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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 University of California and California's Community Colleges announce an agreement that is expected to boost the number of students who can transfer to UC.
April 11, 2018
Following a demand from the state Legislature, the Cal State system will give applicants from the region surrounding a campus an admissions advantage over those from far away.
March 20, 2018
A report by the Campaign for College Opportunity urges that the percentages of minority and women faculty and campus leaders reflect the ratios in the student bodies at California's public colleges and universities.
March 5, 2018
The California Dream Act grants can be used for tuition at public and private colleges and universities in the state.
March 5, 2018
Under the California Dream Act, low-income undocumented students can receive aid to help pay for their college education. Fears about possible deportation and confusion over DACA may be causing some not to apply. Officials urge students to file by the March 2 deadline.
February 27, 2018
California colleges join others nationwide offering mini-grants to help needy seniors finish their studies and graduate.
February 25, 2018
Trustees of the 23-campus Cal State system will delay until May a vote on a possible $228 tuition hike to allow time to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Legislature for more funding. Brown is resistant to giving the university any more. This year's negotiations will be his last.
January 30, 2018
UC leaders delay the vote until May to give extra time for lobbying in Sacramento for more state funding. They had said that the 2.7 percent increase was needed to increase enrollment, hire faculty, maintain buildings and improve mental health services. But Gov. Jerry Brown said regents should "reject outright" the plan to raise tuition.
January 24, 2018
The upcoming survey by the California Student Aid Commission will be the first of its scope since 2006. It will seek information from about 100,000 students in all the public and private higher education sectors about housing, food, books, transportation, technology and other costs. Officials hope it could lead to improved financial aid.
January 23, 2018
A recent court ruling gives undocumented California students a window to renew their DACA applications, officials said. Meanwhile, they urge the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress to protect the 700,000 or so undocumented young people nationwide who previously had protection against deportation.
January 17, 2018
A new study found that the online catalog is difficult to search and that the lack of a common computer platform discourages students.
January 4, 2018
USC professor Shaun Harper will lead a national survey that seeks to explore what college students think about their experiences about race, gender and other factors.
January 3, 2018
State universities can not use tuition or state funds for student unions or many other services. So they turn to extra campus fees to pay for those. But now some students and faculty say those fees are getting too high. A referendum at Cal State Fresno defeated an annual $400 levy to build a new student union.
December 6, 2017
With Cal State freshman-year dropout rates ranging from 5 percent to nearly 30 percent, six campuses joined a national effort to help students persist into sophomore year.
November 21, 2017
University of California should be more lenient about late transcripts, stop withdrawing admissions, panel says
The move to more leniency about transcript verification came in response to the controversial withdrawal of admission to nearly 300 incoming students at UC Irvine last spring. They were reinstated and the university apologized.