CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD - Fernando Jara is something of a star in Kern County - and a mystery. From humble beginnings, Jara founded a program to rehabilitate drug addicts and felons on a five-acre farm. He is completing a master's degree at Claremont School of Theology and will soon begin work on a doctorate and a law degree. The energetic 37-year-old and his wife, a Kern County supervisor and rising political star, attended President Obama's inauguration in January at the invitation of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
March 1, 2013 |
Families aren't saving enough for college, students are falling deeper into debt and nearly 13% of graduates owe more than $50,000, according to new research. The bottom line of the research, gleaned from a pair of new studies, is that college-debt woes continue to worsen despite all the attention focused on the ballooning debt of America's young people. An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that the number of students taking out college loans, and the amount they borrowed, both grew 70%, or roughly 7% a year, from 2004 and 2012.
February 1, 2013
Re "Pushing reform too far," Editorial, Jan. 27 Gov. Jerry Brown wants community college students to "devise an educational plan so they enroll in the courses they need. " Whatever happened to the concept of "finding yourself" in college? Few college freshman (mostly recent high school graduates) know exactly what they want to do in life because they haven't been exposed. College is where to get that exposure. Henry David Thoreau's comment that "the mass of people live lives of quiet desperation" applies to those who either didn't have the opportunity to find what they love to do or found out too late in life to change.
January 31, 2013 |
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to look into whether students are actually getting good deals on financial products marketed to them through colleges and universities. A 2009 law restricted credit card issuers from using certain types of marketing on college campuses, and made agreements between the financial firms and colleges subject to public disclosure, the consumer bureau noted in its announcement Thursday. However, it said, less is known about arrangements for other products marketed to students, such as identification cards that double as debit cards, cards used to access scholarship and student loan funds, and school-affiliated bank accounts.
January 29, 2013 |
Bad news for college grads: Nearly half of recent graduates of institutions of higher learning are working at jobs that don't require a college diploma, a study has found. About 48% of college students who graduated in 2010 are in positions that don't need a bachelor's degree, while 38% are working in gigs that don't require even a high school diploma, according to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The report found that the number of workers overeducated for the jobs they were holding down could be growing.
January 2, 2013 |
Amazon.com wasted no time putting one of its Kindle tablets on sale to kick off the new year. The Seattle-based online retailer started a monthlong sale on New Year's Day that takes $50 off the 8.9-inch version of its Kindle Fire HD tablet. The reduced price, however, is only available to Amazon Student members who have an Amazon Prime account, which costs $39 for the full year for those who have an ".edu" student email address. The sale applies to both the Wi-Fi version of the large-size tablet as well as its 4G LTE variant.
December 21, 2012 |
I'm flipping a coin. Pick heads or tails. OK, now which did you pick and why? Actually, never mind. It doesn't matter. Because unlike with college admission employees around the country, how I view your answer won't affect if you get into a university or not. But for students applying to places like the University of Chicago, it's a new reality. Garrett Brinker, an admissions official for the University of Chicago, told the Los Angeles Times in Wednesday's story that questions like “So where is Waldo, really?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2012 |
UC Berkeley announced a $1-million grant Tuesday to boost financial aid for undocumented students, which is thought to be the largest gift of its kind in the nation. The donation from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund will supplement state aid for undocumented students that is scheduled to roll out over the next two semesters in a policy change authorized by the California Dream Act. Undocumented students will be eligible for state aid but not for federal grants or loans, and the donation - along with other private funds - will help fill in the gaps, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 |
With the passage of Proposition 30, college students will be spared another round of tuition increases and younger students will avoid a shorter school year, results that were met with much jubilation Wednesday. For public school districts, the measure's success was mostly about escaping another wave of severe budget cuts, including teacher layoffs, curtailed instructional time and larger classes. But for higher education, the measure is expected to reap immediate positive benefits.
October 25, 2012 |
A carjacking goes very wrong in "96 Minutes" and the lives of four young people are all set wildly off-course. The feature debut of writer-director Aimee Lagos, the film feels overstuffed and overcooked, as if the filmmaker were trying to get too much out all in one go. Two female college students (Brittany Snow, Christian Serratos) are overtaken by two teenage boys from the rougher side of town. One (Evan Ross) has been struggling to be better than his surroundings, while the other (J. Michael Trautmann)