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‘Don’t Teach. Strike’: Professors Join the Fray as Millions Prepare to March Against Climate Change
Some faculty members plan to cancel classes on Friday and take part with their students in the youth-led Global Climate Strike.

Giving Students What They Want: Transformation
A retired professor who started teaching college students in his mid-50s offers advice on the best ways to prepare students for the real world.

What I'm Reading: 'Book Breaking and Book Mending'
An essay by a journalist who earned a Ph.D. reminds a writing instructor that academic writing shouldn't forsake good storytelling.

Could Alaska’s Diverse Campuses Survive a Forced Marriage?
A cost-saving plan to consolidate the state’s three universities raises questions about what could be lost.

How to Help First-Year Students Tackle Project-Based Learning

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, first-year students can slowly immerse themselves in project-based learning, to prepare them for more complex courses later on.


New Mexico Governor Unveils Sweeping Free-Tuition Proposal, as Some Question Who Will Benefit Most
In-state residents could receive up to four years of free tuition, regardless of income, under the plan.

Why Some Colleges Have Abandoned In-House Safe-Ride Programs in Favor of Uber, Lyft, or Via
Northwestern University announced on Wednesday that it’s outsourcing its late-night-ride service to the private ride-sharing company Via. That’s not unusual.

Transitions: New Chief at Florida Coastal School of Law, Interim Provost Named at Michigan State U.
Peter Goplerud was previously dean of Florida Coastal School of Law. Teresa Sullivan will become interim chief academic officer at Michigan State.

Since U. of Alabama Dean’s Resignation, Students and Faculty Have Demanded Answers From a Silent Administration
After three letters, two town halls, and one sit-in, the president finally responded.

Janet Napolitano Will Step Down as U. of California System’s President
The former U.S. secretary of homeland security said on Wednesday she would leave office in August 2020.

College Founded by Yale and National U. of Singapore Cancels Program on Dissent
Yale’s president, Peter Salovey, said the move could “threaten” the principles of free expression and open inquiry on which the joint liberal-arts campus was founded. And more news of global higher ed.

Overburdened Mental-Health Counselors Look After Students. But Who Looks After the Counselors?
Stress is on these overworked caregivers’ minds after the suicide last week of one of their own at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wellness Officers Examine the Health of Systems
Chief wellness officers take on the growing issue of burnout in resident physicians and others in medical schools.

Lessons From a Rural College’s ‘Turnaround,’ Before It Even Starts
Colorado’s Fort Lewis College won a competition for colleges that are seeking help to expand enrollment and raise revenue. The real work hasn’t started yet, but other colleges can learn a few things from Fort Lewis’s experience so far.

80 Years Ago, a Football Powerhouse Ditched the Sport as a ‘Crass’ Distraction. Why Haven’t More Colleges Followed Suit?
The experience of one recent president is an object lesson in why most leaders “hold on for dear life and just hope that athletics doesn’t take them down.”

The Innovation Imperative
This Chronicle report examines the rise and establishment of the innovation movement, barriers to change on campuses, and the necessary elements for meaningful progress. Written by two senior Chronicle writers — Goldie Blumenstyk and Lee Gardner — this in-depth resource also features 15 campus case studies.

Citing Risk to Investments, U. of California Will Divest Holdings in Fossil-Fuel Companies
University officials said the decision stemmed from fiscal responsibility, not political or moral pressure.

White House Officials Will Visit Campuses to Discuss Foreign Threats to Research
Amid heightened scrutiny of America’s research relationship with China, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will bring together different agencies to devise guidelines and best practices.

He Was the President. His Wife Was Getting Payments From the University. Is That a Problem?
Records obtained by The Chronicle show that Beth Cabrera was paid by George Mason University for contract work while her husband, Ángel Cabrera, served as its chief. The case sheds light on a gray area of college leadership.

Do Your New Trustees Have a Lot to Learn? ‘Flip’ Their Orientation
As boards grow more activist, some colleges hope to help new members better understand higher ed by jettisoning traditional orientations.

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