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Phalaen Chang, an incoming junior at California School of the Arts, writes about the importance of both STEM and humanities courses.

Last semester, we had a seemingly simple assignment: research a career you would be interested in pursuing and write an annotated bibliography to go along with the research. As a bunch of teenagers who barely plan past the next test date, many of us were stuck on the very first step: picking a profession.

“Well… on a career test I took, I was told I would best be suited for being a lumberjack,” my friend deeply involved with dance said, confused. “Do I just do mine on a lumberjack then?”

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The University of California regents on Thursday stepped up their financial oversight of the president’s office, approving its $800-million spending plan only after engaging in deeper discussion and asking for more detailed data than ever before.

The scrutiny was prompted by a critical state audit in April that found the president’s office had used “misleading” budget practices and amassed an undisclosed surplus of $175 million.

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(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The University of California regents on Thursday stepped up their financial oversight of the president’s office, approving its $800-million spending plan only after engaging in deeper discussion and asking for more detailed data than ever before.

The scrutiny was prompted by a critical state audit in April that found the president’s office had used “misleading” budget practices and amassed an undisclosed surplus of $175 million.

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Police responded to a bomb threat at a UCLA recreation center Wednesday night, and university officials evacuated several residence halls at the Westwood campus.

A UCLA Bruin Alert — the campus emergency notification system — was issued about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, announcing that the threat was unfounded and students could return to their dorms.

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The University of California is headed toward allowing all campuses to use letters of recommendation in admissions decisions for the first time, despite concerns that the policy could hurt students who have less access to teachers and counselors who could artfully write the endorsements.

As the system’s nine undergraduate campuses grapple with a record number of applicants — nearly 210,000 last fall — UC Berkeley has sought to invite letters from all prospective students.

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(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

The University of California is headed toward allowing all campuses to use letters of recommendation in admissions decisions for the first time, despite concerns that the policy could hurt students who have less access to teachers and counselors who could artfully write the endorsements.

As the system’s nine undergraduate campuses grapple with a record number of applicants — nearly 210,000 last fall — UC Berkeley has sought to invite letters from all prospective students.

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In less than two months, the California State Board of Education must submit its plan for satisfying the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Its members voted to address its requirement to define the term "ineffective teacher" Wednesday, but leave until later the completion of a formula for identifying low-performing schools, as the law also requires.

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Students take part in an in-person algebra credit recovery course at Garfield High School is East Los Angeles.
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George Kieffer, left, with UC President Janet Napolitano, center, and outgoing board chairwoman Monica Lozano in 2016, is "revved up" about taking helm of the UC Regents.
George Kieffer, left, with UC President Janet Napolitano, center, and outgoing board chairwoman Monica Lozano in 2016, is "revved up" about taking helm of the UC Regents. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles civic leader George Kieffer says he is “revved up” about taking the helm of the University of California Board of Regents this week, and he’s already set his top priority: improving relations with state lawmakers.

UC may be the nation’s top public research university, but tensions with Sacramento have escalated in recent years. Legislators have begun exerting more control over the system’s purse strings and this year voted themselves the power to directly fund the Office of the President.