California

Deciding Not to Ask

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Amid fears of a possible “double-dip” recession and simmering anti-tax sentiment, community colleges with pressing facilities needs are deciding they cannot risk a defeat in a bond vote – and so are not going before voters on this November’s ballot to ask for the funds to properly address them.

Looking Locally for Financial Support

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Last month, amid unprecedented state budget cuts for public higher education, the San Mateo County Community College District became the first community college in California in decades to win the authority to levy a local property tax specifically to help fund its overcrowded institutions.

Money Matters

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The University of California campuses are known for top doctoral programs, but two new reports on graduate students suggest that the state's financial problems are posing dangers to that reputation.

A new report from the university system shows that graduate students are unhappy with housing affordability, the amount of financial support the university provides, and the support’s type and duration.

Adding Classes While Others Cut

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This coming academic year, when nearly all of California’s 72 community college districts are either cutting classes or keeping their numbers level despite unprecedented demand, one district is bucking the trend and adding classes. But it is taking a significant risk in doing so with one-time money — without knowing whether it will be able to maintain the funding to make the additions permanent.

Double Helix Trouble

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Close to 1,000 incoming students have submitted saliva samples to the University of California at Berkeley for genetic testing as part of an unusual educational experience for freshmen, but they won't be getting the results they expected. The California Department of Public Health decided Thursday that the students will not be provided with their individual genetic results.

California Ends Deal With Kaplan

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Community college chancellor kills agreement that let students from overcrowded institutions take courses from the for-profit and transfer them back.

Last Call for Blue Phones?

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A large California community college district has gotten rid of all of its emergency notification boxes to save money -- a move not yet commonplace despite boom in cell phone usage.

Giving Up State Funds

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UCLA business school wants to forgo any more money from California -- and gain the right to raise out-of-state tuition to private levels.

Completion Targets for Cities

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Gates Foundation unveils new plans by four municipalities to push for better graduation rates.

(Somewhat) Sunnier Day in California

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While criticized for relying on federal dollars and optimistic revenue projections, budget accord is first in years to please state higher ed leaders.

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