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.
All articles by Larry Gordon
Reforms underway in teaching college calculus. But weak math skills from high school derail students from STEM careers.
January 13, 2022
A student counselor from Fresno's McLane High inspires students with his history as a young immigrant and garners statewide prize.
December 1, 2021
Despite travel restrictions, California still enrolled most foreign students in nation, led by USC and UC campuses.
November 15, 2021
California's public universities won't consider SAT and ACT scores, but some students still take tests for scholarships and placement.
November 9, 2021
Study abroad programs in Western Europe and South Korea reopen; China and Latin America remain off-limits due to pandemic concerns.
October 1, 2021
Campuses overhaul courses, offer more tutoring to cut high failure rates. Nearly half of students fail or drop some classes.
August 20, 2021
CSU Northridge benefits from the federal Covid relief formula which makes the campus eligible for $265 million, the most of any California college.
July 9, 2021
An academic year of distance learning has left many graduating seniors with gaps in their learning. Colleges are preparing to help with tutoring, summer brush-up and empathetic faculty.
July 6, 2021
The Oakland college was to close in 2023 but now announces a survival plan. Under the merger, undergraduate men will be admitted, changing tradition.
June 18, 2021
A bill that would direct similar community college courses across the state to carry the same number to reduce transfer problems faces opposition from faculty groups.
April 30, 2021
Long Beach pilot program does a lot of what Newsom wants to do statewide with early transfer guarantees.
March 29, 2021
Some experts predict no college closure trend but others say the pandemic will hasten deaths of small private schools.
March 17, 2021
California colleges and universities will share in $5 billion from the federal aid: Half will help students cover tuition and basic needs such as housing. The other half will ease campus losses in pandemic and costs of online classes.
March 12, 2021
Humboldt State has seen sharp enrollment drops. A Cal Poly designation could attract more prestige, funding and students.
February 12, 2021
Without the change, students could have seen their Cal Grants cut by $1,028 a year. Enrollments at many private colleges in California already have declined in the pandemic.