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January 29, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White on Wednesday announced an ambitious agenda to move students more quickly to graduation by hiring more experienced faculty and advisors, increasing online courses and boosting other opportunities to help students succeed. The measures are part of a $50-million project that aims over the next decade to increase graduation rates by 10% for undergraduates and 5% for those who transfer from community colleges as well as to improve the overall learning environment for students, White said.
January 7, 2014 | By Diane Pucin
Pepperdine's men's basketball program is on an upswing, in part because a former UCLA player has found a new love for the game. The Waves are 10-6 overall, 3-1 and tied for second place in the West Coast Conference. Their only conference loss came at San Francisco, when Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said his team had an inexplicably bad second half. The good-news story for the Waves is that of Brendan Lane , a 6-foot-9 forward who played at UCLA, graduated in three years and decided to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at Pepperdine.
December 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Nick Pugliese's mother wondered if her only son had lost his mind was when he announced he was going to work for a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. The day she was sure of it came last spring, when Nick called from Kabul to say he was quitting that job and leaving the secure compound where he lived to rent a room in a ramshackle boarding house so he could play professional soccer in the Kabul Premier League. "I was, like, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" his mother, Kim Pugliese, recalled.
December 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
What does it matter if you were cute in high school? More than you might think. A new study undertaken by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin finds that teens rated as good-looking in high school got higher grades and were ultimately more likely to graduate college and get bigger paychecks as adults. Well into adulthood, “people's personal appearance has powerful effects on their life chances,” sociologists Rachel A. Gordon and Robert Crosnoe wrote in a briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families.
December 8, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
More black students in California are earning bachelor's degrees than they were a decade ago, but enrollment in the state's public universities is stagnant and many are turning to costly for-profit schools, according to a new report. The road to graduation for black students is still pitted with obstacles, despite efforts to close achievement gaps that have persisted over the years, according to the report released by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.
November 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
After a long stretch of rising competition in college admissions, the numbers this year may be on the side of students like Davone Morales, an Eagle Rock High School senior. He and his classmates nationwide are lucky to be part of the smallest group in years applying to college. The population dip won't bust open the doors to Stanford, Harvard, UCLA and other highly selective campuses. But many experts predict it will be somewhat easier to obtain admission offers from many good, even competitive, schools.
November 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The first three women to complete Marine infantry training will graduate Thursday, national symbols of the growing push to integrate women into front-line combat units - and potent reminders of the barriers that remain. The three Marine recruits - Pfc. Julia Carroll, Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and Pfc. Katie Gorz - completed the 59-day course at Camp Geiger, N.C., that includes a grueling five-hour, 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) hike while carrying 85 pounds of gear.
November 11, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
As a freshman at Cal State San Marcos, Cipriano Vargas' grades were so low, his part-time job waiting tables so consuming and his home life with eight siblings so chaotic that he was on the verge of dropping out. The first-generation college student and son of parents with an elementary school education struggled to maintain a 1.9 grade point average. "I didn't have the skill or ability to manage time," said Vargas, 21. "My parents didn't understand the complexity of going to college, that it wasn't just two hours of classes and then I'm back home.
October 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Returned" (Sundance Channel, Thursdays) . A French miniseries in eight parts, based on a 2004 film of the same French name ("Les Revenants") but a different English one ("They Came Back"). The word "zombie" is often mentioned in press for the series, in which several characters, deceased, of different ages and dates of death, return to a small French mountain town -- confused but, unlike your average zombie, with their mental faculties intact and physically none the worse for wear.
October 25, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The NCAA released national Graduation Success Rates on Thursday for athletes who entered school from 2003 to 2006, and USC's football program had a 53% graduation rate, which ranked 11th in the Pac-12 Conference. Dr. Magdi El Shahawy, a senior associate athletic director who oversees USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services, told the school's website that many of the players who were NFL draft picks during that time left school before completing their degrees. Some have returned to finish their degrees, he said.
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