Inside Higher Ed
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Using a Racial Slur in the Classroom Is Never OK. Right?

Some say that student complaints about racial discrimination have a “chilling effect on academic freedom.”

Oct. 1 2015 4:43 PMCollege: Worth the Cost?Only half of college grads say their educations were definitely worth what they paid for them.
Sept. 17 2015 4:19 PMChild Care Shouldn’t Be an AfterthoughtIt’s shameful that we’re still discussing child care at academic conferences.
Sept. 10 2015 1:42 PMWhere No Band Has Gone BeforeThe starship Enterprise meets the halftime drill, with unexpected results.
Aug. 31 2015 9:07 AMHer Résumé Is Good, But How’s Her Personality?Colleges are trying to use personality tests to pick their presidents.
Aug. 13 2015 10:45 AMPlaying the GameColleges want to sweeten athletic scholarships. So they inflate the cost of attendance to give more money to athletes but not others.
July 30 2015 4:14 PMHow Unemployment Rates Shift Choices of MajorsWhen the economy is weak, college students flee liberal arts.
July 16 2015 1:24 PMFalse SecurityPlagiarism detection software is costly, ineffective, and error-prone. Why are more and more teachers turning to it?
July 2 2015 8:00 AMBeyond the FlagThe names of Confederate leaders still adorn the halls of prominent universities. Is that OK?
June 19 2015 4:00 PM“Less Soda Means More Adderall”What happens when a college campus bans sugary drinks?
June 1 2015 7:03 PMTenure Under AttackWisconsin just moved to eliminate tenure and weaken shared governance. Could the move be fatal to the University of Wisconsin?
May 22 2015 12:49 PMDoing Their Fair Share?The Harvards of the world are awash in public funds for low-income students. Why aren’t they doing more to enroll them?
May 7 2015 9:00 AMProse by Any Other NameIf you want to champion the humanities, don’t focus so narrowly on Shakespeare.
April 24 2015 4:36 PMHow to Quit Cat GIFsAnti-distraction software can help solve your procrastination habit.
April 10 2015 9:25 AMSniper vs. PaddingtonMichigan’s film flip-flop reveals how campuses struggle to embrace free speech without offending students.
March 27 2015 2:00 PMFighting Words?A professor compared Hamas to a rabid pit bull. Free speech couldn’t protect him from student vitriol.
Sept. 22 2015 12:44 PMThe Home Team AdvantageWhy students who are the same race as their TAs get better grades.
Sept. 11 2015 12:33 PMThe Rise of “Quit Lit”Soon-to-be former academics are taking their grievances public.
Sept. 3 2015 2:31 PMRethinking “1 in 5”Campus surveys support the oft-criticized sexual assault statistic. Now colleges are taking action.
Aug. 21 2015 11:55 AMYes Means Yes: The Musical!Understanding consent is becoming a big part of college orientation—sometimes with the help of some song and dance.
Aug. 11 2015 11:16 AMHow to Lose Your University JobPrivate emails released by the University of Illinois show a professor was unhired due to offensive Twitter comments.
July 23 2015 12:23 PMA Breakthrough for Gay Christian ProfessorsTwo Christian colleges adopt a new policy on LGBTQ professors.
July 10 2015 3:55 PMExtra CredditAcademics are trying to crack the Reddit code.
June 24 2015 3:10 PMNo Tolerance for IntoleranceSouthern universities are calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other racist symbols.
June 12 2015 3:28 PMStay at Home, LadiesOne university considers banning women from frats to protect them from sexual assault. Seriously?
May 29 2015 11:46 AMHaunted by High SchoolColleges often make admissions decisions based on students’ misbehavior in high school. Is that fair?
May 15 2015 5:21 PMDoes This Thing Have an Undo Button?After a prof’s explosive comments, some critics think tweeting about race should be a fireable offense.
May 1 2015 10:15 AMSlam FlunkCan a professor fail his entire class? Texas A&M says no way.
April 20 2015 5:51 PMPlaying Catch-UpSports-powerhouse universities keep choosing leaders with no experience in sports. Is that a problem?
March 30 2015 4:39 PMCriticism UnwelcomeThe United Arab Emirates blocked an NYU professor who questioned its policies. Is academic freedom at risk?
March 26 2015 6:16 PMNo Funds for YouThe Department of Education withholds massive amounts of funding from “risky” colleges. It doesn’t have to tell us which ones.