Links of the Week

California State University, Nation’s Largest 4-Year System, to Teach Remotely in Fall
The Washington Post
“We’re glad to finally have an announcement from the chancellor,” Charles Toombs, president of the California Faculty Association and a professor of Africana studies at San Diego State. While faculty appreciate White’s push for cohesive advance planning, Toombs said, “we hope we learn from mistakes that were made during the spring term. We expect to see faculty participation every step of the way.”

California State University, Los Rios College Campuses Going Online for Fall 2020
As a labor union leader with the California Faculty Association, Berta-Ávila is calling for up-to-date technology, support, and professional development training to make sure professors can successfully teach online long term.

California Community Colleges Sue Federal Government Over Emergency Relief for Students
The California Community Colleges system has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education challenging the federal government’s decision to deny emergency aid to DACA recipients, international students, and other enrollees.

The Near-Certainity of a Black Depression
Black Americans experience recessions the way front-seat passengers do head-on collisions. During the Great Depression, when national unemployment reached 24 percent, Black unemployment neared 50 percent. During the Great Recession, when national unemployment reached 9 percent, Black unemployment topped 16 percent. Today, as COVID-19 slams into the economy, Black Americans again brace for the brunt of the crash.

The Limits of Online Education
Inside Higher Ed
The massive expansion of online education across the United States in response to COVID-19 is teaching us many lessons about the value of distributed learning, but equally important, it is reminding us of its limits.