Chronicle of Higher Education: Subscribers’ Top Reads of 2015





“How Missouri’s Deans Plotted to Get Rid of Their Chancellor”

By Jack Stripling

Bowen Loftin’s resignation as chief of the flagship campus at Columbia has been cast as fallout from racial discord there. That’s not even the half of it.



“A Professor, a Graduate Student, and 2 Careers Derailed”

By Robin Wilson

In Northwestern University’s philosophy department, a relationship gone bad illustrates some of the toughest problems facing higher education.



“How a 40-Year-Old Idea Became Higher Education’s Next Big Thing”

By Dan Berrett

Hundreds of colleges are exploring the competency-based approach to learning in hopes that it can fix one of their most pressing ailments.



“College Admissions, Frozen in Time”

By Eric Hoover

In an era of innovation, higher education clings to an age-old system fueled by debatable metrics.



“The Credentials Craze: When a Degree Is Just the Beginning”

By Goldie Blumenstyk

Today’s employers want more information about what skills graduates really have, say groups that promote alternative credentials.



“Missed Classes, a Changed Grade, and One Disillusioned Adviser”

By Brad Wolverton

Two years ago, Will Collier landed his dream job, overseeing academic services for one of the country’s premier programs. His experience illustrates the challenge of protecting academic integrity in big-time college sports.



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“Is ‘Design Thinking’ the New Liberal Arts?”

By Peter N. Miller

A Stanford institute could change the way we think about learning.


“The Slow Death of the University”

By Terry Eagleton

Bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians are to blame.


“What It Feels Like to Be a Black Professor”

By John L. Jackson Jr.

The senior AfricanAmerican scholars I meet are bitter and disheartened. Am I doomed to the same fate?


“Why I Was Fired”

By Steven Salaita

Incivility is the only civilized response to barbarity.


“The Gutting of Gen Ed”

By Michael W. Clune

Defanged distribution requirements, faux interdisciplinarity, and applied AP credits are denying students the curricula they deserve.


“Teach or Perish”

By Jacques Berlinerblau

The professoriate needs to refocus on students or face extinction.



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