Links of the week • Feb. 4, 2014

The New Old Labor Crisis: Think being an adjunct professor is hard? Try being a black adjunct professor
Tressie McMillan Cottom explains why being an adjunct is tough and being a black adjunct is even tougher, if you can get a job teaching in any strata of higher education.—Slate

Thrun: MOOCs never meant to replace college
Not quite two years ago Thrun told Wired magazine they would replace all but 10 colleges. Now: “’Part of the problem of the public dialogue is that some people have very quickly moved forward to tout what we do as a kind of replacement for college,’ said Thrun, CEO of Udacity, in a recent podcast interview. ‘Which has unnecessarily polarized the field.’” Pivot away.—eCampus News

New Cal State Long Beach president selected
A veteran educator with experience in California and Texas was named Wednesday as president of CSU Long Beach. Jane Close Conoley, 66, is currently serving as dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. —Los Angeles Times

30% of college students report being uninsured, most citing cost
About a third of California college students report being uninsured and they said the primary reason was cost, not an aura of invincibility, according to a new survey. The results released Monday are based on a poll of 836 students at three Cal State University campuses last fall in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose.—Los Angeles Times

Dr. Pan announces CFA endorsement in Senate race
State Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan announced that CFA has endorsed him in his bid for a seat in the California State Senate. —Capitol Morning Report