It not only takes longer for California students to attain community college degrees in the traditional two years and state university degrees in the normal four years, the system has created "a raft of expensive consequences for students and the state," according to two recent reports.
I didn't attend Fullerton College--I attended Orange Coast. Nevertheless, California's oldest community college (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year--you can look it up!) has been beyond kind to me. They chose my book a few years back as part of its "One Book, One College" program, and I spe ... More >>
Our news story this week told the saga of Jason Troia, Long Beach City College's (LBCC) student trustee who has declared war on the school's board over what he claims are financial irregularities in its decision to cut 11 vocational programs. After the release of the print story, Mark Taylor, the di ... More >>
Brice Harris took over the California Community Colleges system as chancellor on Nov. 6. Timothy P. White will be installed as the California State University system chancellor at the end of this month. Both are being welcomed to office by a broad, nonprofit coalition of education, business and ci ... More >>
As this gets published, I'll most likely be reading my commencement speech to the graduates of Long Beach City College. So I'm speaking to you right now from the future--WEIRD...Anyhoo, the entirety of the speech follows. I reserve the right to change words on the drive to campus in the next hour, b ... More >>
The Gov. The University of California president called it "a sad day for California." Today, Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2011-12 state budget proposal, one he described as "a tough budget for tough times," and higher eduction is feeling the blow. Under the proposed budget, funding for the ... More >>
UPDATE: Little did I know while posting this morning that Rancho Santiago College District, which oversees Santa Ana College, would be announcing sharp enrollment declines, although they are fewer than indicated in the student newspaper (see end of post) . . . With the tuition fee hikes, dwindlin ... More >>
Photo by Jeanne RiceRon Lane is all smiles in Orange County recently.Issues won't be changed out on OC Weekly newsstands for another day, but the story is already changing when it comes to the current cover feature, "Found In Space: For his 20th birthday, Ryan Lane got a present he'd been wantin ... More >>
They are nicknamed the "Young Invincibles." Thus tagged by the health insurance industry, they are the demographic of strapping 19- to 29-year-olds who, at 13.7 million strong, constitute the largest group of uninsured in America. Among the least likely to be able to afford coverage, Young ... More >>
"No, like, dude, don't date no white girls. They're, like, plain. You know? They have no spice like a Mexican girl. I'm not trying to use stereotypes. (Silence.) Uh-huh, uh-huh. (Silence.) No, I know she's hot. I know. (Silence.) But white girls are, like, individualistic. I'm a family guy. We are f ... More >>
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