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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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Faculty sought a year's delay before dropping non-credit remedial courses but CSU went ahead this fall. So far, prospects seem promising.
November 8, 2018
While overall scores rose, only 48 percent of California students did well enough on the SAT to be considered fully college ready. Ethnic disparities remain as well.
October 24, 2018
Cal State system's ambitious Graduation Initiative 2025 seeks a huge increase in completion rates by the middle of the next decade. Efforts include adding classes, improving counseling and urging students to take full course loads.
October 17, 2018
Colleges are looking at ways to help students who work long hours at jobs. Studies show grades slip and graduation is at risk when students work more than 15 hours, but the students say they have few alternatives when financial aid is not enough.
October 14, 2018
Adults who start college but never finish face financial aid and scheduling roadblocks in returning, a new report explains. Without diplomas, their earnings and opportunities are less.
October 10, 2018
The USC report weighed black students' enrollment and graduation rates, among other factors. California ranked third highest in the nation, although author said results are actually mediocre and should be not celebrated.
September 24, 2018
The state is pushing UC campuses to widen access to undergraduate degrees by increasing the number of transfer students. UC Riverside's efforts seem to be working, avoiding possible state financial sanctions.
September 11, 2018
Ref Rodriguez's resignation ends the charter-backed majority on the Los Angeles Unified school board. Replacement plans are uncertain.
July 23, 2018
Some Cal State campuses report a doubling or more in summer enrollment with Pell Grants' revival. But time limits remain.
July 22, 2018
This will be the first UC tuition decline in nearly two decades.
July 18, 2018
California universities struggle with some minority enrollment levels.
July 5, 2018
Hispanic Serving colleges may be eligible for extra federal funds. But just as important, backers say, the Hispanic designation gives colleges a recruiting tool at a time when 51 percent of California high school graduates are Hispanic and their enrollments in higher education are increasing rapidly.
June 28, 2018
With a 23 percent four-year graduation rate among full-time students, the Cal State system is trying to get more students to finish on time.
June 3, 2018
California university students are stretching...and it is all happening in writing class, not the gym
California state universities replace remedial English composition with a new model that takes two semesters and offers academic credit for both.