Higher Ed.

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

AP FACT CHECK: Trump off on how colleges use endowments

BOSTON (AP) — Donald Trump says colleges and universities should be using their endowments to make college more affordable but that too many are using "the money to pay their administrators or put donors' names on buildings or just store the money, keep it and invest it." But that's not exactly how …

Donald Trump

Gov't severs ties with accreditor of for-profit colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is withdrawing recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, a decision that could force schools to close and threaten financial aid to hundreds of thousands of students.<p>The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools …

California's shifting demographics are reshaping UC student body

Armando Olea represents the future of the University of California.<p>The incoming UCLA freshman is a top-flight student, earning a 4.2 GPA at his San Diego high school. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to attend college.<p>And he’s one of nearly 8,000 more Californians who …

Geography

The Question Some Public Universities Will No Longer Ask

Dozens of higher education institutions in New York state will stop asking applicants whether they have past criminal convictions.<p>The trustees of the State University of New York voted on Wednesday to completely remove long-standing questions about past felony convictions from its general …

Higher Education

The 14 best US colleges in the West are dominated by California — here's who makes the cut

Stanford University once again claimed a top spot on Business Insider's annual ranking of the best colleges in America, coming it at No. 4 for 2016. Referred to as the Ivy of the West, Stanford earned a top spot for a number of reasons: it provides a quality education and graduates students on …

College & University

UC Berkeley suspends plans to build Global Campus in Richmond

Just five months after receiving a $1 million donation to back efforts to build a UC Berkeley international research complex in Richmond, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said the project has been indefinitely suspended.<p>Dirks, who announced his resignation last week amid widespread criticism, blamed …

UC Berkeley

The 50 best colleges in America

What makes a college great? They provide a quality education and graduate students on time, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.<p>Business Insider's 2016 …

Research Triangle

Private colleges to Clinton: Not so fast on free tuition

"We’re going to ruin some of the places where low-income students get the best education," says one college president.<p>Updated 08/02/16 05:31 PM EDT<p>Hillary Clinton’s free college plan may have helped her win over progressives, but it is already under sharp attack by private college presidents, who …

College & University

The best career advice you never hear in graduation speeches

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy …

Job Satisfaction

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 …

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

Perris, California (CNN)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 the …

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

Tables are seen one day before SAT examinations in Hong Kong, October 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip<p>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 …

United States

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

College Freshmen Are More Politically Engaged Than They Have Been In Decades

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><p>In the wake of the Great Recession, a meme took hold: That of the overeducated …

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