CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 |
When Jack Valenti , the president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, asked historian and public television host Richard Heffner to oversee the group's controversial movie ratings system, Heffner turned it down, saying his mother "did not raise me to count nipples. " But Heffner eventually reconsidered and became, by some accounts, "the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood. " Heffner, who for two decades helped parents decide which movies were suitable for children, died Tuesday at his New York City home of a cerebral hemorrhage, said his son, Daniel Heffner.
November 29, 2013 |
China's box office through the first three quarters was up 35% from last year, with contemporary-themed Chinese films drawing particularly large audiences. Yu Dong, chief executive of Nasdaq-listed Chinese movie studio and distributor Bona Film Group, was in Los Angeles this month for the Asia Society's U.S.-China Film Summit and meetings with Hollywood partners, including Fox International Productions. We caught up with him to talk about the state of the market and his studio's plans for 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
College students, faculty and administrators met Wednesday at Cal State Dominguez Hills to express their concerns about President Obama's proposals to make college more affordable. The forum is one of four public sessions held around the country - and the only one in California - for the Obama administration to gather input on the president's recently announced agenda to develop a college rating system. Dozens attended the forum and spoke to the panel - headlined by U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter - expressing their concerns about the reliability and unintended consequences of such a system. The rating score card, to be launched for the 2015 school year, would be based on such measures as the percentage of low-income students receiving federal Pell grants, average tuition and student debt, graduation and transfer rates. Other proposals would award more financial aid to students at higher-rated colleges and create incentives for new cost-saving approaches, such as three-year bachelor's degrees and online programs.
August 27, 2013
Re “How to pick a college,” Opinion, Aug. 23, and “College ratings could backfire” Editorial, Aug. 23 College presidents Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro make a rational argument that students should choose schools that can help foster their pursuits and interests. While some students know before entering college what field they intend to go into, for a majority of American kids today, college is the time to figure that out. If young people choose a school based only on what they think they know or like when they are 18, we'll wind up with many unhappy 20-year-olds.
August 23, 2013 |
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.
August 22, 2013 |
As part of his plan to boost economic mobility for the middle class, President Obama unveiled a proposal Thursday that would implement a college rating system based partly on affordability and job prospects after graduation. The new rating system is intended to give parents and prospective students more information about the colleges they are considering. The ratings, which will be developed through public hearings around the country, would rank schools based on factors such as affordability, student debt loan ratios and scholarships awarded. PHOTOS: Workers beware -- top cities with falling wages The Obama administration will also pursue legislation to tie the rating system to federal financial aid. Students attending "high-performing" colleges would receive more federal aid, for instance.