Links of the Week

Faculty Hiring After the Recession
Inside Higher Education
A new research review finds that since the recession, hiring patterns for new full-time faculty members have fluctuated considerably at public four-year doctoral and master’s institutions, while they have barely budged at public baccalaureate institutions.

‘It keeps you nice and disposable’: The plight of adjunct professors
The Washington Post
MJ Sharp harbored no illusions about teaching at a university. The former photojournalist had heard enough stories about part-time faculty subsisting on meager pay and scant benefits while pouring all their time and energy into the job.

Schools need more resources for student mental health and wellness
And time is critical—rates of depression, stress and suicide attempts by students are rising and school leaders report student mental health issues as growing and serious concerns.

Bills would provide more financial aid to California college students
San Francisco Chronicle
More relief for the heavy costs of college — fees, books, food and housing — could become available for California students under two bills introduced Thursday in the Legislature.

California’s community colleges back new effort to cover college costs, including living expenses
California’s community college system is backing a bill that would dramatically reduce the total cost of attendance for its students.

The End of the Remedial Course
Chronicle of Higher Education
They’ve tried compressing it, breaking it into bite-size chunks, computerizing it, even making it optional. But the traditional, prerequisite remedial course that generations of underprepared students have been funneled into before they can start college-level courses remains an insurmountable barrier for too many students. Increasingly, it is being ditched altogether.

For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’
New York Times
Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded to African-Americans. Edray Goins, who earned one of them, found the upper reaches of the math world a challenging place.

How the Public Employee Unions Refused to Die
The American Prospect
When the Supreme Court ruled last June in the Janus case, the common wisdom was the nation’s public-sector unions would be thrown hugely on the defensive. Evidently, the leaders of those unions didn’t get the message. To the contrary, they have gone on the offensive. As leaders from the nation’s four largest public-sector unions made clear at a forum last weekend in Washington, not only are their unions seeking to staunch the loss of fee-payers, they’re pushing mightily to add members.  

Janus Barely Dents Public-Sector Union Membership
Wall Street Journal