Larry Gordon was a higher education writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered colleges and universities in California and nationwide. He won the first place award for education reporting in 2014 from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Larry previously was a reporter and editor at the Bergen Record in his home state New Jersey. He was a mid-career Fulbright Fellow, teaching journalism at the American University in Bulgaria. He earned a master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s at Georgetown University. He is co-author of the hiking guide “Stairway Walks in Los Angeles.” He is based in Los Angeles.
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As result of an 11-8 trustees vote, undergraduate tuition for a full-time student from California would rise to $5,742 a year, not including campus fees, housing and books. But officials say that increased grants will fully cover the increase for many students at CSU's 23 campuses.
March 22, 2017
A move from noncredit remedial courses to specially designed credit classes will offer extra tutoring and support to thousands of CSU students. Nearly 40 percent of last fall’s CSU freshmen were found to need remediation in English or math, and 14 percent needed remediation in both subjects.
March 21, 2017
UC administrators say the enrollment of nonresidents helps Californians, while some legislators say they think admission spots are being denied to in-state students. A vote on a cap was postponed until May after much disagreement among regents.
March 16, 2017
The new proposed grants for housing, books and transportation could cost the state as much as $1.6 billion a year. Gov. Jerry Brown's office described that as a noble goal, but wonders where the funding would come from.
March 13, 2017
The final application numbers top last year's by 5 percent after much publicity and pledges that personal data will not be shared with federal authorities.
March 3, 2017
Incoming students at 90 private colleges in California face a possible $1,028, or 11 percent, cut to the Cal Grants they hope to receive. The colleges say that avoiding that reduction will help take enrollment pressures off UC and CSU. But Gov. Jerry Brown is looking for belt-tightening in higher education.
February 26, 2017
With only a week before the application deadline, the number of California Dream Act applications remains well behind last year's. The Trump administration's plans to deport undocumented people is heightening fears of Dreamer students, despite state pledges to protect their identities.
February 23, 2017
Even though this year's application period is much longer, the number of applications for college grants under the California Dream Act is lagging behind last year's. Officials say some immigrant families are afraid to disclose personal information even though the state pledges to protect it.
February 14, 2017
California attracts the most international students of any state, and so its universities are especially concerned about the new Trump administration's restrictions on immigration and visits.
January 30, 2017
California undergraduates will pay $336 more, bringing tuition and mandatory system wide fees to $12,630 a year. Room, board and books are extra.
January 26, 2017
A national report projects a drop in numbers of high school graduates. But in California, higher education officials are focusing on other trends, such as increasing Latino college attendance.
January 25, 2017
The College Futures Foundation calls for more long-term budget plans and a hard look at how pension costs limit university spending on student support services.
January 24, 2017
Napolitano was diagnosed with cancer in August and informed the regents at that time, but her illness was not publicly disclosed previously.
January 17, 2017
Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
January 10, 2017
Eric Blanco, president of the state school counseling association, urges students to prepare early for college and keep options open.
January 9, 2017
Early proposals for the first possible tuition increases in six years call for a $270 hike at CSU and $300 at UC. Much awaits Gov. Brown's January budget plan.
January 2, 2017
Latinos and Asians comprise the largest groups of applicants as students seek to gain entrance to at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses.
December 19, 2016
Californians say they support more funds for higher education, but don't want higher taxes or tuition, poll finds. They regard campuses highly.
December 8, 2016
Eloy Ortiz Oakley is about to take over a system of 113 colleges and more than 2.1 million students.
December 7, 2016
Girls and young women often comprise at least 60 percent of students in programs. Attracting more boys is now a priority, but it won't be easy.
December 6, 2016
The unified front from UC, CSU and community colleges reflects the fear among their 74,000 undocumented students that they could face loss of work permits and deportation.
November 29, 2016
Students worry that Trump will revoke protections many have against deportation, but also say they appreciate the financial aid California provides to Dreamers.
November 28, 2016
With 80 percent of community college students placed in at least one remedial class, failure and attrition rates are high.
November 9, 2016
Some students take too many classes or the wrong classes as they prepare to transfer.
November 3, 2016
Under new federal rules, the date has moved from January to October.
October 20, 2016
The study cites the relatively low cost of the state's public universities.
October 17, 2016
Select campuses will partner with local clubs.
September 28, 2016
The centers provide academic, financial and legal help, among other services.
September 15, 2016
The student presidents represent all campuses in their respective public university systems.
September 12, 2016
Researchers believe leadership is crucial to improving student retention rates.
August 30, 2016
The CSU system is in line for a $35 million grant if it adopts plans to boost four-year graduation rates.
August 25, 2016
The universities are opening satellite campuses in urban centers.
July 19, 2016
The new chancellor will be the first Latino to lead the statewide system.
July 18, 2016
Students get a glimpse of campuses outside their communities.
July 14, 2016
Some campuses don't participate in the program because they fear sanctions.
June 29, 2016
UC is being asked to increase the number of California students it enrolls.
June 16, 2016
Admissions officials say the change may help them identify talent and potential.
June 8, 2016
Some students are not utilizing the Cal Grants they have been awarded.
May 30, 2016
The percentage has remained about the same since 1999.
May 11, 2016
Brice Harris cites rising transfer numbers amid continuing need for remediation.
March 27, 2016
Campuses hope higher graduation, transfer rates will be payoff for $40 million cost.
March 24, 2016
Teacher tenure, layoff and firing statutes are at stake.