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Links of the week • October 29, 2013

Another View: Promise of online classes is an illusion
CFA President Lillian Taiz responded to a Sac Bee editorial: While technology has provided educators with useful tools for decades, the new mad rush for online courses in our state’s public colleges and universities is based on a “facts-be-damned” assumption that online higher education can increase student access to college degrees while reducing the cost to the state and students…. — Sacramento Bee

Online Programs Don’t Always Expand Access to Higher Education, Report Says
A news report on the Campaign for the Future of Higher Ed’s papers on “The ‘Promise’ of Online Education” says: A national faculty organization says online programs reduce access for the students who might benefit most from them — U.S. News & World Report

Faculty Coalition: Online Courses Leading to ‘Sub-Prime’ Education
While online instruction — including MOOCs — is frequently peddled as a way to expand access and deliver learning without barriers to students, the format is ill-suited to help those who could most benefit from a college education. Those are the parting thoughts from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a coalition of faculty groups, in its last of three reports examining the potential fallout from higher ed’s seemingly unstoppable rush to adopt online forms of education. — Campus Technology

CSU Board of Trustees’ faculty trustee appointed
Gov. Jerry Brown announced that Steven Stepanek has been appointed faculty Trustee to the CSU Board of Trustees on Friday. — CSUN Daily Sundial