Links of the week
March 18, 2014

San Diego State campus latest to impose mandatory ’success fee’
Los Angeles Times
San Diego State University is the latest Cal State campus to impose a mandatory “student success fee,” a controversial new charge that critics have blasted as a sidestep around the system’s commitment to freeze tuition.

Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used
New York Times
…With the success of its free open online course system, called MITx, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds itself sitting on a wealth of student data that researchers might use to compare the efficacy of virtual teaching methods, and perhaps advance the field of Web-based instruction…. As researchers contemplate mining the students’ details, however, the university is grappling with ethical issues raised by the collection and analysis of these huge data sets…

How to battle the dark side of for-profit universities
eCampus News
States need to work together, develop new battle plan to combat what some say are the evils of for-profit colleges and universities

Conoley to make $320,000 as CSULB president
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Trustees for the California State University system are expected next week to approve an annual salary of $320,329 for incoming …

Gov. Brown takes swipes at GOP, praises labor unions
Los Angeles Times
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown gave a rousing pro-worker speech to a ballroom filled with union representatives Monday night, thanking organized labor for helping pass his vote-approved tax hike in 2012 and worker’s compensation reform and vowing to be “around for the next five years.’’

California pension reform initiative scrapped for 2014 in big defeat for San Jose mayor
San Jose Mercury News