Links of the Week • December 9, 2015

CFA settlement negotiations continue
The Orion (CSU Chico)

Cal State faculty object to new background check policy
Inside Higher Ed
A growing number of institutions are seeking to require background checks for employees, but a proposed policy for the CSU has the faculty asking to put the policy on hold.

Deferred Maintenance Ranks Second on CSU’s Priorities
The LumberJack (Humboldt State)
According to the CSU’s “2016-2017 Capital Outlay Program Priority List,” the second priority out of 25 academic projects is dedicated to statewide infrastructure improvements. The first is water conservation.

New tool helps students assess mental health
The Collegian (Fresno State)
The new CSU resource, the Red Folder, encourages CSU faculty and staff to assist students who are uneasy.

‘Sometimes I Cry’: a Ground-Level View of Student Poverty
Chronicle of Higher Education
Student hunger and homelessness appear more widespread than many campus leaders had realized.

What Trustees Think
Inside Higher Ed
Board members are often frustrated by their own lack of knowledge or understanding about the institutions they’re tasked with leading.

Supreme Court Laments How Little It Really Knows About Race-Conscious Admissions
Chronicle of Higher Education
In revisiting a challenge to the U. of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race, the justices pressed lawyers for data.

States and Public Higher Ed: Economic Challenges
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed released “States and Higher Ed: Growing Economic Strains Challenge Public Colleges and Universities,” which features the data and strategies from a range of public institutions. … you may download a copy here and sign up here for a free webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Eastern, about the themes of the booklet.

While university presidents earn millions, many professors struggle
Christian Science Monitor
In all, 32 private university presidents earned $1 million or more in compensation in 2013. And private college presidents aren’t the only ones raking it in. The average public college president earned over $428,000 in 2014.