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A cartoon drawing depicts four people engaged in different extracurricular activities, ranging from sports, to music, to volunteering, to student media: one holds a soccer ball, one a guitar, one a cat and one a newspaper.

Reconsidering Extracurriculars in Admissions

To increase equity in admissions and reduce student stress, colleges should consider reducing the number of extracurricular activities applicants can list, Pearl Lo writes.

New York Yankee Fritz Peterson throws a pitch during a 1972 game.

The Great State School Student-Swapping Scandal

Student swapping across public flagships is America’s most expensive game of musical chairs, Ryan Craig writes.

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Scott McLemee offers an overview of election-adjacent university press titles.

A gold plaque on a wooden background reads "Department of Ethnic Studies."

Anti-Wokeism and the Vulnerability of Interdisciplinarity

Ethnic studies finds itself ill protected by disciplinary norms of academic freedom, Timothy Messer-Kruse writes.

A wooden speaker podium and microphone, against a white background, with no speaker behind it.

Preparing the Campus for a Controversial Speaker

Spencer D. Kelly and Yukari Hirata offer a case study for how they worked to build receptivity among students, faculty and staff to a controversial invited speaker.

A group of disengaged, bored-looking students—one resting her head on her hand, and another with their head on the desk—in a university lecture hall.

Students Are Less Engaged; Stop Blaming COVID

As “digitally evolved knowledge workers,” our students engage differently than the generations before them; as educators, we need to adapt, Jenny Darroch writes.

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‘Every Brain Needs Music’

Scott McLemee considers music and the neurons that love it.

A female student in her 40s works on a laptop.

‘Laboratories of Affordability’

States are experimenting with a variety of financial aid programs to help adult learners, and we can learn a lot from what they’re trying, Rachel Hirsch writes.