Links of the week • January 22, 2014

Obama’s efforts for low-income students, government policies at odds
A piece by the Hechinger Report looks at the White House’s push to increase college enrollment of low-income students despite universities and government policies increasingly favoring high-income over low-income students. — CNNMoney

Pension cutters bet against prosperity may not pay off
CalPERS’ rebounding earnings comes as welcome news to millions of public employees, but the reports of prosperity pose trouble for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his statewide retirement-slashing ballot initiative. — Capital & Main

McGraw-Hill Education appoints tech-savvy CEO
McGraw-Hill Education recently announced David Levin as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Levin, 51, is currently the chief executive of UBM, a multinational media company headquartered in London, and “brings a wealth of experience in leading public and private companies in the fields of media and technology.”— McGraw-Hill Education

Credit for MOOCs effort hits snags
An experiment to help MOOC students gain credit for free online courses at traditional universities is running into snags, as students at the universities participating in the exercise haven’t been asking for credit for the courses. — The Chronicle of Higher Education

Student loan practices at for-profits under scrutiny
ITT Educational Services is the latest for-profit operator to come under scrutiny for possible student loan violations. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which warned the company that it might seek penalties and remedies for violations, is working to determine whether lenders and student loan servicers working with for-profit colleges “are engaging in unlawful acts or practices relating to the advertising, marketing or origination of private student loans.” — The New York Times