Can the Student Course Evaluation Be Redeemed?  

Amid mounting critiques of the surveys’ reliability and validity, a nonprofit group in Kansas has crafted an alternative.



At One College, Professors Support Students Protesting Racial Inequality

Sympathetic faculty members at Brandeis University are teaching from a syllabus devised by protesters and holding classes at the site of a sit-in.


Graduate Students

How One College Became Ground Zero for Grad-Student Unionization  

What began as a struggle for better working conditions at the New School now has implications for private universities nationwide.



Female Astronomers: Outsiders in Their Field  

Many say they are underestimated, discriminated against, even harassed. Some find support from one another and, crucially, from their universities.



Diversity Training Is in Demand. Does It Work?  

Campus prejudice cannot be solved in an afternoon. But institutions like the University of Missouri, where racial tension has provoked a wave of protests, hope such programs can foster meaningful change.



4 Professors of the Year Are Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service

The winners of the annual awards were selected from nearly 400 nominees nationwide.



For Students, Expectations About Academic Rigor Are Far From Universal

About half of all freshmen say their courses pushed them to do their best work, according to this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement.


College Is Accused of Exploiting State Labor Law to Trample Faculty Rights

A community college in New Jersey has eviscerated shared governance in response to state-imposed limits on its instructors’ bargaining powers, says the American Association of University Professors.


U. of Illinois Settles the Salaita Case, but Will That Help It Move On?

While the legal drama is over, academic boycotts remain in place.


How 4 Missouri Professors Are Teaching About a Free-Speech Furor

A professor drew widespread scorn for trying to block reporters from covering the unrest that recently gripped the campus. Some faculty members are raising the incident in their classrooms.

Labor & Work-Life Issues

Why Economists on the Academic Job Market Must Strike Quickly

Tenure-track jobs in the field tend to go to scholars who have just earned, or are wrapping up, their Ph.D.s. Here's a look at the data from Vitae's JobTracker project.


What Open-Access Publishing Actually Costs

Nonprofit publishers describe what they pay to create "free" academic journals.



The Invisible Labor of Minority Professors  

The hands-on attention that minority faculty members willingly provide to a diversifying population of students is an unheralded linchpin in helping them succeed.



Using Its City as a Teaching Lab, a School Helps Rebuild It, Too

Faculty members and students at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning find plenty to do, on scales from citywide to highly personal.



The Instructors Who Seek a Voice From Academe’s Margins

A study of full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members finds that many work in academic departments where they are subjected to slights, snubs, and exclusion from decision making.



Now Yale Faces the Hard Part: Turning $50 Million Into Faculty Diversity  

"This plan is not simply, Here’s a bunch of money; go find faculty," said a university official. Diversity efforts can require broad collaboration and careful planning.



What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing

All the editors and their entire editorial board resigned after Elsevier refused to make Lingua fully open access and to transfer ownership of the 66-year-old journal to them.



How to Help Researchers' Discoveries Go Viral  

Using the social-media site Tumblr, the University of California system has brought attention to everyday breakthroughs in its labs.

Graduate Students

$3-Million Grant Puts Ph.D. Candidates in 2-Year-College Classrooms  

Doctoral students from CUNY will teach humanities classes at a local community college, a move meant to prepare them for the country’s changing student population.


Subscription Scare Fuels Worries Over Who Controls Data That Scholars Need

When a group of Renaissance scholars said that ProQuest had canceled its members’ access to a key database, academics raised questions about whether private companies have too much power over scholarly research.



How a 40-Year-Old Idea Became Higher Education’s Next Big Thing  

Hundreds of colleges are exploring the competency-based approach to learning in hopes that it can fix one of their most-pressing ailments.


A Decade Ago, The Chronicle Envisioned Higher Education in 2015. How’d We Do?

Judging the predictions in "Higher Education 2015: How Will the Future Shake Out?"



Why Colleges Have a Hard Time Handling Professors Who Harass  

Berkeley officials said they could not quickly dismiss the astronomer Geoffrey W. Marcy because the process would have been "lengthy and uncertain." The case reflects the complex dynamics at play in such situations.

Graduate Students

What It Means When Harvard Tells Its Faculty How to Talk About Graduate-Student Unions  

The elite university has issued 15 dos and don’ts to help professors discuss unionization efforts with students.


Graduate Students

Health Care Is a New Flash Point for Graduate Students  

In response to the Affordable Care Act, some campuses have cut back on insurance coverage, leading graduate assistants to cry foul.