Links of the Week • November 30, 2016

When College Was a Public Good
Chronicle of Higher Education
…look at a range of evidence, and it seems that policy makers — with the encouragement or tacit acceptance of the public — have erected barriers to higher education based on race and class.

Fight for $15 has brought $62 billion in raises and counting to underpaid workers
PBS News Hour
Report on a study by the National Employment Law Project: “…the Fight for $15 put more money in the pockets of 19 million workers nationwide in the last four years.”

‘Stronger We Are United’
The Turlock Journal
…on Wednesday, Stanislaus State President Ellen Junn emailed students a statement she put together in conjunction with CFA Stanislaus president Steven Filling, CSUEU president Dawn McCulley, speaker of the faculty Stuart Sims, and APC Stanislaus chief steward Tammy Worthington. “Given our diversity and in light of recent events, some of us may feel uncertain, threatened, or unsafe at this very moment because of our race, ethnicity, disability, gender, orientation, undocumented status, religious beliefs or worldview,” the email stated. “As members of our community, we want each and every one of you to know that you belong, you are one of us, you are valued, and you are loved. We will work ceaselessly to ensure our campus is a safe space for you.”

Undocumented students studying abroad urged to return home before Trump’s inauguration
San Francisco Business Times ‎

Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom
New York Times
A new website that accuses nearly 200 college professors of advancing “leftist propaganda in the classroom” and discriminating against conservative students has been criticized as a threat to academic freedom. The site Professor Watchlist first appeared Nov. 21…

For-profit Colleges Expect Fortunes to Improve Under Trump
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education / AP
As stock prices for some of the nation’s largest college chains have surged, industry lobbyists say they have received a warm welcome from Trump’s transition team and already have launched a campaign to rebrand the embattled industry as a key to the new president’s plan for economic growth.

What Trump’s pick for secretary of education means for the future of education
Los Angeles Times

People are tweeting #ThanksNASA after a Trump advisor suggested he’d axe its Earth research arm
Yahoo News
NASA’s earth science program is an indispensable source of data for researchers who study our planet’s melting ice sheets and changing climate. Now there is talk of eliminating NASA’s funding to monitor the earth from space. Scientists are getting riled up, tweeting back to say #ThanksNASA