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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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.
April 20, 2020
CSU officials say their action does not mean testing is permanently dropped as an admissions requirement. Grade point averages will take on more weight.
April 17, 2020
Exams will include high-tech proctoring to discourage cheating. UC temporarily has dropped the tests as admissions requirements.
April 16, 2020
Despite health crisis, students still want to earn college credit with good AP scores. Anti-cheating measures will be enforced for at-home tests scheduled in May.
April 14, 2020
UC's one-year pause in testing does not mean a permanent end to SAT/ACT for admissions. CSU may follow. Neither university will require letter grades for high school courses this spring.
April 1, 2020
Accepted applicants are given an extra month, until June 1, to make deposits. Other CSU campuses may follow. UC is sticking with a May 1 deadline.
April 1, 2020
The health crisis has high school seniors worried about college enrollment deadlines. Other concerns rise about grades and financial aid. Colleges promise some flexibility.
March 27, 2020
UC leaders said it would have been unseemly to approve a tuition hike during the coronavirus emergency. The proposal would have hiked tuition by $606, or 4.8 percent, for next fall's freshmen.
March 18, 2020
Most colleges and universities will refund housing and dining plans but not tuition; they say online classes worth the costs.
March 17, 2020
Plan calls for $606, or 4.8 percent, tuition increase to $13,176 for next fall's freshmen. Aid will shield many students.
March 10, 2020
As all 23 California State University campuses are under pressure to improve their graduation rates, Cal State Long Beach has shown the biggest gains in getting students who entered as freshmen to finish within four years.
February 24, 2020
Critics will fight on despite faculty report urging University of California to keep SAT and ACT in admissions
A faculty task force says the University of California should continue to require SAT or ACT for freshmen admissions. Opponents will continue their fight.