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January 17, 2005 | By Larry Gordon
Thousands of other students might have jumped at the chance to attend UCLA, but not Michael Rodriguez. He passed up his UC acceptance last year in order to attend California Lutheran University, a less well-known but more intimate private campus in Thousand Oaks. Rodriguez, who is happy with his choice, said one reason for the decision was a financial aid program Cal Lutheran established specifically to lure students who had been admitted to several top UC campuses. A math and physics major from San Fernando, Rodriguez also said he wanted a more personal setting with small classes and hoped to avoid the overcrowding and other problems state budget cuts are causing at UC schools.
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.
November 8, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
California State University is seeking to impose a series of new fees on some students next fall designed to encourage them to graduate faster and free up thousands more classroom seats. The proposals were released Thursday, two days after the passage of Proposition 30, a tax measure that allowed the university to rescind a $249-per-semester tuition increase that took effect in the fall. Voter approval of the proposition means the university will avoid a $250-million funding cut in January, after absorbing a $750-million cut last year.
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.
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