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Links of the week

Faculty Organization Chides For-Profit Online Education Companies
The group CFHE says there should be more faculty input and more transparency in online education business arrangements — U.S. News & World Report

Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Online Education
It’s rated highly for value, less so for rigor and quality —Time

Pension reform initiative would ‘empower’ cities
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed may soon file a proposed statewide initiative aimed at allowing cuts in pensions earned by current workers in the future, triggering an all-out battle with labor and possibly with CalPERS. — CalPensions

State Worker: University of California union to ask members to authorize strike
The bare-knuckles contract brawl between the University of California and one of its larger unions has entered the next round, with an announcement Tuesday that AFSCME Local 3299 is planning to take a strike vote at the end of this month. —SLO Tribune

Chancellor White Visits CSULB in Midst of System Challenge
Humanities blog report: The cleverly humorous Chancellor spoke of his enduring optimism in the mission of the CSU, California’s Master Plan, and the unique quality and success of CSU Long Beach in spite of six tight budget years. – Humanities’ Cultural Power