The once-in-a-lifetime pandemic drove Congress and two presidential administrations to approve $69 billion in Covid relief for higher education with the highest amount, more than $9.5 billion, for California colleges and universities.
Enrollment at California's community colleges has plummeted during the pandemic creating uncertainty for some colleges. Online classes, job loss and child care are among the reasons students have not enrolled.
The agency that regulates California’s 1800 for-profit colleges needs reauthorization from the Legislature to keep operating. Lawmakers say they want it to do a better job protecting the 260,000 students at for-profit schools.
California higher education supporters say the state legislature needs to change an arcane state law that inadequately funds efforts
to diversify community college faculty. An EdSource investigation revealed the system's failings.
Ward Connerly, the ex-University of California regent who fought to end affirmative action in 1996, has resurfaced to fight Proposition 16 which would allow the state's public universities to use race and ethnicity to decide admissions, faculty and contracts.