Privatizing for the Public Good?

The greater autonomy that some universities won after the last recession may be an attractive option as state appropriations shrink.


Heavy Hand at the Controls

A new study suggests that European governments’ pronouncements about freeing up universities have not led to much autonomy.


Does Writing Need a Curriculum?

An ambitious but amorphous program is losing favor, and colleges are trying out other ways of teaching students how to write.




On the Brink of Disaster?

The evidence for a sharp rise in college closures due to the recession is decidedly mixed.



Battle of the Books

A UNC senior reveals some trends in textbook prices and the ways students try to beat them.


Opportunities Lost in the Ivory Tower

A student at UNC-Chapel Hill shares some regrets about his college years and offers some advice to future collegians.