Shaking Up the Status Quo
Love it or hate it, welcome or fear it, innovation seems to be on everyone's agenda these days. But what does it really mean? This special report looks at colleges that are doing things differently—questioning the traditional degree, reinventing the academic calendar, "flipping" the classroom or physically reconfiguring it, seeking new ways to evaluate what students know, and helping them navigate life after college.
3 Big Ideas on Campuses
Today's students often attend multiple institutions and mix learning experiences. But is academe ready for them?
Colleges are offering many new options to encourage flexibility.
The University of Wisconsin's new flexible-degree option is being watched closely.
Who Drives Innovation?
Faculty members and administrators share common ground but disagree on where academe is headed in the next decade and whether it provides good value for the money, a Chronicle survey shows.
With the growing focus on jobs, career services have a new visibility on many campuses.
Lectures at home, homework in class: How it works in practice, for students and for professors.
New ideas call for bigger spaces, furniture on wheels, and more money.
Companies offering higher-education products online are a billion-dollar industry.
Colleges can thrive during challenging times, write Clayton M. Christensen and Michael B. Horn.
In an excerpt from his new book, Robert Zemsky explains why a cultural shift will require collective action.
Patrick T. Harker, president of the University of Delaware, thinks colleges should create a new level of teacher, an idea borrowed from the medical profession.
Universities reed to create student-business incubators that are about education, not just profit, argue Andrew Phelps and Evan Selinger.
Can Innovation Stick?
The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering was created to foster innovative approaches to engineering education. How much impact can one upstart possibly have?
Seven scholarly thinkers discuss whether or not meaningful change in the academy is realistic—or necessary.