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colleges and universities



  • The Dark Side of Campus Efforts to Stop COVID-19

    by Grace Watkins

    While colleges have a legitimate interest in suppressing virus transmission on campus, it is dangerous to expand the surveillance powers of campus police. 



  • Debates over Race, History and Values Roil Texas A&M as Campus Diversifies

    Texas A&M's mostly white and conservative alumni network supports campus traditions that clash with the values of the school's increasingly diverse students today, highlighted in protests to remove a statue of a former university president who participated in massacres of Black soliders as a Confederate, violently purged Native people as a Texas Ranger, and presided over the violent aftermath of Reconstruction as Governor.


  • The Latest Resurgence of Ethnic Studies

    by Elwood Watson

    The history of ethnic studies as an academic movement is a cycle of rise and retrenchment; protest movements often push for more representative curricula, while forces of tradition and austerity seek to uphold a canon or push majors linked directly to the job market. Today's protest movements are pushing an ethnic studies renaissance despite the dire financial straits of many colleges and students.



  • Not ‘Glorified Skype’

    The extensive labor required to develop new online courses or shift existing ones to a virtual or mixed delivery is not always obvious to higher ed critics. 



  • Early Dispatches From the COVID-19 Classroom

    As the fall term begins, professors describe their experiences in the in-person (and virtual) classroom. Their verdict? Better than feared. Lots of faculty experimentation. Students are anxious, and physical conditions are … mixed.



  • Clemson Discovers Graves of Dozens of People Enslaved by John C. Calhoun

    “My research shows that Black lives hardly mattered at all at Clemson until after desegregation, and the discovery we made in this burial ground tells me that Black deaths mattered even less,” Dr. Rhondda Thomas said Monday. “The thing that I found was that Black labor mattered the most on this land where Clemson was built.”