The possibilities and pitfalls of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
How social psychologist Diederik Stapel committed and rationalized an audacious academic fraud, and what his lies reveal about the culture of scientific research.
An overachiever on what he did and didn’t learn at Princeton.
Amidst the football-obsessed culture of small-town Christian colleges in Kansas, a player is killed at a party.
On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.
A week in the author’s life when it became impossible to control the course of events.
A college president on the bizarre experience of being informed by NBC News that he had hired a war criminal to teach French.
A Yale student on why nearly a quarter of her classmates will end up working for Wall Street.
On the enduring political influence and entrenched racism of the Greek system at the University of Alabama.
The story of a bizarre—and bizarrely effective—smear campaign.
"I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beer poured down fellow pledges' ass cracks... among other abuses."
A gay freshman at Rutgers, a spying roommate, and the trial that followed.Update 3/16/12: The roommate, Dharun Ravi, has been found guilty of hate crimes.
What happens when top universities focus on careers rather than minds.
Undercover as a student at Phoenix University, the largest for-profit higher education company in the country and the second-largest enroller of students (behind the SUNY system), where only 12 percent of first-time students graduate and the ad budget accounts for 30 percent of overall spending.
How American higher education became a summer camp doubling as a debt factory.
Hartwick College didn’t really mean to annihilate the U.S. economy. A small liberal-arts school in the Catskills, Hartwick is the kind of sleepy institution that local worthies were in the habit of founding back in the 1790s; it counts a former ambassador to Belize among its more prominent alumni, and placidly reclines in its berth as the number-174-ranked liberal-arts college in the country. But along with charming buildings and a spring-fed lake, the college once possessed a rather more unusual feature: a slumbering giant of compound interest.
Inside the lives of students at an elite Beijing high school in the months leading up to gaokao, literally “high test,” the national university admittance exam.
No one knew how Suzanne Jovin ended up in a wealthy neighborhood away from Yale’s campus in New Haven, or why she was brutally stabbed on the sidewalk, apparently by someone she knew. The only suspect that police named was her thesis advisor.
With fewer and fewer students having the income necessary to pay back loans (except through the use of more consumer debt), a massive default looks closer to inevitable.
On the emerging student loan bubble.
The story of the 2010 NCAA championship game between Duke and Butler, and what would have been greatest shot in college basketball history.
On being the lone male student at a women’s college.
How the culture of academia helped Amy Bishop, a University of Alabama scientist who murdered colleagues during a faculty meeting, fall apart.
“I had inherited a Rolodex full of useful phone numbers (the College Board, a helpful counselor in the UCLA admissions office), but the number I kept handing out was that of a family therapist.”
On a Duke student’s now infamous Powerpoint presentation of her sexual history; binge-drinking, post-feminism, and Mario Kart.
From the 1940s through the early 70s, incoming freshman at Harvard, Yale, Vassar, Wellesley, and several other top schools were photographed nude in the name of science–bogus science, as it turned out. Most of the photos were destroyed, but not all.
A 2006 profile of Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook opened from a college-only site to a public social network.
Across the country, little-known schools are accepting almost everyone who applies, cashing a lot of checks, and offering so little support that only the most determined students leave with a degree.
Tony Judt on sex, the academy, and dating a graduate student while chairing NYU’s History Department.
When the Internet made plagiarism harder, Jordan Kavoosi saw a burgeoning market for original essays. But in his empire of fake papers, it’s the writers, not the students, who get the shaft.
For the members of UCLA’s undocumented immigrant club, going to school means fighting for an education most students take for granted.
After a racial hazing incident, the first black head of South Africa’s University of Free State confronts the myths of the reconciliation era.
In 1920, Harvard University officials suspected that some students were gay. So they kicked them all out.