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.
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University of California sticks with test-free admissions, won’t replace SAT and ACT with new standardized test
After deciding not to develop its own test to replace the SAT, UC considered using Smarter Balanced exams. That idea has also been rejected.
November 18, 2021
Members of the governing board for California's community colleges are urged to focus the system on helping students stay enrolled and complete studies.
November 16, 2021
Dramatic enrollment drop won’t cost California community colleges state aid but could impact adjunct faculty
California's community colleges' declining enrollment won't reduce state funding but adjunct profs may lose opportunities.
November 12, 2021
Scammers have tried to infiltrate California colleges and get a piece of $1.6 billion in federal Covid relief aid. In at least a few districts, they succeeded.
November 5, 2021
California community college enrollment drops below 2 million students, more than previously reported
California Community Colleges suffered a pandemic enrollment drop of nearly 15%, higher than what the system reported earlier this year for the fall 2020 semester.
November 4, 2021
More high school students across California are participating in dual enrollment, but access is not evenly distributed.
October 27, 2021
Most of California's community colleges are still placing students in remedial classes, but a new study finds they can't justify doing so.
October 25, 2021
AB 1456 would have expanded financial aid eligibility to 160,000 additional students, mostly community college students. It also would simplify the Cal Grant program.
October 8, 2021
California Community Colleges seek $100 million in tech upgrades, in part to tighten security after bot attacks
California's community college system is asking for money to overhaul its online application portal that fraudulent students were able to bypass in financial aid scam attempts.
September 21, 2021
AB 1456 would make major changes to California's main financial aid program, but it's unclear if Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign the bill.
September 16, 2021
Across California's community colleges, students are receiving varying amounts of emergency financial aid grants.
August 25, 2021
With the FDA fully approving the Pfizer vaccine, more students and staff at California colleges will need to be vaccinated this fall.
August 23, 2021
After mixed experiences with distance learning, disabled California college students want flexibility
Entering the fall, college students say they want the flexibility to learn how they're most comfortable, whether that's in person or remotely.
August 10, 2021
With no statewide mandate, local colleges decide whether to require Covid-19 vaccinations. The delta variant is prompting more to do so.