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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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Lawmakers say they want to level the admissions playing field. Sweeping proposals would add oversight to athletics admissions, ban legacy admissions and regulate private counselors.
March 28, 2019
Some students wonder whether their college spots are taken by affluent cheaters. Most still believe hard work in high school will land them at a good college.
March 28, 2019
California’s colleges are reacting to “an epidemic” of students’ mental health problems. Proposals to boost funding may mean more therapists, shorter waiting times.
March 20, 2019
Community colleges remain a long way from the 2021-22 targets for students to complete degrees and transfer to UC or CSU.
March 18, 2019
Tuition for state residents will remain at $12,570. The now postponed plan would have hiked tuition for non-residents by $762 to $42,324. Criticism was surprisingly strong.
March 14, 2019
Proponents say extra tuition from non-Californians will pay for classes, aid for state residents. Protesters fear only the rich from outside the state will afford UC.
March 6, 2019
With only a third of black adults earning a degree, the report urges colleges to get more students to come back and finish.
February 20, 2019
Lande Ajose said parents want to know if their children can get into college, afford it and “get out in a reasonable amount of time so they can start the rest of their lives and not be burdened by debt.”
February 7, 2019
Forty-four percent of adults approved of the way Newsom is handling his new job, 23 percent disapproved. Newsom’s support was strongest in his home San Francisco Bay area (52 percent),lowest in the Inland Empire (36 percent).
February 6, 2019
Eleven campuses still graduated less than 20 percent of students who entered as freshmen four years ago.
February 5, 2019
CSU tuition will be frozen for a second year in a row at $5,742 annually for full time undergraduates who are California residents. Undergraduates taking six or fewer credits still would pay $3,330.
January 22, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s overall $209 billion budget would increase the amount the state spends on the California State University system by $562 million.
January 10, 2019
Higher education experts expect Newsom to be more generous to academia than Gov. Brown. New funding and expansion of free community college tuition are anticipated.
January 2, 2019
The Level Up program matches low-income California freshmen with slightly older mentors at 29 colleges. The advice and friendship help keep students in school, organizers say.
December 16, 2018
A report by an advocacy group says that California's future economy depends on the educational success of the growing Latino community.