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March 12, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Let's start by calling "student success fees" what they really are - thinly disguised tuition increases charged to students for basic educational services. These fees, which are being levied at many California State University campuses, can cost up to $1,000 a year, on top of the official tuition, which has nearly doubled since 2007 to about $5,500. Not counting room or board. Because Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget would increase state funding by more than $140 million, Cal State has agreed to freeze tuition.
September 8, 2011 | Jason Song
The long lines in front of Garfield High School started Tuesday. But it wasn't students eager to get into classes at the East Los Angeles school, which began on Wednesday along with most L.A. Unified campuses. Instead it was parents either handing in proof that their children had been vaccinated against whooping cough or trying to find out where to get the mandatory shot. "They just want to comply with the rules; they want to make sure that their kids will get a good education," Principal Jose Huerta said.
May 28, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Johnnica Hababag planned to take two classes this summer so she could transfer from Los Angeles Valley College to a four-year school. But those plans were upended when she learned that the community college had all but canceled its summer session because of budget cuts. Hababag, an anthropology major, now will have to return to the two-year school in the fall. "This is definitely going to delay my goals," said Hababag, 21. "For me, living in the Valley, it's hard to get to other campuses, and even if I could, they're not offering the classes I need either.
August 18, 2011 | By James E. Sefton
The California State University system is reportedly considering a salary cap for campus presidents, perhaps with incentives tied to campus graduation rates. Whatever its merits, any such cap should not be linked to graduation rates, a subject over which presidents have no direct control and one that can be misleading. Presidents are the public faces of their campuses. They do not run the academic programs. Admission requirements are established by law, which obliges campuses to admit increasing numbers of students who, on paper, are "qualified" but who, on arrival, soon prove to be poorly prepared for university-level work.
Enrollments are up at California's public colleges for the third straight year, the result of a rebounding economy and the demographic phenomenon dubbed "Tidal Wave II," in which the children of baby boomers are entering the ranks of higher education. Although the increases appear modest on paper--4.
October 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
In the 1960s, California college campuses were hotbeds of civil rights and free speech activity, where student protests resulted in the nation's first ethnic studies programs at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, among others. Ethnic studies became a sought-after major and a safe setting in which to examine the influence of the state's diverse population of Latinos, African Americans, whites and Asians, among others. In recent years, however, some of those programs have been cut back, particularly in the California State University system.
April 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
With its giant volume of applications from around the state and world, UCLA is once again the toughest UC campus to crack for students who want to enroll in the fall as a freshman. According to statistics released Thursday, UCLA offered fall 2013 admission to only 17.4% of California residents who applied and to 20.1% of its overall applicants, including those from other states and nations. As it has for several years, UCLA attracted the most freshman applications -- 80,494 this time -- of any public university in the nation, campus officials said.
November 24, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Larry Gordon and Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York -- Police efforts to break up Occupy encampments in Northern California and elsewhere have led to investigations, apologies and lawsuits. And now the soul-searching: Why did some officers use what is being described as excessive force, wielding batons and pepper spray, against apparently peaceful protesters? The tough response to the 2-month-old movement of civil disobedience — particularly in Oakland and on campuses in Berkeley and Davis — is an outgrowth, some say, of factors that include the spontaneous nature of the Occupy protests and two post-9/11 trends: a heightened police sensitivity to threats and a more militaristic approach to police work.
November 16, 1997
Assemblyman Tony Cardenas is right to seek legislative solutions to granting various communities representation on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees ("Bill Seeks End to At-Large Selection of College Board," Nov. 4), but I think he and his supporters should consider going one step further: allow each district campus to be a district unto itself. Such an arrangement is not uncommon or unknown, even locally. Glendale College, Santa Monica College and Pasadena City College are among several one-campus college districts in Los Angeles County.
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