Syllabus Tyrannus The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi.
Cease Rogeting Proximately!College students (and adults) sure love the right-click thesaurus. Too bad it makes you sound the opposite of smart.
Strongest Possible EndorsementA funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation.
Bard’s Better Admissions ApplicationForget the Common App. Write four good essays for Bard College and you’re in.
The Study-Abroad ScamToo many programs take your money but give you little in return— or enrich your skimming university. Here’s how to choose the right one.
Free to Be a JerkAcademic freedom means no professor’s career should suffer because of political beliefs—even if they’re obnoxious.
“Alt-Ac” to the Rescue?Humanities Ph.D.s are daring to enjoy their “regular” jobs, and the definition of academic success is changing. Sort of.
The Birth of the #FergusonSyllabusIn St. Louis and around the country, professors and students grapple with the lessons of Ferguson.
Beware the Gilderoy Lockharts of the UniversityAny professor who makes students buy his own book is probably an egomaniacal twit.
“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
Interminable DegreesIs the future of higher education a program from which you can never graduate?
Revise and Resubmit!Peer review is slow. It’s unhelpful. It’s generally awful. Here’s how to fix it.
Hands Off Your Grad Students!Yes, you’re consenting adults. But you’re harming your department, your discipline, and mentors everywhere.
“Do You Have a Plan to Harm Yourself or Anyone Else?”A professor confronts a disturbing student.
In Defense of Laptops in the ClassroomSure, that student may be on Facebook instead of listening to the lecture. But he’s in college—let him make his own mistakes.
This Superstar Professor Calls Students “Boring Idiots” and People Worship Him. Enough Already.
Bring On the SledgehammerPresident Obama’s college ratings plan is widely hated by the higher-ed status quo. That’s why it’s so promising.
Confessions of a Grade InflatorBetween the grubbing and the blubbering, grading fairly is just not worth the fight.
TODAY IN SLATE
Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola
Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
The U.S. Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria Will Probably Benefit America’s Other Enemies
Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
Building a Better Workplace
In Defense of HR
Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.
Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?
How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen
View From Chicago
Obama Can Bomb Pretty Much Anything He Wants To The real constraint on a president’s war-making powers is political, not legal.
Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.