The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and student affairs professionals (staff members and administrators). A subscription is required to read some articles.[5]

The Chronicle, based in Washington, D.C., is a major news service in United States academic affairs. It is published every weekday online and appears weekly in print except for every other week in June, July, and August and the last three weeks in December (a total of 42 issues a year). In print, The Chronicle is published in two sections: section A with news and job listings, and section B, The Chronicle Review, a magazine of arts and ideas.

It also publishes The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper for the nonprofit world; The Chronicle Guide to Grants, an electronic database of corporate and foundation grants; and the web portal Arts & Letters Daily.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle of Higher Education
September 18, 2009 front page of The Chronicle
TypeWeekly newspaper, website
Owner(s)Corbin Gwaltney[1]
Founder(s)Corbin Gwaltney[1]
PublisherThe Chronicle of Higher Education Inc.
EditorMichael G. Riley, CEO & Editor in Chief[2]
Staff writers175 employees, including 70 full-time writers and editors, as well as 17 foreign correspondents around the world.[3]
Headquarters1255 Twenty-Third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037
Circulation60,485 (June 2013)[4]
OCLC number1554535


Corbin Gwaltney was the founder and had been the editor of the alumni magazine of the Johns Hopkins University since 1949. In 1957, he joined in with editors from magazines of several other colleges and universities for an editorial project to investigate issues in higher education in perspective. The meeting occurred on the day the first Sputnik circled the Earth, October 4, 1957, so the "Moonshooter" project was formed as a supplement on higher education for the college magazines. The college magazine editors promised 60 percent of one issue of their magazine to finance the supplement. The first Moonshooter Report was 32 pages long and titled American Higher Education, 1958. They sold 1.35 million copies to 15 colleges and universities. By the project's third year, circulation was over three million for the supplement.[6][7]

In 1959, Gwaltney left Johns Hopkins Magazine to become the first full-time employee of the newly created "Editorial Projects for Education" (EPE, later renamed "Editorial Projects in Education") starting in an office in his apartment in Baltimore and later moving to an office near the Johns Hopkins campus.[8] He realized that higher education would benefit from a news publication.[6]

He and other board members of EPE met to plan a new publication which would be called The Chronicle of Higher Education.[6]

The Chronicle of Higher Education was officially founded in 1966 by Corbin Gwaltney.[6][7][8] and its first issue was launched in November 1966.[9][10]

Although it was meant for those involved in higher education, one of the founding ideas was that the general public had very little knowledge about what was going on in higher education and the real issues involved.[8] Originally, it didn't accept any advertising and didn't have any staff-written editorial opinions. It was supported by grants from the Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation.[11] Later on in its history, advertising would be accepted, especially for jobs in higher education, and this would allow the newspaper to be financially independent.[8][11]

By the 1970s, the Chronicle was attracting enough advertising to become self-sufficient, and in 1978 the board of EPE agreed to sell the newspaper to its editors.[12] EPE sold the Chronicle to the editors for $2,000,000 in cash and $500,000 in services that Chronicle would provide to EPE.[8] Chronicle went from a legal non-profit status to a for-profit company.

This sale shifted the focus of non-profit EPE to K-12 education. Inspired by the model established by the Chronicle, and with the support of the Carnegie Corporation and other philanthropies, EPE founded Education Week in September 1981.[9][12]

In 1993, the Chronicle was one of the first newspapers to appear on the Internet, as a Gopher service. It released an iPad version in 2011.

The Chronicle grossed $33 million in advertising revenues and $7 million in circulation revenues in 2003.[1]


Over the years, the paper has been a finalist and winner of several journalism awards. In 2005, two special reports – on diploma mills and plagiarism – were selected as finalists in the reporting category for a National Magazine Award. It was a finalist for the award in general excellence every year from 2001 to 2005.

In 2007, The Chronicle won an Utne Reader Independent Press Award for political coverage.[13] In its award citation, Utne called The Chronicle Review "a fearless, free-thinking section where academia's best and brightest can take their gloves off and swing with abandon at both sides of the increasingly predictable political divide." The New Republic, The Nation, Reason, and The American Prospect were among the finalists in the category.


