Links of the Week

CSU Board approves tuition hike in face of state funding shortage
NBC San Diego
The California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to raise tuition for the 2017-18 school year to address a shortfall in funding from the state in the face of increased demand for programs.

Cal State trustees approve controversial tuition hike
LA Times
After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University’s Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 Wednesday to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding.

‘Hijacking a Fundamental Right’
Inside Higher Ed
Has American-style “campus illiberalism” reached Canada? That’s what some are wondering this week in the aftermath of the shouting down of an invited speaker at McMaster University in Ontario.

Lawmaker wants tuition-free college in California by taxing millionaires
Sacramento Bee
A California lawmaker wants to tax millionaires to provide a free education for residents at the state’s public colleges and universities – the second proposal put forth in as many weeks to address the soaring cost of a higher education.

Students protest against tuition increase
University Times (Cal State LA)
On Wednesday, March 15 afternoon, students took part in a protest that started in front of the bookstore, then made its way around campus. The students protesting are against a five percent tuition increase that would take place as soon as Fall 2017.
Cal State LA students are urging the California State University System Board of Trustees, who are expected to vote this week, not to vote in favor of the tuition hike. The protest was small in size, roughly around 15 students participated, but the message was clear, “Fight the Hike.”

San Francisco State University launches ‘The Fake News Watch’
College Media Matters
Kaylee Fagan spent years putting off the newspaper class required of her at San Francisco State University. She knew she wanted to do something different that didn’t fit with the traditional print product, so she was hesitant to take a class that required her to work at the student newspaper.
When she finally signed up for the course in her third year, she decided to pitch one of her different ideas: a weekly video series that focused on what was being called fake news, exploring its origins and proliferation.

Activists protest U.S. Border Patrol at Fresno State hiring fair
Fresno Bee
A group of protesters were at Fresno State on Wednesday to protest the presence of the U.S. Border Patrol, which had a booth at “Recruit Down the 99 and Beyond” career fair at the Save Mart Center.

Elizabeth Warren questions the hiring of for-profit-college officials at the Education Department
Washington Post
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is asking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to explain the hiring of two officials with ties to the for-profit-college industry, questioning their roles and potential conflicts of interest.