Higher Ed.

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

UC Irvine's rare distinction: It's an elite research university that's a haven for Latinos

For most of her life, Angela Vera never imagined herself at the University of California. She grew up in a low-income Santa Ana neighborhood, the daughter of a Mexico-born carpenter with second-grade schooling who stressed the value of education but didn’t know how to guide her.<p>“I always thought UC …

Education

Apple launches App Development Curriculum for college

Welcome to Apple College. School is in session.<p>Everyone I know has a mobile app idea. I even have a few, but little idea of how to build an iPhone app.<p>Last year, I tried learning code with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds iPad app. It schooled me in the basics of Swift, the new programming language Apple …

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This New York college has a 100% job placement rate and charges zero tuition — but there's a catch

Webb Institute is one of only a handful of colleges in the US that offers a tuition-free four-year education.<p>Located in Glen Cove, New York, the school boasts a strong academic program, and is ranked in Princeton Review's The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition.<p>The only catch: There is only one …

California’s force for research innovation

<b>When people think of UC students, they usually think of undergraduates. But University of California campuses also host thousands of Ph.D. students — the best and brightest from around the world — who advance learning, teaching and original research across the system.</b><p>Together, UC’s 26,000 doctoral …

UC leads nation in producing Ph.D.s in the arts and humanities

Most Ph.D.s in the arts and humanities<b>National rank</b><b>Degrees awarded</b>1. UCLA1203. Berkeley11922. Santa Barbara6024. Riverside5830. Irvine5343. Davis46 Source: Chronicle of Higher Education (data from the 2014-2015 academic year)<p><b>The University of California leads the nation in producing Ph.D.s in the</b> …

San Francisco is taxing the rich to pay for free community college

San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to offer free community college to all residents starting this fall, Mayor Ed Lee announced this week.<p>The city will pay for it by taxes on properties selling for more than $5 million.<p>The real estate transfer tax, as it's called, was increased last …

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These immigrants can go to college, but blocked from student loans

Mitzie Perez is one of the 750,000 DREAMers who are allowed to legally go to college, but their status as temporary residents leaves them with few ways to pay for tuition.<p>They're not eligible for federal grants or loans. And it's widely known among DREAMers that banks are turning them down for …

Immigration

UC Berkeley erupts in protests over Milo Yiannopoulos speech

Protests erupted on the University of California at Berkeley campus Wednesday night over a scheduled appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.<p>Yiannopoulos, an editor for the far-right website Breitbart News who many identify with the alt-right, a white-nationalist movement, was set …

UC Berkeley

The 10 US colleges that stand to lose the most from Trump's immigration ban

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Opponents of the ban worry that the temporary travel ban will turn into a permanent one.<p>Around the …

Texas A&M

UC regents approve first tuition hike since 2011

The University of California regents voted Thursday to raise tuition and fees next academic year for the first time since 2011 — but state residents from families earning up to $156,000 won’t have to pay the higher price.<p>Beginning this summer, the base price of a year at UC for California students …

College Will Be Tuition-Free In New York Under New Plan

If your family earns less than $100,000 a year, tuition at New York colleges will be free this Fall under the proposed Excelsior Scholarship system.<p>College tuition is free in New York for students whose families make less than $100,000 beginning this Fall under a groundbreaking plan passed Tuesday …

The Free-College Dream Didn't End With Trump's Election

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state’s public colleges and universities free for families earning less than $125,000.<p>When Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, hope that the federal government might make the nation’s public colleges and …

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New York governor proposes free tuition at state colleges

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make free tuition a reality at New York's public colleges.<p>Students whose families earn $125,000 or less would pay nothing for tuition at two- and four-year public colleges under the governor's plan.<p>It's similar to what Hillary Clinton proposed for public colleges …

Higher Education

Student Loan Debt: Punitive And Parasitic

<i>Co-authored by Martin I. Hassner, founding member of Reform Student Debt, Inc.</i><p><i>President Johnson signs the Higher Education Act of 1965</i><p>Several years ago I ran for Mayor of New York with Martin Hassner's help. We were committed to making significant changes in public education, already aware that the …

Debt Management

Student loan forgiveness programs

Student loan forgiveness programs seem too good to be true. How do you qualify? Get the details.<p>Student loan forgiveness programs are the Holy Grail …

For-Profit Colleges Look to Trump for a Pass

For-profit colleges are looking with relief to the incoming Trump administration, banking on a rollback of tough regulations that threatened to lead to the closure of hundreds of schools and that drove their stock-market valuations down sharply.<p>Investors, in turn, have poured hundreds of millions …

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University of California digs in to fight Trump on illegal immigrant protections

Former Obama administration official Janet Napolitano, now head of California’s public university system, is digging in for a fight with President-elect Donald Trump over illegal immigration.<p>Napolitano, who served as secretary of Homeland Security during Obama’s first term, announced Wednesday that …

Immigration

Trump could reverse Obama's actions on college sexual assault

Advocates of college men who claim their lives were destroyed by false rape claims are hoping the incoming Trump administration will change a policy they say tramples on civil rights.<p>Beginning in 2011, the Obama administration's U.S. Education Department began pressing colleges to more aggressively …

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Data: better payoff for public college career program grads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Graduates of career training programs at public colleges tend to land better paying jobs than those who attended for-profit schools, according to government data released Thursday.<p>The Education Department data show average earnings of those with certificates from public schools …

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College students protest Donald Trump's deportation plans

College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.<p>Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were …

Immigration

College students protest Donald Trump's deportation plans

College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.<p>Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were …

Immigration

College students protest Donald Trump's deportation plans

College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.<p>Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were …

Immigration

Treat student loan defaulters like tax evaders, says think tank

Foreign students who do not repay loans should be arrested as the public will get back £22 for every £1 spent on prosecution, a leading think tank has suggested.<p>Researchers have suggested millions of pounds that come out taxpayers’ pockets could be clawed back by detaining loan fraudsters at the …

Is The American Higher Education System 'Rigged'?

Despite a great deal of angst over Donald Trump’s statements that he might not accept the results of the election, we have a clear winner in the 2016 presidential race – even if most of us are beginning a lengthy process of acceptance. But the result indicates that the majority of Americans feel …

Education

Comey seals his pariah status

Republicans and Democrats alike are assailing the FBI director after his latest election-season shock.<p>James Comey can’t win in this election.<p>The FBI director on Monday absorbed punches from Democrats and Republicans alike as they try to assess the damage from Comey's announcement 11 days before the …

Government

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 …

Higher Education

Government severs ties with for-profit colleges accreditor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges on Thursday, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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