A UC faculty group is studying whether to drop SAT and ACT, overhaul them or substitute other tests as application requirements.
New laws also ease dual-enrollment for adults and high schoolers.
Janet Napolitano will leave the UC presidency in August 2020 with a generally positive legacy.
Napolitano, the first woman to be named president of the 10-campus system, has served in the role since 2013.
Survey confirms that non-tuition costs in California pose obstacles to students pursuing higher education.
California's public colleges and universities are doing more to provide free, digital or low-cost textbooks to students.
In response to criticism, the College Board is reforming a new admissions tool meant to measure hardships that a freshman applicant faces.
Education leaders will privately advise Gov. Newsom on college access and success. Some experts want the group to have more authority.
UC regents will consider plan to guarantee students stable tuition for up to six years while new students could get price hikes.
Legislators hope increasing financial aid for summer school will help students graduate faster.
One recent study found that among foster youth who enrolled in post-secondary education just 49.6 percent completed their first two semesters.
The budget provides an increase to 41,000 Cal Grants for older students to pay tuition. Advocates say more help is needed and hope for bigger reforms next year.
After fears that only the rich from outside California could afford UC, some aid will be provided. Most non-residents will pay $762 tuition hike.
Much debate is ahead about legislation to expand Cal Grants beyond tuition costs. Gov. Newsom says state must balance different needs.
College quality to should be measured by the number and diversity of the students they graduate, not by institutional wealth and high rejection rates, author says.