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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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The budget provides an increase to 41,000 Cal Grants for older students to pay tuition. Advocates say more help is needed and hope for bigger reforms next year.
June 14, 2019
Since the new school is not only online, its name is changing. "Calbright College" seeks to evoke California and a better future.
June 7, 2019
Gov. Newsom said college students who are parents of dependent children deserve a special helping hand. But legislators say they want to aid a wider group of older students.
May 30, 2019
The proposed $15 hike, the first in 30 years, would support technology. Low-income students would get four free applications but concerns remain.
May 22, 2019
After fears that only the rich from outside California could afford UC, some aid will be provided. Most non-residents will pay $762 tuition hike.
May 17, 2019
Faculty complain they have been ignored in important changes at the 115 colleges. Community college leaders say change can be challenging.
May 14, 2019
Gov. Newsom proposes more help for homeless California college students but no major Cal Grant boost
Much debate is ahead about legislation to expand Cal Grants beyond tuition costs. Gov. Newsom says state must balance different needs.
May 10, 2019
More colleges open shops to provide students with free professional attire for work interviews, internships and new jobs.
May 7, 2019
California private colleges continue to oppose a revised bill that seeks information on legacy admissions. They contend that a threatened Cal Grant loss will hurt low-income students.
May 1, 2019
Very different from traditional community colleges, it targets 8 million underemployed Californians and aims to be tuition-free.
April 24, 2019
A fourth course of high school math could be calculus, computer science, statistics, business math to fill possible extra CSU entrance requirement.
April 10, 2019
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.