Higher Ed.

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

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 …

Obama Administration

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 …

College & University

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 …

Employment

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 …

Protest

College students protest Trump 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 …

Republican Party

College students to protest against Trump deportation plans

College students at campuses around the United States say they are planning rallies and walkouts to call on school administrators to protect students and employees against immigration proceedings under Donald Trump's presidency.<p>Organizers say actions are planned Wednesday at dozens of schools, …

Republican Party

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 …

Loans

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 …

College & University

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 …

FBI

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 …

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 …

Government

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 …

California

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 …

College & University

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 blamed ongoing budget challenges for the collapse of the UC Berkeley Global …

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 …

College & University

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

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 of 85 …

California

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 …

College & University

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” …

Politics

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 …

News (U.S.)

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 …

Politics

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> …

College & University

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 …

Politics