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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Colleges are eager to get a piece of $115 million that was approved last year for free textbook programs. Chancellor's office officials say applications will be available within the next month.
July 18, 2022
Dozens of California community colleges planning to offer remedial classes in violation of law, report says
The California Acceleration Project found that 47 colleges are planning to offer remedial math classes this fall. The group says AB 1705, newly proposed legislation is needed to address that trend.
June 13, 2022
After several colleges neglected to turn over data on application fraud and enrollment, systemwide chancellor's office will force their hand.
May 23, 2022
During an EdSource roundtable, panelists discussed new ideas for improving working conditions for the 37,000 part-time faculty at California's community colleges.
May 19, 2022
In exchange for five years of promised steady budget increases, UC and CSU commit to making progress toward key equity and efficiency goals and will publicly report on their progress.
May 13, 2022
After California Gov. Gavin Newsom last fall vetoed an overhaul of the state's main financial aid program, advocates for change are hopeful he will support their proposals this year.
May 12, 2022
A bill in the California Assembly would add to previous legislation by further restricting when a community college can require students to take remedial classes. Faculty association says it goes too far.
May 5, 2022
Advocates argue letter grades aren't a good measure of student learning and that pass/no pass grading in certain courses could be a better alternative for first-year students at the University of California.
April 26, 2022
With colleges in California and elsewhere suffering from enrollment drops, a new survey offers insight on why students aren't attending.
April 22, 2022
California community colleges may be in line for a $100 million cybersecurity upgrade to thwart scammers who have attempted to fraudulently enroll and get financial aid.
April 5, 2022
In a visit to California, Miguel Cardona, the U.S. secretary of education, encouraged the state "to meet students where they are" as it relates to housing.
March 29, 2022
California community college students are slated to get new housing if the state Legislature approves a significant expansion of scarce on-campus housing.
March 28, 2022
Recently, some California community colleges have not handed over data on enrollment and application fraud to state officials, who are now looking to force their hand.
March 22, 2022
After lawmakers unanimously approved a bill to save UC Berkeley from enrollment cuts this fall, it was quickly signed by Newsom on Monday.
March 14, 2022
New California legislation would prevent courts from immediately forcing a campus to cut enrollment over population concerns and could be retroactively applied to UC Berkeley.