  1. ^ a b c Miller, Lia, "New Web Site for Academics Roils Education Journalism", The New York Times, February 14, 2005
  2. ^ Salemi, Vicki, "'The Chronicle of Higher Education' Names Michael G. Riley Its New Editor-in-Chief", 'Media Jobs Daily.' April 18, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2014
  3. ^ "About The Chronicle of Higher Education", Chronicle of Higher Education website
  4. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Education: The Candid Chronicle". Time. May 13, 1974. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d De Pasquale, Sue (April 2000). "A Model of Lively Thought". Johns Hopkins Magazine. Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
  7. ^ a b Cf. Baldwin, Joyce (2006)
  8. ^ a b c d e Cf. Baldwin, Patricia L. (1995)
  9. ^ a b "Editorial Projects in Education: Mission and History", Education Week website.
  10. ^ Cf. AAUP Bulletin, Vol. 52, No. 3 (September 1966), American Association of University Professors.
  11. ^ a b "Chronicle of Higher Education". Encyclopædia Britannica. September 12, 2010.
  12. ^ a b Viadero, Debra, Education Week: "A Media Organization With Many Faces", Education Week, September 6, 2006
  13. ^ "Winners of the 2007 Utne Independent Press Awards". Utne Reader. January – February 2008. Retrieved March 29, 2010.

External links

Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed is a media company and online publication that provides news, opinion, resources, events and jobs focused on college and university topics.

Inside Higher Ed publishes daily and content includes news stories, opinion essays and career advice. The publication also hosts several blogs on education topics, including "Confessions of a Community College Dean," "Conditionally Accepted" and "GradHacker." In 2018, Inside Higher Ed began publishing supplemental reports in addition to its regular news and editorial offerings.Since 2012, Inside Higher Ed and Gallup have partnered to annually survey higher education professionals. In addition, Inside Higher Ed publishes the American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) Faculty Compensation Survey data. It also publishes Inside Digital Learning, an electronic publication covering technology and the learning experience, as well as Admissions Matters, an online publication about college admissions and enrollment news.

The company is based in Washington, D.C., United States. It was founded in 2004 by Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman, two former editors of The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as Kathlene Collins, formerly a business manager for The Chronicle.

Inside Higher Ed's content regularly appears in other publications such as Slate and Business Insider. Inside Higher Ed has been recognized by The Association for the Study of Higher Education.

International Buddhist College

International Buddhist College (IBC) (Thai: วิทยาลัยพุทธศาสนานานาชาติ) is an inter-sectarian Buddhist higher education institute in Sadao District, Songkhla Province, Thailand.

Described by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "rare combination of secular academics and monastic life," the International Buddhist College currently offers three B.A. programs: Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist historical and cultural studies, and Pali and Sanskrit languages and literature to both laypersons and monastic students from all three of the major traditions of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. At the post-graduate level, it has certificate, M.A., and Ph.D. programs in Buddhist studies and an M.A. in early childhood education. Some programs are available via distance learning At all levels of instruction, classes are offered in both English and Chinese.

The International Buddhist College is a member of a global network of Buddhist Studies programs that includes the University of Hong Kong, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and Stanford University, and is supported in part by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

John Bates Clark Medal

The John Bates Clark Medal is awarded by the American Economic Association to "that American economist under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge."According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, it "is widely regarded as one of the field’s most prestigious awards...second only to the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences." Many of the recipients went on to receive the Nobel Prizes in their later careers, including the inaugural recipient Paul Samuelson. The award was made biennially until 2007, but from 2009 is now awarded every year because of the growth of the field. The award is named after the American economist John Bates Clark (1847–1938). Although the Clark medal is billed as a prize for American economists, it is sufficient that the candidates work in the US at the time of the award; US nationality is not necessary to be considered.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a magazine that covers the nonprofit world. Based in Washington, DC, it is aimed at charity leaders, foundation executives, fund raisers, and other people involved in philanthropy. The Chronicle of Philanthropy publishes 12 issues a year while updating its Web site daily. It was founded in 1988 by editor Phil Semas and then managing editor Stacy Palmer. It is owned by The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc., which also publishes The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly newspaper covering colleges and universities.

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