Links of the Week • October 17, 2018

A Non-Tenure-Track Profession?
Inside Higher Ed
About three-quarters of all faculty positions are off the tenure track, according to new AAUP analysis. While many now work on multiyear contracts, their academic freedom remains of concern.

Why Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is So Unforgiving
Capital Public Radio
This is the story of Seth Frotman, the mangling of the program known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and what it says about America’s student loan industry.

CSU Bakersfield student shares her story while celebrating Pride Week

SDSU applicants brace for stiff admissions competition
Daily Aztec
This would mark the fifth consecutive year the university has seen an increase in the number of undergraduate applications. Last year was the first time the number of applicants exceeded 90,000.

Mental health is no joke for CSUEB college students
The Pioneer
Students are not being given the tools they need in order to succeed at CSU East Bay.

It’s now easier for Cal State Long Beach students who have kids to study on campus
Long Beach Press Telegram

CSU implements changes to GE humanities requirements
Daily Aztec
CSU-wide changes to general education requirements

California adults need help to finish college
Millions of Californians who began their college education but never finished deserve special support and policy changes to help get them across the finish line later in life, a new report urges.

New warnings about California students juggling college and jobs
[Students’] job schedules are receiving more scrutiny from educators who are increasingly worried that working more than 15 or 20 hours a week can harm students’ grades and academic progress. That is an important issue in California where the state’s public universities are trying to push more students to finish their bachelor’s degrees in four years rather than five or six.

A Course Experiment Tackles Textbook Costs
Inside Higher Ed
Students in California drafted a bill to urge publishers to reveal how their textbooks changed between editions. The students convinced lawmakers to adopt the legislation. But will publishers comply?

A future in flux: what next for the California Department of Education?
The next state superintendent of public instruction will face a big challenge: making the case for a bigger role for the California Department of Education.

How are charter schools influencing LAUSD labor negotiations?
Los Angeles Daily News
If teachers go on strike this school year, it would be the first amid a backdrop of a growing charter school movement … Los Angeles is now home to the largest number of charter schools in the nation. Charter schools are typically non-union. …At the bargaining table, there are a number of proposals regarding charter schools that the union has put forth.

UC librarians reject contract extension, propose higher salaries
Daily Californian
Currently, librarians employed by the CSU system and California community colleges are paid higher salaries than UC librarians.

Oversight Agenda of a Democratic House
Inside Higher Ed
A potential Democratic House takeover would likely entail far more congressional scrutiny of the Education Department’s agenda under Betsy DeVos.

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