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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UC approves housing projects but goals for new beds may be too ‘optimistic’
UC wants to add 22,000 beds by 2028, but a top official said that goal may be overly optimistic, given challenges such as lawsuits seeking to stop construction.
March 16, 2023
Expansion of college financial aid in California may be at risk
Lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom agreed last year to make major changes to Cal Grants, contingent on available revenue. But now the state faces a bleak budget forecast.
March 15, 2023
Students at rural community college can earn a bachelor’s and help prevent wildfires
Feather River College is the latest of California's community colleges to get approval for a bachelor's degree program.
March 7, 2023
Biden’s plan to forgive student loans may be in jeopardy after Supreme Court arguments
Conservative majority on U.S. Supreme Court expressed doubts about canceling $400 billion in student loan debt.
February 28, 2023
California community colleges rely too much on part-time faculty and misspend funds, audit finds
California's state auditor says community colleges are misspending money meant to hire full-time faculty and is calling on the chancellor's office to provide better oversight.
February 27, 2023
Sonya Christian named chancellor of California Community Colleges
Christian, chancellor of the Kern Community College District, will be the 11th chancellor in the system's history and the first woman in the role.
February 23, 2023
Key lawmaker endorses transfer admissions guarantee across University of California
Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, said during an Assembly subcommittee hearing Tuesday that UC should participate in the Associate Degree for Transfer program.
February 21, 2023
Key decisions await next California Community Colleges chancellor as search winds down
California's community colleges will soon have a new chancellor, who will have to decide how to wield limited power as the colleges try to build back from dramatic enrollment declines.
January 26, 2023
University of California planning to expand outreach at 65 California community colleges
The University of California wants to enroll more community college transfers and now plans to expand outreach at more than half of the state's community colleges.
January 20, 2023
University of California behind schedule in growing enrollment of in-state students
Despite lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom asking UC to add thousands of California resident undergraduates, the system enrolled fewer of those students this year.
January 13, 2023
Newsom’s higher education budget includes promised increases to UC and CSU
Despite revenues being down in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom kept his promise to increase funding at the state's public university systems.
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January 10, 2023
In California, U.S. Education Secretary Cardona calls for states to up funding, lays out student debt relief case
As federal relief dollars for schools run out, states should respond by increasing funding for education, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in an interview.
January 10, 2023
UC regents permit UCLA teams to move to Big Ten
After months of deliberations, UC's board of regents voted Wednesday to allow UCLA to move most of its athletic programs to the Big Ten, but with caveats.
December 14, 2022
Students fear losing aid as grades are withheld during strike
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.