George Mason’s Plans to Honor Scalia Spark Protests Over the University’s Direction

Critics of an agreement to rename the Virginia institution's law school after the late Supreme Court justice see the move as evidence that the university is being steered rightward by big donors like the Charles Koch Foundation.



How Colleges Are Turning Their Racist Pasts Into Teaching Opportunities  

In keeping John C. Calhoun’s name on a college, Yale University says it welcomes the chance to teach American history. Here’s how that has worked out on three other campuses.



After 3 Years, U. of Colorado Deems Its Conservative-Scholars Program a Success  

But the Boulder campus’s invitation of visiting professors of conservative thought may not work elsewhere.


Dissecting One (Extremely Boring) College Lecture  

Three teaching experts offer color commentary on a classroom scene, and discuss the pros and cons of this enduring teaching format.



What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers  

Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A "learning assistant" in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.



Being Melissa Click  

Is the former Missouri professor an out-of-control activist? A poster child for academic freedom? Or something else?


Graduate Students

How Colleges Help Foreign Grad Students With Their Teaching  

Language apps, cultural lessons, and theater skills are enlisted in getting international grad students more comfortable in front of the classroom.



A Final Round of Advice for Final Exams

Ready for final exams? Cram by revisiting some of our most-read advice on this all-important part of the year.



Zika Virus Complicates Crusade Against Research on Fetal Tissue  

Many, but not all, medical researchers say the material is vital for investigating how the virus affects infants’ brains while still in the womb.



The Pentagon Wants to Expand University Research Ties. Here’s What It’s Looking For.  

Stephen P. Welby, the new assistant secretary for research and engineering, says the Defense Department wants to build more relationships "with smart folks who are thinking about the future," including campus scientists.



How to Build a Major in a Young Field  

The University of Toledo’s new disability-studies program attracts undergradute interest.



Online Piracy of Academic Materials Extends to Scholarly Books  

A website called Library Genesis, apparently a sister site to the notorious Sci-Hub, has ripped off thousands of university-press titles.


Streamlining the Path to Program Completion  

Community colleges are exploring structured approaches that more efficiently guide students through the course-selection process. No, it's not about killing the liberal arts.


Faculty Salaries Show Strong Recovery From Recession

An annual survey by the American Association of University Professors found positive signs in a gradually improving economy, while it lamented long-term trends in the academic work force.



4-Part Plan Seeks to Fix Mathematics Education  

The way colleges teach math has long been criticized as outdated. Now a new player is fostering fresh approaches.


We May Know Less Than We Thought About What Helps or Hurts Students  

New studies argue that much research on educational outcomes fails to fully account for students’ predispositions or the risks of too much of a good thing.



The Researchers Who Sank a Bogus Canvassing Study Have Replicated Some of Its Findings

David Broockman and Joshua Kalla exposed major flaws in a celebrated piece of political-science research. Their new paper builds on that debunked project — but this time, they say, the data are real.



Tenure Rights and the Rise of Title IX: a Looming Culture Clash  

The controversy over sexual-harassment cases at Berkeley highlights the larger battle over faculty protections and the call for a swift conclusion of complaints.



When States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, Low-Income Students May Suffer

Some observers have worried that states’ efforts to make colleges more efficient could box out less-advantaged students. New research suggests they may be right.


Northwestern U. Surgeon Is Cleared in Lawsuit Over Cardiac Device  

The jury sided with the surgeon, who argued that his use of the unapproved device in patients was allowed under federal rules.



If Skills Are the New Canon, Are Colleges Teaching Them?  

For a long time, disciplinary content was king. Now just about everyone agrees that students should learn skills like critical thinking. What's trickier is how.



The Calculated Value of a President With a STEM Degree  

For most of the scientists who are in charge of a growing number of universities, leadership is a continued form of experimentation.


Unionizing Pays Big Dividend for Professors at Regional Public Universities

An unusual study of faculty compensation finds gaps based on union status, proximity to cities, and institutional size.


What Professors Off the Tenure Track at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

Untenured faculty members make substantially less than tenured or tenure-track faculty members across all fields, with the biggest gap — 60 percent — in science technologies.



‘Silly, Sanctimonious Games’: How a Syllabus Sparked a War Between a Professor and His College  

When the College of Charleston told Robert T. Dillon that a quote from 1896 wouldn’t cut it as a statement of his course’s learning outcomes, no one was prepared for the mess that ensued.