AAUP Rethinks How It Fights Governing Boards  

The American Association of University Professors plans to review its policies dealing with colleges’ governing boards in response to fears of ineffectiveness and controversy surrounding its sanction of the University of Iowa.



Data Mining Points Path to Helping Female and Minority Scientists

Research from Harvard suggests that measuring "reach" — how closely one journal author is connected to others — could be a key factor in career advancement.



Why an Ex-Mayor Sees Minority Students as Assets for Globally Competitive Businesses  

A former mayor of Minneapolis says "different schools" will help close the achievement gap between white and minority students.

The Ticker

Hillary Clinton Proposes Student-Loan Deferments for Entrepreneurs

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee suggested that they could put off federal student-loan payments for up to three years.

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ACT Will Change Scoring Scale for Writing Test

The optional part of the exam will now be scored on a 2-to-12 scale, but the test itself will not change.

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Private Urban Universities Beat Rivals in Enrollment and Revenue Growth, Moody’s Says

They have done a better job of attracting international and graduate students than have their rural and suburban counterparts, according to a report.

Leadership & Governance

Gay College Leaders Reflect on Barriers, and How Far They’ve Come  

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education held its second annual conference in the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay Americans. Even in the aftermath of that tragedy, some members saw encouraging signs.


Video: N.C. ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Discriminatory

Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, says a controversial law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates is discriminatory and could damage his campus's standing in the scholarly community.



Admissions & Student Aid

As ‘Fisher’ Churned, Conversations About Campus Diversity Evolved  

Shifts in economics and student demographics, along with resurgent activism, have altered the tenor of the discussion about affirmative action over the past eight years.



Race-Conscious Admissions Policies Just Got Easier to Defend  

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the University of Texas both fleshes out how colleges can stay out of legal trouble and blunts some of the weapons used to attack affirmative action.

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3 Key Takeaways From the Supreme Court's Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions

The University of Texas at Austin is not off the hook, even though its holistic process is legal, the majority ruled. But this was not a sweeping affirmation of affirmative action.



Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Immigration Plan — and to Hopes of ‘Dreamers’

A deadlocked vote by the justices preserves a lower court’s ruling against a proposal that would have shielded from deportation many parents and siblings of college students.


Federal Panel Votes to Shut Down an Accreditor Blamed for Failures of For-Profit Higher Ed

The recommendation to strip the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools of its federal recognition won’t be the final word. But it starts a process that could lead to the agency’s demise.


The Chronicle Review

Where Conservative Ideas Come From

Historians of the right face a reckoning in the time of Trump.

Lingua Franca

Is This the Right Moment?

Anne Curzan asks us to think about when and why we correct other people's language.


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The Ghost (Writer) in the Machine

Who wrote the first novel on a word processor, and what is the future of writing technology?



Peer Reviewing the Peer Reviews

With a little help from your friends, you can understand which reviewers have been helpful and which should be ignored.



On Academic Envy

It’s aggravating to experience professional jealousy. It’s even more irritating to realize it’s hampering your own work.