our annual feature on people trying to solve big problems facing campuses with the help of technology.

 

Wired Campus

Virtual-Reality Lab Explores New Kinds of Immersive Learning

The technology has powerful implications in distance learning. At the University of Maryland, researchers are using it in projects involving health care, public safety, and education.

ProfHacker

Consider Perforating Your Meetings

Maha Bali shares her experience of virtually joining a "perforated" meeting with Michael Berman and his team at CSU Channel Islands, and wonders if this idea is scalable.

ProfHacker

Open Thread Wednesday: Conducting Observations in Online Classes

Anastasia Salter takes a look at methods for evaluating your own and others' online classes.

ProfHacker

Protecting Your Site with BackWPup

If you run a website, you need reliable backups. Amy Cavender introduces readers to a plugin that can get the job done for WordPress sites.

Lingua Franca

The New Science

Bill Germano examines "science" as a transitive verb, and decides that it isn't enough.

Lingua Franca

Tricia

Most of the terms for death are euphemisms, and exist because people don't want to discuss it at all. Geoff Pullum makes an exception.

Lingua Franca

How ’Bout That Ass?

Lucy Ferriss takes a break from the novel she is writing to explore the etymology of "donkey."

Lingua Franca

Floating Along on Mardi Gras

From Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Comments on Etymology, Allan Metcalf learns why parade wagons are called floats.

Lingua Franca

Oh, Commas

Ben Yagoda postulates the origin of the phrase "Oh + noun" (which always takes a comma).