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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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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.
November 12, 2018
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.