Links of the Week

College admissions cheating scandal prompts California reform package
San Francisco Chronicle
Any California college giving preference to the children of donors or alumni in its admissions decisions would be barred from participating in the state’s popular Cal Grants program, under a bill that is part of a reform package lawmakers said they will introduce in the Legislature.

College admissions scandal upsetting to California’s low-income students
For Lupe Nieto and other high school seniors in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood, this already is an emotional time of year. College acceptance and rejection letters are rolling in and these low-income students soon must decide whether financial aid offers are large enough to attend their dream schools.

Bay Area Ruling Could Fast-Track Access to Police Records Under New Law
A state appeals court on Friday dealt another setback to police unions fighting public access to pre-2019 misconduct and serious use-of-force records, publishing the highest-level ruling to date ordering all such records should be released under the terms of a state law that took effect Jan. 1.

A chemistry professor explains why Rutgers faculty might go on strike
When I arrived in New Brunswick in 1968, Rutgers was a sleepy little place. Its transformation into a major public AAU research university was due, in part, to the creation of an AAUP collective bargaining chapter in 1970. The economic status rating of our faculty went from a C to an A+ as Rutgers professors advanced to among the top tier of the highest paid faculties of public universities in the United States.

‘Commuter Spouses’
Inside Higher Ed
Many academics have partners who are academics, and “two-body issues” complicate many a job search. A new book looks at the impact of these situations on the couples and on society. While many of the couples examined in Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World (Cornell University Press) are academics, the book explores the issues that arise for others as well.