Links of the Week • October 4, 2017

In Memorium

Woman who went to CSUB killed in Vegas mass shooting
Bakersfield Now
Melissa Ramirez attended California State University, Bakersfield

Las Vegas shooting victim
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jordyn Rivera was a fourth-year student in the health care management program at California State University, San Bernardino

Scholars Renew Calls for U.S. to Fund Research on Gun Violence
Inside Higher Ed
Mass shooting in Las Vegas is latest incident to raise question of why federal agencies avoid studies that might illuminate policy.

Sonoma State to pay $2.9 million in asbestos case
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Faculty members and staff who worked in a Sonoma State University office building that was the focus of a whistleblower trial over asbestos mishandling will each get a piece of more than $2.9 million in penalties handed down for violations of occupational health and safety laws.

SDSU community weighs in on search for university’s next president
… faculty and staff lined up before a committee of CSU trustees to voice opinions on the qualities their next president should have.

Campuses Cautious As They Adjust To New Sexual Assault Guidelines
CSU Northridge says “Regardless of this new DOE action … we will not waver in our commitment to Title IX and its protections.”

Report shows Silicon Valley ‘crisis’ of homeless students
San Francisco Chronicle
Using a broad definition for counting, …more than a third of community college students in the county, as well as 17 percent of high school students, are so unstably housed they should be considered homeless.

U.S. college tuition is the highest in the world
While “one-third of countries do not charge tuition for public institutions,” and 10 countries have public tuition costs that average less than $4,000 annually, getting a diploma from a public institution in the U.S. generally runs about $8,202 a year. The closest competitor on that front is Chile, where public college costs average $7,654 annually.

Congress Fails to Reauthorize Federal Perkins Loan Program — Here’s How It Could Impact Students
Inside Sources
… leaving the program for low-income students to expire.

The debt trap: how the student loan industry betrays young Americans
The Guardian
Among the 44 million Americans who have amassed our nation’s whopping $1.4tn in student loan debt, a call from Navient can produce shivers of dread.

Immigration crackdown taking heavy toll on California students
… schools report increased absenteeism and students having difficulty concentrating, even crying in class.

Boston U Lecturers Reach First Contract Agreement
Inside Higher Ed
BU and its non-tenure-track lecturers reached a first contract agreement last week, averting a planned walkout next week.