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March 5, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
In a major overhaul of the SAT college entrance exam, students starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, will not be penalized for wrong answers and will not be able to freely use calculators. The College Board announcement Wednesday shook up a test that is taken by about 1.7 million high school students annually and, though its influence has been waning, remains a major factor in college admission decisions nationally. The shifts, officials said, are part of an effort to better align the 88-year-old exam with what students learn in high school and to get away from any advantages they may gain from expensive private tutoring.
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January 21, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Patricia O'Brien, an expert in 19th and 20th century French history and a veteran administrator in the University of California system, has been named executive dean of UCLA's College of Letters and Science. The college is the biggest academic unit at UCLA and includes 34 departments and 130 undergraduate majors. O'Brien, 58, has been dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at UC Riverside since 1999.
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January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The state Senate on Thursday voted to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow all state universities to consider race and gender in deciding students to admit. SCA 5 repeals portions of Proposition 209, the 1996 ballot measure prohibiting using race or gender in admission decisions. "A blanket prohibition on consideration of race and gender was a mistake in 1996 and we are still suffering the consequences today," said Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Los Angeles)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2008 | John M. Glionna and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
UCLA Medical Center and its most accomplished liver surgeon provided a life-saving transplant to one of Japan's most powerful gang bosses, law enforcement sources told The Times. In addition, the surgeon performed liver transplants at UCLA on three other men who are now barred from entering the United States because of their criminal records or suspected affiliation with Japanese organized crime groups, said a knowledgeable law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1993
Laurel L. Wilkening, a planetary scientist and provost at the University of Washington, is an excellent choice as new chancellor of UC Irvine. She will have a hard act to follow in succeeding Jack W. Peltason, who was named president of the University of California system last October. He provided fine leadership for UC Irvine as it grew in numbers and stature as a research institution, especially in the areas of biology and neurology.
NEWS
April 28, 1986 | Associated Press
Higher education reaped a record $6.32 billion harvest of gifts from corporations, alumni and other private sources in 1984-85, up 13% from the previous year, according to a survey released today. About $1.1 billion of that estimated total went to a dozen elite private and public universities. The University of California system received $178.4 million in donations. Harvard University led private institutions with $145.
NEWS
October 9, 1986
The Nov. 4 vote on Proposition 56 will decide the future of two UCLA construction projects. If approved by a simple majority of voters, the bond measure will provide $233 million for capital projects in 1986-87, including $86.4 million for the University of California system. At UCLA, the funds are needed to construct a $6.2-million addition to the School of Law and for design of a $1.35-million chemistry and life sciences project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1991
I am responding to the Jan. 23 coverage of the pro- and anti-war rallies: My hard-earned tax dollars help support the University of California system. The students attending UCI are there for one purpose only: education, which I help provide. How dare they skip classes, indiscriminately wasting my money! And as for Prof. Rowe, who canceled his class to attend the rally--fire him! Let him protest on his own time. KASSY HEPPS, Santa Ana
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