Save the Bunnies!

How college administrators can curb attrition, save money—and, oh yes, help students.

Dec. 9 2015 3:54 PMThe Humiliating Nightmare of Academic-Conference SeasonThis is why every academic you know is so depressed over the holidays. 
Nov. 17 2015 8:30 AMSome of America’s Worst For-Profit Colleges Are Raking It InHere’s how much they’re billing taxpayers.
Nov. 3 2015 11:10 AMIs This the Worst Free-Market Higher-Ed Idea Ever?It doesn’t work in the construction business, and it won’t work in academia, either.
Oct. 21 2015 10:47 AMProfessors Shouldn’t Teach to Younger Versions of ThemselvesToo many academics focus on ideal students rather than real ones.
Oct. 8 2015 1:27 PM“Kill All by 10-8-15”Teaching Leviathan in the aftermath of Roseburg.
Sept. 4 2015 10:58 AM“I Wanted to Give Them Something to Hide Behind”Finally, a magazine just for adjunct professors.
Aug. 4 2015 11:44 AM“A Kind of Grad-Student Gaslighting”Karen Kelsky has made navigating the brutal academic job market her business.
July 15 2015 2:41 PMThat “Volunteer Professor” AdWhat a sweet program for Mormon retirees tells us about the state of the adjunct universe.
July 8 2015 5:48 AMThe 5+2 SolutionIs a faster doctorate a better doctorate?
June 17 2015 11:07 AMThe Tenure Apocalypse“Jobs for life” are rare and mostly fictitious. Attacks on them obscure the real problems of higher ed.
June 2 2015 11:11 AMSlate Voice: “To the Teacher Who Changed My Life”Listen to John Dickerson read about the 10th-grade English teacher who changed his life, and how he got to say “thank you” before his teacher died.
May 19 2015 6:14 PMWill the Real Alice K. Colbert Please Stand Up?The busy, busy lives of faculty and students in fake degree programs, as told through stock photos.
April 13 2015 12:29 PMA Good Professor Is an Exhausted ProfessorA North Carolina education bill would be a disaster for research and pedagogy.
March 25 2015 10:50 AMValue SubtractedGov. Cuomo’s plan to tie teacher evaluations to test scores won’t help our public schools.
Jan. 29 2015 4:55 PMTo the Teacher Who Changed My LifeThank you.
Dec. 2 2015 2:28 PMSlate Voice: “The End of the College Essay”Students hate writing papers, and professors hate grading them. Should we stop assigning them? Listen to the debate on Slate Plus
Nov. 9 2015 6:05 PMShould It Really Take a Football Team to Force Change on Campus?The University of Missouri only listened to protests against racism when players got involved. That’s a huge problem.
Oct. 27 2015 11:40 AMIt’s Not About Yik YakThe app enables bullying and hate speech on campus. But the bigger problem is college students who don’t want to be in college.
Oct. 13 2015 3:53 PMThe Single Most Important Question on Any College Campus TourThe Obamas haven’t yet had the chance to ask it.
Sept. 8 2015 11:40 AMThe N-O ManThe University of Iowa’s new president has no experience, no ideas, and flubbed his own résumé.
Aug. 27 2015 6:00 AMThe Frightening Power of the Home-Schooling LobbyThanks to a small but fierce group, home schooling is barely regulated in much of the U.S. That means child neglect—and even abuse—is falling through the cracks.
July 22 2015 11:34 AM“We Don’t Want Students 2 Waste Their $”A professor tried to warn incoming freshmen about the gutting of their education. It didn’t go well.
July 8 2015 10:45 AMBoth Sides NowHigher education needs more diversity of thought. Bringing anti-vaccine paranoia into the classroom isn’t the way to achieve it.
June 30 2015 5:26 PMSlate Voice: “Bitch, I’ll Tell You Why This Sentence Construction Is So Effective”Listen to Katy Waldman read about the perfect sentence construction—and what makes it it’s so powerful.
June 4 2015 5:14 PM“This Is Your Money”Why for-profit colleges are the real welfare queens.
May 22 2015 1:51 PMCollege Students Are Not CustomersThis idiotic political shorthand needs to die, once and for all.
May 15 2015 5:45 PMWhy Not Get Rid of Student Evaluations?The answer requires us to think about power.
April 1 2015 1:20 PMThe Hierarchy of Humanities SchadenfreudeScoffing at academic job-market losers comes from some unexpected places.
Feb. 23 2015 8:00 AMThe Academy’s Dirty SecretAn astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.
Dec. 4 2014 11:13 AMThe Campus Alcohol Problem That Nobody Talks AboutWorried about binge drinkers? Start at the faculty club.