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November 5, 2008 | Gale Holland, Holland is a Times staff writer.
Once they stood to inherit the world, or at least a tidy little corner of it. Now, staring into the abyss of the worst financial crisis in decades, California's MBA students are tempering their expectations, networking like crazy and looking for a Plan B or even C. "People come to business school to shoot for the stars," said Bangaly Kaba, 29, a second-year student at USC Marshall School of Business. "At some point, you have to look at what's in front of you because the stars aren't available."
September 10, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
One in 10 high school seniors in the class of 2008 failed to pass California's exit exam by graduation, the lowest rate of passage since the test became mandatory to earn a diploma three years ago, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. The estimated passage rate dipped, state officials said, because for the first time special education students were required to take the exam to receive diplomas, and their test results were included in the tally.
August 11, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The weather is balmy, the local beaches are inviting, and so, naturally, San Diego State students are thinking about . . . accounting. Yes, accounting. It's become one of the hot courses on campus. Enrollment is up, one of the accounting lecturers has twice been named professor of the year, and several dozen students spent their summer mornings in a class poring over a 3-inch-thick tome titled "Federal Taxation."
June 21, 2008 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
The number of students graduating from Los Angeles public schools has declined for two straight years even as enrollment in the 12th grade has been rising sharply, new state data show. The graduation slump began when California started requiring students to pass an exit exam before they could receive a diploma. The data caught educators by surprise after they were quietly posted on the state Department of Education website.
June 3, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Laura Simurda faced a tough decision recently in choosing which of three simultaneous graduation ceremonies to attend at USC. After all, she was a triple major, earning degrees in astronomy, history and print journalism. Simurda finally chose to be among her astronomy classmates but doesn't want to be pigeonholed, because she found both science and the humanities stimulating. "It always seemed to keep my brain running in both fields," she said.
May 25, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Diana Nguyen has dreamed of teaching high school since she was inspired by her ninth-grade world history instructor, who made the subject jump off the page. But when the UC Irvine student receives her teaching credential this summer, she plans to move to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to teach English. Why the change in plans? Simple, Nguyen, 23, said in her characteristic upbeat way. There are no jobs for a social studies teacher.
May 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Nearly 25 years after leaving Syracuse University, Vanessa Williams will get her bachelor of fine arts degree this weekend. The 45-year-old actress-singer, who stars in ABC's "Ugly Betty," will also deliver the convocation address Saturday to graduates of Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Williams attended Syracuse's drama department as a musical theater major from 1981 to 1983. She earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and performances on stage and screen.
May 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
West Virginia University's faculty senate demanded that WVU President Mike Garrison resign over the awarding of a degree to the governor's daughter. An independent panel determined she had not earned the degree. The college cannot rebuild its reputation, the senate said, until Garrison leaves. Garrison has repeatedly said he will not resign. He has support from the board and Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who appointed most of the board.
April 25, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nutritional supplement marketer Herbalife said Gregory Probert, its president and chief operating officer, did not finish his master's degree in business as stated in his biography. The Century City-based company said Probert was enrolled in a graduate MBA program at Cal State L.A. for 12 quarters during the 1980s but didn't obtain a degree. Herbalife said it was reviewing the matter and would take "any appropriate action." Probert was appointed to his position in 2003.
March 9, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The large wave of refugees from war-ravaged Central America that arrived two decades ago has transformed more than neighborhoods, the workforce and restaurant cuisine of Southern California. Now, as Vanessa Guerrero's new diploma shows, the influence of that migration is being embraced academically by one of the region's largest public universities.
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