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October 10, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry struck a bittersweet chord in Israel -- a mix of pride for home-grown achievement and concern for the future of the nation's higher education and scientific research. Two of the three laureates for the prize announced Wednesday, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel, conducted a considerable part of their research in Israel's leading scientific institutes. But by the time they gained Nobel recognition , they had long since shifted most of their work to the U.S. despite strong family ties in Israel.
August 28, 2013 | By Paige St. John and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to buy the state time to fix its prison crisis by expanding the system would once again put state funding of prisons ahead of state spending on higher education. The governor's three-year proposal would bring California's corrections budget to $11.5 billion for the current year. The state currently allots $11.4 billion for higher education. A spokesman for Brown's Finance Department disputed the comparison, saying that if only general fund money is counted, and not other state funds, higher education still comes out on top. The largely symbolic comparison is considered by some to be an important demonstration of fiscal and political priorities.
August 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The United States didn't develop its great universities by reducing higher education to equations of graduation rates and job placement. Yet on Thursday, the Obama administration revealed a plan that would push colleges in that very direction and could harm some of the students the president most wants to help. The president's proposal to make higher education "a better bargain" includes some strong elements, especially a public rating system for colleges that will help students make thoughtful choices about which schools are best for them.
July 12, 2013 | By Nicholas B. Dirks
Under the leadership of Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and University of California President Clark Kerr, the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California created a unique three-way collaboration between the university, the public and the state, a partnership that propelled the state to the forefront of scientific discovery, the arts, innovation and economic growth. At the core of that partnership was the idea of access. As Kerr noted, it was the first time in history "that a state or a nation would promise there would be a place ready for every high school graduate or person otherwise qualified.
July 6, 2013 | By Jason Song
Before Isaiah Aragon, a 17-year-old heading into his senior year, arrived in June at a weeklong camp for Native Americans at UC Riverside, he wasn't sure where he'd apply to college. But after only a day on campus with 30 other Native American high schoolers, Riverside was a possibility. "It has me a little more interested," said Isaiah, a member of the Ohlone tribe who attends school in Claremont. Organizers say the purpose of the camp, known as the Gathering of the Tribes, isn't necessarily to steer students toward UC Riverside.
June 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In the latest episode of Congressional Groundhog Day, lawmakers are caught once again in a partisan stalemate with time running out. This time, the interest rate on the most popular form of student loan will double if Congress fails to act by July 1. That's an outcome no one wants. The twist is that, instead of picking another fight with Democrats over how to cover the cost of the program, Republicans are backing a long-term solution that's similar to one President Obama proposed in his latest budget.
June 12, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California is making only modest progress in increasing the numbers of adults who hold college degrees and will have to step up the pace to meet future workforce needs, according to a new report released Wednesday. The report, A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education, by the nonprofit Lumina Foundation, found that 38.9% of the state's 20 million adults age 25 to 64 held a two- or four-year degree in 2011, compared to 38.8% in 2010 and 38.7% in 2009. The report used census and other data to track college attainment for every state and the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the nation.
June 5, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Californians are concerned about the cost of higher education but that does not mean a landslide of support for Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to freeze tuition at UC and Cal State for four years. That's among the findings of the new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll about higher education. Released on Thursday, the poll of 1,500 registered California voters showed that 56% believe that tuition at public universities here are “not too affordable” or “not at all” affordable and 38% feel the fees are very or somewhat affordable.
May 28, 2013
Re "Bigger education, better outcomes," Opinion, May 24 Ronald Brownstein well documents this country's worsening crisis in higher education and how it bodes ill for our future. He presents compelling statistics, to be sure. But Jane Close Conoley, UC Riverside's interim chancellor, sums up the root problem in a disquieting nutshell: the public is "pulling back from a notion that they should be … supporting the education of the next generation. " Those loath to support higher education probably are too shortsighted and self-absorbed to appreciate Nelson Henderson's timeless aphorism: "The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. " Edward Alston Santa Maria ALSO: Letters: Scouting's new path Letters: Easily offended atheists Letters: Taxing life-saving devices
May 13, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
There are three things Rick Perry would like to do to the great public universities of Texas, but he can only remember two of them. That's a joke. You may remember that during a 2012 presidential debate, he started to list three departments of government he'd eliminate, and wound up forgetting one of them. But he remembered that he wanted to shut down the federal Education Department, and there are folks in Texas who suspect that some of his ideas for higher education in the Lone Star State may wind up accomplishing much the same thing to higher education there.
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