Higher Ed.

By Gavin Newsom | The fight to put higher education on a sustainable path.

California student among dead in France Bastille Day attack: UC Berkeley

(Reuters) - A California university student who has been missing since Thursday's Bastille Day attack in Nice is among those who died after a truck driver deliberately plowed through a crowd, killing at least 84 people, University of California, Berkeley, said on Sunday.<p>Nicolas Leslie, 20, was one …

Bastille Day

Are post-graduate degrees a waste of money for millennials?

As spring fever bursts into bloom, a lot of people start to think about shaking up their lives. We end relationships, look for new jobs, and try to …

Millennials

Clinton backs limiting foreign, out-of-state students in California colleges

<b>Perris, California (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton backed a plan on Thursday that would limit the number of foreign born and out-of-state students who can attend California state universities.<p>The California Assembly approved that plan on Wednesday, allowing the University of California system to restrict …

California

Politics In Real Life: The Struggle To Pay For College

Monica Nezzer, 22, is a full-time student studying psychology and biology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She describes herself as "fortunate." But in addition to a full course load, she's working about 30 hours a week as a campus tour guide and recruitment specialist.<p>"At least once …

Higher Education

The Tools of Campus Activists Are Being Turned Against Them

Students working to force the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign face critics using the language of social justice to attack them.<p>At UC Davis, where student activists still hope to oust Chancellor Linda Katehi, critics of their activism are using concepts like “safe space” …

UC Davis

Exclusive: U.S. students given SATs that were online before exam

At least five times in the past three years, U.S. high school students were administered SAT tests that included questions and answers widely available online more than a year before they took the exam, a Reuters analysis shows.<p>Reuters reported last month that the College Board, the not-for-profit …

Education

How UC Davis Tried to Scrub Its Abuse of Students From the Web

The university spent at least $175,000 dollars to remove "references to the pepper spray incident in search results on Google for the university and the Chancellor."<p>Back in 2011, when Occupy Wall Street protests roiled dozens of college campuses, I published a series of articles about an egregious …

UC Davis

The Madness of College Basketball Coaches’ Salaries

Amid spiraling tuition costs and a growing reliance on part-time faculty, athletic departments pay them millions of dollars a year.<p>As you pick your bracket for March Madness, stop for a moment and ponder what some might describe as the madness of the coaches’ salaries. According to <i>U.S. News & World</i> …

Basketball

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

A debate at Yale highlighted the disconnect between those who would downplay the problem, and the growing mass of evidence that they’re wrong.<p>At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition, “Free speech is threatened on …

University of Pennsylvania

Here's where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stand on college affordability

If he wins the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' political revolution would reshape much of the American healthcare, campaign-finance, and finance systems.<p>But if elected, Sanders' most lasting impact for thousands of younger Americans could be his plan to radically …

Bernie Sanders

A new survey that captures the attitudes of 2015 college freshmen shows unprecedented levels of interest in both political engagement and student activism, underscoring the youth vote’s poten…

A new survey that captures the attitudes of 2015 college freshmen shows unprecedented levels of interest in both political engagement and student …

Higher Education

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.<p>"In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill. It's a basic skill, right along with the three …

Computer Science

What You Need to Know About Student Loan Refinancing -- How Your Repayment Terms Affect How Much You Repay

Student loan borrowers refinance typically refinance their student loans to save money over the lifetime of their loan, often refinancing at lower interest rates with shorter repayment terms. However, some borrowers find themselves in positions that they would like to keep or extend their repayment …

Loans

How to Make Higher Education More Affordable

A look at what presidential candidates are proposing to address the issue<p>The cost of college in America today conflicts with a deeply held belief that higher education should not be the exclusive preserve of the upper-middle class and the wealthy.<p>The presidential candidates have their remedies. …

Higher Education

Does having a degree matter any more?

<i>This article is published in collaboration with The Washington Post.</i>In the wake of the Great Recession, a meme took hold: That of the overeducated …

Great Recession

UC draws criticism after extending its transfer application deadline

Mihai Gherghina sacrificed sleep, study time and Thanksgiving holiday fun to make the application deadline for a long-cherished goal: transfer to a UC campus.<p>When he clicked the "submit" button Nov. 29, a day before the deadline, the Orange Coast College student said he felt huge relief.<p>But that …

College & University

UC launches $250-million fund to invest in university innovation projects

For years, some of the University of California’s brightest minds have turned to Silicon Valley to get their projects funded.<p>Now, they may not have to go so far.<p>UC officials announced Tuesday the launch of a $250-million venture fund led by entrepreneur Vivek Ranadivé that will invest in innovation …

Innovation

This employer gives you $10,000 to pay off student loans - Dec. 8, 2015

Student loan repayment plans might be the next big work perk.<p>Another company is offering employees extra cash to use to pay down their student loan debt.<p>Natixis Global Asset Management said it would give $10,000 to workers who have federal student loans. Employees will receive a $5,000 lump sum …

Loans

Lawmakers in Ten States Push for Debt-Free College

Progressives continue to push for more public education spending<p>Local lawmakers in ten states including New Hampshire, Iowa and Massachusetts announced a new push for legislation on Monday to make attending public colleges in their states debt-free.<p>The state legislators are introducing different …

College & University

Why Are Fewer College Presidents Academics?

Tim Wolfe, the former president of Mizzou, is one of a growing number of leaders in higher education with a business background rather than an academic one.<p>Only two hours away from Ferguson, Missouri, a series of events quickly enflamed the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall.* In a few …

College & University

Bill Cosby’s honorary degree at Cal Poly Pomona revoked

The California State University is the latest school to revoke a degree awarded to actor-comedian Bill Cosby, with officials saying it is the first time in school history the board of trustees voted to take back such an honor.<p>In a closed session Wednesday, the board decided it would rescind the …

Bill Cosby

Is university worth the cost?

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” So said Benjamin …

Money

Slow U.S. tuition growth is 'new normal' for higher education: Moody's

U.S. universities and colleges should expect to see sluggish tuition growth next year, according to a report released Thursday by Moody's Investors Service.<p>Higher education institutions suffered the weakest tuition growth in the history of Moody's survey last year. Such sluggishness "appears to be …

Higher Education

College Students Need Lessons in Tolerance and Free Speech

There's nothing like the massacre of 129 Parisian civilians at the hands of jihadi sociopaths, utterly convinced that their barbarism manifests the will of God, to provide some perspective on the recent whining of students at a number of America's most elite colleges and universities.<p>For the past …

College & University

For-Profit College To Pay Record Sum to Settle Fraud Charges

The Attorney General called the company a “recruitment mill.”<p>In a victory for the Obama administration in its on-going crack-down against for-profit colleges, Education Management Corporation will pay $95.5 million to settle accusations that it paid employees based on how many students they …

College & University

Top-ranked liberal arts college is calling for its president to address its 'legacy of white supremacy'

Amherst College is the latest school to become embroiled in protests over racial discrimination on campus.<p>The Amherst, Massachusetts-based school hosted a sit-in on Thursday to support protests at the University of Missouri and to discuss race on campus. The sit-ins drew massive crowds of the …

White supremacy

US reaches $95.5M settlement in for-profit education case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that enrolls more than 100,000 students at for-profit trade schools and colleges across the U.S. and Canada has agreed to pay $95.5 million to settle claims it illegally paid recruiters and exaggerated the career-placement abilities of its schools.<p>Under …

Education

Why college-educated workers are taking low-paid jobs

Last year, our colleague Elisabeth Jacobs referred to the fate of young people in today’s slack labor market as “a cruel game of musical chairs” …

Finance