February 29, 2016

The Trends Report: 10 Key Shifts in Higher Education

In a year of turmoil − marked by campus protests, free-speech controversies, scandals involving academic research, questions about the value of a degree, and more − higher education continues to be on the defensive. Public scrutiny and the social-media environment mean college leaders must be prepared to respond to critics on and off campus, at any time. To help you stay ahead of the curve, we identify 10 national trends, along with case studies, expert commentary, and resources that will enable you to lead effectively in 2016.

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As college instructors hear calls to use "trigger warnings" and avoid "microaggressions" to avoid upsetting students, many suspect the real goal is limiting campus debate.

The University of Chicago inspires other institutions with a strong statement in favor of open debate.

Should a college debater have to warn an opponent that the chosen subject is a sensitive one?

While public scrutiny centers on how colleges handle sex-assault complaints, institutions are focusing more of their own efforts on preventing assaults before they happen.

The University of Central Missouri works to keep them from dropping out.

"Bringing in the Bystander" and "Know Your Power" are two campaigns that aim to teach people how to prevent sexual violence.

What is the best way to assess faculty activity?

The company’s work represents a danger to higher education everywhere, says a Rutgers professor.

When measuring scholarly output, it helps to ask faculty to develop their own yardsticks.

In the age of social media, college leaders must be accessible and honest ­— and fast.

Five tips from leaders and lawyers about how to prepare for and what to do in times of crisis.

New pressures threaten the faculty’s role in leadership.

A veteran president bases his predictions on recent events in North Carolina’s public higher-education system.

It’s more than just dining halls and parking lots.

NYU is using this ed-tech company to create a master’s-degree program for teachers.

Corporate influence and outright fraud undermine academic science.

Along with the Coca-Cola funding scandal, several other cases of alleged impropriety have put research credibility in the spotlight.

More information and a digital format can empower the "quantified student."

An emerging credential ecosystem offers new roles for colleges and employers.

The job is as multifaceted as it is hard to define. But some qualities are crucial: technical ability, design skills, pedagogical knowledge, and a deft interpersonal touch.

Base your efforts on what students actually want.

It’s a necessary partner to admissions, experts say, even if some colleges still don’t want to admit it.