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Texas Picked an Ominous Date to Arm Its Public Colleges

Fifty years after the first mass shooting on a campus, is this really the best that we can do?

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Why a College Should Teach Its Own History

For one thing, a large course with cross-disciplinary appeal creates a sense of community that, in both short and long terms, do a college good.

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Adaptive Learning Could Be the Tesla of Education — in a Bad Way

Ed-tech company officials who make exaggerated claims about the power of their products aren’t doing students any favors, and could end up hurting them.

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Why I’m Not Joining ‘Historians Against Trump’

A statement by the new group repudiates the discipline’s own values.

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Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Face More Tests After ‘Fisher’

The Supreme Court’s decision leaves the courthouse door open for every program to be judged on its particular facts.

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The Lessons of Brexit for the Humanities

Professors may think they can no longer live within their universities. But they certainly cannot live outside them.

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Flagships Must Create New Models to Preserve the Public Good

America built its economic strength and political vitality on the backs of its public universities. What will it take to sustain them?

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Building on the Success of the ‘Fisher’ Decision

Colleges need to expand the pipeline of talented individuals, and to provide opportunities for diverse groups of young people to work together, long before they reach college age.

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How We Overhauled Our Campuses Using New Markets Tax Credits

The federal program, which just got a five-year extension, handed two institutions the resources to make vital capital improvements.

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Amazon’s Quiet Dominance of Higher-Ed Learning Platforms

More and more colleges have moved their learning-management software to "the cloud." What they don’t realize is that it’s all on the same cloud.

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The Gifts of Pat Summitt

She was not just No. 1 among women’s basketball coaches. Beyond statistics, she was one of a kind.

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The Supreme Court Frees Colleges to Sensibly Pursue Diversity

The Fisher II decision signals, in a time of deep unrest, that race matters.

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5 Lessons to Take From the Fisher Decision

The Supreme Court has struck a delicate balance between judicial review and the deference due to educational judgments informed by evidence. Colleges can learn from that.

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Chalk Dust on the Sleeve of Her Soul

To her colleagues and students at Trinity College, Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher mattered deeply. The feeling was mutual.

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No Cookie Cutting in My Classroom

If only we could measure and predict and control every possible variable in education — then what?

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Long Jail Terms for Sexual Offenders Do Little Good

Our goal should be to prevent sexual assaults, like the notorious one at Stanford, from happening in the first place.

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Colleges Should Be Nurturing Interfaith Leaders

Any institution that promises to prepare global citizens has to take religious diversity seriously.

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Why Brock Turner Should Talk to Campus Men About Sexual Assault

Convicted of assault, banned from campus, and sentenced to jail, this ex-Stanford student could tell white males about the consequences of drinking and promiscuity.

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Adaptive Learning Earns an Incomplete

A recent report attempts to determine whether the teaching technique actually helps students learn better than traditional methods do. Because of methodological challenges, the results are inconclusive.

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The Real Reason Small Colleges Fail

It’s not just because of their size. It’s because someone is falling down on the job.