Being Civil Doesn’t Have to Mean Remaining Silent

Conflict resolution is difficult in the face of intense public interest, as the Salaita case shows. But it’s no less necessary for that.



It's Not a Game: Future Secretaries Must Respect Higher Education's Complexity

Academe has been ill served by "one size fits all" mandates, outsized foundation and corporate influence, and a disregard for the people who know what it takes to help students succeed.


Arne Duncan’s Legacy: The Difference That Strong Leadership Can Make

Our higher-education system is now a step closer to reflecting the needs of today’s increasingly diverse students — and the changing meaning of "college" to include all types of postsecondary learning.


The Problem With Religious Tolerance

You can think a religious belief is wrong without being intolerant. It’s time to start recognizing the difference.



The Gravest Threat to Colleges Comes From Within

Intellectual freedom is what enlightens the world. Now students’ demands to stifle that freedom put higher education’s mission at risk.


Don’t Tell Me What’s Best for My Students

The decision whether or not to warn them about powerful material belongs in the classroom, with the instructor.



Professors may think they’re protected by academic freedom, but even the tenured should use social media with extreme caution.



The Painful Lessons of Sweet Briar and Cooper Union  

Hard decisions are getting even harder for boards to make, thanks to interference from donors, alumni, and local politicians.



A Better Plan for Debt-Free College: Give Money Straight to Students

If federal subsidies go mostly to state institutions, as presidential candidates have proposed, many small private colleges will have to close their doors.



Endowments Are Financial Pillars, Not Piggy Banks

Recent attacks on colleges' endowments betray a fundamental misunderstanding about their purpose and function.


Why the U.S. Needs Better Student Data

The new College Scorecard starts to show how well individual institutions are serving students. But it must also include data on the substantial portion who don’t receive federal aid.


New Fafsa Changes Will Bring Unintended Consequences for Colleges

For parents and students, a great deal of the current uncertainty about selecting a college may vanish overnight. Not so for colleges.


Welcome, Outsider: Here’s How You Can Foster Faculty Confidence

The differences between higher education and corporate America are real, and leaders who cross the border tread dangerously.



For Our Free Speech, We Have Censors to Thank

On the centennial of the death of Anthony Comstock, the archetypal bluenose, let us learn from the epic failure of his career.



Time Is Right for Colleges to Shift From Assembly-Line Education

Competency-based education, which focuses on results rather than process, is a model that colleges are going to have to adopt to survive.


Why You Ought to Think Twice Before Assigning a Pricey Textbook

Not only are they too expensive, but they can hamper the best kind of teaching.


The Real Work of ‘Saving’ 2 Colleges Has Yet to Be Done

State attorneys general stepped in to broker changes at Sweet Briar College and the Cooper Union, and disgruntled alumni claimed victories. The interventions were nothing of the kind.



A ‘Tour of Duty’ Before College Would Serve Students and the Nation

To improve civic literacy and ease student-loan debt, a voluntary national-service program for high-school graduates, leading to two years of a free college education, is an idea worth considering.



My Love-Hate Relationship With TurnItIn

The plagiarism-detection tool efficiently dispenses with a laborious task. But is it fair to students?