From UN Chronicle, a special issue on higher education. Clifford Tan Kuan Lu (Nottingham): Do University Rankings Matter for Growth? Alexandre Afonso (King's College): How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang. Snezana Zhana Vrangalova (Cornell): Does Casual Sex Harm College Students’ Well-Being? A Longitudinal Investigation of the Role of Motivation. Stefan Collini reviews Everything for Sale? The Marketisation of UK Higher Education by Roger Brown, with Helen Carasso; and The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education by Andrew McGettigan (and more). Theology is losing ground in higher education across western Europe — but in certain specific ways, religion and religious culture have become a very hot campus topic, at British universities in particular. The Erasmus programme has raised many questions over the last quarter century; however, for the first time its legitimacy is being questioned. A revolutionary mission statement — improve the world: Addressing global problems should be the academy’s raison d’etre, argues Nicholas Maxwell. How to break the stranglehold of academics on critical thinking: New social movements such as Occupy need institutions to help elaborate their ideas — where will a modern collective intellectuality spring from? Mozhgan Savabieasfahani on how militarized universities endanger global public health. Massive open online forces: The rise of online instruction will upend the economics of higher education. An inmate and a scholar: Orhun Hakan Yalincak, a former N.Y.U. student who was imprisoned after pleading guilty to fraud, has tried to reinvent himself overseas.

Jakob Pietschnig and Martin Voracek (Vienna): One Century of Global IQ Gains: A Formal Meta-Analysis of the Flynn Effect (1909-2010). Alexia Gaudeul (Jena), Paolo Crosetto (GAEL), and Gerhard Riener (Dusseldorf): Fear of Being Left Alone Drives Inefficient Exit from Partnerships:: An Experiment. Daniel Wilkinson on the real threat to Venezuela’s democracy. Hollis Griffin on Johnny Weir, Vladimir Putin, and the sexual politics of the Sochi Olympics. Matt Grossmann on how U.S. policy has gone liberals’ way for 70 years. Chris Osterndorf on the danger of thinking George W. Bush is “just like us”: While it’s always easier to think of Cheney and Rumsfeld as the true villains of post 9/11 America, it’s important that we don’t forget about the sincere, dog-painting man whose administration they worked under. The Obama-era race wars are ending — get ready for the Clinton-era gender wars. Start saving now: Day care costs more than college in 31 states. Ed Kilgore on how you don't have to be a racist to practice racism. From Salon, Mary Elizabeth Williams on how there will never be another Barbara Walters; and Alex Pareene on Barbara Walters: “Let’s get things started off right, by reminding everyone how her entire public life has been an extended exercise in sycophancy and unalloyed power worship”. Jamil Zaki on crowds versus company: When are we drawn to groups? The tip system at restaurants is outrageous — and here's the research to prove it.

Anneleen Kenis and Erik Mathijs (KU Leuven): Climate Change and Post-politics: Repoliticizing the Present by Imagining the Future? Jesse Reynolds (Tilburg): The International Regulation of Climate Engineering: Lessons from Nuclear Power. Shi-Ling Hsu (FSU): The Accidental Postmodernists: A New Era of Skepticism in Environmental Law. Brendon Larson (Watreloo): The Metaphorical Links between Ecology, Ethics, and Society. Dan Shahar (Arizona): Rejecting Eco-Authoritarianism, Again. Ted Stolze (Cerritos): Climate Crisis, Ideology, and Collective Action. Anne Schwenkenbecher (Melbourne): Is There an Obligation to Reduce One’s Individual Carbon Footprint? From Jacobin, Alyssa Battistoni on how there’s no way toward a sustainable future without tackling environmentalism’s old stumbling blocks: consumption and jobs — and the way to do that is through a universal basic income. Sarah Laskow on why Keystone opponents have nothing to apologize for: Stopping the pipeline will slow climate change. Courtney Humphries on how climate change may mean more crime: A new report predicts another human cost to hotter weather. Whether or not global warming leads to more war, it hurts vulnerable people. Does green improve your self-control? Mark van Vugt on why nature makes you consider the future. Apocalyptish: A UN report on climate change for the first time looks at the climate in a broader context, not as a self-contained problem (and more). Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger on global warming scare tactics. Can anyone de-wonkify climate change warnings and actually get people to listen? Kate Galbraith wants to know. Brad Johnson on 111 ways Nate Silver hire Roger Pielke Jr doesn’t like you.