ThrashedFlorida State’s new president is underqualified and mistrusted. But here’s how he can turn it around.
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.
Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
“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.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Democrats’ War at Home
How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
The Democrats’ War at Home How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best
Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke
A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking
Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10
Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.
How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.
Building a Better Workplace
You Deserve a Pre-cation
The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.
Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps
The Ludicrous Claims You’ll Hear at This Company’s “Egg Freezing Parties”
Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
Going Private To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
Behind the Scenes
“I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death” Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.