Links of the Week

‘Now Comes the Hard Part’: 20-Day Strike at Wright State Has Ended
Chronicle of Higher Ed
Unionized faculty members at Wright State University returned to the classroom on Monday, ending a strike that waylaid operations at the Dayton, Ohio, institution for 20 days.

Application Growth Finally Slows at U of California
Inside Higher Ed
Even as selective colleges in many parts of the country report increases, system sees application decline — after years of increases. Some of the private colleges in the state with large in-state student populations (and ability to focus on minority students) see growth.
…The University of California, systemwide, saw a drop of 3 percent. This follows 15 straight years of increases in application totals for the system.

Not-so-free college: The limits of California’s Promise program
Cal Matters
As student government president for the California Community Colleges, Iiyshaa Youngblood represents millions of people who scrape to pay for, and complete, even a two-year degree program. So you might expect the Inland Empire psychology major to be excited about a proposal to offer Californians two years of community college tuition-free.

Yearbooks Aren’t the Only Place to Find Blackface on Campus
The Atlantic
Purdue University. The University of North Dakota. Auburn University. The University of Oregon. Brigham Young University. Xavier University. Oklahoma State University. These are just a handful of the schools in America that have had blackface scandals—not, as one might presume, in the long-distant past, but in the past two decades.

Contra Costa County judge rejects police unions’ attempt to keep misconduct records sealed
San Francisco Chronicle
A new California law requiring cities to unseal police misconduct records applies to past records as well as new ones, a judge decided Friday in denying injunction requests from several police unions fighting to prevent the release of pre-2019 records.