October 5th, 2011
This information, which may reside in the university’s IT system, would allow the campus to strategize a swift and effective intervention, and take steps to prevent violent behavior from ever occurring.
Lt. Michael Morris, a campus police lieutenant at CSU Channel Islands, in an op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Morris makes the argument that universities should be able to monitor students’ online activity. What do you think? Answer our brief query and share your insights.
September 30th, 2011


A danger to society?

In honor of banned book week , here are a few popular books that made the list of the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009. 

(Yup, Harry Potter, Toni Morrison, Judy Blume and Harper Lee make appearances)


Reblogged from PBS NewsHour
September 29th, 2011
Reblogged from The Cheat Sheet
September 5th, 2011

California ranks last in school bus ridership. Just 16 percent of California children ride buses to school, according to a 2003 report [PDF] by the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Read more. 

August 12th, 2011

California’s high school dropout rate almost 20 percent

Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California’s projected class of 2010 - 18.2 percent - dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without diplomas, according to data released Thursday. via The San Francisco Chronicle.

August 1st, 2011

Audit finds UCLA misused $23 million in student fees

A state audit released last week says UCLA wrongfully designated $23 million in student fees to pay for two projects that were not included in the original fee referendum approved by student voters in 2000. 

The finding was part of a 15-month audit [PDF] that concluded the University of California system needed to improve transparency in the way it handles its finances. The report also questioned the unequal distribution of funds to the system’s 10 campuses.

The fee started at $84 per year, and wasscheduled to begin in the 2004-05 academic year. It was slated to increase over time to adjust for inflation.

Read full story.

July 13th, 2011
July 11th, 2011

California community colleges consider cutting off repeat course-takers

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today will consider a policy change that would free up more spaces for new students by limiting the number of times students can repeat certain courses on the state’s dime.

Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott’s proposed policy [PDF] would cut off state funding to community colleges for students who take the same course more than three times. Students could get state funding for a fourth repeat of the class with a successful appeal. It’s a move Scott has been mulling for several months as a way to manage the system’s increasingly limited resources. In 2009-10, the state’s community colleges had to turn away 140,000 students because of course reductions resulting from state budget cuts.

Proponents say allowing students to repeat courses multiple times limits the number of seats available to new students, is an inefficient use of state funding and doesn’t serve students well. Read full story.

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