Washington U. Is Fixing Its Economic-Diversity Problem. Its Next Challenge Is Parity.  

The university is making progress in enrolling more students eligible for Pell Grants. Now it is wrestling with how to better support low-income students once they enroll.



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.


South Carolina Calls Proposal to Abolish Pledging a 'Game Changer'

As it tries to confront hazing and a student’s death, the state’s flagship university proposes a new recruitment and initiation process for campus Greek life.



Fine-Tuning the 'Nudges' That Help Students Get to and Through College  

A researcher describes her group’s work to design and test behavioral interventions that colleges can use to help students find and stay on their path to a degree.



2 High-Profile Cases Offer Glimpse of Future Trends in Campus Sex Assaults  

Court proceedings catapulted Brock Allen Turner and Jack Montague, both athletes at prestigious colleges, into the national news. But the differences between their cases are as instructive as the commonalities.



A University Touched by Tragedy Ponders How to Recover  

The University of Central Florida had a crisis plan in place and responded quickly after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. But coping with the aftermath is a longer process.



A University’s Struggle With Honor  

Brigham Young searches for a sexual-assault plan that respects both its students and its principles.



Pulse as a Sanctuary  

Most college towns have a club like Orlando’s Pulse. Gay bars play a role that campus pride clubs do not, offering a haven where LGBT students can feel totally free. That’s why, for many, the tragedy in Orlando feels like a violation of sacred space.



To Reassure Nervous Students, Colleges Lean on LGBT Centers  

In the aftermath of the shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub, gay students are seeking safe spaces. That’s where resource centers come in.



Orlando's Colleges Offer Solace in the Wake of Tragedy

An attack on a gay nightclub over the weekend left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. Nearby colleges offered counseling, organized blood drives, and gave students a chance to reflect.



New Law in South Carolina Aims to Shine More Light on Fraternity Misconduct  

The first-of-its-kind measure may not end hazing, but it has the potential to change campus conversations about such behavior, experts said.



How Colleges Train for Active Shooters on Campus  

Colleges are turning to a variety of resources to make sure people on their campuses are prepared to respond to violent situations.


Liberal-Arts Majors Have Plenty of Job Prospects, if They Have Some Specific Skills, Too

An analysis by the company Burning Glass suggests modest ways that graduates can catch the eyes of employers.



When Vocational Education Spurs Students to Strive for College  

At a rural high school in Washington State, courses like electronics and exercise science engage rather than divert students.



Outrage Over a Stanford Rape Case Might Change How Some Colleges Respond to Sexual Violence  

The university says it did everything in its power to assure justice in the case of a former student who was convicted of sexual assault. But the furor over his sentencing could still be a catalyst for reforms.



Does Higher Education Perpetuate Inequality?

Colleges are seen broadly as engines of opportunity, as economic equalizers. Is that reputation deserved? Read more from a series exploring that question.



Campus Shootings Leave Scars but Also Provide Lessons  

The Universities of Arizona, Arkansas, and Iowa have all seen professors killed by current or former graduate students within the last two decades. The tragedies have left professors thinking about the importance of honesty and smart policy.



Scared and Unprepared, UCLA Students Improvised a Lockdown Response

Students on the campus where two were killed on Wednesday said they hadn’t been trained in how to handle shootings. So they relied on ingenuity and, remarkably, personal experience.



Baylor’s Admission of Major Mistakes on Sexual Assault Sends Shock Through Its Community

The university’s decision to demote the president and fire the football coach left activists feeling as if their voices had finally been heard.



At the End of a Watershed Year, Can Student Activists Sustain Momentum?  

The protesters who made race on campus a nationwide issue certainly intend to keep up the pressure. They’re recruiting a new generation of leaders, placing students on campus committees, and boning up on administrative bureaucracy.


Among Greek Groups, Efforts to Curb Drinking Have Little Effect

Members of fraternities and sororities who participated in alcohol-education programs drank just as heavily as before, sometimes even more heavily, a study finds.



‘Yes’ to Sex? Students Consider What That Looks and Sounds Like  

The standard of "affirmative consent" in sexual encounters has spread to many campuses, but students are still trying to figure out how to apply it.



As Consent Rules Change, Big Questions Come to the Surface  

Hundreds of colleges and a few states have adopted policies requiring affirmative consent. An unusual conference in Texas highlighted moral and philosophical objections to the new approach.



Read More About 'Yes Means Yes'

Affirmative-consent rules are intended to set clear standards for what’s required of students. And they're changing how colleges adjudicate alleged assaults. 



Behind Some Campus Protests, a Team of Paid Professionals  

An online petition site is changing how some student activists operate by offering them free coaching, advice on how to "optimize" their demands, and even protest posters.