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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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College leaders urge changes to California's Higher Education master plan to improve access and affordability
The first of five hearings around the state starts to examine the 1960 plan that governs the missions of UC, CSU and community colleges. Legislators say it is time for some changes but that it could take years to develop concrete reforms.
August 31, 2017
The Trump administration has proposed cutting work-study funding in half. Reformers want the payment formula to be changed so that expensive, private colleges don't receive so many advantages in the program.
August 30, 2017
Almost half of UC's incoming freshman are in the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college or university. UC is bolstering counseling and other support for those students to help them graduate.
August 23, 2017
The state's student aid commission is looking for ideas to consolidate various Cal Grants and other grant programs.
August 22, 2017
Statewide award recipient Lynda McGee was praised for her efforts to get low-income students into college. She says that some students should try to attend college away from home to have a better shot at finishing in four years.
August 20, 2017
Cal Grants are among the most generous state-funded student aid programs in the nation and can cover entire tuition at CSU and UC.
August 6, 2017
California state universities add dorm rooms as strategy to raise graduation rates, provide affordable housing
The 23-campus CSU system enrolls an overwhelmingly commuter student body but some campuses are trying to increase housing.
July 30, 2017
The new policy would allow UC's nine undergraduate campuses to seek recommendation letters and other information from up to 15 percent of their freshman applicants. The change will be monitored to see if it hurts low-income and minority students.
July 12, 2017
UC admits more students from outside California but officials expect more state residents will enroll
The number of freshman admission offers to -in-state students declined 1.7 percent to 69,972 but UC officials say they still expect a rise in actual enrollment. Meanwhile the offers to students from other states and nations were up 4 percent in the last year before new enrollment limits on them go into effect.
July 6, 2017
Co-requisite courses combine college and remedial level material, give more class time and offer more tutoring. More colleges in California and other states are expected to introduce them.
June 20, 2017
The high school graduation and college attendance rates for black, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander young men is well below that of whites and Asians. A new study by the Education Trust-West urges barriers be lifted and more support offered for those minority male students.
June 14, 2017
The Legislature wants to maintain financial aid for UC and CSU students from families earning between $80,000 and $150,000 a year. But that conflicts with Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to phase out the program.
June 13, 2017
The Learning Policy Institute recommends teachers' professional development programs focus tightly on classroom subjects, allow for collaboration and provide lots of coaching.
June 6, 2017
To the happy surprise of some officials, thousands of California students may benefit from the expansion of federal Pell grants into summer sessions. The extra funding is expected to help speed up the time to graduation for low-income students.
May 22, 2017
The new policy is a compromise that allows five campuses to grow their out-of-state undergraduates to 18 percent, while freezing such enrollment at the four campuses already above that level. One regent said UC was "building a wall" around the university.