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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.

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  • UC, strawberry growers settle legal fight over research
    UC, strawberry growers settle legal fight over research

    The University of California and the state's strawberry growers have reached a settlement in their legal fight over research that breeds new and valuable varieties of the fruit. Their lawsuits had attracted national attention about academia's important role in agribusiness and raised concerns...

  • Study supports affordability of Obamacare for CSU students
    Study supports affordability of Obamacare for CSU students

    As this year's deadline to sign up for Obamacare fast approaches, California State University officials are trying to show students that buying health insurance makes financial sense.

  • UC student panel calls for divestment from Israel and other nations
    UC student panel calls for divestment from Israel and other nations

    The statewide panel that represents student governments across the University of California voted over the weekend to urge that UC end any investments in companies that aid in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. In addition, the UC student Assn. urged the UC regents to sell off holdings in...

  • Broad Foundation suspends $1-million prize for urban school districts
    Broad Foundation suspends $1-million prize for urban school districts

    Billionaire Eli Broad has suspended a coveted, $1-million prize to honor the best urban school systems out of concern that they are failing to improve quickly enough. And, associates say, he's no longer certain that he wants to reward traditional school districts at all.

  • The Times' endorsements for LAUSD Board of Education
    The Times' endorsements for LAUSD Board of Education

    With the departure of Supt. John Deasy, the atmosphere is calmer in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Board meetings are blessedly shorter and less rancorous. Interim Supt. Ramon Cortines has been ably putting out the fires Deasy left burning, including those arising from the troubled...

  • UC widens vaccination requirements for 2017
    UC widens vaccination requirements for 2017

    All UC students will have to be vaccinated against measles, meningitis, whooping cough and several other diseases or they will not be allowed to register for classes in fall 2017, university officials announced Friday. Those shots will be in addition to the current systemwide requirement for...

  • L.A. Unified food guru David Binkle is pulled from job
    L.A. Unified food guru David Binkle is pulled from job

    In the last five years, Los Angeles Unified has won national acclaim — including praise from First Lady Michelle Obama — for its bold initiatives to transform school food from fatty meals to more healthful fare.

  • Survey finds college freshmen party less, worry about money more
    Survey finds college freshmen party less, worry about money more

    The current crop of college freshmen showed up at school as less experienced party animals than their older peers but with more mental health and emotional issues, according to a national survey by UCLA researchers.

  • What will bachelor's degrees from community colleges be worth?
    What will bachelor's degrees from community colleges be worth?

    When 15 California community colleges received preliminary approval to offer four-year degrees recently, officials touted the move as a way to provide highly trained workers at a lower cost, especially for technical jobs in fields such as medicine and dentistry.

  • Along with his name on Beverly Hills campuses, donor buys controversy
    Along with his name on Beverly Hills campuses, donor buys controversy

    At Beverly Hills High School, a gift of $2,500 will get your name on a seat in the theater. For $50,000, the teachers lounge can be named after you.

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