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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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California colleges, fearing enrollment loss this fall, are trying hard to bond with students this summer
T-shirt giveaways, free summer classes, virtual concerts, flexible deadlines are new pandemic efforts. Schools don’t want the usual attendance melt turning into a flood.
July 21, 2020
California’s top higher education officials urge voters to support affirmative action in hiring and admissions
California’s higher education leaders appear together for what may be their last public gathering in an online forum, entitled “New Realities for Higher Education."
July 17, 2020
UC’s first female president helped expand enrollment and successfully pushed to end testing as admissions requirement.
June 26, 2020
Strong campaigns ahead for and against the measure to revoke Proposition 209 after 24 years. It will be on the same Nov. 3 ballot as the presidential election.
June 24, 2020
If voters repeal the state ban on affirmative action in college admissions, some expect only moderate change among racial groups at UC and CSU while others predict significant shifts to match California's overall population.
June 22, 2020
Ending the SAT/ACT as a requirement for freshman admission at UC will likely get attention nationally. Supporters of the move expect it will result in more ethnic and income diversity on campuses. Critics fear it will backfire.
May 21, 2020
Decisions would be made in the months ahead. If they reopen, campuses would at first require face coverings, limit class sizes, ban audiences at sports events.
May 20, 2020
The new college’s funding should go to other schools, legislators say. Defenders insist the school will help the newly unemployed retrain.
May 19, 2020
White's action at the nation's largest system of four-year universities may start a trend across the country. Some CSU campuses may offer more in-person classes than others.
May 14, 2020
UC's Napolitano plan conflicts in part with faculty position and could be very influential nationally. UC regents are to vote on the issue next week.
May 11, 2020
Fewer international students expected to return to colleges in California and nation, hurting finances
Problems with visas, money and travel may block international students’ return. Colleges fear the lost revenue will reduce academic programs and staffing.
May 8, 2020
Testing starts with 5,000 on-campus students and later expands to 65,000 people. Students who test positive for the virus will be offered isolated dorm rooms with meals.
May 7, 2020
Worried about finances and health, some high school seniors are deciding to stay closer to home for college.
April 28, 2020
Requirements for SAT or ACT are suspended for a year and UC faculty votes to keep the exams in the future. Regents will have the final say.