California

Access and Success -- Is it Either/Or?

Researchers say California policies on community colleges, with focus on access, have inadvertently built barriers to degree completion.

An In-State Tuition Debate

State by state, leaders consider the thorny question of whether students living there illegally should pay in-state fees.

Big Win for Religious Colleges

California Supreme Court, in 4-3 split, reverses lower court rulings to allow bond sales on behalf of "pervasively sectarian" institutions.

California's Low Tuition Model Questioned

As most of American higher education has over time abandoned the idea that the best way to ensure access to college is by keeping tuitions low, California has clung to the principle as it was laid out in the state's 1960 master plan for higher education. To this day, students at its community colleges pay by far the country's lowest "fees" (a phrase the state uses in lieu of tuition).

Inquiry or Indoctrination?

Debate over first-year curriculum challenging "hegemony" at UC San Diego heats up as 2 graduate students lose their jobs.

UC Faculty Nixes Tobacco Money Ban

U. of California Academic Senate votes to oppose a proposed regents policy restricting tobacco industry support for research.

A Very Scary Story

After Virginia Tech shootings, San Jose State instructor stopped teaching course in response to student who wrote of killing professor.

California's Transfer 'Mismatch'

Latino students are more likely than others to start their college educations at community colleges. A new report from California documents the difficulties many of those students have moving on to four-year institutions and draws attention to the long-term impact low transfer rates could have on Latino degree achievement.

Questioning College-Wide Assessments

Study calls Spellings Commission recommendation "misleading" because of wide differences in outcomes by academic discipline.

Debate Under Duress in California

With law regulating for-profit higher education now inoperable, efforts to replace it face resistance even as legislators approve one solution.

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