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‘My Professional World Has Gotten Smaller’

The shadows cast by sexual assault and harassment loom long after the behavior itself stops. That message has echoed across the #MeToo movement, and it has resounded with particular clarity in academe. Women who have experienced harassment have described its often-invisible professional repercussions — skipped conferences, spurned research opportunities, fractured personal networks.

The Chronicle spoke with three women about how harassment and assault have altered their professional paths. They outlined the practical steps they have taken to navigate fraught situations, and explained the personal toll of coming to terms with what they have experienced.

How a 21st-Century Learning Environment Helps Students Master Tough Subject

How do you turn a shopping mall into a 21st-century classroom? For Austin Community College, in Texas, the answer includes lots of open space, a large computer lab, and a commitment to individual attention. In the college’s ACCelerator, which opened in 2014, instructors work with small groups of students, at their own pace, to help them master challenging subjects like mathematics. The effort has proved enormously popular.

Running Out of Time In The Land of Opportunity

Over the past few years I have gotten to know several amazing “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children illegally by their parents. Sadhana Singh is one whose dignity and charisma makes an impression with all those she meets. I have known Sadhana for a couple years through interviewing students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and when she told me about the young man she is dating, a Haitian with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) I thought that they would be good subjects to show the real side of the immigration stalemate. As you can read they are getting ready to move on and make the most of their lives.

Adult Student cover shoot

The latest Chronicle of Higher Education report is out, this one on adult students is by Goldie Blumenstyk.

Facing Anxiety

Anxiety eclipses depression among college students, and the number who say it’s overwhelming them is on the rise. Campus counseling centers confront many challenges in trying to serve students, not the least of which is that mental health still has a stigma on campuses.

Here are the voices of five students explaining how they cope, what they’d like their professors to know, and what their peers need to hear. Sharing their stories, they hope, will lead to more open discussion of the daily struggles students face, and the support that could help them thrive.

‘Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill

Trying to leverage sympathetic democratic senators, DACA recipients and their supports staged days of sit-ins and peaceful protests hoping to get a clean vote on the Dream Act. Here is a link to the photo essay from one day on Capitol Hill.

A New High-Tech Learning Center Changed How These Professors Teach

When the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center opened this fall at the University of Maryland at College Park, students were not the only ones learning.