Links of the Week

New York adopts free tuition
Inside Higher Ed
In what proponents are calling a historic move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced a deal Saturday that will make tuition free at the City University of New York and State University of New York Systems — for both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities — for families with annual incomes up to $125,000. The plan will be phased in over three years, starting this fall with new enrollees from families with incomes up to $100,000.

CSU faculty and students march on Capitol after tuition fee hike passes
State Hornet (Sacramento State)
Students and members of the California Faculty Association marched on the State Capitol on Wednesday to support three higher education bills currently in the State Assembly in the wake of last month’s tuition increase

Effort to restore California’s Master Plan advances
Academe Blog
In January, the Reclaim California Higher Education Coalition issued a report, The $48 Fix, which demonstrated that California could provide today’s students with the same accessible low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students from the 1960s through the 1990s through an income surtax of no more than $48/year for the median California taxpayer, less if other sources of revenue are employed.  (See my previous post to this blog, The $48 Fix: Reclaiming California’s Master Plan.)  The report has been endorsed by, among others, the California Conference of the AAUP and the AAUP-affiliated California Faculty Association.

Cal Poly open house festivities draw 10,000 attendees, including student protestors
The Tribune
Thousands thronged to the Cal Poly campus Saturday for the final day of the university’s 24th annual Open House.
The campus was alive with energy as prospective and current students, parents and grandparents, university staff, volunteers and others made their way past dozens of booths offering everything from tri-tip sandwiches to Hawaiian shaved ice, henna tattoos to the opportunity to try line dancing.

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.”

Report: The Failure of Policy Planning in California’s Charter School Facility Funding
In the Public Interest
California has more charter schools than any other state in the nation, in large part because of generous public funding and subsidies to lease, build, or buy school buildings. But much of this public investment, hundreds of millions of dollars, has been misspent on schools that do not fulfill the intent of state charter school policy and undermine the financial viability of California’s public school districts.

Students and faculty use Lobby Day at Capitol to push for tuition freeze
Golden Gate Xpress (SF State)
Students and faculty from all 23 California State Universities gathered in Sacramento on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers for more funding.

CSU Board of Trustees sue manufacturers of $800K tracks
State Hornet (Sacramento State)
The California State University Board of Trustees filed a lawsuit against manufacturer Mondo USA on March 14 due to the appearance and performance of Sacramento State’s $853,270 tracks at Hornet Stadium.

Visualizing Change: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2016-17
Between the 2015–16 and 2016–17 academic years, average salaries for full-time ranked faculty members (assistant, associate, and full professors) increased by 0.5 percent after adjusting for inflation. The average salary for full professors in 2016–17 was $102,402, the average salary for associate professors was $79,654, and the average salary for assistant professors was $69,206.
Part-time faculty members—the largest segment of the academic labor force—saw their average total pay from a single institution increase to $20,508 in 2016–17. The AAUP’s Faculty Compensation Survey defines as “part time” any faculty member whose position has an instructional component that is less than full time, including professors temporarily teaching a reduced load.