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Links of the week

Adjuncts Launch Union Bids at 2 Southern California Colleges
Adjuncts at Whittier College and the University of La Verne, both in Southern California, have filed for a union election with the Service Employees International Union as part of its Adjunct Action project. The national campaign aims to organize adjuncts across metro areas and regionally. — Inside Higher Education

Push is on to close college gap for California’s Latinos
A study shows Latinos lag behind other Californians in finishing college. Educators are seeking ways to boost Latino graduation rates. — Los Angeles Times

Will MOOCs Change the Way Professors Handle the Classroom?
Buried in all the hype about MOOCs is a somewhat surprising admission by some of the world’s leading universities—that their teaching methods may not be very good. — The Chronicle of Higher Education

For-profit schools taking advantage of veterans, Mississippi Center for Justice charges
For-profit schools prey on Mississippi veterans by getting their education assistance benefits but providing, in turn, an inferior education, charges the nonprofit Mississippi Center for Justice. — The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi)

Michelle Obama Edges Into a Policy Role on Higher Education
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama, after nearly five years of evangelizing exercise and good eating habits, will begin a new initiative on Tuesday that seeks to increase the number of low-income students who pursue a college degree. The goals of the program reflect the first lady’s own life and will immerse her more directly in her husband’s policies. — New York Times

Viewpoints: Slashing pensions at the ballot is foolhardy
Ron Cottingham, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, takes on a plan to cut public worker pensions that its supporters are trying to place on the ballot. — Sacramento Bee

Privatization of Higher Ed & the MOOC movement
Tressie McMillan Cottom speaks Nov. 14, Noon at the San Jose State Library. She writes widely in Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education and in Huffington Post about private higher education, racial inequality in higher education, and the changes being advanced by MOOCs and online initiatives. — CFA San Jose Chapter