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Efforts to expand California university systems are growing

The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role...

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  • UC Irvine flag ban exposes today's flawed education

    To the editor: Banning the U.S. flag from a campus building is easy, but organizing and educating communities for positive change and voting in every election require strength. ("Ban on American flag at UC Irvine reversed," March 8)

  • Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand
    Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand

    Diego Aguilar Avila enrolled in Cal State Northridge last fall, and the freshman says he's lucky to have gotten in when he did.

  • Ronald and Maxine Linde make new $50-million pledge to Caltech
    Ronald and Maxine Linde make new $50-million pledge to Caltech

    Ronald Linde, a Caltech alumnus who founded a highly successful engineering and plastics company, and his wife Maxine have pledged $50 million to the Pasadena campus, officials announced.

  • Preschools a microcosm of debate on measles vaccinations
    Preschools a microcosm of debate on measles vaccinations

    For 19 years, the director of the Laguna Parent Participation Preschool has worked alongside mothers and fathers to decide such questions as what children should eat during snack breaks and what type of field trips they should take.

  • Classes that go off the grid help students focus
    Classes that go off the grid help students focus

    USC professor Geoffrey Cowan is a scholar of free speech and communication. But Cowan, the former dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, insists that students sometimes should be cut off from the social media and websites that are so prevalent in their lives.

  • Election sets stage for L.A. Unified battle
    Election sets stage for L.A. Unified battle

    Over the last few months, Los Angeles teachers union leaders have racked up a series of victories. They worked to push out Supt. John Deasy, elect a friendly candidate to the school board and win a ruling against a new evaluation system.

  • L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows
    L.A. school board races head to runoffs as charter backers' clout shows

    A push by backers of charter schools to have a bigger voice on the Los Angeles Board of Education appears to have paid off, according to early election returns in three contested races.

  • Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big
    Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big

    When Eric Garcetti won the 2013 mayoral election, he did so without the financial backing of Psomas, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm with offices throughout the Southwest. As a company that held contracts worth more than $100,000 with the city, Psomas was barred from contributing to...

  • UC to freeze California enrollment, cap UCLA, Berkeley non-residents
    UC to freeze California enrollment, cap UCLA, Berkeley non-residents

    The UC system will not expand enrollment of California freshmen and transfer students in the fall unless more state revenues are appropriated and will cap enrollment of out-of-state students at UCLA and UC Berkeley, UC President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

  • Assemblyman Gatto proposes new UC campus for science, tech, arts
    Assemblyman Gatto proposes new UC campus for science, tech, arts

    At a time when the University of California faces much uncertainty about how to finance its current 10 campuses, a state assemblyman is proposing that the UC establish an 11th campus -- with a special focus on science and technology.

  • Labor activists cancel faculty unionization vote at CalArts
    Labor activists cancel faculty unionization vote at CalArts

    Labor activists have halted efforts, for now, to unionize the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, a move that reflects deep divisions at the Valencia campus and slows what had been a burgeoning trend to organize college professors in California and nationwide.

  • Professors question traditional four-year residential college model
    Professors question traditional four-year residential college model

    One of the greatest presumptions in U.S. higher education is that a traditional undergraduate degree, earned in four years while living on or near campus, is a good way to prepare young people to get a job and become well-rounded thinkers, at least according to Mitchell Stevens.

  • UC Berkeley studies international education campus in Richmond
    UC Berkeley studies international education campus in Richmond

    On the waterfront seven miles from UC Berkeley, the university owns what is now an isolated and somewhat ramshackle collection of storage facilities and labs. But Berkeley's chancellor envisions it as a future showcase for international education.

  • L.A. Unified says it can't afford 'computer for all' plan
    L.A. Unified says it can't afford 'computer for all' plan

    Los Angeles Unified schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said Friday that the district cannot afford to provide a computer to every student, signaling a major reversal of his predecessor's ill-fated $1.3-billion effort to distribute iPads to all students, teachers and school administrators.

  • Tuition hike put on hold for UC summer school
    Tuition hike put on hold for UC summer school

    Students planning to attend UC's upcoming summer school sessions got a much welcome reprieve Wednesday from tuition increases that could have been as large as 5%.

  • Cal State's African American enrollment down despite years of outreach
    Cal State's African American enrollment down despite years of outreach

    For a decade, California State University leaders have set aside several Sundays each February to visit churches in the African American community and preach the benefits of preparing young people for college.

  • More high school seniors taking early admissions to college
    More high school seniors taking early admissions to college

    While most of her classmates at Arleta High School anxiously await word on their college applications next month, Unique De La Torre has been a portrait of calm since she was accepted in December to a private New York university.

  • Granada Hills Charter High wins L.A. Unified's Academic Decathlon

    Granada Hills Charter High School won Los Angeles Unified's annual Academic Decathlon, recording the highest team score in the competition's 47-year history, officials said Friday.

  • Troubled school districts need more than prizes
    Troubled school districts need more than prizes

    I once sat down at an education gathering and placed my orange-and-black computer bag with the lettering “Broad Prize for Urban Education” on the floor. Said the woman next to me, “That's the most highly coveted satchel in the room.”

  • Should UC system's out-of-state students pay even more?
    Should UC system's out-of-state students pay even more?

    Pennsylvania resident Amy Shao enrolled at UCLA last year knowing that she would pay a steep $23,000 more for tuition than her classmates who grew up in California. But with a lot of help from her parents, large loans and some federal grants, she has managed to pay her UC bills.

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