Michael covers higher education. Prior to joining EdSource, he was a reporter in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in journalism from Syracuse University.
All articles by Michael Burke
UC faculty have pledged to withhold more than 30,000 grades this fall in solidarity with striking graduate workers. That could have implications for undergraduates who need certain grade point averages to keep their financial aid.
December 7, 2022
As tensions mount over final grades, academic researchers and scholars reach tentative agreement with UC
Agreement covers 12,000 of the 48,000 strikers while faculty across the University of California pledged not to submit grades until striking academic workers' demands are met.
November 28, 2022
The record pandemic-fueled loss in enrollment has put California Community Colleges at a turning point amid student demands for flexible classes, jobs training and easier paths to universities.
November 18, 2022
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two affirmative action cases. The six conservative members signaled they may overturn decades of precedent and rule that race-conscious admissions are unlawful.
October 31, 2022
Unable to consider race in admissions, the University of California has tried and failed to increase diversity through race-neutral policies. Eliminating standardized test scores from admissions could be the latest effort to fail.
October 14, 2022
Tens of thousands of college students in California are homeless or without stable housing. During an EdSource roundtable, panelists said more dorms will help but called for other solutions too.
September 30, 2022
Rising costs have exacerbated California's student housing crisis. The state is responding with plans for more on-campus dorms, and a new bill could make it easier for colleges to expand housing. Some campuses turned to short-term solutions.
September 28, 2022
Each year, many students apply to the University of California but didn't take all the high school classes required for admission. A new program will give them the chance to still get a spot in the system.
September 23, 2022
Five years after California adopted a law transforming remedial education, some colleges still have remedial classes. New legislation would make it difficult to keep them.
September 6, 2022
The fall term has arrived at California's public colleges, where Covid-19 restrictions have been eased. It's a stark contrast to last fall.
August 23, 2022
Responding to pressure to prioritize California residents, UC accepted fewer out-of-state applicants and about 1,000 more in-state students for fall 2022.
August 10, 2022
Momentum is building to bolster admission guarantees for community college students trying to transfer to the University of California.
August 8, 2022
UC tracking drop in students returning after Covid start, especially for low-income and first-generation students
UC's board of regents learned Thursday that retention rates declined last year, a trend that President Michael Drake said he's closely monitoring.
July 22, 2022
UC board of regents calls for review of UCLA's planned move to the Big Ten following closed door meeting with Gov. Gavin Newsom who said UCLA must explain how the move will benefit students and preserve its relationship with UC Berkeley.
July 21, 2022
UC wants to add another 23,000 students by 2030. This week, the university's regents will learn how the system plans to achieve that.