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.

The Ticker

Protester at Kean U. Fabricated Threats Against Black Students, Police Say

The former student left a rally against racism to tweet the threats, the police said, then returned to show the fabricated threats to protesters.

The Ticker

Student at Western Washington U. Is Arrested Over Yik Yak Threats

The anonymous social-media posts were viewed as so threatening to minority students that the university shut down last Tuesday and resumed classes only on Monday.


How Much Can Campus-Crime Reports Tell Us About Sexual Assault?  

Nine out of 10 colleges reported no rapes on their campuses in 2014 under the law known as the Clery Act. What that means depends on who's weighing in.


Leadership & Governance

Video: Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital

President Sari Feldman of the American Library Association discusses programs that preserve tweets as well as books.



Torn Over Tactics: Activists Refine Their Demands as Protests Over Racism Spread  

Backlashes on some campuses and compromises on others have prompted some student activists to settle for less.



Why So Many New Graduates of Elite Colleges Flock to the Same Kinds of Jobs  

Sure, financial, consulting, and tech firms recruit heavily. But universities themselves play a key role in structuring the pathways to those careers, according to new research.


The Chronicle Review


Steve Jobs sought to be one with the universe. The catch? He was his universe.



Call and Response

The students' "Call to Action" listed some two dozen recent microaggressions and acts of bias -- including my course.



Surviving the Postdocalypse: Filling Your Knowledge Gaps

Learning to identify which skills you need for a nonacademic career — and how to acquire them — is a skill unto itself.