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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The 720 students in UCLA's full-time MBA program are getting a break from big tuition hikes for next year, along with most students across the UC system. Behind that happy fact is a complicated history, perhaps worthy of a case study in economics and government.  UC President Mark G. Yudof last month granted “self-supporting” status to that master's in business administration program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. The move ends state funding and allows the program to support itself with tuition and donations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
After previously proposing widespread and hefty tuition increases for graduate and professional degree programs, UC's top administrators have retreated and will seek fee hikes affecting only a small group of graduate students, mainly in nursing, and at much reduced levels. Only about 800 students in eight programs will be affected by a proposal expected to be approved by the UC regents later this month, officials said. Under a previous and now abandoned plan, about 14,000 graduate and professional school students in more than 50 programs such as law, medicine, social work and business faced tuition increases that met strong opposition from the governor and other officials in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The budget deal that lawmakers will vote on this week is an effort to mesh financial restraint with a desire to provide more social services and healthcare for the needy - giving the state's economy extra time to recover before some of the spending kicks in. The $96.3-billion deal, formally announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and top legislators, sets the stage for hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending on welfare grants, tuition...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
A UC Berkeley senior who majors in social welfare and has been active in student government and Mideast issues is expected to become the next University of California student regent, joining the board that sets policies for the 10-campus system. A special regents' committee has nominated Sadia Saifuddin, 21, of Stockton, to be the student regent in 2014-15. Confirmation by the full regents' board is expected next month. For the next year, Saifuddin would be a regent-designate, able to participate in all discussions but without voting rights until her one-year term as a fully empowered student representative begins in July 2014, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
May 14, 2013
Re "Reagan and the fall of UC," Opinion, May 10 Seth Rosenfeld argues that then-Gov. Ronald Reagan's opposition to the 1960s radicalization of the University of California campuses - Berkeley in particular - was the main driver in the decline of the UC system. He overlooks that this very radicalization has diminished the value of a UC education. In the 1950s, when the UC system was at its peak, students were "well groomed and complacent" (to use Rosenfeld's words). They were in college to learn, not to protest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The chances of in-state high school seniors gaining admission to the University of California worsened this year, as more of them applied and the number accepted dropped 2.2%, according to data released Thursday. Meanwhile, the ranks of out-of-staters and international students who were offered a UC spot continued to increase. A record 99,132 Californians sought to become UC freshmen in the fall and 60,089, or 60.6%, were admitted by at least one of the system's nine undergraduate campuses.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
After graduating from Columbia University in the height of the recession and acquiring $120,000 in debt, including 12 student loans from seven servicers, Brendon McQueen was left with a film degree and a six-month grace period before his first loan repayment was due. Frustrated by the lack of options in tracking and managing his various loans, McQueen, like many other entrepreneurs, took matters into his own hands. “I tried to find a tool out there that offered a comprehensive solution, and I couldn't, so I said, 'Well, let's create one,'” McQueen said.  The solution: Tuition.io , a free one-stop-shop website that consolidates all your student loans -- public or private -- into one interface.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
For the first time in recent years, California State University trustees this week will discuss ways to spend additional money rather than cut the budget. On the table: enrolling more students, giving faculty pay raises and increasing online classes. The trustees' spending proposals, unveiled during a conference call with reporters Monday, mark a turnaround for the Cal State system, which has struggled through years of tuition hikes, enrollment freezes and class cuts. The change is largely because of voter-approved Proposition 30, which was supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and temporarily increases sales taxes and income taxes on higher earners to help fund public education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
For five years, all UC students have been paying a $60 annual fee to help the university finance massive refunds for past illegal tuition practices. As a result of a UC regents vote Thursday, that charge will continue for five more years. The controversy began a decade ago when students in law, medical, nursing and other UC professional schools complained that they were being forced to pay fee increases despite promises in university brochures and websites that their education costs would not rise before graduation.
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